Inspiration

On Being A Sore Loser…Getting Fit in 2010!

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After two days of strength training, a 9 mile tempo run and a fall the other day I am so sore!  I decided my goal for 2010 will be to focus not only on trying to run injury free (and stay vertical:), but to GET FIT!   I am back out there a few days a week since being […]

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The Ugh![ly] Truth…checking into holiday/running rehab

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Maybe it’s the snow on the ground…or the high caloric intake…or even the general exhaustion from the late nights and last minute preparations.  Maybe it’s just all that being nice.    But holidays are not good for my running.  Went out for a 7 miler this morning and felt like I was crawling.   The moments of denial that found me saying “as […]

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WinCatherine: A Documentary on Catherine Ndereba (aka Catherine the Great) Marathoner–hopefully coming soon!

November 18, 2009

Filmmaker Stefani Weiss (who is sponsored by the artist supporting non-profit organization Fractured Atlas–donations are therefore tax deductable) began a twitter (@wincatherine) and Facebook campaign to secure funds to complete the film.  Jamie and I were lucky enough to hear Catherine speak and get her autograph (and a hug) at the Philadelphia Distance Run Expo.  She spoke eloquently about her […]

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Training for the Chicago Marathon: The Ebb and the Flow

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The initial buzz: I thrive on the planning. Which marathon? It’s all about the destination these days. With my penchant for lakes and cities, the 10/11 Chicago Marathon is a lock. We debate over which NY Roadrunners Marathon Training Plan to use. And vow to stick to weekly track and hill repeat sessions. The summer starts […]

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NY Marathon Long Training Run #1: Twelfth Night (and day) of July

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I’m becoming restless. Time to break up the drudgery of distance training by running somewhere new. I choose the NY Marathon Long Training Run #1 in Central Park. The run costs $15.00 if entered ahead of time and a little more to pay on the spot. The run is billed as a “noncompetitive” 6-20 miler. […]

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Looking for (running) inspiration in all kinds of places

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It’s almost July and that means it’s time to commit to a marathon training schedule.   It’s also time to psyche myself up for the months ahead.  I look for inspiration everywhere.  Here are some places I have found it lately: I loved the movie Spirit of the Marathon that came out last year.  So I just re-watched it online […]

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Marathoning at 50 and beyond: some observations

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Yes! We have finally figured out all that it takes to reach a goal. We have virtual doctorates’ in time management. Alas, this translates to a 4:45 am training wake up time for me. The solitary pleasure of running the distance with a sublime playlist is hard to beat. Equally vital are my long distance […]

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Do I run to race or do I race to run?

March 18, 2009

This year I finally signed up to run the Boston Marathon.  Woo hoo!  I have qualified three times and decided I was ready to make the commitment to train through the winter months (you know what I am talking about).  I really enjoy training but it is h-a-r-d and can be very challenging in the cold weather before dawn. It […]

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Elena’s running mantra: “just keep going”!

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Life is full of twists and turns and you gotta’ just keep going!   Running keeps me going forward. With change being a constant in my life, I have come to rely on running as my best friend. Wherever life leads me my running shoes go with me.  Through running I have become more “me” and […]

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{art review} Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts: George Tooker

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George Tooker – A Retrospective: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)*: 118 North Broad Street (near Cherry), Philadelphia, PA 19102 When: Now through April 5, 2009 Cost (“Special Exhibit” fees): Adults $15 ; Seniors and Students w/ I.D. $12 ; Youth (5 – 18) $8 George Tooker’s first museum retrospective in 30 years is taking […]

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