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Strategizing a Half Marathon PR

Holy Moly! I have a new half marathon personal best! My ragged self had to be led away from the finish line. This kind soul of a man is asking, “Do you need the medical tent?… Do you need medical?“ I am slurring, “No… Nah. Uh…no.” But in my head I am clearly saying, “No, I don’t need the medical…

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Beets, 100 miles and a Fattie

“I drank my half a gallon of beet juice this morning.” I said this nonchalantly about one-mile into this weekend’s 19-mile run. “Half a gal…!” He shrieked from his fat-bike. My pacer. My training buddy. My husband. I love to shock him. “Ha!” I smile. “Not actually a half a gallon,” I interrupted, “but it felt…

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Pepper Spray, I run with it

I run with Mace. Every solo run, at least, I run with a small runner-specific can of pepper spray. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use it. That isn’t to say that I’ve not be chased countless times by dogs, attacked and physically scratched or bitten twice, and had to evade freaky-looking vehicles trailing me more than once…

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The hoof

Hooves intrigue me. So every six or eight weeks I get myself up under all 3000-some-odd pounds of horse flesh to trim twelve horse hooves. Yep, each weighing in at roughly 1000-lbs, they and my Hoof Jack do most of the heavy lifting. Still, it’s a workout-and-a-half! Why pray-tell do I do this? No, these guys aren’t…

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Quasi-Paleo Coconut Cream Pie

Because I’m developing some Paleo tendencies, here’s a recipe for a Paleo-esque coconut cream pie. Actually it’s a torte, because I love my torte/tart pan, but no biggy if you just have a pie pan. And by “developing some Paleo tendencies” I don’t mean that I’ve been eating bacon-wrapped jerky. Kidding. I know that serious, “clean eating”…

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Vin de noix

Today’s to do list: Run 5 miles = done/nice run Instruct Pilates = great group this morning Make a trip through the Aldi construction with a one-year-old for all the legs of lamb they have = 2 Shop the Earl May clearance for planter = $90 planter pot – 75% off!! Trellis wild straw bale tomatoes and…

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A run down of our 4th

I hope your Fourth was wonderful! Ours started off with our favorite 5k. These guys do a 5k right. So if you ever want to race on the 4th of July in central Iowa check out the Sully Freedom Fun Run. And they put on the cutest kids’ Fun Run too! I’m just sure he…

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Grandma’s Marathon Race Recap

So much to recount from this my 13th marathon and it’s always easiest to start from the end. Like how about a peaceful post-marathon water picnic overlooking Lake Superior? That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Grandma’s Marathon 2014: Temp: 50s, misty, foggy, breezy for middle miles; generally nice but almost chilly Course: beautiful and relatively flat but with few rolling…

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Happy Boston Qualifying Father’s Day!

I gave my dad grapevines for Father’s Day. They’re alive. But I think he gave himself a pretty good gift with a BQ marathon at the Manitoba Marathon this morning. AND an age-group win to boot! Now it’s time for trees, big skies and even bigger waters. So, Dad, go enjoy your favorite rock and the…