Running Goals for 2016

As you read this, I’m en route to sunny Orlando, Florida to run the 10K and half marathon at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend for the second year in a row! Kicking off the new year with these races got me thinking about setting some running goals for 2016, so I’m sharing those today.


Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2015


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My 2015 Running Year in Review

As Christmas is upon us and it’s just a week until the clock strikes on 2016, I’m sharing my 2015 running year in review. I debated whether to do this, since earlier this month was my first blog-iversary and I recapped a few highlights then. But since Renaissance Runner Girl started off as a running and gluten free recipe blog, and I still focus a lot on running (with more lifestyle posts now than then) I figured it was only fair to give running a dedicated post!


NYRR Retro 4-Miler


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Ted Corbitt 15K 2015 Race Recap

It’s still hard for me to believe that I’ve been blogging for a year already, but the idea hit home again this weekend when I ran the Ted Corbitt 15K. I ran the same race last year, and it was my first ever blog race recap! Now it’s time for round two with my Ted Corbitt 15K 2015 race recap, and the biggest thing I have to say is what a difference a year can make.


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Being A Girls on the Run 5K Sparkle Runner

Rather than my usual weekly workout post, today is all about my experience being a Girls on the Run 5K Sparkle Runner at the Fall 2015 race on Randall’s Island in NYC! I had an absolutely amazing time and would love to get more involved with the organization.


Girls on the Run 5K


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Weekly Workouts and Yoga at House of Jai

Happy Monday! I’m checking in after a Thanksgiving weekend filled with family, food, and fun. And a Turkey Trot, which included both family and fun, and was bookended by food. Today, in addition to sharing my usual weekly workouts and yoga at House of Jai, which I don’t think I’ve shared here before, I’m also going to recap my November running since it’s the last day of the month. Which I can hardly believe.


Central Park autumn leaves


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Race to Deliver 4M and Finishing the 9 + 1

As promised yesterday, today’s post is all about the NYRR Race to Deliver 4M and finishing the 9 plus 1 program to qualify for the New York City Marathon in 2016!


 Race to Deliver 2015



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Weekly Workouts and Weekend Updates 11/16-11/22

Hope everyone’s Sundays are off to a smashing start. As you read this, I’m either running the Race to Deliver 4M, or I’ve already finished and qualified for the NYC Marathon in 2016 by finishing the 9+1 program! I’ll check back in tomorrow with a recap of all that, but for now, let’s take a look at my weekly workouts and weekend updates.


Central Park Great Lawn


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Weekly Workouts and Weekend Updates 11/9-11/15

And here we are again, back with my weekly workouts and weekend updates as I settle into my new routine. But first off, I want to ask everyone reading this to take a moment today to think about what happened in Paris on Friday night and to pray for peace. The first time I saw Paris, I was in awe of the magic of the City of Light, and to have that magic marred by such horror is unfathomable. Because I went to college in England, and because I suppose I have a lot of well traveled acquaintances, I found out about what happened first when I got more than a dozen Facebook notifications from Facebook friends who checked themselves in as safe. Say what you will about social media, but its power can be used for good.  


Pray for Paris



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Running To My Own Beat

This post about running without music originally appeared on FitApproach last Friday. I had no idea they were going to publish it so I wasn’t able to promote it like I should have been, but it’s something I’ve thought about a lot and I hope it inspires some of you to give it a try!


Wind whistling against the leaves, birds chirping high in the trees, sneakers hitting the pavement with every step I take. These are the sounds I hear as I run along in the morning. In spring and early summer, there was more buzzing from the bees. Now that it’s autumn, the falling leaves dominate nature’s symphony, punctuated occasionally by the loud crack of an acorn hitting the ground.


Fall foliage in Ridgefield, Connecticut


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Weekly Workouts and a New Running Routine 11/2-11/9

On Friday, I got an e-mail informing me that my one-year domain name registration was set to expire in a month. I was confused at first, since when I moved to my self-hosted website I registered with my hosting service for two years, not one. But then I remembered, back to last December, when I wrote my first post and wasn’t sure if the whole blogging thing was going to be a passing whim or an enduring part of my life. Here were are, 11 months and a few days in, so I guess the answer is clear! I’ll be writing a one-year mark reflection when the time comes, and look out this week for a sharing of my very first recipe for a Pumpkin Poufflé. In the meantime, on to my weekly workouts and a new running routine!


Wandering by Alice in Central Park

Wandering by Alice in Central Park


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