Friday Favorites v.97

Can all of my favorites from this week be things from the Boston Marathon?! But seriously how awesome was that race? Every day since the race I’ve found a new article or podcast about the crazy outcomes of Monday.

1. It’s taper week! While my legs are itching for race day, it is nice not running for hours and hours.

2. Running outside! This weather has been absolutely crazy. It snowed on Monday was in the 80s on Wednesday. I’m really hoping Spring will come to stay for a while.

3. This Patagonia I got for 40% off at my local running store.

4. Here’s the bad-weather gear that top finishers wore at the Boston Marathon.
*I love the jacket Des wore. Seriously considering buying it now.

5. My little brother is coming home from college for the weekend. I haven’t seen him in months, so it’ll be good to have him home for a few days.

6. This is precious.
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7. Nurse places FIFTH in Boston Marathon — works 10-hour shift the next day.

8. #RestDayBrags

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The drought is over!

DES LINDEN WON THE BOSTON MARATHON.

If you didn’t watch today’s race, you missed a hell of a good one. Not only did an American woman win the race, five of the top six finishers were from the USA!

More to come tomorrow. Right now I’m crying happy tears for Desi and our entire sport.

Happy Patriots Day!

It’s Marathon Monday! Good luck to all the runners today! I hope to one day run this iconic race. I’m also praying you all have better conditions than what they are calling for right now (Sunday night).

This race has so much history and I’ve enjoyed reading all about it in the weeks leading up to today. The Boston Marathon goes back to 1897 when it was called “The American Marathon,” and it’s still the marathon.
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I am so pumped for this year’s race and all the American women who are contenders for the win. Shalane, Desi, Jordan, Molly, Deena, and Kellyn are all badasses and I can’t wait to see how they finish. While I think it would be awesome for an American woman to win, I’m secretly hoping can get the win and end her career in such an awesome way.

So good luck to you all — all 30,000 of you!

My favorite moments from the 2017 Boston Marathon

Well now that all of the excitement from the 2017 Boston Marathon is over, I thought I would share some of my favorite moments from yesterday.

• Des Linden took 4th for the women in 2:25:06.  I’m always rooting for her.  She just seems so down-to-earth and like such a hard worker.

• Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run Boston Marathon, competes again.

• There were three American men in the top 10!!!

• Jordan Hasay with the new American debut Marathon record! This was her first marathon! She also had a great post-race interview.

• Meb Keflezighi took 13th place and at 41 years old he finished in 2:17:00. He is the happiest person ever and I was definitely in tears when he crossed the finish line. He says that this will be his last competitive time running Boston. He was the 2014 winner of the Boston Marathon.

• When Edna Kiplagat (the women’s champ) accidentally grabbed the wrong water bottle she took it back to the water table and then went on to get her water bottle at the next table. What great sportsmanship!

What were some of your favorite moments from yesterday’s race?!

Marathon Monday

Happy Patriots Day, everyone! Today is Marathon Monday aka the day of the Boston Marathon. 

I’m so excited to watch such an elite group of Americans run this historic race. I’m really hoping Meb and Desi can sweep this race for an American win across the board.

To everyone running – good luck! I hope to one day be in your shoes. 


📷 from @bostonmarathon 

My top 5 goal races

Since my budget and travel expenses and are pretty tight, most of my races stay pretty local to Owensboro/Murray/Evansville, Indiana. BUT if I ever get the chance to travel more for races, these five races are definitely on my running bucket list. Also, the half marathon is becoming my favorite distance to race and I so pumped to hopefully be adding a few more to my calendar this year.

Anyways, here are my top five goal races for the future.

1. DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON
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So I’ve have had friends who’ve completed RunDisney events (everything from 5k-marathon) and I would love to complete one too! The Princess Half is probably my dream race. I even have a few ideas of who I would dress up as — Minnie Mouse, Cinderella (both traditional favorites) Jessie from Toy Story or the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland!

2. KENTUCKY DERBY MINI MARATHON
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Since Kentucky is my home state, why do the biggest half marathon in the Bluegrass? I have always wanted to run this race since Lexington is one my favorite cities in the state. Every year for high school cross country we ran at the Kentucky Horse Park and I always remember it as being one of the prettiest courses. I would love to run Derby one day, hopefully sooner rather than later.

3. ROYAL PARKS FOUNDATION HALF
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While I would be happy with racing in any international race, I really want to race in London. The Royal Parks Foundation Half goes through central London and cover four of the city’s eight Royal Parks. Continue reading