Summer Rocks (review and giveaway)

NUUN, Endurance Shield, Balance Bar

Disclosure: I was given energy bars, electrolyte tablets and sunscreen for review by Balance Bar, NUUN Energy, and Endurance Shield. All opinions are my own. I really cannot get my head around the fact that tomorrow is July 4th. With my kids finishing up school so late, we are just getting started on summer and here it is half-way over. If I could wave a […]

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Anatomy of a great trail run

Ah, friends: I am in my happy zone right now. Not only is it summer, but I’m running and I’m running pain free. Yesterday I headed out to a local trail for five miles with Tori. I have run or hiked these trails many times over, but I’m not super clear on all the different twists and turns, so I decided on an out and […]

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From heel strike to mid-foot strike and back again?

heel strike

Like many runners, I jumped on the natural running bandwagon a few years back. And I am still a believer in less shoe, aiming to land under your center of gravity, and landing quietly with a high cadence. But I think when I changed my form I put the focus on changing from heel striking to mid foot striking, and then got lazy and didn’t […]

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Nailing the negative split

progression run

Studies have shown that for long races like the marathon, even splitting is your best bet. Even so, most coaches will recommend that you spend the first couple of miles a bit slower than goal pace before settling into goal pace. No one, however, is going to encourage you to positive split! I have many faults when it comes to my running, but one strength […]

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Friday (summer) five

1. My kids are finally, finally, finally done with school today. I love our school system, but I think there was a major fail this year in the usage of snow days. For one, the administration flips that snow day switch far too quickly. For two, the fact that not a single professional day or “take your child to work” type day wasn’t pulled from […]

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Confessions of a cardio junkie

My name is Amanda and I love cardio. It’s not that I hate strength work or any other kind of exercise, but given the chance, I’ll choose some sort of cardio workout every time. And I’ll do a lot of it, too. I’m sure it goes back to starting out as a triathlete. I mean, cardio is what you do if you’re a triathlete, especially […]

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Racing ego

Happy Friday the 13th all! Let’s hope it is full of good luck. Carla discussed the role of ego, for her, when it comes to running a race. Today she’s letting me have a go at the same topic. Please join meĀ over there today! Related Posts:No Related Posts

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My mismatched running partner

I have an awesome running partner

So yes, I’ve been easing back into running and so far, so good. I’m not going to get into details of how far/how much right now because I don’t want to jinx myself and have another setback. It’s not much, yet, but it’s forward progress and that’s all I could ask for. As I’ve been making my return, I’ve been taking Tori along as my […]

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The toughest stability move I do


I told you a couple of weeks ago that one of the things I’m working on improving these days is my stability. It’s funny, because before starting PT with Robert, I thought that I had pretty decent stability. I spent a lot of time in single-leg stance throughout my day and incorporated balance work into my regular strength routine. But when Robert tested me on […]

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My dad, the runner

My dad with his medals and a shot of him handing off the baton

I had the pleasure yesterday of flying to Ohio for the day to surprise my dad on his 80th birthday. My mom was in on it, and we pulled it off beautifully. Seeing the look on his face when I rang doorbell was fantastic! When I got together with him yesterday we returned to a subject he is fond of visiting, his days of running […]

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