Race Recap: Nippy Hippie 5k

I’ll admit that on Friday night I was hobbling around quite ridiculously. I grabbed a pair of compression sleeves at job #2 and wore them through my 4 hour shift. I mentioned that I was running a race on Saturday morning and Kyle commented that I’d probably wake up with my alarm and then decide…

Chase the bird challenge!

Starting on November 1st, Oiselle issued the #chasethebird challenge. I started off the week with a bang! I ran 2 miles to the gym, did Oiselle’s Dirty Dozen core workout and ran 2 miles home. All of this after having had a few drinks on Halloween night. Ok, so it was more than a few…

I ran a marathon! Now what?

It’s been a week since finishing my first marathon. I’m waiting another week before I get back into the gym to kick my strength training up a few notches. Given how I felt after the marathon, it is even more obvious that I need to up my game when it comes to my core strength….

Race Recap: IMT Des Moines Marathon

I did it! I can officially call myself a marathoner! When I got back into running in 2011, if anyone told me that I’d run a marathon in 2015 I’d have thought they were bonkers. Heck, I didn’t even start considering a full marathon seriously until 2014. The months of training have been painful and…

Ahhh!!

I am five days away from my 33rd birthday. Six days away from running my first marathon. My tapering has been a weird mix of excitement, anticipation, fear and feeling generally unsettled. Today’s three mile run was ok, but my legs definitely felt like tree trunks. Saturday’s six mile run was a lot better. I tackled…

Race Recap: Capital Pursuit 10 mile

Last Sunday was Capital Pursuit! It is one of my favorite Capital Striders’ race. Plus, there really aren’t very many 10 mile road races. The race is planned to fall as a great tune up race for IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon. This year the weather was beautiful. It was perfect race conditions…

Race Recap: Captain Midnight’s Run for CF

So the Friday before the tri, Megan talked me into doing Captain Midnight’s Run for CF 5k as a tune up for her and I hadn’t raced a 5k since Midnight Madness in July. So we ventured up to Ames on a very sticky Friday evening. This was the first race I ran in just…

I’m a triathlete now?

Well, I don’t know if that’s completely true as I only did the cycling portion of the Des Moines Triathlon as part of a relay. The swim went off without a hitch as Cassie is a fish. 10 minutes after the start time and I was transferring the timing chip to my ankle and wheeling…

Summer update & backstory

After Midnight Madness in mid-July, I’ve been completely focused on training for IMT Des Moines Marathon. Needless to say, my sprint triathlon dream had been put on hold, as I had barely been in the pool. A couple weeks ago at a track workout, Megan suggested putting together a sprint tri team, with her friend…

20 Minute Challenge & Hoka One One demo!

Yesterday was the annual 20 Minute Challenge for the Running Room, where I earn extra money to feed my running habit. We have finally started carrying Hoka One One shoes in the store but not in sizes small enough for me to try them on and get a feel for the shoes. Luckily we had…

Late update: Clive Running Fest

Clive Running Fest 10k: June 13, 2015 Clive Running Fest and I go way back, well back to 2011 when I started running again. I stumbled into the Beginner Running Group that spring which is lead by Curt and Nancy Hoegh. They were also the race directors of Clive Running Fest, which they encouraged everyone to…

Race Recap: Dam to Dam

May 30th started off as a dreary morning. I was up at 4:30 am to catch the bus from downtown Des Moines to Saylorville Dam. I was on the bus at 5:30 am carefully thinking over my race strategy. OK, not really, I was thinking more along the lines of, “OMG! After 4 years of…