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A Decade of Running, a Summer of Fun

I already saw everyone posting stuff about pumpkin spice pop-tarts and fall wishery out there in Instaland and shame-on-you local Starbucks for advertising cinnamon drinks to push out summer. I’m not done with summer yet okay! Maybe growing up in Indiana where I had to lay my clothes on the radiator before school, just so i’d feel warmth before trudging down the street… or as an young stupid adult would go to a tanning bed in the middle of January to defrost for 20 minutes…or when I had to literally warm up in the sauna before hitting the treadmill at the gym because the ice, snow and cold said NOPE to outdoor running. Are you really still excited for fall and winter? Just let me pout for a few seconds okay…

Hi. I’m Cori. I’m a solar powered runner. I actually kinda crave the sun and sweaty humid runs. They remind me fondly of ultra training last summer. Every run I spent in the hard-to-breathe, sweat mess was one in the bank for a faster fall race. As of now, I don’t have any fall races on the schedule. I will not be doing another marathon until Boston 2018. My fall goals rest entirely on being strong and healthy leading into spring training. This is partially due to a full fall social/weddings/things to do calendar and partially because I needed a break.

I’ve been training and racing for a decade.

A decade. Entering a fall season with no major “A” race feels… nice. I figured if a race pops up that I can enter last minute and either run for fun or use as a hard effort training day, i’ll do it. But for now i’m not putting anything on the calendar that requires 18 weeks of dedication. I’m saving that drive, that commitment, that motivation and time requirement for Boston. Trust me, i’m already antsy and ready to train. I have the running bug bad. Consider me a caged dog for a few months. Working the mental side of training until I can be released.

In the meantime, i’ve been soaking up summer with friends and family, old and new and it’s been fantastic! Here’s to the last few months, and a birthday summed up in pictures…

East side of NC…

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Sam and me at the beach, but cooling off in the kiddie pool 🙂

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West Side of NC. (Asheville Trip)

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Corepower Yoga, Bethesda, MD

Emmeline in town for chili fries, milkshakes, booze and crepes…

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Smores’ milkshake… i’d kill for another one.

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the 4th

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Erin, me and Sam

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Andrea and me in Annapolis for a day of fun…

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and an afternoon of gin & bourbon…File_000 (567)

Already hit up a couple Orioles games on beautiful days.File_000 (559)

And an all you can eat Crab Fest at a local brewery! File_000 (569)

Birthday party with my girls! Yomery and BrookeFile_000 (575)File_000 (573)

Dog days of summer, even for the cats.File_000 (560)Cake and my age.File_000 (570)

I guess fall will be good for fires… Wait did someone say smores?File_000 (446)

Ok okay… I may or may not have acquired a bib for the Marine Corps Marathon. Oops.

What was your favorite part of summer?

What races are on your schedule for the rest of 2017?

 


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Turkey Time

Monday: 35min total body

Thanksgiving was a blast this year! We had an easy ride to Ohio and got to meet up with Emmeline and her husband for dinner. But she’s a jerk…always feeding me beer and trying to talk me into killing myself doing an Ironman.

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Thanksgiving morning I ran 6 hilly miles on a beautiful clear day making room for all the food I forgot to take pictures of haha, oops. I think we had a little over 30 people on T-Day and it was amazing. A lot of catching up, laughing, wine, kids playing and everyone falling in love with our pup!

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My Aunt Terri & Uncle Jeff also gave Cameron and I a nod with a “wedding cake” and had us cut our first piece as husband and wife together! I love how everyone we come across is celebrating our marriage in their own special way.

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LE enjoyed the freedom of being off-leash and having a ton of space to play. She listened perfectly and was so easy to take care of while we were away. Plus, she just looked so majestic!

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This is the back cabin where a lot of us stayed.

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Later, after most of us napped, we had a bonfire, corn hole, giant jenga, and more wine. It felt almost like a college party, but way more fun cause the company was awesome 🙂

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All the female relatives (minus my SIL Trish.. where are you trish??)

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Aunt Terri, Aunt Dena, Niece Peyton, Grandma Maley, Aunt Chicken, Me & LE

The next day we hit up Zoo Lights at the Columbus Zoo. It drizzled and was raining hard at the end, but everyone had a good time.

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We left for home Saturday morning and once we got LE, home and bathed, she passed out in a blanket for an hour. She was beat. So were we. I still feel like i’m making up sleep!

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Last Week

Monday: 20min upper body, 3m easy 9:00/pace

Tuesday: 5.5m easy 8:20/pace

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 6m hills 8:15/pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 10.5m easy 9:00/pace

Total Miles: 25

The big question…are you ready for Christmas?