How to PR a 100 Miler: The Good, the Bad and the Bloody

They always say you can’t control the weather, but you can control your attitude.  Challenging as it was at times, the weather could have been much worse.  Mother Nature, however, still had some fun plans for me, and decided to inform me of said plans at about 4 pm the evening before the race.  I was resolute – after all, I’ve been doing this thing for some 25 years now more » Read more

Tri-Curious? Go for an Indoor Tri!

At one point in your running life I bet you thought you were a strictly one sport kind of girl. But maybe you got injured and had to spend some time on a bike or in the pool which got you thinking that maybe, just maybe, you might enjoy a triathlon. But then you never got up the nerve to actually do one. Until now that is! Enter the indoor more » Read more

The One Where I Broke up with Marathons

Salties, break ups are hard to do. But sometimes even your favourite relationships become unhealthy and destructive and turn you into a crazy person. I became a crazy person. So this last week, in the middle of the Durban Marathon, I broke up with marathons and ultrarunning, so that I could become less loopy and more mellow. I think my family needs it. Who am I kidding? Hell, I need it! more » Read more

Holiday Half Marathon: Redemption!

I have raced two half marathons in my life: one was the last race I ran before mysteriously developing blood clots in both of my lungs in August 2011, and the second was just before Christmas this year. My hopes were high going into this race. Although I never expected to PR again after the PE (pulmonary emboli), this past year has probably been the best running year of my life thus more » Read more

Adventures in Pacing!

They’re at every big half and full marathon, carrying their signs for many, many miles and helping innumerable runners achieve their big goals. But have you ever stopped to wonder what the pacers you follow in races are thinking or doing?  Have you ever thought about being a pacer yourself? I recently had my first opportunity to pace the 2:00 group at the Madison Half Marathon and it was a great more » Read more

Catnip’s Double DNF Marathon Report

I’ve completed 12 marathons and countless shorter races without a single DNF. If you’re superstitious, the fact that the Columbus Marathon would have been my 13th  might appear unlucky. And attempting another the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon exactly 13 days later would appear foreboding. If you remember, my goal for the Columbus Marathon was to break 3 hours. That time goal was based on 5k and 10k races and some decent workouts. more » Read more

The Champion Mindset

A few weeks ago, I ran the Canton Fall Classic 10K and ran as well as I’ve ever run in my life. Though my time was a significant PR, and I am proud of that, the biggest breakthrough was a mental one. You see, for the first time ever in a race I “went there.” You know that place, the impossible, painful, air-sucking, muscle-burning place of exhaustion. I went there, more » Read more

Ginkgo’s First Postpartum Half Marathon

If you kept up with my posts last spring and summer, you may have realized that my world has been flipped and turned upside down as of late. Our first son, Connor, was born on June 22, 2014, and my priorities, including my running, have all changed significantly in the past couple of months. Finding time to train with a four month old isn’t exactly an easy task and functioning more » Read more

The Marathon That Wasn’t: Mint’s Chicago Marathon Race Report

Race reports are so easy to write when you have a big win, hit a PR, have a great race. The crappy ones?  Not so much.  Those are a lot harder to document, to rehash, to reflect upon.  But, alas, they are important parts of the journey too.  And it really is all about the journey. When I started running marathons almost ten years ago, a more seasoned running friend more » Read more

Coriander’s Oil Creek 100K Race Report

Two years ago, I was a pretty inexperienced ultra runner. I had done a handful of 50K’s, one 50-miler and was supposed to run my first 100K (62 miles) at Oil Creek in Pennsylvania the second weekend of October. My training leading up to it was kind of a joke. I had done a few 20+ long runs and PR’ed the Akron Marathon. The week before Oil Creek, I decided more » Read more

Going Big: Jasmine’s Columbus Marathon Race Report

The Columbus Marathon was one of those days where everything came together. Before I go any further, I have to say: thank you to everyone who sets a good example, sets the bar high, and encourages [formerly] relativity average runners like me to work for big dreams. I will never be as fast as many of you, but you inspire me to work really hard to try to be as more » Read more

Beware of Cars: Blue Ox Marathon Recap

I wasn’t sure if I should write a recap of the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon that I ran on Saturday. As a general rule, I like to keep things positive when it comes to racing, and I usually try to stick to the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” mantra.  But I also think it is important that I am honest about my more » Read more

A 365 Day Full Circle: My 2014 Akron Marathon Race Report

Last year I lay defeated. I hit rock bottom and then some. Sure, September 28th is just another date and September 28th, 2014 is 365 days since September 28th, 2013. But what happened on September 28th, 2013 will always be in the back of my mind. And what happened in the 365 days since then will always blow my mind. In theory, I understood that life could come full circle, but more » Read more

Madison Mini Race Report. 100/111/114

I’ve mentioned that I have been coaching three boys to run the Madison Mini Marathon half.  I even went so far as to say they were totally nailing their training. So I am a few steps ahead of elated to tell you that they nailed it, and even placed in their age group. Here is how it went down: Related PostsWinter Vinecki Part III: Hear From Her Coach, Mark Hadley Mint’s more » Read more