Train a Dog – Save a Warrior

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I am using my Marathon des Sables race to raise awareness and funds for the Train a Dog Save a Warrior Program. This amazing organization rescues dogs and trains them as Medical Alert Service Dogs for our veterans – a huge win for the dog AND the veteran. They do a phenomenal amount of good on a very small budget….

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MdS: Focus, 136 days, & Tveir Hrafnar

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Obsession? maybe– some small changes, some bigger. My way of getting completely focused: Set my phone’s home page to MdS photo as a constant reminder. I see you sand dunes! Cut out sugar & artificial sweeteners + began choosing whole vs. processed food. 3 weeks in & have dropped 10 lbs. that I didn’t know I had to lose. Learned…

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Lighthouse 50K: Longhorns, perseverance, & lessons learned

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I ran a couple of ultras in September & October, as training for MdS, with mixed results. Lighthouse 50K in September was fun in that everything-goes-to-shit but still fun kinda’ way. Lighthouse 50K – September 20 – Johnson City, TX What worked: Support of a great friend!, perseverance, fit/arrangement of desert pack What didn’t: Nutrition (continuing theme here), shoes (Altra…

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Marathon des Sables, Hobbit Wisdom, & 182 days

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With the postponement of TransArabia, I have been fully focused on the next big race:  Marathon des Sables in April 2015. Similar in format, it’s 6 days and 150 miles, self-supported — so I’ll be carrying all of my food, gear, emergency/medical stuff in my backpack. The race organization will supply water (rationed through a punch card system) and a…

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Safety Radar, ISIS, & Making the Call

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Difficult to write this! but combination of recent events – especially those specifically targeted at Americans – have lead me to the difficult decision of deferring my entry to TransArabia to 2016. Brutality of the ISIS terrorists and their proximity to the race venue (now less than 50 miles from the Jordanian border) have created a situation where my safety…

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Comrades: 1 Me: 0

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What worked well: clothes & gear, new friends!, stunning scenery Not so well: less than 100% recovery from PS100, registration/race logistics (Marathon Tours – never again!), personal safety stress, race support Many indicators leading up to this race that things weren’t going to be … great. Workouts were sluggish, slow & I could tell I wasn’t fully recovered from Prairie…

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2014: Huge scary goal, the plan + checking in

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  Not sure exactly when it happened, but sometime last year I woke up realizing my world had gotten a little… small. Comfy. And I was running out of time to do some of the cool stuff still on my “list”.  Ironman triathlons were a great experience & ultra-running was fun, but I was missing that combo of excitement +…

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Prairie Spirit 100: WWED, coyotes, 2nd sunrise

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March 29-30th, 2014 – Ottawa Kansas Race goals: 1)      Finish under 30 hour time limit 2)      No major injuries – lots of racing ahead Day before departure, my coach Liza Howard met me with gifts:  Cheez-Its for my drop bag (box covered in inspiration), runner girl temp tattoo, & Team RWB bracelet with WWED lettered on the side.  WWED =…

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Rocky 50: Scared-of-the-dark, electronics fail, huge PR

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February 2014, Huntsville Texas, 2014   Race goals: #1 – finish under 13 hours #2 – don’t get injured, lots of racing ahead Strategy agreed with coach – go out easy for 25 miles, test nutrition plan & enjoy the race! Pick up the last ½ if feeling good. Early start!  Remembering the traffic backup for last weekend’s Rocky Raccoon…

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2013 in Review

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2013 – Short Version:  Finished Ironman career, couple of scary swims, lots of running. Slightly Longer Version: Plan was to compete in both IM Florida and IM Arizona — 2 weeks apart – to finish my IM career at #17.  (I know, “never say never” but seriously? enough already.) IM Florida went well, solid except for a crazy-challenging swim start….

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