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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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And now four 5ks later

And now four 5ks later

I took a little race recap blogging break since my last post. After a few discouraging races and an injury I wasn’t in much of a mood to write about it but I’m ready to move on and look ahead now. For better or worse (probably worse) I’ve been on a bit of a 5k roll the last several weeks but after one more this weekend I promise I’m going to take a break from this distance! Read: I need…

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A 5k and a 25k in one day- and one new PR!

A 5k and a 25k in one day- and one new PR!

Whenever my family gets together for a reunion we have a tradition of finding a local race to run. This has led to some interesting race experiences over the years. We’ve raced in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, and Florida. We really aren’t picky on the course or distance- just some race we can do together. This year’s reunion was in the middle of the summer in Arkansas and we couldn’t convince as many family members to get into the…

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Firecracker Fast 5k 2018

Firecracker Fast 5k 2018

The 5k has always been my favorite racing distance followed closely by the marathon.  I have no idea how many I’ve raced over the years- there’s just been way too many to count.  It was my go-to racing distance in high school when my family would pick a race to run on the weekend. In college I raced mostly 5ks and I think my usual strategy was start fast and finish dead. I have enjoyed this distance much more post…

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Two races back in April… Capital City Classic 10k- 2017 edition AND Chip’s Share it Forward 5k

Two races back in April… Capital City Classic 10k- 2017 edition AND Chip’s Share it Forward 5k

I am a few race reports behind so I thought I’d catch up before I forgot all together.  I’m not sure how many people even read these but I tend to be a repeat racer so I guess I’m doing this so I can remember for next time. Race: Capital City Classic 10K Date: April 1, 2017 Location: Little Rock, AR Time: 8:00 AM This was my 5th straight year to run the Capital City Classic 10k. I’ve always liked…

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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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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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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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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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