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Calling All Midwest Marathoners
Thursday, August 09, 2012      7 comments

I turn 30 next May and I need some advice. I'd love to run a marathon on or near my 30th birthday. Does anyone have a race recommendation? I've run a marathon before, last year when I was 28. I didn't really care for the course and it will ... Read more
Somewhere in the Middle...
Thursday, August 09, 2012      2 comments

...that's where I'm at. I started back to the gym the other day. I tried my old standard gym workout: an hour of cardio followed by a weight room circuit, finished with another round of cardio. I did the elliptical on interval program for a... Read more
Finally Making the Most of My Off Season
Monday, August 06, 2012      1 comments

First off, I have to say a huge THANKS to everyone who commented on my last blog. You gave me some great tips and I don't think I ever got around to commenting back. I did absorb what you said and it gave me a great place to start back. I'... Read more
I Need an Attitude Adjustment
Tuesday, July 17, 2012      5 comments

At this point, I feel like I need to ask for help. If you have any tips on adjusting attitude, I could use them. We're in the seventh month of the year now, and I feel like I've been downward spiraling since the beginning of the year. At th... Read more
And now for some positive thoughts...and running-related pics!
Friday, June 22, 2012      3 comments

Sorry about the last blog! I guess everyone has those days though. I always feel my most positive on Fridays and have my best runs then too. I wish every day could be Friday! So a couple of good things happened this week: two good runs... Read more
Negative Thoughts
Tuesday, June 19, 2012      3 comments

Just have to get this out I guess. I don't think I've ever been so worried about failing as I am right now. I've been much heavier than I am currently, but even then I was not really concerned about the journey. I just did what I could and... Read more
I've Been a Bad Sparker!
Friday, June 15, 2012      4 comments

Half the time I'm too busy and don't have time to get on Spark, the rest of the time I don't know what to say. I finished this spring's Heartland series (3 half marathons in a month). Finally by the third race, I actually managed to enjoy ... Read more
Learning to Run Again
Thursday, May 10, 2012      3 comments

Not sure where to start but it's been an interesting spring! I'm trying out some new things and that is helping. I tried to jump back into running like nothing had happened. Like I hadn't taken a couple of months off, had a traumatic physi... Read more
Half Marathon #5 - completed
Monday, April 16, 2012      5 comments

I ran my fifth half marathon on Saturday. It did not go well and I just took it for what it was. I was not going into it under ideal conditions. I've had worse races and I've had better races. I did what I could and was glad to cross the finish ... Read more
New Plan
Tuesday, April 10, 2012      2 comments

Short and simple: I think I'm going to take up hiking/trail running as my "something new". It sounds the most appealing right now. And tonight, I'm going back to kickboxing. That was always a mood lifter. What I really need to fix is my foo... Read more
Fifth half marathon this weekend...and I have never been less prepared
Monday, April 09, 2012      7 comments

It's been a short, strange couple of months. Last month, Josh and I discovered we were expecting a baby in November. Almost immediately, I started having complications and exercise made it worse. Should I choose to become pregnant again, I will ... Read more
Thoughts on Self Image and the Comfort Zone
Friday, February 24, 2012      4 comments

I went out for a run last night. I really didn't want to. All of my long sleeved tech shirts were dirty and I was running in just a tank top. Just before my run, the weather turned somewhat nasty. A really strong wind started blowing, the kind t... Read more
Famous Last Words
Monday, February 20, 2012      1 comments

Yeah, things have not been good here. I don't know if I jinxed myself or what. I was really doing well for a while. I'm just coming off being as sick as I've been in years. I didn't think it was possible for me to feel that sick anymore. Wh... Read more
Here's to the new...
Monday, January 30, 2012      6 comments

I decided to change up a few things and so far it’s going really well. Granted, it’s only been a week, but I’m hopeful that I can keep the momentum up. After my period of not doing so well, I started back last week with week 1 of an advanc... Read more
Running...it's not so crazy anymore
Monday, January 23, 2012      4 comments

The time between fall and spring means downtime for a lot of runners. I’m still new enough to it to feel a little uncomfortable classifying myself as a runner. That still feels a little weird, but when you have a running season, I guess you have... Read more

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