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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…

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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…