Race Recap: Outer Banks Marathon, November 13, 2016

I have looked forward to this race for so long. I had settled on this race back at Christmas time, just a few weeks after completing my first full marathon in Richmond, Virginia in November of 2015.  I had registered for it in June, and I began a formal training plan seventeen weeks out, in July.  You can read about my weekly training in detail here. Continue reading


Marathon Training, Week #16, November 6-12, 2016 & Peter’s OBX 5K

This is it! Final week of the taper and the last days before the marathon. At last. (The featured photo shows some doodling I did on my arm one day at work, after I had been thinking during my drive that morning about what I was going to focus on mentally when it got tough during Sunday’s race. *Be Badass* of course, mostly because I like to say badass. But most of all, “Better than before.” That’s my biggest why.) Continue reading

Running with Shalane

I don’t try to hide the fact that I can be a big Fan Girl, big enough to capitalize that title, of female athletes whom I admire. Annika Sorenstam (golf) and Christmas Abbott (CrossFit) are two athletes who have been at the top of their sports, and I’ve been lucky enough to have met both of them (albeit in a quiet, ‘it’s great to meet you,’ kind of way).  Shalane Flanagan completes this trio of Superwomen for me, and this week, I also had the opportunity to meet her. (Featured photo by E.K. Goodman) Continue reading

Marathon Training, Week#15, October 30-November 5, 2016

Week two of tapering has been challenging overall. I’ve had some stress in my non-running life, and life has been busy as well as tiring.  To top it off, I’m having some soreness in my right leg, the residual effects of running twenty miles on the Tobacco Trail, I think. But overall, things are still going well. And right in the middle of this week, I experienced a treat: a fun evening with Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan! (Featured photo by E.K. Goodman) Continue reading