Race Recap: 2014 Hy-Vee Road Races 10K

photo 3

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

Spring Forward Playlist

Spring

Considering the weather around much of the country for the past four months, I think it's safe to say it's been a looooong winter (give or take an "o"). True, there have been colder and snowier winters, but with bone chilling temperatures for weeks at a time, the polar vortex and loads of snow, a hint of spring this weekend is very welcome. Oh yes, and more daylight starting Sunday! In honor of springing forward and the predicted 60° ...continue reading

Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway, a “Like”-able Cause and More!

SR_Logo_2color_white_on_black_solidtext

Happy Sunday, everyone! How did your week treat you? Mine was jam-packed with fun, from catching a performance of the Beatles tribute Rain to teaching a couple hardcore bootcamp classes to eating chocolate before watching Chocolat at the local art center. Yesterday and today I've been playing catch up and realized there's so many things I need to fill you in about! ● First up, I now have an official Facebook page for my upcoming 550 ...continue reading

Top 13 Healthful Bites Posts of 2013

13

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

Half-Marathon PR Playlist

IMG_1956

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!

IMG_1908_2

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