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Chicago Marathon Recap

Thanks be to the running Gods! I have finished a marathon. But seriously, it feels pretty darn good to finally check off another 26.2 after going almost four years without completing a marathon! Crossing the Chicago finish line was a huge weight off my shoulders. It was the feeling of turning in your last final […]

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It’s About Time – Kiawah Island Half Marathon Race Recap

Yogis preach the value of being present. One’s mind should be in the current moment instead of drifting off to recount the items on the grocery list or obsess over a bad day at work. But I question whether we are already too deeply rooted in the present moment and specifically our present feelings. When […]

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Greek Fest Recap – A Sad Time

I’ve never broken 18 minutes in the 5K. Part of the reason why I haven’t reached this milestone is because I’ve only raced a couple of 5Ks in the past five years. The other part is because 5Ks are really freakin’ – no, not awesome, Lauren Fleshman – but hard. 5Ks ARE REALLY FREAKIN’ HARD. […]

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Race Recap – American 4 Miler

Hi. It’s Paula. Remember me? I had a blog once? I apologize to my handful of readers (Hi Mom), but lately I have been entangled in yard work…I planted another garden at my new house, and I’ve been battling all the weeds and grasses that have been overtaking my beds this spring. I was never […]

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Race Recap: Know Your Craft 5K

Most people run a marathon with the primary goal of completing the 26.2 mile distance. Easter weekend, I ran a 5K, about an eighth of the distance of a marathon, with the same goal – don’t quit before crossing the finish line. I have a lot of respect for those who race shorter distances. If […]

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Race Recap: Tobacco Road Half Marathon

I probably should have been more scared than I was – Two months before Tobacco Road race day, I wasn’t running at all. And hadn’t been really for a couple of months. And “training” for Tobacco Road consisted of peak mileage at just 45 miles a week – certainly not optimal for a stellar performance. […]

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10 Ways I Overcame Plantar Fasciitis (And Returned to Running!)

If you stumbled across this page while researching what to do to cure your own plantar fasciitis, then I’m going to guess this is about the gazillionth article you will read on the topic. Thus, I’m not going to recommend the same old lean-against-the wall stretches that you have seen everywhere. (Your doctor may have […]

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Ripping Off the Band-Aid

If chicking boys was my goal at Halloween’s Race 13.1 Charleston, then I succeeded with flying colors. Not only did I complete my first race in over two years(!), but it was the very first time that I was not only the fastest female but the fastest runner there – Period. But – to be […]

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Hitting the Wall

I can do this. On the count of three. One. Two. Three. Yuck!!! Nose breathing –In. And out. In. And out. Just swallow this GU, PJ. You can do it. On the count of three. Wait – I’ve already tried that. So, I’m not very good at swallowing energy gels during my long runs. But […]

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CIM Training Update: Weeks 4-7

A whole month of training has gone by since I have last blogged, and I feel like a heck of a lot has happened in just four short weeks…Training has been filled with highs and lows, and I mean this literally – I’ve run at 8,000 plus altitude and all the way down at sea […]

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