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

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

Runners Are…

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I had planned to share my top relay tips and lessons learned today, but after the events in Boston on Monday, I decided to shuffle things around. That post is still on the way, but first, I wanted to reflect a bit. As I mentioned in my last post, I've only been a "runner" for the past year. But after jumping in feet first, I feel like I am now part of the community. So it was tough for me, as it was for us all, to hear about the ...continue reading