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Clues & Lessons (race recap)
by on Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Yesterday, I donned my BTC racing kit for the first time -- first race this year and first race since October '12 -- for the Boulder Distance Classic 5K. Overall, training had seemed to be going well, though it had admittedly been diminished the past few weeks. Regardless, I was excited to finally get to race and the weather was getting really nice. My ...

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Race report - Deer Run - 5K
by on Saturday, April 27, 2013

My reports are not nearly as good as Ryan's are but here goes.

I made sure to get to the race early - I like being very early so I can be relaxed. After getting my race packet I went back to my car and ditched my warmer clothing. The weather was very nice and the winds very light - I was happy with the weather conditions. I pinned my bib on (glad I brought my own pins as they only provided two) and the turned on my Garmin to go for a 2 mile warm-up run.

I ran at about an 8-8:15 minute ...

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Effects of sports drinks in mid-distance road racing
by on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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For terms of this post, I'm considering anything 90 minutes and under to be a "mid-distance" race. For most of us, that would be somewhere between 15K and half marathon at the upper limit.

This is something I've often wondered about. We know our bodies can store enough glycogen for about 90 minutes of running so how useful are sports drinks in a race of less than 90 minutes? Your body already has enough fuel on board, does it rea ...

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Running in a Small Town
by on Sunday, April 21, 2013

This is an uncomfortable post for me to write. But sometimes uncomfortable things should be talked about.

I live in a small town where very people run. I am known by strangers as, "The girl who runs." I am used to people asking me in the grocery store how far I run each day and that is something that I am sure you all encounter.

A few things though the last few months have started to trouble me. I have always felt safe running. My only worries for my own personal safety have only bee ...

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Race report: Pike Lake Trail Run
by on Saturday, April 20, 2013

I was looking for a race to test out my legs some but not worry about times or beat myself up too badly. When I saw this race on the calendar, I couldn't resist. Times mean nothing when running at Pike Lake due to the extremely undulating terrain so I wouldn't find myself worrying about running a certain time. No matter what time I run, it doesn't matter. Further, I figured the trail aspect would save my legs a bit and, this time of the year and with the recent large amounts of rain we have had, ...

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We will overcome
by on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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I know everyone is writing about this and I have no doubt some are far more eloquently than I will. Still, I can't help but add my own thoughts.

Yesterday's events at Boston have shaken the running community. There is no denying that. Never, as far as I can recall, has an act of terror so directly attacked the distance running community. There have been acts of terror targeting the Olympics and that, obviously, affects the runnin ...

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Terrorist attack at Boston Marathon
by on Monday, April 15, 2013

I'm still catching up myself on what is going on in Boston right now. It appears two bombs detonated near the finish line. Initial pictures I've seen are not looking good. I won't post pictures here for those who don't want to see them. If you do want to see what seems to be the most commonly used photo, see the link below:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/15/two-explosions-boston-marathon/

I'll update here as I'm able and as I get updates. Mixed messages now but it ...

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A Tale of 2 Tempos
by on Sunday, April 14, 2013

I am excited for tomorrow morning as I get to track four friends racing Boston. This definitely brightens up what has been a very gray couple of weeks. All of them are prepared to run great races and I will be so happy to watch them do so from my computer screen. Plus I think that either Shalane or Kara will come through in a big way. Hopefully there will be lots of me cheering like a freak all morning.

Last week was a very good week of running with an excellent tempo run of 6 miles @ 6:3 ...

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Doping with thyroid medication?
by on Thursday, April 11, 2013

This Wall Street Journal article prompted a lot of discussion yesterday about whether or not our sport has a new doping problem in the form of thyroid medication.

It's always tough when medication for a genuine medical condition can also be a performance enhancing medication, as some people think this thyroid medication could. As I began reading this, I instantly thought of the fact t ...

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Tragic story out of Sun Prairie, WI
by on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Some of you have probably already heard about this story. In short, a woman named Maureen Mengelt from Sun Prairie was out on a training run Sunday afternoon when she was hit by a drunk driver. She was taken to a local hospital but died at the hospital.

I was informed this morning that she was a long-time runner who had run the well known Syttende Mai 20 mi ...

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