Recreation: A Family Affair

The Mulberry River

Remember how it feels to be excluded, or feeling less than adequate because you haven’t quite mastered a skill?  Perfection, accomplishment, praise, recognition, attention drives you to keep trying, practicing, learning, reaching, for some sense of mastery. Current research indicates many positive health outcomes resulting from participation in recreational programs. Among these health outcomes … [Read more...]

What to do with all this water

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Spring can be pretty wet in Arkansas but that doesn't mean you can't still have some fun. In fact, fun is exactly what you should have. Here is a video that our friends at Kayak Arkansas did on Haw Creek. Welcome to the season. Haw Creek from Kayak Arkansas on Vimeo.    … [Read more...]

Styx’n’Stones 2015

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The Styx’n’Stones trail run in Devil’s Den state park was one I’d been wanting to try for awhile and this year I finally made the trip from Little Rock up to Northwest Arkansas to run the trail at Saturday at 8am. This would be my first time running the event though I had visited and hiked some of the trails in Devil’s Den state park several years ago. I was camping at Devil’s Den for a weekend … [Read more...]

Springtime Racing at Lake Atalanta

Bill would approve.

Race director, Tracy Byrd, contacted me earlier in the year asking me to make sure the Lake Atalanta Trail and Road Duathlon made it on the calendar. I was intrigued. I had heard of some new mountain bike trails at Lake Atalanta in Rogers, Arkansas and was looking for an opportunity to try them. Due to lingering Achilles tendon issues I am still sidelined from running, but this event was open to … [Read more...]

Adventure Within Adventure

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The car in front of us suddenly slams on the brakes and slides quickly into the neighboring lane between two cars, leaving us no choice but to hit the mattress lying in the middle of I-40. Bodies bounced, cupcakes that had been carefully placed on a cake plate also bounced, leaving the icing splattered all over the inside of the carrier. In trying to fix the upended cupcakes, icing ended up in the … [Read more...]

The Spa City Mudfest

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For the last few weeks snow, ice and cold rain have been the norm throughout most of Arkansas. Winter finally arrived after an unseasonably warm January and it seemed to be working overtime to catch up. The final race of the 2014 AMBCS cross-country, Attila the Hun Cross-Country Race, was certainly the dirtiest, muddiest mountain bike race I've witnessed. The Spa City Endurance Race last weekend, … [Read more...]

The Hardest Working Lazy Person You Know

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We asked Alicia Snyder, Crew Chief for Kurt Searvogel in his attempt to set a new highest annual mileage record, a few questions about their life on the road after 10,000 miles in 50 days. Kurt is a well known local athlete from Sheridan, Arkansas. He's well on his way to owning this world record. Imagine riding a double century every day and burning 12,000 calories a day for a year. Hard … [Read more...]

It’s Cold, It’s Wet, Let’s RUN!

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The Onion recently circulated a video promoting a new app that tells users not only the distance and speed of their runs, but the reason they are running. The Onion's reasons vary from loneliness, fear of death, shame, a lack of friends, to a loveless marriage. We know it's all in jest, but every athlete has people in their lives who constantly ask, "why?". Once again, in a repeat but … [Read more...]

Sanity Stayed in Bed

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The weather over the past couple of weeks in Arkansas has been less than stellar for road cycling. Ice, snow, sleet and freezing rain have made the roads treacherous. Daytime temperatures  below freezing have made the training rides bitterly cold. The winter weather only let up moderately for Saturday morning's Crosswinds Classic Road Cycling Race. Early Saturday morning a friend posted a … [Read more...]

One Long Night in the Woods – RunLOViT 2015

One of the best views in the Ouachita Mountains but for a different reason at this time of day - Hickory Nut Mountain Aid Station.

First female. Top 10. Course record. These are not words that apply to me. They almost didn’t happen. I signed up on a sudden adrenaline surge that made the decision seem rational. After checking the registrants list, I immediately began to reconsider...there were only 7 other people that thought this might be a good idea. And I was the only female. Great. Jim Sweatt joked at Lovit … [Read more...]