Marathon Monday…

It’s been one week since the Boston Marathon … one week since Des Linden broke that tape and made history becoming the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Her Boston title represents a long-awaited victory after being in the shadows to Shalene, Amy, Kara and various close-but-no-cigar moments over the last 6-7 years.  But it …

Julie SimonMarathon Monday…

They say change is good?

April 11th will be a day I always remember- it was the day I ran my first full marathon and declared myself a ‘real runner’ … my life continued to change when I met Jason Soria. He taught me to never (ever) give up, to follow your heart and to always reach for your dreams. He would say, “you need …

Julie SimonThey say change is good?

Balance… is there such a thing?

It’s 4:46am and I find myself staring into the bathroom mirror contemplating if I can swim at lunch and go back to bed, but I already know the answer. Instead, I get up and join triathletes everywhere for the dreaded 5:30am swim practice. Despite my moaning and groaning, I must fit it in before the sun rises and the workday …

Julie SimonBalance… is there such a thing?

Nutritional wake up call… back on track!

I’m sure everyone can agree, it’s been a fast start to the year! I’m thoroughly enjoying my off-season program and very excited about the changes Coach Soria is making to my program this time around. And while I’m a bit nervous, I can honestly say I’m happy he pushed me for a big 2018 race calendar. So, we’re priming the …

Julie SimonNutritional wake up call… back on track!

I believe…

It’s New Year’s Day. There’s 365 blank pages before us, new experiences to be had and a whole year to make a difference. Are you ready? What do you stand for? What do you believe? Many of us are aiming for new races, setting nutritional goals, or just trying to not fall off the wagon in the off-season (which is …

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Off Season

Tuesday marked exactly one month since IMCABO, the toughest race I’ve experienced to date. My body, mind and soul need a break more than ever… So far I’ve had lazy days, unstructured workouts, and a enjoyed a few cocktails to ring in the off-season. But so quickly the conversation shifts to 2018 and I can’t seem to go anywhere without …

Julie SimonOff Season

Adios Los Cabos!

The course was now pitch black and I could barely see my feet hitting the pavement – only the dim lights from a few Mexican shops lit the way.  My body was starting to shut down and the pain in my legs was radiating with each foot strike. My stomach continued it’s somersaults but I swallowed hard and focused straight ahead. …

Julie SimonAdios Los Cabos!

It’s always darkest before the dawn…

I’m wrapping up taper – hooray, right? As athletes we know this comes with mixed emotions as we’re so happy that the big boy miles are behind us, but the ‘taper madness’ is very real! We get jittery, yet incredibly exhausted, feel very heartfelt, but super crabby!! The lack of endorphins running through our bodies sends us on an emotional …

Julie SimonIt’s always darkest before the dawn…

Pushing limits…

“Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.” That couldn’t be more true as I’m fighting harder than ever to conquer this training cycle to get to the IMCABO start line in one short month. My body aches a deep fatigue I’ve *never* felt and my mind is starting to second guess why – Why …

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Big Boy Miles (And Big Girl Panties)

I’m about eight weeks out from Ironman Cabo… and while I’ve been here before, each time I approach the “big boy miles” cycle of training I have to brace myself and question my sanity a little. (Yes, more than usual!)  I find myself with the the typical blunders … aches, pains, fatigue, doubt, guilt, and hunger that runs so deep …

Julie SimonBig Boy Miles (And Big Girl Panties)