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  • Are You Overtraining? Two Easy Tests

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    It’s no secret that I’m not currently in intense training mode for anything (although I definitely have the itch now that I’m running pain-free again) but I know there are many of you training for fall races. I am a huge advocate of following training plans when preparing for races – anything from 10Ks to [...]

  • Born To Run?

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    This is a difficult post for me to write but it is something that has been on my mind recently. I am not so sure that my body was made for running, especially distance running. This is not something that is easy to admit, much less accept, but all signs clearly point in this direction. [...]

  • Foam Rolling 101

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    I took advantage of my low-key weekend to finally work on Foam Rolling 101. I know I promised this several weeks ago so thank you for your patience. My schedule has been just a little crazy lately. Before we launch into the how to, let's talk about what foam rollers are, where you can get [...]

  • Who are you?

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    I’m a… Runner? Yogi? Teacher? Lover of all things fitness related? In my last post I mentioned that over the past year my relationship with running has been a little tumultuous. This time last year, I was 12 weeks into training for the Thunder Road Marathon and found myself injured…again. I was sick of running [...]

  • Marathon Eve and How to Receive Updates

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    This is going to be a quick overview of my day. I'm blogging from bed and need to start winding down. It's after 10 p.m. and my 5 a.m. wake up call will come early tomorrow! First up...for those of you who want to track my progress during the race (HI MOM! Love you!), you [...]

  • Preparation

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    I'm in full Marine Corps Marathon prep mode. There's a detailed list (that's a little dirty - it's been living in the kitchen!) and I've started laying everything out in our extra room. Also, I'm prepping my body with food and beverages. Lunch was a delicious panini creation. White cheddar, provolone, spinach and blueberry preserves [...]

  • One Week from Today…

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    I will (hopefully, fingers crossed) be a second time marathoner! And hopefully not feel like this at the end... I can hope, right? I'm sure I will be an emotional wreck. I mean, I teared up a couple of times today during my last long run while thinking about "this time next week..." Final long [...]

  • Embracing the Taper

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    Well, it’s been a long road but I’ve finally reached the point in marathon training that I’ve been working for the last 14 weeks – TAPER TIME. And as to be expected, I’m only two days into the taper and already losing my mind. Can’t I just squeeze one more long run in? Why can’t [...]

  • Last Long Run, Next Stop Marathon!

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    This morning I ran my LAST double-digit long run of Marine Corps Marathon training. Next week I will run eight and then the next weekend is the race! The 16 weeks of training have been a journey but I can honestly say that it has been an enjoyable one (despite the two-week hamstring hiatus). New [...]

  • Stomaching the Run

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    I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that running makes them sick to their stomach. I've received questions on how to avoid this. I think most runners have been there and here are a few tips to help you finish your runs feeling like this... And not like this... First and [...]

  • Slowly Recovering (with the help of good food!)

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    I'm slowly recovering from yesterday's 20-miler. The first step was ice bath, hot shower and food. The second step involved me sitting on the couch from 2:30-7:30 p.m. without moving. I blogged, watched Grey's Anatomy and ate peanut butter chocolate chip bars. It was glorious.  Around 6:30 my legs said, "beer me." I had a [...]

  • Tackling 20!

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    *Become a fan of Peanut Butter Runner on Facebook! I just set up a fan page and would love to connect with all of my readers on Facebook! I RAN 20 MILES TODAY!!! I was planning on 18 but was feeling really strong at mile 14 and decided to go for 20. I called Brandon [...]

  • The Race is On

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    I apologize for leaving you hanging last night with the running news. Honestly, I didn’t even know whether it would be good or bad news until today. I’m sure some of you have been wondering about my plans for Marine Corps Marathon given my recent hamstring injury. I have been trying not to stress about [...]

  • Fun with Shaksuka

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    I am lucky that my husband is totally willing to try crazy ethnic vegetarian recipes that I put on our weekly menu plan. We may struggle about my desire to go 100% vegetarian but at least we've come to a good compromise and only cook meat/seafood at home a few nights a week. This week's [...]

  • Everything Has Changed, Absolutely Nothing's Changed

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    The words of the brilliant Eddie Vedder sum up my situation perfectly. "Everything has changed, absolutely nothing's changed." This song popped up on my playlist today while I was walking with Sullie and this line really resonated with me. Yes, I was walking Sullie and I have no long run to update you guys on [...]

  • Obsessions and a Tempo Run

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    Some news (nothing life changing, don't get excited)... I am officially obsessed with The Rachel Zoe Project. How have I never watched this show before last night? It has been constantly playing on On Demand since I found it. I love Rachel, I love her husband and I love her "gaggle of gays." (I'm just [...]

  • Long Run Regret

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    Yesterday I posted about my 18-mile turned 13-mile long run. I knew that I would regret it when I threw in the towel at mile 13 and sure enough the regret is hitting heavy today. I’ve been dwelling on my failed long run all day. It didn’t help to look at my training schedule and [...]

  • Go Greek, Go Long

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    I generally prefer to do my long runs on Saturday mornings. I find that if I wait until Sunday, I dread it all weekend. I was so back and forth with my long run this weekend and decided to do it on Sunday because we were out late and on our feet all night Friday [...]

  • A Beautiful 16 Miles

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    Happy, happy Sunday everyone! I am in way too good of a mood and have way too much energy considering that I just ran 16 miles. It is a BEAUTIFUL day and I can seriously say that enjoyed every single second of my long run this morning. :D I felt great when I woke up [...]

  • Farewell Front Burner

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    And I just ate a giant bowl of frozen yogurt from TCBY for dinner tonight. Oh and a piece of toast when I got home because it just seemed like the right thing to do. Don't worry, there was an occasion (albeit a bittersweet one) for this. A big group of Charlotte-area bloggers met up [...]

  • Myrtle Beach Long Run – 14 Miles

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    We arrived in Myrtle Beach last night. Our friends Lee and Ashley invited us to spend the weekend at their beach place along with another couple. We grabbed a late dinner and then I went to bed. I wasn't much fun since I had a long run planned this morning but the boys certainly didn't [...]

  • Self Awareness

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    Today I'm focusing on self awareness during exercise. We are lucky at the Y that we are able to team teach BodyPump. I have a co-instructor and we split teaching the class 50/50. One of us teaches while the other participates as well as walks around and corrects technique. Tonight while I was walking around [...]

  • Finding My Marathon Motivation

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    I know the name of this blog is Peanut Butter Runner but it shouldn't come as surprise to most of you (if you know me in real life or if you have been reading for a while) that I have been feeling really over running for a while. I committed to running the Marine Corps [...]

  • Atlanta Long Run

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    We arrived at my parent's house in Atlanta around 9:30 last night and this was waiting on us. My parents picked up a pizza and salad for us from Grant Central Pizza. Perfect late night dinner after four hours in the car. And then this happened and Brandon tried to document it but my camera [...]

  • Tempo Run + Hot Yoga = Sweaty

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    Good morning! I usually post my updates in the evenings but last night I worked on Bakin' and Eggs and then crashed. Before turning in I made the decision to skip ashtanga this morning so I thought I'd get up early and work on this blog instead! My lower back is still feeling a little [...]

  • Operation Storm Survival, Beach, Run and BEAUTIFUL!

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    Happy weekend from beautiful Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. I braved extremely hazardous road conditions to get here...and I was by myself. Brandon left earlier in the week for the beach but I had to work so couldn't leave until after work Friday. My solo road trip started off with a [...]

  • Workout Buddies

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    Happy weekend! I'm enjoying our last weekend at home before we embark on four weekends straight of traveling in August. Eek! Luckily, they're all fun travel plans (including two beach trips - score!). Sometimes workouts are more fun with friends and I've been lucky to have some pretty awesome workout buddies this week. First, I [...]

  • Party Time

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    First, sorry for the weekend hiatus from blogging but I was in need of a disconnect. This weekend was all about birthday celebrations. My mother in law has a milestone birthday coming up on Wednesday (I will not share the number because I am a sweet daughter in law ;) ) and my sister in [...]

  • Speedy

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    The first speed workout of my Marine Corps Marathon training plan was scheduled for today. I dreaded it all day...it was so hot outside (97 degrees) and it just didn't sound fun. I know that any sane person would have just done the run on the treadmill (easy to adjust speed, air conditioned) but I [...]

  • BodyPump 74 Launch and First MCM Long Run

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    Happy Saturday - it's been an active one for me! This morning we launched BodyPump 74 at the Y (by the way, did you see that the YMCA is officially changing its name to the Y?). We had a four instructor launch team and over 30 members participate. I realize that not everyone knows what [...]

  • Marine Corps Marathon Training Plan

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    After months of talk, promises of base building and a little bit of procrastination...I'm finally ready to share (and commit to) my Marine Corps Marathon training plan. For some background information on why I chose this race and who I'll be running it with check out this post. Now, prepare to be underwhelmed by this [...]

  • Base Building

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    I can’t put it off any longer. It’s imminent. I must find a way to overcome my yoga addiction and get back on the road to start building my base for Marine Corps Marathon training. My 3-4 mile runs here and there are not cutting it to prepare me for the training cycle that starts [...]