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

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

Dam to Dam 20K Recap

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What a way to start the weekend! I had a very low-key Friday night, KT taping my feet and right knee (it's oh-so-helpful when your body is creaky like mine has been lately!) and preparing my race day gear before Saturday's Dam to Dam. Shorts or capris? Lightweight long-sleeve top during or just pre-race? It's always a tough judgement call no matter the conditions, but we couldn't have asked for better weather: 60° and sunny as the gun ...continue reading

Market to Market Relay Recap

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Last Saturday, I hopped in a van with a bunch of strangers. Why? To run the Market to Market Relay! Alex, standing just to the left of my bright blue pants (Ha! Can't miss 'em, I guess.) in the picture above, was one of my college roommates and has recently become a central Iowa racer extraordinaire, but I'd never met anyone else on our team of seven before. Still, when Alex asked me to join the team, how could I refuse? I knew a ...continue reading

13 Ragnar Relay Dos and Don’ts

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As you might have noticed in my Ragnar photo recap, the event was quite a memorable experience. And it sure was a learning experience, too. I didn't give much thought to my preparations, well, besides training and throwing some running clothes and sneakers into a bag, so I was pretty lucky with how well the relay turned out! It didn't hurt that Jenn was kind enough to take Melissa and I on a pre-Ragnar Target run. What can't you stock up ...continue reading