Good morning, friends! Do you want to run the Chicago or New York City Marathon this year, but, unfortunately, didn’t get into the lottery? Well, don’t you fret. There’s a way that you can still run either of these sold out races. Any first-timer marathoners out there? Yes? Both of these marathons are great for first-timers, too! That’s why I’m excited to let all you runners out there know about an opportunity to join Action for Healthy…

Good morning, friends! I’m still on a high from Monday’s marathon! It was such an amazing experience. The whole day. Seriously, I had the best time ever. Ok, ready for a recap? Let’s start at the beginning! I woke up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at 3:10 AM on Monday morning. I was too excited to sleep! I tossed and turned for about an hour and then finally decided to get out of bed. I laid out all…

Today is the day. Marathon Monday is here!!! By the time you read this post, I will be on my way to Hopkinton to run 26.2 miles. This day is a long time coming, and I can’t be more excited to finally run the Boston Marathon. It is the race I’ve always wanted to run. A lot of time, effort, and miles have gone into this one day, and I am beyond thrilled to participate…

Hello, friends! I have an awesome giveaway for the runners out there! Check out these Marathon Map Prints! Gorgeous, right?! I love them so much. These maps are a wonderful memento of a special day and great accomplishment. Each one is personalized with your name, bib number, time, and marathon date. And, of course, they make the perfect gift for the favorite runner in your life! And here is a sweet deal for CNC readers: You can get…

Hello! This is Monica from RunEatRepeat! You should check it out if you like running or eating. OR watermelon-loving, red-headed Mexicans, which is a very specific market, so I’m hoping you are one of the three people on this earth who are into that sorta thing. Anyway. I started RunEatRepeat to document training for my first marathon and trying to lose weight way back in 2009. My goal was to just run ONE marathon, cross…

Ok, my post title is a little misleading. I’ve only run two marathons, so I don’t have a ton of expertise in this area, but I can tell you what I’ve learned from training and completing those two marathons. Here are some lessons I learned about myself from running marathons: I love running, but not for 4+ hours. I love running. I really do. A nice easy run with some good music is my favorite…

Never in a million years did I think running would become such a huge part of my life. A little over a year ago, I signed up for my first marathon and started taking running a little more seriously. Clearly. Since then, I’ve run nearly two dozen races, hundreds of miles, and made some awesome friends in the process. I honestly can’t imagine my life without running now. (Please click over to Ali’s blog and wish…

Now that my race recap has been published, here’s what Mal and I did after the marathon: Ice bath. Please note: I am getting into a bathtub full of cold water. Mal hadn’t even added the ice yet. He found the whole thing hysterical. I’m such a wuss. Once I had a beer in my hand, Mal dumped in the ice. It was painfully cold, but it definitely helped my sore muscles. I’m barely sore…

We trained for 22 weeks, logged nearly 400 miles, traveled to Phoenix, and punched the Rock ”˜N’ Roll Arizona Marathon in the facehole! The night before the marathon, Mal and I were convinced that we wouldn’t sleep a wink, but, surprisingly, we both slept until our alarm at 5:05 AM. As soon as it went off, we both jumped out of bed and started cruising around the hotel room. I ate my usual pre-race breakfast of peanut butter and…

This is the toughest part of winter for me: right after the holidays, but months away from spring. It’s a long stretch between now and April (or even May). The winters in Boston usually seem like they will never end. This might sound crazy, but marathon training has really changed my perspective on winter. Even my husband noticed my more positive attitude toward the cold. Usually, I am Cranky Pants McGee when it comes to winter!…

Good morning and happy Monday! First things first: BREAKFAST! Breakfast Breakfast was split into two parts this morning. When I woke up, I made a piece of whole wheat toast and topped it with Teddie peanut butter and a few raisins. This combo is so delicious! It’s also great for hunger control. I also had a glass of iced coffee with vanilla soy milk. Then, I headed to the gym, where I did 45-minutes on…

Thanks for everyone’s comments about the possibility of me running a marathon in the coming months. I really appreciate the variety of opinions and experiences that you guys shared. It definitely gave me a lot to consider. For now, I’ve decided to take things slow with my marathon goal. I’m not going to register for a marathon or jump right into training anytime soon. Instead, I’m going to increase my weekly milage and see how my…

Eating breakfast so late this morning totally messed up my lunch-making mojo. When I went to pack my lunch to take with me to NuVal, I wasn’t very hungry at all. Nothing seemed appetizing with a recently-filled belly. 😕 But, I knew that I would want something to eat while there, so I packed a light lunch. (Apparently, I already used this post title back in October 2008, which is why this one is called…

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