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Lucky 2013: The Year in Review

If you had told me in January that I was going to podium in every race I did in 2013, except one, I would have said you were nuts.  Yes, I had high hopes for this year, especially after the end of 2012, and it did not disappoint. I took my newly improved psyche / mental game and ran with it (literally!). I upped the ante this year and signed up for the 13 in 2013 challenge to keep me motivated and...

The Last Hurrah: The Tannenbaum 10km

Yesterday marked the final race in my crazy year of racing.  14 races in 2013.  That's a lot.  I don't think next year is going to be quite as mental.  Not when I'm planning to have a few big things on my racing plate for 2014.

I had wanted to do this race last year but ended up going to Paris instead. I know, poor me. With no fancy trips like that scheduled for this year, it was definitely going...

Got My Mojo Workin' - Part Two: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon

When I originally started this blog 2 years ago it was to document my journey to run 3 half marathons in a year and cap it all off with a sub 1:40 half at the age of 40.   Since then it has evolved into so much more that I ever it expected it to.  Much like my running.  So it seems fitting that I entitle this post Got My Mojo Workin' - Part Two.  Part One happened two years ago at the same race.At...

Kickin' it Old School: Bala Falls Triathlon - Retro Edition

This past weekend saw G and I hit the road for yet another race.  Yes, I know, we just raced last weekend.  I am tiring myself out just thinking about all the running around and racing we've been doing as of late.  No wonder I feel like I'm overdue for a vacation.  Good thing I have one coming up next week (wheeeeee!). 

The last time I did this race was in 2005 so I suppose that almostqualifies as...

Shoulda Coulda Woulda

It's 11 days out from showtime and I'm going to be honest, I'm not feeling great. I know that generally happens during taper but I'm not talking about the typical tapermadness aches and pains. I'm talking about actual discomfort. I was worried that I might have gone a little too hard at Around the Bay and I can pretty much confirm that I did. Normally I bounce back relatively quickly if I'm smart...

Going for Gold: Around the Bay Race Report


"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts"  - Dan Gable
                           
I knew that if I wanted that gold medal I'd have dig deep. I'll admit it, I was scared. Scared that I'd blow up. Scared that I'd fail. Realistically the only person that would matter to is me, but still. Fear is a great motivator. It can also...

Practice Makes Perfect

Tomorrow will be my last big run before I start my taper for Boston.  It just so happens that 30km of the 34 I plan on doing will be part of a race.  I'm a big proponent of adding a few races into a training cycle, especially if you're training for a longer distance race.  What better opportunity to practice your "A" race game plan then in an actual race situation?

I'm done fretting about trying to...

March: The Month of Challenges

We're only 10 days into March and it's been a busy one, mainly because of work.  All work and no play makes me a little cranky so I've decided that I need to add some fun to the mix in the form of a couple of challenges.  The first one is being hosted by F3 (Further Faster Forever) and it's a badge collectionchallenge. There are badges for all sorts of accomplishments. It's like being in the...

Happy Birthday To Me: Chilly Half Marathon Race Report

This race always happens around my birthday but I think this was the first time that I decided to participate when it actually landed ON my birthday. This is the fourth time I've run this race. The first time was back in 2008 and then I skipped several years and signed up again in 2011. I've run it every year since and I will probably continue to do so. It's a fairly flat course and I find it a...

Happy New Year & Another Goal

I hope everyone had a fun filled New Year's Eve and managed to start off 2013 on the right (or left) foot, so to speak, ha. 

I would have written this post yesterday but alas my brain didn't have the capacity to formulate complete sentences. Yeah, I went a bit nuts on New Years Eve. I certainly didn't think that was going to be the case given that I had been up since 5:00 am but once the dancing...