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Fly When You Need to Fly (A Race Recap)

As I type this, I am in pain. My quads are burning and my hips are aching. Every time I get up from my desk chair, I feel like my thighs and glutes are going to give out beneath me.

It's a delicious soreness that makes me grin from ear to ear.

The pain is a gift left over from racing the Towpath Half Marathon this weekend. To make a long story short: I nailed it. I ran smart, fast and free ... and I have a shiny new PR to prove it.

When the field took off in front of me during the first mile (which was pretty much all downhill), I reined it in and found my pace. And when everyone slowed to climb two bridges, I put the pedal to the medal and coasted my way down the other side. I kept my head on straight and my focus on my body, not my watch. I decided to let my legs fly - after weeks of training, I trusted them to know what they had to do.

I thought about running with my brother, but he ran with the ponies when the gun went off, and I knew I couldn't hold that pace for long. Un…

Non-Scale Victories

At Weight Watchers, we obviously celebrate victory on the scale, but we also celebrate non-scale victories (or NSVs) - moments when you realize your healthy habits have made a difference. A few weeks ago, I proudly shared one of my own NSVs: After more than a year of wearing a cheap replacement band, I finally got my wedding rings re-sized.
For me, this was a HUGE step. I'd gotten very comfortable with the cheapie ring because I knew if I started gaining the weight back, I could wear my bigger rings again ... That sounds awful doesn't it? But it's true. 
Well, it's been about a year since I hit my goal weight, so I decided I finally "deserved" to have my bling back. Maintaining my weight has been just as hard as losing it (a post for another day, I think), but at this point, I feel like I've proven to myself that I can do it for the long haul. Sure, I could still gain it all back one day - THIS IS ALWAYS IN THE BACK OF MY MIND. 
But today, I'm healthy an…

Tales of Training: Toe and Tummy Troubles

Let's start with the positives:
1. Right now, as I type this, I feel great - no pain or discomfort whatsoever
2. As long as I remain this way, I will be running the Towpath Half Marathon next weekend
3. It's Easter weekend - I'm excited to celebrate and spend time with my family!

I haven't blogged for nearly two weeks because it's taken me that long to find some positives amid my training troubles ... So let's talk about what led to this point.

First of all, the corn on my right foot made me eat my words. In my last post I said, "I'm too cheap
and stubborn to buy new shoes this close to a race again." Ha! Hahahahaha! Karma can be such a bitch. I hobbled through most of the next week, and by last Friday, I could barley walk, let alone run, because I was in so much pain. I knew my shoes were the problem ... and I knew I had to do something before I REALLY hurt myself.
Unfortunately, I wasn't laughing when I walked out of Three Rivers Running Co…