Category: Cheaper Than Therapy

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Heel & Crank…Revisited.

So! Today I did the Heel & Crank duathlon. This was the race I did last year as my first multi-sport and I was TERRIFIED. I was working packet pickup yesterday and said, “I’m totally excited about this race! Last year I was having nightmares for days but I’m excited this year!” But then – of course – I had some kinks in my excitement. First? Donnie pointed out my back wheel was “off true” whatever that means. He showed me what it meant – my back wheel was wobbling HORRIBLY, but I still didn’t know what it meant. I...

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Scottsboro Half Marathon Race Report…PR BABY!

It’s a good feeling where my running page is outdated because I haven’t added my most recent PRs yet. I need to do that this week! WOOT. Should I have put a SPOILER ALERT! warning on that preface? I mean, in case you were reading this race report in breathless anticipation wondering…Did she do it? Did she break her 3-year old 13.1 PR yesterday? I should add a disclaimer about that 3-year old PR…I haven’t been trying to break it for three years. I felt pretty dead the day I got that and I was fine knowing that would be...

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Starting…And Ending…with My First 5K.

In 2006 I invited my Dad to come visit us and run a 5K with us. It was going to be our first, Donnnie, E and I were all going to do it. I had been training on the treadmill at the YMCA because the thought of running outside terrified me. I periodically did loops around my block with E, but I felt like it was a million times harder than running on the treadmill, so I didn’t do it often. I wrote this entry the night before and even joked that I was worried my system was going to...

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Counterbalancing The Runner Snark

Once upon a time a popular Women’s wellness magazine mocked runners in tutus. I was going to respond to them about that until some beat me to it. But I’m still very worried that some new runner donning a tutu for her first race (BECAUSE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!) will see that bit in that stupid magazine and will be shunned from running again. It’s just so easy to be intimidated by other runners. Especially when they snark in magazines about what you’re wearing. I’ve had bad experiences too…the under-the-breath comments about how people like me, “Think they’re...

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A Beginner’s Guide To Trail Running

Written by someone who is probably still technically a beginner. Who is MOST DEFINITELY not fast. Who falls a lot. And sometimes gets lost. I help lead a “No Runner Left Behind” trail running group on Sundays and periodically I participate in a different one on Monday nights. These two experiences have reminded me how terrifying trail running is to a beginner and how brave people are for just showing up to begin with. I still VERY vividly remember my first trail run. It just felt SO very strange to be SO focused on the ground at my feet and...