Half-Marathon PR Playlist

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Happy December! (Can you believe it's the last month of 2013? Me neither.) I hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving! I've grown to love running tune-free when I have a fun training buddy to chat with or when my body is feeling great and I'm "running" on all cylinders. ;) But when my muscles start to burn and my brain starts to wander, not much can beat a powerful, fast-paced playlist. One researcher compares the impact of a good ...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

IMT Des Moines Half-Marathon Playlist

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So apparently I'm running a half-marathon this weekend? I had quietly set the IMT Des Moines Marathon as my "comeback race" after the accident since the Above + Beyond Cancer crew would be participating in this event as well. I just started physical therapy two weeks ago and have been experiencing a few recovery pains (darn right hip!), so I decided to set my sights on 13.1 instead of the full. It will still be quite a challenge with my ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special: Healthy Halloween Treats + 10 Half-Marathon Tips

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It's been an absolutely beautiful week here in the Midwest! After a chilly, drizzly Sunday seven days ago (which I celebrated by running outside, naturally), we have been treated to sunny days with temperatures around 70°. That's my kind of fall! On Friday, we had a fun office pumpkin-carving competition, and yesterday, I enjoyed an outing to a local concert and a new video game bar in town. Get this: They were playing American ...continue reading

Running Awards 2012: PR-Worthy Gear, Eats and More!

It’s five days after the half-marathon and I’m alternating between “I can’t quite believe it” and “wow, now I feel like a lazy slug!” I’m trying to take it easy this week, especially for the sake of my knees, ankles and feet. But when I think back to the fact that I ran 13 miles on Sunday—and how ecstatic I was after I did it—all of my easy mini-workouts this week (and how I feel after ...continue reading