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3 Bridges Marathon 2018

3 Bridges Marathon 2018

Has it already been over a month since the marathon? I thought I would write this recap at some point over the holidays but obviously never got around to it. Even though things didn’t go quite as planned I like documenting my races because there’s always things I can learn from them.  I usually learn more from races like this one! I trained for MONTHS for 3B26. It wasn’t my highest mileage training cycle ever but I was running consistent…

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The Spa 10k – 2018 edition “It’s all uphill from here!”

The Spa 10k – 2018 edition “It’s all uphill from here!”

There was never really any question of whether or not I would run the Spa 10k. I love this race.  It’s challenging and exhilarating all in one.  This is one of those races I like to run regardless of whether I’m in shape or not.  I’ve had years when I’ve been fit and ready to PR and I’ve also run it during a marathon recovery cycle.  Or in last year’s case- 2 weeks after having the flu.  (Not my finest…

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Breakaway 10k ~ 2018 edition

Breakaway 10k ~ 2018 edition

This past Saturday was the third time I raced the Breakaway 10k but I’ve probably run this course over a hundred times. No exaggeration. I helped design the course a few years ago and it’s one of my go-to routes. This race holds my current 10k PR- 37:51 from 2016. When I decided to add in the Midsouth Half Marathon at the beginning of November I knew I couldn’t really plan on Breakaway being an A race. I wanted to…

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Midsouth Half Marathon 2018

Midsouth Half Marathon 2018

On Saturday morning John and I made a quick trip to Wynne, AR for the Midsouth Half Marathon. I only told a few people I was even racing. I just didn’t want to make a big deal about it. I wanted to focus on my mission- to break 1:25!! Ideally I wanted to run a 1:23:xx but I knew that would be tough. Pre-race logistics were a breeze. I registered and warmed up with plenty of time. I ended up…

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Soaring Wings Half Marathon 2018

Soaring Wings Half Marathon 2018

Last weekend I ran the Soaring Wings Half Marathon in Conway, Arkansas. This was my 4th Soaring Wings experience and I’d have to say it was my best. I ran it for the first time in 2009. It was actually the first half marathon I ever trained for while training for my first BQ. That year I ran a 1:39:00. We moved that same weekend (just across town) and between packing and cleaning I remember being worn out for this…

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And now four 5ks later

And now four 5ks later

I took a little race recap blogging break since my last post. After a few discouraging races and an injury I wasn’t in much of a mood to write about it but I’m ready to move on and look ahead now. For better or worse (probably worse) I’ve been on a bit of a 5k roll the last several weeks but after one more this weekend I promise I’m going to take a break from this distance! Read: I need…

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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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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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