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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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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