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A Last Minute… Injury?

A Last Minute… Injury?

I guess you might have guessed from my lack of posting that I did not run in the Arkansas Race for the Cure Saturday.  Since Friday morning my little running world has once again been rocked upside down- a simple reminder to me that there are many more important things in life than running and I guess I needed that reminder.  Why do I tend to get these reminders right before a big race?? Friday morning all I had on…

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Surviving “Peak Week”

Surviving “Peak Week”

How do you survive the hardest training week of a marathon cycle?  One day at a time. Last week was hard.  I knew going into it that it would be but I had to get through it and remind myself that it would all be worth it.  Peak week is the week with a lot of miles and some killer workouts.  It all builds up to this and then… hello taper. Going into last week I was already sore.  I…

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Wicked and a 5K!

Wicked and a 5K!

Last week was not exactly an ideal week of marathon training.  After the infamous strep throat half marathon I took some needed time off from running.  The combination of running a half marathon and being sick really wiped me out and I was down for the count.  When I finally started to come around mid week I took it easy and kept my mileage LOW. A friend asked me Wednesday if my girls and I would like to join her…

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The Heart and Sole Half Marathon Race Report

The Heart and Sole Half Marathon Race Report

Runners are a very determined group of people.  Sometimes to a fault.  When we have a race in our mind it is hard to deviate from the plan.  I knew before my race that I wasn’t feeling good but I wasn’t about to miss the only half marathon on my schedule all fall.  I didn’t know exactly what was wrong with me but I was hoping I had enough to cross that finish line. The week before my half was…

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Not Boston Bound 2014

Not Boston Bound 2014

This morning the Boston Marathon opened registration for runners who have met the qualifying standard by 20 minutes or more.  I am extremely tempted to go on and click “register” but I’m not. In the past I have made the comment (many times) that as long as I qualified for Boston I planned on running in it.  Why wouldn’t I?  In my opinion Boston is the marathon of all marathons.  The journey to run this one race took many years…

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An emotional week ending with a 5K

An emotional week ending with a 5K

What a long week this has been.  I am truly thankful to be on this end of it now.  Just one week ago I had finished my weekly long run and was preparing for the upcoming week of training.  How quickly things can change… I was truly humbled this week and learned many new life lessons.  Not sure the best way to navigate this post so bear with me! Sunday evening as I was reading to the kids at bedtime…

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Finding the Balance- Mommy Guilt vs. Inspiring our children

Finding the Balance- Mommy Guilt vs. Inspiring our children

My kids know I’m a runner.  They know that if they wake up early (before 7) on any given morning I will most likely be running.  Even my youngest (who is 2) assumes that whenever I’m gone and it’s just daddy here that “mama’s at runnin.”  Deep down I know that I am setting a good example for them and I do my very best to minimize the time I run while they are awake but why do I still…

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My RRCA Weekend AND a One Mile Race!

My RRCA Weekend AND a One Mile Race!

This weekend I took the RRCA Coaching Certification course in Little Rock.  It has been a goal of mine to one day become a certified RRCA coach.  I’d looked up course locations but they were all out of state and far away so I just put it in the back of my mind that I would do it someday.  A few months ago our Arkansas RRCA State representative David Meroney sent out a message seeing if there was any interest…

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Running to Improve VS. Just Running

Running to Improve VS. Just Running

I can honestly say that I’ve considered myself a runner for about as long as I can remember.  As a young girl I would cheer for my dad on the sidelines whenever he raced and I ran my very first 5K around age 6 or 7.  Somehow I always felt like I was “part of the the club.” In eighth grade I started consistently running but I had no time goals.  I did not race or run for any team. …

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White River 4 Mile Classic- Lightening, Thunder and Hills- oh my!

White River 4 Mile Classic- Lightening, Thunder and Hills- oh my!

Last year as I drove myself home after the White River 4 Mile Classic I told myself “Never again!”  I had read about the “challenging” course online but naively went into the race thinking it couldn’t be that hard.  I guess some things you just have to experience for yourself.  Hello hills and hello Arkansas humidity in August… Two variables that are not going anywhere! This year I was pretty relaxed about it.  In fact, how could I not run…

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