Last Sunday’s Columbus Marathon finish was the completely exhausted but 100% over-the-moon kind. As I scrounged up whatever energy my legs had left for the last ¼-mile “sprint,” I felt like I was in one of those motivational Pinterest images with the words “Dig deep” across it in bold lettering. I spotted my mom and […]
When I started training for the Columbus Marathon back in June, race day seemed so far away. And in a lot of ways, those early runs feel like a lifetime ago because so much has changed since then: I moved to a new state, started a new job and made a bunch of new friends. Oh, […]
When I signed up for the Rock ‘n Sole half marathon on a whim just four weeks ahead of time, it was mostly to run myself out of a rut. I had no idea then that it would turn out to be my last race (for the foreseeable future) in Milwaukee—a lot can happen in a month!
Exciting news: I signed up for marathon no. 3! I’ll be back on my college stomping grounds to run the Columbus Marathon this October, and I can’t wait. Soon my weekends will revolve around high mileage training runs again, but for now I can be a bit lazy.
As I lay in savasana at the end of a yoga class the other day, I found myself reflecting on an old cross-country ritual called visualization. Much like savasana, it requires you to lie on the ground on your back and let your muscles soften as your mind engages.
I’ve never been a big New Year’s resolution maker. It’s not that I don’t vow to amp up my reading or become a more patient person, it’s just that I worry I’ll jinx those goals by labeling them as resolutions. But as I went for my first run of 2016, I started thinking about my running hopes for the year.
This was a fantastic year for me—it felt like a fresh start. I started a new position at work, moved into a new apartment, met my new nephew and started dating somebody new and wonderful. Oh, and I ran the Chicago Marathon for the first time! I could wax poetic about all the good times with family and friends or jaw-droppingly good food I ate, but instead I’ll just share five simple but wonderful things I did in 2015.
Since finishing the Chicago Marathon last month, I’ve really missed having a goal race to keep me on a regimented running schedule. Between the darker evenings, my trip to Texas and a nagging runner’s knee, I’ve only been running two or three days a week lately—yoga’s been keeping me sane.
Marathon training kind of takes over your life, but once you cross that finish line after a goal race, you always feel a weird void. That feeling is what inspired me to put together this pro/con list that only runners will understand.
Though I’m not going to give you a play-by-play of my physical status at each mile, I will present to you this list of 26 things I loved about the 2015 Chicago Marathon—and it was hard to pick just 26!