Taper, take 1

Taper…. finally. It’s been a long road.   A long hot summer of training – many weekend rides I thought I wouldn’t make, several runs I couldn’t feel my legs and a few swims I came up choking up water.  But, here I sit with just two weeks till my first Half Ironman and *I think* I feel ready.  (Well, …

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Growth

A weekend of  “growth” happened about two weeks ago.  Took me by surprise.  Whoever said “Life is what happens when you step out of your comfort zone” was spot on.  While these 5 actions weren’t monumental by any means, for a girl struggling with training goals and life in general lately, it felt good.  Really good. Even if it was …

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When it sucks

We never talk about the workouts that pain us the most and simply “suck.” We never talk about when we want to quit or when those questioning thoughts enter into our heads: “Why the heck do I this to myself? “Why do I wake at the crack of dawn to torture my body for 5 strait hours on Saturday?” “Why keep …

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Let Freedom RUN!

As a rule, I don’t do 5ks. I suck at them. I literally don’t have a fast twitch muscle in my body! If you double my 5k times – that is my 10k time. (Which is not far off from my 15k time and so on…) I’m just not one for speed. But, at least once a year you can …

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Who was that tall guy at PrairieMan?

Last Saturday was a very special day in my athletic career. But, not for the reasons you might think.  Yes, I did have a good race at Prairieman competing in the Olympic distance –  took first in my age group and I set a new PR in the swim. (I guess 3x a week in the icy cold pool is …

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Coach Soria – Team Imagine Sports

Last month I met with my Coach, Jason Soria, to begin my official ramp up to Austin 70.3.  I was excited to see him again and start a training plan.  Of course I was nervous I could keep up and stay healthy but I wouldn’t trust myself to anyone else. You might wonder, “Isn’t Julie a trainer and running coach?” …

Julie SimonCoach Soria – Team Imagine Sports

Hotter N’ Hell 100

Hotter N Hell Hundred sure lived up to it’s name!  It hit a steamy 102 degrees by the time we “rolled” back into Wichita Falls for our group finish. We started at 7am covering the 100mile course in approximately 7hours – finishing at 2:15pm with a 16.5mph average.  Not too shabby for a girl who hasn’t rode over 60 miles …

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Birthday RUN – 32K for 32Yrs

On August 7th I turned another year older and officially said good-bye to good ole 31. I must admit, I’m not usually one to look at years of my life as check marks or tallies, but I was excited to leave 31 in my rear view mirror and literally “run” forward toward “32”. So, that’s exactly what I did. That week …

Julie SimonBirthday RUN – 32K for 32Yrs

Ice, Ice Baby!

I can’t believe it took me months of icing with frozen corn bags to finally find these awesome cold therapy wraps. Hallelujah!  Leave it to Gram to fill me in about these icy gems. She told me they were at CVS – which I’m sure they are.  But, like every hot-blooded Gen Y gal I jumped on Amazon. Two days …

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Top 7 Moments of Jules & Paul – Runner Edition

Monday was our 7th wedding anniversary. Now, while a lot has happened over those seven years of wedded bliss, the part I want to highlight in this post is the amazing love and support from a “husband of a runner” There have been several articles written on this very topic – some of my favorites here: Date a Girl who Runs. …

Julie SimonTop 7 Moments of Jules & Paul – Runner Edition