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St. Jude Memphis Marathon 2019

St. Jude Memphis Marathon 2019

It’s hard to begin a recap of such an amazing race experience so I’ll do my best.  The short version is that the St. Jude Memphis Marathon was a combination of many years of hard work, a strong support system, being in the right place at the right time and a whole lot of God. There’s really no other way to describe it. No doubt I trained hard for my time but placement always comes down to who shows up…

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Full Moon 25k- the Masters edition

Full Moon 25k- the Masters edition

It’s no secret that this summer I’ve been focused on speed and shorter distances. I probably had no business registering for a long trail race but there’s something about this race that brings me back each year.  This was actually my first trail race since running Full Moon last year! I usually run a few more in the spring and summer but I’ve been so focused on 1 mile and 5k training that I didn’t want to risk injury or…

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The Heat Was Definitely On 8K

The Heat Was Definitely On 8K

In my masters series quest one of the more obscure distance records is the 8k. I think it falls under the same category as the 12k and 20k. They are not very common these days- especially compared to the ever popular 5k, 10k, or half marathon. There used to be a popular 8k race in Little Rock (Rock Run) but it hasn’t been around in a few years. I ran Rock Rock a few times in its final years and…

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Firecracker Fast 5k- a PR Surprise!

Firecracker Fast 5k- a PR Surprise!

The Firecracker Fast 5k is truly a race that lives up to its name! The first time I ran it in 2013 I had no idea what to expect and it did not disappoint.  It’s a fast point to point race with a lot of downhill in the first 2 miles.  I love downhill racing but unfortunately there are not many races like this around here.  The first time I ran this course I finished in 17:52- my first sub…

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Quick Race Update- Capital City Classic 10k and the Wildcat Extra Mile

Quick Race Update- Capital City Classic 10k and the Wildcat Extra Mile

Capital City Classic 10k The running theme this spring has been “just go with it.” For a number of reasons I’ve learned to be more flexible and remember no race plan is set in stone. For example, the first Saturday of April has always been the Capital City Classic 10k in Little Rock.  I’ve run this race every year since 2012.  This year it was scheduled for 5 PM so all week I braced myself for a warm, muggy 10k….

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2 Races & 2 Records- Arkansas Runner 2 Mile & Go! Mile 2019

2 Races & 2 Records- Arkansas Runner 2 Mile & Go! Mile 2019

This masters series quest has taught me a lot these past 6 months. It’s been challenging, fun, and extremely motivating. When you’re chasing state records there are a few things to consider: 1.) Races need to be in state and certified. 2.) There are some race distances you only get one or two shots at a year. There are plenty of 5k’s and 10ks, half and full marathons but some of the distances are few and far between. When I…

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Inaugural Grand Prix Track Meet

Inaugural Grand Prix Track Meet

Racing the day after a long road trip is not ideal. Last year I tried to race a 5k after a day long car ride home from Disney and 5 hours of sleep. The key word there was tried.  I felt decent for about one mile and it was pure torture after that. It went from 5k pace to marathon pace to just finish. We arrived home shortly after midnight Thursday night and fortunately had all day Friday to recover….

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Mystic 10k and my favorite running vacation route

Mystic 10k and my favorite running vacation route

A few weeks ago we took a 9 day family vacation road trip to the Northeast and had a great time.  We went to Pennsylvania, NYC, Connecticut, West Point and Cooperstown, NY, and finally Niagra Falls. We planned this trip months ago and when I gave my sister the dates of our trip (specifically the days we would be at her house) she went ahead and registered me for a race! The race she picked was the Mystic 10k.  It…

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Missing a Marathon, running in a college track meet and Doc Rock Half Marathon- Take 2!

Missing a Marathon, running in a college track meet and Doc Rock Half Marathon- Take 2!

It’s been a while… Not really sure where to pick up so I guess the best place to start is with Little Rock.  (Feel free to skip ahead to brighter days!)  Missing the Little Rock Marathon was crushing.  It’s been almost 7 weeks now and I’ve definitely moved on but the first few weeks were tough. I trained for months for this race and I really wanted that fourth win. (One for each of my kids.)  Six days before the…

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Run the Line Half Marathon 2019!

Run the Line Half Marathon 2019!

Last weekend I headed to Texarkana for the 4th year in a row to Run the Line! This is a fun race along the Texas/ Arkansas border and I highly recommend it if you like running back and forth between states! It’s not the easiest half marathon course but it’s not too tough and the rolling hills just make it all the more interesting… PreRace I had an event at work Friday night and Saturday morning so it worked out…

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