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Month: March 2012

A big change in my little running world

A big change in my little running world

I have been running in Asics since my college days which is hard to admit has been over 13 years now… Boy, does that make me feel old! Senior year of college cross country season- Fall 2000 I honestly thought I would only run “for fun” later in life.  Who knew my idea of fun would include track workouts, tempo runs and long runs- sometimes very early or in pouring down rain.  Yet, somehow it IS fun for me.  And…

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Core Challenge Update: 6 Months Later!!

Core Challenge Update: 6 Months Later!!

This week has been pretty uneventful in terms of running.  I only ran twice and spent three other days cross training on the elliptical.  Two days I did nothing.  The good news- my knee is now feeling 100%.  (Hopefully it will feel that way when I run again.) The bad news- I have been a little moody this week.  You may have seen this on Facebook.  This totally describes me when I don’t run. Maybe you can relate.  Last spring…

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Rookie Mistake

Rookie Mistake

As I may have mentioned a few times since the Little Rock Marathon my right knee has been bothering me.  It’s not a sharp stop-running-this-instant-pain  but I do not usually have knee pain of any kind and this is not normal. I blamed the crazy elevation changes in the LRM.  I took off a few days and mixed in a little cross training between some easy recovery runs.  For some reason the only run that hasn’t bothered my knee was…

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St. Patrick’s Day 5K- Race Report

St. Patrick’s Day 5K- Race Report

Is it just me or are 5K’s surprisingly challenging?  I went into this race with pretty low expectations.  I had no idea what to expect because I have done ZERO 5K training.  My last 5K was in December, right before my marathon and while wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great either. Since running the Little Rock Marathon two weeks ago, I have had to take a little extra time to recover. This marathon really took a lot out of me…

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Marathon Recovery and Weight Issues

Marathon Recovery and Weight Issues

Well, I am slowly coming out of my post marathon funk.  Don’t get me wrong- I was and still am THRILLED with my new marathon PR but it’s hard to come down from a runner’s high like that back to everyday reality.  I did a little mix of cross training (elliptical) and running last week and so far this week.  I have been experiencing some slight knee discomfort which has been a little annoying. I know I just ran a…

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4 minutes

4 minutes

In January my main marathon goal for the year was to break 3:20.  I didn’t know when I would do it but I knew I had three chances this year and I was going to do my best to accomplish that goal.  I felt fairly confident that this was a realistic goal for me based on my times in other racing events but with the marathon you just never know.  Anything could happen.  My previous best time was a 3:35…

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Coming down from a marathon high…

Coming down from a marathon high…

Setting a PR is one of the best feelings you can have in a runners world.  After many months of hard training I accomplished my goal and have no regrets…. So why am I feeling a little blah??  After Houston, I immediately had Little Rock to switch my focus and attention on.  I didn’t have much time to stop and think because I had another big race.  So now here I am.  My next marathon is not until November (NYC!!)…

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Little Rock Marathon- Race Report

Little Rock Marathon- Race Report

Running a marathon changes you.  Last night I went to bed knowing that I would not be the same person after running in this race today.  I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true.  There is something about pushing your body past its natural limit that stretches you physically, mentally and spiritually.  I was much more anxious and nervous about this race than Houston which coincidentally was exactly 7 weeks ago today. I think I was more nervous because I…

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Marathon Eve

Marathon Eve

Here we are with less than 12 hours to go and I am as ready as I’ll ever be… My clothes are laid out, fuel belt is ready, watch and ipod are charged. I am READY!! I am rested, hydrated and ready for 26.2 miles of fun.  Unfortunately, Little Rock does not offer any kind of runner tracking but John will be there and is going to make it to as many miles that he can.  I am really looking…

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