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I’m a Better Person (than you)

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I’m a Better Person (than you)

Lately, it seems like I have nothing else to post on social media other than the accomplishments of my nephew Curtis Thompson. Curtis is a 20-year old rising junior at Mississippi State University whose accolades and accomplishments surpass his young age. Some of them include:  Gatorade New Jersey State High School Player of the Year, 2x All-American, NCAA champion, Record Breaker at Olympic Trials, Silver medalist at Olympic Trials. So yes, I am proud. As the young kids say, “Hella ...

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My Return to Blogging, Racing

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My Return to Blogging, Racing

It’s been so long since I wrote a blog piece, and even longer since I enjoyed the grind of getting ready for a race. My last significant race was Duathlon Worlds in August 2013. While I wasn’t literally held together with duct tape, it sure felt like it. My body and spirit were broken, and I just wanted the season to end.

Well it ended, and I couldn’t imagine that the post season was going to hurt even more than ...

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400 Challenge[d]

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400 Challenge[d]

It was like déjà vu. When Jonathan won the 100, I responded, “It never even occurred to me that you could beat me.” When he won the 400, I thought, ‘It never even occurred to me that you could beat me by that much.” While the outcome was not what I hoped for nor anticipated, the whole shebang couldn’t have been better. Well, it could have. I could have won.

I am so grateful to John Zuehlke for his guidance and ...

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Race Day Approaches

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Race Day Approaches

This Sunday I will be racing 400 meters against my husband. There is ego and a mountain bike on the line. But not really. The bike has already been purchased, and truth be told, “My money/your money” isn’t a thing for us. As far as ego, we both want to be the victor, having run a good race rather than having the other one limp off the track (but if that happens, a win is a win).

Here’s what I have ...

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The Team Approach at Duathlon Worlds

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The Team Approach at Duathlon Worlds

It takes a village to raise a child. Same can be said about an athlete. So many people helped in getting me to the start line.

I don’t remember the last time I’ve entered a race feeling so unsure of my training. I did the best I could in preparing given that my Achilles tendons have been really bad for well  over a year now, and particularly bad in the past 6 months. That said, instead of running for the past ...

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Party Dress vs. Running Shorts

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Party Dress vs. Running Shorts

At the beginning of last season, I wrote down some lofty goals. I really believe you have to put it out to the Universe and hold yourself accountable. One of said goals was “Get nominated.” I wanted to be nominated as NYRR Runner of the Year in my age group. I had every intention of making it happen. And even though it wasn’t on my teammates’ radars for this to happen for me, they were complicit in the journey. The ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Christopher Bergland

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Achieving Personal Best: Christopher Bergland

“What separates the above-average from the elite is the determination and commitment to stick with it and practice, practice, practice more than other people are. I like to think that I worked harder than just about anyone and therefore was able to maximize whatever natural gifts I was born with. But again I poured my heart into sports because it was a labor of love. It never felt like a real sacrifice to me.”

Over the past ten years, running a ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Laura Kline

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Achieving Personal Best: Laura Kline

“What fuels me is when people around me act cocky. I like to be as low-key as possible, so when I hear women talking smack before a race, I eat it up. Confidence is great, but when you’re openly bragging about your accomplishments, who you are, and what you’re going to do at the start line, you’re only helping me.”

2012 Overall Duathlon World Champion (she beat everybody!) Laura Kline is a petite, muscular, powerhouse of an athlete whose toughness as ...

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Palm Springs 2012

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Palm Springs 2012

After a very full 2012 racing campaign, in which I raced more duathlons, triathlons and running races than I had ever packed into a season before, Coach Cane (a/k/a my lucky husband) didn’t have to tell me twice to shut it down after my last competition.

I fully embraced the off-season and the real winner during this time was carrot cake. I won’t lie, getting back into the pool after Sprint Nationals in Vermont (in August!), was something I kept delaying. ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Corrie Kristick

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Achieving Personal Best: Corrie Kristick

“I have failed many times in life inside and outside of sports. It has made me realize that whatever the outcome, success or failure, it’s ok. Essentially, we must not be defined by our sport or our shortcomings, for we are so much more than that. And yes, everything, even failure, happens for a purpose.”

Even though Corrie Kristick swam Division 1 at Rice University and is a nationally ranked age group swimmer, she doesn’t consider swimming to be her ...

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