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Year: 2013

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

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

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

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

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? 

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

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

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

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

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