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Best way to start off 2012

For the past month weeks I have been training my butt off (although with my recent weight room routine maybe I am actually training it on?) with my close running and personal friends, Hilary Stellingwerff and Alicia Shay in the brilliant blue-skied strip-mall haven of one of Phoenix’s finest suburbs, Anthem Arizona.   While Alicia is climbing her way back to her beastly fitness of past years, Hilary and I attacked a polarized...

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Treadmill: It gets the Job Done

Treadmill: It gets the Job Done

As any Northern climate runner or triathlete can attest, training through the winter months can take some creativity, commitment, and strategy. We were hit by an early winter last week and it was a reminder of the perils and challenges of navigating the snowy, icey and dark days that will be around for the next several months.  I was in the middle of a high mileage block of running and, boom, snow.  Suddenly my runs became jogs, and...

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April Showers Brings July Flowers (and Chocolate Cake)

April Showers Brings July Flowers (and Chocolate Cake)

It is inevitable that about this time every year I have a self-induced running-related anxiety attack.   April is probably the hardest month for training for me – both physically and psychologically.  After months of training hard, building base, increasing strength, tapping into some speed and doing a few “rust buster” low key indoor or road races, April is the month when things really start to matter.  In February and March, a...

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