Natalia x Chicago = Marathoner

Meet Natalia! A PhD holding, mom of two from El Paso, TX, who stumbled upon my blog (maybe over a year ago) and asked me to coach her…then declined…then came back. And now we’re here. Natalia just completed her first full training cycle and FIRST EVER marathon. She is certifiably nuts and I love her….

Life’s a Mary-thon

So this blog has been pretty inactive as of late and to be honest, I have just been having FUN running and haven’t really thought about the social media side as much. But, something I have been really focusing on, has been coaching. I am coaching around 15+ people for anything from running for fun to…

The Race

So, I have taken a week to sit down and process the race. I have been inundated with texts from people asking if I was hurt, if something happened, why I didn’t perform, etc. I have seen countless posts from people with every reason why things didn’t go well. “I felt sick. I had a…

Taper: You’re Not Crying, I’M CRYING

I think that’s how that phrase is supposed to go? Maybe not? Whatever, that’s the tune of my week and has been the tune of most taper weeks in my past (according to the depths of my blog). Pretty much anything can set me off and I am not helping myself by listening to a…

5.5 Weeks To Go…What?

Okay, so I haven’t been tracking or posting or reporting in as much as I have been the last few marathon cycles. And to go back to my last post, I still don’t fully feel like I am in the swing of things. It is so easy to watch on social media as your friends…

10 Weeks Out: Didn’t I JUST do this????

Last year at this time, I was posting my 10th blog of the training cycle because I was 10 weeks deep into training. This year, I still don’t feel like I’ve started really training yet (duh I have) because I JUST ran Philly. I’ve never run marathons so close together before and the downtime was…

Dilly Dilly My PR’s in Philly

Or should I say, BACK, in Philly. It has taken me a week to step back from this race and actually think about what happened, be proud of what did happen, and get fired up to get back to exercising and running. So, the biggest part you’re probably already thinking is…didn’t this chick JUST say…

Party for 1

And that’s a wrap. If you’re looking at the stats, this is my strongest training cycle to date. I am a numbers and facts person when it comes to competing and I need to see the data to believe it. My half marathon went from 1:29 to 1:28, my 5k went from a 19:32 to…

Week 11: Taper + Tears + Gillian

I haven’t had a good cry in like four weeks…and that’s a LONG time for me. I got it out by crying multiple times a day for no reason. Happy video on Instagram = tears. My car getting smashed into while parked = tears (I’m fine, my car was parked and I wasn’t there). Tears…

Week 10: I’ve Peaked!

I actually don’t think my body has caught up with the fact that I have peaked in mileage and made it to taper already. Honestly THANK GOD. My last cycle was 20 weeks…and as you can see here, I am only at Week 10 so this truly flew by. I will try to remember the…