Hot Cider Hustle Half-Marathon

Yesterday was my last half-marathon of the year: The Hot Cider Hustle in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I couldn’t have asked for better conditions considering it is October — in Wisconsin. It was cool and crisp at start time but sunny and calm. The perfect way to start a long run! But even so, I found myself nervous for this run. The last half-marathon of the year and I still had my “goal” time in mind. 

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To Taper Or Not To Taper

You have just put in endless weeks of training for your half-marathon or marathon. Each week, your mileage increased. You are feeling healthy, strong, and confident. You glance at your training schedule two weeks out, but wait… That can’t be right. You are ONLY running how many miles? 

You have reached the TAPER period of your training. And as counter-intuitive as it may seem, the taper can be one of the most beneficial parts of that training. 

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One Half-Marathon Down – One Month For Improvement

My alarm sounded at 4:30 this morning but I was already awake. Today was my first half-marathon of two this fall and I was excited to see improvement from my previous half — but also nervous.  I didn’t sleep well. With dreams about missing my alarm and then being late to the start line, I was checking the time constantly throughout the night.

I grabbed a cup of coffee as we left the hotel and headed to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the Maple Leaf Walk Run. The particular event is run by the YMCA of La Crosse to kick-start Oktoberfest. The course was along the parade route meaning the time limit for the half-marathon was 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

 

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What You Need To Know Before You Sign Up For A Tough Mudder

Not too long ago, my family and I took on our very first Tough Mudder Half. I had never participated in one before, but I had my ideas and preconceived notions about how exactly the event went. And as we headed to start at 2:00pm on a comfortable September Saturday, I wasn’t exactly prepared for what we were about to do.

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Intermediate Half-Marathon Training Plan To Go From 10k to Half In 13 Weeks

So you’ve been running for a while now. You have participated in multiple 5ks, a few 10ks, and all the miles in between. And like any natural competitor, you begin to look for the “next” big challenge. Maybe it’s a better time or faster speed… Or maybe it’s distance. The elusive half-marathon is a much sought after race distance but to be successful, you need to enter the race with a plan!

You need a Half-Marathon Training Plan!

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Running All The Races… And Not One Half-Marathon But Two!

must run all the races! – This sentiment is echoed after each and every race that I complete. The race atmosphere is alive with energy and you can almost feel the excitement in the air. It’s intoxicating — And definitely keeps me coming back for more. I am also SUPER pumped this weekend. Not just because it was a race weekend, but because I am also signing up for not one half-marathon but TWO this fall!

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Springing Ahead To May — More Goals and Future Ambitions

Once again, April was a fast month (Which one isn’t, right? And when did that happen?? I feel like as a child the days and weeks draaaaggggeeeddd on. Now, they fly by before you even realize that they started.) but it is time to start thinking about May goals!

 

Time doesn’t stop. And neither will I! I am constantly striving to improve myself –to become a better person, wife, and runner. And I truly believe that running helps me accomplish my first two objectives.

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Welcome Back Running Season!

A little before noon on a blustery March day in Wisconsin, stood a huddled mass of almost 2,000 people. “Crazy” as some might call us. (When you’re a runner, being called a “crazy” has a strange way of becoming a complement… so, smile and say thank you!)

We were waiting. Jumping, stretching, talking, laughing. The excitement of the race before us hung in the air… And it wasn’t just the excitement to get moving forward and warm-up. It was the thrill of the first race of the year (for most) and anticipation of the new running season.

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