SUP? Paddleboarding, That’s Wh...

SUP? Paddleboarding, That’s What!

Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time, and Friday was one of those times. I had just finished training my last client of the morning when, while scrolling through our MRTT Facebook page, I saw a post from someone I didn’t know asking if anyone wanted to join her on Saturday morning for […]

Ups And Downs Of The W...

Ups And Downs Of The Week

This week was full of ups and downs, both figuratively and literally. The ups and downs on Saturday were rather fun though!  Monday  Strength Train – 1 hour Walk – 3.4 miles Rodney Yee’s Yoga Conditioning For Athletes (affiliate link) – Yoga for Runners On Monday morning a got a text from Erin asking if I had time to go […]

Ask Coach Deb – Second Installm...

Ask Coach Deb – Second Installment

Last week in my first installment of Ask Coach Deb, I suggested that I would make this a monthly feature; however, my new friend Lynn had many follow-up questions so as long as those questions keep coming, I will post either weekly or bi-weekly. Feel free to add your own questions in the comments below and […]

Getting Lost A Quarter Mile From The Finish L...

Getting Lost A Quarter Mile From The Finish Line

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is lost…..  I’d […]

A Team Of Ultra Cool Runn...

A Team Of Ultra Cool Runners

It’s been almost two months since two teams of four women per team ran Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra and I think it’s about time that I introduce you to my amazing teammates! If you’ve missed my recaps, you can catch up by clicking on these three links: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  Ragnar Trail Richmond was my forth […]

Oh Those Pesky Hamm...

Oh Those Pesky Hammies

The weather this week was absolutely perfect for getting outside. It’s a rare treat here in the summer when we’re not swimming in humidity, so I took advantage of it even if it meant turning my runs into walks after a my left hammie got all bent out of shape and cramped up on me on […]

Ask Coach ...

Ask Coach Deb

On Tuesday, I got a private Facebook message out of the blue from the daughter of one of my childhood friends. It started with: Hey, love! I am about to embark on my very first half marathon in October. I am unsure of what to expect and wonder if you could guide me. I watched the […]

Procrastination – So Easy, Yet So Ri...

Procrastination – So Easy, Yet So Risky

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is procrastinate…..  I’d […]

A Little R An...

A Little R And R

Bill and I picked a perfect week (Tuesday through Friday) to head down to the Outer Banks for a few days of rest and relaxation – for me at least. Bill spent the entire time working, but at least his views were pretty darn good.   Monday  Strength Train – 1 hour Rodney Yee’s Yoga Conditioning […]

2016 Chicago Spring Half Marathon Race Re...

2016 Chicago Spring Half Marathon Race Recap

As soon as my son Joseph and daughter-in-law Julie moved to Chicago, running in a Chicago race became a bucket list item for me. I toyed with the idea of entering the Chicago Marathon lottery, but playing it smart won and I decided to stick with a half or shorter race. As soon as Julie’s mom Janet and […]

Consistency Is The ...

Consistency Is The Key

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is consistent…..  I’d […]

Back On The Tr...

Back On The Trail

After taking over a week off to recover from the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, I slowly stepped back into my exercise routine. I was somewhat surprised that I didn’t feel completely refreshed and ready to take on the world with my first run after my rest. This has become a concern for me regarding recovering now that I’m older – resting versus […]

Runners Empowering Runn...

Runners Empowering Runners

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is empower…..  I’d […]

Make Every Day A Skin Cancer Awareness ...

Make Every Day A Skin Cancer Awareness Day

On this last day of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I’m reminding myself and my readers to make every day a day in which you’re aware of any changes on your skin, no matter how small they seem to be. It is because I noticed an odd looking spot on my lower leg and had it examined immediately, that I […]

Memorial Day ReflectionsR...

Memorial Day Reflections…

This week was all about resting and relaxing after last Sunday’s half marathon in Chicago (recap coming this week). There were a couple of walks, two weight lifting sessions, a little yoga, but no running. I’ll hit the trails again on Tuesday after my body has had a little more time to recover…  Today, in honor […]

Finding Free...

Finding Freedom

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is freedom…..  I’d […]

My Week Ending With The Chicago Spring H...

My Week Ending With The Chicago Spring Half

This was it. My spring training using Runner’s World Run Less Run Faster came to an end with the Chicago Spring Half Marathon this morning. I enjoyed the training plan very much, and felt it got me to the starting line feeling confident. I stuck to the plan pretty closely up until Ragnar Trail Richmond when […]

Born To Encour...

Born To Encourage

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is encourage…..  I’d […]

Ragnar’s Unisex Versus Women’s Cut Race Shi...

Ragnar’s Unisex Versus Women’s Cut Race Shirts

My regular readers know that I’m a pretty positive person, but sometimes a girl has got to vent… I just tried on my Ragnar Trail Richmond shirt, and I am not happy. Ragnar switched our shirts from mens/women to unisex shirts; so now the neckline is too high, the sleeves are too long, and there’s […]

Only One More Week Of My Spring Training Cy...

Only One More Week Of My Spring Training Cycle

Since there’s no rain in the forecast for the remainder of today, yesterday just might have concluded a seventeen-day rain streak here in Virginia. With all of the rain this past week and limited time to work outside in my yard, I took the opportunity to write my Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra Recaps, Part 1, Part […]

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Race PR’s (Personal Records)

5K - 22:57 (7:23 pace)
8K - 39:25 (7:55 pace)
10K - 47:05 (7:40 pace)
Ten Mile - 1:16:22 (7:38 pace)
20K - 1:45:30 (8:30 pace)
Half Marathon - 1:54:34 (8:45 pace)
Twenty Mile - 2:46:14 (8:18 pace)
Marathon - 3:29:04 (7:59 pace)
Ultramarathon - 10:50:30 (13:00 pace)

2016 Race Schedule

February 14 - Run Your Heart Out 5K
April 17 - Loudoun 8K or Half Marathon
April 29 & 30 - Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra
May 22 - Chicago Spring Half Marathon
July 4 - Firecracker 5K
August 21 - Leesburg 20K
September 16 & 17 - Ragnar DC
November 24 - Thanksgiving Day 5K
December 11 - Frosty 5K

Favorite Races

1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon (5:32:38) - favorite trail marathon

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