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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Nothing Sweet About This Race – Sweetheart 10 Mile Race Report

sweetheart runToday I kicked off my 2013 race season with the Sweetheart Run 10 mile in Mathomedi, MN.  This was my 2nd time running the race.  The last time was in 2010.  I’m attempting to reclaim my AG winner title in the White Bear Grand Prix this year.  This was race #2 in the series, but something about running on a frozen lake for #1 just doesn’t appeal to me.  I’d forgotten that A) the course was much hillier than I remembered. B) Country roads in the winter are typically not clear of ice and snow. C) Running a 10 mile race in February is generally a stupid idea.

2010 Sweetheart 10 Mile. A bit chillier than this year’s race

I had Yaktrax.  They were in my car.  Which doesn’t help much when most of the out and back course was on snow-covered roads.  When I did the race in 2010, I don’t remember the footing being such an issue.  It was also much colder that year (no frozen eyelashes this year), so that probably helped keep the roads runable.  I’m still nursing the hammy injury from my failed ultra attempt at the end of December (still need to write about that, maybe when my ego heals a bit more).  Not the best conditions to be running under my first race back.  Towards the end, I felt it start to fatigue and with marathon training underway, I slowed down way more than I would have liked to keep from re-tweaking it.  I also got lost.  I missed a turn right at the end.  Luckily I wasn’t the only one who missed it and only one poor soul followed me.  Sorry 😦  Even with everything, I still ran a minute faster than my attempt a few years ago.  Ideally, I would have loved to have been in the 1:20-1:25 range, but looks like I’ll be saving that for the 10 mile race that I’m coaching runners for this summer Training starts at the end of the month if you want to join one of our weekend running groups.  Email for more information 🙂 (Only shameless plug, I promise!) Next race is a few weeks away.  A 5k that is also part of the Grand Prix. Last time I ran this one was in 2010 as well.  While I probably won’t beat my PR set last year at the Minneapolis Duathlon, I should have no problem demolishing my old time for that course.

Official time 1:31:31

5th in my AG

13th place in the women’s division

28th overall

What’s on Your Playlist? – Jan. 30th

Last night, one of my fellow running coaches invited a guest speaker to speak to our running classes about cadence, or how quickly the feet hit the ground.  The speaker was a physical therapist and fellow runner who had done quite a bit of studying up on how changing a runners cadence can not only make them quicker, but also reduce the risk of injury.  I’ll leave all this wonderful info for another post, however the moral of the story was that 180 is the magic number to strive for when running.  Now you could always run to a metronome to achieve the perfect cadence, or you could just find some great tunes with a similar bpm to rock out to while pounding away the miles on the treadmill. is a great site to find music that fits into the range you’re looking for.  Just enter in 7:00 for your mile time and up pop hundreds of songs with the rhythm that will get you speeding up those footsteps.  

As a new weekly feature on the blog, Wednesdays will now be What’s on Your Playlist? day.  Have a favorite tune to get you going at the gym?  Share it with the rest of us so we can keep those feet and ears happy.


Miss Me?



Sorry to have been MIA for the last month. January is by far my least favorite month of the year.  Not only is it freaking cold (our high today was 3°F, balmy compared to yesterday), but 60 hour work weeks are the norm.  Minnesotans love their winter sports.  Way too many hours spent watching hockey, basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics at the high school I work at.  Since I’m getting paid, I probably shouldn’t complain.  But whoever thought that a sport played on ice was a good idea was wrong.  Those ice rinks are freaking cold!

Then there’s that whole being a personal trainer thing.  Turns out people like to join the gym in January.  Who knew? A dozen new clients between the two gyms, and God only knows how many orientations and consultations I’ve done these last few weeks.  

9 more days in the month…. I can do this!!

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

How I did on my November Goals – November blogging challenge #29

In a nutshell – I bombed big time this month. I did good on one and okay-ish on another, but the other 3 I failed at miserably.  On the plus side, I can’t do any worse on my December goals, right?  Here’s a breakdown of how I did…

1. Be diligent about tracking my food and get back into the clean eating routine –  I think I did this all of 4 or 5 days this month.  Thanksgiving got the best of me.  You’d understand if you’d ever had my mom’s pie.  I really do need to get on track though.  Or I’ll be asking Santa for bigger jeans :-/

2.  Training for my upcoming ultramarathon – I actually did okay-ish here.  While I would have loved to have gotten a few more miles under my belt, I did get a couple of decent early morning trail runs in and doubled up with a 2nd decent run.  I’ve still got a few weeks left to log quality some miles as long as the weather holds up.  I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll at least be able to finish.  There will be homemade turtles at the aid stations to motivate my butt to keep going.

3. Sell, Sell, SELL!!!!! – This is the one I can actually say I did good on!!  I picked up a few new clients at the Y and hit my sales goal for the 2nd month in a row.  I’m starting to pick up clients at the other gym.  Things are looking good, if not insanely crazy on the job front.  Now to figure out a way to add a few more hours in the day so I can get it all done!!

4.  Find a man –  Yeah, I failed big time on this one.  And I don’t have an active online dating account anymore to help me out in that department.  But I had this amazing idea that would not only help me find a partner in crime, but all the lonely runners out there.  More details on that to be posted soon.

5.  Actually stay on top of a blogging challenge – Epic fail #3 for the month.  I’m going to make it my New Year’s Resolution…. in 2016….

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


I try to be thankful the other 364 days of the year. Some days are harder than others.  I know that I am truly lucky to have such an amazing family and friends.  Without them, I don’t know how I would have made it through this past year a happier and stronger person than I was a year ago.  I’m also thankful for my health.  Too many people take theirs for granted.  Every run I go on or every Bodypump class at the gym, I’m thankful that my body allows me to push myself day after day.  Every mile, no matter how much it may hurt, is a gift.

I’m thankful for my daughter.  Her energy. Her laughter.  Watching her master something new.  She never ceases to amaze me with how intelligent and caring she is.  This week we had her first parent-teacher conference of the year.  Her preschool teacher could not stop praising my daughter’s love for learning and compassion for others.  As a mother, hearing this makes me so incredibly proud that she is already learning the skills that will help her become the amazing person I dream that she’ll one day be.

What are you thankful for this year?