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Running With Kids

Toad Suck 10k- the 2017 edition

There wasn’t really any question in my mind whether or not I would run the Toad Suck 10k this year.  It was the 8th race in the Arkansas Grand Prix series so ready or not I was going to do what I could.  Once again my older two joined me so we left for Conway a little after 6 am

Staying Focused and Staying POSITIVE- Spring Fling 5k 2017

When it comes to racing I tend to be a creature of habit.  2017 marked my 5th consecutive year of running the Cabot Spring Fling 5k.  Three of these years have been within 2-3 weeks of finishing the Little Rock Marathon but it’s just hard to pass up this one since it’s only 30 minutes from our house and it’s

Chase Race and Paws 2017

Once again Little Rock Marathon recovery has included a 2 mile race! Why would I do this? Well, besides this particular race being in the Arkansas Grand Prix series this is an all around fun race for the whole family- including our new puppy Pepper!  After last year’s surprising 2 mile race success (6 days post marathon) I decided to

Valentine’s Day 5k 2017 Race Recap

I started to write this recap over a week ago but got sidetracked so here we go… Better late than never! Race: Valentine’s Day 5k Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017 Location: Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR I was a little more prepared this year for this one.  If you recall I ran this race in crazy race mom mode

The One Hour Track Run and the River Trail 15k- Pacing makes all the difference!

My first race of the year got off to a rough start. I had no desire to even write about it but I decided years ago to share all race experiences- good or bad so I guess it’s time to get around to this one! Last year I loved the One Hour Track Run. I had a great race and

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

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

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

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

Minuteman Cross Country 5k

Saturday’s Grand Prix race took me way back to my former running days. Lining up in boxed lanes in a grassy field makes me feel like a high school cross country runner all over again.  A few differences this time were having my kids right behind me and I didn’t have a coach yelling out splits. I’ve only run one