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Another Hogsback Half Marathon in the books. This is my 12th year of race directing and its never been easy.  Recently I feel like race directing is getting harder — I don’t know if its rising expenses, more demanding athletes or the fact that I’m just getting older.  Probably its a little bit of all …
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Ivy turns one tomorrow. I had so many plans and goals for Ivy’s first year — getting back into shape, losing all the baby weight, running a marathon, qualifying for USAT age group national nationals, racing a half, training for Ironman Florida — and I failed at all of them.  I should be clear, while …
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solstice 5k

  On June 7, 2017, Ryan and I race directed the 11th annual Solstice Sprint 5K.  Traditionally the race took place on the third Wednesday of the month.  In 2017 we decided to move it for a few reasons: (1) to longer compete with a 5K in Ansonia; (2) to move away from conflicts with …
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quarter 5

Today (April 1, 2017) marked the eleventh running of the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon.  It was super cold and windy with a generous helping of rain, sleet and snow.  Of all the races I’ve directed (we’re now up to four a year), this one was the most challenging.  To start things off, Ivy woke up …
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hogsback4

This past Saturday was the Hogsback Half Marathon.  It was my fourth year as race director and in my eleven (holy crap, eleven) years of race directing, it was by far the hardest race I’ve ever directed.  When we found out we were pregnant back in December, we knew that Ivy’s arrival would be close …
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ivy5

Sitting here today it seems as if Ivy has simultaneously been here forever and arrived just yesterday.  In reality Ivy is twenty-three days old and now seems as good a time as any to tell her birth story (plus she’s happily sleeping at the moment, which helps). Ivy’s birth story actually begins a year ago.  As …
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Back in December / January I thought it would be a really great idea to run Ragnar Cape Cod at 25 weeks pregnant.  I mean, how hard could it be?  I’d take a set of sort legs and coast through 13 ish miles easy.  Yeah, I was not bright.  After a first trimester filled with …
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hogsback 1

September of 2015 was probably the most difficult month I ever lived through.  Sitting here on the other side in October, it is still difficult to write and share and not be overwhelmed by emotion.  The funny thing is no matter what happens in your life, everything around you keeps moving.  Life stops for no …
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  Sometimes I get a stupid idea, a really, really, really stupid idea.  After Ragnar Cape Cod, Ryan and I were experiencing a massive post-race let down.  Ragnar had been so much fun that we wanted to race another relay again and soon.  Ryan found the 100 on 100 relay — a 100 mile relay along …
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June was a rough month for me — a trial at work, filing for divorce, lots of trips to and from Maine and then racing Challenge Atlantic City.  By the end of the month I was completely burnt out and sick.  Ridiculously, unhappily, miserably sick.  I spent the first two months of July with a …
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