Lacking motivation...

I have to admit, my training hasn't been great lately. Granted, it's not terrible (50-60 miles a week, plus ~3-4 hours skiing)... m...

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How much time running vs. skiing?

My constant dilemma :). I'm trying to keep my miles fairly high during these winter months. I know if I don't, my legs will get we...

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Ellie and the Treadmill

So, last week I was running on the treadmill for my workout. It was late, very dark, and very cold. I don't like to run on the treadmill...

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New Addition to the Family!

We picked up Ellie, a 3.5 year old wire haired pointer, last Thursday evening. She was a friend's dog; when they heard we were consider...

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First Specific Strength Workout

I went out with Nate last week to attempt my first specific strength workout. By the time we were home & ready to go out, it was pitch ...

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Lactate Testing

I was signed up to race an XC race for Run N Fun, but decided to follow Nate to do lactate testing instead w/ the Vakava team. I was excite...

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Too much :(

Gee, it's been a while since I've written! Not good... The last two weeks have been too busy. I see my last entry was two Mondays...

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Argh

Work is getting to be too much. I don't mind OT once in a while, but for the last 2.5 months I feel like I've been overloaded. Las...

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2nd ski workout

45 minutes, double pole and striding. My arms and abs were tired after just about 25 minutes, how sad! A couple weeks back Nate did a 3 ho...

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Goal Setting & Sketching out a New Plan

I've given myself a week completely off from training. I wasn't able to totally enjoy it because the work week was horrendous, but ...

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2:55.52 -- Not a great day, but I'll take the new PR :)

I'm neither happy nor unhappy with my race. On the one hand, it's a 2:55.52, which is a 2 minute 16 second PR for me. Not too shabby...

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Move - a success!

Yeah, we're "moved in" to our new home (or should I say new rental property, since that's what it currently is??)!! How n...

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Nothing like letting 'life' get in the way...

WOW 15 hours at work on Monday. Left at 11 pm. I actually spent the night in Red Wing -- wahoo, camping out in the empty house. Followed up...

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Goal Setting

I hadn't pinned down a definite goal for the marathon until this week. When I first started training after Fargo, I think I told myself...

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Last Vo2 Max workout

Bittersweet to have finished my last repeats. I did 3x1 mile on the track yesterday, running them in 5:40, 5:35, 5:29. I'm not sure, b...

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What a busy time...

Unbelievable how things tend to all happen at once. First, it's budgeting season at Red Wing Shoes. I present to the President and CFO...

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1:01.54!!

1:01.54!!

(Last mile of the TC 10 mile) What a GREAT day for a race. I did the 10 mile, and finished in a 2:10 personal best of 1:01.54. The best ...

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Trying to get back up to speed

It's amazing what a little bug will take out of you. I tried running on Tuesday and the first few miles felt horrible. I felt like I was...

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You guessed it...

I read through my last post and realized I was just asking for it... yep, you guessed it, I came down with something on Sunday. I've ju...

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Runnin' on Empty

Wow, I'm exhausted. I'm trying to recall, but I think there have been just 2 days in the last 3 weeks where I've slept 8 hours....

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Back in business

Back in business

Ahh, there is no better feeling than the way your legs feel after a long run. Sore, achy, just all around worn-out. I love it! I couldn&...

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First hard workout

I was able to do my first hard workout since my injury. It went pretty well, actually! The leg is a little sore now, but I think only beca...

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Getting better!

Each day is going better than the last, which is really encouraging for me! This weekend I raced my college alumni 5K race. I wasn't s...

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Nope :(

I can't run a marathon on this leg. I'm calling the doctor tomorrow & will wait to see what she has to say. There's no pai...

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I hope, I hope, I hope!!

I ran 7.3 miles tonight! Leg had a little trouble, but it was the best it's been (during AND after) since I started having trouble!!

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2nd appointment

I went in today again. The adjustments they did were much more minute, and I have a good feeling about them. I'm a little sore in part...

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Not sure...

I went in Wednesday night to get adjusted. I went up to Motion Care in Shoreview (quite a drive from Red Wing!). I've gone to them bef...

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going in to see someone...

My leg isn't getting better. On my run last night I had to stop 1.25 miles early because I was having pain down the backside of my butt...

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Sorry it's been a while!

Yeah for vacations. Ours was great -- very relaxing. We spent a lot of it at the cabin in northern Wisconsin. We were away from the inter...

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Nothing a little vacation can't cure

I'm a little burned out, not going to lie. This week I didn't have that same "let's tackle that workout plan" attitud...

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Still healing

All this running takes a toll on your body! I think Sunday's run in the rain/wet socks is what really did me in. I chaffed on the in...

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I did it!!!

I did it!!!

Me at the end of my 100 mile week. YEAH, I made it! And I'm still in one piece!! I did a 5.25 mile run at night on Sunday just so I...

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Great long run!

Great long run!

Today I met up with Jenny, my training partner from Fargo, and Kim Pawelek, the 1999 Twin Cities Marathon champion. Kim's sister lives...

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Almost... but not quite??

I apologize for not writing more during the week! This week has been absolutely insane. How has the "100 mile/week" plan been go...

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Holy Humidity

Holy Humidity

I've been pretty lucky this summer with weather. I think this is the first weekend that has made for difficult training. Today’s wor...

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Muddy Run

I knew that I had two workouts today, one 4 mile run and another 11 mile run. I woke up this AM and turn on my computer (yeah, working from...

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8 weeks to go!

8 weeks to go!

There are 8 weeks and a couple days left to TCM. It's crazy how fast time goes by! I can tell I'm stronger for this cycle, this we...

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Red Wing City Ramble - 1/2 marathon

Red Wing City Ramble - 1/2 marathon

A lot of my family came down for the 1/2 marathon in Red Wing this weekend. I had signed up a while ago because it was an event my work w...

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Excited to race this weekend!

My work is sponsoring a race this weekend in Red Wing. There's a 1/2 marathon and a 5K. I (along with many family members, including m...

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Sleeepy...

Sleeepy...

It's just after 9:00 on Tuesday. I've had a cup of coffee, and I'm hoping that it just hasn't kicked in yet. My brain is ...

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Totally exhausted!

What a week. I began the week by flying out to Salt Lake City, UT for work. It was actually a lot of fun -- I got to see a lot of enduranc...

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Hydration

Hydration

On one of my long runs w/ Jenny this Spring, she drove the course before our run and put water at strategic spots. Ingenious! I had never ...

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Short days :(

Trying to fit in these miles into an already hectic schedule is difficult. Take yesterday, for example: 6:45 Leave for work. 7:45 Get to w...

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Let the mileage begin!

Let the mileage begin!

Ahhh, isn't he cute?? As promised, this blog will be much happier and positive than the last :) I'm starting to ramp up my milea...

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Time Trial w/ Vakava

Time Trial w/ Vakava

Tonight the Sisu program lined up a timed 10K skate time trial. How'd it go for me? Lets just say that I'm super frustrated and d...

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