Another Full mOOn Rising

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It's 5 a.m., instead of being in a hammock at a campsite per the original plan, I've been in a soft comfortable bed in an air conditioned house for 4 hours. I've woken up twice already. It might be the small, but surprisingly painful patch of chaffed skin on my upper thigh. It could be nausea or it could be hunger, sometimes I can't tell the difference. It might be catching the sheets on the toe … [Read more...]

Fayetteville Race Series

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Fayetteville Parks and Recreation is launching a new program, the Fayetteville Race Series. This series is be comprised of annual events that vary between running, cycling, and multisport activities. Each event differs from the others and offers something for everyone. Until now, Parks and Recreation has not offered programs of the racing nature. In a place like Fayetteville, where beautiful parks … [Read more...]

Arkansas Trails Symposium

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Mark your calendars for what should be a great weekend in the Ozarks. The Arkansas Trails Council will be hosting the 2015 Arkansas Trails Symposium on July 17-19 at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area near Mountain View. Great speakers are lined up to talk about Arkansas trails and trail projects. There will also be camping, guided cave tours—including, if you choose, a “Wild Cave Tour”—and a … [Read more...]

Trail Fairies Wear Boots

Arkansas Trail Fairy, caught in the act.

Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, Oh all right now! - Black Sabbath Whether you are hiking, running or cycling on a trail in Arkansas, you are taking advantage of work performed by what are known as Trail Fairies. Arkansas Trail Fairies have … [Read more...]

It’s Only A Mile

Elite Runners on the first stretch.

When you spend a lot of time attending running events that take athletes over 100 miles and last for days, a one mile run may seem a bit anti-climactic. It's not. A one mile run is more about technique than strategy, fast turn-over and stride. It's about running as fast as you can from the start and finding even more in an empty near the finish, and that is just one side of the one mile. The other … [Read more...]

A Trail Runner’s Tale

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For as long as I can remember I have been running.  As a small child, I would come home from school with nothing on my mind except running down to the creek behind our neighbor’s house.  After all, there were turtles, frogs and crawfish that needed to be rounded up and then released.  In high school I was a sprinter and ran the 200 meter, 400 meter and 4 X 400 meter relay races.  I was fortunate … [Read more...]

Rock Run 8k: Staying Ahead of Them Old Muddy Waters and a Return to Running 101

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Injury is what you make of it.  It can be an opportunity to take stock and plan your comeback or a prolonged period of sour grapes. This time around, I felt a bit of both. After a hard winter season of completing three marathons in the space of 64 days, I found myself lame and unable to run without pain. It was the same injury that fell a cocky new half marathoner five years ago when he thought he … [Read more...]

Did You Say Race Across Arkansas?

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Guest Writer Yoni Johnson gives us the story of the Foxy Moxie Running Mavens “What did you do to your leg?” I’m asked as I hobble around in the boot. With a sheepish grin, I reply “I ran across Arkansas.” It all started with those famous last words bravely said by every runner embarking into uncharted territory. “Sure! Why not?” It was my answer to the question posed by Andi Stracner … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Head Above Water

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When the Arkansas River starts flooding in Central Arkansas, one of the first places hit is the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River Trail and adjoining parks. High water can make the area dangerous and riding some of the wet, natural surface trails can be bad for them. North Little Rock Parks and Recreation is managing the situation and has sent on the following request and … [Read more...]

Rock N Stroll Temper Tantrum

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As I was wandering around the Heifer International parking lot before the start of the annual Riverfest Rock-N-Stroll 5K, race organizer Katie Eisenhower appeared with a guitar in her hand. It wasn't a prop and it wasn't just any guitar; this guitar had a scrawled black signature on the body. Each year, one of Riverfest's main acts signs a guitar that is given away by drawing from the entrants in … [Read more...]