The Big Goal of 2015

Happy new year! It’s the beginning of a new year and a lot of folks are talking about setting resolutions. Well I don’t like to make resolutions. While most people are focused on creating resolutions that – let’s be honest – usually fall by the wayside by the time the weather warms up, I like to set goals that I can accomplish within the next calendar. And here is my big goal. I will complete a 70.3 Ironman in 2015. So there it is. Short and sweet. And slightly nausea inducing from excitement and anxiety. I’m trying to tackle another item on my race bucket list. I will be spending the majority of this year training for Ironman 70.3 Augusta in September. I’m finalizing my racing and training program and will be posting along my journey. What’s your big goal of 2015?1

Race Bucket List

Most athletes have a bucket list of races they want to do. I’ve been fortunate enough to cross a few off already – a half marathon, a triathlon, raced for a cause, Tough Mudder, etc. – but of course they just lead me to wanting to do more races. While the term “bucket list” indicates a one-and-done mentality, I usually find myself wanting to do more. Here’s my current list of bucket races.   IRONMAN 70.3 This is a bad a$$ test of physical and mental strength. A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and then a 13.1 mile (half marathon) run isn’t for the squeamish or unprepared. I don’t have my eyes set on a particular location just yet, but I’ll figure one out soon. P.S. That’s my friend the Texan Triathlete blasting through the finish line at IM Muskoka last year. Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, an 18 mile bike ride out the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park, and concludes with an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This race has a limited number of entries...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

After the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k, our crew headed back to the hotel for a late dinner, stretching and an early bed time. No Vegas shenanigans for us – we had another race the next day. It was difficult determining how we should eat and fuel for a half marathon that started at night. Typically, races start at the crack of dawn so this was new to all of us. We slept in and enjoyed a brunch buffet maybe a little too much. But hey – we had to calorie load for the half, right? We made our way to the race venue around 2 pm. We chose our hotel because it had a package that included a shuttle to the start line. When you’re getting ready to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles, the last thing you want to do is walk an extra 1+ mile to get to the start line. And while I was prepared to rock out to Mister Snoop Lion Dogg, there was a last minute change to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as the pre-race headliner. Initially I was more than irked about the change and ambivalent about bobbing along with Sir Thrift Shop – but...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k

Pardon my delay in getting this post up. After the fun Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas remix racing weekend, I stayed in Vegas for vacation and tried to take a digital detox. We all need that once in a while, huh? But now I’m back in Texas, back to the grind of my routine, and ready to share the details! I enjoy the Rock ‘n’ Roll series because they always have a great expo, helpful volunteers and racer support, bands along the course and a post-race headliner concert, and good swag. When I found out that there was a chance for double medals and Snoop Dogg was the headliner performer, I jumped to tackle my first RnR in Vegas! Never mind the fact that I hadn’t been focusing on training for a half marathon….but more on that later. This was the first year Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas added a Saturday night 5k before the longer races on Sunday. An extra medal was up for grabs for Remix Challengers – those who did the 5k on Saturday and either the half marathon or marathon on Sunday. An extra medal? Sign me up! My friend Jen, the boyfriend and I signed up and made our reservations....
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Adorable Adoptable: Charlie, the Cairn Terrier Mix

I thought I wasn’t going to be at jeopardy of foster failing* by fostering Charlie since he’s not “my type”. I tend to go for medium to large sized female dogs with quirky and outgoing personalities. Well – boy was I wrong! Little Charlie has quickly stolen my heart! Charlie is about 2 years old and was pulled from Dallas Animal Services. He was found as a stray and ended up at the shelter. When I first got him home, he was timid and unsure about his new surroundings. Loud noises such as closing the dishwasher and screen door made him uncomfortable. But after he had the chance to explore, Charlie quickly warmed up to his temporary home and fur sibling, Gracie. He walks very well on a leash and was a great sport on a long 1.5 mile walk. He’s potty trained and crate trained, although treats definitely help soothe him when he goes into his crate. Charlie loves to play with stuffed toys and chew on Kongs and bones. He plays well with other dogs after he has gotten comfortable with their company. Charlie would enjoy having another dog as his playmate and show him the ropes of being...
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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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