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Road to 26.2 Risky Business

Road to 26.2 Tuesday, January 14th- 4 weeks, 4 days until I run the Austin Marathon When did risky become a reason for no? When did we decide that not knowing the ending meant that we couldn’t begin? Why do we feel like we need to be assured of success before we will commit? I… Continue reading Road to 26.2 Risky Business

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Road to 26.2 Quitting

Road to 26.2 Monday, January 13th- 4 weeks, 5 days until I get a big ass medal/belt buckle Yesterday, I wanted to quit. I wanted to quit at mile 1, 2, 3, 4. By mile 5, I decided to quit. I knew my friends were set to arrive at the trailhead any minute, and I… Continue reading Road to 26.2 Quitting

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Road to 26.2 What Does It Take?

Road to 26.2 Friday, January 10th- 5 weeks and one tiny day to go! What does it take to run a marathon? The short answer is simply a desire to challenge oneself. The logistical answer is that it takes training, nutrition, hydration, planning, and support. Most of the articles I’ve written in these past few… Continue reading Road to 26.2 What Does It Take?

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Road to 26.2 Your Team

Road to 26.2 Thursday, January 9th- 5 weeks, 2 days until I get to run the Austin Marathon The first long run that I trained for was when we lived in southern Oregon, it was a 15k in the mountains, around a lake up in the woods. I taught with three other teachers who were… Continue reading Road to 26.2 Your Team

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Road to 26.2 You Are Your Friends

Road to 26.2 Tuesday, January 8th- 5 weeks, 3 days until I get to run all the miles and then eat all the food Years ago when we bought our first house, we were over at a neighbor’s house one evening. We bought this house in a neighborhood that was well above our budget, well… Continue reading Road to 26.2 You Are Your Friends

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Road to 26.2 Your Race, Your Pace

Road to 26.2 Tuesday, January 7th- 5 weeks, 4 days until my first marathon This morning, a few quotes and phrases came to mind as I was running. I ran at home on my treadmill this morning, it is cedar season here in Hill Country, which means that the pollen from the Mountain Cedars is… Continue reading Road to 26.2 Your Race, Your Pace

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Road to 26.2 Start Before You’re Ready

Road to 26.2 Monday, December 30th- 6 weeks, 5 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes, 2 seconds until the Big Race!“The key to success is to start before you are ready,” Marie Forleo said these fabulous words, and y’all it’s so darn true. No one starts training for their first marathon knowing how to run over… Continue reading Road to 26.2 Start Before You’re Ready

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Road to 26.2 Who’s in Charge Here?

Road to 26.2 Sunday, December 29th- 7 weeks until the Austin Marathon Today I ran farther than I ever have, learned a bit more about myself, a little about running, and a lot about preparation. My training schedule had 16 miles for today, and my friend Russell would be running with me at Town Lake… Continue reading Road to 26.2 Who’s in Charge Here?