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You Start By Not Knowing and Then Trying

In the spirit of inspiration this month, I caught up with Elyse Braner of Arlington, Virginia. Elyse seems to be everywhere, donating her time. She is a runner, running coach, and leader of Girls on the Run DC. I like to think of Elyse as being the person who does not conform to regular training runs, […]

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What Does Perseverance Mean to You? (Part 2)

  (This is Part 2 of an interview with inspirational runner Jackie Concaugh Gruendel. If you missed Part 1 of this series, start here!) Q: What were some of your achievements as an open runner? Finishing second and running 60:10 at the 19thArmy Ten-Miler (2003), but I would have loved to have broken 60 minutes. My proud […]

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What Does Perseverance Mean to You? (Part 1)

What is the basis of your health and fitness program? As we all know, your program is like a roller coaster ride with highs and lows. Set a goal which you can achieve, and let it set the tone for your mind and body so that it lasts a lifetime. You are doing it for […]

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Do You Put Cinnamon and Sugar on Your Toast?

I took my toast out of the toaster this morning and slathered it with butter. I was just about to eat it when I decided to go grab a small canister I had in the cupboard next to all my spices. It was the shaker for the cinnamon/sugar mixture. I originally made it for my […]

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Do You Need a Training Program?

How many times have you searched the Internet for the perfect training program? Well, how did that work for you? There are hundreds of programs and the difficult part is finding the one that will match your goals. In order to set your goals, there must be a purpose. You can assess where you are […]

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Time to Kiss the Mirror!

A few years ago, I was leading a conference session for military spouses who were about to be reunited with their deployed loved ones. In one of the discussions I asked, “What’s the first thing you thought of when you found out your spouse/partner was coming home?”  One woman shot her hand into the air, and […]

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Boston Marathon Runner: Major Kelly Calway

Before you start to read this, I ask that you write down a definition for “Tough.” My definition would include Major Kelly Calway of the U.S. Military Academy, a 2006 graduate from North Carolina State University. In 2006 she ran her first marathon in 3:10:29. In 2009 she was deployed to Iraq and was selected […]

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