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Taking a little rest...

Taking a much needed easy week. 2-3 full days off and lots of 20 minute runs that may have ended up as walks. I'm not hurting a lot, but my legs are a little heavy feeling still. Eating lots of chocolate, cleaning lots of house, and catching up on my Maddy time.
Training will resume in a week or so.

Manitoba Marathon Race Recap & (lots of) Photos.

Manitoba Marathon results: 2:58:10 for 2nd female finisher.

This is the first time I have had a chance to sit down and try to accurately describe the events of this past Sunday. To tell you the truth, I was in a sort of comatose state running this 26.2 mile race and I really don't remember most of it. I am going to do my best to recap this race, I may be off by a mile or two, but here it goes.

The START The race was set to go off at 7:00AM, so I woke just after 4:00am so I would be sure to get my stomach filled (and emptied) before the race start. I was nervous but I slept really well (because Maddy slept well). I don't know if I was more nervous for the race or leaving my Husband with my father, daughter, and nephew! I must say, on a fathers day, Houston really carried the team. He is honestly one of the most amazing men you could ever meet and I am so thankful he is mine.
After an extremely emotional Canadian National Anthem (it's been a while since I have race in my home co…

First Marathon= SUCCESS!

Manitoba Marathon Results:
2:58:09 2nd female, $500

1.) I finished.
2.) I broke 3 hours.
3.) I didn't break anything else :)

Race recap coming soon! Just busy!

Tuesday's Hero: Joanie Benoit Samuelson 1984 Olympic Marathon Champ (video)

In 1984 Joanie Benoit Samuelson (then Joanie Benoit) won the first ever Women's Olympic Marathon.She took the lead early and ran the majority of the race solo to the finish.

 In 2011, she is now 53 years old (or young, in her case). A recent article from CBC Boston talks about her recent Boston Marathon performance, in which she ran 2:51.29. A true inspiration to all.
 (photo courtesy of CBC Boston)

(Note: in 1983 she ran a world record of 2:22.43).
My Tuesday's hero is  Joanie Benoit Samuelson.

Happy running!

WARNING! Marathon Inspiration Ahead! Read at your own risk!

I was very successful with my taper for the Manitoba Marathon this week. Houston was gone for the NCAA Div. 1 Track and Field championships (MSU finished 20th on the men) so I ran with Maddy in the jogger except for Wednesday night and Saturday (I had a sitter). I slept till 4:50, got up and made coffee, Maddy's bottles, changed and dressed her and tried to be out the door around 5:30 AM. Even though I got a few weird looks, Maddy LOVED it! My back and legs, not so much...but it was worth those extra few minutes with my beautiful child.
Wednesday's workout was easy. It was 90ish degrees.Nothing was impressive about this workout, I just watched my Garmin and tried to maintain a 5:24 mile pace (roads), a pace I felt I could handle for over 15 minutes. This excites me because it was SO EASY. I was also decked out in brooks, so I looked good doing it, who doesn't love that!
Saturday I felt like a million bucks, even though the hip got tight before the end. I felt better running …

Photos and (Finally) a Red Hills 5k "Race Report"

Here is the link to the "article"

Pictures courtesy of - click to enlarge

Just 26.2 friendly reminders...

I want to throw up.

Tapering for my first Marathon...really?

Training results this week
Monday: 2:00 hr long run (17.1 miles) w/ 13 miles @ 6:33-6:48
Tuesday: 45 minutes recovery
Wednesday: 60 minutes w/ Micah
Thursday: 10 miles w/ 3X2mile @ 5:58 average, 2-2:30 rest (on hilly loop w/ garmin) + 1.5 miles & 40 min camp workout (killed my back and hip)
Friday: 55 minutes easy
Saturday:  90 minutes (13.0 miles) w/ 3 miles in the middle at 6:20, 6:11, 6:16
Sunday: 55 minutes easy

Looking back this does not look like the best tapering week ever..but I still have two more weeks...(oh..gosh!). My Husband was home this week and he made a ton of sacrifices just so I could get my runs in. I was so thankful for this. He is truly an amazing man.

Next week I will reduce my runs by about 10 minutes (total time). I will drop down to 800m repeats for my workout, and my long run will stay at about 10 or 11 miles. I'm still going to run enough that my legs don't feel heavy. I am terrible when it comes to tapering...

Monday I ran long w/ one of Ho…

SHARE THE ROAD!! You might just save a cyclist's life.

About 11 days ago, a member of Boardtown Runners and owner of a Boardtown Bikes, was struck by a vehicle while out for a training ride in Clay County. Though the cyclist was wearing a helmet, she suffered life threatening injuries and remains in the CCU in Tupelo hospital. Though I only know this cyclist through casual conversation, I feel like these accidents are just becoming much more frequent...possibly our cellphones are part of the blame.

I urge anyone that sends the occasional "text-while-driving" to STOP. You may just save a life. If you have time to WAIT on that phone call, or pull over to the side of the road, please do! Your friendly cyclist thanks you!
A direct quote from, "At least three cyclists have died and several others have been injured in the past couple years after vehicles slammed into them on Northeast"
Read - Struck Starkville cyclist clings to life (the comments on this article are extremely interesting if you are…