NYC Marathon Review and Recap (Including How to Breast Pump and Breastfeed While Running the NYC Marathon!) (Marathon 29 and State 24 – New York)

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Five whole months, I thought.  No problem, I thought.  It can’t be harder than running a marathon 13 weeks pregnant, I thought.  That was me, a year ago, entering the NYC Marathon lottery for the fifth time.  I probably won’t even get picked, I thought, reflecting on my previous unsuccessful attempts.  But then I did get picked.  And then, in June, I had a baby.

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Top Ten Tips for Active People Who Become Pregnant… Including How to Survive an Epic Winter Ski Season Without Downhill Skiing

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I was very happy to find out in October that we were expecting our first child, due in June.  Of course, despite my excitement, I had my fears and reservations, and among those was HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH SKI SEASON IF I CAN’T SKI.  My worst fears were confirmed at my eight-week appointment, when my doctor said in no uncertain terms “no downhill skiing.”  So here are my tips for pregnant ladies out there, especially those who are worried about how pregnancy and the potential loss of running, skiing, and other activities will impact many aspects of their lives…

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Austin Marathon 2018 Recap and Review (Marathon 26 and State 21 — Texas!)

aHPXUNSLRbOGrEsve3y6oARace:  Austin Marathon in, you guessed it, Austin, Texas

Time of Year and Weather:  Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, mid-February; 50-55 degrees and overcast for the race; high of 76 for race weekend

Size: With 17,000 runners (half, full, and 5k) this is the 25th largest marathon in the USA. Of course, the vast majority of those runners were doing the half.

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Mesa Phoenix Marathon 2017 Review and Recap (Marathon 21, State 16 — Arizona)

IMG_0209What:  The BMO Harris Bank Mesa-Phoenix Marathon, aka The Phoenix Marathon, aka The Mesa-PHX Marathon. (There were approx 17 different hashtags associated with this race at various points — a little bit of an identity crisis, I think.)  (Not to be confused with the Rock ‘N Roll Arizona race, also held in the Phoenix area.)

Where: Mesa, Arizona, just a few miles outside of Phoenix.  Race started in Usery Mountain Regional Park and ended in the Mesa Riverview shopping center.

When: Saturday on the last weekend in February.

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Vermont City Marathon Review and Recap (Marathon 17, State 12)

IMG_1415Hi all!  Writing here from the comfort of my sweet, sweet air-conditioned home.  This Memorial Day weekend I ventured up to Burlington, Vermont and ran the Vermont City Marathon, marathon number 17 for me and state number 12.  But it almost didn’t happen!  Suspense!

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