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#MommyStrong is Priority #1
1/22/2014 7:31:28 AM,  3 COMMENTS

So I just added that phrase as a goal on my little goal board on my start page...and it is so true. I have recently been faced with a big decisio...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

Daycare Drama
1/3/2014 3:46:13 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Ugh! I think this morning took 5 years off my life. My son was born in July and I have been fortunate that I have been working part-time and my...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

Day Two...still not skinny!
1/2/2014 10:38:05 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Ha, well I lost 2.5 pounds between yesterday and today but I'm going to attribute that to water weight since I a) ate a ton of crap during the holiday...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

Just reflecting, on how much things have changed in the three years.
1/1/2013 9:29:00 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I just finished registering for AF marathon; this year it will be my 3rd year to run it. But what is REALLY amazing is my wife will be doing AFM half...  Read more

MCCOURTT

Weddings, weekends, and wine, oh my!
9/19/2012 9:44:03 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Ok, so, all things considered, I am still doing pretty well. I re-Sparked on here at the beginning of September when I crested the 150 lb mark and ha...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

AF Marathon II, 2012
9/16/2012 7:49:08 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Well this will not be so much of a race report as people report. This is now my second year to run the AF Marathon, and it was a day of days to run a...  Read more

MCCOURTT

Solid run last night....Half Marathon Redemption Season begins!
9/12/2012 1:10:15 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Still back on track...about two weeks in. I've been tracking everything, and staying in my range, and ramping up the running. All good. FINALLY saw...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

AF Marathon, last training run on base.
9/9/2012 8:14:34 PM,  2 COMMENTS

This was my last long run at the base today (9-Sep-12) before the 2012 AF marathon. It was a beautiful day started out in the low 60s, and finish in...  Read more

MCCOURTT

2012 AFM Marthon visit starting line
9/9/2012 8:09:30 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Review of the AF Marathon starting line ...  Read more

MCCOURTT

Feeling very in control today....and Purple Smoothie Bliss
9/6/2012 12:24:15 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Wow. I think I just died and went to smoothie heaven. And I wasn't even a big smoothie-drinker until....well, yesterday. In my attempt to reign...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

Weight Gain: Maintenance Struggle
9/5/2012 11:00:01 AM,  11 COMMENTS

Well this weekend I crossed the 150 lb. mark. Which sets off red sirens with flashing lights in my brain....STOP STOP STOP. I really haven't be...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

Running the base (AF Marathon) 3 weeks to go!
8/21/2012 9:40:35 PM,  7 COMMENTS

Had chance to run at the base today, it’s been awhile. Boy was it a NICE day, could not have ask for better running weather. However yours truly di...  Read more

MCCOURTT

Raleigh runs... a lot! (and a brief race report on the Midtown Half)
6/5/2012 11:17:01 AM,  3 COMMENTS

Every time I go out for a run, I think about how lucky I am to live in such a runner-friendly city. No, it's not Boulder, I live in Raleigh, NC. Yes...  Read more

CARYNW

First Tri!
5/22/2012 11:22:57 AM,  9 COMMENTS

I did it! And the weird thing was, I wasn't at all nervous about this! I get butterflies pretty badly before most of my road races, even though I've...  Read more

CARYNW

Full on Pig Woo Woo (AND boy was it HOT)
5/12/2012 12:34:59 AM,  7 COMMENTS

Pig two, that is the Flying Pig Marathon, is now history. This was the second year for the Gump to run the Pig. Last year, I did the ½ marathon, and...  Read more

MCCOURTT

A few of my (recently) favorite things...
5/2/2012 11:20:26 AM,  0 COMMENTS

I have recently discovered a blog I love, called FitBottomed Girls (gotta love the name!). I also follow them on FaceBook, and they just always have...  Read more

CARYNW

Update and hill repeats!
5/1/2012 9:24:35 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Well, the journey towards barefootishness continues, and is going pretty well. I've worked the new Saucony's into my two "short runs" during the week...  Read more

CARYNW

Barefoot journey, baby steps
4/9/2012 9:37:22 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Have I mentioned how excited I've been to get my new Brooks PureCadence? Well.... that sort of fizzled out. I know, I know! After Run Club on Satur...  Read more

CARYNW

First 30K – JASR
4/3/2012 8:06:21 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Well, the Gump did a 30K. I only wish all marathons were 30K’s; that was just fun! Now, normally when I do these run blogs, I talk about how I did, b...  Read more

MCCOURTT

First Marathon of Year WOO-WOO Xenia
3/25/2012 11:20:22 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Well, the Gump did his first marathon of the year, and God graced us with PERFECT running weather: light cloud cover, starting temperature 55 degrees,...  Read more

MCCOURTT

Shifting to minimalist running - the day after
3/19/2012 10:52:43 AM,  4 COMMENTS

Thanks for the input, on my last post! I don't really have a lot of other running buddies who are doing this, so I don't have anyone else to compare...  Read more

CARYNW

Making the move to running minimalist
3/17/2012 8:37:04 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I have a pair of Brooks PureCadence lined up to be ordered at the beginning of April (yes, I'm waiting on a specific color combination, I am such a gi...  Read more

CARYNW

Like watching a car wreck...
3/16/2012 4:26:40 PM,  1 COMMENTS

My husband and son (and mother-in-law!) are truly the best support team I've ever had! When I ran my half this past weekend, they were at every water...  Read more

CARYNW

Quick and easy family meals - what's your go-to?
3/16/2012 9:49:49 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Last night was another night working out at the Y with the hub. The whole family is finally over the crud that's been going around, plus all of the f...  Read more

CARYNW

First trail half marathon - Roanoke Canal Half Marathon
3/15/2012 1:05:41 PM,  5 COMMENTS

My in-laws are from a small town, about 1.5 hours from us, here in North Carolina. I found out last year that they host a half marathon every year to...  Read more

CARYNW

My journey to fast
3/1/2012 9:37:55 AM,  1 COMMENTS

Last year, my goals were to run a 1/2 and a full marathon. Goals complete! This year, my goal originally included joining Half Fanatics, but I'm modi...  Read more

CARYNW

I joined a run team!
2/28/2012 8:52:21 AM,  7 COMMENTS

... and I am clearly the slowest person on the team! There's a chick who is currently training for Boston, another who just placed 13th overall in a...  Read more

CARYNW

Putting it all together - marathon training
2/26/2012 8:09:43 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Today I put into practice, the four principles, from my earlier blog “Going the distance – training for a marathon” mindset, time, distance and form....  Read more

MCCOURTT

Going the distance – training for a marathon
2/25/2012 4:24:48 PM,  3 COMMENTS

This is kind of random thoughts on running a marathon, it been awhile since I’ve blogged, and this just stuff that has been coming up when talking wit...  Read more

MCCOURTT

Brick House
2/14/2012 12:25:14 PM,  2 COMMENTS

...haha, it's funny because it's what my family calls me, but I'm actually talking today about just bricks. As in the bike/run combo workout. I did...  Read more

CARYNW

Not without my music!
2/10/2012 9:25:24 AM,  3 COMMENTS

I'm sure this sounds like a total cop-out to many people, but iTunes ruined my workout yesterday! I've been kinda pooped this week, and I wanted some...  Read more

CARYNW

Getting hubby on the fitness bandwagon
2/9/2012 4:54:15 PM,  5 COMMENTS

It's been a while since I've posted, mainly because I typically post about things going on with my own training, and how I'm doing against goals I've...  Read more

CARYNW

Spring Racing Schedule
2/8/2012 9:27:04 AM,  6 COMMENTS

So, the Spring Racing Schedule shaping up quite nicely. My Half Marathon training has kind of sucked...but, this year, I'm trying to focus more on st...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

Workout Buddy + Expectations = AWSOME!
2/2/2012 11:51:53 AM,  2 COMMENTS

It really IS all mental, isn't it? January has been a real comeback month for me. I went from PT during December, with a lot of downtime and very gr...  Read more

CARYNW

Shaping up to be a good year for running!
1/18/2012 4:43:42 PM,  7 COMMENTS

It would appear that all systems are go! I'm settling into my new running form, and even though I took more than a month off (or rather, exercised sp...  Read more

CARYNW

Finally, a Marine Corps Marathon update...and a fresh start.
1/17/2012 2:20:20 PM,  14 COMMENTS

Good grief I haven't written a blog since early October. Y'all probably think I'm dead :-) Sadly, I think that the Marine Corps Marathon trainin...  Read more

ALEXSMOMMYRUNS

New running form is apparently "like a pogo stick"
1/9/2012 10:49:40 AM,  3 COMMENTS

.. according to my Running Buddy. We ran together yesterday for probably the first time since the MCM, and when I mentioned how I'd been working on m...  Read more

CARYNW

In the swim of things...
1/6/2012 6:58:15 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Oh my gosh, I'm a SWIMMER! I swam in high school, mind you, but I always stuck to the backstroke because the breathing / timing confounded me! Well,...  Read more

CARYNW

Steady as she goes!
1/6/2012 9:31:16 AM,  4 COMMENTS

Still going strong! The leg is bothering me much less, although I do notice a twinge and some weakness when I do single-leg squats on that side... bu...  Read more

CARYNW

Gettin' it back
1/3/2012 1:03:41 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Week 2 now of re-incorporating strength training into my weekly routine. I'd basically backed off of a LOT of my exercise while I was trying to heal,...  Read more

CARYNW

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