The greedy runner plateaus.

Last Sunday, I ran the TMC Get Moving half marathon. I under-performed, big time. It humbled me. I don’t wanna sit here and make excuses or throw myself a pity party. And I don’t need to beat myself up, either. I had a race plan, I tried to execute it the best I could, and…

10k + heat + hills, oh my.

Confessions of a 10k phobic.  Hi, my name is Emily and I have a 10k phobia. The first 10k I ever ran was way back in 2006 and it’s one of the only races that long ago that I still remember. And that’s because it was miserable. I don’t know what it is about 10ks…

Race Your Way Into Shape

I tend to do this when I’m training for a shorter distance goal, apparently. I don’t know if that’s laziness or strategy. Tempo run? Why not just run a race in place of the workout? And if I can find a race to run about every three weeks, then that takes care of those cutback weeks,…

Peeling away layers of fear.

There is no room for fear in goal chasing. For those of you who haven’t heard me ramble on about my race plans for 2017, catch up! I’m going sub-20:00 for the 5k, if it kills me. Putting longer distance racing on the back burner for a while. I’ve really only been back to typical…

Ode to the 121st Boston Marathon <3.

Because there’s no way I could describe what it was like to experience Boston, I won’t even try. Instead, I’m just going to say Thank You. Thank you to mother nature for providing a day that was, though not ideal for runners, perfect for spectators and volunteers. Thank you to the Boston Police Department for…

Heartbreak before Heartbreak Hill.

If you’re a runner, you can’t escape the excitement that surrounds the Boston marathon. I used to be the skeptic, the one who’d say, “What’s the big deal?” And now, here I am, a week out from my first Boston and I’m still not sure I know the answer. I wanted to believe it didn’t…

A marathon training run for the books <3.

Marathon 10 was all about firsts: running it, not racing it; using it as a way to gauge my fitness level for Boston; and crossing the finish line with my favorite human. I came to the decision to run The Arizona Marathon as a training run when I realized I wasn’t in the shape I wanted…

On turning a training run into a PR.

While the Sun Run 10k failed miserably at living up to its name, that gloomy, rainy January morning proved to be a game changer. I’ve always whined about the 10k distance. “I hate 10ks” or “It’s my worst race distance” or “10ks hurt so bad!” I’d say. Relatively speaking, the 10k was my slowest time compared…

On the mend and looking ahead!

About 3 weeks after my 50 miler, I finally started to get my bearings back. I’ve been slowly building back base mileage without much trouble. Fast forward to 5 weeks post-race, and I’m already signed up for a February 2017 marathon. Back in February 2016, I was offered a comp entry into the 2017 Arizona…