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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Today is a GLORIOUS day!

Monday, September 10, 2012      120 comments

So, I'll be honest. I have had a rough time getting back into my morning workout groove. The reason I rolled out of bed yesterday was because my running buddy was set to arrive at my house at 6:45am. I felt great after my bike ride yesterday.... Read more

Good-Bye To Addictions

Sunday, September 09, 2012      40 comments

I've noticed a couple strange side effects of my time off from running, in the form of addictions that just seemed to slide away when I began to cross-train with swimming. I didn't even realize these until one day, I just thought, "Hey...I usua... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Bloomingfoods Breakaway 5k

Saturday, September 08, 2012      114 comments

See these girls? They're my girls. My group. My Bloomington "people". Some of the group has known each other for a long time. Some were strangers to the group, but knew ... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Why Am I Doing This?

Thursday, September 06, 2012      98 comments

You know how I started running? Couch to 5k. When I started, I could barely run for a whole minute. It was SO hard. Over time, and with a commitment to get out of bed at 5:30am AT LEAST 3 times a week (usually 4-5 times), I saw my body change ... Read more

Half Marathon vs. Triathlon Training?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012      40 comments

Got my lazy butt out of bed at 6am this morning so I could get the YMCA as soon as they opened up for Adult Open Swim. I really didn't want to go, so I had to bribe myself. "If I go swim for 1/2 hour now, I can get a skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Kicking Out The Doubt Demons

Tuesday, September 04, 2012      114 comments

For this blog, I felt it only fitting to borrow a phrase originally coined by my friend (and author of the books "The Competitor In Me" and "The Competitor In Me II: Facing The Fear"), Francie Van Wirkus. Francie started out running and eventua... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts I AM A RUNNER

Tuesday, September 04, 2012      55 comments

I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not. I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not ... Read more

First Brick Workout

Monday, September 03, 2012      39 comments

UGH. That about sums it up. OK, bye now. Haha. Just kidding. So, here's the deal. I had the day off work, so I figured, "Why not give it a shot? I've got all this extra time!" But, when I rode 5.25 miles and ran 2 miles (later on) on Sa... Read more

First Bike Ride in 20 Years

Saturday, September 01, 2012      67 comments

Woke up this morning around 6:30am and tried to go back to sleep, but my body was awake. Then I remembered that my bike was ready to ride and, since the whole house was sleeping, I realized it would be a great time to take it out for a spin. G... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts It's NEVER Too Late

Friday, August 31, 2012      171 comments

Ohhhhh friends...I. AM. BACK. Saw the ortho yesterday and he cleared me for a return to running program! This morning, I got up bright and early and started the program (5 minutes walking, 1 minute running - repeated 5 times). I was nervous, ... Read more

Ironman Louisville: Beyond The Finish Line/Thoughts on Ironman (Part 4 of 4)

Thursday, August 30, 2012      27 comments

Up until now, Iíve shared quite a lot of information about the athletes of Ironman Louisville. But, just for a moment, allow me to draw your attention to the unseen heroes of an Ironman race: the Ironman Support Team and the Volunteers. <... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Ironman Louisville: 26.2 Mile Run/Finish Line (Part 3 of 4)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012      57 comments

Immediately following their 5-6 hour ride through 112 miles of Kentucky terrain, the Ironman athlet... Read more

Ironman Louisville: 112 Mile Bike (Part 2 of 4)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012      28 comments

Hubby and I had to walk Ĺ mile from our parking garage to the start of the Ironman Sunday morning. This transition area was the first sign of Ironman on our trek to the sw... Read more

Ironman Louisville: 2.4 Mile Swim (Part 1 of 4)

Monday, August 27, 2012      39 comments

On Sunday, my husband and I had set our alarms for 3:30am, in order to arrive in Kentucky in time to catch the start of Ironman Louisville 2012 - the 6:50am Pro Swim Start.... Read more

Ironman Fever!!!!

Friday, August 24, 2012      39 comments

This afternoon, I had swimming on my schedule. But, you guys, I just did not FEEL like going today. AT ALL. So, I said, "What's the big deal, Leah? One day of not swimming is not a big deal. Just skip it." Well, that thought lasted for... Read more


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