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Full Moon 25k- the Masters edition

Full Moon 25k- the Masters edition

It’s no secret that this summer I’ve been focused on speed and shorter distances. I probably had no business registering for a long trail race but there’s something about this race that brings me back each year.  This was actually my first trail race since running Full Moon last year! I usually run a few more in the spring and summer but I’ve been so focused on 1 mile and 5k training that I didn’t want to risk injury or…

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Summer training, a vacation, and another really hot race!

Summer training, a vacation, and another really hot race!

With the Chicago Marathon just 8 weeks from Sunday, summer training is in full swing.  I have had a wide range of workouts- all in the blazing heat.  Some have gone well and others not so much.  Running and racing in warmer temps is definitely not my favorite but I know it prepares me for a stronger fall racing season so I know I just have to push through and make the best of it like like everyone else. Right…

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Summer Runnin: Things I’m Lovin!

Summer Runnin: Things I’m Lovin!

Hello Summer Time! Apparently the first “official day of summer” was June 21st but to be honest it’s been summer around here for well over a month.  The kids have been home from school for several weeks now and the heat is on!  VBS is this week at church and summer is in full swing. This picture makes me smile! LOVE the awkward “Ancient Greek” pose! I thought I would follow up my running in the heat and humidity post…

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Caught in a storm and other training tales…

Caught in a storm and other training tales…

Well, I didn’t mean to go quite so long without posting but life happens and things get busy.  You know how it is!  First of all, HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!! I love seeing all the running happiness on my news feed on Facebook.  The last two summers I was injured on National Running Day so it was not nearly as fun.  This morning I met a group of runners at a local gym for a little running event my friend…

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It’s BACK….. hello humidity! -And my first speaking engagement…

It’s BACK….. hello humidity! -And my first speaking engagement…

I knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time.  I could feel it warming up but it wasn’t until my speed session on the track last Friday when I had a little running/ weather reality check.  Before heading to the track I checked my weather app like I always do.  70 degrees (not ideal but very doable) and 100% humidity.  The air was so thick but it was not raining.  The humidity was the kicker. I tried…

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Quitting a workout…

Quitting a workout…

This morning I did something I told myself I would NEVER do this training cycle.  I quit. It sickens me to type this because I do not think of myself as a quitter at all and I can usually muster up a way to get it done no matter how bad I feel. Not today. I got to the track a few minutes before 6 am.  It was still dark and very hot and humid.  I knew during my 2…

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When HEAT meets HILLS- The White River 4 Mile Classic Road Race Report

When HEAT meets HILLS- The White River 4 Mile Classic Road Race Report

Remember that silly New Year’s Resolution I made to run at least one road race every month this year???  Well, this goal came back to bite me big time this morning.  August was really the main month of the year I was worried about and for good reason.  Nothing good comes from racing in August.  At least not in Arkansas!  To be honest, I have not had to “look” for a race most months but I knew August was going…

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CASA 5K Race Report- the one that was REALLY hot!

CASA 5K Race Report- the one that was REALLY hot!

Yesterday I ran in another 5K.  I knew going into the race that once again my training was not where it needed to be because of my patellar tendonitis.  I have been cross training much more than running this past month and it all caught up to me yesterday- along with some pretty intense heat. For some reason, 5 K races in my city like to start at 9 am.  No matter what month of the year it is.  I…

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Surviving the HEAT without skipping a beat…

Surviving the HEAT without skipping a beat…

Yes, it’s July and the best place to be is inside in the air conditioning. You have two options: run inside on a treadmill OR outside where it is blazing. What are you going to do? Personally, I usually prefer to run outside. In the summer months I run early and try to stay up on my fluids to avoid dehydration. On Saturday I went 7 miles with a friend and we planned a water break a little over halfway…

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