Race Recap: 2014 Hy-Vee Road Races 10K

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Public service announcement of the day: Watch what you eat before a race! The threatening storms threw a bit of a question mark in the plans for the Hy-Vee Road Races and the Drake Relays, as did the dinner I had the night prior. I've never really experienced stomach issues during a race before, but I also never had African food 12 hours pre-run. Message received that I should not do that again, body! It was almost as silly of a ...continue reading

Top 13 Healthful Bites Posts of 2013

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Happy almost 2014! I hope you all are enjoying wonderful, relaxing celebrations with family and friends. A couple days after my holiday party, I drove to my hometown to see my parents and sisters and to bake, eat, read, relax, join Mom for some workouts, watch movies (go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty!) and unwrap all sorts of running-related gifts. My family knows me well! I've also had fun clicking back through old blog posts ...continue reading

Rock ‘n’ Roll Strip at Night Half-Marathon Race Recap + Sam’s Birthday Celebration!

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Talk about cutting it close! About five weeks shy of my bucket list goal to fill up the medal rack I received last Christmas, the journey is complete. I just arrived back from one amazing weekend in Las Vegas to celebrate my girl Sam's birthday and run the Rock 'n' Roll Strip at Night Half-Marathon together. Sam and I met while both working at FITNESS and became great friends from there, so of course I had to hydrate in fitting ...continue reading

IMT Des Moines Half-Marathon Race Recap

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Well that was a confidence booster! I left you on Thursday with my playlist and some serious doubts about my ability to run the whole half-marathon. Subscribe to that playlist, folks, because it worked pretty well for me! Unlike most long races, the day began at a reasonable time because I live about 5 minutes from the start. Holla! This was especially handy since the temperatures were below 40° when I stepped foot outside. The ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special: What’s YOUR Healthy?

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Is anyone else finding it hard to believe that this is our last Sunday of summer? It might have something to do with the fact that it's just now feeling slightly fall-ish outside here, but it's still a hard fact to wrap my mind around! Summer is ending with some good news and some bad news for me. The good: I've had several wonderful weekends in a row, including a hometown visit over Labor Day with a local 5K charity walk. I followed ...continue reading

That One Time I Was Hit By a Car…

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As you may have guessed by my lack of posting (or heard, perhaps), my much-anticipated Million Dollar Marathon leg didn't quite go as planned. Buckle in—this might be a long one! After a very sweaty hot yoga bootcamp class, I attended a super-inspiring event as the marathon crew rolled into town last Tuesday. I met up with my teammate and new pal, Ashley, and we cheered as three women carried the baton into a big celebration ...continue reading