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    I'm a stay-at-home-mom who, as part of a mid-life challenge, decided to run a marathon for kicks. I didn't plan on it becoming a hobby, but it did. I QUALIFIED FOR BOSTON at my second marathon and slipped into the vortex. Join me as I fulfill my dream of running the marathon majors.

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Insomniac’s 3 Things

Categories: 1/2 Marathon, Flying Pig Half Marathon, Race Schedule, Three Things Thursday, Wisconsin Half Marathon

1. I got up at 2:50 am and never really went back to sleep. The room was too hot, the dogs started bugging me at 3 and again a 4. I got up at 4:30. I still haven’t run. I’m leaning toward saving it for tomorrow when it’s supposed to be way cooler.
2. You know those Asian nail salons where the technicians shout in foreign tongues and you wonder WTH they’re talking about? I read an article written by a Vietnamese journalist where she outed them. They’re gossiping. About us. But we already knew that, right? I can just imagine what they say about my hideous, black toenails. Actually they’re petite flowers right now, cuz I haven’t marathoned since last year. Haven’t been in one of those nail salons in eons either.
3. While most people snag a t-shirt or coffee mug on vacation, look at the spoon I found laying on the floor near baggage claim at Sea-Tac airport on our way to Alaska. The kids (and everyone else for that matter) were totally grossed out when I picked it up. I call it my royal spoon. I think of Alaska every time I eat yogurt with it. See? I told you I was tired.
4. Yes, four things, I’m getting punchy. Thing 2 has been begging for 2 years now to go to the Flying Pig Marathon. It conflicts with Wisconsin, which I’ve done the past two years. It’ll conflict again. So do I:

  1. Do FP next May?
  2. Blow off FP and do Wisconsin a third time?
  3. Do Wisconsin on Saturday then high tail it to Cincinnati for FP on Sunday?

I’m leaning toward option 3. Or if I do option 1, I’d do the 3-way (5k/10k/half) and the kids would do the kids’ races.

Are you planning 2014 races?


February Wrap-Up

Categories: Race Schedule, Training Recap, Weight Loss

Happy March! It’s in like a lion here with blowing snow (what else is new?) and frigid wind chills. So let’s wrap up February:

Miles run: 71

Miles Cycled: 75

Races: 1

Muddy Monk Frozen 5: DNS because the trails were a sheet of ice.

Virtual Races: 3

Goals for Feb: Weightloss

  • Weight: -3.6 lbs.
  • Body Fat: -3%

Holy cow this has not been easy. I’m still logging my food and tracking with the Fitbit Aria scale. I can clearly see now that every little chip counts. 2 lbs. of cruise weight to go; then 6 lbs to BQ weight.


Guilty Pleasure: Junket to Montreal for the Maroon 5 concert. OK I’m not guilty about this. At. All.


  • Meal planning: Finally, for the first time ever, I planned meals every week. I prepped ahead of time and thawed early. The stress this reduced was significant. Need to keep this train rolling.
  • Heart Rate Training: My runs are so much more enjoyable this way. 

Upcoming races: While May and June are filling up, I don’t have much on tap in March and April so far:

  • 3/30: Eggshell Shuffle 5k
  • 5/4: Wisconsin Half
  • 5/18: Run for the Fields 5k
  • 5/19: Chicagoland Spring Half
  • 6/2: Northshore Half
  • 6/23: Fleet Feet Women’s Half
  • 7/18: Espirit de She 5k

How was your February? What’s on tap for March? Anyone racing?


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