2016 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Race Recap

As promised in yesterday’s 10K race recap, today is all about my second stab at the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. I ran this race last year as my second half marathon ever, and my first distance race after coming back from a hip injury that kept me from running for three months during the prior summer. I was nervous and excited as I approached the starting line of this race in 2015. While I experienced both of those emotions this year in some measure, my general feeling was far away from where it had been. What a difference a year can make.


Cinderella Castle



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One Year of Blogging

This week marks my one year blog-iversary. On December 5, 2014, I decided to start a blog, and on December 7, 2014, I published my very first post. I can’t believe it’s been a year, but lots of time, effort, creative thought, photography, and discussion has led to more than 200 posts, dozens of delicious gluten free recipes, and many memories shared in this space. This post is all about the highlights of the past year and my thoughts on what blogging means to me, as well as my hopes for the future of Renaissance Runner Girl.


Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2015


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Thanksgiving Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what Thanksgiving means to me. We still have a week to go, but as I mentioned on Monday, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – honestly, I’d usually say it’s my absolute number one – and I don’t like the way that the Chrismukkah bonanza begins the day after Halloween and Thanksgiving gets glossed over so quickly. It’s a day to savor food and family, even if we all end up having a little too much of both, and to consider all the good things we have in our lives, a particularly potent act after events like those in Paris last week.


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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Learning As I Blog Along

I’ve been lucky to have some time over the past few weeks to dedicate to blogging as if it were a full time job. While I’d love it if that were a reality, for now blogging is a hobby that I really enjoy and hope to continue with as much as I can. There’s so much to learn, about running a blog and a website, using social media, and developing whatever passion you blog about, which in my case is mostly running and recipes but has also become more about my life in general. And I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how most of the important tools, tips and tricks I’ve picked up are courtesy of other bloggers. 



Lessons Learned As I Blog Along


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On Being an INFJ

Awhile back, I read Jamie’s post on personality type and decided to take a Myers-Briggs type test online to see what it said about me. I’d taken several over the years, once for a psychology student’s project in college (we were rewarded with candy, if memory serves) and again during law school. I vaguely remembered that I was considered an INFJ, but wasn’t exactly sure what that meant, or even if it was accurate. This time around, I took two different versions, and ended up with the same result on both. (You can see them and try them out yourself here and here). So, I dove into reading on being an INFJ that afternoon…and promptly left for my trip to England a few days later, ideas of a blog post banished to the far recesses of my mind. But I’m back and ready to share what I’ve learned now!



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Experiences Versus Stuff

I’ve been thinking for some time now about the value we place on experiences versus stuff. Over the past year, I’ve tried to take an honest look at my life in an attempt to figure out exactly what the parts are that make me happy, and what’s just extra that really doesn’t add much to an otherwise wonderful existence.I suppose it’s a question of experiences versus stuff, and how much value we place on each. I talked about this a little bit when I first started the blog back in December. If there’s anything I’ve learned since leaving home to go to Oxford and coming back again for law school, it’s that the people in my life, both family and friends, and the ability to enjoy things like reading, running, and cooking, are much more important to me than the “stuff” that money buys. My recent trip to England brought me much more clarity than I’ve had in awhile.


Hiking and thinking a lot in the Lakes

Hiking and thinking a lot in the Lakes


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Pond Hopping Part 3: “Second Degree Fun” in the Lakes

Since it is Thinking Out Loud Thursday and I’m still riding the holiday high here in England, I wanted to share some more of my time in the English Lake District. Both the hiking and eating were spectacular, but the most important thing to know about those five days is that they were jam packed with what my dear friend Elli calls “second degree fun.”

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Running Off The Beaten Path

This Tuesday, I’m thinking about running off the beaten path – both metaphorically and literally! I haven’t been in the city in weeks, and except for the bar exam I won’t be until the autumn, but unexpectedly not being able to run for several days got me dreaming about running both in Ridgefield and in Central Park. So since it’s been a little while, I figured I’d share some thoughts on running off the beaten path in the park, and of course some gorgeous photos!

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On My Mind

Ever since I saw Inside Out a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about the way our minds work. It wasn’t just the movie. My life for the past six or seven weeks has pretty much focused on how much information I can cram into my own mind before the bar exam with minimal amounts spilling out again until the day after. Wednesday, July 29 at 5:30pm, all bets are off!

I’ve known since I was little that my own mind works in pretty strange ways, although it took me awhile to get through the self-absorbed teenage years and to recognize that EVERYONE has an individual mind that would probably seem totally wacky to ANYBODY else who was able to observe how it worked. Especially since our minds, like Riley’s in the movie, change over time. A few attributes have remained constants for me – logic, depth, and interest being determinative.


We’ve all got a lot going on up there


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