Category: Julia’s Training and Racing

Running games on the beach

The workout plan for the evening was to run a few warm up miles then go down to the beach for exercises on the sand. The trainer was my husband Piero (in our house known as “Supreme Commando” when it comes to running workouts) and running with me was one of his marathon athletes, Domenico. I… [Read More]

Julia’s Ironman 70.3 Pescara – 2015 edition

Ironman 70.3 Pescara was my first important race leading up to Ironman Barcelona this next October. I wanted to use it to gauge if my current training was going in the right direction. On race morning Piero and Evan stayed in bed while I got ready, had breakfast and hitched a ride with friends to… [Read More]

A day in the running coach life

At Up & Running we have an efficient and awesome schedule that Shauna created to make operations run smoothly. But when work and life get in the way I get flustered and the first thing I have difficulty keeping up with is writing. We don’t like to slap stuff up here for the heck of it; we like to… [Read More]

Julia’s Training: May update

The past month’s training has been a great lesson in keeping steady, without letting the ebbs and flows influence my mood or my intentions too much. I’d like to say “at all” but being the ball of emotional that I am, that’s impossible. There have been a few steps back, but the many steps forward… [Read More]

Julia’s Training: April update

Each month Coach Julia spills the beans on her own training. I’ll just blurt it out right away: I’m still dealing with my wonky left knee. The good news is that it’s not gotten worse. The bad news is that I still have no idea what is happening with it. Exams show absolutely nothing and… [Read More]

The craziest injury EVER!

Do you remember my knee injury? The one that started in Barcelona, persisted at the Milan Marathon and gave me grief during the marathon portion of Ironman Zurich? You’ll be happy to know that I finally figured it out and am now completely healed. I would like to say that it’s been an interesting journey, but… [Read More]

Keeping your immune system healthy

Knock on wood, knock on wood, knock on wood… I haven’t been sick in over a year. I’m sort of scared to say that out loud because then a new strain of flu could develop in the Orient, swoop in on my body and everybody would say, “Ha! So you’re not immune!”. But I’ll knock on wood… [Read More]

Feeling optimistic at 54

I had another birthday a few weeks ago. Yep, they’re coming around faster each year! This one was number 54. There were so many candles you could barely see the cake… It was a neutral birthday number – 54 didn’t do anything for me. Not like 50 did or 55 will. It was kind of, “Okay, another year… yay!”… [Read More]

Teaching independence and incidental movement

I’m a little behind on blog posts and work in general, but there’s a reason. The school year began last week and we’re still adjusting to the new schedule. As much as I love the freedom of summer I adore schedules, timetables and routines. I would truly be lost without them. This scholastic year is… [Read More]

Ironman Zurich Race Report – Part III

Here’s the final instalment of Julia 140.6 mile Zurich adventure! Check out Part I and Part II if you missed ’em… The Run Run Training My knee had been bothering me all year but it took a turn for the worse sometime in June. My osteopath said the meniscus had been knocked out of place… [Read More]