Back in the pool …

This week I started my tri training program again which meant 3 days a week back in the pool! I knew it would be a little challenging given that I’ve been 3 months chlorine free… but, what a struggle!  The first dip felt like the first day of school — frightening & exciting all at once. On several occasions I had …

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Too Sick to Run?

There are only a few days out of the year that I take completely “off” from running or training. And, this last week I took four rest days in a row! (You’re welcome Fitbit friends!) Yes, 4 in a row! It was not Christmas Day, vacation, or the day after a big race- nope. I was sick with the flu! …

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What happens on the run…

What happens on the run… Stays on the run. So, I’ve said it before – Endurance training is not easy. Actually, it’s really friggin hard. There are bitter cold early mornings where snot literally freezes to the inside of your nose. And, scorching summer days where sweat is dripping down your leg so much that it feels like what it …

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Running Jamie

On December 13, I crossed the finish line of the Dallas Half Marathon with much joy and excitement! It wasn’t a PR or an age group place – heck, it wasn’t even my own bib, but I was able to feel the overwhelming emotion and excitement as I looked over at Jamie as she flew through that finish chute. She …

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Planning 2015 Race Calendar

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m sitting at home researching what Spring marathon I can hopefully squeeze into my race calendar this year. (Oh, how things have changed!)  This is the same year I plan to tackle my very first FULL Ironman (among many other road races and triathlons). I know, I know, probably not the smartest idea but I …

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Why runners make the best volunteers

A few weeks ago Paul and I volunteered for the Santa Claws and Paws run benefiting the Frisco Humane Society. I was so impressed with all the FRC runners who came out to support our runner-friend, Crystal (who organized the event) and gave their time to promote such a great cause! After leading the other volunteers to set up the …

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Off-Season

Amazing how when we are in the thick of training and feel like we can’t take one more swim, interval ride, or long run that we fantasize and dream of the off season so much? We talk of all the things we’ll do –  “I’m going to catch up on Netflix” and “I’ll finally clean out my closet” or “I’m …

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Thankful Thoughts

Every year I am thankful for many things – a warm house to come home to, a husband that loves me for me, a supportive family over the miles and friends that “get me” But, this year I want to add the gift of health and running to my list! Seems obvious, (maybe?)  but this is something I had taken …

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Meet Zach

We’ve all had people come into our lives that make a standing impression, that make us a better person, or even pull at our heart strings. That is Zach. Over the last few years through the Frisco Running Club I’ve got to know Zach Alhstedt.  He’s had the most incredible journey to be where he is today –  a true …

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Recovery Week (and then some!)

  It’s been just over a week now. I would like to say I have been recovering well but that would be false – it’s been quite a struggle. My body was terribly wrecked after racing 70.3 miles! The Monday after I slept until 11am – yes! I haven’t done that since college. It was an out of body experience. …

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