Weekly Workout/Training in Review 4/17-4/23

Happy Monday! First, congrats to my high school elementary school buddy Tricia on her BQ at the Coastal Delaware Marathon! Second, congrats to Jackie on her win at the GW Parkway Classic 5K.  They are both a great source of motivation.  Speaking of inspiring, did anyone watch the London Marathon this past weekend?  Monday 4/17 - Rest Day  Not running related, but have you guys ever used Amazon Locker? I have one close to work so I send packages here to avoid package theft #citylife.…

2016 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon Race Recap

The 2016 St. Jude Memphis Memphis Half Marathon  has been on my running bucket list ever since my friend Gerri introduced it to me (Gerri and her sister Becca attended college in Memphis) .  The proceeds from the race + St. Judes Hero fundraiser go to the hospital.   Source: St. Jude Memphis Memphis Half Marathon The half marathon sells out quickly, so I made sure to sign up when registration opened in June.  My friend Emily and her co-worker/friend Olamide also signed up for the…

Weekly Workout/Training in Review 4/10-4/16

Hi everyone! I am back with my Weekly Workout/Training in Review posts now that my foot is finally feeling better and have been able to run consistently the past couple of weeks.  January-March brought a cold, an achy foot (re-injured it in Bermuda - more on that in my Bermuda recap post), and walking pneumonia (had no idea that existed).  I'm ready to get back at it, but it feels like I am starting all over again (I'm about 3-4 minutes/mile slower from a…

German Vacation Recap – Munich and Oktoberfest – Part 5

Missed Part 1? Part 2? Part3? Part 4?   Here it is, six months later, the last recap! I remember when I signed up for the Berlin Marathon I asked Cliff if he was interested in joining me, "of course".  Then I told him that Oktoberfest would still be going on, "even better"...or something like that.  After all it is a beer lovers ultimate bucket list destination.  For those who are not familiar with Oktoberfest, it is the world's largest beer festival held annually…

German Vacation Recap – Dachau and Munich – Part 4

Missed Part 1? Part 2? Part3?  The last leg of our German road trip took us from Fussen to Munich.  We woke up Wednesday morning, packed, checked out of the hotel, and stopped by the bäckerei (bakery) for some breakfast goodies <-ALL the breads.  I wish there were more bakeries at home, I guess Panera or Au Bon Pain would be comparable, but they are not the same....I can't pinpoint it, perhaps the charm factor? Anyways, croissants and danishes in hand we…

German Vacation Recap – Neuschwanstein Castle – Part 3

Missed Part 1? Part 2? Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle (pronounced Noy-Schvan-Stein) was next on our itinerary.  While researching points of interests and routes from Berlin to Munich, this beautiful castle appeared on dozens of "must see" lists.  If you Google "Barvaria" there are hundreds of pictures of Neuschwanstein on the first page.   Neuschwanstein Castle was built on on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau or Schwangau near Fussen.  The palace was commisionsed by "crazy" Ludwig II as a personal retreat.  The castle was…

German Vacation Recap – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Part 2

Missed Part 1?  Berlin was an amazing city (and I look forward to returning in September 2017), but Cliff and I were super stoked to begin our trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber along the Romantic Road <-- cue awww.  The Romantic Road is a 200 mile + highway between the cities of Wurzburg and Fussen, linking dozens of towns and castles. These small towns are quintessentially German - if you close your eyes and think medieval Europe or Barvaia, this is what…

German Vacation Recap – Berlin – Part 1

Cliff and I spent nine fun days exploring Germany despite my little fall.  I posted a recap of the 2016 Berlin Marathon + Spectating last month, but in order to share ALL the details and pictures (this post is picture heavy) I wanted to document the trip in a four part series (by city). I know several of my running buddies and readers are planning trips for next year's marathon, so I wanted to start off with our trip city itinerary:  September 22-26: Berlin  September 26-27: Rothenburg ob…

Year in Review – 2016 Running by the Numbers

A double post for the last day of the year (again)!  If you have been following my Running by the Numbers posts the past few years (2013, 2014, 2015) I introduced an infographic last year to highlight my year in running.  I decided to do the same for 2016! (my poor poor Excel spreadsheet, it will be revived one day).  I am also linking up with Courtney for the Year of Running 2016.   If I were to choose one word to…

Year in Review – 2016 Medals (Bling Bling)

Happy New Year's Eve! Keeping with tradition, here is my 2016 medal collage (smaller this year).  If you would like to see 2014 and 2015 they are here and here. Enjoy! My Favorite Medal: Marine Corps 17.75K Largest Medal: Gate River Run 15K Favorite Maryland Medal: Frederick Half Marathon Relay  Most Unique/Favorite Runner Up: St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon  This one is also a spinner medal! What was your favorite medal this year?