How I Ran My First Marathon in Under 4 Hours

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Running a marathon is no easy feat. I'm just going to come out and say it. It takes months of training, time dedication, and a powerful mindset. 

However, once you accomplish it, you get to celebrate, as seen in the picture below!

Let's start at the beginning

I decided to run my first marathon in August of 2019 and the marathon was only a few months away in November 2019. I had a quick few months to prepare and boy was it worth it! 

Because it was my first marathon, I really had to come up with a plan that fit my schedule. I know that many people will end up training 5-6 days per week for a marathon, but I felt like there had to be another way. 

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With balancing work, taking care of my dog, and having time for household chores and spending time with friends, I knew that I needed a plan that felt doable...

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5 Simple Ways to Become a Runner

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Struggling being inside during quarantine? A great way to relieve stress, lose weight, and get healthy is to start running! Let's go over 5 Simple Ways to Become a Runner while you're at home! 

What does it mean to be a Runner? 

Being a runner means you get moving - it's as simple as that. I want people to be aware that it is still running if you are going a little faster than walking. Being a runner is all about consistent improvement, even when you don't focus on trying to get better!

One of the great things about running is that as you do it, you improve. It is so satisfying to be able to see yourself getting better the more you go out and try. 

So, if you've tried running in the past and you didn't like it or felt intimidated, try to brush that off and give it another shot. 

Running outside is open to the public. All you need are some comfortable shoes and flexible clothes. 

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How to Become a Runner Today

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Are you going stir crazy while stuck inside during quarantine? Gyms are closed and people are working from home. The one thing that is not closed currently is nature! This means all you need to start running are some shoes, a plan, and some will! 

What does it mean to be a runner?

If you are reading this post, most likely you would like to be a runner. 

Maybe the term "runner" itself even sounds overwhelming.

I have noticed a lot of people think that identifying as a  "runner" means you have to train 5 days a week or run a certain pace to have the honor to be classified as one. 

I've heard people say, "oh I'm so slow, I'm not a runner" even when they're out there jogging!

Or I've heard people say "I'll never be a runner" and I know right away it's their mindset that is holding them back. 

Here's a big truth: If you want to be a runner, you can be a runner. 

It doesn't matter how fast you go, or what you wear, or how often you go out. 


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5 Ways to Be a Stronger Runner

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Running a marathon is no easy feat, but I ended up crushing my goal of 4 hours! I came in at 3 hours and 44 minutes and felt great during the race.

After training for and running my first marathon, I realized that I needed to share what was making me a better runner, in hopes that it will help other runners and even aspiring runners with their training and lifestyle!

Yes, practice and training helps with running, but there are also a variety of lifestyle factors that have a big impact on how you feel and how you run. 

I wanted to shed some light onto those because there are easy things you can do to improve your running on mind and body levels. 

1) Eat for health and power. This means take care of your body as your strong temple. This doesn't mean being perfect, it just means following the 80/20 rule - 80% food that nourishes your body and 20% that nourishes your...

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Why I Decided to Run the 2019 Outer Banks Marathon

After a couple of years of signing up for marathons and things not working out, I'm believing that the 3rd time's a charm. 

Two years ago, in 2017, I signed up to do the Rock and Roll Marathon in DC, and then within a month, I found my perfect dog to adopt, which was amazing news!  She was being brought in from Arkansas and the only day available for pick up happened to be the same morning as the marathon. 

Anyway, the universe works in mysterious ways and thank god I got my precious pup -my Cali, who you can see is now my CFO (Chief Fetch Officer)

Then, last year, in 2018, I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon - same thing - I was ready - I even did the half marathon in March to bypass the lottery system to insure I got in. I did the North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon with my mom in April to keep my training going strong.

And then in July 2018, my mom had a recurrence of cancer. 

Let's rewind.

My mom taught me how to run. When...

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How to Use Self Compassion to Get Through Life's Obstacles

After 3 years in clinical practice, I found that my true passion was helping people on a deeper level live a holistic, meaningful, and balanced life. My goal is that my clients feel vibrant, healthy, and connected, both physically and mentally, from the inside out.

I recently got asked about the use of self compassion during times of crisis. I thought I would share my thoughts here. 

My most recent crisis was losing my mother to cancer last October. It opened my eyes to how I can view myself even during difficult times. I have had a pattern of being critical of myself throughout my life and not feeling good enough. It's something that I have worked on but during this hard time I found it coming back to the surface. 

Even after my mom passed away, I was guilt stricken with things I didn't do. "I didn't even walk with her on the beach." "I wasn't present enough with her." " I didn't know we wouldn't have more time together."

All of these thoughts tore me up. I...

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