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What A Long Strange Trip It's Been...

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So I was recently asked to do a little "how I started running" for a Facebook group I'm in and I just completed it.  I really hadn't thought about the journey from the beginning in quite a while.  It's fun to think back to how this whole crazy thing started!!  As the Grateful Dead once said, what a long strange trip it's been!  I thought I'd share what I wrote here in case some of you are not familiar with my story and how I went from child athlete to 220 lb 30 year old and back to athlete.  If you are willing to read all of this you should get a prize, but I have nothing to offer, so all you get is to know me a little better!! :)

Well, kind of an interesting adventure for me. As a kid I was always into sports, but as I got into high school I started having some goofy pains in my right knee that doctors couldn't pin point the problem so I really couldn't play hard. Being the competitive person I am, I decided I'd rather not play than play at …

Hawk 26.2/50/100 Volunteering/Pacing

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Wow!!  What a turn of events this race was for me!  This race was being co-race directed by my friends Coleen Voeks & Danny Miller so I wanted to make it a part of my plan.  Plus it was on the Clinton Lake North Shore Trails which is by far my favorite place to run trails.  So, back in late May when I decided I wanted to run the Rocky Raccoon 100 in February I settled on the Hawk 50 as a stepping stone.  I was very excited for it.  Well, if you've been following this blog you already know that plan didn't go as I had hoped.  Granted, my training was going well and I was getting stronger with each and every run.  BUT... I just wasn't having any fun with the training.  Ultra training is too much work if you are already not having fun just a little over a month into what would be about 9 months of regimented training.  I decided I needed to change direction and cancel my plan to run RR100 and decided I'd do the the Hawk 26.2 instead.  Well, after a few disastrous run…