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My Story of Oiselle

When I joined the Volee in 2014 I didn’t know how much of an impact it would have on me. Through all of the ups and downs this team has kept me focused on continuing to fight for more both in life and in running. I wouldn’t change the path I took to get where I am for anything. If you are interested in Joining the Volee or learning more about my experience read on!

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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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CIM Countdown with InsideTracker

You can't move forward if you live in the past but you also can't move forward if you don't allow past failures to make you better. I can say through this year, and through the things I have learned this year that patience will get you further than any instantaneous success will ever get you. I wish I had known what I know now in my college years of running but I can't go back. I can only remember what things I did wrong and do the opposite. Yet, I am a chronic go hard or go home style runner. It's a blessing when it comes to getting out the door, but in training it can be a curse. I have been much better about getting enough sleep and relaxation. I have also been much better about running easy in between workouts. But on workout days I tend to push the pace. Luckily, I am thankful to have the resources around me to remind me to be intentional. My biggest resource for reinforcing the fine line between hard work and over work: InsideTracker. I got in and tested with the Ultimate Package and this is how I benefited.

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Recovering from Secondary Amenhorrea. This is My Story.

In writing this post I had a hard time starting. Putting the words down on paper felt awkward and scary. I felt like a fraud. But when I found the courage to post about it a month ago, the response from women dealing with the same thing was bigger than I had expected. Seeing how that post impacted others made me realize that I needed to put myself out there. Hypothalamic Secondary Amenorrhea is more common than most think and that is likely because it is either not discussed or is misunderstood. Runners are wired to think that more is better, but in reality, balance is what runners really need. So here it is, this is my story.

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Petite Girls Guide to Oiselle

I am 5'0" and range from 100-110 lbs depending on the season and time of day. Before the days of dry-fit, fitted womens shirts, my running attire consisted of the short and wide youth extra large cotton t-shirts, tights scrunched up around the ankles, and sweatshirts and jackets with flopping sleeves and waistbands hitting just below the butt. It was great for sneaking food into the theater but not so much for running...or going out in public really. 

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Nutrition

Last week before Indy I caught up with the guys at Runologie to talk about my nutrition strategy for the day before, the morning before, during, and after (if you missed these videos click here). So how did all of that pan out and what exactly did I end up doing? This is how it all shook out.

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