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Go! Mile 2017 Race Report

Go! Mile 2017 Race Report

Well I’ve put off writing this race recap for about as long as I can.  It’s not nearly as much fun going into a race when you’re not prepared and for some reason it’s even more intimidating when it’s a one mile race.  Go! Mile was the 10th race in the Arkansas Grand Prix schedule this year and the only one mile race in the series. This summer marked my 5th consecutive year for running it. So what were my…

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Arkansas Runner 2 Mile Race Recap

Arkansas Runner 2 Mile Race Recap

I’m not a fan of being unprepared when it comes to racing.  I know there are some who like to race “for fun” but my version of fun typically involves racing fast and running well. Racing is hard enough as it is and I don’t need a little voice in my head telling me I can’t do it or I’m not ready when things get tough. I want to head to the starting line feeling calm and confident in my…

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Toad Suck 10k- the 2017 edition

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 Saturday morning. My first experience with the Toad Suck races in Conway, AR was back in 2010 when I ran…

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Staying Focused and Staying POSITIVE- Spring Fling 5k 2017

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 on the Arkansas Grand Prix Schedule. The week leading up to the race was a tough one emotionally.  The Arkansas…

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Chase Race and Paws 2017

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 follow my same “training” strategy. This is basically do nothing but recover! I can handle that! Below is the  week…

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Valentine’s Day 5k 2017 Race Recap

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 last year. J was out of town so I drove 4 kids there by myself.  A friend watched Ashton during…

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

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 stayed focused and in the zone the entire race. I ended up running 38 laps and averaged a 6:14 pace….

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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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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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