Putting it out there.

I am all buzzed up on coffee and kombucha, perfect time to write a blog post! After a summer of training up in the mountains at 6700 feet in Heber, and in the heat of Phoenix, I am almost ready to race! In 9 days, I will be running the US Marathon Championships at the Twin Cities Marathon. I absolutely love racing in Minnesota! You can track me here and watch live video feed of the Championships here on USATF TV. I feel like my cycle has gone really well. In all honesty, I have had a few hiccups.  Days where the heat and humidity have been high my workouts didn’t quite turn out as I would have liked, which is to be expected, but hard to deal with nonetheless. However, all in all, I have had a really solid marathon cycle. I have had more energy this time around
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Training Update

Hi Friends! I hope your summer is going well! Here is what I have been up to since running the Nordea Riga Marathon in May: I took two wonderful weeks off of running. I love being an athlete, but after a long cycle, it felt good to have some downtime. We went to San Diego to watch my brother and sister run the Rock and Roll San Diego Marathon. They did awesome on a super warm and humid day. After two weeks off, I felt ready and excited to run again. Definitely refreshed. We have been living in the mountains in Heber, Arizona about 6,700 feet since early June. I have been putting in some great training, running lots and lots of miles to prepare for my upcoming races. We love it up here and are so thankful Matt’s parents let us use the cabin so much. I know that
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Nordea Riga Marathon

Latvian Flag at the “Corner House”- Former KGB Headquarters. Read about it here. Another place to visit in Latvia to learn more about the Soviet Occupation is the Occupation Museum. Both places were highly emotional and  makes one appreciate safety and freedom. Last Sunday, May 18th, I ran as an invited athlete in the Nordea Riga Marathon in Riga, Latvia, the 2014 European Capital of Culture. This race was very special to me as I am 100% Latvian and it was awesome to be back in Latvia after our first trip there in 2008. I have been working hard on my Latvian language and studying the history of my ancestors and the history of the Latvian people. It is funny, I can understand my parent’s Latvian so well, but when in Latvia it was difficult for me to understand Latvian citizens speaking, I guess that is probably true in any
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Nuun Review

My friend Sara asked if I would review some Nuun Hydration for my blog. I have been using Nuun for a few years now and always love to share the Nuun love. She asked me which flavors I would like to try and review. The only ones I had not tried were the new Nuun Energy, so she sent me one tube of the Lemon Lime Nuun Energy, one Tropical Active Hydration tube, and an Orange Nuun Active Hydration tube. I don’t use Nuun while I am running. I mostly use it to get myself to drink water throughout the day as I am really bad at that! Here in the desert, it is very easy to get dehydrated, so staying on top of it as an athlete is very important. Is Nuun only for athletes? No way. Nuun is refreshing and has very few calories and no weird ingredients.
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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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