Carb Loading

One aspect of running marathons that I had trouble with early on was nutrition. My first marathon was a total disaster. I thought that carb-loading was simply having a big dinner the night before the race. I ate a big burger with fries the night before the race and by mile 18 the next day […]

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Surly Trail Loppet

This race has distance options from 5k to half-marathon. My friend Shashi had registered for the half and suggested that I give it a shot. I liked the idea of doing my first half-marathon on a trail so I signed up. When you register, they allow you to select which corral you want to start […]

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Southside Sprint Crit Race

After numerous crit races with the same mediocre results, I decided to do something different in this one. Instead of registering in the general Cat 4/5 races, I decided to race against the Cat 4/5 40+. I have always considered that 40+ category to be sandbagging. Wow, was I wrong. This felt exactly like the […]

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Afton 25k Trail Run

This wasn’t my first trail run but it was my first real trail race. It is also a race that I never would have considered signing up for. However, one day a coworker came to my desk and threw out the idea of me doing this race with him and another coworker’s husband. In addition […]

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