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...]

The Perfect Day for a Marathon

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After 10 years of talking, planning and plotting, the inaugural Fort Smith Marathon was held Sunday. The response exceeded expectations. Race organizers had set a goal of having 750 runners in the full marathon, half marathon and four-person relay race. More than 1,000 runners descended on downtown Fort Smith with even more people lining the hilly course to cheer for their family members, … [Read more...]

Team Loco Runs for Bacon

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We didn't arrive until well after the starting gun sounded, and by the time we approached the bridge on the Turner Creek we could hear the dance music stylings of DJ Anj and the cheers of the GO!Girls and others for the runners and walkers as they hit the mid point on the 2.6 mile out and back trail they would be calling home for five or ten laps. The 2nd Annual Team Loco Marathon/Half-Marathon … [Read more...]

Incomplete Streets

Where the sausage is made.

Tuesday night I headed over to Little Rock City Hall with the hope of seeing history in the making. After over four years of waiting, various groups including pedestrians, cyclists, parents, seniors, visitors, commuters, shoppers, workers...heck, ordinary citizens were finally going to see our beautiful city take its first real steps to being a walkable, bikeable town; a town where you don't have … [Read more...]

My Ultimate Journey’s First Race and First 1st Place Finish – Village Creek 25K Race Report

Approaching the 25K turnaround.

It started with a freezing cold morning boon-docking at the Wynne, AR Wal-Mart parking lot when the 5:30 alarm went off. I reached over to my strategically placed remote start and hit the button to get the heat flowing. Laying under the covers waiting for the warmth, I began thinking to myself that Arkansas was making running a race very difficult. My previous race attempt was the weekend before … [Read more...]

The Scuttlebutt on the 2015 Little Rock Marathon

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Aye matey! The Little Rock Marathon is coming up on March 1st and the Chicks-In-Charge (CIC) have some big changes to match the famously big medal. (Large enough to be used as an anchor for a three-masted vessel.) Everyone should know by now that the theme for 2015 is Pirates to add a bit of skulduggery to the festivities. New USATF certified courses - The course changes are mainly in the … [Read more...]