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RUNNING, RACE & GEAR REVIEWS

My Half Marathon Experience

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Dating Advice: How to Convert a Runner

There was a period of time in my life that I was single. Fourteen years ago I found myself divorced.

My first blind date via a friend and my daughter asked me, "Don't you want to date a runner?”.   I wanted someone who had the same desire to live a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to be on the same page with exercise and diet.   Someone who understood my running disease. Someone who would buy me running socks for the heck of it and ask me regularly if I needed new running shoes. Perhaps a man who …

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My First Marathon Trail Experience

I don’t know how everyone else feels before an event, but I know how I felt this time.  I was training for the 50/50 up Peavine Mountain in Reno, NV. It’s a 50-mile course, a 50K course (just over 31 miles), and this year they added a half marathon.  It’s a brutal course with a lot of elevation gain and loss on a half single track, half dirt roads. I was only training for the ½ marathon. My second of the year (and my life) with a 10K thrown in for good measure.  I felt I had trained fairly wel…

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Winter Running Tips

It's cold. Sure, not as cold as Alaska when I lived there, but still cold. It snows too. Not always as much as this year and not as much as other places, but we get it. This year quite a bit of it, relatively speaking. Ice. It's everywhere. I've only gone running in temps as low as 13* this year. I've also bypassed running when the roads have been excessively crappy which seems like a lot. I used to run no matter what, but then I broke my foot. That taught me to be more of a fair-weather runner …

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The Best Gear for Winter Running

Reno is the only place I've lived where I can go running in shorts and a T-shirt in nearly 60* weather on a Sunday, and Tuesday have to figure out what to wear in 23* with ice and snow.  We tend not to ease into winter - it just wakes up one day and bludgeons us.  Our temperatures do fluctuate during the day so if morning running is too chilly, you can go at 3 in the afternoon and add 20*.  As the expression goes - if you don't like Reno weather, wait 5 minutes. Keep reading for my list of the b…

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Net Down Marathon Run

Net down!  Get those words right out of your head.  They mean ONLY that from the start to the finish of a marathon, you have gone down in elevation.  This is the second race I've done this summer that was a "net down" and they were the two most difficult races of the year (Bizz Johnson and this one).  They also were both on trails which I find to be technically more difficult but a lot more fun.

We're already moving so fast, the photo is blurry Chris and I drove to Redding, CA on Friday eveni…

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Running the Bizz Johnson Express Half Marathon

First, let me preface by saying that running the Bizz Johnson half marathon is by far one of my favorite races.  It's absolutely beautiful, well run, super fun and low key.  It's a net down but feels flat (except one big down followed immediately by an up).  Great aid stations, good people, a bus system that actually works seamlessly, and a finish that feeds an army.  With beer included.  Amazing and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  Having said that........  It was not one of my better days, but…

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Marathon Race Recap

I did a race recap a couple of months ago.  I highlighted three races I ran this Spring.  Then another post on a 5K I ran.  Here's the next marathon race recap for three others that I ran this summer.

The first race (as others that are planned in the future) was in conjunction with Reno's "crawls".  The wine crawls in Reno are generally themed.  This is a great opportunity to have a 5K at the same time and join forces.  It also means race entries open up some of the downtown activities to the…

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My Favorite Cold Weather Running Gear

I'll admit it - there's a chill in the air.  Tuesday mornings 5:20 am run was the chilliest at about 40* and it's definitely time to make some changes.  I'm sharing my favorite cold weather running gear. Runners are picky.  I don't like anything on my waist, I can't stand to hold things, the hydration pack is awkward, I need music to run, I don't like anything bouncing in my pockets, etc....  But it's true that when things rub you the wrong way (literally and figuratively), it can throw off your…

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How To Set Running Goals

First of all, be realistic when setting running goals.  I generally have 3 goals for each race.  My PR - the time to beat, my middle of the road that I will probably achieve, and my absolutely don't want to do worse than this.  Here are the last 18 months for me and why we need to alter our goals:


  • Feb 2014.  Training for Napa Marathon.  Up to 18 miles.  Breathing isn't good.  Decided to dial back since exercise-induced asthma is kicking my butt.  I'm exhausted all the time and I'm getting…

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