Posts tagged Raleigh Distance Project
A Lesson in Going Out Too Fast

Raleigh Relays. I look forward to it every year. This year I was going into fit and excited. Maybe too excited. I felt the energy in that first mile. But as the adrenaline faded into lactic acid I crashed hard. Being over confident from a lack of confidence, made yesterday’s 5k feel soul crushing. I have to be where I am and based on workouts leading into this race, that’s not a bad place to be. But I tried to outdo that version of me and I under performed. Read on for my full race recap and all the feels I’m feeling now.

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Bad Races Have Their Place

I lined up for the USATF 15k Championships at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, FL this past weekend. It was my third time racing and I was sure this year would be different than the rest. My previous two experiences were plagued by my insecurities and I left dissatisfied. I was in a different place this year. I felt ready to race. I planned to go out with the leaders and challenge myself mentally and physically by putting myself in the most uncomfortable place I could be. I don’t like to start to fast. I like to be controlled. So I practiced what I am worst at and went for it. It wasn’t my day but days like this have their place in training cycle. Read on for my full Gate River recap.

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2019: Time for a Change

I spent the better part of 2018 trying to convince myself that I was okay with being where I am. Sometimes I believed it. Sometimes I just wanted to go back in time and start over. I have found that being in the present and focusing on improving each day is where I should be but the way I frame that in my mind needs to change. Reflecting on this last year I have a lot to be thankful for but performance wise, I was not there. I been marathoning for a year, progressing a little bit each time but I started way off where I wanted to be. As 2018 came to a close I just knew, it was time for a change. Read on for my outlook and plan for 2019.

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Training Update!

Coming off of Grandmas in June, I was excited to get back to training. I had turned a corner and was ready to keep the momentum going. August started off with the Sir Walter Miler and ended with an RDP team weekend in Asheville and Big Bird Camp in PA. September was a month long celebration of RDP with a block party and our anniversary race, the VA 10-Miler. It has been busy but oh so worth it. Read on for my full fall training update including how InsideTracker has made an impact on my training and racing!

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Grandmas Marathon Race Recap

When the gun goes off, the work is done, the taper is over, and the only thing that stands between you and your goals is your mind and the decisions you make along the way. Sometimes things out of your control will happen, but as is the way with life. It is important to remember that there will always be other opportunities, other challenges, other successes, but also other let downs. When I began 2018 hoping to change my narrative post CIM, I was met with an even bigger obstacle. There was heartache in the pain of uncertainty but bravery in racing when I felt the most vulnerable. I fought my way back to the start line, making the final decision to go ahead and race at the beginning of May. It wasn't easy, it wasn't a PR, but I am so proud of where I ended up.

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HOME SQUAD: RDP + Oiselle

Being part of a team. It’s the one consistent element I have had in my life since the age of 4. Whether I was on the soccer field or racing through a cross country course, having a team around me has always made life a little better. From Jr. Striders to Apex High, to NC State, Oiselle, & the Raleigh Distance Project, support has always been a game changer. Support that I think American distance running needs more of. Luckily, Oiselle agrees and the two teams I love are joining forces. Meet the Home Squad: RDP+Oiselle.

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My Prologue 2018

Everybody has a story. It's just up to you how you tell it. I've had my fare share of disappointments in my running career but I haven't let those times define me, I've chosen to help them shape me. Lets just say my stubbornness has forced me to learn the hard way many times. But now I am on a mission to let go of some of the control, have faith in the process, learn to relax, work hard but recover better, and love who I am and what I have got. I read an article by Allie Kiefer a week or so ago and it resonated with me. I've obsessed over food, feeling bad about the fact that I am not as skinny as most runners. I've felt what she felt and it's kept me from reaching my potential. But that stops now. 2018 is my year to shine. Starting with the events of the last month and my plans for the next year, this is #MyProlouge.

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And that's how it all started...

The minutes ticked by but the darkness still remained. An eerie stillness captivated my thoughts as I looked out at the road before me. I wait for the clock to turn over to 5:00AM signalling the start of the run. It was now or never. I slowly ease into the pace, matching my breath with my stride, and I go. For 2 years this was my life, alone, in the darkness, motivated by thoughts of what would come. Then one day I found someone willing to occasionally sacrifice sleep to join me at an hour when we outnumber cars on the road. Over time it went from just the 2 of us, to 3 or 4. I had to do what I had to do, so no matter who could join I was out there. On the days when I ran alone I was just thankful to have them at all. This was what it means to be a team. We did what we had to do and that was that. And as this group grew, and our runs became more regular, I had bigger thoughts. We need a team here. Through the last several years, the Raleigh running community has been a support system to me. It's kept me going. Raleigh has something real and we see that each year as the Sir Walter Miler gets bigger and bigger. As our group runs became more frequent so did our desire to make something of ourselves. So we did it. And that was how it all began...The Raleigh Distance Project.

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