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St. Jude Memphis Marathon 2019

St. Jude Memphis Marathon 2019

It’s hard to begin a recap of such an amazing race experience so I’ll do my best.  The short version is that the St. Jude Memphis Marathon was a combination of many years of hard work, a strong support system, being in the right place at the right time and a whole lot of God. There’s really no other way to describe it. No doubt I trained hard for my time but placement always comes down to who shows up…

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The Heat Was Definitely On 8K

The Heat Was Definitely On 8K

In my masters series quest one of the more obscure distance records is the 8k. I think it falls under the same category as the 12k and 20k. They are not very common these days- especially compared to the ever popular 5k, 10k, or half marathon. There used to be a popular 8k race in Little Rock (Rock Run) but it hasn’t been around in a few years. I ran Rock Rock a few times in its final years and…

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Firecracker Fast 5k- a PR Surprise!

Firecracker Fast 5k- a PR Surprise!

The Firecracker Fast 5k is truly a race that lives up to its name! The first time I ran it in 2013 I had no idea what to expect and it did not disappoint.  It’s a fast point to point race with a lot of downhill in the first 2 miles.  I love downhill racing but unfortunately there are not many races like this around here.  The first time I ran this course I finished in 17:52- my first sub…

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Quick Race Update- Capital City Classic 10k and the Wildcat Extra Mile

Quick Race Update- Capital City Classic 10k and the Wildcat Extra Mile

Capital City Classic 10k The running theme this spring has been “just go with it.” For a number of reasons I’ve learned to be more flexible and remember no race plan is set in stone. For example, the first Saturday of April has always been the Capital City Classic 10k in Little Rock.  I’ve run this race every year since 2012.  This year it was scheduled for 5 PM so all week I braced myself for a warm, muggy 10k….

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2 Races & 2 Records- Arkansas Runner 2 Mile & Go! Mile 2019

2 Races & 2 Records- Arkansas Runner 2 Mile & Go! Mile 2019

This masters series quest has taught me a lot these past 6 months. It’s been challenging, fun, and extremely motivating. When you’re chasing state records there are a few things to consider: 1.) Races need to be in state and certified. 2.) There are some race distances you only get one or two shots at a year. There are plenty of 5k’s and 10ks, half and full marathons but some of the distances are few and far between. When I…

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Run the Line Half Marathon 2019!

Run the Line Half Marathon 2019!

Last weekend I headed to Texarkana for the 4th year in a row to Run the Line! This is a fun race along the Texas/ Arkansas border and I highly recommend it if you like running back and forth between states! It’s not the easiest half marathon course but it’s not too tough and the rolling hills just make it all the more interesting… PreRace I had an event at work Friday night and Saturday morning so it worked out…

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River Trail 15k 2019

River Trail 15k 2019

The 15k is not the most popular distance to race but it’s become one of my favorites.  To my knowledge we only have one certified 15k course in the state and it’s held on the first Saturday of February on the Arkansas River Trail. Once I find a race that I like it’s hard for me to pass it up and this is one of those races.  The first time I ran it was in February of 2012 and I’ve…

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One Hour Track Run 2019

One Hour Track Run 2019

It’s hard to pass up the One Hour Track Run because it is such a unique race. The race distance is up to you. How far can you run in an hour? This wasn’t on my schedule as a goal race but I had a tempo planned two days later so I messaged my coach and we moved up the workout so I could use the track run as my tempo. This removed all race pressure and I went into…

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CASA Half Marathon

CASA Half Marathon

Ready or not I ran the CASA Half Marathon exactly 4 weeks after 3 Bridges. I love this race and truly believe it’s the fastest half marathon course in Arkansas. (At this point I think I’ve run most of them!)  I’ve worked this race into my schedule every year since 2013.  CASA was originally scheduled for December but bad weather postponed the race 5 weeks.  As luck would have it the weather on race morning was looking rough with 100%…

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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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