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Its only October, but I feel that I can say with definiteness that 2017 sucked. Alright, maybe that statement is a tad over dramatic.  In all seriousness, there were lots of good things about 2017 (so far).  Ivy is freaking adorable and funny and opinionated and ridiculous.  All the things an almost 14 month old …
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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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Oiselle through their partnership with Kelly K. Roberts have declared June 24, 2017 as National Sports Bra Squad Day.  Its premised off the idea that ditching your shirt while running is empowering and that doing it in large numbers makes it easier (“ditching your shirt for the first time can be terrifying! There’s strength in numbers …
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Not long ago Ryan posted about what a day looks like from his perspective.  While we have quite a bit of overlap, we are married and raising Ivy together, there are differences.  No two days are alike but here’s my Thursday May 11, 2017. 4:15 a.m. – Ryan’s alarm goes off for the first time. …
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fat otter

Last week on the trainer I watched The Barkley Marathons Documentary on Netflix (side note, if you haven’t watched it, you should).  Lazarus Lake, the founder and race director of The Barkley Marathon made a comment that really stuck with me — “You can’t really accomplish anything without the possibility of failure.”  In my life, personal …
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A lot of my life involves pictures.  Pictures I take of Ivy.  Family selfies of me, Ryan, Ivy and Owen Otter.  Pictures to publicize races and events.  And pictures others take of me.  A few weeks ago, we had our #OwenOtter fundraiser at the Hooker Brewery.  The event was a huge success and we raised …
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One of the difficulties I’ve faced training post-pregnancy is that nothing fits me (carrying an extra 40 lbs will do that to you). Although some of my pre-pregnancy workout gear is stretchy enough to remain in use, I’ve had to purchase a fairly extensive exercise wardrobe in the last few weeks.  While its been on …
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  This week marks my “official” return to training and eventually racing.  The plan this week (its exciting to have a plan loaded into Training Peaks) is to do about three total hours of swimming, biking and running coupled with lots of core work.  As awesome as it would be to trust myself to write …
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Yesterday I was cleared to begin training again by my OB.  I would love to report that I’m in good shape and rearing to go, but unfortunately there’s an 800 lb gorilla in the room — the amount of weight I gained trying to get pregnant and during my pregnancy.  In September of 2015 when I …
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Still fat after SWIM BIKE FUEL.

I struggle with my weight, on a daily if not hourly basis.  This shouldn’t be a big surprise (See here, here and here for starters).  For me being fat is both mentally and physically painful, it weighs on both my sense of self perception and self esteem and on my muscles, bones and joints as …
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