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A 5k, a 10k and the Ups and Downs of Racing Often

A 5k, a 10k and the Ups and Downs of Racing Often

Yesterday marked 4 weeks since the Little Rock Marathon.  Since then I’ve actually run in 3 other races- a 2 mile race, a 5k , and a 10k.  While I do love to race I probably would not have been so quick to pin on a bib number (especially 3 times!) had it not been for the Arkansas Grand Prix series. When you race often you just have to know that not every race is going to be a PR…

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Giveaway winner and a weekend break from racing

Giveaway winner and a weekend break from racing

First of all, the big winner in the 73Threads Giveaway is Theresa Ferguson! Congratulations!  I will be emailing you to get your contact information for 73Threads.  Thank you to everyone who participated! In the next week I hope to have the race reports for the Illinois Half Marathon, the Toad Suck 10k, and the Light up the Streets 5k finished.  Yes, last weekend I went a little overboard with a 10k in the morning and a 5k that night. This…

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Running to Improve VS. Just Running

Running to Improve VS. Just Running

I can honestly say that I’ve considered myself a runner for about as long as I can remember.  As a young girl I would cheer for my dad on the sidelines whenever he raced and I ran my very first 5K around age 6 or 7.  Somehow I always felt like I was “part of the the club.” In eighth grade I started consistently running but I had no time goals.  I did not race or run for any team. …

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Kids & Racing

Kids & Racing

A LONG time ago I ran my first 5K.  I wish I could remember the exact year but I believe I was 6 or 7 years old. I had done zero training and was not involved in any organized sports.  I was just a typical kid who played and ran around outside at recess and after school.  My sister who was a year younger than me ran in the 5K as well and we jog/ walked it together.  I just…

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Marathon Recovery and Getting Back in the Groove…

Marathon Recovery and Getting Back in the Groove…

Marathon RecoveryThis week was all about getting back into the swing of things.  After a much needed week off after the Little Rock Marathon I was ready to get back out there.  I appreciate all the comments on my last post about my marathon recovery time.  Allison brought up a good point about active recovery.  Every runner is different and there is no magic number of days off before you should return to running after a marathon.  I know many…

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Racing, Resting and Peak Week!

Racing, Resting and Peak Week!

I must admit that the last few weeks have been a bit of a running blur.  I’ve been doing my best trying to balance racing and recovery all the while continue training for NYC which is now less than 4 weeks away!  My recent half marathon and 5K were incredible experiences and I guess I’ve just been floating along on a runner’s high.  I’ve cut my mileage a little the past few weeks trying to taper for them.  I know…

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A Few Thoughts on Weaning, Running, Racing and Resting

A Few Thoughts on Weaning, Running, Racing and Resting

Warning: The first paragraph contains some emotional and hormonal ranting on babies and nursing.  Feel free to skip to the next paragraph! I haven’t posted in a few days because I’ve been back in my why-can’t-my-running-be-back-to-normal funk.  I am also about 2 weeks behind in my daily Bible reading (which is the most I’ve ever been since I started doing this) so I guess I feel a little guilty about spending any time blogging.  Up until recently, I usually read…

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