My day was made yesterday after I got this email:

I love Dick Beardsley! He has such an incredible story and (along with Meb!) is one of my favorite elite runners. I was lucky enough to meet him last April at the Boston Marathon (20th anniversary of his iconic race with Alberto Salazar). So as you can see, there is good reason why I’m so excited!

So yesterday I came to a realization that I am burnt out. Burnt out mentally, physically, emotionally. Good thing we are leaving for vacation in 48 hours. It has been a stressful few months and well, I do realize that I put some of the stress on myself. But in some ways, I don’t think I function as well if I don’t have a full plate. I think it just got a little too full.

Crossing the finish line at the Staten Island Half Marathon yesterday chipped a little stress off my back.

the view wasn’t too shabby either 🙂

I now have guaranteed entry in the 2012 NYC Half Marathon! And I fulfilled my 9+1 requirement! So that means less racing (which I think my body will appreciate, my mind not so much) for the rest of the year. I feel like my legs are losing their spring… but there are just so many good races.

Must. Change. Mentality.

At least I won’t be signing up to race one every single weekend.

Zippering up our last suitcase chipped a LOT of stress off my back. DIY, done. Planning, done. Relaxing, on the way.

And that also means it’s time to start daydreaming about Jamaica and Spain. About time. 🙂

Well, enough about me… it’s time to announce the winner of the awesome Gold Bond giveaway! [drum roll please]

…Congratulations to Nicole at Apples and Arteries!!

Please email me at bklynrunning (at) before Wednesday with your mailing address and we’ll get your goodies shipped out. Thanks to all who entered, look for another giveaway in about a week and a half!


Do you tend to put too many responsibilities on your plate? How do you recover from burn out? 

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