Running Retreat Inspires and Recharges Mom Runners

June 7, 2018

For many people, a “Running Retreat” might seem like a contradiction in terms. In fact, some experienced runners might agree with that thought, too. But for those of us belonging to the Mother Runner tribe — and no, motherhood is not a requirement — a running retreat sounds like sheer bliss. We spent 4 days…

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Ogden Half Marathon Race Report

June 3, 2018

Our training doesn’t exist in a vacuum. I say this all the time, and it couldn’t be more true than with the Ogden Marathon event. This “perfect for first-timers” race truly was an unexpected redemption from the poor experience I had at my last half-marathon. This weekend held some significance: Ogden Marathon hosts other events…

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Running Headphones Review: Apple AirPods and Aftershokz Trekz

February 16, 2018

Running alone for hours on end can be…let’s face it…boring. Without someone to talk to or something to listen to, it might even be considered by some to be outright torture. I almost always have something in my ears as I run, because it was how I trained myself in the early days to stay…

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Walt Disney World Half-Marathon Recap from 2018

January 19, 2018

Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm off at 1:45) 39 degrees at race start. Character Stops: Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweets, Red Queen, Sebastian, the Cinderella Mice, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Mary Poppins Penguins, Genie, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Stitch (plus many other’s I’ve forgotten). Finish time 3:09:22 I went…

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Walt Disney World 10k Race Report from 2018

January 15, 2018

RunDisney’s 25th annual Walt Disney World Marathon weekend continued on Friday, January 5th with the Minnie-themed 10k. Over 13,000 runners made their way through the cold, dark morning hours to finish this second event of the weekend. Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm off at 2:00) 37 degrees at race start. Character Stops: Ducktales, Flik…

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Walt Disney World 5k Race Report from 2018

January 13, 2018

RunDisney’s 25th annual Walt Disney World Marathon weekend started in grand style on Thursday, January 4th with the Pluto-themed 5k. 13,000 runners participated in this family fun run, kicking off the first of the four races in my Dopey Challenge Journey. Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm went off at 2:00), 35 degrees at race…

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Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

December 5, 2017

This Post contains affiliate links Now that we are well into the holiday shopping season, you might be wondering what gifts to get your favorite runner (or maybe you just need a few creative ideas for yourself). There are many running related gifts, and with a little thought and effort, you might find that perfect…

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Is the Running Boom Over?

September 26, 2017

If you became a runner in the last 25 years, you joined a sport with a hyperbolic rise in popularity. So much growth across the running industry has led to advances in gear, scientific study, number of events, and diversity of participants. In the recent study and report 2016 State of the Sport — US…

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Marathon Training Perspective: how many miles?

September 12, 2017

It’s safe to say that many first-time marathoners take on this daunting challenge with trepidation. 26.2 miles is a long way to go. Even the fastest among us take 3-hours or so to finish a marathon (and some even faster than that…I don’t talk about those superhumans). Then we do the research and choose a…

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Running, Fire, Water, and a Race Recap

September 9, 2017

Actually, this is a pre-race report, rather than a post-race recap. There is a lot happening here personally, and I want to use this opportunity to remind myself, and maybe you as well, that when it comes to race day, there is only so much we can control. Hurricanes and wildfires affected so many of…

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Running Compression — Does it Really Work?

August 29, 2017

This post contains affiliate links. I love my compression socks. When the weather starts cooling a bit, I’ll pull out my CEP graduated knee high socks and don them for my long run. Occasionally, I’ll wonder if it’s worth it, but not enough to forgo them for the sake of personal comparison. I never really did…

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Race Volunteers Make Events Possible

August 24, 2017

In a past life, I worked behind the scenes in some pretty big arts organizations. While I had work to do year round, and a small crew made the big decisions, those organizations couldn’t execute their events and shows without major support from volunteers. Running and Triathlon Races of any distance need volunteers, and lots…

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