Running for Heifer

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So... it's not a REAL adventure until there's BLOOD, right?!? It began for me with a field trip to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR on Friday with my Spanish I students. We toured the Global Village, visited the animals, milked a goat, and watched a video followed by a discussion of what exactly is Heifer International. It was such a gorgeous day! I've been taking students to the … [Read more...]

Hoof it for Heifer 2015

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The Hoof it for Heifer 20K trail has become a favorite for Central Arkansas trail runners. The race on the Boy Scout Trail at Petit Jean State Park is in its fourth year and is earning a reputation as a challenging and beautiful run. For many of the runners, this race is a warm down to running the Ouachita Trail 50K. It's always a treat to see friends and families running together in all kinds of … [Read more...]

Recreation: A Family Affair

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Outstanding

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The release from the Road Runners Club of America organization starts out, "Since 1971, the RRCA has honored dedicated individuals for their outstanding service to the RRCA and the sport of distance running at its National Running Awards Ceremony, and we are delighted to announce the 2015 RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2014 National Running Award recipients." And with that … [Read more...]

Ice and Slush a Syllamore Trail Run Tradition

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Thirteen miles into a sixteen mile run on icy, slushy, muddy, sloggy trail I proclaimed to my running partner Tina, "this trail has given us everything but dry". She responded with "yes, everything... especially beauty." That shut down the need to wallow in my misery, if only for a few moments. She was absolutely right. The weather forecast the week prior to the race may have fluctuated … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Joining a Running Club

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They are there at every race, the color coordinated teams with logos ablaze affront their shirts; the Cabot County Cruisers, Arkansas Running Klub, Saline County Striders, Women Run Arkansas, Rush Running, AURA-the Arkansas Ultra Running crew, Conway Running Club, Team Loco. They don't always wear matching shirts. In the case of Team Loco it might not even be a running shirt or team logo shirt, it … [Read more...]

Atalanta, from Greece to Rogers

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He looked up from his laptop and said "There's a duathlon at Lake Atalanta the day after the Styx N Stones trail race." My immediate response was "On or off-road?" "There's a choice" he said, "you can do either." This is intriguing. My first experience with Lake Atalanta was a couple of years ago when I was in search of a morning run route before heading over to the State Championship … [Read more...]