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Light Up the Night 5K Race Report- a surprise {Unofficial} PR!

Light Up the Night 5K Race Report- a surprise {Unofficial} PR!

Last night I ran in a race that I must admit surprised me.  I had very low expectations for this local night race which was probably a good thing.  All week I was getting nervous but I tried to tell myself it was just for the Little Rock Marathon- which is now one week away!  But in the back of my mind I knew there was one race/ workout that stood between me and LRM and it was this 5K….

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We’ve got history- The Little Rock Marathon

We’ve got history- The Little Rock Marathon

Just 10 days to go until the Little Rock Marathon and I am getting EXCITED!! It’s difficult for me to put into words what this race means to me.  I should point out that it has nothing to do with the course.  In fact, the course itself is fairly challenging.  It is by no means an “easy” marathon.  The Little Rock Marathon Course is usually described as hilly. Running legend Bill Rodgers once said “any marathon worth its salt has…

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Coming Out of a {Mini} Slump

Coming Out of a {Mini} Slump

Despite my bittersweet PR last weekend, I spent most of this week feeling a bit out of sorts in my running world.  I think I just needed to process the race and it took me a while.  For months I had built up a certain finish time and race strategy in my mind and when the weather and course didn’t quite meet my expectations I had to switch to plan B.  I know that every race does not go as…

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The Mississippi River Half Marathon Race Report

The Mississippi River Half Marathon Race Report

“Against the wind I’m still runnin’ against the wind I’m older now but still runnin’ against the wind.”  ~Bob Seger If you are hoping to read a race report about a perfectly executed race in which I nailed my pacing strategy this is not the one.  (That might better describe my 15K last week.)  The half marathon I ran yesterday was a fight from start to finish and it was rough.  I’ve never fought against nature in a race like…

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River Trail 15K Race Report (…and the 60 minute club!!)

River Trail 15K Race Report (…and the 60 minute club!!)

Wow! The 15K is a very interesting racing distance.  Love it.  I know it is not the most common of racing distances but if you ever get the chance to run one you should! Don’t let the random distance scare you.   If you recall, last year when I decided to run this race I actually googled the distance of a 15K. Then when I realized it was 9.3 I was like, “duh- 3.1 x 3!!” Not my brightest moment! The…

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Up’s and Down’s of training and Trumpeter Swans in the Natural state

Up’s and Down’s of training and Trumpeter Swans in the Natural state

Sometimes marathon training is a bit like a roller coaster.  There are definite high’s and lows.  I’ll admit, I’ve been on a bit of a high with my training the past few weeks but my long run on Friday once again reminded me that 20+ miles is a long way and I cannot take my training legs for granted. I’ve never considered myself a high mileage runner but after doing a lot of reading on how to improve as a…

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In sickness and in health… LR training weeks 5 and 6!

In sickness and in health… LR training weeks 5 and 6!

It’s been a while.  Where to begin?! I guess I’ll start with the one person who hasn’t been sick in the past few weeks- thank you Anna! Why can’t we all be more like you! It is hard nearly impossible trying to keep everyone healthy at this time of the year. I do my best to keep things clean and sanitized but for some reason this nasty cough/ cold thing that is going around will not leave us alone!  I’ve…

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Overcoming negativity- sometimes I don’t.

Overcoming negativity- sometimes I don’t.

Most of the time I enjoy running.  I love when I can run with friends. I also love the quiet moments I have when I run on my own.  I love the easy run days when I can enjoy the simplicity of it all. And I especially love nailing hard workouts and finishing feeling strong. But every workout is not great and sometimes I do not feel strong.  In fact, I do not feel good at all. I had one…

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80 Miles?? And some Goals for 2013!

80 Miles?? And some Goals for 2013!

It’s been a great first week of a brand new year.  2013- I think I’m really going to like you! my BIGGEST blessings! I am still figuring out some new goals for 2013.  I am keeping a lot of my old ones but I have a few new things in mind for the new year. Here are a few non-running goals in no particular order: 1. Memorize 1 Corinthians 13 with my kids. 2. Learn how to french braid. 3….

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