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#Mingsanity, Boston, A European Adventure & A Few Surprises: A 2014 Highlight Reel

Here we are folks, the last month of the year. The end of the year is always a time for reflection for me as I'm sure it is for most people. Did it meet all your expectations? What were the highlights? The low points? The last few years I've written my year end recap with excitement and high expectations for the following year. This year I can safely say, I'm not writing from that place. For once...

Boston 2014

Where to start?  I have all sorts of mixed feelings about this day, good and bad and it's taken me a while to process them all.  Sometimes you have to step away from a not so positive experience to see the positive in it.

I had very high hopes for this race, I really did. I was aiming for a 3:10 marathon. Something I thought I had in me...and perhaps I still do, I just didn't have it in me last...

'Twas The Night Before Boston: #Mingsanity Week 15

4 months of training, 2 pairs of shoes, hundreds of Instagram photos and almost 700km covered to get me to this point. Tomorrow morning I will be lining up with 36,000 other crazy folks to run the 118th edition of the Boston Marathon.

I'm freaking out a bit but, like a kid at Christmas, I'm also pretty excited. I think it's going to be an incredibly special day and I'm looking forward to soaking...

Boston 2014: Am I Ready?

One year ago today, the unthinkable happened.  Bombs went off at the finish line of one of the most hallowed races in running, killing 3 and injuring 264 others.  The shock, disbelief and outrage that followed was magnified a thousand fold by runners around the world.  In the days that followed, runners united all over the world to run for Boston.

In 6 days I will be back at the start line in...

The Countdown Is ON! #Mingsanity Week 14

Holy Smokes.  This time next week I will be toeing the line in Hopkinton.  I'm starting to FREAK OUT with excitement but I'm sure I will quickly forget about that once my week gets underway.  Last week was crazy busy and this week looks to be much of the same.  I've got two back to back 13 hour shoot days, the last one being the day before we leave for Boston.

Awesome.

Needless to say I spent Sunday...

Taper Time! #Mingsanity Week 13

Two Magical words: Taper Time. Yes gang, I've officially started my taper for Boston. Of course, the universe being they way it is, in my world reduced training volume almost ALWAYS comes with increased workload at work. Which in turn comes with stress. It NEVER fails. So, here's hoping that I manage to get adequate rest AND not get sick over the next two weeks. Fingers crossed. Now, on the FUN...

T-Minus 3 Weeks: #Mingsanity Week 12

Well now that race number two is under by belt (recap to come later on this week), it's almost time to wind down for Boston. I've got 3 weeks left. This weekend will be my last long-ish run (30km) before I really start to chill out. This past week was really low key so I'd actually be able to recover from the two hard weeks that I had. I also had a few after work events so that meant I was either...

The ATB Game Plan

First off, I'd like to point out that this is my 5th post this week.  I've posted something every day.  I can't remember the last time that happened...if at all in the history of this wee blog.  HIGH FIVE!

So...on Sunday I'm racing Hamilton's legendary Around The Bay 30kmfor the 3rd year in a row. I've had so many people tell me that this is not a great tune up race for Boston, it's too close to...

Pumping Up the Volume & Pulling the Pin: #Mingsanity Week 11

Wow. What a week. Sure my previous week had more hours but this one seemed way more intense. I guess that's why Ming classified it as high volume. To say it knocked me on my ass would be an understatement. Although I think my super long work day (got to bed at 2:00 am) & less than ideal food choices on Tuesday (ate McDonalds!!!) might have had something to do with it as well. Top it all off with...

Pump Up the Volume: #Mingsanity Week 10

As I mentioned last week, this weeks workouts started with a warning from my Coach: "This is going to be tough, just plow through it". It wasn't really what I wanted to hear but hard weeks are part of the program. Without them, you can't grow as an athlete. Knowing it was going to be a tough one, I had a deep tissue massage on Sunday. And then a Graston treatment on Tuesday morning. I think that...

Do What You Can: #Mingsanity Week 9

First of all, I want to thank all of you for the birthday wishes last week. It really made my day. I was hoping to get my Chilly Half race report done last week but that hasn't happened. Life and work took over most of my week which left little time or energy for anything else. It will come though, I promise. I can tell you one thing, it took a lot out of me. I figured I'd be recovered by Thursday...

Race Season is Underway: #Mingsanity Week 8

I guess you could say that this past week was a kind of like a taper week. Which for me is unusual leading up to a "C" race. Normally I just keep my volume as is, race, and then perhaps adjust afterwards if necessary. This is why I decided a coach was necessary this year. This past week was a nice break and it left me with pretty fresh legs heading into Sunday's half. This week I'm ramping up...