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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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The Spa 10k – 2018 edition “It’s all uphill from here!”

The Spa 10k – 2018 edition “It’s all uphill from here!”

There was never really any question of whether or not I would run the Spa 10k. I love this race.  It’s challenging and exhilarating all in one.  This is one of those races I like to run regardless of whether I’m in shape or not.  I’ve had years when I’ve been fit and ready to PR and I’ve also run it during a marathon recovery cycle.  Or in last year’s case- 2 weeks after having the flu.  (Not my finest…

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The Spa 10k 2016 and the 2016 RRCA Awards

The Spa 10k 2016 and the 2016 RRCA Awards

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to relax and enjoy some quiet time with friends and family. This week has flown by and I’ve enjoyed every bit of downtime we’ve had! It’s actually been peak mileage training week and I cannot think of a better week for it than Thanksgiving. Extra time to run and plenty of delicious food to eat- it’s ideal! I could probably write an entire post on training lately so maybe I’ll…

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Why YOU Should Run in the Arkansas Grand Prix Series

Why YOU Should Run in the Arkansas Grand Prix Series

If you like to run and you live in Arkansas then this post is for you.  For years I heard about something called the Grand Prix Series but I had no idea what it meant or what you had to do to be in it.  Most of the time when I heard the words “Grand Prix” my initial thoughts involved Mario cart or race cars.  What was the big deal?  I liked to run and I considered myself a fairly…

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CASA Half Marathon Race Report 2014 – Going out strong!

CASA Half Marathon Race Report 2014 – Going out strong!

The last few weeks have been a blur of Christmas parties, activities, work, shopping, baking and RACING!  Ordinarily I consider myself fairly organized but right now I am just taking it day by day.  I would love to write a more lengthy race report but if I do it might never happen.  (If you recall I’m still short two 10K race reports from November…)  I saw this on a friends Facebook page this morning and could really relate.  It’s hard…

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The Big 5K Doubleheader- 2 Race Reports in One!

The Big 5K Doubleheader- 2 Race Reports in One!

It’s official.  The 5K is definitely my favorite racing distance- period.  Up until Saturday I had raced four times in 2014 and did not meet my pacing goals in ANY of them. To be honest I have been a little down and discouraged trying to figure out what’s been going wrong.  I wasn’t have fun and enjoying racing.  In every race I reached a point of frustration and switched from Plan A to “Survival Mode.” This is never a good…

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The River Trail 15K Race Report- the 2014 edition

The River Trail 15K Race Report- the 2014 edition

I’m going to try to keep this brief.  Saturday was not a great racing day for me.  I know everyone has races like this every once in a while.  And yes, I know I race often so I can’t expect them all to be perfect.  I really don’t have an excuse to what was my deal.  Bottom line: I didn’t show up to race.  Before I get into my own issues with the race let me say that this is…

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My RRCA Weekend AND a One Mile Race!

My RRCA Weekend AND a One Mile Race!

This weekend I took the RRCA Coaching Certification course in Little Rock.  It has been a goal of mine to one day become a certified RRCA coach.  I’d looked up course locations but they were all out of state and far away so I just put it in the back of my mind that I would do it someday.  A few months ago our Arkansas RRCA State representative David Meroney sent out a message seeing if there was any interest…

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White River 4 Mile Classic- Lightening, Thunder and Hills- oh my!

White River 4 Mile Classic- Lightening, Thunder and Hills- oh my!

Last year as I drove myself home after the White River 4 Mile Classic I told myself “Never again!”  I had read about the “challenging” course online but naively went into the race thinking it couldn’t be that hard.  I guess some things you just have to experience for yourself.  Hello hills and hello Arkansas humidity in August… Two variables that are not going anywhere! This year I was pretty relaxed about it.  In fact, how could I not run…

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go! Mile Race Report- “One Lap, One Mile, One Fast Little Race!”

go! Mile Race Report- “One Lap, One Mile, One Fast Little Race!”

On Saturday I ran in a one mile race.  Yes, you read that correctly- ONE MILE. The last time I raced an all out mile I was 18 and a senior in high school.  That was over 16 years ago.  In college I ran the 1500 a few times but usually the 3000. When I first read about this race a few months ago on Arkansasrunner.com I honestly didn’t think much of it.  My first thought was- why would I…

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