Erin Templeton

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Sep 03

Richmond Week 10: Back to School

Young girl with hands covering her face and an expression of despair

Week Ten was hard. I didn’t really expect it to be hard. That was probably naive of me. Classes started this week, so there are suddenly many, many more demands on my time and attention than there were even a week ago. This shift isn’t a new thing. I’m entering my eleventh year at Converse,… Continue Reading Richmond Week 10: Back to School

Aug 27

Richmond Week 9: Total Eclipse

solar eclipse totality with cloud halo

Week 9 was a hard week. It opened with a solar eclipse, which I had traveled to Columbia to view in its totality. I wasn’t sure whether I should make the trip give the looming semester and the hectic week before, but YOLO. I got up early Monday morning, and it was still really hot.… Continue Reading Richmond Week 9: Total Eclipse

Aug 20

Richmond: Week 8, Welcome (back) to Swelterville

eight ball in foreground, cue ball behind with cue lining up on left

Week 8 required more flexibility with my training schedule. I flew back from Amsterdam on Tuesday, and the trip took 20+ hours from the time that I left my hotel room at the Amsterdam Renaissance until I unlocked my front door. Most of that time was spent sitting or waiting, or sitting and waiting. But… Continue Reading Richmond: Week 8, Welcome (back) to Swelterville

Aug 14

Richmond Week 7: Amsterdam

Number 7 spray painted against a concrete wall

A work trip forced me to take my training on the road this week. I went to Amsterdam for a conference, and that required me to make some adjustments and be a bit flexible. But it was also a wonderful opportunity to get out of the heat and swelter of the South Carolina summer and… Continue Reading Richmond Week 7: Amsterdam

Aug 10

Richmond: Week 6

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Week Six got slightly lost in the shuffle because I’ve been traveling, so I’m going to try to be brief here. But I don’t want to lose all momentum in this process of blogging my training. This week was not quite as hot as week 5, but the humidity was still a factor. It ws… Continue Reading Richmond: Week 6

Jul 30

Richmond Week 5: Walk In Fire

coffee mug that reads: "There's no secret. Keep going."

This week saw me back in Spartanburg running over familiar roads. It was hot and humid and sweaty. Also, I started out *really* sore from last weekend’s trail racing extravaganza. My hips, my core, my shoulders, my ankles… pretty much everything hurt everywhere possible. But in a good way. The soreness that comes from hard… Continue Reading Richmond Week 5: Walk In Fire

Jul 23

Richmond: Week 4, Or, On the Road Again

6 Oiselle Volee runners before Treead Brightly

Week Four started out in Pittsburgh, PA. It took me back through Ocean City, MD by way of Morgantown, WV to Spartanburg for less than 24 hours before I left again for Charlotte, NC. I spent a lot of time in the car but very little of that in traffic jams and much of it… Continue Reading Richmond: Week 4, Or, On the Road Again

Jul 17

Richmond: Week 3, On the Road

white number 3 against teal background

None of the miles I ran this week were in South Carolina. Even so, some of them were hot and humid AF. 9 of them were in the rain, which was more fun than maybe it sounds. I was traveling this week, so I spent a few days in Ocean City, MD and a few… Continue Reading Richmond: Week 3, On the Road

Jul 10

Richmond: Week 2

Another hot one with a few complications and improvisations due to the 4th of July holiday, which annoyingly fell on a Tuesday. I generally think that I’m in very good shape. Or at least I thought I was in good shape. And then I went hiking/trail running with a group of ultra runners. I like… Continue Reading Richmond: Week 2

Jul 02

One Down (A Richmond Training Report)

Sign with #1 posted on tree

I wrote earlier this week about beginning my training cycle for the Richmond marathon. I’ve now managed to survive the first of 20 weeks and run a total of 42.8 miles over the course of 6 days. 42 miles is a little less than an average week for me in 2017, but it’s not bad… Continue Reading One Down (A Richmond Training Report)