First 20 of this training cycle

20 miles. It sounds almost as daunting as 26.2, am I right? The training plan I’m using this time around calls for two 20 mile runs and a 22 mile run and I had my first 20 today. Will you donate $20 to Bright Pink for the 20 miles I ran today?

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Leah Backo
Songs for the bad days

The one thing I can always count on to make things better at the end of the day is some good tunes so I’ve put together my top 5 favorite songs that I’ve been cranking up on the runs that fall at the end of the hardest days.

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Leah Backo
Breaking habits; Making gains.

The last two marathons I’ve run, I’ve kept both the same good and the same horrible habits. With my first couple of weeks of training under my belt, I’m determined to make my third and fourth marathons, both of which I’ll be running in 2018, my most successful yet. And just how do I plan to do that?

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Leah Backo
2018 #goals.

2017 was a rough one guys. But here's the good news: I came out on top. After dealing with what was potentially the worst year of my 26-year-old life, I’m bound and determined to make 2018 my best year.

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Leah Backo
Live your breast life.

Fact: when breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate can be greater than 98%. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ladies, it's time to start checking yourself.  And I'm here to tell you how.

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Leah Backo
A failure I'm happy about.

For the first time in my life, I've failed... and I'm actually happy about it. Two months ago, I agreed to to foster a deaf ball of energy with eyesight issues named Lace. And now, she's here to stay.

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Leah Backo
Run Wild, Do Good.

I'm typically a solo runner. I use my miles to reflect and clear my head. Plus I've always felt I would slow a running buddy down. But lately, I've been searching for more running buddies so I decided to join a run group. And even after only one workout, I can already tell I picked just the right one.

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Leah Backo
Product Review: RX BARS

I'm a sucker for a good protein bar. Especially one that has minimal to no preservatives, ingredients that I can actually pronounce, and some kick ass packaging design

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Leah Backo
Wait, you're doing WHAT?!

When you decide to run a marathon and start telling people about it, chances are, you're going to get some looks... looks of disbelief, looks of confusion, and definitely some looks of "kid, do you need to see a shrink or something?" ... or at least those were some of the looks I first got.  

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Leah Backo