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White River 4 Mile Classic Race Recap 2018- the one with a new PR!!

White River 4 Mile Classic Race Recap 2018- the one with a new PR!!

When I look back on my fastest race times most of my PRs are from races I did not get the overall win.  My fastest marathon (2015) was set in the Chicago Marathon and obviously I wasn’t winning that one.  I finished 2nd when I ran my half marathon PR (2013).  I finished 3rd in my fastest 5k (2013) and 2nd in my fastest mile (2013).  My point is that competition pushes me more than when I push myself.  I…

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A 5k and a 25k in one day- and one new PR!

A 5k and a 25k in one day- and one new PR!

Whenever my family gets together for a reunion we have a tradition of finding a local race to run. This has led to some interesting race experiences over the years. We’ve raced in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, and Florida. We really aren’t picky on the course or distance- just some race we can do together. This year’s reunion was in the middle of the summer in Arkansas and we couldn’t convince as many family members to get into the…

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Firecracker Fast 5k 2018

Firecracker Fast 5k 2018

The 5k has always been my favorite racing distance followed closely by the marathon.  I have no idea how many I’ve raced over the years- there’s just been way too many to count.  It was my go-to racing distance in high school when my family would pick a race to run on the weekend. In college I raced mostly 5ks and I think my usual strategy was start fast and finish dead. I have enjoyed this distance much more post…

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14 Miles for 14 Years ~ Abi’s Birthday Run 2018

14 Miles for 14 Years ~ Abi’s Birthday Run 2018

When we started Abi’s birthday run in 2013 we had no idea what it would turn into or how long we would keep it up. Here we are 6 years later and somehow the tradition continues. We’ve has years we ran on the streets near our house, one year in Ohio when we were visiting family, and last year was on vacation in Gulf Shores. I actually wasn’t sure if we were going to do it this year because her…

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Bring on the Speed- Arkansas Runner 2 Mile and Go! Mile 2018 Race Recap

Bring on the Speed- Arkansas Runner 2 Mile and Go! Mile 2018 Race Recap

It’s summer racing season which means I’ve switched gears from marathon training to racing some shorter distances.  Nothing like a fast 1 or 2 mile race to push you out of your comfort zone!  To be honest these two races are the most intimidating ones on the Arkansas Grand Prix schedule to me. There’s just something about the shorter races that makes me extremely nervous.  It must be the crazy fast pace! Race #1: Arkansas Runner 2 Mile Location: Benton,…

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War Eagle 25k

War Eagle 25k

Racing a 25k trail run is probably not the smartest move when in the middle of 1 mile/ 5k training but I just couldn’t resist. This race has been on my radar the past few years but for one reason or another it hasn’t worked out. One year it was sold out, another we were traveling, and then last year I was injured. This year the only “issue” was that it was on our 17th anniversary. I ran the idea…

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Saturday’s Double Header: The Moix 5k & Arkansas 10 Miler

Saturday’s Double Header: The Moix 5k & Arkansas 10 Miler

What do you do when two races you want to run are on the same day at different times? Why not register for both! On Saturday I ran in the Moix 5k in Conway at 8 am and the Arkansas 10 Miler in Little Rock at 5:00 pm. Race #1- Abi and I arrived in Conway a little after 7 am. I had plenty of time to get my packet and warm-up.  Temps were in the upper 50’s and it…

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Boston Marathon 2018

Boston Marathon 2018

The Boston Marathon is more than a race.  The entire weekend is a celebration of running with other athletes from around the world. I thought about making this into two separate posts but you really can’t have the race without everything else so here it is in one long recap.  (Feel free to skip down to the race portion!)  I’ve run this marathon three times now and have had three completely different experiences.  In 2013 I was there during the…

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From LA to Vegas… The Speed Project 4.0

From LA to Vegas… The Speed Project 4.0

Sometimes opportunities present themselves at very unexpected times and if you want it you just need to go for it. This explains how I got caught up running in a relay from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with 9 other strangers! When I first found out that Strava was putting together a team I was very interested but I had to make sure the timing would work with my big goal spring marathon. When I saw the Speed Project was…

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Little Rock Marathon 2018

Little Rock Marathon 2018

We’ve all heard the quote, “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.” Well that never felt more real to me as it did this past week. In the days leading up to the 2018 Little Rock Marathon I found myself getting more and more nervous. My goal had been a huge motivation but it also scared me because I knew it would be hard. For the last 3 years I’ve had the goal to run the Little…

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