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When you decide to register for a half marathon less than a day before the race because it sure beats a long run by yourself 🤷‍♀️ No plans to PR here. This one is strictly for fun! 😊💪🏻 #motherrunner🏃🏼‍♀️ #instarunner #marathontraining #divasrunning #runlikeadiva #yycrunner #strongfinishathlete

16 freaking miles!!! Another milestone in my path to my post-injury recovery and this one was big!! (I think I can finally stop saying that now!!) I would like to thank DMB for keeping me company on this run and helping me not get too mental about the distance. Fun fact about me: I’m a huge Dave Matthews Band fan and have been for over 20 years. (Any fellow DMB fans? Have you heard the new album!?!) Anyway, back to running. Coach called for 16 miles between an EZ and conversational pace. Nailed it! 16 miles at 8:31 avg. Happy Saturday!! #motherrunner #runnermom #runnergirl #runlikeagirl #strongnotskinny #strongfinishathlete #coachkristenscruggs #marathontraining #chasingboston #procompression #sarahmariedesignstudio

First double digit run in 3 weeks! This marathon training season will be so much fun! 😜 So happy to jumpstart this Saturday with this awesome bunch. Thanks @theginjaninja26 for setting this up. And special thanks to my girl @lmb306 for waking up extra early and endure a 10 mile bike ride with me. 😘 #runningisbetterwithfriends #marathontraining #chicagomarathon2018 #keeponkeepinon #betterforit #trainwithheart #zensahambassador #teamzensah #runnersofinstagram #thesweatlife #lululemon #strongfinishathlete #coachkristenscruggs #floridarunning

My first double digit run since May 2017👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻


Let me start with the good stuff... met up with all the peeps running #chicagomarathon LOVE their energy! I ran 10 miles, and some of those were chatting with the girls. I miss those days❤️


The not so good stuff... the humidity was TERRIBLE😓I knew in the first mile this was going to be tough. My strides were off🤦🏻‍♀️It was supposed to be 10x100m w/60-90sec recovery. I couldn’t do the math in my head right so it was a bit under each stride, but I did do all 10😬I had cramps the whole way... I definitely need to focus more on my nutrition. And finally... I got into my head and was negative AF👎🏻Remembering the days when 10 miles were easy and I could hold 7:30-8 pace. It happens 🤷🏻‍♀️ •

But now it’s done! And it’s time to take notes on what I need to work on, and enjoy breakfast with my #runsquad

Happy Saturday #fitfam ❤️❤️❤️

Nothing like a little recovery run to make up for poor life choices last night 😂🍸🍻🍾It’s called BALANCE. 🍩🍷🍩🍷🍩
Shoutout to @trundle_sugarfoot for being born so we have an excuse to party 🎉 —————————————
W1D5. EZ miles, shakeout for tomorrow’s long run!
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No six pack here, but I think there has to be a little something under that skin🤷🏻‍♀️I could work my abs to death and eat perfectly and STILL not show it. And that’s OK!! I’m getting older, I’ve housed 3 GIANT babies in there, 2 of which were over 10.5lbs😳, I’m a food lover and a whiskey lover, and honestly life’s too short to worry about it! As long as I’m getting up and moving my body I know I’m going in the right direction 💪🏻Learning to love myself a little more each day🙌🏻


Side note... my first 10 mile long run in over a year is tomorrow and I’m TERRIFIED 😱 Missing those days when I used to run 16 miles for fun😆Send me good vibes❤️❤️
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Swimming was not something I did before late December 2017. I still remember my first attempt at swimming like it was yesterday. I struggled big time and barely finished 500 yards. I also got a calf cramp because I was kicking incorrectly. Without my injury I would never have tried swimming nor would I have ever worked to become a better swimmer. In some ways, I’m glad my injury happened because it pushed me out of my comfort zone. It helped me find another sport that I enjoy (although still not to the level of running 😊). 🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️ 1,800 yards today. 🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️ #runnersthatswim #motherrunner #runnermom #runnergirl #runlikeagirl #swimmergirl #strongnotskinny #strongfinishathlete #coachkristenscruggs #marathontraining #chasingboston

💜Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods 💜
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I’m about to drop some knowledge on you about the #GradSchoolGrind. I’ve mentioned I’m a doctoral candidate in neuroscience; that means my official job title is graduate student. I do a lot of different things during my day. I don’t take any classes but I do teach them, and I also do lab research for my university. I get paid to do this, and while I don’t personally pay tuition, the university is paid tuition on my behalf (usually from some sort of grant). I am both a student and employee of the university. Confusing, right? 💟
In the summer, I get paid on what’s called a waiver-generating assistantship. I still do research in the lab, my tuition is paid for, and my job title is still that of graduate student. However, I am not considered a student in some aspects. Are you as confused as I am?!? Anyways, because of all this nonsense, I lost access to the nice campus gym with the fancy pool 😔
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I spent part of yesterday freaking out about it, since I was really looking forward to swimming as cross training this summer. So I regrouped, went to spin class instead, and am making adjustments with my coach @mamabear_runs_marathons to cross train other ways. In hindsight, this is not a major setback and I am just a creature of habit and tend to panic with change. Stubborn with the goal, flexible in the pursuit. I got this 💜
W1D4 complete 💚 5️⃣ miles plus strides. Can you tell from how sweaty I am that it’s hot outside?!? 💟
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What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger💪🏻


This humidity is a killer. I keep thinking I would probably do better if I could feel like I’m not running through water😓But then I remember where I was just a few weeks ago. I could barely run 3 miles. This marathon training is about getting my endurance back, time on my feet, building my confidence back up. After I cross that finish line in October then I’ll make some new goals. Work on my speed, maybe I’ll get that itch to earn that 🦄 For now I gotta stay in the present and be thankful for each mile I run🤗


And YAY! 8 pounds ⬇️
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Meet Maggie. She's a local Strong Finish athlete here in Orlando☀️She is running her 1st full marathon this fall, none other than the epic NYC Marathon🍎🗽She is a mom of 4 and works full time as a geropsychologist at the VA with elderly Vets who have memory issues. She loves cycling and has also competed in a few triathlons! 🏊🏻‍♀️🚴🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️Maggie has already been pushing herself to limits that she never thought possible during training💪🏻In less than 20 weeks, she'll be lining up at that epic starting line in Staten Island prepared and confident and then crossing the finish of her 1st 26.2 in Central Park!!!🙌🏻👊🏻 #strongfinishcoaching #coachkristenscruggs #orlandorunningcoach #strongfinishathlete

Some runs make you feel invincible. Some runs make you feel defeated. Every run makes you stronger. 🏃🏻‍♀️ Today’s track workout was a bust. Two in a row. This time though, I cut it short and switched to a somewhat easy pace. I have no words except tomorrow’s a new day. Figure out what lesson is to be learned and move on. #motherrunner #runnermom #runnergirl #runlikeagirl #strongnotskinny #strongfinishathlete #coachkristenscruggs #marathontraining #chasingboston #hatebadworkouts

☕️+yoga mat+foam roller=🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻


I didn’t HAVE to wake up at 5am but I did anyway☀️Almost a full 6wks into this marathon training and my internal clock is adjusting well👌🏻I’m not waking up groggy but waking up ready to GO! No running today, spin class is on the calendar but I’ll have to catch the evening class, because work🤪So I spent 30 min stretching out these tight hips and sore legs. Trying my best to prevent injuries! And it just FEELS SO DAMN GOOD😌 •

I have to say getting a #runcoach for this go around with marathon training was the BEST decision I made! She’s teaching me that there’s more to just training your legs to run the distance, we HAVE to train and treat the WHOLE body. The improvements I’ve made in just one month has lifted my spirits and I believe in myself just a little more each day! So a BIG SHOUTOUT to my girl @mamabear_runs_marathons Your coaching goes above and beyond ❤️ •

If you’re looking for a coach I HIGHLY recommend you check her page and sign up! You won’t regret it!

Another shameless flex because I’m proud to have arm muscles. I haven’t always had arm muscles. I didn’t strength train in any capacity until about 2.5 years ago. I did my first gym strength session within the last year and I can FINALLY do real push ups. 30 minutes of strength training plus 25 minutes of my physical therapy exercises for a total of 55 minutes today. #strongereveryday #strongnotskinny #strongfinishathlete #coachkristenscruggs #motherrunner #runnermom #runnergirl #runlikeagirl #momlife #befierce #trusttheprocess #befierce #marathontraining #chasingboston

Racing against the rain tonight! It started downpouring and storming 5 seconds after this picture was taken ⛈⛈⛈
Ran with the run club again this evening! Fun to have other people to chat with when I run, keeps me very true to conversation pace. Most people packed it in after 3 miles because of the incoming storms but I stayed out like a crazy person and did some solo miles 🤪🤪
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Marathon training W1D2 complete 👊🏻
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Finally was able to go out for a decent run. After being out of commission for a little over a week due to a butt injury that was NOT running related, I hit the pavement and it wasn’t so bad. Gotta get back on that marathon training schedule. #marathontraining #chicagomarathon #nikerun #betterforit #lululemon #thesweatlife #garmin #zensah #teamzensah #motherrunner #trainwithheart #runnergirl #runnersofinstagram #keeponkeepingon #coachkristenscruggs #strongfinishathlete

This run felt pretty good🙌🏻Coach said check your pace at the door... I think I did that. Although maybe could’ve slowed down a bit more🤷🏻‍♀️Know what felt even better???


Wearing less clothing! I’m not sure what a “runners body” is supposed to look like. If I base it off the runners I follow with the toned arms, legs and ripped abs, well then I’m definitely NOT rock’n a runners body. But here’s the thing... the past month I’ve been getting up early 6 days a week and grinding it out💪🏻Running, strength training, cross training, stretching, eating better and focusing on my health. I may not look like a fitness model but I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER than I did just a few weeks ago🤗Plus the humidity here in Florida is a killer, wearing less feels awesome😓I think I’m one step closer to ordering those super cute crop tops my girl and #runcoach @mamabear_runs_marathons made❤️


Brush off those haters ladies... you are beautiful just the way you are❤️
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Nope....I didn’t run 23 miles. But I did run 5 total EZ miles. 3 miles at 9:44 avg on the way to pickup my little and 2 more with my little at 10:06 avg. I probably looked odd running with an empty stroller for 3 miles, but a moms gotta do what a moms gotta do. #motherrunner #runnergirl #runnermom #momlife #strongnotskinny #strongfinishathlete #coachkristenscruggs #befierce #bepatient #trusttheprocess #chasingboston #marathonrunner #recoverymiles

Here is a list of everything I would rather do than one #BBG workout
1️⃣ Run 10 miles
2️⃣ Speed workouts
3️⃣ Jury duty
4️⃣ Double root canals
5️⃣ Grade 47595 research papers
6️⃣ Literally anything else 😂
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These HIIT workouts are only 28 minutes long but omg they are KILLER! Small but mighty. I better have legs like Barbie tomorrow 💕
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Detroit Free Press Marathon training. Week 1 day 1 COMPLETE!
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Being a #strongfinishathlete is more than 🏃🏻‍♀️ Putting in the work to build strength in my whole body💪🏻Today was leg day and it was a sweaty one😓Took me a little extra time because I’m just a tad hungover 🙊Couldn’t pass up celebrating my hubby for Fathers Day so I broke my no drinking on a Sunday rule🤷🏻‍♀️Gotta live a little🤗Happy Monday #fitfam💪🏻
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