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The Half-Marathon Diaries

Looking pretty good for running 13.1 miles! I did it!  I DID IT! Woohoo! OK, I just had to get that out of my system.

Finish line here I come! (And thanks to my cheerleader sister for snapping this pic!) And that's a wrap!

Staying hydrated during the race clearly won't be a problem! (Photo courtesy of John Herr) It’s the final countdown! Who is excited? I know this girl is!

Seeing family and friends on the course helps to keep me going. Here, I think I'm reaching for a banana. (Thanks, Mom!) Well here we are - race week!

My GoSportID bands–the easiest way to sweat safely! (Photo courtesy of GoSportID) I can't believe we are less than two weeks away from the big run!

Another thing keeping my legs fresh? Lots and lots of stretching! (Photo courtesy of Karen Pearson) This past weekend I was able to do some serious multitasking.

Photo courtesy of FDOC. Some foods can help fuel a healthy lifestyle by delivering energy and nutrients that are needed to support physical activity.

Keep your legs injury-free by taking time the time to stretch. (Photo courtesy of Laura Doss) Since the beginning of my training I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Try these tips to run toward, not away from the springy conditions outside.

I keep this cutout close by in case I need even more motivation to get on the treadmill!

A snapshot from of the reservoir. Pretty, yes? (Photo courtesy of It’s crazy to think there are only three weeks left till race day!

Our cover model for our April issue (on newsstands March 13!) is my abs-piration to get me through long runs. I've been pretty diligent in my training so far, but last week it finally happened.

Jenna and I showing off our guns after a CrossFit session in Miami! I’m starting to find that some weeks are more eventful than others.

I’m feeling pretty great after last week because it was my taper week!  This is basically a week in your training plan where you decrease your mileage, giving your legs a chance to rest.

My new tattoo sidelined my running for the week. This week I'm getting back on course! Another week goes down in the books! I can't believe I’ll be running this race so soon!

Grapefruit can have a reaction to some prescription drugs, so check with a doc before digging in!

Foam rolling keeps my legs in tact to tackle those long runs. (Photo courtesy of EcoWise) Week two – done and done. This week for me was all about logging the miles.