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Little Rock Marathon 2017

Little Rock Marathon 2017

Winning the Little Rock Marathon last year was an experience that I’ll never forget.  I spent the next 12 months knowing that I wanted to run it again but it was very intimating. My 2016 race win would be a very tough act to follow but I knew I wanted to try. Training for LRM started at the beginning of January.  It was a short cycle since I ran the 3 Bridges Marathon mid December and my body needed the…

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Little Rock Marathon- 2016!

Little Rock Marathon- 2016!

It’s been three days since the Little Rock Marathon and I’m still feeling the love.  Thank you so much for all the messages and comments after Sunday’s race!  I really appreciate it.  It’s still very hard to believe this happened.  Ten years ago I had my first experience with the Little Rock Marathon.  I went as a spectator and a very pregnant one at that! I was there to cheer on my husband.  I NEVER imagined one day running in…

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I was supposed to be running a MARATHON right about now…

I was supposed to be running a MARATHON right about now…

Life is unexpected and sometimes things happen that our out of our control.  This was one of those weeks.  Last Sunday I was coming off of a great training cycle.  Sure it was lower in mileage than previous training cycles (mostly averaging 55-60 mpw) but I was injury-free and I completed every workout hitting all the right training pace times.  I knew I wasn’t in sub 3 condition yet but in my mind I thought a 3:05 was realistic.  Over…

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A Few BIG Annoucements and a Little Blogging Reality

A Few BIG Annoucements and a Little Blogging Reality

Once again a few weeks have gone by since my last post.  I think of posts all the time that I want to write but life happens and much of the time writing gets pushed to the back burner.  Will I ever be one of those bloggers who posts every day or even a few days a week?  Probably not.  That is the reality of my life and I’ve definitely accepted that. But there are days when I feel like…

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The week AFTER the marathon

The week AFTER the marathon

As a long distance runner, the week AFTER a marathon is one of my least favorite times of the year.  The day or two after the big race are great.  I’m sore as I’ll get out but my emotions and adrenaline are still going strong from the race.  Somewhere around 3-4 days post marathon things start heading south.  I really start to miss running.  If you are a marathon runner you know what I’m talking about and if you’re not…

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Little Rock Marathon 2013- Race Report!

Little Rock Marathon 2013- Race Report!

Last year the Little Rock Marathon surprised me.  I had heard it was challenging but I had to experience it for myself.  It’s hard to explain but it’s a good kind of challenge.  You know when you’ve crossed the finish line that you earned EVERY BIT of that ginormous medal.  (The giant medals for the full marathon are no joke!)  It’s a race course that pushes you to your limit.  I knew as hard as it was last year that…

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Have I done enough?

Have I done enough?

With 3 days until the big race I find myself mulling over this past training cycle.  It’s been almost 13 weeks since my last marathon.  That’s not exactly a lot of time but I’m hoping it was enough.  Have I put in enough miles?  Have I pushed myself?  Have I done enough long runs?  Have I put in the right mix of quality speed work?  Have I had enough easy runs?   Have I rested when I needed to rest? …

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Facebook, Four Races and DOMS!

Facebook, Four Races and DOMS!

FacebookAfter having a running blog for going on 4 years (has it already been that long?!) I decided it was time to jump on the Facebook page train.  This way I can post about races, training and running and not feel like I’m annoying other FB friends who are not that interested.  So if you are interested in following my running adventures on FB you can find me there at Arkansas Runner Mom.  Thanks! Four RacesNow onto some running stuff… …

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We’ve got history- The Little Rock Marathon

We’ve got history- The Little Rock Marathon

Just 10 days to go until the Little Rock Marathon and I am getting EXCITED!! It’s difficult for me to put into words what this race means to me.  I should point out that it has nothing to do with the course.  In fact, the course itself is fairly challenging.  It is by no means an “easy” marathon.  The Little Rock Marathon Course is usually described as hilly. Running legend Bill Rodgers once said “any marathon worth its salt has…

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Coming Out of a {Mini} Slump

Coming Out of a {Mini} Slump

Despite my bittersweet PR last weekend, I spent most of this week feeling a bit out of sorts in my running world.  I think I just needed to process the race and it took me a while.  For months I had built up a certain finish time and race strategy in my mind and when the weather and course didn’t quite meet my expectations I had to switch to plan B.  I know that every race does not go as…

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