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Experiencing Petit Jean

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 to plan a getaway to Petit Jean! I made reservations for two cabins. My in-laws were joining us and stayed…

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Minuteman Cross Country 5k

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 cross country race since college and it was over three years ago. It was a 5k cross country / trail…

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ARK Classic 5k Race Recap- 2016

ARK Classic 5k Race Recap- 2016

Last Saturday I ran in the ARK Classic 5k which was race # 14 in the Arkansas Grand Prix series. Technically this was my third time to run it and the third time on a new course! I actually ran this race in 1998 as a college sophomore. It was the one and only time during college that our coach took our team to a local road race. I guess he wanted to see where we were fitness-wise since we…

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The Wildcat Road Mile- 2016 edition

The Wildcat Road Mile- 2016 edition

Saturday was my third time to race in the Wildcat Road Mile. This is a small, local race that benefits my daughter’s cross country team. The mile is an intimidating distance for me and coming off a marathon recovery cycle was not the ideal time to race it. I started a little too aggressive and then lost focus on the third quarter and really ran out of steam. I pushed through and finished with a 5:30. I probably won’t be…

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Watermelon 5k Race Recap

Watermelon 5k Race Recap

The Watermelon 5k in Hope, Arkansas was race #13 in the Arkansas Grand Prix series. To be honest this was probably one of those races I would not have done had it not been for my goal of Iron Runner.  There are certain races in the series that require a little more of a drive and this was one of them.  Hope, Arkansas is about 2.5 hours away from our house.  I tried making hotel reservations a couple weeks before…

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Marathon Recovery and a 4 Mile Race!

Marathon Recovery and a 4 Mile Race!

It’s been one week since the San Francisco Marathon and wouldn’t you know- I’ve already run another race since then… I’m sure this comes as no surprise.  The Batesville 4 Mile Classic was the 12th race on the Arkansas Grand Prix series and it’s been on my running calendar all year.  This is my first year attempting Iron Runner (running all 20 races in the GP series) so it’s been quite a learning experience.  Race events have ranged from one…

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The Birthday Run- 12!

The Birthday Run- 12!

Summer is flying by and marathon training is in full swing!  We made it back home from our recent family vacation and I did absolutely no blogging so I’m a couple days behind on posting this. I know I have a 5k to report but first I wanted to recap my favorite run of the year- a special birthday run!  I like to document all of Abi’s birthday runs so that someday we can go back through and read about…

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Run, Walk, and Boom 5k

Run, Walk, and Boom 5k

My family has a history of running and racing together so it’s no surprise that we usually find a local race whenever we all get together. A 5k in a strange city? Sounds great!  We found the Run, Walk, and Boom 5k several months ago when we had our trip dates set but I waited until about two weeks before the race to register my dad, my older two kids, and I. My sister also registered along with a few…

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Go! Mile 2016: RRCA National One Mile Championship

Go! Mile 2016: RRCA National One Mile Championship

To a distance runner is there really any distance more intimidating than the mile?  Just thinking about racing all out for one mile makes me tired… and nervous.  I know one of the best things you can do to improve as a runner is to get out of your comfort zone so races like Go! Mile and the Arkansas Runner 2 Miler definitely do that for me! This was my fourth year to run Go! Mile.  This race is actually…

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Arkansas Runner 2 Miler: 2016 edition

Arkansas Runner 2 Miler: 2016 edition

It’s always a little intimidating to follow up a race distance after a PR. Back in March I unexpectedly set a new 2 mile personal best time- finally beating my time from 1997!  I went into that race with zero expectations since it was 6 days after a marathon but once I got out there everything just clicked and I went with it. The result- negative splits and a new PR of 11:34. This past Saturday’s 2 mile race was…

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