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As the Mill Spins

As the mill spins…whether the rapidly rotating windmill outdoors or more mundane treadmill indoors…each year spins so quickly and we have the opportunity to pause, reflect, and remember what we learned. What a fun and memorable year this has been: filled...

Banana Beet Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Beets: It’s what’s for dinner! One of my favorite new discoveries in creating healthy smoothies is the beet smoothie. Beets are the fundamental healthy base. I stumbled upon this recipe by accident and spent at least 2 months trying to perfect this recipe...

Good Life Halfsy PR-fect

On Sunday, November 5, 2016, I ran the Good Life Halfsy half-marathon for the first time in Lincoln, Nebraska. Yes, I ran my Halfsy off! The official time of 1:38:19 confirmed a new half-marathon PR: crushed my 1999 half-marathon PR by more than a minute using...

Good Life Halfsy Training Tips

Happy fall! Are you enjoying some beautiful fall running with the beautiful fall foliage? It’s only thirty days until the Good Life Halfsy on November 6, the point-to-point half-marathon I’m running in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a good time to stop and...

Calming Pre-Race Jitters

Do you ever get pre-race jitters before a race? Sometimes I do, depending on the length of the race, how I feel, and the weather conditions for the race. Over the years, I’ve learned some things that can help with managing and reducing pre-race jitters or nerves...

Bronzed Middle Ages

Racing through the Middle Ages…I mean my middle ages… First of all, I hope you are not upset at me blending the Bronze and Middle Ages together. I’m not trying to be historically confusing. But I’m middle-aged and well, more about the bronze… Saturday, I ran the Energy 5k as part of the Cornhusker State […]

Racing through the Middle Ages…I mean my middle ages… First of all, I hope you are not upset at me blending the Bronze and Middle Ages together. I’m not trying to be historically confusing. But I’m middle-aged and well, more about the...

Going for Gold: Aiming for 5k PR

Tomorrow I am running in the Cornhusker State Games Energy 5k race for the third year in a row. Two years ago, I raced to a silver in my age group. Last year, bronze in my age group. Medal that’s missing? Gold. What does the watch say? Let’s just say the watch is optimistic. Can […]

Tomorrow I am running in the Cornhusker State Games Energy 5k race for the third year in a row. Two years ago, I raced to a silver in my age group. Last year, bronze in my age group. Medal that’s missing? Gold. What does the watch say? Let’s just say the...

REELING IN THE YEAR

What a wild ride of a year it’s been! The year began on the treadmill and ended on a new, improved treadmill.  It was a year of boosting and crushing challenges and running with abandon.  Here are the highlights for me: in March, I ran wild while marathon training, running a self-supported “Braveheart” full marathon. […]

What a wild ride of a year it’s been! The year began on the treadmill and ended on a new, improved treadmill.  It was a year of boosting and crushing challenges and running with abandon.  Here are the highlights for me: in March, I ran wild while marathon...

Filling my Running Bucket List

Ever heard of Joy Johnson? She’s the 86 year-old  (the oldest in this year’s race) who finished the New York Marathon (her 25th), then died shortly afterward. Her epitaph might read: “I want to die running”. She’s been telling the press and her family that since at least 2008. The Wall Street Journal wrote a […]

Ever heard of Joy Johnson? She’s the 86 year-old  (the oldest in this year’s race) who finished the New York Marathon (her 25th), then died shortly afterward. Her epitaph might read: “I want to die running”. She’s been telling the press...

Super-Duper Speed Drills

Happy mid-October, my month for fall “speed drills”. It’s nice to have a break from pounding out miles day after day and focusing on my main running weakness, a general lack of speed. How does one become a faster runner? Here are a few suggestions: 1. Occasional  speed tests (5k, 10k, mile, 800s, 5mi). I’m […]

Happy mid-October, my month for fall “speed drills”. It’s nice to have a break from pounding out miles day after day and focusing on my main running weakness, a general lack of speed. How does one become a faster runner? Here are a few suggestions:...