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

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

Sunday Morning Special: Dinner, Dessert and a Tank Top Workout

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We're finally, frighteningly, approaching the "destination" of my wild Million Dollar Marathon journey—just seven days now! My training has been limited due to some nagging injuries, so thank goodness I'm able to split up the 26.2 into two or three different outings over the course of the day. My three key goals for the week: water, sleep and trying not to stress. :) I'll be back a little later this week with my latest kitchen ...continue reading

Rundefeated Million Dollar Marathon Playlist

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I don't think I've mentioned it on the blog yet, but due to a scheduling conflict, I'm now running my Million Dollar Marathon leg on July 21 in Illinois rather than on July 4 in Colorado. Still, it's hard to believe that in less than four short weeks, I'll be running (or maybe run/walking, hobbling, etc.) through 26.2 miles. My training has definitely not been at marathon levels, so I'm very happy that I'll be able to segment my leg into ...continue reading

Rundefeated Store OPEN + More Fit News

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Can you believe the week is more than half over already? It's amazing how a three-day weekend throws off your calendar. I'm not complaining about it, of course! I am a little nervous about the upcoming weekend, though...I'm signed up to run a 20K at the Dam to Dam, but my tendinitis has been acting up. Again. I've been cross training and trying to take it easy for the past week or two, but I'm still feeling less than 100 percent. ...continue reading

26th Birthday Celebration: Running 26.2 Miles!

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This past year was a memorable one, to say the least. I scored a shiny new half-marathon PR, finished my first (and second) running relays and reached my long-awaited goal of becoming a group fitness instructor. Away from the fitness world, I moved halfway across the country into an apartment I adore, was lucky enough to meet some amazing new friends, checked off a few items off my bucket list (starting a gratitude journal, joining a ...continue reading