Hiking at the Fells

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It’s been a beautiful fall weekend in Boston!  Yesterday, my Sister, my Mom, and I headed out to the Middlesex Fells for a hike. The Fells runs through Malden, Medford, Stoneham, Melrose, and Winchester, and is only about 5 miles from my apartment.  It’s a great, easy getaway from the city.  There are a number of trails that go around a reservoir and Spot Pond, and they are great for running, hiking, mountain biking, and dog walking. Read More

Baystate Half Marathon

First, updates…

Lots of stuff has been happening since I last posted in August!  I’ve been busy with a new project at work, started my fall semester class, and had some fun weekends in Newport, Maine, and of course in Boston!  In terms of training, I recovered from Timberman 70.3 and started getting ready for half marathon training.   Additionally, I began really thinking seriously about where I wanted to go with triathlons. I had a great year – I enjoyed training and racing tris, culminating in a successful half ironman.  Only after Timberman did I really realize how much I loved triathlon and wanted to take it to the next level. Read More

NYC Marathon 2012: My thoughts

So I promised a half marathon race report, but I am hijacking this post to share my thoughts about the NYC Marathon that will be run on Sunday.  I know a lot of people are writing about this, and I wanted to share my opinion. Read More

Dealing with injuries

I orginally wrote this on the old simplykait.com, but I wanted to repost it so it could be accessed from the updated site!  I wrote this last year in the middle of a really low-point for me  in my running life, when I was dealing with injury after injury.  Although I am healthy now, I know a lot of runners who are dealing with injuries and I can totally sympathize with the frustration of not being able to run.

I hope this post finds you running healthy and happy!  But in case it doesn’t, here’s how I dealt with being sidelined. Read More

Timberman Ironman 70.3!

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Timberman Ironman 70.3I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I signed up for this race, and it finally happened this past weekend! Last September, I decided to sign up for Timberman Ironman 70.3 at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire as my goal race for 2012. At this point, I didn’t even have a bike, and I had been back in the pool for only a couple of weeks! Read More

Only one hill…

Elevation of Mt Washington

Elevation of Mt Washington, from my Garmin

OK, I’m over 1 month late on this race recap, but better late than never, right?  In June, a bunch of CRCers headed up to New Hampshire to run and volunteer at the Mt Washington Road Race.   Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the Northeast, and the run takes place on the auto road that winds up to the top of the peak.  The race is 7.6 miles long and climbs over 4,500 ft!   This gives it an average incline of 12%, and the last 50 yards is a very steep 22%.  That’s one big “hill”! Read More

Happy National Running Day!

June 6 is National Running Day!   I am celebrating with a double – got in an easy shakeout run this morning, and I’m going on a run with my sister after work! Read More

My transition area

I completed my first triathlon!  Overall, I can say it went smoothly and successfully.  I had a lot of fun, and was happy with my final times and finishing place.  Here’s the full race recap… Read More

Newbie Night

Newbie Night transition set up

Last night, I attended “Newbie Night” at Quad Cycles in Arlington.  It was hosted by 3 Max Performance race directors (one being my favorite A.R.T. specialist from Active Release Boston!), and covered everything from transition set-up, to race start times, to nutrition.  Most of it was specific to the Season Opener triathlon in 1.5 weeks, but a lot of it can be applied to any triathlon. Read More

Wrentham Duathlon

Last weekend was my first multi-sport race at the Wrentham Duathlon!  This duathlon is pretty short – a 3 mile run, 11 mile bike, and 2 mile run, and a great race to start off the season!  It was a beautiful day, and I had great support – my Mom, my sister and her boyfriend made the trip to watch me race. Read More

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