Who knew?

A strength program really does make a difference! Good things I've noticed lately: 1. Now I'm able to do the same exercises at abou...

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Motivated again

I don't know what has changed, but I'm loving running again. I think it was just a simple change in mindset. Instead of "ha...

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Oh, the treadmill...

I'm not sure if my treadmill is calibrated correctly. It's about 4 years old now, and even though it's a good treadmill, do the...

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Did it

68 mile week. Take that, lack of motivation. You can't get the best of me, despite your attempts at throwing -15 degree windchills at ...

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Low on Motivation

Ugh. I've been trying to find excuses not to run lately. Good thing I have a good support system (aka my husband, who was the reason I...

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NORTHFIELD!

So... great news! Nathan and I found an awesome home in Northfield!! We've been searching for over 6 months now (going back and forth ...

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Focusing on "speed"

So I think I've mentioned that I'm going to focus more on my speed this winter. I felt like my 5k speed left much to be desired dur...

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Wow...

It's so cold and miserable out! Hope I can muster the dedication to stick to the plan (today is supposed to be 10-12 400s)... there'...

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Another track workout...

And another workout where I got to the track, and couldn't quite remember what the workout was. I thought the book said, 4x [200 with ...

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The land of the rising sun

The land of the rising sun

Sorry it's been so long! I'm on a week long business trip in Tokyo. It's my first time in Japan. It's beautiful!! Tokyo...

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What?!???

I went to the track today. Workout: 5-6x1000 with 3 mins rest in between each. Goal time 3:38. I hit the track and had a great workout! ...

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Goal Setting

I am such a goal oriented person. Anyone that knows me will agree (ask Nate :). Give me a goal, and I'm happier than ever to chase it,...

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1st day "back"

I'm back to following a plan. I still don't know what the main goal will be for this winter/early spring (i.e. which race we're...

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More notes for next cycle

I want to start somewhat of a "list" of things I did well and things I could improve upon for next cycle. I'll add to this as...

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Random comment of the day

During last night's run around the high school: "Todd thinks you're HOT!" "Yeah, turn around! Todd thinks you'...

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TCM Miles 13.1-26.2

TCM Miles 13.1-26.2

I crossed the 1/2 way mark at 1:26.11 or so. WAAAY behind my goal 1/2 time of 1:24.30. At this point, I'm easily cruising at 6:29 o...

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TCM Race Report

TCM Race Report

Finally! Life has been way too crazy lately :( I'd like to be as thorough as possible with this race report -- more for my own recor...

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TCM Race report

2:51.26, chip time 1st Minnesota Woman, 20th Woman overall Gee... where do I even start with this? Guess I'll start with the new d...

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2:51.30, 1st Minnesota Woman at TCM

No race report yet -- I still need to digest the race before I write anything here. It was a bittersweet race for me. I'm very happy t...

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Layin' Low

I picked up my packet earlier today. How fun! I've never run this marathon as an "elite". WOW, the TCM folks make you feel ...

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SIERRA MIST!!

Today I had my last tempo run. 2 miles warm up, then 3x 1200 at tempo pace, 2 miles CD. And wow -- I felt like I wasn't running insid...

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Carb Depletion

= not fun. I'm through day 1.5, and my brain is a little fuzzy (could be sleep related, or that work is a little crazy, but I don'...

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Less than a week to go!

My husband's alarm went off at 6:00 this morning, and as I was trying to fall back asleep (I don't wake up until later), my heart ra...

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Excited to race tomorrow!

Hope tomorrow's 5k goes well! My legs are starting to come around, which is fun. My right hamstring has been tight this last week, whi...

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1.5 weeks to go!

Wow... that's crazy! I'm starting to get really excited!! This week will be a 50-60 mile week, and then I'll taper to 20-27 th...

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Sandbagging

Argh. Why do I do this?? Tonight's VO2 max was 8x800m. 1st time I've done 800s during this cycle, so I didn't really know wha...

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Another tempo run in the "bank"

Time's winding down: just a little over 2.5 weeks to race day! That means I get to count down the hard workouts I have left. What a f...

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Epic Sunday Run!

2 mile warmup 4x5 minutes at tempo, with 1 min rest 10 miles at marathon pace 4x5 minutes at tempo, with 1 min rest 2 mile CD WOW. I hones...

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Too busy

Wow. I don't know what about the last two weeks has made time FLY by... Is it because Nate's working now? He started as a dentist...

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Another workout that looked impossible...

And it went GREAT! Like, seriously great. :) I decided to do these on a treadmill becuase it was pouring out all evening. Nate snuck a pi...

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Back to Back races

Great weekend! We were busy... Friday afternoon looked at homes in Northfield. We found one we're interested in, so that's fun! ...

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Stopping on a repeat, and paced by a 12 year old. Just your run of the mill tempo workout :)

The email last night to Jerry after the workout: Little mental hic-cup tonight :( Workout: 4x10-12 at tempo w/ 2 minutes rest, 2 mi WU and...

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Another tempo workout tonight...

4x10-12 minutes tonight. Oh, boy.

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Getting stronger? Or just better able to handle heat/humidity?

I'm pretty sure before most of my workouts this cycle, I've wondered if I could actually finish them. Today was no exception. 20 m...

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Mis-Counted

TCM is just 6.5 weeks away, not 7.5!

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I think I could have gone harder

I think all runners have this thought/fear at some point or another. I had it last night, laying in bed. I had done a good tempo run ear...

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Plugging away

Nothing too exciting this week... I came down with a good head cold after the 1/2 marathon last week. Go figure. Or maybe the sore throat...

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What a week...

What a week...

Where do I even begin? This'll be a long post... reader beware. I left work after a 1/2 day on Monday to hop on a plane to Utah for w...

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11 weeks, 310 miles

The other day I took a look through my logs. I feel like I've been "back" for a while now, but taking a look at what I've...

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Made it!

Wow, Wednesday's workout was a good one (and by good, I mean tough). 4x1 mile at tempo, 1 min rest (6:12, 6:11, 6:10, 6:09) 5 minute re...

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Just 10.5 weeks to go?

Did I count that right? WOW. That's pretty scary! Last week went really well. I had a breakthrough tempo run on Tuesday and survived...

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Progress!

Gotta love those little breakthroughs. Last night was one of them. Workout was 6x5 minutes at tempo (which by the VDOT recommendations, is ...

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48-58 miles this week

Ha-zam! I'm just about over that minor re-injury. About time! Because we were worried about my hip, we cut out all hard work last wee...

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thank goodness for chiropractors

2nd appointment this week. Thank goodness I have access to one for free at my work!!! I moved a lot this time. Earlier this week I hardly...

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Do or die!

Ran another 8 miles today. I told myself it was a "do or die" night. Either it was going to feel better, and I can continue tryi...

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Wish I knew

The sore spot by my SI joint has gone away, there's just a weird nerve sensation over the joint now. It's runable -- it doesn't...

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Minor Hiccup

Yesterday I went out with Nate for my first "trail run". There's a state forest about a mile from our home -- how amazing! A...

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18:45 at Red Wing's 4th of July 5k

A 24 second improvement over last week. Yeah! Still not quick, but guess I can't complain since I've only been back running for 4 ...

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4 weeks back

Time goes by too quickly. Amazing. I'm nearly a month back into "training" (the first week of training being just 11 miles)....

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Meet Jerry S.

As part of the 3 months that I had to reflect on my injury, my training, and what I needed to change for the next time around. There's ...

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19:09!!

Not shabby for having run 15 times in the last 3 months! And won a Birkie entry -- guess I'll be skiing again this winter :)

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8 MILES!

Wa-hoo! Long run of the week tonight, through the cemetery. There is no flat in Red Wing -- even the cemetery, which I consider "flat...

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Oh man -- lots of work to do

My 3rd "up tempo" workout last night. I decided to try a scaled down version of a the Jack Daniel's workout of the week. It ...

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Planning in process...

Researching and writing out a training plan is pretty time consuming. I haven't quite committed yet, but I'm thinking about switchi...

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