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I have a coach?! And thoughts from a track workout…

I have a coach?! And thoughts from a track workout…

I am not always confident in myself or my ability.  Yesterday’s workout was one that I had some serious doubts about being able to complete.  Last week I started using a running coach which I must admit has been a bit of an adjustment for me. My last coach was in college (2001)- before I became a Mrs. and long before babies.  I like to refer to this as my previous running life.  I’ve been coaching myself these past few…

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Reality Check: The Quiet Valley Rooster 5K Race Report

Reality Check: The Quiet Valley Rooster 5K Race Report

Several months ago my sister had an idea that when my family got together for a reunion in Pennsylvania this summer we should all run a race while we were there.  Yes, we are alike in so many ways…  She found a local race for the one weekend we were all there and it was only 12 miles away.  The race was the Quiet Valley Rooster 5K and like any other race junkee I did my homework.  I looked up…

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The Fast Firecracker 5K {Breaking 18!!}

The Fast Firecracker 5K {Breaking 18!!}

The Fast Firecracker 5K is a race that is very true to its name.  For the last few years I’ve heard it was fast but on Thursday I was able to experience it for myself.  And it was awesome. I’ve been gearing up for this race as my “A Race” ever since Boston.  I knew if there was ever a time to PR and/ or possibly break 18 minutes it would be with this one.  All last week I had…

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My Favorite Run of the Year and Some Final 5K Thoughts….

My Favorite Run of the Year and Some Final 5K Thoughts….

Can 2013 be over halfway over?  Summer is flying by and my official 5K training season is coming to a close.  It was short and sweet.  In two days is the big race and I hope I’m ready.  I’ve put in the training.  Time to put it all out there on July 4th. I am not one who traditionally races on Independence Day.  In fact, I believe the last race I did on the 4th of July was the Dominoes…

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Summer Runnin: Things I’m Lovin!

Summer Runnin: Things I’m Lovin!

Hello Summer Time! Apparently the first “official day of summer” was June 21st but to be honest it’s been summer around here for well over a month.  The kids have been home from school for several weeks now and the heat is on!  VBS is this week at church and summer is in full swing. This picture makes me smile! LOVE the awkward “Ancient Greek” pose! I thought I would follow up my running in the heat and humidity post…

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go! Mile Race Report- “One Lap, One Mile, One Fast Little Race!”

go! Mile Race Report- “One Lap, One Mile, One Fast Little Race!”

On Saturday I ran in a one mile race.  Yes, you read that correctly- ONE MILE. The last time I raced an all out mile I was 18 and a senior in high school.  That was over 16 years ago.  In college I ran the 1500 a few times but usually the 3000. When I first read about this race a few months ago on Arkansasrunner.com I honestly didn’t think much of it.  My first thought was- why would I…

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From C-section to a 5 Minute Plank…

From C-section to a 5 Minute Plank…

It’s RACE WEEK over here so I’m ready for a few easy days before my all out sprint of a race on Saturday.  It’s been a while since my last 1 mile race (16 years in fact!) so I am not exactly sure what to expect.  How does one train for a 1 mile race?  I’ll clue you in although you probably already know… a lot of speed work! I have become quite familiar with 200’s and 400’s lately.  I’ve…

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Caught in a storm and other training tales…

Caught in a storm and other training tales…

Well, I didn’t mean to go quite so long without posting but life happens and things get busy.  You know how it is!  First of all, HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!! I love seeing all the running happiness on my news feed on Facebook.  The last two summers I was injured on National Running Day so it was not nearly as fun.  This morning I met a group of runners at a local gym for a little running event my friend…

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The PR that took 13+ Years…The Portfest 5K Race Report

The PR that took 13+ Years…The Portfest 5K Race Report

Wow.  Here is a race report I’ve been wanting to write for a LONG time!! A PR in a 5K?! Me??  That isn’t something I thought I would ever do again.  I’ve actually raced this distance more than any other race combined and for years I was content with that little 18:36 PR I set in college.  I assumed that the thin, college age, single, no kids version of myself would always be faster than the married, mother of four…

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It’s BACK….. hello humidity! -And my first speaking engagement…

It’s BACK….. hello humidity! -And my first speaking engagement…

I knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time.  I could feel it warming up but it wasn’t until my speed session on the track last Friday when I had a little running/ weather reality check.  Before heading to the track I checked my weather app like I always do.  70 degrees (not ideal but very doable) and 100% humidity.  The air was so thick but it was not raining.  The humidity was the kicker. I tried…

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