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Arkansas Runner Mom

Peak Training Week and the Sunset Endurance Challenge

I’ve decided that Thanksgiving break and peak marathon training week make an excellent combination.  I didn’t plan it this way but it really was the best week of the year for getting in a lot of miles not to mention the abundance of delicious food!  I only worked one day (and even then it was part-time) so I had the

The Spa 10k 2016 and the 2016 RRCA Awards

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to relax and enjoy some quiet time with friends and family. This week has flown by and I’ve enjoyed every bit of downtime we’ve had! It’s actually been peak mileage training week and I cannot think of a better week for it than Thanksgiving. Extra time to run and plenty

The Breakaway 10k and Breaking 38!!

I remember a time when the 10k was my most dreaded racing distance.  I ran two of them my senior year of high school and vowed never again!  I knew nothing about 10k pacing and my strategy was basically to go out like I was running a 5k and hold on.  Obviously this is a terrible race plan and makes

Soaring Wings Half Marathon 2016 Race Recap

Not every year is going to be a good running year and that’s the way 2011 was for me.  My sweet Ashton was born that year and I learned a lot about priorities and starting over again.  A couple months after my son was born I suffered a sacral stress fracture from trying to do too much too soon.  My

Catching up on a few races…

October has been a big month of training with my usual amount racing too!  Right now I’m in a pretty solid training groove hitting between 60-70 miles a week and feeling good with a little more than 7 weeks to go until the 3 Bridges Marathon. My coach and I have had to get a little creative with some of

Experiencing Petit Jean

Warning: This post has about a million pictures…  I’ve been wanting to visit Petit Jean Mountain for years but for whatever reason we haven’t. With four active kids, John’s PhD work, and my crazy racing calendar we don’t have many free weekends. When I discovered a Saturday in October with nothing on the calendar I knew it was our chance

Caring for Kidneys 5k Race Recap

It’s no secret that 5ks are my favorite distance to race. I typically race 5 to 10 a year. It’s easy to add them into my training schedule and they don’t require nearly as much recovery as some other distances I race.  In my opinion it’s a great way to work in speed work plus get some race practice. But

Arkansas 20k Race Report- 2016

This Saturday marked the 8th consecutive weekend I had a race. Yes, this is now my (unintentional) record but I promise the racing streak ends here! Of all 8 races I probably had the lowest expectations for this one and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. For the first time in many months I negative split a race

Minuteman Cross Country 5k

Saturday’s Grand Prix race took me way back to my former running days. Lining up in boxed lanes in a grassy field makes me feel like a high school cross country runner all over again.  A few differences this time were having my kids right behind me and I didn’t have a coach yelling out splits. I’ve only run one

ARK Classic 5k Race Recap- 2016

Last Saturday I ran in the ARK Classic 5k which was race # 14 in the Arkansas Grand Prix series. Technically this was my third time to run it and the third time on a new course! I actually ran this race in 1998 as a college sophomore. It was the one and only time during college that our coach