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Best and the Worst of 2016

Best and the Worst of 2016

At the close of every year I like to do a short wrap-up post of the year in racing. This year will be extra short as we have company coming over and I have a little more baking to do! My Favorite Race: Hands down- the Little Rock Marathon. Most Fun New Distance: I had never run for time so the 1 Hour Track Run in January was very different.  I love track running so it was a fun combination….

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The Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon- 2016 Race Recap

The Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon- 2016 Race Recap

In the weeks leading up to the 3 Bridges Marathon I was confident and sure that this was going to be my best marathon to date. I’d had a strong training cycle with my highest and most consistent mileage.  I was running my best workout times and my tune-up races were right where I wanted them to be.  I knew the race course well (my first sub 3 was at 3 Bridges) and both times I’d run it the weather…

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CASA Half Marathon 2016- Officially an Iron Runner!

CASA Half Marathon 2016- Officially an Iron Runner!

As luck would have it my favorite half marathon in Arkansas and my goal marathon were scheduled one week apart. I know most people would forego the half and focus on the marathon. I might have agreed but the CASA Half Marathon was the 20th and final race on the Grand Prix series schedule so as far as I was concerned not running it wasn’t an option.  My plan was to use it as a marathon paced run or maybe…

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Peak Training Week and the Sunset Endurance Challenge

Peak Training Week and the Sunset Endurance Challenge

I’ve decided that Thanksgiving break and peak marathon training week make an excellent combination.  I didn’t plan it this way but it really was the best week of the year for getting in a lot of miles not to mention the abundance of delicious food!  I only worked one day (and even then it was part-time) so I had the time flexibility for running and cooking. My kids had no complaints! How could I turn down my son’s request for…

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The Spa 10k 2016 and the 2016 RRCA Awards

The Spa 10k 2016 and the 2016 RRCA Awards

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to relax and enjoy some quiet time with friends and family. This week has flown by and I’ve enjoyed every bit of downtime we’ve had! It’s actually been peak mileage training week and I cannot think of a better week for it than Thanksgiving. Extra time to run and plenty of delicious food to eat- it’s ideal! I could probably write an entire post on training lately so maybe I’ll…

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The Breakaway 10k and Breaking 38!!

The Breakaway 10k and Breaking 38!!

I remember a time when the 10k was my most dreaded racing distance.  I ran two of them my senior year of high school and vowed never again!  I knew nothing about 10k pacing and my strategy was basically to go out like I was running a 5k and hold on.  Obviously this is a terrible race plan and makes for a pretty miserable last few miles.  In college during track season I avoided the 10k and would gladly volunteer…

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Soaring Wings Half Marathon 2016 Race Recap

Soaring Wings Half Marathon 2016 Race Recap

Not every year is going to be a good running year and that’s the way 2011 was for me.  My sweet Ashton was born that year and I learned a lot about priorities and starting over again.  A couple months after my son was born I suffered a sacral stress fracture from trying to do too much too soon.  My body wasn’t ready to jump into marathon training.  When I finally started running again it took months to build up…

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Catching up on a few races…

Catching up on a few races…

October has been a big month of training with my usual amount racing too!  Right now I’m in a pretty solid training groove hitting between 60-70 miles a week and feeling good with a little more than 7 weeks to go until the 3 Bridges Marathon. My coach and I have had to get a little creative with some of my long runs (working around racing) but so far so good!  In the past two weeks I’ve run a 10k…

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Experiencing Petit Jean

Experiencing Petit Jean

Warning: This post has about a million pictures…  I’ve been wanting to visit Petit Jean Mountain for years but for whatever reason we haven’t. With four active kids, John’s PhD work, and my crazy racing calendar we don’t have many free weekends. When I discovered a Saturday in October with nothing on the calendar I knew it was our chance to plan a getaway to Petit Jean! I made reservations for two cabins. My in-laws were joining us and stayed…

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Caring for Kidneys 5k Race Recap

Caring for Kidneys 5k Race Recap

It’s no secret that 5ks are my favorite distance to race. I typically race 5 to 10 a year. It’s easy to add them into my training schedule and they don’t require nearly as much recovery as some other distances I race.  In my opinion it’s a great way to work in speed work plus get some race practice. But after racing 8 weekends in a row I was looking forward to a month off. I had my first long…

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