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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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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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Rock Run 8k- 2016 edition

Rock Run 8k- 2016 edition

The 8k is an interesting distance to race. Maybe one of these years I’ll learn to race it right! This was my second year to run the Rock Run 8k (4.97 miles) and while I did set a “PR” by a whopping 6 seconds I know I have some work to do. Pre-Race Friday night Anna had a softball game that didn’t start until 8. We got home around 9:45 and it seemed to take everyone a little while to…

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Marathon Recovery and the Most Surprising Race of All!

Marathon Recovery and the Most Surprising Race of All!

The week after a marathon is always full of many emotions for me.  My mind likes to replay every mile of the race and I tend to analyze everything.  The entire Little Rock Marathon experience was amazing in every way and I celebrated it to the fullest.  I am never one to jump back into running right away after a marathon and I wanted to be cautious after LRM.  Last week I enjoyed sleeping in and did not feel one…

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Run the Line Half Marathon Race Recap

Run the Line Half Marathon Race Recap

I guess this post could also be titled, “Another race the Arkansas Grand Prix Series got me to run…”  I’ve decided that since I’m not running Boston this year (or any big out of state race for that matter) I’m embracing our in-state racing series more than in the past.  Run the Line Half Marathon was the 4th race on the Grand Prix schedule this year.  When I first considered running it I checked with J to see if it…

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The One Hour Track Run Race Recap

The One Hour Track Run Race Recap

Have you ever raced for distance- not time?  Every race I have ever run has been a set distance and the finish time was up to me.  In this race, everyone ran for one hour and the distance of the race was up to them.  The One Hour Track Run is the first race in the Arkansas Grand Prix 2016 Series and is hosted by the River Valley Runners in Pottsville, AR. It’s been around for a while but in…

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CASA Half Marathon 2015 Race Recap

CASA Half Marathon 2015 Race Recap

That’s right. I broke all the rules of reason and raced a half marathon and a marathon one week apart.  I feel like I owe an explanation but if you know me at all you probably don’t need one. I will say that the first race- the half marathon was on my racing calendar all year and was a goal race.  I added the marathon in about two and a half weeks ago as a fun “I’ll just see what…

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Arkansas Runner 2 Mile Race Report 2015

Arkansas Runner 2 Mile Race Report 2015

On Saturday our family made the drive down to Benton, Arkansas for a 2-mile race.  This is another one of those rarely raced distances but that’s one of the things I like about the Arkansas Grand Prix series. There’s plenty of variety and it’s always a bonus when my kids can participate.  I actually registered three of our four kids for this one and it was Anna’s first Grand Prix race. The Arkansas Runner 2 Mile definitely wins the award…

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