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It’s More Than a Medal

I know there has been controversy the last few years about giving a participation trophy to every young member of a sports team. I can understand both sides of the discussion, but the medals hanging on my wall are not “participation trophies.” They are much more than...

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Approaching the Finish Line

Now that the final week before the IMT DMM Weekend has arrived, the finish line is in sight: both the finish line of our chosen race and also the finish line of our training cycle!  Now is the time to look back and reflect upon those weeks of hard work and...

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The Time Has Come

The time has come--twenty weeks in the making. There are many things to be excited about with the race just weeks away. I'm glad to be tapering and resting my legs, as my program allows. I've always thought the IMT Marathon puts on a great expo, and this year looks no...

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What a Thrill to Race!

What a thrill to race again! The porta-potty lines, freezing in the starting corral, stumbling through the post-race food line. All beautiful memories I’ve missed since the racing world shut down in 2020. And while I will genuinely treasure those experiences, in this...

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Hey! You’re That Runner!

"You live in Johnston!" "Why, yes I do!" I'm running along Kingman Boulevard, approaching the last water-stop in the Drake Half Marathon 2021, when a tall, friendly, white-haired gentleman jumps out to greet me, and the above exchange ensues.  The unexpected...

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Pre-Race Nerves

We are ten days out from race day, and so many emotions are running through my brain. I’m nervous I haven’t trained as I should have; I’ve gained a lot of weight, and I certainly don’t look like an athlete. What if I can’t do it? What if I get tired and want to give...

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BABY, IT’S HOT (AND HUMID) OUTSIDE!

For me, one of the joys of being a runner is that my hobby allows me to spend time outdoors, immersed in the natural world.  I gain the physical and mental benefits from the act of running itself and the positive effects associated simply with being outside surrounded...

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What Do You Think About?

What do you think about when you’re running? I find my runs to be a perfect opportunity to disconnect and enjoy some peace. I talked about this a bit before in my previous blog--about planning out my runs for the upcoming week. I like to look at the week ahead, figure...

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Modifications and Adaptions

Before discovering that I had 3 dislocated toes that would require surgery, I signed up for several 5ks…..and the 2018 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. I didn’t want to miss out on this new hobby (racing) that I loved so much, and I also didn’t want to miss out on the...

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