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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…

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Strength training like a dog

I saw the most perfect Downward Facing Dog toward the end of my run today. You know who was out doing this perfect downdog? Well, a limber old chocolate lab, of course! Just as the name for the Downward Dog was inspired by dogs, so is this post pooch-inspired. I mean, I really think that…

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How to celebrate National Running Day

Today is National Running Day. And a great day for a run it has been. Two of us celebrated with a 10-miler to and from storytime at our local conversation center. Sorry for how backlit this picture is. And for how big my face is. But this way you can see how much this youngster…

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Dam to Dam Race Recap

Dam to Dam, 2014, what an event! For starters, I am so grateful for the chance to stay at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, for my team Runablaze Iowa, and to be a part of the great running community in Iowa. Obviously, a good time was had by all. Even after being put to bed in his Pack-n-Play…

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A Quick Photo Update

You know that feeling when it seems like not much is going on, yet everything is going on? Well, that’s where we’re at. So here are some pictures to document the life that’s happening before my eyes: I just received two huge gifts this week: One, my Japanese Iris bloomed (What a darling beauty! And…

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Yoga fun

I don’t really do yoga. But I like to pretend. It’s a good way to find what little things have crept under the couches, too. But really, I really do like the challenge of the side crow. Next step: the handstand. Or maybe we might just stick with the crow for a while. It’s good…

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Birds, bales, and baby bunnies

You may have caught a glimpse of our straw bale garden the other day. I would explain, but there is too much. Google it. Well it is working masterfully. We have a nice crop of arugula sprouting up. Next to it there’s a hearty patch of long leaf spinach. Just below that we have our mound…

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May – no news

So far May has been quiet. Quiet and lovely. I have no real point to share other than a few simple happenings that make me really happy. I’ll start with Tulip Time… Yes, this makes me so happy. As does this… Tulips with friends and family. Good stuff. Recently, also, it was nice to learn…