Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Saturdays (14-miler)

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 12 weeks

Long Run Saturday: 14 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year. Running three marathons in a year was never my plan, but when work sent me to New York in June, I had to add a marathon into the work trip. The timing of my marathons this year has been spaced out: February, June, and December. I have been able to scale back the mileage in between training for each marathon which has given me a little extra recovery time, not like in 2015 when I ran two marathons two weekends apart. Continue reading

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“Love the Pain, Inc.” — What is that?

On a recent trip home, aka the somewhat quarterly Tallahassee to Los Angeles trip, my girls and I were asked what our “Love the Pain” trucker hats were about, which we are always very ready to talk about. For my six and eight year old, their response is simply, “it is swim-bike-run, that’s what we do.” For me, it’s that and so much more. It’s about my Angelino roots that connects my skate/surf/snow roots to my East Coast running and triathlon life. Needless to say, I am stoked to give a little shoutout to this small and super awesome company!

In their own words, Love The Pain is not just a brand, its a lifestyle.  For those who give it their all in exchange for a few seconds of extreme satisfaction.
Love The Pain is committed to endurance sports and its amazing athletes.  Our Products are designed and crafted in Los Angeles, CA.” 

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Love the Pain also offers team slots on Team Mojo as well as an ambassador program. I am stoked to give a shoutout to some awesome Team Mojo Athletes and ambassadors! Check them out on Instagram (and.. hint, hint…. some will hook you up with a discount code so you can grab some of your own #LTPEndurance gear)!

  1. Robin @simplerobin
  2. Mike @kingofthelake
  3. Alisha @starlithvn
  4. Rick  @royer6
  5. Kieran @iron_kieran

Inaugural Youngstown Marathon Recap 2017

Marathon #7. When you tell people that you are running your seventh marathon they seem to think it will be easier for you. They don’t get easier. Running marathon #7 means I know the pain that awaits after mile 18, the grit it takes to get from mile 22 to mile 25, and the balance of nutrition and moving to keep your stomach in check.

Training for the inaugural Youngstown Marathon was going well and my wonderful friend, Maria, helped me get through the last several long runs during training. I cannot thank her enough for logging those miles with me.

Seven days before the marathon I got food poisoning or a stomach bug, the jury is still out. I wasn’t able to eat for two days and then I slowly introduced bread, crackers, and soup back into the regimen. On Friday, I weighed in at Complete Nutrition and the food poisoning left its mark, I had lost two pounds of muscle in the past week. Continue reading

Soccer Life: Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur

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Today Jossalyn wrapped up her fourth soccer season in less than two years. It’s hard to believe this little munchkin, who is only six years old, has played almost 7 months of soccer each year for the past two years. She has been amazing to watch and to hear her name cheered from the sidelines gets me every time. I wish her great grandfather could have seen her play and perhaps he is and perhaps she has a little bit of that amazing Croatian soccer player with her when she is on the field.

After playing soccer for the City of Tallahassee, we signed up with Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur at the recommendation of her previous coach. While the skill building practices and playing up an age group have been frustrating for her, she has come away each week smiling, running, sweaty, thirsty, and ready for more!

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RCTC Athlete Spotlight: Tiffany Nunnally at IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast

I love this lady! She has stood by my side at many race starts and I am honored to help share her triathlon journey and story!

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“My racing accomplishments will never define who I AM, but simply something I can DO.  If I lost my legs tomorrow or could never race again my worth would not decrease and my identity would not be shaken because my worth comes from God alone. The character traits of perseverance, consistency, endurance, patience, hopefulness, and diligence are now rooted deep inside me because of the process of training and racing.  Courage and boldness have replaced fear and intimidation. I’m so thankful that I can draw from these experiences and apply these lessons to every area of my life.”

-Tiffany Nunnally

I have had the honor and privilege to train with Tiffany over the past several years. We have shared stories and laughter, joy and tears through many miles swam, biked, and run. We have stood side by side at several race starts and hugged through tears at race finishes. I am honored that she was willing to…

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Baby Jogger XC Summit Double Giveaway (CLOSED)

Congrats to the winner, Carrie Bruce Smith, on winning the Baby Jogger XC Summit Double Stroller!

Congrats to Brittany Blocker on winning a complimentary entry to the Marzuq  Shriners 5k on May 13th! 

Update 4/9/2017: I was honored to be able to pass my stroller on to another family. After reading through the comments I was touched by so many moms and friends and family members of moms. I wish I could provide strollers to each of you!

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Complete Nutrition Tallahassee and Marzuq Shriners 5k. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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The time has come to part with my Baby Jogger stroller. My girls are now six and eight years old and have been running their own races the past couple of years. I held on to our jogging stroller and kept it in storage because it meant so much to me. There were many journeys, miles, several 5ks and 10ks raced with this awesome stroller.

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2017…. Back in the Saddle

Seems like just yesterday I was racing IRONMAN, Texas, even though that was almost two years ago. Life threw me a few curve balls through 2015 and 2016, but I am excited to be back in a healthy, active lifestyle and racing again.

I kicked off 2017 with the Big Beach Marathon in Alabama on January 29, 2017. The Big Beach Marathon was the first marathon I ever actually considering quitting. Mile 22 was the infamous mile in which I reached into my FlipBelt, grabbed my phone and texted for a pick up. I got no response from the other end so I kept trudging along. By mile 23 I was upset that I still didn’t get a response and bargained with myself that if I made it to mile 24 that I would go ahead and finish. I ended up finishing. The Big Beach Marathon was indeed my slowest finish time ever, but every once in awhile a humbling experience like that reminds us to be grateful that we can even get out there and complete 26.2 miles.

 

I followed up the Big Beach Marathon with the Tallahassee Half Marathon a week later. The hilly and beautiful winding course was a welcome change of scenery. I ran the Tallahassee Half Marathon with a friend/coach and catching up on life for 13.1 miles always makes those miles go by a little faster.

 

A few other exciting notes for 2017…. I am honored to be representing Complete Nutrition as a Complete Nutrition Tallahassee Athlete for 2017 and a social media influencer for Rose City Triathlon Club. Looking forward to sharing training, travels, adventures, and races this year!

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