Fueled and Motivated (Giveaway!)

September 13, 2014

Happy Weekend!  It’s rainy and chilly here in the Nation’s capital and feels like fall.  It’s a perfect day to sit down, write a blog post, and sip on some coffee.  This week I really hit the workouts hard with strength training, teaching, cycling, and running.  And because of that, my nutrition really needed to […]

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Letting Go of the Marathon

September 9, 2014

Hi, my name is Melissa and I’m a recovering marathon drop out. It’s been 17 days since I made the decision not to run the Marine Corps Marathon. [post beach run – where I ran without training on my mind] This sounds like a joke and I wish it were, however deciding to “quit” training […]

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Marathon Training = Lots of Shoes

July 29, 2014

Even if I weren’t in training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I would probably still have an excessive amount of workout shoes – especially running shoes.  It’s an Achilles heel. Just a week ago, I broke out a new pair of Mizunos to try out for LOOONNNG distances – the Wave Enigma.  This pair has […]

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Long Run Fuel

July 23, 2014

This weekend we dropped to less than 100 days to the Marine Corps Marathon!  OH MMM GEEEE!!! And this weekend marked the first weekend where long runs returned to double digits.  While 15 was on the training schedule, 13 was all my body was managing.  After talking with Julie, my coach, I’m really just happy […]

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ALO Yoga: A Review

July 18, 2014

Back in May, ALO yoga reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some of their clothing.  I can tell you one thing, fitness clothing shopping to me is better than any other type of shopping.  Hands down.  Yes, this girl likes to get dressed up and walk the walk, but […]

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Stay Hydrated

July 16, 2014

So between a week of extreme stress and high temperatures, I’m learning the hard way what dehydration can do to the body.  My marathon training has kind of gone down the tubes, however I know exactly where to go to get back on track – again one of the other reasons it’s 100% beneficial to […]

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June 30, 2014

Don’t ask about my post naming inspiration….it’s been a long weekend. But, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know I have a strong love affair with peanut butter (aka peanutbuttahhhh).  I really don’t care what form it comes in – crunchy, creamy, natural, no-stir, salted…I’m game.  So, when we got home late […]

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Summer Running Favorites

June 18, 2014

Nothing feels better than coming home, cracking open a box of new running shoes, and then heading out the door. I mean seriously…. Ok, yes.  My idea of great shoes are from brands such as Mizuno, Nike, and Under Armour.  Sneakers over stilettos So that is why I’m sharing my top 5 favorite summer run […]

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Why I Got a Running Coach

June 16, 2014

This summer is all about building my base for the Marine Corps Marathon.  This will be my 2nd marathon.  Marathon #1 wasn’t quite the experience I was hoping for.  The 2011 Pittsburgh Marathon was kind of a disaster.  Ok, yes, I crossed the finish line, but that was about the only victory happening that day.  […]

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Zooma Annapolis 10K – 2014

June 2, 2014

This past Saturday was the second year I was able to participate in the Zooma Annapolis festivities as a race ambassador.  Each year has had its struggles for me.  Last year I was injured (tibialis tendonitis) and wasn’t able to run, but still spectated and cheered everyone on.  This year, I was lucky to just […]

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