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Coming Out of a {Mini} Slump
Coming Out of a {Mini} Slump

Despite my bittersweet PR last weekend, I spent most of this week feeling a bit out of sorts in my running world.  I think I just needed to process the race and it took me a while.  For months I had built up a certain finish time and race strategy in my mind and when the weather and course didn’t

Can I have some peace and quiet?
Can I have some peace and quiet?

Living in a house with 4 little people means that there is noise ALL the time- except, of course, for the hours they are asleep.  Usually, I don’t even think of it as noise- it’s just life happening all around me. Before having kids I was really into music.  I would have it playing in my house, my car, office,

And the Verdict is….
And the Verdict is….

After almost 3 months of an annoying on again off again pesky knee injury I finally went to a physical therapist.  While I was laying there in agony as he worked on my leg (I was really tight) I just kept thinking that I should have come weeks ago.  Yes, it was pure torture but in a good way.  My

Port Fest 5K- Race Report {AKA- The Race I turned Pro!} ok, not really!
Port Fest 5K- Race Report {AKA- The Race I turned Pro!} ok, not really!

Yesterday’s 5K could have easily been a total disaster: For starters- I had taken two weeks completely off running until Tuesday- just days before the race.  I had 3 not so great runs and decided to run this race at the last minute.  No speed work (and practically no running) does not usually produce a high quality 5K! I did

A Short Break and an 18 minute 5K…
A Short Break and an 18 minute 5K…

Before I dive into my strategic plan to break 19 minutes in the 5K (for the first time in over a decade) I will bring you up to speed on my current running situation.  Yesterday after a frustrating 12 mile run I made an executive decision to take off for 2 weeks.  As you may or may not know, ever

Birthdays and Mileage Issues
Birthdays and Mileage Issues

What a week! This past week is what we affectionately refer to as “Birthday Week” around our house.  My oldest son’s birthday is April 19th and my youngest daughter’s birthday is the 21st.  The 21st is also my mother-in-law’s birthday so it is one busy week! My son requested a coconut cream cake for his special day.  Yes, he has

Rookie Mistake
Rookie Mistake

As I may have mentioned a few times since the Little Rock Marathon my right knee has been bothering me.  It’s not a sharp stop-running-this-instant-pain  but I do not usually have knee pain of any kind and this is not normal. I blamed the crazy elevation changes in the LRM.  I took off a few days and mixed in a

When do races get in the way of training?
When do races get in the way of training?

I love to run but I also love to race.  I must confess that if there is a race that is affordable and nearby I will most likely be running in it!  Of course, it is not always up to me.  If you are a mom you know what I mean.  I am at a stage in my life that

My Marathon Fueling Plan
My Marathon Fueling Plan

Let me begin by stating that I am not a dietitian or a running coach. When it comes to fueling during a marathon,  I believe that every runner must figure out what works for them.  This may come through trial and error or from advice from a book or another runner.  Ultimately it comes down to what works for you.

Rest Days and Being Crafty
Rest Days and Being Crafty

This morning I was supposed to meet a friend for a nice 8 mile run.  After yesterday’s awesome workout my body was screaming for a rest day.  My stress fracture area was a tiny bit “achy” and my legs were SO SORE.  I had run 5 days in a row which is a first in probably 18 months. So I