Put On A Happy Pace: TCS NYC Marathon Training Series 12 Mile Recap

Just under 100 days to go until the TCS NYC Marathon. At this point, I should be well into official training, but the past couple weeks have been a series of starts and stops – I’ve dealt with on and off calf pain, my dog dying, and a cold for the past few days which brought my runs to a complete halt. I’m on the mend – Thursday was my worst day. My colds are usually minor and only last a few days, but they make me too weak to run. No idea where this one came from, as I haven’t had any close human contact lately. I guess I touched a gross subway pole and didn’t wash my hands like an idiot.

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R.I.P. Saki (2006-2018)

Warning: this is a non-running-related post, and also sad.

Earlier today I had to make the excruciating decision to put down one of my dogs. Saki had been my mom’s dog – I adopted both him and MacGregor after my mom passed away last year. Literally the only thing she cared about as her condition grew worse was that her dogs were kept together and looked after. There would be no giving them to a shelter or splitting them up. So that was that – her dogs became my own.

But my mom didn’t choose Saki. He chose her.

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Starlight, Star Bright: 2018 Retro 4-Miler Race Recap

I signed up for the NYRR Retro 4-Miler a few weeks ago, thinking it would be a fun addition to my 2018 race lineup. It was only 4 miles. The start was close to home. And anything with the word “retro” in it would probably be fun.

There is a race shirt for this race: a very nice cotton tee. But there was no way in hell I was going to run a race in a cotton shirt. I’ll wear it around town instead.

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Like a Virgin: A Bunch of Firsts

Hi, remember when I used to post to this blog several times a week? I haven’t meant to neglect you, li’l blog. I’ve spent the past two months making some big changes in my life – moving out of one home and into another; adjusting to new running, eating, dog walking, and commuting schedules; figuring out how the old pieces of my life fit into the new. It’s been a strange but mostly good time, and something I never would or could have predicted happening a few years ago. I’d like to fall back into posting here more regularly, especially now that summer has arrived and official marathon training is staring me in the face.

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