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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Joy Memorial Criterium

I came so close to just skipping this race due to the weather forecast predicting ‘heavy rain’ for the day of the race, Memorial Day. It came down to the point where I would not have enough time to drive to the start if I didn’t go at that moment. I pulled into the race […]

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