Author Archives: Nicole Ducleroir

About Nicole Ducleroir

I write stories and I run. Sometimes at the same time, though it's really hard to read my handwriting afterwards. *Note to Self: Buy a portable recorder* To read examples of my short fiction, visit and click the Published Work or My Short Stories tabs.

A Little Life

Some nonfiction, for a change. Laughter is the Best Medicine — (Cody and Sidney, at their best) In the Face of Danger — (Final Peace Corps experience) Under the Magnolia’s Gaze — (NOT my best writing, but an important life lesson memory for … Continue reading

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Love the Hills

I’ve reached the point in my training plan where a 10-mile run feels more exhilarating than painful. For me, that shift happens when I begin to love the hills. My dad, who was a marathon runner, once told me races … Continue reading

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If You Are a Runner

Just finished a 6 mile tempo run. Yes it hurt. Now, I feel invigorated. Happy running, all!  

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Instead of Speaking, Sometimes I Just Write

A special friend asked recently about my writing. Here’s a short selection, for him…: Short Stories: Homage The Way Forward Awake (Caution *Erotica*) Playful Poems: The Empty Fishtank I’m a Vegetarian Vampire Art: 🙂

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To Run or Not to Run…

It’s true that running never gets easier, you just get better. But it’s also true that running can get harder on any given day of your training schedule. My last two runs are proof of that. Many factors positively or … Continue reading

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Mind Over Body

I’m into the 4th week of training and the time has come to focus on strengthening my mind. A shift in how I think during my runs is necessary and important, as my weekly mileage climbs. Up until now, I’ve … Continue reading

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Daily Training Goals

It’s the end of my second week of training, and I’m feeling stronger than I usually do at this stage in the game. Maybe that’s because of cellular memory, and my muscles and cardiovascular system simply remember how to perform … Continue reading

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Post-run Foods for Vegans

I just finished a 5-mile modified tempo run. It took me about 55 minutes — as I’m still incorporating walking intervals into my runs. My rule-of-thumb is any run over 45 minutes requires a post-run “meal.” The post-run meal should … Continue reading

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Run, Walk, Repeat

Interval Training and Improving VO2 Max I hit the track on Wednesday for my first round of track repeats this training season. Track repeats are one way to increase your VO2 max, which is imperative when training for an endurance … Continue reading

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Day 1, Again

It’s training Day 1, again. Right now the official countdown clock to AthHalf 2013 says 103:21:30. That’s roughly 15 weeks away. October 20 will come quickly. I hit the pavement this morning for a 4 mile run. I won’t lie; … Continue reading

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