Tag Archives: Ragnar Tennessee

This Week on the Internet: Evidently I Don’t Want Friends

Recently, I was most pleasantly surprised to be approached by WebMD to be a contributor for their new women’s health blog. Here’s a link to my recent post of VBAC.

Also, because I don’t necessarily want friends {or because I actually care about women and am tired of all the anti- vaccine hooligans} I wrote this post on the HPV vaccine for Grace for Moms. 

My half marathon is next weekend and I feel pretty good about it. I’m going to try for negative splits, with a goal to finish under 1:50, but we’ll see how it goes. Babies are popping out everywhere (I’ve delivered 10 in the last week) interfering with my training  and sleep schedules. I know, how inconsiderate of them.

Ragnar is in 3 weeks and we just lost a runner. We are currently desperately looking for a sub, or else several of us will be running an extra leg and that is a particularly unappealing proposition.

Any of the 3 people who read this want to run Ragnar, let me know ASAP. It’s super fun I promise: 200 miles from Chattanooga to Nashville in a sweaty van with 5 other crazy ladies for 30 hours.  Hmmmm. perhaps it’s good I didn’t go into sales…

 

 

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Happy 4th of July

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With low humidity and record low temperatures, my run on July 4th was perfect. Since the marathon I have been mainly running between 6-8 for my long run. This weekend I felt antsy  to go farther, so I dug out my fuel belt, dusted off my Goo and belted out 10 miles. It felt great. I ran an ‘out and back’ from Sullivan Farms to down town Franklin. This is one of my favorite courses. It takes me through several beautiful neighborhoods and past the Carnton plantation (a civil war cemetery).

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The first hour I merely took my time and absorbed the scenery: bubbling brooks, the sunrise and multiple flags along tree lined streets. As an extrovert, I love running with people, but sometimes you just need to be alone with the pavement. As I ran, my mind wandered as much as my feet. I alternated between silent prayers for the many people in my life who are hurting right now and being thankful of all the many blessing that I have as an American. For most of my run the sound track was merely the cadence of my feet hitting the road. A peaceful start to a loud weekend. I’ll admit that I did resort to my ipod for the last 3 miles as I let the tunes of Katy Perry and U2 motivate me back home.

I got the feeling that my legs had been going through lactic acid withdrawal. Like a pair of big dogs who had been kept in their kennel too long, my legs were ecstatic to run so far. Yes, it’s definitely time to start training again.

Fall running plans:

Labor Day : Franklin Classic 10 K

The Franklin Classic is a fabulous race through my home town. It raises money for an excellent cause: Mercy Children’s Clinic. I have done this hilly race before and I love the finish up main street. My goal is to finish under 50 minutes. My crazy goal would be to finish under 48 minutes.

Oct. 11: The Middle Half

I ran this flat half marathon in Murfreesboro, TN last year and set a PR. I am running again this year with 12 other gals from my neighborhood. It will be a blast. I’m a little scared to try to beat last years time(1:48), but anything under 1:50 would be great.

Oct. 24-25: Ragnar Tennessee

12 women. 2 Vans. 200 miles. Sound like fun? I can hardly wait. Me, my marathon peeps and 6 other crazy ladies are running from Chattanooga to Nashville Oct. 24-25. {Assuming we can agree on a team name}. Our only goal here is to finish (and not kill each other). I’m sure I will be writing a lot more about this one.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th as well. Anyone else doing a Ragnar this fall or training for a crazy race?