Category: Adventures

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#TutuSolidarity

Oh boy, howdy. This weekend kicked my ass, y’all. I only ran 8 miles the whole weekend, which is about a third of what I normally do, but I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck. The kids had a race Saturday morning. Nikki was doing a 5K and Wes was doing the 1-mile fun run. If you’ll recall, we’ve been on a tutu kick ever since Monika Allen was mocked in SELF magazine for wearing one. I couldn’t wear one for more than a 5K, but I’ll try to sport one when I can in her honor!...

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When Was The Last Time You Leapt?

I ran a KILLER race on Saturday where I got another PR but all that’s important about that is that my feet and the blisters on them are STILL not healed and, of course, Saturday’s run made them worse. So…when it was time for Sunday’s trail run? I was not in the best of shape. The run – in general – was okay. A few chaotic issues involving people leaving early and me worrying about that, and distance being off so us being out there longer and people not having enough (or any) water…but nothing insurmountable. Just stuff that had...

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Southern Flora V/S Winter Precipitation

This was supposed to start at 8am, yesterday. Our local weather people NEVER give absolutes but this time they did: 2+ inches, starting at 8am. I panicked because I needed to make a last-minute run for cough medicine for Nikki, at 7:30am. I felt like an IDIOT for panicking and rushing to get home before 8 (our roads were covered in water, so as soon as those freezing temps hit at 8, they’d be untravelable) when the snow didn’t start until 2pm. (And then I got rage-y on twitter when a local weather person got snarky towards someone expressing frustration....

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Perfecting The Model/Sorority/Cheerleader Pose

I went to Montevallo yesterday for a quick visit with E. I took his best friend with me as it gave me company for the ride, and made him uber-thrilled. I also brought him Diet Cokes and home made mini cheesecakes…I’m no dummy. I got to hang out with his friends most of the day and they are so awesome. They’re smart and funny and I haven’t laughed as hard as I did yesterday in a while. Every time I took a picture with him and his friends (I’m totally THAT Mom) he would then insist that everyone do a...

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Highs and Lows of Running

So! Yesterday was my second go at the Dizzy Fifties 50K. I’ve been running the trails for weeks in preparation but – as I learned last year – there’s really no way of preparing for the mental taxing that running them THREE TIMES takes on you. Yesterday was no different. It just tolled on me in a different way this year! My main goal was to beat last year’s time of 7:40. I knew I could do it by simply minimizing my stops at aid (I lollygagged last year) and by running down Cold Springs (I wasn’t trail-worn enough yet...