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Depending on where you live, chances are you may already be dealing with some high temperatures. In my current location of Northwest Florida, like many places across the Southeast U.S., it felt like we went from winter to summer in a flash, virtually skipping all but a hint of spring. And now that summer is officially upon us, it’s time to face it. The heat isn’t going anywhere for awhile.

Last week I finally came to my own breaking (and subsequent breakthrough) point with the heat. I decided since there’s no beating it, I may as well stop complaining about it, and instead, strive to wake up each day and actively blaze through it.

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It’s grueling now and in order to enjoy whatever it is you choose to do outside, you have to actively make it enjoyable for yourself. The good news is, regardless of where you live, there are things that you can do to make the heat more manageable. Along with proper fueling and staying hydrated, I’ve arrived at five ways to survive the summer heat. The following five considerations have helped me get out of my heat-induced funk and make the best of it.

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With the arrival of June has come getting back to some consistency within the running realm. I must say, the month of May was all over the place after taking a solid 10 days off of running immediately following the marathon. Then, just as I was getting back into some sort of swing, Hangout Fest and Memorial Day weekends happened back to back, and meanwhile the weather heated up tremendously.

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If you are looking for something to make you feel even hotter when it’s already 90 degrees out, just go for a run on an asphalt track. 

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Mum’s The Word

May 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Between my marathon trip to Nashville with my mom just two weeks ago, and Mother’s Day Sunday, “Mum” has certainly been the word lately.

With the launch of Vegan on the Run, and marathon training, I’ve spent ample time since the beginning of the year reflecting on two arenas my mom has been (and continues to be) highly impactful, and two appreciations that we share—running and food.

During marathon training, my mom encouraged me every step of the way, all the way to the finish line. When I found myself battling doubts leading up to the race, she was quick to call me out, set me straight and eagerly share her own marathon trials and stories. She reminded me that although running the marathon was something I really wanted, it wasn’t the thing I wanted more than everything else in my entire life. She reminded me there were other things I wanted and had invested myself in, urging me to keep in mind that it’s all part of the never-ending balancing act.

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Although it still seems surreal, exactly a week ago today, I was running my first full marathonthe St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee.

“You ran a marathon today!” yelled a lady in the crowd, while jumping up and down and pointing her finger at me as I was running down the final hill, and making the turn to approach the finish line. “Trust The Struggle” read loud and clear on my wrist, as I sprinted my way to the finish.

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Running How You Feel

April 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

Last Saturday I headed up to Atlanta to reunite with my running partner Martha so that we could embark on the longest run of our marathon training together. Our terrain of choice for this endeavor was the Silver Comet Trail. This paved trail starts in Smyrna, Ga., just minutes away from downtown Atlanta, and spans 61.5 miles to the Georgia/Alabama state line. What once was an abandoned railroad line, is now heavily used as a gold mine for cyclists, walkers, runners, rollerbladers and more.

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The morning after setting a PR at the Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (March 2013), I discovered this encouraging word while en route to get coffee. 

Seeing as how I learn something new every single day, it’s safe to say, not only are there countless items I deem as “rules of the road,” the list continues to grow.

Since my current marathon training is the most extensive training I’ve ever done, it seems only natural I’ve been reflecting (more than normal) on all the things I’ve learned through training for anything over the years. No matter what you are working to achieve, here are five training-related rules of the road that will hopefully help you on your journey.

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I’ve been on the road to healing for quite some time.

Recently it has come to my attention that although I’ve opened myself up to welcome healing into my life when it comes to both matters of the mind and heart, I haven’t afforded the rest of my body the same luxury. Rather than allowing myself to sit with physical pain to understand it, and accept it, I’ve attempted to run through it, run past it, and run away from it. That is, until it caught up to me.

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