Mizuno Wave Sayonara Review

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. As you can see, I'm a bit of a Mizuno fan. From the Wave Rider 15s to the Wave Inspire 9s, their sneakers have seen me through both of my half-marathons and one of my relay races, and the training for each, without a single lost toenail. I call that a running miracle! When I got the opportunity to try the brand's new Wave Sayonara sneaks right before they ...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

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

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

3 Happy Updates: FitFluential, Sweat Pink, Giveaway Winner and More!

1. Congratulations to our healthy holiday giveaway winner: Jenn! Please email me your mailing address at karlaswalsh@gmail.com and I’ll get your goodies in the mail ASAP! 2. I am honored to announce that I am now an ambassador for two amazing wellness groups: Sweat Pink and FitFluential (click on each name for more info). It was such a treat to learn that I was selected for both within a week—early Christmas gifts, I suppose! ...continue reading

5 Tips To Make Long Runs Feel Easier

With five weeks of my half-marathon prep successfully complete, I’ve had plenty of time to think about—and try out—different training tricks. At week two or three, stepping outside for a quick run a few days a week after work seems pretty routine. What’s daunting, though, are those longer runs that loom on the weekend, usually beginning around week four. “What if I can’t make it the whole way?” “Will I ...continue reading