Caper’s Surprise Rehoboth Seashore Marathon Training Log

At the beginning of this week, I seized the opportunity to try again to cash in on a great season of training, after a disastrous end to my NYC Marathon. I’ll be running the Rehoboth Beach Marathon in Delaware in two weeks, on Saturday, November 5. On the advice of an experienced multiple marathoner friend, who advised that the body loses speed faster than endurance, I focused my training this more » Read more

The Race of My Life: Cinnamon’s NYC Marathon Report

It was a little disheartening that the taxi driver had no clue what was going on when I said “Staten Island Ferry, please!” I figured he’d just finished a shift of hauling around drunk adults in Halloween costumes, so I wasn’t very surprised. I WAS surprised when my $50 visa gift card got declined and I had a mini-panic while I tried to figure out how to get to an ATM. more » Read more

It’s More than A Goal Time: What Exactly is a Sub-3:00 Marathon?

So many times I hear runners talk about their goal time for a marathon. Having an end goal for your race is awesome! Something I realized though, is that we talk about our time goals but don’t always talk about what they actually mean. What the heck IS a sub-3:00 marathon? (When I say sub-3:00 you can substitute any goal. It’s just the example we’ve been using the last few weeks.) more » Read more

A Parent Runner’s Savior: Race Day Childcare

Does your partner ever give you a hard time about watching the kids so you can race? Do you and your partner have to take turns racing so one of you can be there with the kids? Do you arrange for early morning childcare only to have the prospective sitter call you the night before to cancel, at which time you immediately gulp as the training efforts and race costs more » Read more

Make Track Workouts Work for You: Don’t Make these 7 Mistakes

Runners love track workouts; they give us feedback and structure, plus they break up the monotony of our training weeks. After running mile after mile at the same old easy pace, it’s nice to head to the local track to work! But what if that work isn’t really doing you any good or worse … hurting you? Many runners don’t know how to run a track workout correctly. Luckily, we’ve seen plenty more » Read more

Caper’s Marathon Recovery Training Log

Two weeks after the NYC Marathon, I feel 99% recovered, in good shape and wishing I could find a place to race in a few weeks. I am finally learning to listen to my body, recover when it is time to recover and find the right level of effort for harder runs. Can’t wait to see what I will be able to do with that when the time comes (at more » Read more

A Chat with Liz Blackwell on Racing, Pregnancy and More!

You can see the 13-mile marker in the distance. You look down at your watch and goosebumps rise on your arms; you’re about to nail a huge PR. Just as you look up, a woman passes you. A synapse fires in your end-of-the-race-foggy brain. Is that lady..? No! Couldn’t be. Wait … a sec … OH. MY! That lady is definitely pregnant! If you raced the Rock n’ Roll L.A. more » Read more

Run a Sub-3:00 Marathon in Just 4.5 Short Years

Over the past four and a half years, I have grown to love the marathon more and more. This doesn’t mean I haven’t struggled along the way, or that I have the whole marathon figured out. However, I have learned a lot through each and every training cycle. In fact, some of my best successes in races have come from looking back and pointing out what worked and what didn’t. It’s more » Read more

Cocoa’s C-section recovery log: Week 2

A friend of mine told me that every day after a c-section you feel 100% better than the day before. Well, I have a lot of “100%’s” to go until I feel decent again, but she was right. Every day is 100% better than the day before… UNLESS I overdid it the day before, in which case I take one step forward and a half step back. I’ve had a more » Read more

13 Trail Racing Tips for Road Runners

Flickr Commons Image by the Knocksville Track Club. After a summer and fall of trail running, the road 5K I was scheduled to race last weekend didn’t seem quite right. Looking for a break for my body and mind, I found a small trail race in a neighboring town with a 5.3-mile option. Perfect! During the race, however, there were many times I thought to myself: “Huh, this is really more » Read more

Pimento’s 2015 NYC Marathon Race Report

The “A” goal was 3:10, the “D” goal was to just enjoy the race and have a great vacation. The result? 3:37:39, my third slowest marathon ever. D-minus. I add the minus because, while I’m very disappointed that after months of high mileage and consistent strength-training I couldn’t pull it together on race day, I’m just as disappointed that my experience of the race was anything but enjoyable. My friends would more » Read more

Molasses Training Log – 10.25.2015

Monday (10/19) – I bought a book called Running Strong by Dr. Jordan Metzl. The book discusses all sorts of running maladies, and is entertaining and informative. I didn’t really read anything in it that I haven’t read before, though. What I am enjoying is the Iron Strength for Runners workout that’s in the book. Today I just wanted to go through and try each exercise to see what it’s more » Read more

Caper’s Marathon Week Training Log — Week Ending 11.1.2015

I had the best marathon taper ever. I ran easy, my body felt healthy and rested, I ate well, carbo loaded diligently and saw running friends. Enjoyed the pre- marathon spirit in the park. Got plenty of rest in the nights preceding and even the night before the marathon. On marathon day, I ran 23 miles right at my fitness level and then blew up spectacularly from salt loss in more » Read more

Run a Sub-3 Hour Marathon in Just 13 Short Hours a Week!

So you want to get faster, maybe break three hours in a marathon or maybe … just maybe qualify for the Olympic trials. No matter where you are in your running career, you can. But, Jasmine! A lot of these competitive women train a whopping 80, 90, 100 miles or more per week. I don’t have enough time to do that. How can I ever be that fast? You can. I more » Read more

The Mindful Competitive Runner

The mindfulness movement has been around for ages, but it’s only recently that it’s made its way into the mainstream. Mindfulness is defined as intentional awareness, or intentionally paying attention to the environment around you. It involves observing your environment through the five senses and more importantly, not judging the thoughts and feelings as good or bad as they occur. Instead of reacting to a thought or feeling, we learn through mindfulness to more » Read more