marathon running

Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve actively posted on here with the exception of some random snippets of my life here and there. A quick run down of what I’ve been up to… I’m now managing two running stores in South Florida. Dating someone who is pretttyyy great, not gonna lie. Training for the Berlin Marathon in September (2:55:00 is the goal!) and dedicating my free time in coaching runners to their next PR!

Far Out Running
Of course my dog, Grace, is the model of my logo.  
If you’re interested in having a certified personal running coach, feel free to contact me at faroutrunclub@gmail.com! 

Looking forward to catching up with old friends on here!

Beautiful day for a beautiful race! And a four-minute PR!

GHS Half Marathon • Greenville, SC
1:33:01 • 7:05 average pace
5/110 • age group
21/743 • overall women
74/1316 • overall

DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO ❤

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W6D6 - Tempo run: 10km @ 4:53
Spring is finally arriving and It felt so great to run that speedy 10k!

The rest of the day was feasting on tons of food at a birthday party including icecream, cake, pasta, lots of bread and vegetables. Because marathon training needs lots of fuel. I’m always that person that eats the most.

And I signed up for two more races. Ooops. Sorry not sorry.

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9 slow miles this morning. I did not want to do this run, or even run this far. But I did. It was in the 70s and sunny which was challenging. I’m house sitting so I didn’t have my running water bottle or any of my gummies so I came back to the house after 6 miles to get some water before finishing the last 3. I did intervals of run 0.5 mile, walk 0.25 mile, and my splits were a little all over the place. But I’m happy I ran and I feel good now.

11 Week Progress

I’ve had lots of ups and downs in the past 11 weeks. I’ve eaten cookies and drank beer. I celebrated Halloween, Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, New Years, and Taco Tuesday. But with an 80/20 percent of healthy, intentional eating and consistent workout, I have still been able to see a decrease in weight from about 225 lbs to 216 lbs. I am so glad I didn’t give up those first few weeks when I thought I didn’t see progress. I’m so glad I kept calorie counting and running and stayed dedicated to myself. After all, “I’m doing this for health” (which is true, but also to lose weight before we try to get pregnant) and along the way, I’m watching pounds drop off.

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Here’s how human athletes (our very BEST human athletes) measure up against a few other members of the animal kingdom. We don’t look too good.

BUT there is one physical activity where humans actually do pretty well. In fact, we might be better than every other species on planet earth. Watch Skunk Bear’s latest video to learn more:

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when i was little, my mom signed me up for a sunrise mile race

i had an asthma attack

i thought to myself, i will never be able to run a mile

when i was in middle school, i ran the mile race for my track team

i’d finish winded and completely exhausted.

i thought to myself, i will never run a 5k

when i was in high school, i ran a 5k

i finished first place

i thought to myself, i will never run a half marathon

when i was in college, my sister talked me into running a half

i crossed the finish line almost in tears

i thought to myself, i could never run double this distance

last year, i signed up for my first marathon

at mile 18, i cried and sobbed “mom it hurts so bad”

i finished 26.2 of the hardest miles i have ever run with thousands of people screaming and cheering.

i thought to myself, i will never be able to qualify for boston. 



tomorrow is my day. and if it turns out not to be my day, i will try and try and try until it is. 

“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”
Haruki Murakami 

—- Sunday, September, 27th, 2015 —-

“dirt. the original proving ground.”

this weekend, with the pine tree smell of Christmas, the fallen leaves on the ground, the cold, autumn wind, and the dirt under my feet,  my overwhelming love for the trails, the mountains, and running was ever present. happiness at its finest.

Uphill Running Tips
  • Shorten your stride
  • Keep your head up rather than focusing on your feet
  • Swing your arms up and down (not side to side)
  • Lean slightly into the hill
  • Don’t compensate form.  Don’t over-rotate your trunk in an effort to get momentum, you’re just wasting energy!!
  • Maintain a consistent effort up the hill…don’t trail off just before the crest.  Keep your mind on the goal and push through