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race report // get in gear 13.1


And just like that, the 2017 race season has started. The Hot Dash 10 mile has been my season opener the past two years, but my legs weren’t quite race ready a month ago. So we switched it up and instead I raced Minnesota’s annual rite of spring: the Get in Gear half marathon. I was pretty stoked, too, because most of the course – river road along the Mississippi between Minneapolis and St. Paul – is my regular long run route and my absolute favorite place to run. 

After a chill morning – the race started at 9a – I checked my sweats and did a quick warm-up before lining up with the 7:00-mile pacer. The first four miles ticked off quickly as I kept pace with three other women. By the time we cruised downhill under the Franklin bridge I was warmed up and right on target. My legs felt strong, too. 

But as I flew down that giant hill I also knew I had to run back up it – along with quite a few other climbs between miles four and eight. And they weren’t much fun at race pace. By the time I hit the uphill into mile eight at Franklin… OMG. OUCH. 

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why you should run the desmoid dash.

My good friend Sonia runs for a few reasons – because she’s healthy enough to do so, for her patients and, most importantly, for her fiancé, Matt. And, they’ll both be running, along with hundreds of others, at this year’s Desmoid Dash. Sonia + Matt…


sports bra shopping + a giveaway!

I was 11 or 12 when I hopped on my black + hot pink Huffy 10-speed and biked to my friend’s to pick up a brown paper bag.  Inside: My first (sports) bra.  Our moms had conspired – because my friend wore a bra first…


girls on the run 5k giveaway!

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race report // hot dash 10 mile 2016

Only in Minnesota do you wake up to two inches of fresh snow on race morning. I’d been stalking the weather all week, but nowhere did it say it would be measurable!  For the second year, the Hot Dash 10 Mile has been my season…


anatomy of a winter run in minnesnowta.

A few years ago, I made a deal with myself that I would run outside all winter as long as it was above 10F (because treadmill). A year later, I dropped my limit to 0F, and unless the wind chill is ridiculous (usually -10F…