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Liebster Award!

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Hey, guys! So, Danielle over at Live, Run, Grow kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award, so I'm here to answer her questions and nominate some of my favorite bloggers! RULES: You must link back to the person who nominated you You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by … [Read more...]

Fear of the Unknown

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It's hard for me to believe that it was just a few short weeks ago that I was terrified of not being able to finish a half marathon. And yet last weekend I ran a 20K (which, come on, is pretty much a half marathon!), and yesterday I registered not for a St. Patrick's Day 5K, but instead decided … [Read more...]

Race Recap: NYCRUNS Riverside Park Hot Chocolate 10K

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I'm down to the final three weeks of training before the Disney Princess Half Marathon, and I convinced myself that it would be a great idea to run one last 10K. I basically had four good reasons: 1.) I haven't run a 10K since last November, nor competed in a race in 2013 yet...and it just seemed … [Read more...]

Pushing Your Limits…But Not Too Far

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First, the good news: I ran another 10K last weekend at Giralda Farms in Madison, NJ, and while I didn't technically beat my time from my first 10K in September, it was still 6.2 miles. And I ran it. All of it. Even the hills! Now the bad news: my half-marathon training (running 4-5 times per week) … [Read more...]

Racing for a Cure: PurpleStride New Jersey 2012

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I'm not one who usually solicits donations for anything, but I did want to share the details of a particularly special upcoming 5K race here in the hopes that someone might find it in their heart to donate just a few dollars to a very worthy cause. On November 4, I will once again be running in the … [Read more...]

Dressing the Part: My Running Essentials

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Unlike my Muay Thai kickboxing obsession (not cheap!), I assumed that running would be a relatively inexpensive sport. Sneakers can be pricey, but other than that, what else could you possibly need? Oh, how wrong I was. Since I started running more seriously, I've discovered just how much you need … [Read more...]

How Self-Discipline Makes All the Difference

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In my Muay Thai kickboxing class, the instructor talks a lot about discipline. The cornerstone of martial arts training, self-discipline is even part of the "Student Creed" we have to recite before leaving class (along with things like perseverance and honesty), and he often ends class with a speech … [Read more...]

The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

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There was a one-credit course I was required to take during my senior year in college -- "Personal Fitness" -- and as part of our final test at the end of the semester we were required to run one mile around the indoor track in the campus' recreation center. The humiliation of that day is seared … [Read more...]

Stop Making Excuses…and Cheating Yourself Out of Success

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If you want to ensure that you never reach your goals, do exactly what I've been doing: let your life be taken over by excuses. On July 4, I ran the local Firecracker 4-Miler race in my hometown for the second year. Despite the fact that last year's event was my very first race ever, and that it … [Read more...]

Learning to Silence Your Inner Critic

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I ran my first 5K of the season this weekend, and shortly after I passed the first mile marker, I found myself falling victim to one of my old behavior patterns: negative self-talk. Or, in my case, mentally bashing myself. I started the race strong: I shot out in front of most of the racers, and … [Read more...]