Fargo 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #43 Half Marathon #53 After 42 states, North Dakota was my first race to travel alone. I do this for work ALL of the time, but I’ve never traveled for pleasure by myself. Pre-Race I flew out early Friday morning and arrived in Fargo around 2pm.  I rented  a car and immediately went downtown to explore a bit. I headed to the Fargodome to get my packet, had a chance to listen to Dave McGillery and then headed back downtown to grab dinner. I tried two different restaurants but...

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Liberty Hospital 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State 42 Half 52 Missouri has been a state that has driven me crazy- mainly because back in 2014 I missed the opportunity to run a double when I did the Garmin ½ in Kansas City. All of the races in St.Louis are in the fall, and I initially didn’t want to go back to Kansas City. I was a little nervous to do an inaugural race, but it fit in with my schedule so I just decided to suck it up (seeing as I’ve been to MO several times now). The race also aligned with Corey’s schedule and she...

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First Light 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #7 (repeated) Alabama half #5 Half Marathon #51 I did this race in 2012 and have always wanted to do it again. Luckily, since we are local now, it can happen every year! Rich ended up winning two entries on Facebook the week before the race so it was a free entry for us. For the most part Alabama is HOT. Legit, I’ve pulled out a winter coat 1-2 times so far this year and this race weekend was one of the times. The weather for the race ended up being more cold than normal (just...

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Boston Marathon Training Weeks 1 & 2

It’s hard to believe it’s already time for marathon training, but here we go. I’m still chasing a PR and Coach and I have talked about changing up our training from Marine Corp and I can already tell that the training is different. I spent December base building and still did some speed work- averaging almost 40 miles a week. I honestly wasn’t in the mood. It was the holiday season and seriously ate whatever I wanted the entire month and wanted to be lazy to go along...

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42 down…9 to Go!

As I’ve gotten older (and perhaps busier), I don’t seem to care as much about annual goals or resolutions. I always want to continue to grow in my professional life, personal life, spiritual life and physical life. 2016 was BIG. I took a new job quickly and unexpectedly moved us to Alabama in February. Through out the chaos, I managed to run 2 marathons, 6 half marathons, 2 5ks, 2 BQs, 8 new states, one PR in the 5k and several AG awards. All in all, it was a great year of running...

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Route 66 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #41 Half Marathon #50 Pre-Race Rich and I flew into Tulsa after work on Friday. Thanks to a delayed connecting flight, we didn’t get to our hotel until 1:30am. We slept as late as possible (7:15am for me) and he went back to the airport to get a rental car (since they were already closed Friday night) and I headed out for a 45 minute run along a gorgeous run/bike path. We hit up the expo right after it opened to avoid crowds. It was a big expo- and I took advantage of a PT doing graston...

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Marine Corp Marathon Training Weeks 16, 17, & 18

The last few weeks of training!! For months it felt like I would tell people my next marathon wasn’t until October and here were are. Week of October 3rd Monday- rest day Tuesday- 3.03 miles @ 8:36 avg pace. 1 mile warmup, drills, 12 x 100m windsprints (all :22s and :23s), 3/4 mile cool down Wednesday- 5k time trial. 3.1 miles @ 6:46 avg pace (21:00). Perhaps it’s time to run a real 5k. This was in Oregon and Kim snapped a few pics of me on the run.Thursday- 3.5 miles @9:35 avg...

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