After my inspirational interview with Oprah and Brene Brown, I’ve been focusing on getting in the mileage I need for my next race, The Capital Pursuit 10 mile race. I joined a running group through the YMCA to help me with my long run blues. This group meets three times a week with a long […]Read More Capital Strider Wannabe
The taping, original transcript, and edits of my interview with Oprah Winfrey about my training were tragically lost. The following transcript has been taken completely from memory. Oprah: Alicia, thank you so much for joining to me today. My production team received letters from all three of your followers with burning questions about your current […]Read More My Lost Interview with Oprah Winfrey
It’s been kind of tough figuring out the next race journey since I’ve missed the timing on the usual Des Moines racing milestones for me being Dam to Dam and the Drake 10k. In fact, the day of the Drake road races series this year was a race day runner’s dream for weather. Just perfect. […]Read More Smells Like Team Crotch Sweat
This blog post has been plaguing me since I stopped running over the summer. I went back and read my inspirational last words of my previous post and think, shut up lady. An unexpected midnight banking transaction served as a reminder that my subscription to wordpress auto-renewed and sent my personal checking account into the […]Read More Mom Butt.
After feeling a little dismayed by my Drake 10k performance, I have really upped the training in May. My coach/husband is pretty unforgiving when it came to pushing me out the door in heat, wind, rain, with tired muscles, exhaustion, and blisters. Needless to say, May was a push to meet what I set out […]Read More Dam to Dam victory is paved with Runner’s Glide and trash bag raincoats.
My journey back to road races led me digging for the Flexeril this month. I hit my first long run about four weeks ago and I was feeling great. I took a day off running and decided to hit another yoga class Tuesday night at the YMCA. I crept into class five minutes late and […]Read More Injury, illness, more illness, and getting throat punched by your training plan.
Holy shit. It’s official. I signed up for Dam to Dam. All my nights of not sleeping has trained me for the registration opening at 6:00 am. I assumed some cruel twist of fate would leave me to be boxed out of the race as the 8001th runner, so I set a 5:50 am alarm […]Read More Pools, hills, and new gear.
I truly ended on a high note after my last post. Running was going great, body was feeling good, and I completed my first race in a decent time. For no good reason, I took a nose dive in my training and diet. I didn’t set out on this journey to lose weight or eat […]Read More Ready. Set. All the cookies in my mouth.
Race number one is in the books! What an epic end to a hellish week. Our house has been fraught with illness and even more sleepless nights. Our youngest spiked a fever and coughing fits, which ended in an uneventful ER visit where she got a hospital grade suction out of her nose, a mega […]Read More Running on empty (and in snow, in 7 degrees, in February)
8pm-7:30am: up all night with sick kid 7:45-8:15am: eat soggy cereal, feed children, guzzle coffee 9:15am: doctor appointment for sick child (they can’t do anything because, you know, she’s still breathing). Just a virus, come back when she’s coding, got it. 10:00am: oh look at that, locked out of the house with a sick, tired […]Read More A case of the night runs