My Running Partner Has Four Legs Link Party

Lea of Running with Ollie invited us to join in a link-up party for their Furry Friday Feature fun. Thanks, Lea and Ollie!   Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner. My dog’s name is Grace Kelly, but I usually call her Gracie. She is a Catahoula mix with probably several other breeds. I’m not entirely certain what the breed mixes include, but I’m not too concerned. To me, she is just a big mix of cuteness! I adopted her in May 2009 from Coppell Humane Society, who had pulled her from Dallas Animal Services. She’s been by my side through thick and thin and makes me laugh every single day with her spunky and playful attitude. Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch? We usually run near our neighborhood so we don’t have to get in the car and drive. When we decide to travel outside of the neighborhood, the closest and favorite running location is Katy Trail in Dallas. I think her favorite place to run is in and out of the water. I took her to Clearwater Beach, FL in 2010 and she had an absolute blast! Have you ever raced with your dog? Yes!...
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Support Crew – Ironman 70.3 Austin

This weekend I hopped in the car with my friend Novia of the Texan Triathlete and drove to cheer on friends and DFW Tri Club mates in Ironman 70.3 Austin. The weather was really nice for spectators. For the racers, it was fairly hot (reaching upper 80s by the end of the race). It struck me in the days before that I was signing up to participate in sideline viewing action for 8 hours. I thought what in the world will I do for 8 hours? Turns out, a lot! From the moment we arrived on race day, it was non-stop action. We cheered swimmers exiting the chute heading into T1, rallied at the end of the bike course as they entered T2, cheered and danced along the run course, and jumped up and down at the finish line.   I was inspired to see such a diverse group of people out on the course. Of course it’s impressive to see the pros rocket along the course, but I was awestruck by the cancer survivor smiling along the run, the guy who lost over 100 pounds and was completing his 40th race by his 40th birthday, the husband and wife...
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Race Report: Komen Dallas Race for the Cure

This past week was a whirlwind in the best kind of way. My mom was still in town and we were quite busy. We cooked a lot of healthy meals, shopped, went to a movie, had fun at the Texas Veggie Fair, took Gracie on lots of long walks, and much more. She even installed a shelf in my kitchen for me (thanks, mom!). Last Saturday we participated in the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure. This is the seventh year we have done this race together in Dallas. My mom usually plans her fall trip around the race. It’s special to us because of the cause and how breast cancer has affected our family and close friends. There were a reported 20,000 participants at this year’s race. If you’ve ever done Race for the Cure in Dallas, you know that trying to go for speed isn’t really an option. I love that there are so many people out there supporting a significant cause, but the sheer number of participants requires everyone to go along at approximately the same pace. I knew this wouldn’t be a test of speed, so I enjoyed slowing down, strolling and chatting with my mom....
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Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us find out what we’re made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about

 

PattiSue Plumer

Two-time Olympian and track and cross country coach at Stanford University

Race Report: US Open Triathlon

I raced in the US Open yesterday, which was my third triathlon and my last one of the 2014 season. After a very rough open water swim practice on Saturday, I was worried the weather would be a big element in this race. Luckily the weather turned out to be very nice – a bit chilly and overcast, but the water was fairly smooth and it didn’t rain. I wanted to the end my first triathlon season on a high note, so I set out to push myself harder than in my past tris. I had put in more effort on the bike, and I was really hoping it would show in that leg. I also had been running more consistently, so I wanted to run more of the course than I had in the past. Having my friends and family cheering for me made all of the difference this race. My mom flew in from Florida to cheer me on (check out her sweet gear!). My good friend and fellow triathlete Novia hung up her racing gear and came out to cheer. And my supportive boyfriend came with a hot pink sign. I saw several DFW Tri Club coaches,...
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I Failed Changing My First Flat

Last weekend, I packed myself up and headed out to White Rock Lake for a solo ride. I was feeling great – the weather was nice, I had a clean chain, and just knew I was going to put in some good miles. Just 10 minutes into my ride, I could tell something was a off. I looked down and realized my front tire was so flat, I was almost riding on the rim. Shit. Okay, here we can go. I can do this. I’ve taken a class and watched two people do this before. I have my gear bag. I got it! I pulled over and successfully took my front wheel off. Look at me…changing a tire! Woo hoo! I checked the tire. No visible punctures. Hmm. Maybe I just need to put some more air in? Yeah, that’s the ticket! More air! I pulled out my hand pump and started pumping. Wait, which side of this thing do I use? Shit! No air is going into the tire. That can’t be right. Where’s my CO2 cartridge? Oh yeah…still in my car…. First rider passes and asks if I need help. I cheerily responded back – “I got it,...
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Race Report: Running with Ollie Virtual 4 Mile Fun Run and Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday I joined Lea and Ollie from Running with Ollie in a virtual 4 mile run and scavenger hunt. The best part of a virtual run in you can do it anywhere and anytime! I grabbed my shoes and Gracie, and we headed out on a beautiful fall day on the Katy Trail. I took Gracie on the first 2.5 miles of our 4 mile run. I have her on the Couch to 5k program to increase her endurance, so we completed a run from our week 3 workout. I always let her dictate needed stops for important sniffs or business. When a dog’s gotta go, a dog’s gotta go. She did really well on this run. After we completed the Couch to 5k run, I took her back inside and headed out to complete the remaining 1.5 miles on my own. My lungs felt strong, my legs felt strong, but there was an ache in my left knee. I lengthened my stride to ease the pressure and completed the race. I’ll be sure to watch this and make sure it doesn’t become an issue. For the scavenger hunt, we were looking to photograph the following items: something beautiful,...
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Race Report: Plano Balloon 5k

Last weekend I participated in the Plano Balloon Festival 5k in Plano, TX. My goal for this race was to not race (huh??). I know that might sound odd, but sometimes it’s nice to take the pressure off and just enjoy your time out there. I decided my first race at the Plano Balloon Festival 5k would be determined by Gracie’s walking speed. I invited my friend Novia of the Texan Triathlete to join us on our Sunday stroll. We ran into another friend along the course, who joined us for the last 1.5 miles of the walk. It was so nice shooting the breeze with friends, sharing good laughs, and getting to chat with fellow walkers. We met so many nice people along the course. There was an older gentleman wearing a shirt that said “WHY ARE YOU CHASING ME?” on the back. He was a retired marathoner due to age and stress-related injuries, but I loved that he was still out there giving it his best speed walk. They were groups of families and friends enjoying a walk or an alternating walk-jog. I saw a father with his young daughter jogging along at her speed. She was having...
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