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Remember when I declared that I was working on making this year my best ever? Well, I’ve been dissecting that a bit trying to uncover what it would take for me to feel truly accomplished in 2016 and I during that process I found that my idea of  “accomplishment” has drastically changed. For quite some time career recognition has been a huge priority in my life. (Second only to being a good mom, natch.) That was pretty much it for me. I got my identity from my job and what I accomplished. And while I always want to do an excellent…

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I feel the need to address the elephant in the room… ME. Yes, me and my lack of updating lately on this site. I know, I know. I made this big ole announcement about how I had found my blogging voice and how I was super excited to be writing again and then I was eerily silent. I’ll spare you the sordid details but it involves travel soccer, archery lessons, white knuckling it through the end of the school year and a coworker leaving. (Good times!) I was still writing for Pursuit Of It All but not as much as…

So this WINTER thing sucks. After weeks of lethargy, apathy and marathon television viewing (with no end in sight) I am crying UNCLE and admitting that my moodiness is probably more than a simple phase. I just haven’t been myself. I’m unmotivated, irritable and sort of wandering aimlessly through my days. So. Not. Me. In the past I’ve scoffed at the notion that Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, was a real thing. (In my defense, there seems to be a disorder for everything these days. Just saying.) But once I began researching it, I not only believed it to be a real disorder, but…

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It’s 3:30pm. You’re sitting at your desk. You’ve not moved for two full hours and yet, you suddenly find yourself EXHAUSTED. Recognize the scenario? Of course you do. Fighting fatigue at the office is a battle we all face. When your energy level falls into the red zone, you probably reach out for the quick fix: caffeine. (A recent USDA report reveals that women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, daily consumption leaps to 225 milligrams. Whoa! That can’t be healthy.) Now as fond as I am of a caffeine boost,…

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For years I’ve beaten my body up while training. Running has taken a toll on my body (no question) and my forties are continuously throwing me for a loop. (I don’t want to talk about it. Harumph.)  I was introduced to the concept of Flaxie Packs by my friend Joanne McCoy who, it turns out, is co-owner of the company. She thought that my running partner and I would benefit from using them so I agreed to give them a shot. After all, between my nagging IT band injury and all my other bumps and bruises while while weight-training, I certainly could use…

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Well, week two has passed and we are still seeing some good results with the program! I actually only lost one pound this week but I feel tremendous. My clothes are fitting much better this week and I’m really encouraged. I’ve lost a good three to four  inches off of my waist already. I’m getting used to portioning and packing my own food and have a much easier time at resisting the every day temptations of life. I personally like to keep my meal plans simple and rotate them every two days. One thing that has remained constant is my…

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This year I’m not running a marathon. You heard me. I’M NOT RUNNING A MARATHON. It will be my first time skipping in six years. (Technically, I did not run the year of Hurricane Sandy. That was the year I was scheduled to run my second New York Marathon but it was cancelled and I trained up through 20 miles so I TOTALLY COUNT IT.) I don’t really know why I am not tackling a marathon this year. It wasn’t a big decision or anything. I think Katie and I just needed a mental break from training and simply couldn’t bring…

It’s done. I FINISHED. I CONQUERED. I AM VICTORIOUS. Obnoxious, much? Clearly the fact that you are reading this blog means that Katie and I made it across the finish line of the 2013 Steamtown Marathon. Which is a fantastic feeling. (Even if the feeling only lasted a few hours before being completely re-submerged into real life. Which totally sucks, BTW. Not my own real life, just the fact that one can get up at a ridiculously early hour in the morning, accomplish a tremendous feat of endurance and then return home a few hours later only to be faced with laundry…

The Steamtown Marathon is tomorrow. We leave this morning at 11am. I’m suddenly not feeling ready. I’ve been so busy with work and kids,that I’ve not done a thing. Had a work function until late in the evening on Thursday. Spend an inordinate amount of time this week packing the kiddos for a soccer tournament that was (of course) cancelled at the last minute. Had a rare girls night out last night. Ate way too much and ended up crashing immediately after my return. It is 6:00am and the whole house is still asleep. It occurs to me that I’ve FORGOTTEN…

You know that whole marathon thing I’ve been talking about here and there? It is really creeping up on me. I’ve been running, of course, but never with an official plan. I  knew I needed to have one, but just never seemed to get around to mapping it. It is all about the art of denial, y’all. Of course, it is hard to deny the impending marathon when the organizers keep sending you race updates. So Katie and put together a plan for the next few weeks to get ourselves on target for the Steamtown Marathon on October 13th. (Which, in marathon…