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ultrarunners

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i have never considered reading books about running until recently.  as “luck” would have it, the first two running books that i’ve chosen from our local library have been written by “ultrarunners.” now, i’m no spring chicken, and i do love to run, but i will never, ever, EVER be an ultrarunner. and i can very comfortably say that and know that the “never say never” phrase does not apply here. i am saying never because it’s totally NOT going to happen. an ultrarunner does races that are 50, 100…read more

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The Great Race 2012 (5K)

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This was my first repeat-race!  I ran the 5k Great Race last year for the first time, and absolutely loved it. It gave me confidence and excitement to continue running and I looked forward to running it again all year long. I had originally signed up for the 10K but after doing the Run Around the Square earlier this summer, I knew I didn’t have a 10K in me yet. Of course, I probably could have done it – but it wouldn’t have been much running on my part, and…read more

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First 5K of the season, 2012 (RATS)

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it was the 30th anniversary of the Run Around the Square (RATS) this weekend, and my first time ever running it!  it was also my first 5K of the running season, my 2nd running season (i love a late summer/early fall running season!) . kenny and i were originally going to run this race together – i knew he would appreciate the trail running part, and i loved the fact that it looked like a mostly flat race (um, wrong!).  but our childcare fell through, so he graciously offered to stay…read more

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running thoughts (iv)

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we live in podunkville, america. this is deliberate, not because we don’t like people or neighborhood-living, but because “out here” we can do so much more when owning more than a postage stamp sized property. we can stretch our limbs (important with three active boys), see thousands more stars on clear nights, and raise animals with many teachable moments along the way. but that means it’s hard to run out here, safely and smartly. there are no “neighborhood running meets” at dawn, or sidewalks to run on. i usually run…read more

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running thoughts (II)

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 for the past two weeks, i’ve been working at getting back to running a 5K in my training runs. with a few weeks off over christmas break due to illness, it’s been hard. i feel like i lost a lot of ground, and my runs have been difficult and not at all fun. until today! the first 2 minutes were sluggish, and then i felt my groove settling in.  i ignored the first “walk” prompt and just kept running. it felt great to get to the “walk” and not be…read more

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third 5K!

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i think i’m addicted to 5Ks.  they’re still not an easy run for me, but they’re so much fun, i feel so great, and my training for them keeps me active. for the two weeks leading up to this race, i ran at least 2 or 3 miles several times a week (8-9 miles a week). thanksgiving morning, i woke up, had coffee and stretched…then left around 7:00 a.m. to drive about 45 minutes away to the new castle, pa YMCA turkey trot. it was a smaller turkey trot than…read more

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running thoughts…

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i was talking to another runner the other day about how on earth i can possibly ever get past the 5K (3.1 mile) mark in running. because although i don’t need to fall over and lay on the ground after a 5K and i actually feel pretty great when i’m done, i still can’t: a/ run the entire 3.1 miles. and… b/ possibly think of running more than 3.1 miles at a time! this person was wise in pointing two things out to me: a/ just 6 months ago, i…read more

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running update: second 5K

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i had my third running race this weekend, my second 5K. (remember, the first race was a 4.1 mile obstacle course trail run that i ran with my friend courtney in 1.26 hours. that time doesn’t count!) i wish i could say that i shaved even 30 seconds from my time. but i didn’t. i wish i could say my inner voice that taunts me each time i start running was silenced. but she wasn’t. i wish i could say that i embrace running up hills, but they’re still my worst…read more

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my husband is a rockstar!

Posted by in family, family fun, health, running

i ran my first 5K this weekend all by myself. but i didn’t do it without the support (and encouragement, and transportation, and care-of our boys, and pride) of kenny. i’m so thankful for the incredible support kenny has given me since the moment i said to him in May: “will you go running with me?” he didn’t even look at me like i had two-heads (because he has heard me say on more than one occasion that i will never, ever run. at least willingly)! he said, “sure! if you…read more

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rode hard, put away wet

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I ran my first official “race” yesterday. My shoes were so much prettier before yesterday’s obstacle course the race coordinator’s called a “trail run.” I had great support from my husband (who placed in his age group!), and great stamina support from my running buddy, Courtney, who didn’t leave me behind (and she could have, several times!). The race was a 4.1 trail run – completely different than what I was training to do. I was running on a track – no roots, no rocky bits, no stream crossings, or…read more

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