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Why I am running this weekend (and it’s not just for the sticker!)

The last few days before a big race I always experience a roller coaster of emotions. First I start to feel excited and get rushes of adrenalin every time I even think about the upcoming race. I swear the slightest reminder of the race totally distracts me and all I can think about is running for like an…

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I know you have the best of intentions, but…

As marathon Sunday approaches, like many of you, I have been talking about it nonstop with the people around me. I talk to my family, my friends, my students, my neighbors, the cashier at the grocery store, the poor stranger riding in the elevator with me… anyone is fair game. I am just so excited to do this thing! Some…

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Countdown Continues… Are You Ready?

We are getting so close folks! In just three weeks it will be time for the big race! I don’t know about you all, but I am getting very excited, a little nervous, and ready to test my training. I will be the first to admit that I am not as prepared as I was…

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Toenails are overrated

Holy long runs Batman! If you are training for the full, or maybe even your first half, the time for long runs is beyond here. I need to get a 17-miler in this week, and a 20-miler in in 2-3 weeks, and then it is taper time for this gal. I decided to just hit 20 miles as…

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That’s my jam

I have something to tell you. No judgement please- it has taken me some time to get my courage up. It is a little embarrassing to admit and once I tell you I am certain you will not be able to look at me the same way, especially if you see me out when I’m running.…

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Hives, hunger and gut issues

Hey ya’ll! How is training going? Race weekend is in just a few months and if you are running the half or full, your training efforts should be well underway. If you are running the shorter, yet just as commendable, distances you should be starting your plans soon pending on your current ability. I am just slightly behind…

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Taking the path less traveled

This past week I was able to visit family and friends back home. Spending my time in beautiful North Iowa I was able to enjoy the Independence Day holiday with a parade, carnival, boating, fireworks and of course much great company. In between all of this fun I also carved out some time for a few runs.…

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Running Preferences: Alone, Partner or Group

As training gets underway in preparation for the IMT Des Moines Marathon half and full distances, runners have some important decisions to make. Do I run longer, slower runs? Maybe I should try shorter, faster runs? Or run alone? Run with a partner? Run with a group? Next month I will start incorporating longer runs…

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Training Plans: What, When and How

First off, thanks to all who entered to win free race entries and IMT DMM swag last month! Winners were notified and names are posted in the Rafflecopter gadget on my blog. If you didn’t win, no worries, a little birdie told me that we may be able to have another giveaway at the end…

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Tips From One Runner to Another

Race day is just a few days away! Are you ready? I am. I ran my last long(ish!) run this past weekend and I am feeling good. As I started planning for the IMT DMM event this week, I realized that there are some things I wish I had known before my first half marathon.…

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