Run, eat, sleep, repeat.

It’s that time of the marathon training cycle where I feel like that is all I am doing! The other day, I read a great tweet by Sally Bergesen, the Founder and CEO of Oiselle. In it she said “The grind is the glory”.  I love that, it is so true! Reiterates how anything worth achieving is going to take a lot of work and determination- the “grind”.  I also admire what Jim Afremow says in his book “A Champion’s Mind“- one must deliberately and fiercely chase their dreams. Cheers to that. Last weekend I ran the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in Chicago with my teammate Amy Cole. Training for the Riga Marathon meant I  had 100 miles on the week but since we no longer had a full team entered in the competition I thought I would still go for it and see what I could do. Turns out that
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A Spring Marathon

Labdien! I am over the moon to announce that I will be running the 2014 Nordea Riga Marathon as an invited athlete. “Where on earth is that?” you may be asking. Here is a map for you. Riga is the capital city of Latvia. Some may not know this, but my family is 100% Latvian. Both sets of my Grandparents fled Latvia when Soviet Communism began taking over. My parents, brother, sister, and I were able to go to Latvia in 2008 and we had an amazing time as my parents were able to teach us so much about the history and culture of our family and of the Latvian people. As of October, 2013, The Latvian government has opened up Dual Citizenship to those that were Latvian Citizens prior to June 17th, 1940- the start of Soviet Occupation-and to their children and grandchildren, provided that the original citizens departed
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Mountain to Fountain 15k

I love racing the Mountain to Fountain 15k. It is a challenging course, and you have to run it smart. Miles 2-4 are steep downhill. You have a bunch of rollers until mile 7 where the monster hill is, and there is one more bump right before the finish. My race plan was to be 5:40 mile 1, high 5:20′s until mile 4 and then keeping a 5:35 overall average until the end. I executed my plan perfectly… until about the 10k mark. Ha! I have run up that stupid hill a million times and it still chewed me up! My splits here Overall Results Positives from the race: 1. My stomach was a champ- AGAIN! Osmo + daily Metamucil = life-changing. 2. I came in 3rd in a stacked field and ran mostly by myself. Super happy. 3. I passed two ladies and was trying so hard to catch
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An Almost Vegan

When coming back from injury this summer, I decided it was time to put down the margaritas and revamp my diet.  Being injured in a small town in the mountains when you have moved there to be running free and fast on beautiful trails and little oxygen…but can’t… lends itself beautifully for sipping margs at the local Mexican restaurant. In case you were wondering. As I began running again, I started to wonder about Veganism and began watching a few (horribly sad) movies on Netflix about how the animals and animal products we consume are raised and treated. Yikes. Then I started doing some research. One book that I specifically adore and found super informative and inspiring is Kris Carr’s “Crazy, Sexy, Diet“.   This isn’t ‘diet’ in the ‘lose weight to fit into my skinny jeans’ camp, but in the ‘eat for your own health and well-being and for
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Spring Racing and Other Fun News

On February 9th I ran the Runner’s Den Pancake Run 5k in 17:01, winning the women’s race. I was SO nervous to run a 5k! I hadn’t run one since the Carlsbad 5000 in April of 2012 where I ran my PR 16:59. Running a 17:01 having done barely any race-specific speed work has made me pretty optimistic of what I will be able to accomplish this Spring. I will say this though…5k’s hurt SO bad! I probably should not have gone out so fast either. Pain.Train. Here are my splits. The weekend after that, I went out to San Diego with Matt and my training partner JT to run the inaugural UT San Diego 10/20 race. It was a 10 miler and I felt pretty good going in. I thought that since I had run 56:33 at the 10 mile mark at the Houston Half Marathon Championships, I would
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Houston Half Marathon Champs

Wow, what a weekend! It started off right with a good-luck present from my Love. The new Garmin 220. It is absolutely fabulous. The USA Half Marathon Championships was my goal race for the segment that I started in September coming back from hip/foot injuries. I was really looking forward to seeing friends and sharing a room with my sister from another mother- Mel. We had SO much fun! Just like being back in Michigan! I have been trying to break 1:15 for 2 years now, ever since I PR’d with a 1:15:32 at the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon in 2012. This was a huge breakthrough for me not just physically, but mentally also. Dot told me that she was proud of me for being so aggressive (usually I am not) during the race! That is a huge compliment! You hear people say that when they have
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“There was nowhere to go but everywhere..

so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac I love the Holiday season, I really do. I love getting together with family and friends, I love December races, I love the Christmas music, movies, parties…. But holy guacamole it is draining. I had my highest mileage week of this cycle (105) over Christmas and I felt awful! My hip was flaring up big time, I was really inconsistent in my workouts and even pondered not going to the USA Half Marathon Championships.  There were days that I just didn’t want to run at all. But, as we all know, you stick with it, get it done, and things start to turn around. I feel like starting New Years Day (cliche, I know) things just completely flipped. I had a pretty tough workout on New Years Day ( 6 x 2k w/ 3:00) Some fast 200′s on Saturday,
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Tucson Half Marathon

This past Sunday, I won the Tucson Half Marathon in 1:15:47- 5:47 per mile pace. Results Here My goal was 5:45 pace to break the 1:15 barrier but it just wasn’t in the cards for me. It is a net downhill course- so much so that it does not count as an Olympic Trials Qualifying course- so it was definitely in my ability to break 1:15. But oh well, on to the next one. I am very excited about where my fitness is and I can’t wait to run 1:14:xx in Houston next month. I have been super relaxed about racing lately and I have been having so much fun! I must say I am pretty proud of myself for shaking the pre-race anxiety. Thanks Shan for the video! I thought I would include my pre-race nutrition plan in this post. I have used this for my last 3 races
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Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Stowe

I love this quote. One of my mantras when the miles get tough in the marathon is -the tides will turn-  It will always get better, you just have to stick though the bad patches. Coming back from being injured all summer was really tough. I didn’t think my fitness would ever return! Not going to lie, there were tears on those first miles back. Running felt so hard. But, the tides have finally turned! *A lot* has been going on lately so I am going to give you the Cliff Notes version and then follow up with weekly posts. We lived in the mountains here in Arizona from July until early November. We just moved back down to Tempe and love being back in the valley. In October, I ran the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon as a rust buster. It is a small local race with GREAT
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Running Book Reviews

My friend Jay Danek wrote a book. I have known Jay, his wife Traci, and their beautiful daughter Petra for a few years now. Jay’s book- ‘Got To Live‘ was published just as I was moving to Michigan last summer if I remember correctly. I will be the first to admit, I was a little leery about reading it. I knew it would be great but I thought it might feel weird reading a book about someone you are friends with. Maybe too personal? Jay sent me a copy a few weeks ago and I was finishing up another book so I shelved it for a few days. Reluctantly I picked it up one afternoon and found that I could not stop reading it! It is a quick read and is fast moving to hold your attention. I laughed, cried, and reminisced along with Jay as our high school experiences
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