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Journals, Changes, Training Plans and a GIVEAWAY for My Favorite Book

Journals, Changes, Training Plans and a GIVEAWAY for My Favorite Book



How was your weekend? Can you even believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday? Holy cow.


Random weekend highlights before we talk running chat and such.

Friday night date night with the biggest chicken burrito ever and a little catching up with the Dunphy family.

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No shame in getting cheap take out on a Friday night.

Saturday night date night (yeah, two nights in a row) I stepped it up a notch with s snake scarf and awesome pajama pants.

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Last night wasn’t a date night, it was a normal family dinner night, but I did try to impress the hubs by baking some scallops from Sizzlefish.

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I baked them with olive oil and Italian seasoning. They were delicious, although slightly overdone (go figure) and did not look that great in the pictures, so I’ll spare you.

We got a pretty awesome shipment from Sizzlefish the other week though, so we’ll be eating quite a bit of fish in the next few weeks.

I’ve been going through this fall house cleaning and organizing phase lately and man is it a big job. I’m very thankful we have a small house. Ha.

Snack breaks are serious business though when there’s all kind of cleaning going on.


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Yeah, I mean really serious business. This was Love Grown Foods Power O’s with Silk vanilla almondmilk sprinkled with PB2 and the toppend with a chocolate chip cookie dough Quest Bar and a packet of Vega cocoa kissed savi seeds. Pretty crazy.


Yesterday my workout was a ten mile treadmill run and I did just a little bit of balance core stuff afterwards. Actually, this was the only move I did, but I love it.

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Stand on one foot on a balance XT or BOSU ball or just on the floor and reach over with your opposite hand. Let the supporting knee bend a bit and go slow. Touch your foot and then come back up to the starting position. It’s a good one.


So, let’s see. Looking ahead.

We’ve got quite a few things changing over here in the next month. Schedules, fitness classes, priorities, etc.

With that, I’m finally focusing on some goals. I always think about goals and say I should do some or really work towards them or not stay up late to get things done, etc.

But it’s FINALLY time to do it already. Obviously my racing tactics from this year, the whole quantity over quality thing hasn’t turned out that well in the long run. I ran well, but my body is just tired and I clearly got slower and slower throughout the year. Part of that being other life happenings going on and the whole tumor thing, but running 11 marathons in one year is just a bit much if I really want to get faster someday.

So, we’re starting a different approach as of today.

I got this new Believe Training Journal and I’m making myself put it to good use and really get my thoughts and a plan on paper.

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Dare to dream, right? Gosh darn it, dreaming and actually putting your goals down on paper is hard, but really, what have we got to lose?

So I change up my training to try to get faster and it doesn’t work out, well, then I can always come back to running a bazillion races and getting slower each one plan. Ha.


Official training for Boston 2015 started this morning. I actually have a training plan to follow and am working with a coach. Yep, my friend, Dr. Jason Karp is helping me out. I promised to listen to him and do exactly what he tells me. Honestly I think the whole listening thing is going to be the hardest part.

Right now, my weekly mileage is cut back because we’re concentrating on giving my body recovery from all the marathons from the year and including some more quality aerobic workouts. This week my totally miles calls for 44.

I already asked him if I could add some easy miles in. Obviously he sad “NO”. He also asked me to not be impossible to coach. Ha. Just another little something to work on.

So, I’m following the plan exactly and we’ll see where it goes. Heck yes I’m scared, and putting it out there makes it even scarier, but what the heck, so many things are changing at the moment it just seems like the right time to change this too.

We’re focusing long term towards Boston and beyond so I just have to be patient and trust the process. I’m so darn good at those things. Ha.

Today’s run was a seven mile run with 4 sets of 20 second strides at the end.

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It was done on the treadmill because that’s my only option with the boys. I really should try to get some running outside done more often, but we do what we can with what we have, right?


Jason’s quote that I’ve heard him say more than once is this:

“If you want something you’ve never had, you need to do something you’ve never done.”

So true, yes?


Okay, enough babbling on my part. Just wanted to kind of get it all out there and rip off the Band-Aid as to where I’m at with training and racing and such.


And, just because you might have some goals you’re working on too or you might need a little running friendly stocking stuffer for yourself or a friend, we’re giving away a copy of my favorite of all of Jason’s books.


Running a Marathon For Dummies

I was just reading it last week actually. It’s by far my favorite marathon training book.

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Here’s a really old picture from when I first got the book to tell you a little about what you’ll find in it.


If you buy the book directly from his website here, he even signs it for you and 10% of the sales goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in memory of his mother.


To win a copy of this book, just leave me a comment below. You can answer any of the following things. I’m just being nosy and feel like we haven’t chatted forever so fill me in.


What running goals do you have right now? When is your next race?

What are you most looking forward to right now (in life or whatever)?

Do you have any big changes happening (with life stuff or fitness or training)?

What was one highlight of your weekend?


Feel free to tweet for an additional entry. Just come back here and write another comment letting me know that you did.

“I want to win @DrJasonKarp ‘s Running a Marathon For Dummies book from @stuftmama . Enter the giveaway here! http://ow.ly/EOypm


Giveaway will be open until Friday, November 28th 11:59 pm PST. Randomly chosen winner will be announced Saturday here on the blog. Open to US residents only.

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    Tami Rogers says:

    I just ran my first 10k last weekend in Denver and even though it was 15 degrees and icy, it felt pretty good. I’d like to start training for a half but it totally freaks me out. I’m not fast or agile, but I must admit that it feels great and I’ve learned to love it. A lot of my miles have to be on the treadmill too because of the kids, but I’m hoping the sun makes it warmer here in Denver soon so I can get back outside at least once a week. So, I guess my goal is to run a half next year! Did I just say that?

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    Stepfanie says:

    My running goals are to run my first marathon and qualify for Boston 2016. Big goals I know, but go big or go home! lol. My next race is this weekend! I’m doing a 10k Stache Dash in North Bay, ON and I’m excited to see my friends that live up north.

    Right now I’m looking forward to Christmas, and finishing my online courses so I can apply to university for nursing! My family and I pitched together to pay for a flight for my sister to come to Toronto from Kelowna, B.C. I’m very excited to see her 🙂

    My marathon training starts Dec. 15th. I need to be disciplined and make sure I do cross training and stretching, I dont want to get injured. I know that I can do it, I just need to stick to a plan. It’s going to be hard, but I know it’s going to be worth it in the end, I’m very excited!

    One highlight of my weekend was that I got a great performance review at work!! Its so nice to be appreciated for working hard. This is one of the first job’s that I’ve had that has actually appreciated me, and it’s so refreshing, I love it. I also had an amazing run on Sunday, I did 15km. I’ve been having some knee pain but it didn’t really start until the very end of my run so I’m really happy about that, and I felt like my pace was great, even though it was raining and gross out, I still felt amazing, and excited for my upcoming 10k.

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    Corey says:

    Training for my second half-marathon! (March 1)

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    Kacie says:

    My next race is going to be a relay race with my family. I would also like to run two half marathons in one weekend next fall.

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    Angie says:

    I don’t know how you do it! I trained for a half and ended up with Plantar Fasciitis. Then I still had a second half on the books which was Vegas. I am finished now but afraid to run. The gloomy cold weather doesn’t help my motivation either. 11 in one year? You rock! My kids are doing the turkey trot but mom is not participating.

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    Judy Westacott says:

    My next race is a fun race with my boyfriend – the Santa Shuffle 5k, funds raised go to the Salvation Army. It is so cool to see a stream of runners with Santa Claus hats on all along the Vancouver seawall. They have really cool finishing medals too. My next big run is the BMO Vancouver marathon May 3. I hope to improve my finish/qualifying time for the Boston marathon in 2016. I am running a couple half marathons in February.

    I think we can always improve on what we are doing so this is a perfect time to start implementing some good training plans. I would love to win a copy of Running a Marathon for Dummies.

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    Jen says:

    Training for my second half-marathon!

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    Technically my next race is on Thanksgiving Day, half marathon. I’m just using it as a training run for Phoenix Marathon in February though.

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    Ashley Widis says:

    Yes I want to win that book!!

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    Sally says:

    I’m training for my first marathon in May!! I’m nervous, but excited!!

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    Kathy says:

    I am most looking forward to figuring out me, for me, myself and to be a better mom, friend, wife because of it….I have gained back (15 pounds roughly) all the weight I had lost over the past two years. I stopped exercising regularly b/c my joints hurt and I became consumed with the “guilty mom syndrome”.

    Everything I did and didn’t do I felt guilty for ~ ugh!

    So, that’s it….baby steps of course….but, I say it and mean it….time to really work on me to get off that roller coaster of weight loss and gain and to feel better. No running goals right now but I know they will come eventually.

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    Maria says:

    My next half is the Nashville Rock n Roll in April. I would love to come in under 3 hours. My last 2 halts at previos Savannah RR’s were 3:05 and 3:10. I’d like to get a bit faster also. I’m such a penguin runner!!!

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    elizabeth says:

    my next running goal is to run a 50k. i’ve done a couple half marathons, but i’m switching to trail running — so much more fun!!! and so a 50 is next on my agenda. eek.

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    New changes-going through a divorce and finding a way to run again. My goal for 2015 is to be able to get back to running again.

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    Michelle says:

    Training for the Star Wars Half Marathon in Disneyland in January, and I want to put next year’s focus on a 50k trail run, getting stronger and all-around fitter. My son graduates from high school in 2 1/2 yrs, so I am even more intentional about making great family memories.

    I saw a great quote in one of the stories in this month’s Runner’s World: “Some of the best things in life are on the other side of fear.”

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    Linda says:

    I just visited Lorna Jane for the first time when I was in Palm Springs this weekend. Love her store. Been following her website, Move Nourish Believe for a while now. Just got her book More! Love it. Was planning on getting the journal too!

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    Linda says:

    Oops, wrong journal!

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    Kaitlin says:

    I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant so running long races has been out for a while, I am excited to get back into training again after the baby is born!! My last marathon was 2 min away from a BQ!! Let’s hope the next one I do will qualify me!!!

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    Running goals right now would be to decrease my half marathon time, hopefully to a sub 2. No current race but I’m considering one in the middle of March that is my previous PR course.

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    I just completed my goal! I just ran my first mile outside (in 10 years!) This is only the start!

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    MIssy says:

    Did my first half marathon a few years ago and did not do very well. Would like to get my stuff together and try again.

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    Kristen M says:

    I’m training for my first marathon but dealing with a foot injury that I should probably see a doctor about. Ugh.

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    Juliana says:

    I have a 5k+10k on Thursday, and a 10k about 2 weeks after that. Then it is just training for some craziness in Jan and Feb: Dopey and then Rebel Challenge the next week (10k+ half), then a break before doing 5k+ Glass Slipper (10k+ half) then 3 weeks after LA marathon! Lots on the training schedule until May.

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    elizabeth says:

    The best thing over the weekend was running in the snow with my favorite dog Sam, he is 11 and still a great running partner.

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    natasha says:

    My weekend highlight was scoring the mother lode of Stokes purple sweet potatoes at the local grocery store. So I hoarded a ton and now plan to bake and freeze some to see if that works and so I’ll be able to stock for the spring/summer (:

    I’m now addicted to those and of course kabocha plus all things vegetable and new apple varieties Yay farmer’s markets!

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    Heather says:

    Oh I want that book!! My goal for this year is to qualify for Boston 2016!! WOop! WooP!

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    Samantha B says:

    Next big race is Surf City in February. Until then, just 5ks..

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    Julie says:

    I would like to run a full marathon in 2015! I just got the same Believe Journal and wrote my goal down, but I am injured, so healing is first priority before I jump into registering for anything. Being injured has definitely changed my life, and ability to train, but I am remaining hopeful and am so excited about the possibility of running a marathon soon 🙂

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    Dolly says:

    Do you run before your boys wake up in the morning? Or do you hop on the mill after the morning breakfast routine? I’m super curious because I also have a treadmill at home, but I can only run on that sucker if everyone is taking a nap.

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    Amie says:

    I’m looking forward to celebrating my son’s first Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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    Amie says:

    I’m looking forward to celebrating my son’s first Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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    Amanda S. says:

    I just ran my first full marathon a couple of weeks ago. While I knew I was running this without a specific goal in mind (other than to finish), I had hoped to finish in less than 5 hours – and yeah…. that didn’t happen. I finished in 05:44:21. My next goal is to shave some time off of my first and finish feeling strong!

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    Currently I am signed up for the Utah Valley Marathon in June. I’m hoping to sign up for something else before that, but right now that’s next.

    I’m excited for my Believe Journal to get here!!

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    Nicole says:

    I completed 2 half marathons this fall and will be running my first marathon, Flying Pig in Cincinnati, on May 2nd 🙂 So excited!

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    Maggie says:

    My favorite part of the weekend was celebrating my Birthday with family, friends, frosting, and some running too:-)

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    Alexandra says:

    I’ve always wanted to run a marathon- I’ve only done halfs at this point- but now that in pregnant I’m putting off my training until after the baby comes. I need to start looking for one in late 2015 or early 2016!

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    I’m shooting to break 1,000 miles for the year – 140 to go!

    Big things happening here – we’re buying a house (hopefully) and remodeling it and buying a children’s fitness/gymnastics franchise. Fully in denial about it all because I would be freaking out if I thought about it too much.

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    Keri says:

    I’m looking forward to the holidays and spending time with my family. would love this book!!

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    Running goals = sub 2.50, sub 80 and a 3hr marathon during my ironman…uh oh!!
    My training camp in Lanzarote – I leave a week today!
    Work is making lots of redundancies so I am channeling my feelings towards sport!
    I did a BIG training day:

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    marti says:

    highlight of the weekend was a good friend’s wedding 🙂

    have to say you are so brave to embark on this journey. proud of you. live your dreams!

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    lexa says:

    I really would like to run my first 1/2 marathon next year. My mileage has been all over the map since I had my 2nd daughter in August and need a goal to get back out there to run.

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    Betsy says:

    My next race is in April (half marathon) then in May (full marathon). First races since Boston 2014. Somewhat scared to race again, because this past year had a couple health issues that I’ve been dealing with.

    2015 is a new year, and my goal is to get healthy and fast! 🙂

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    My next race is (maybe) the Santa Hustle Half Marathon in December. I’m for sure running the Carmel Marathon in April with a goal of running a BQ!! I have my eye on the prize and am ready to do the work to meet this goal! Good luck with your training! It sounds like you have a fantastic coach who will help you achieve your goals 🙂

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    Ashley B. says:

    I am training to stay fit through the frigid Colorado mountain winter and hopefully run a race in early spring (in a warm location). What a great book–thanks for the giveaway!

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    To finish that Phoenix Marathon on my own two feet!

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    Sammi says:

    I’m going to start training for my first marathon after the new year!

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    Emily Lobaugh says:

    Lots of goals for 2015, but my primary focus is training hard and staying injury free so that I can complete my first Marathon. I’m running a Turkey Trot with my sister on Thanksgiving morning to kick off a day of just bring thankful for each day on this earth.

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    Joy says:

    I am just back to running after being injured for almost 2 years. My goal is to get my running fitness back s.l.o.w.l.y and listen to my body so that I can hopefully prevent any future injuries. It’s glorious to be able to run again though. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Michelle Kim says:

    My next race is the California International Marathon in Sacramento in less than two weeks! My hip is not feeling right so I probably can’t PR, but my goal is the finish with a huge smile on my face 🙂

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    a giveaway means i can hide this comment =). I have a half in december to complete the year… then 2015 out the gate with my first ultra 52 miler…

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    MCummings says:

    I so enjoy Dr. Karp’s Instagram account – and sometimes (not often enough) try his suggestions for the next run, so it is cool to see the people I follow “collide.” I put his book “Running for Women” on my Christmas list, so would love to have this one because I am “toying” with the idea of running a marathon in the next year?? or so?? I have told myself before I am 50, and I am 46 now. I have done several halfs, but not a full.

    My highlight of the weekend was running with my sister. She is running her first half Dec. 7 and asked me to be her running support during the race, so we “trained” together. She has several types of arthritis (rheumatoid, psoriatic and osteo), so running is so hard on her body, but she embodies a “suck it up” attitude and has decided that while she can, she will. Can’t WAIT to see her cross the finish line.

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    Jenny says:

    I haven’t registered for anything yet, but I’m looking at my first half marathon in April, then possibly Chicago in October for my first marathon.

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    Michelle C says:

    My running goal right now is to slowly ease back into running after an 8 week layoff due to injury. I want to slowly build my base back up through december. My goal races are a series of halfs in the spring that I want to be healthy for.

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    morgan says:

    i can’t wait to start training for my half marathon in february after i run my turkey trot thursday!

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    Kari says:

    I have wanted to run a 1/2 marathon, but I always get injured. I’m going to do it in 2015!

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    My main running goal is to finish (upright and uninjured) my first marathon at the end of Dec. I do have a half on the 13th and as much as I want to beat last year’s time, I know my goal isn’t really that race.

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    Erika says:

    Goal for 2015…run my first marathon and start ultratraining. I’ve realized I’m really most happy running on trails. It’s when I’m truly at peace.

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    No need to enter me – just lots of life changes so we shall see if I survive! 😉 Looking forward to some peace in life at some point! 😉

    Hope you are OK, feeling better & things are going OK with you!

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    my fitness goals are really to focus on gaining more strength. this past year has been kind of rough, a few health issues, but i am finally back on track to getting healthy. that is my main goal. ALSO i am getting married next year, so that’s a pretty big thing i’m looking forward too!!

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    Lanna says:

    Running Mountains 2 Beach in May. Hope to PR! :). Going to be hitting training hard first of the year.

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    Stephanie says:

    I would like to be able to do a 10k race.

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    Angela says:

    My goal for 2015 is to get fast(er)!

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    Heather says:

    i’m running a small local half (very last minute) thanksgiving morning.. my goal is to place in my age group and not hurt myself!

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    Stacey Niedzwiecki says:

    I have a Turkey Trot tomorrow, an 8K the first weekend in December, and training for first half in March. 🙂

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    Kimberly says:

    I just wetted about the giveaway as well. Thanks!!

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    Kimberly says:

    My goal for 2015 is to run 15 half marathons. I’m a little scared of this goal but you have to dream big right?!

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    Annmarie says:

    I LOVE that journal (need one!) and have a treadmill equipped with iFit too! Love it! I would love this book too- I have just started a collection of running books and would love to add it 🙂

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    Julie says:

    I’m signed up for my first full marathon in February! Eek! I’ve done plenty of halfs, so it’s time to finally do the whole dang thing. I’m doing a turkey trot tomorrow with my kids. I love that they like to run too 🙂

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    Carlee says:

    I’d LOVE to win this book! Currently I am training for Marathons #2 and #3 (the first one will be part of the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in January and the second will be the Phoenix Marathon in February with #AllTheCoolKids!)!!

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    Ashley says:

    Both the journal and the book are on my Christmas lists this year! I think your goals and plan for next year sound awesome!! I believe you will yield great results going back to quality over quantity AND you get to work with Dr. Jason! You are so lucky.

    I actually have a rather lofty goal (for me) this upcoming year…. To BQ!!! I am running Ojai 2 Ocean ( I mean Mountains 2 Ocean) and I am really excited about it since it is my hometown. I am very much looking forward to the holidays and family time and hoping for some colder weather and rain here in CA.

    I hope you and the entire Stuft family have an amazing Thanksgiving!!

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    Kristen says:

    One of my goals is to run my first marathon in 2015, so this book would actually help me with that!

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    Montana Ross says:

    I’ve had to adjust my goals a bit…I have a hip flexor strain so I’m currently banned from running and in physical therapy. I’m hoping this will go away soon as I really want to be able to race next year and had quite a few races planned! I’m not sure a marathon is on my list yet but it’s something I’d like to try at least once just to cross it off my bucket list. The for dummies series is my favorite book series on learning how to do new things so I think I’d really enjoy this book…and hey, might help me make a decision!

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    Corrina says:

    I have had my eye on that journal for a while! My goal is just to get back to regular running and longer distances again. I want to run another marathon in the next few years and I’d love this book. and I love that quote too!

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    Amy Zirkle says:

    It has been a Loooooooong time since we chatted….though I’m back with a full time working gig in DC, I have discovered running. My smart, adorable, inspirational, and YOUNG, niece is encouraging me all the way…I’m hopeful to hit a few 5 K’s but my bucket list has the 2015 Marine Corps on it…would love the advice, wisdom, and insight you can offer…and I guess the book would help too – hope you are well!!!!

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    Susie says:

    I ran my first half marathon in 2014….want to run at least 3 in 2015!!!


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