Guest Post: Felix, I’m Telling You, I See the Irony

Note from the real RiledUpRunner: Below is a guest blog post from a family friend Vaughan, who has forgotten more marathons than I’ll ever run and who writes the best race recaps this runner has ever read. Vaughan came and cheered me on at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2014, but he’s actually been my cheerleader for 31Continue reading “Guest Post: Felix, I’m Telling You, I See the Irony”

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Raring to Go

If you’ve asked me any time in the past few weeks whether I’m excited about tomorrow’s marathon, I probably told you no. I may have said I’m not excited because of my recurring shin pain, or I’m not excited because I doubt I’ll finish in under 4 hours, or I’m not excited because I’ve beenContinue reading “Raring to Go”

Ever So Much More Than Twenty

At the risk of sounding like a Buzzfeed listicle, the signs that I’m no longer in my early- or even mid-20s are frightfully abundant. I get excited when people cancel plans so I can be in bed by 9:30 p.m. Those rare nights I do stay out late drinking (also known as weddings), I stickContinue reading “Ever So Much More Than Twenty”

Six Days a Week

A lot of good things come in sixes: players on a hockey team, muffins in a muffin tin, geese-a-laying, beer. Six is the motivation behind everyone’s ab workout, the number of good Star Wars films once December rolls around and the roll in obscure 1980s board game Race to the Roof that lets you pullContinue reading “Six Days a Week”

Nine Months

I’m considering making a monumental decision that will overhaul my lifestyle, change my eating/sleeping habits and have a major physical impact on my body for the next nine months. No, I’m not talking about having a baby. (Sorry Mom and Dad. Your granddoodle is going to have to hold down the fort for the time being.) I’m talkingContinue reading “Nine Months”

At Rest

Some experts say that following a marathon, you should rest one full day for every mile you ran, meaning 26 days of recovery. Others say you should rest one full day for every kilometer you ran, meaning 42 days of recovery. I say you should rest one full day for every dog photo you snapped at Thanksgiving the week after the marathon, meaning — let’s be honestContinue reading “At Rest”

City of Brotherly Run

American gold medalist Frank Shorter once said that you’re not ready to run another marathon until you’ve forgotten the last one. If the Internet had existed in the 70s, he also would have said that you’re not ready to write your marathon recap blog post until you’re once again able to walk down stairs, soContinue reading “City of Brotherly Run”

The Heat Is On

If you looked up to DJ Tanner as much as I did circa 1992, you know that doing something just because everyone else is doing it can never end well. Case in point: you shouldn’t cut school just because everyone else is doing it. You shouldn’t stairmaster until you faint just because everyone else isContinue reading “The Heat Is On”

Slim Chance

I recently mentioned to my boyfriend that I was aiming to lose a few pounds to get down to racing weight before the Philadelphia Marathon on November 23. “Well, that’s pretty inevitable, isn’t it?” he said. “How can you train for a marathon and not lose weight? Oh Ben, you beautiful, naïve, sophisticated newborn baby.Continue reading “Slim Chance”