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Shape Diva Dash 2014 in Minnesota

So remember a month ago when I did the Shape Diva Dash Giveaway? And then two weeks ago when I was all nervous about running my very first obstacle course?

Well, I’m happy to say I conquered the Shape Diva Dash 2014 in Minnesota!

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Alex won the giveaway, so her mom used my discount code (which you can still use! find it on the sidebar or the giveaway post!) and together we headed over to Stillwater, Minnesota’s fairgrounds.

shape diva dash stillwater fairgrounds 2014

We got there about 90 minutes early, which is how early we were told to get there, and the volunteers were still setting up. It was a bit weird how there were barely any ladies there yet, especially when I thought about my last fun run where we waited over an hour after the start time to run. [Read more...]

Would You Rather: Running Questions #2

would you rather..running questions

Part two of would you rather running questions! Bees or dogs? Solo or group? Grunting or talking? + more!

Shape Diva Dash Giveaway + Discount Code

shape diva dash discount code

The Shape Diva Dash is the only women’s obstacle racing course WITHOUT mud! Enter for a free entry or use my discount code to race!

Run or DYE St Paul

run or dye st paul 2014 before and after

I experienced my first Run or Dye fun run in St Paul this year. See what I thought here!

Challenges + Benefits of Outdoor Running + Run or Dye Coupon Code

outdoor run in Nebraska

It’s time to start running outdoors again in Minnesota! It’s all coming back to me!

Would You Rather: Running Questions

would you rather..running questions

Some fun running questions for those runners out there “Would You Rather” style!

Girls on the Run 5K in the Twin Cities

girls on the run 5k recap

A fun race with Girls on the Run Twin cities.

Girls on the Run 5K in the Twin Cities!

Full disclosure: I get to run this 5K for free in exchange for a post about the fun details. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to redeem myself. From what? Well, I signed up for a 10-mile race in support of Girls on the Run, but ended up sick and injured (and freaked out by big city crowds) on race day. I did succeed with my fundraising goals with the help of YOU lovely people, but I still feel like I let people down by not actually running the race. Fortunately there is a Girls on the Run 5K coming up…the one that the girls race! It takes place on Saturday, November 16th at 9am in the twin cities area and I want you to join me! This is the first time that Girls on the Run is opening up the race to the community and we can be a part of it! For those of you who aren’t aware, Girls on the Run is a fantastic organization who’s mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Basically over the course of 20 lessons, the girls are taught valuable life skills while training for a fun 5K race! Here is more about the Girls on the Run Twin Cities program + curriculum: •       Girls on the Run Twin Cities is an independent 501c3 youth development program that was founded by Mary Uran and Kori Fitschen in 2011.  •       Girls on the Run Twin Cities is part of Girls on the Run International, founded by Molly Barker in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996.   •       We envision a world where every girls knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.    •       The 20-lesson curricula empowers girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, content, healthy, confident women.    •       Each session is led by trained female coaches that […]

Race Day Pressure

So you sign up for this race. It might be an easy/fun distance, but likely it is something you need to train for. It’s okay though, because you are so. excited!! You are going to kick this race’s butt!! So you map out this plan. The perfect plan. You visualize yourself running these graceful miles outdoors. The weather is undoubtedly perfect in this imaginary scene. You picture yourself waking up excited for every workout. Of course you will feel awesome all the time because you are exercising and fueling your body perfectly. This ideal training probably happens the first week. Maybe the second week. Sometime around the third or fourth week, though, something will come up. Life happens. You go a few nights with less than awesome sleep, so you don’t feel like getting up early to put some miles on your shiny new running shoes. The strength training session you scheduled in doesn’t seem as important as working on a project around the house. Some friends want to hang out, so you skip a cross-training session. Two Weddings and a Birthday Life just happens and your training turns from perfectly complying with your scheduled workouts, to a lackluster effort to catch up on your missed sessions, as though that were even possible. Even if you do your training perfectly, there is so much pressure put on race day. I mean you’ve told all of these people you were running this race.People encouraged you.People admired you.It felt good to be working towards something awesome. But what if something happens to prevent you from running the race?What if you get sick or injured or have a family wedding come up the night before (more on that later)? Someone who is excited about running a race might have the tendency to flip out when things go wrong (hi, I might have done this very thing very recently). This adds even more stress on a day that should be fun and amazing. So what can we do about all of this training and race day pressure? Learn from my mistakes to make training […]

Kind of Freaking Out: Half Training Week 6 + 7

So I signed up for these runs. A half marathon in Des Moines that is coming up in about a month, then a 10 mile run that is coming up in about TWO weeks!! Oh yeah and for the 10 mile run I decided I would raise $500 for Girls on the Run since I really wanted to get involved in the organization. So why am I freaking out? A variety of reasons: 1. My right leg has been hurting. I don’t even know how to describe it other than it starts somewhere around my outer right knee and then slowly radiates up and down my leg until I have to stop walking/running.2. I started a new job three weeks ago and pretty much every day I worked I came home with aching feet. It’s pretty tough to train when your dang feet hurt! Don’t be fooled by the “6.” That was adding miles to my work shoes for the past two weeks. 3. As a result of the aches and pains, I have not been meeting the weekly mileage I had hoped to the past couple of weeks. I am so nervous I won’t be able to run either race! 4. I have yet to meet my $500 goal for Girls on the Run and I’m running out of time! I did extend my giveaway to benefit Girls on the Run to the 30th of this month, so please check it out here!  All you have to do is donate a dollar to a wonderful organization and you could win a whole case of Chobani! I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound too bad to me! I think it’s just tough to ask people for money. Yes, it’s a great cause, but it’s still awkward to ask for donations (or is that just me?). I do get more excited the more I learn about Girls on the Run. I even had the opportunity to meet up with some of the gals for a short run around Lake Nokomis and I just love the heart behind what they […]