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Road to Rocky Raccoon

In late August, Ninja (aka Greg) and Drum (aka Michelle) ran the Lean Horse 50-miler in South Dakota.  One night, mere days after they returned when Ninja was still on his “high”, he started talking about the 100-miler at Rocky Raccoon… and somewhere along the way of that late night Twitter conversation among a few of us, he convinced me that running a 50-miler at Rocky Raccoon was a good idea. Now, let’s be clear about why that commitment was…

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Is Taper a Bad Word?

Taper is the period of training where you reduce your miles prior to a race.  The goal of taper is to rest your muscles and maximize your fuel stores. Some people flourish during taper – enjoying the rest, catching up on the giant pile of laundry that’s been growing since you’ve been busy training, and getting the right fluids and fuel into the body. Others I go crazy –1.  I replace my time spent running consuming this…  and this…  and this……

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New Years Double – Race Recap!!!

I have stewed and stewed over this race recap, and I figured there is just no way I can explain to you the experience, so I’ll just give you the best overview I can.  The New Years Double was thought up, developed, and directed by a friend of mine, Libby Jones (no we’re not related!).  Two races – New Years Eve and New Years Day.  Four distances – 5k, 2-person Half Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and Marathon.  You could do…

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Setting Mileage Goals

I’m probably a  little late on this post since we’re almost at the end of January… but oh well. Mileage goals seem to be a big deal in the world of runners.  Most runners pick some random number of miles that they think he/she is capable of, and then wait and see how the year pans out.  In truth, I’m not a huge fan of mileage goals.  Yes, I succumb to peer pressure and love to see the mileage rack…

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Team Gab and a Day on the Trails

If you don’t know about Giraffy’s awesome virtual race for Team Gabby, you much go CHECK IT OUT.  If you don’t know, Gabby (Giraffy’s youngest kiddo) was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago. I was honored to help support Team Gabby!!!  I decided to run the half marathon since I’m in taper for Rocky Raccoon 50-miler.  I was afraid Coach Adam might kill me if I ran a marathon during taper – although you all know I was tempted. The…

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Never Say Never

No, I am *not* going to break into a Justin Bieber song.  Did I even spell Bieber right? Let’s take a short trip down memory lane. Once upon a time, in a small town in Virginia… there was this girl (with a really bad perm-gone-wrong): This girl claimed she was not athletic and a total clutz (she was right).  She lived in nerd-ville and liked it.  Her mom’s boss ran marathons… she thought he was totally out of his mind….

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Going Long…

Most of you know that currently my head is wrapped around my first ultra – Rocky Raccoon 50-miler.  I am determined to go into this race prepared.  I am crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s the best way I know how.  When I first started training, the plans varied greatly between what I thought was too little and plans that made me nauseous even thinking about them.  I made my own plan that was somewhere down the middle of the road……

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I love…

I love that my 3-year-old tells me she’s busy texting her coach when I ask her to do something. I love that when I come home from running, my kids ask me if I got a medal. I love that if I take my 7-year old out for a run, she asks “are we running 5k?” And if I follow up with “What’s a 5k?” She immediately answers with “3.1 miles.” I love that after I take my 2 older…

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Didn’t I Just Do This?

Guess what time it is?  Taper time.  Didn’t I just taper?  Two weeks post-marathon, I got out and ran a 20-miler.  Well, in all honesty, I ran 19 miles, and walked the last mile to shake out the legs.  I ran the course loop for the New Years Double, my next big race.  I plan to run a half marathon on New Years Eve (my 20th) and a full marathon on New Years Day (my 5th and my 3rd in…

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Really??? 6 Days?

My poor neglected BLOG.  It’s been 6 days since my last posting.  I guess this happens a lot around this time of year… busy with Christmas Concert, gift wrapping, parties, and well, Peppermint Bark eating.  I have a peppermint problem… and a cookie problem… and, let’s just leave it alone there. So White Rock has passed, and despite the craptacular weather we had that day, I’m ready to be back.  I’m ready to be out there again.  And I’m really…

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