August 2013 – Movement Labs

Perth Marathon: The “Evening-Of” Abbreviated Version

I won’t make you read 1,000 words – let’s just cut to the chase: Perth Marathon = 3:44:53 Sha-freakin’-zam. Given my training and goals, this was a very pleasant surprise.  Actually, it’s closer to ‘shock’ than ‘surprise’, really.  I know that with solid training (including speed work), I have a sub-3:30 in me, no question. […]

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Perth Marathon: One Sleep Away!

It’s 9 PM, Perth time. Race flags off at 6 AM.  [Nine hours to go – but who’s counting?] We’re staying 1 km from the Starting Line (SWEET). The alarm is set for 4 (or 4:15?) AM. At the moment, I’m giving thanks that GCA and I had the foresight to stay so close to […]

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My Big Fat Goal Time

[This is a little bit scary to be declaring publicly, but it’s time to say it.] Sub-4 hours And now, I’m going to add some caveats take you through my thought process – how I came up with this time, and how I’m going to use it on race day.  Because honestly, determining a goal […]

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If You’re Talking About Me, I Don’t Want To Know

*We interrupt London recaps and training banter so that I can have an Expat Moment.  I don’t have too many of these, but I’ve experienced a weird situation several times recently, and it’s been bugging me, so I’d like to get it off my chest. First, a little background: There is a Singlish term used […]

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Weekly Workout Round-Up (July 29-Aug. 4)

This was a pretty full workout week, including with a super long run on Friday.  I was coming off a weekend with a 22 mile run, as well.  Hello, intense marathon/ultra training! Monday (July 29): Rest. I am always tempted to get the week off to a strong start, but between heavier weekend training and […]

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Farmer’s Markets + Shakespeare = Loving London Day #2!

While I’m busy ignoring the tickle in my throat, a week before I leave for Perth (at least it’s a whole week!), let’s keep the London-goodness coming, blog-style.  And I promise that Day #2 will be shorter than Day #1 (which required two posts). We started the morning with a run along the Regent’s Canal.  There were other […]

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A Short Detour To Athens (London Day 1, Part 2)

I believe I left you all halfway through my first day in London (I was solo the first day; KMN joined me after that).  So after my trip into London on the Underground, breakfast, a free cappuccino, the London Canal Museum, and Platform 9 ¾  (read about all of this in First Impressions Count – aka […]

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First Impressions Count – aka Loving London

Anyone who travels among or through large cities seems to have an opinion: “City X (and its people) are so cold/warm/sweet/unfriendly/helpful/unhelpful.” or “City Y is so friendly! Much, much better than City Z!”  I’m guilty of this myself.  In fact, as far as London goes, I’m going to be guilty of it – based primarily on […]

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