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This weekend, I ran 20 miles for my marathon training run. Like most sane people, I experienced some suffering during the 20 miles. This is the second 20 mile run in my training series and it is the signal of the three week taper until my race.

One would think that the mere completion of the run would fill you with exhilaration, relief and joy. One would be wrong.

I am full of sore muscles, fear of the future and loathing for miles 12-15. I run my long runs slower than my marathon goal pace, but I think like I am racing as much as possible in the way I mentally approach the long grind of energy expenditure.

The worst part of my long runs are always miles 12-15. There is some mental hang up as I near the halfway point (13.1 miles). Once I reach 13.1, the relief and expectation for the second half are eclipsed by the realization of what is to come and the fear that for some reason I will not finish.

This weekend, mile 12 found me cursing and spitting mad as I had to reroute my path. The steep hills here are a bit unpredictable when you have to make a 20 mile course and after I shredded my legs during my first 20 miler, I vowed to protect my legs by avoiding steep inclines this time around.

I mustered through and was actually feeling quite chipper again as quickly as mile 12.5. I picked up a second wind at mile 14 and coasted along all the way to mile 17. Then, the dreaded exhaustion set in. My mile splits started creeping up and it was all I could do to keep moving one foot in front of the other.

Finishing wasn’t even as climatic as I would have liked. I was disappointed how much my time slipped at the end and knew I had at least two days of tight and tender muscles ahead of me.

The best part of the 20 mile run is the instant respect and appreciation from others when they hear of the run. The clerk at the gym where I log my miles, our artist resident/houseguest, friends and family, and my colleagues. And when all I want to do is go back to bed, I ain’t too proud to beg for a few kudos from my blog readers, too. Show me some love in the comments!

Contemplating the marathon.
Tartu, Estonia 2012


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Parco Avventura Etna

Ciao Tutti!

(Uno) 1. Base-to-Base Series Turkey Trot 5k. It was a beautiful morning for a friendly run. Enjoyed pushing myself as I competed with another gentleman runner. We swapped leads a few times and finished within moments of each other. Hearing his keys jingling behind me motivated my final sprint!

(Due) 2. Lovely sunshine on the weekend. Thank you Sicilian November weather.

(Tre) 3. Meeting new Sigonellans during a group outing. I met sweet children, a CrossFit trainer (and personal trainer), doctor, someone in the same command I work for (sort of), reunited with a nice couple we met in indoc and a wonderfully brave woman with a beautiful smile.

(Quattro) 4. Parco Avventura! See below.

(Cinque) 5. My muscles – they helped me really enjoy the day yesterday.


Parco Avventura is a ropes course set halfway up Mt. Etna. Down here, near sea level, we still have green leaves, but in Milo, Parco Avventura’s trees were in full autumn goldens and ambers. It was beautiful. We traversed wooden planks suspended with wires between trees, tightropes, swings, ropes, and more; all while we were harnessed and clipped into safety lines. Each course ended with on a tree platform that had a zip-line down to ground level. One course was a series of five zip-lines. The red course (most challenging) gave my abs, upper body and mind a great work-out.

A climbing wall to entertain you while you wait. With the cooler temperatures, we were among the special few there that day, thus we didn’t have to wait!

Here is the start of the blue course (“percorso blu”).

Here we are at the dreaded RED COURSE! Someone’s coming up the climbing wall.

Peek-a-boo! It’s me!

Woman on Wire

I thought I was really clever and I started to walk backward on the wire. I got a step and a half before I realized what a dumb idea that was! I nearly fell off the wire. The biggest adrenaline rush of the day, actually.

You might say I was a tad bit nervous. Those pegs are tiny and I had big running shoes on!

Celebrating being safely on the ground…for now!


Filed under 5-100, Awesomeness



1 (uno). Coffee. I typically drink green tea in the mornings. Yesterday I wanted a cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans roasted by a thoughtful roaster and grown Fair Trade. Lucky for me, Dave was able to brew me such a cup. It completely hit the spot!

2 (due). Wearing jeans. The weather finally warranted it for the whole day through.

3 (tre). Scrabble on Facebook. It is one of my M-F pleasures. Word play delights me.

4 (quattro). Realizing I am free. Sometimes I forget; I can make any choices that I want to. I am not bound by tradition or past choices, I can always walk down a fork in the road.

5 (cinque). Shopping. Normally I dislike shopping. But when I find a brightly colored shirt like this, what’s not to like?



Yoga is a favorite exercise of mine. I started as a piece of cross-training in my running regimen in 2003. It taught me about accepting where I am without accepting that as the end point of where I can go. Yoga affords me the opportunity to stretch my body, mind and soul. In doing so, I explore my personal interconnectedness of these realms as well as the community that arises during group practice. For the next several weeks, I am joining a yoga class once a week to reconnect with myself and to reach out to the yoga community here.



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