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    I'm a stay-at-home-mom who, as part of a mid-life challenge, decided to run a marathon for kicks. I didn't plan on it becoming a hobby, but it did. I QUALIFIED FOR BOSTON at my second marathon and slipped into the vortex. Join me as I fulfill my dream of running the five marathon majors.

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Loving/Not Loving

Categories: Home Front, Loving/Not Loving

Time for the April edition of Loving/Not Loving. Feel free to play along.

Loving that Easter Sunday here was a glorious 79 degrees.
Not loving that our flip flop weather was fleeting and it’s back to a whole 34 degrees this morning.
Loving that I’m still in a Get-Stuff-Done mindset.
Not loving that I finally made that dentist appointment I’d been procrastinating on, and it’s in a couple of hours.
Loving that I found a good Whole Foods Groupon.
Not loving that I forgot about it and it expired.



Loving that I’m finally getting out on my bike.
Not loving that I still haven’t had it tuned up…ever.

Loving that I found a steal on Bon Maman jelly.
Not loving that I dragged home 8 jars of it. Hostess gift anyone?? Party favor? Race fuel?
Loving that I’ve lost my chocolate cravings.
Not loving that I seem to have filled the chocolate void with jelly.
Loving that sweet Sister Mary someone or other the ‘running nun’ followed me on Twitter.
Not loving that her blessed holiness pulled the unfollow trick as soon as I followed her back. Is that a sin?

What are you loving? Not so much? Favorite jelly flavor?


Weekend Rewind

Categories: 1/2 Marathon, Easter, Half Marathon, Home Front, Training

Here’s how training went last week: When I strayed from the plan, what I actually did is shown in blue.

Total Mileage: 30 run, 20 bike

Monday: Yoga
Tuesday: 3 miles easy trail run, upper body strength
Wednesday: 6 miles pace ladder
Thursday: 8 miles w/2×1.5 miles @tempo pace
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Running drills 5k race
Sunday: 10 miles (3×20 min. @HMP) 10 miles slow + lower body strength, 20 miles on the bike
Everyday: Pushups and Corework
I know what my coach is up to. He’s piling on quality back-to-back workouts in hopes I’ll somehow build stamina sufficient to make it thru the Flying Pig 3-way. It was a challenging week. This week brings much of the same. I’m doing my best to pretend I’m a 5 run/week kind of girl but I’m already fantasizing about a short ‘runbattical’ following Flying Pig.


  • The bunny for once, did not overbuy, er I mean bring too much candy.
  • I stayed away from chocolate for the duration of lent…except for what happened on the spring break cruise…but still…minimal chocolate there too. 


  • I know weight is just a number. But is a picture worth a thousand words? Because yours truly saw her recent race pics and got a rude awakening. Although I won’t be launching an all-out assault during training, stay tuned for some developments on the weightloss front. 
  • We had a milestone in the extended family last weekend when my eldest niece was confirmed. What frustrated me is that nobody beyond her immediate family was invited. It is not for me to judge others or advise people how to celebrate, but at the same time, as her aunt and Godmother, I would’ve loved to share in that rite of passage. Just putting it out here because it baffles me and now I’m moving on.


Congrats to Meb, Rita and everyone who ran The Boston Marathon! 


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