I write this as I look out my window and see the clouds starting to creep in and take over the Pululahua crater. Its name is quite fitting as it means “cloud of fog” in Quichua, an indigenous language in Ecuador and surrounding areas. The crater formed from a collapsed volcano dating back more than […]Read more "Advancing Women’s Rights in Ecuador"
Cut the fluff– overall, I feel good enough about this race. I had a reach goal of 3:45 and a very attainable goal of breaking 3:48. In the end, I ran 3:48:48 / 8:44. I thought I was 21 seconds off from last year, but I just realized I was actually 1 minute 20 seconds […]Read more "Marathon #5: Let’s Look at the Facts"
Just one more training run to go. Since July 2nd, I’ve run 458.3 miles. I always get obsessive about the marathon, but I feel like this year has really gotten out of hand. For the first time, I didn’t have any significant work obligations, which freed up a lot of mental space for me […]Read more "The Day is Near and I’m Over It"
So long as I reach the start (and finish line), this will be my 4th NYC Marathon in 5 years. It’s been a dream of mine to run ever since my high school track days. I even wrote my final high school essay on Fred Lebow, the founder of the NYC Marathon. Whether I’m on […]Read more "The NYC Marathon: A Prelude"
In 2012, I started training for my first marathon. Sure enough, I ended up needing physical therapy. That happened again in 2013, 2014, and 2015– when I actually had to drop out due to injury. Last year, something magical happened. I didn’t need physical therapy – my body felt just fine! I was hoping this […]Read more "The Cost of the Marathon"
On Saturday morning, my boyfriend walked in the living room to find me watching NYC Marathon videos on YouTube. He joined me and did a good job of playing along and acting interested. Meanwhile, I was getting teary and filled with so much joy in anticipation of this special day. The next morning, the alarm […]Read more "The Staten Island Half"
It’s the cornerstone of the typical marathon training program. Your 20-miler. If you can do that, you can do that extra 6.2. Some advise against running further or doing it more than once because of injury risk and peaking too soon. Of course, advanced/competitive runners often do choose to do more. I do not fall […]Read more "Twenty."