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2021 Highlights & Building for Boston




I was going to do a 2021 Review, but in the end didn't wanna.

Some highlights were:

Running a PR mile not on an official course 5 days before my spring marathon -- 6:38/ mile

Running a PR and BQ Marathon on April 25th at the Tidewater Striders 26.2 -- 3:48:13. Getting 3rd overall female masters. 1st and 2nd females were young whippersnappers at 42 and 45 years of age respectively.

Doing Murph with my son at my gym was probably my favorite highlight of last year ❤️ Murph is a one mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, 1 mile run

PR'd my 5k time 2 weeks after the marathon with a time of 22:59 on a windy day at the shore.

Conquered my fear of open water swimming with other people. Swam a one mile and a 2.4 mile race. I've found the best way to do this is to repeatedly yell at yourself while you are swimming to CALM THE FUCK DOWN! Seems to help.

Competed at Ironman Atlantic City 70.3 in September and nearly broke 6 hours on a super hot and humid day - 6:01:57. Super hard but left me super hungry.


Brings me to the present. After 2 back to back marathons last spring I strained my calf and then jumped right into excessive cycling which led to some heel/achilles' issues. I am FINALLY -- hallelujah! -- getting back into running some good mileage. Last week I managed 40 miles! My build up in mileage was kind of quick so I've been trying to be careful with my pace. A lot of 10:00 miles so far on the treadmill. (I run faster outside, but with all of the snow and ice we've had I don't want to risk falling.)

And not to disappoint people who know me I'm still doing all of my other crazy workouts too.  Crossfit 4-5 times a week, swimming an hour 1 time per week and biking about an hour a week. A friend has been training me on the bike. He used to race bikes so I'm looking forward to some increasing speeds this spring!

140.8 miles for January

Keep moving any way you can!

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Gwen!! I am so excited to see what’s in store for you in 2022!  I’m glad that your calf is behaving and you’re back to running!  

Miss you!!

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1 hour ago, Keep Running Girl said:

Gwen!! I am so excited to see what’s in store for you in 2022!  I’m glad that your calf is behaving and you’re back to running!  

Miss you!!

Miss you too! I hope running and gym-ing is still going well for you.

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