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    Countdown to Detroit
    By thomasallen63, August 27, 2016

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    The Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank International Marathon is just 7 weeks away. After finishing my first half marathon (Borgess in Kalamazoo) in 2h 10m on Mother’s Day, I convinced a friend to sign up for the #freepmarathon with me and decided to see if I could improve my time by following a serious training plan. I chose HANSONS HALF MARATHON METHOD. I started the Advanced Program at the end of June and was doing great until I re-injured my knee at the beginning of August (I ran to hard) and had to take a week off at the advice of my physical therapist. The Hanson plan had me running 6 days a week (based on the theory of ‘cumulative fatigue’) and my PT could tell that I was suffering from ‘serious fatigue’ (I was also at the point where I dreaded getting up to run — a definite warning sign of overtraining)! “If you cut back to 4 days a week, I still think you’ll do well in the half.”

    Now that I’m on a 4-day schedule, I’m feeling driven again, but not too rested. On Thursday, I set a new mile PR during strength training —7m 52s. On top of that, I ran the Blueberry 10K in South Haven on August 13th and posted a new PR of 51m 50s with a pace of 8m 23s (4th in my division). I have one more short race scheduled (the Grape Lake 5k in Paw Paw on 9/10) before the half and from what I’ve read, it looks like I just might achieve my goal and cross the finish line in under 2 hours on October 16th.

    Okay, I’ve gotta run!

    Veronica Constantine
    My Favorite Race
    By Veronica Constantine, August 27, 2016

    It should come as no surprise to those who know me personally; the Brainy Day Trail Run is my absolute FAVORITE RACE of all time!!! It’s the BEST!!! Read more

    Veronica Constantine
    North Country Trail!!!I
    By Veronica Constantine, August 27, 2016

    Last weekend we just beat the rain at North Country Trail Run.  I finished in 2:26:40 and was happy with that time… all things considered.

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    Andrea Johnson Zufelt
    If It Is a Distant Thought, Just Sign-up Already!
    By Andrea Johnson Zufelt, August 25, 2016

    That is really the main thing. Just sign up and start. New sport-type events can be scary. And they can be even more scary if you don’t know what you are really doing. But guess what? Not everyone who competes in events knows what they are doing.

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    Andrea Johnson Zufelt
    Michigan Titanium Olympic Duathlon
    By Andrea Johnson Zufelt, August 24, 2016

    So, I decided, mainly for the double down medal option, to sign up for the MiTi: Michigan Titanium. This event is not offered in a sprint distance triathlon, and I was not ready to try the Olympic distance triathlon for the distance of the swim. So I decided to register for the Olympic Duathlon. Bike24.8 miles, then run 6.2 miles. Sounds like it can happen. I mean, I have done the 20k sprint bike portion before and the run I was not worried about, so, I figured, why not give it a shot.

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    Andrea Johnson Zufelt
    A Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon
    By Andrea Johnson Zufelt, August 24, 2016

    So, two weeks ago I “competed” (and I say this with quotation marks because, well, I wasn’t in it to win it) in 3Disciplines Girls Best Friend Triathlon in Vickburg, MI. This, given the name, was an all female event. This piqued my interest because I think it is fabulous when there are all female events out there. Not to say that guys don’t deserve to have all male events, but, I love that it can show that women can be strong, athletic, have fun and not really hate on each other. It can be quite empowering!

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