“Motivation remains key to the marathon: the motivation to begin; the motivation to continue; the motivation never to quit.”

-Hal Higdon

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Red, White & Boom Half Marathon #RaceRecap #RunTheBoom #TCinMotion

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Hey! What a novel idea! Let’s write a race recap on the actual day that the race was run! This is something I used to do as a novice blogger. But now, finding the time to do it after running the race is a struggle.

Or perhaps it is just because I’m lazy.

No matter.

Where do we go from here? And a #RunTheBoom #Fitsok Winner!


This post was written for publication last Sunday. I thought it better to post it as is rather than edit it to the present day.

Where do we go from here?

As of today, I’m quite impressed at how I’ve been able to recover from Grandma’s Marathon. It seems like this time around, it was a bit easier. Boston, by far, seemed like a more taxing race recovery wise. It could be because I just forced myself to get out there the day after Grandma’s and keep moving, albeit slow as molasses. I probably could have done the same after Boston….if I weren’t hungover, and if we didn’t have to spend the day traveling home.

Jabra Takes The Wires Out Of Running – #Jabra Pace Review

Jabra Sport Pace

You already know I’m a creature of habit. If it works, why change it up? If it makes my life less complicated and more predictable, I just assume stick with it.

I had been listening to the Runner Girls Podcast, which for the first few months of the year, was sponsored by Jabra and their headphones. The runner girls, Sue, Meagan, and Katie, seemed to like the wireless bluetooth headsets and spoke rather highly of them. I’ve tried bluetooth headphones in the past. In fact, I have an “over the ear” pair that just so happen to be made by Jabra as well.

Fueling the Fire – Part 3: #MEStrength

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Disclaimer: I received a MEStrength Sample Box to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

This is Part 3 of a three-part series.
Find Part 1 here.
Find Part 2 here.

Certainly, by now, if you are an avid reader, I don’t have to tell you that I’m a sugar free runner. That said, I can tell you that 90% of the food and drink items geared towards runners contain sugar. And loads of it.

Grandma’s Marathon #RaceRecap – Part 2

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This is Part 2 of a two part series. Part 1 is here.

I began to take in the scenery, as here it opened up to the water. It was a beautiful day despite the heat. I was happy to even be able to see the lake. For the first run, it was just too foggy to see anything. So, I took it all in this time, looking for the familiar sight of the finish line. I heard you could see it from here, but it was pretty hazy. Still, I recognized these miles from my first Grandma’s. I remember ditching my sweatshirt somewhere around here in 2013. Even today, the clothing left at the side of the road was remarkable. I realized that all of it must have come from the half marathoners as they started an hour earlier. More than likely, it was a little more chilly for them.