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Peaks Island Road Race

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The Peak's Island 5 miler is one of my favorite summer races. Unfortunately I've been unable to run it the past couple years because it conflicted with Tri for a Cure. So this year, I was extra excited to be able to do it again.

I biked the few miles from my house to the ferry terminal so I didn't have to deal with parking.


Part of what makes this event so special is the fact that it is on an island. It is a quick 15 minute ride from downtown Portland, but that 15 minutes on the water makes me feel like I am really getting away from the real world.


Another thing I love about this race is that it is small and low key. We were off the boat and had our numbers and shirts in no time. We took the 8:30 ferry and the race didn't start until 10:30, so we had some time to sit and chill and enjoy the views. In past years it was HOT on race day, but this year we got perfect running weather- in the 60's with clouds. In fact it got cloudier as we got towards race time. 
I haven…

What's Up Wednesday

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1. I am having a glorious summer
Much to my delight, my second summer semester turned out to be much easier than the first. So I've been spending long weekends up on Southport boating, kayaking, stuffing my face with fresh seafood, and gets lots of quality family time. At home during the week I've been going to a stand-up paddleboard meet-up, outdoor yoga, free outside concerts and movies, and having study groups at the beach. Summer may be short in Maine, but it sure is sweet.



2. I am loving my lab
Last semester in lab we mostly worked on the dummies because we were working on skills you wouldn't want to practice on a real person (like injecting meds and inserting a catheter). However this semester we are learning how to do a complete physical exam and so we get to practice on each other. Getting to see and hear and touch all this stuff for real is so cool! Last week we learned how to look back at the retina and see the optic disc, the macula, and the blood vessels. We als…

The Perfect Summer Beverage

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You guys. It's summer! My course load this second half of the summer is lighter, so I have been taking full advantage of summer. I've been to the beach, spent lots of time on my boat, gone stand-up paddle boarding, done some outside yoga, and generally enjoyed the summer. 

I also made the most perfect summer beverage ever, so I thought I'd share.

For my 7 continent marathon party, my sister in-law, made an amazing watermelon mint sangria. Basically she pureed a bunch of watermelon and mint together and then added wine just before serving. After the party, there was a bunch of the watermelon mint puree left. I didn't want it to go to waste, so I froze in ice cube trays.


Then, a few days later I tossed the frozen watermelon cubes into the blender and turned them into a delicious watermelon slush. I then, spooned the slush into some glasses and covered it with cold prosecco. 
Sweet, cold, bubbly. The perfect summer beverage. And watermelon is good for runners. It has vita…

Why are we so mean?

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Somehow last week I stumbled onto the website "Get Off My Internets." I've probably been living under a brick or something, but I had never heard of it before. I ended up on a page critiquing a whole bunch of blogs that I read.

I admit, I totally got sucked in and ended up reading different threads for more than hour.

The thing is though, that when I finished I felt awful. Criticizing someone else, or in this case reading other people's criticisms, didn't make me feel better about myself. I just wondered why we are so mean?

Why do whole websites exist to tear apart other people? Couldn't we use that time to do something productive instead?

I was thinking about this for the rest of the week when I stumbled upon this article.  A study found that just 8 weeks of meditation increased compassion and decreased meanness. Basically meditation decreased stress, which is a common cause of mean behavior. It gave me hope! Maybe we don't all have to tear each other a…

If It Seems Too Good To Be True

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I got all my medals from my 7 contents out to display at my celebration party. As I cleaned up, it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a nice rack to display them on, rather than just dumping them in the basement.

So I went to Amazon and did a search.

This was my first result.



And it was only $10.99.

That alone should have made me suspicious. Or I should have at least read all the specs. But I didn't, I just bought it with one click.

When it arrived, I saw why it was so cheap- it is tiny! It might be big enough to hold Barbie's medals, but it isn't big enough for mine.

So now I'm in the market for a medal display rack actually big enough to hold my medals. Any suggestions?

Life is Workout

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I went up to my family's house on Southport Island for the 4th of July weekend. It was a fun weekend in the most beautiful place on earth (in my opinion).


Since the weekend included a lot of food and drinks, I was determined to get my exercise in. 

However I always finder it harder to get in quality workouts when I go "home." I don't have access to a gym, there is the temptation to sleep in and then sit around chatting with my family over coffee and breakfast. Plus, Southport is really hilly so running and biking are just harder. 
Friday, the hills crushed my spirit on my bike ride. I couldn't take more than 15 miles. Saturday my run was interrupted by the first annual Southport Fourth of July parade. Sunday the heat got to me.


At first I was a little annoyed with myself for not getting in longer workouts. But then I thought about how tired I was at the end of each day. I may not have been doing formal exercise, but I was mowing the lawn, walking the dog, kayakin…

Mid Year Check In

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Holy Moly, I can't believe it is July 1st. This year is just flying by! I thought this would be a good chance to check in on progress this year.

In terms of distance, running was clearly my priority for the first half of the year.
I ran 646 miles, biked 223 miles, and swam 12,254 yards


My goal is always to run 1,000 miles a year and I am in good shape to make it. My yearly mileage tends to be front-loaded, as I marathon train in the winter and early spring. So, even though my running mileage dropped considerably in June (73 miles for month compared to 100+ for the first 5 months of year), I am confident I'll still hit 1,000. Originally I was thinking I'd also like to hit 1,000 miles for the bike, but I don't think that's very realistic. So now I'm aiming for 500 miles instead.
When you look at how my workouts break out by time, running still dominates by a considerable amount. Now that my marathons are over, and the warm weather is here, I'd really like to …