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Good morning 20k trail race! I was mentally OK coming into this one since I had completed a half-marathon just a few weeks before. So I’m thinking “I’ve already run farther. How bad could this be?” Ha! Famous last words. However, I did learn a few things from the Grasslands race, and had no desire for my quads to be killing me in the days following the race, so I would be running this race in compression pants. More about that later. Once again my race weekend started out with a drive to a hotel close to the race site....read more
At this time last year if you would have told me I’d be running a half-marathon trail race, I would say you are crazy, but here we are! And by “we”, I mean my friend Rebecca joined me on this one. She usually does triathlon stuff, but wanted to check out trail running. So this was her first trail run. If you are going to do it, do it big! The race was held at LBJ National Grasslands near Decatur, TX, so late Friday night we stayed in a hotel in Decatur. I much prefer to stay somewhere close than to get up at some stupid...read more
OK, I snuck this one in. After my disappointing run at the Hot Chocolate 5k, I wanted to try another 5k so I could have a better idea of my true 5k pace. Besides, this one is practically in my front yard. Really… it’s a three block walk to the start. How could I now sign up for it? I haven’t run much for a variety of reasons, but thought I’d be OK. I knew the course was hilly, but sadly I was not prepared for it. Oh well. I started out fine, but 1/2 mile in my side started hurting. I dropped to a walk for a little...read more
The day began as most race days have…I got up early to eat a light breakfast, then got dressed (everything was set out the night before) and went to make sure my running partner was getting ready as well. You see, this was my daughter’s first race. She thought it would be fun since they give out chocolate at the end of the race. Unfortunately it was cold. Like freezing cold. I hoped it would warm up a bit, but just in case it did not, I made sure we were dressed properly. We drove to the race site with plenty of time to spare. On...read more
Out with the old, and in with the new… 2014 is here! Even though my running was spotty in December, Santa still brought me new running pants, shirts, and socks. I plan to put them to use by running every day in January along with the thousands of others following along with Trail Runner Magazine’s 31 Days of Running Inspiration. I had originally though I would run at least one mile every day of 2014, but then realized my training plan for the Grasslands Trail Run half-marathon in March calls for consecutive rest days. I’m...read more
I will admit it: I am not the best at following directions. There, I said it. And I proved it this weekend out at Cedar Hill State Park. The day didn’t start out all that crazy. I rolled out of bed when my alarm went off, woke my daughter, drank coffee and ate a light breakfast, and we headed out. The trail has loops for 3 miles, 8 miles, and 12 miles. Since this was my daughter’s second run, I thought it would be a good idea to run the 3 mile loop, come back to the car and leave her there, then run another three miles on my own....read more
Now that I’ve decided that trail running rocks, I thought it was time to get real trail shoes. I ordered a pair from Salomon that several of my running friends wear, but after wearing them around the house for 10 minutes and having them rub my little toe, I decided they needed to go. But what to get next? My road shoes are from Newton Running. And while Newton does make trail shoes, the sticker price is a bit steep. This got me to thinking… what is it about Newtons that I love? Room for my toes. I hopped online and started the...read more
The big day was finally here… my first trail race: Rugged & Raw 10k. The forecast was for low 70s and dropping with 30% chance of rain, however when I woke at 5:30, it was 78 degrees. I cringed a bit and hoped the cold front would move in quickly as I had prepared to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. I ate a light breakfast, drank some coffee, brushed my teeth, got dressed, and was headed to Cedar Ridge Preserve by 6:20 am. Since I was so early, I got a front row parking space, then went up for packet pick-up. The race...read more
Four Corners Brewing Co 5k was this past Saturday. Ugh… where do I start? I case you hadn’t noticed, I had not run since late July due partly to the increasing heat and a minor knee injury. I only managed to strap on my trainers twice in the week before the race. I was not feeling optimistic. However, I would be thrilled if I made it under 40 minutes. That was my goal. The weather Saturday morning could not have been any better… a cool, crisp 65 degrees welcomed me when I walked out my front door. We got there early and...read more
So I’ve made it through six weeks of the Couch to 5k Program and am pleasantly surprised at how well I am doing. It’s nice to get 10 (or even 20) minutes into a run and realize my legs feel fine and my lungs aren’t hurting. However I still am not thrilled with the idea of ‘pounding the pavement’. I wanted to check out trail running. Then it happened… the planets aligned. My husband was out of town and the kids were at the grandparents for the night. I was alone and had time to go check out a trail! I posted...read more