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Traveling ALL DAY. I’m still not home, I’m sitting in my sister’s basement in Manhattan… KS that is. The Little Apple, not the Big Apple.

So as most of you know, I have this crazy cyber-stalkish thing going on with my favorite blogger, SkinnyRunner.

Yep, no denying it. I think she’s smart and quirky and I love to read her posts. It’s like an addiction or something.

A few days ago, I got mentioned! YAY! Okay, well I sent in a few pics of me and Mirda from San Diego. She posted it. I felt special.

So HELLO to my new viewers, y’all are at home here.

In honor of SR and my sis, who I’ve spent the past week with & who is running her first half in the fall, I am going to reblog part of her advice from Feb of 2012 about running your first race. I love it, it’s GREAT stuff. It helped me get through my first marathon! Enjoy!

“So let’s dive in first with running tips; you’ve probably heard of these before, but I steal all my information from others so get used to it.

*Don’t try anything new on race day.  Nothing new: no new shoes, new food, new outfit, new pace, nothing new.

There will inevitably be someone who’s all “I did everything new on race day and still PR’ed.”  Great, good for you.  You want a cookie?

If you’re a new runner, there’s no upside in risking a blister, an upset stomach, or some nice chafing.  Why risk it?

Use a (training) long run as a dress rehearsal and treat it like the race: run your race pace, eat your pre-race breakfast, take in your race fuel, etc so you have a feel for how race day will be.

A gear tip: set out all your gear the night before, from shoes all the way up to headgear.  Plug in your electronics nearby your pile of stuff so in the early morning head fog, you won’t forget anything because it’s all together.

IMGP1902 SoCal Running

(There’s a good checklist on that site too of all marathon gear you might need)

*Start the race at the pace you trained at, not your I’m geeked up and superstoked pace

Everyone does this – we get excited, nervous, full of energy and rip off the line running way too fast, but for first time racers, the faster you start, the slower you’re gonna finish.  Take it easy the first couple miles and then put the hammer down and finish strong.

*Take in fuel whether that’s energy drinks, gels, bites, etc

If you’re running 13 miles, I think you should be taking in calories somehow.  This goes back to doing your dress rehearsal run – figure out in training what type of fuel works best for you.  Some people have iron stomachs and could eat a traffic cone while others can only do one specific brand of energy drink.  Know what works for you.

Now, onto racing etiquette and courtesy:

*Start in the right corral according to the time you are going to run: not your wishful thinking time but a realistic time.

A huge complaint of pretty much all racers is when people don’t start in the correct corral because it makes everyone’s start more chaotic and less efficient.

For example, if this is your first race and you’ve been training to run a 2:00 half, then get in the 2 hr. corral even if you see some 1:50 people that you could beat or you feel really good that day.  Get in the corral that correlates with the pace you’ve trained at.

Whatever you do, don’t hop in the front corrals because you think it’s advantageous to start earlier.  not at all.  Almost all races have chip timing so your time doesn’t start until you cross the start line.

All that happens when you start too fast is that you get passed by a bunch of people (demoralizing) or you start off way too fast and then blow up at the finish.


So pick a corral that’s realistic for you.  You don’t win a race in the first mile; it’s the last ones that are important.  And you can always speed up after the first few miles.

*If you need to stop, walk, stretch, whatever, move over to the side of the course, preferably the right side. 

Don’t ever just stop in the middle of the road -you could get hurt, someone could hit you from behind, etc.  Think of cars driving: if the one in front of you stops suddenly, there’s gonna be a wreck.  So gently move over to the side when you need to stop.  And it’s ok to stop and walk!

*When going through aid stations, you don’t have to grab the first cup.

In big races, there are tons of volunteers handing out cups every 2ish miles so don’t swerve over to grab the first cup you see; go on a little bit where it’s less crowded.  It’s less energy you’re having to expend and lessens the risk of colliding with someone.

*After you drink, look around before tossing the cup. 

It’s usually best to toss it to the side of the road and not just drop it at your feet.  If you see trash cans, try to aim for those. A drinking tip:pinch the cup together to make a little spout which makes it easier to gulp down.

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*If you have to hawk a loogie, look behind you before you do.  Move over to the side if need be.

*Thank the volunteers.

They’re out there just as long as you are but not getting any glory or endorphin high so try to smile or say thank you when can.

*At the finish, move on through it.

There’s going to be hundreds of people sprinting in hard behind you so grab your medal, water and space blanket and keep on walking a little further until you’re out of the crowd.  Then stretch out, sit down, get something in your system without being run over by other runners.

To sum it up, it’s important to start in the correct corral and then while racing, think of what you’d want the runner in front of you to do.  Would you want them to suddenly swerve right in front of you, toss their gel wrapper right over their shoulder, stop right in the middle and tie their shoe?”

Now back to me.

I love y’all, you’re fantastic. I plan on a 5:30am run, I have some errands to do (like applying for a job in the fall.. yay college!) in the morning and getting some awesome stuff ready for fundraising for TNT! Then when I get home it’s CrossFit time. No days off! … Well.. Today doesn’t count.

Run on.

Hey Y’all!

Guess where I am?


I’m in Chesterton, IN! Go me!

My mother was raised here before she made the long venture to Dodge City, KS where she was set up with my dad by my grandpa… and the rest is history.

On Friday my cousin, Shane, is getting married to a pretty gal named Brittany! They’re sitting right behind me, so hopefully they didn’t see me creeping on his FB page to get a picture of them… 🙂


I’m creepy, I know.

So while I am here, I’ve decided to seriously hunker down on my healthy eating, getting some work & stuff done, and of course, having some fun with family I don’t get to see that often.

The only “gym” equipment they have here are jump ropes, some lightweight dumbbells, a ballet bar, one of those big bouncy balls, and a balance thing that looks like half of a workout ball but the other half is completely flat so it rests on the ground. I plan to use it for making planks a little more difficult.

Since I don’t have a lot of supplies that we usually use for CrossFIT, my coach sent me a list of 75 WODs that require almost zero equipment (besides a jump rope).

I got creative and made my own WODs. Really fun, actually! It’s giving me a chance to learn how to tailor workouts, what works, and what doesn’t. Sure, I’m pretty limited on what workouts I can and can’t do, but I feel pretty good about my workouts. They don’t look super challenging, so if a workout is feeling too easy, I will add some things!

If you would  like to check out my daily WODs and join me, I’ve added the link to my short calendar below. I’ll post the link every day, so you can see my times and changes I’ve made, just in case you would like to join me… So you should join me.

Indiana WODs

Did I mention you should join me?

And when you do join me, email runningsmallrs@gmail with what you did! I would love your feedback!

My sister has signed up for her first Half Marathon in October (YAY!), so I plan to start running with her every morning and then do all of my workouts in the park where we will be running at!

It’s 70’s all this week here. I will post pictures of the house/ outdoors later. I love this place, it’s seriously beautiful.

I will be home next Monday, so y’all Dodge City folks be good now.

Run on.

Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon:
26.2 miles
4:30 something

My marathon this morning started at 6:15am, meaning I had to wake up at 3:30am so I could leave here by 4:15am.

I don’t like mornings.

I had to pee 3 times before we loaded into the corrals. I had to go again about 20 min before the race started, but the lines were 30-40+ people long. No way was I going to make it.

Hanging out with our corral guy. His name was David or something. Well, he looks like a David to me.

The beginning of the race was awesome! There were SO MANY PEOPLE. There was this one guy in a clown suit who was holding a sign after the .2 mark saying, “Only 26 more miles to go!”

… Jerk.

The first 13 miles were good! I was sitting at a perfect pace with a half time of 2 hours. No problems there. Miranda and I ran together until mile 10. She got really nauseous and needed to walk before I was ready to.

Between miles 5&6!

After mile 14, I was starting to hurt. I encountered my first big hill and had to take a walking break. Something I’m not use to.

From here on out I switched between walking for a few seconds and running for a few minutes.

The best part about being on TNT is that there are coaches from all over the country EVERYWHERE along the course! I had about 4-5 that ran with me for a while. They were all smiles and they offered really good advice and water! They were AMAZED that I was running my first marathon 2 weeks out of high school. They were so awesome.

There were a lot of hills starting after 14. But what was worse was that at mile 21, a HUGE hill started. It last for over a mile. It was awful.

Coaches kept saying, “After this there are no more hills!”

…liar liar pants on fire.

About half a mile remained and I saw the finish. I took off SPRINTING. I couldn’t wait to be done! I finished the race thinking about my grandma and how much I miss her. This one was for her.

Running across the finish!

I saw this in the TNT Tent and immediately started bawling. I miss you grandma.

Hugging Miranda right after she ran. She finished with a 5:10! I’m so proud!!!!

Helping Miranda walk. We were dying.

This was a really good race! I enjoyed it. It was challenging and let me tell you, I’m in pain. Who knows if I will do another, I’ll decide later!

For now, I am a vegetable. Preferably a sweet potato. I like sweet potatoes.

Veggie Tales,Veggie Tales… 🙂

I can’t wait until I feel better. Until then, y’all will have to do the running for me.

Run on.


My crazy graduation weekend is over. Whew!

Now let’s see on where I should begin…

Wednesday Night: Senior Movie Night in the auditorium. We watched “Here Comes The Boom.” It was SO GOOD. If you missed this night and you’re a senior, I’m really sorry. It was  so much fun. And we got my favorite food: popcorn.

Thursday was our last day of school. I didn’t do much on this day, and I wore wedges all day as well. Ridiculous!

Thursday night was our Senior Campout. This is when the senior class gets to stay out at the school! One of our crazy kids in our class brought an above-ground swimming pool and the Fire Department filled it up for us. There was no way I was going swimming in that thing. Yuck. I’d probably get some kind of skin condition.

Friday night was Taylor’s graduation party! I just got to hang out, talk, and eat. Some of my favorite things! For Taylor’s graduation present, I made him a scrapbook of our past 4 years of high school together. That thing was HUGE. Lots of great memories with one great guy!

Saturday morning was graduation. It started at 10:30. With 440 kids in our senior class, it took a while to get through all the names. When it finally came my time to shine, I got my diploma, hugged Jeff Heirs (one of the coolest dudes EVER), and then my graduation cap fell off. Awesome. I’m going in the history books, kiddos.

Saturday afternoon was my graduation party. Taylor and I hit up about 5 parties before I needed to be home for mine. Mine went from 4-9, when it was only supposed to go from 4-7. But that’s ok! It was a windy MESS outside. Winds reaching up to 60mph. I’m pretty sure we hosted almost 200 people in my house! There was hardly any room to breathe! IT WAS AWESOME.

Sunday was Erin Pyle’s race. Mirda and I killed it in the 1 mile… but I’m not going to talk about the 5K. Let’s just say it was my first bad race. I’m still upset with myself.

So now, enjoy some pictures from my weekend! I’ve caught you all back up, now I have to get back to training! 20mi tomorrow morning! BRING IT ON!

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Run on.

Medium Mileage Run:

10 mi


Before I start going off on how amazing my mom is, I am going to cover my life the past few days in a few short sentences/ pictures.

Friday I had my Drill Team Finale. The last time I will ever perform :(. It was an hour and a half long show of non-stop dancing. Pretty awesome!

Here is a video of one of the most amazing 9 year old kids you will ever meet. His name is Cooper and he has a special talent. He can’t read music, but he can hear something and then teach himself to play it on the piano. He’s never had lessons before, either.

So ladies and gents, meet Cooper.

He’s such a stud!

Yesterday (Saturday) I worked on graduation stuff ALL DAY. Then I went and hung out with my friends for the night! It was a lot of fun! It was good to get out of the house and away from all of the stress of getting graduation ready.

Today I worked on graduation stuff again, got my nails done, and washed my car. Oh. And ran 10mi (the most important part).

This is my decked out graduation cap:

KSU Wildcats! If you can't see me at Graduation, you are seriously blind and/ or not present at my Graduation.

KSU Wildcats!

 If you can’t see me at Graduation, you are seriously blind and/ or not present at my Graduation.

 Here is a picture from my run tonight. This is kind of like Dodge City’s version of Heartbreak. It’s called “The Middle School Hill.” And it’s actually really not bad at all. I tackled it around mile 8.

The Middle School Hill

The Middle School Hill

Okay. Now I want to brag about my mom because she’s the best and she gave birth to me and stuff.

My mom is seriously the most kind lady you will ever meet. She’s determined, sweet, and caring. I can’t recall a time when my mom wasn’t there to support me. She always has my back and is my best friend.

At our Drill Team Finale, we Senior DT Members did a lyrical dance dedicated to our moms. Here is the video I uploaded to YouTube, excuse the quality of the video, it was taken from a phone (our video camera died). Also, excuse our dancing. We aren’t necessarily a jazz/ lyrical/ technical team. We do hip hop/ pom/ kick routines. So this was new to us!

I am front and center.

After I gave a rose to my mom…

We were both crying so hard.

We were both crying so hard.

“I loved you yesterday, I love you still. I always have, I always will.”

Run on.

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