Tickets are Booked!

It’s official, my flights for the Marine Corps 17.75 in DC are booked! It’s going to be one of the quickest running turnarounds of my life (in DC for roughly 24 hours, including the race), but it’ll be worth it.

I’m going to let you in on a little-known fact relating to this race, which eventually made the BylMiles Team decision to run it.  This year’s Marine Corps Marathon has officially switched to be a lottery entry.  Now, if you have ever experienced the stress of a lottery entry race before, you know that you would do just about anything to avoid it. ever. again.  Luckily, the MCM team created a little loophole. This year’s 17.75 race in April is the one race that if you finish, guarantees you entry to the marathon in October.

BINGO! As someone who is running as part of a team, we wanted to ensure that we could run the marathon + get in together.  So, Marine Corps 17.75, here we come! The April countdown is officially on, then only a few more months after we cross that finish line until MCM round 3.

Seeing as my training is ramping up in anticipation for this race, wanted to share this awesome/totally true article from one of my favorite blogs: 25 things you learn when you train for a marathon. 

As always, run on runners.



Happy 2014 Runners!

I’m a little belated on my new years post, but to be honest, I was still struggling with my fitness goals and wanted to be sure of them before I put it officially out to the world.  This year, I went simple.  Two of my six goals for this year are fitness related.  Six goals may not seem like a lot, but if you break them down into the steps involved to get there, they are much larger than the short little lines in my notebook.  So, my fitness goals:

  1. Run another marathon
  2. Become a biker

Like I said, not exactly lofty, but not a walk in the park either.  You’ll remember that in 2013 (how weird is that…LAST YEAR) I ran the marine corps marathon with my dad in october.  Pardon my french, but as a refresher, it kicked my a**.  So, what better way to hop back on the horse than to sign up for the exact same race and get it done this year?  MCM 2014, here comes the Byl Miles team for Round 3, get ready.

So, #2, become a biker. If you’re a regular fan of #BylMiles you’ll know that my dad Michael is quite the biker extraordinaire.  Triathlons + 100 mile bike races are the norm for who we affectionately refer to as ‘Mile Man’.  He doesn’t know this yet, but my goal of becoming a biker in 2014 includes signing up for a future bike race with him.  (Surprise dad! More races to come!) But since I don’t own a bike, helmet, or have any sort of biking experience other than leisurely rides on the beach or sitting on the bike at the gym, this is going to be an undertaking…but one that I’m very much looking forward to.

There you have it folks, two goals to hold me to in 2014. What are your goals for 2014? Any new fellow bikers out there to join in with me?

As always, run (or bike) on runners.


P.S. I’m hoping you’ll see more of BylMiles posts this year as well, so feel free to prod me into keeping you updated on our progress!

Marine Corps Marathon 2013

There is nothing like a marathon. Every time we head to DC for the marine corps I am reminded of the dedication, determination and excitement of everyone involved. Runner, volunteer, Marine or spectator, you can feel the energy that this race gives off.

This year, my dad and I queued up again with 30,000 of our closest friends for the gun to sound. As the national anthem blared, we looked up to see about ten parachuters gliding down to us with flags.  They landed in and amongst the runners while the whole crowd cheered.  Honestly, it was one of the coolest sites I’ve ever seen.  Rock on Marine Corps.



The gun sounded and we waddled our way towards the start. For those of you who haven’t yet experienced the hurry-up-and-wait of a marathon start, your heart is pounding and your bouncing up and down, ready to go, but your surrounded by a mass of people on all sides, and there’s nowhere to go until you officially cross the start line.

In typical marine fashion and as expected as a second-timer, the race was very well-organized, plenty of water stations and bathrooms. My only complaint was that we didn’t get food, oranges, until mile eight (two years ago, we got this two miles earlier, made all the difference!).  Now, it was right around these oranges that my run started to go south.

My feet had started to hurt, so I popped two Tylenol to take the edge off, but the real problem was my stomach.  For those of you who don’t know, I’ve had pretty bad stomach issues for the past month and a half.  Found out that I’m basically having a bad reaction to a naturally occurring bacteria in your body (so not awesome).  So, of course, my stomach decided to put up a fight to all this running.

We ran on, until mile 10, where I literally left my mark on the race course in the most un-attractive way possible, by puking. Shout out to the woman who congratulated me with a spirited “better out than in!!”. I shook it off, and ran, much more slowly, onwards. We hit the next aid station where hero #2 of the race traded me one of my citrus goos (my stomach = no citrus for now) for a chocolate one. At this point, my stomach started throbbing, literally. I won’t go into gory details, but a shirt we saw on our run sums it up nicely: “Nothing can stop us now, we’re champions, going str….wait, hang on, dry heaves!!”.

My dad, the most awesome running companion you could ever ask for, started walking with me during mile 14.  I won’t lie, the tears were flowing, I was crushed. It was taking everything I had to keep going, but all I could think was, just keep moving.

We came around a bend and found the American University pep band cheering us on.  When they saw my alumni shirt, they started going nuts, yelling at my dad and I to just keep going!  But, at this point, both my dad and I knew there was no way I was going to make it the last 10 miles to the finish.  In true solidarity, he ran with me the last mile (no matter how much it hurt, I refused to stop my race on a walk), to where our friends and family were waiting at mile 16, our finish line.

I’ve never not finished before. Slow, tired, hurting, I’ve been all of these things, but I’ve always pushed through and made it across the line. To say that I was devastated was an understatement.  After months of prepping and getting excited, ending everything early felt like a cop out.  Admitting that I had failed felt even worse.

And then, after the love + encouragement from my friends and family had finally gotten under my thick skin, I decided to quit feeling bad. Sure, I didn’t make it to the finish, I don’t have a medal to prove it, but I ran my heart out.  A marathon is just a distance, that’s all. I ran 16 of those 26 miles, and know that I left everything out on the pavement, there weren’t any miles left in me.

Now, I’m picking myself up, dusting off a rough run and getting my head in the game for the next one. The best part of all this? I have even more motivation for next year. MCM 2014 is going to be the race to end all races (and even if it isn’t, I’ll know that I did everything I could).   Congratulations to all of my friends that completed the MCM 2013, so proud to have run with you!! Can’t wait until next year!!


As always, run on runners.



1 month, 16 days

As of today, we have exactly 1 month and 16 days until the big marathon day! If the amount of posts on here (aka minimal at best) is any indication, my training has been rough.  It’s now the final lap towards the finish and I’ve got to seriously buckle down and make this happen.

Between now and marathon day, I plan on running over 200 miles as part of my final training.   Thanks to MapMyRun, I have a goal tracker set up that sends me daily updates to keep me even more accountable in the last stretch.  My appreciation for the extra motivation cannot be understated, it’s a fantastic tool.

I’m not going to lie folks, this marathon is going to be an interesting one, but my faithful running partner, Michael, has promised to help me muscle through the finish line.  With work + training ramping up at the same time, we’ll see how busy my days get, but at this point, I’m just excited to get to DC! Not to be cheesy, but it’s the final countdown, so runners, run on with me.


Training Schedule

Alright my fellow pavement stompers, for the first time ever I’m being super organized and mapping out my entire training schedule from now until race day.  This is still TBD (I need to add a few more races in here and there before the biggie) but hopefully gives you a snapshot of what I’m up to on my future runs!  Feel free to join in 🙂

As always, run on runners!


Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Rest 3 mi 3 mi 3 mi Rest 4 mi CT
2 Rest 3 miles 3 mi 3 mi CT or Rest 5 mi CT
3 Rest 3 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 6 mi CT
4 Rest 3 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 4 mi CT
5 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 6 mi CT
6 Rest 4 mil 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 8 mi CT
7 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 10 mi CT
8 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 8 mi CT
9 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest Color Run 5k 12 mi
10 Rest 4 mi 3 mi Rest CT or Rest 10 mi CT
11 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 14 mi CT
12 Rest 5 mi 3 mi 5 mi CT or Rest 10 mi CT
13 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 5 mi CT or Rest 16 mi CT
14 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 5 mi CT or Rest 12 mi CT
15 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 5 mi My bday! CT 18 mi
16 Rest 5 mi 3 mi 6 mi CT or Rest 12 mi CT
17 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 6 mi CT or Rest 16 mi CT
18 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 20 mi CT
19 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 12 mi CT
20 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4mi CT or Rest 12 mi CT
21 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 5 mi CT or Rest 16 mi CT
22 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 20 mi CT
23 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi CT or Rest 12 mi CT
24 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 5 mi CT or Rest 12 mi CT
25 Rest 3 mi 3 mi 3 mi Rest 8 mi CT
26 Rest 2 mi 2 mi 2 mi Rest Rest RACE!

The Ultra Pioneers

In this modern-day of ultra events-deserts, mountains, north/south poles, we tend to forget the pioneers of the sport. At the turn of the last century there was a small but active crowd of ultra runners doing their thing in different spots around the world. Here is an entertaining article about one runner, Peter Gavuzzi, born in Liverpool, England to an Italian father and French mother. Fortunately records still exist about a runner whose exploits have been long since forgotten:

Happy Hoofing


Marine Corps Marathon Times Two

It’s official, the Byl Miles team is registered for the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon!  Despite the slowness of the website and the awkward timing of registration, my dad and I made the list, and just in time too!  Apparently this year’s registration was sold out the fastest in running history, at 2 hours and forty-one minutes.   Clearly the marathon madness has already begun.

The next step?  My new running schedule.  Currently in the middle of midterms, but as soon as I have it laid out, you can bet it will be on here, so stay tuned.  Also on my pre-marathon list of things to do is decide on our Byl Miles team outfits!  Last year we sported some pretty sweet and slightly ridiculous animals hats that I’m sure will make some sort of a reappearance.

My goal for this year’s marathon is to shave off some time, have fun and cross the finish line with a smile on my face.  Anyone else going to be there this year?  Can’t wait! As always, run on runners.


House Calls in the news

Greetings. My ‘House Calls’ run was again profiled in an article which ran yesterday. Here is the link:

Always good to do good, and use your talents for others. Anyone else out there with philanthropy on the mind? Running is a great way to give back using one of your passions. I’m happy to share my experience in this solo venture, perhaps it will inspire others to do the same in their communities.


House Calls is coming to a finish!

Just got word from my dad that the annual House Calls race is 4 miles from the finish! He’s had a great run this morning so far, with lots of support joining in on the early morning fun.

Thanks to everyone for coming to the rest stops and cheering him on, especially our friends at Amos House and the Jericho Partnership! If you want to learn more about the race, check out our “House Calls” tab for details on how you can get involved for next year.

Comment below to send him a congrats at the finish line! Go Michael, go!!