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Quanity vs. Quality: Trying to PR with Multiple Marathons

Quanity vs. Quality: Trying to PR with Multiple Marathons

2012. What a year. I do not plan on racing anymore this month so in the next few weeks many of my posts will be reflecting on random running/ race stuff that happened this year as well as some of my goals for next year.  When the year began my marathon PR was a 3:35. My main marathon goal for 2012 was to break 3:20.  I wasn’t sure if I would do it the first time around but I planned…

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NYC Marathon Week- A little bit of everything!

NYC Marathon Week- A little bit of everything!

It’s race week! Yes, the New York City Marathon IS still on.  At least that’s what they keep saying! They are not quite sure how everyone is getting to the starting line in Staten Island but I guess they’ll figure that one out later..  My thoughts and prayers have been with those up in the northeast.  I have family in Pennsylvania and Connecticut who were really affected by the storms (lost power and had some flooding). In the meantime, I’ve…

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4 minutes

4 minutes

In January my main marathon goal for the year was to break 3:20.  I didn’t know when I would do it but I knew I had three chances this year and I was going to do my best to accomplish that goal.  I felt fairly confident that this was a realistic goal for me based on my times in other racing events but with the marathon you just never know.  Anything could happen.  My previous best time was a 3:35…

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Determining My Marathon Race Pace

Determining My Marathon Race Pace

Before running a marathon, most people have a time goal in mind.  (Especially if you have already run a marathon before at some point.) After months of hard work and training, you have a somewhat realistic idea of what time you might finish in.  I have a few friends running in the Little Rock Marathon this weekend who are running for completion. They have no time goal in mind- they just want to finish.  When I ran my first marathon…

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Houston Marathon- Race Report

Houston Marathon- Race Report

There is nothing easy about running a marathon.  It is hard, hard work.  As I sit here and type my race recount I am completely exhausted.  My legs are unbelievably sore.  I have two toenails I’m honestly afraid to look at and one blister on each foot.  My body is aching but I have to say- it is ALL WORTH IT!!  I am so completely thrilled and satisfied with how everything went yesterday. Thank you, God!! Pre-race:The day began at…

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The Olympic Trials and Track Me!

The Olympic Trials and Track Me!

Today was an amazing day to be a runner. The Olympic trials for men and women were this morning and we were there for it all!! The athletes ran a 2.2 mile loop and then did one eight mile loop three times. We stood right by mile markers 2,10,18 and 26 (it was all at the same place). I got so many great pictures of all the top runners and we were so close to it all! Halfway through the…

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It’s Houston, Baby!!!

It’s Houston, Baby!!!

We made it! The past 24 hours have been busy! We had Ashton’s 1 year birthday party last night and then it was time to switch gears and start race packing. This morning I finished all the packing (it takes a while packing up 6 people) and then this afternoon John, Ashton and I flew to Houston. The three big kids are with Nana and Papa. We are so thankful to live by them! The flight from Little Rock to…

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Time to Get Sneaky!!

Time to Get Sneaky!!

Would you ever squeeze through a small fence opening in 27 degree weather so you could run 800’s around a track by yourself early in the morning? If you answered yes to all of the above then we have something in common… I didn’t really want to run the 800’s but I did. Does that make sense? I knew I needed to and this was my window of opportunity. We are currently visiting my parents and the high school track…

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An Unplanned Progressive Tempo

An Unplanned Progressive Tempo

There are some days when everything just clicks.  You feel good, the weather is perfect and you just get in the groove.  That happened to me today.  I had an easy 5 mile run planned. Goal- I just wanted to run around an 8- 8:15 pace.  I ran my first mile in a 7:50.  Nothing special about that.  My second mile was a 7:40 and it got me thinking- what if I can get 10 seconds faster each mile… For…

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