Tell us a little about yourself.I'm 43, from Kalamazoo, wife and mother of two kids (ages 9 and 7). I enjoy running and biking. Each year I try to at least run one half marathon in the spring and one in the fall. As a family we enjoy traveling, going to the beach, biking, playing with our puppy, and just being outside.

Author Archives: Lisa

One Rainy Half Marathon

The Grand Rapids Half Marathon was one rainy race!  To have a downpour 5 minutes before the start of a race while crammed in with 1000s of people at the start line is not nice.

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MI Adventure Race

Has anyone done a MI Adventure Race?  I highly recommend doing the ArtPrize Edition in Grand Rapids in October.  I just did this one last Saturday and had a blast!  It’s a nice mixture of running, biking, speed, and strategies all in 4 hours. 

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Always up for a challenge

I’m always up for a challenge and enjoy being active with different people and different events.  I reached out to my husband’s aunt, Paula, who is an avid cyclist in the Traverse City area to see if she wanted to do an organized bike event.

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Unseasonably warm temperatures

We have definitely had our share of unseasonably warm temperatures recently.  Who knew that on September 23 in Michigan it would reach almost 80 by the time I was done running a half marathon?

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Running a Full Marathon 18 years ago

Over the years I have had primarily just a handful of running partners, but one was definitely more instrumental in my health journey.  I think of Robin because together we tackled a pretty big goal – running a full marathon 18 years ago.  

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An Unexpected Friend

A couple of years ago I ran the Holland Haven half marathon in the fall without any running friends.  I was wearing a Gazelle Girl half marathon shirt and that’s all it took for a new friendship to begin.  

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Calling all Strava app users

Calling all Strava app users!  I’m looking for any Strava users that can give some feedback on this app.  

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Looking for fresh ideas for speed work

Every week my running friends and I do some type of speed work.  I’m looking for fresh ideas for speed work.  We have been alternating every week between short bursts of speed and longer intervals.  

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4th of July weekend–being off schedule

With 4th of July coming up I find myself looking for different exercise activities.  I’ll be away from home and off my normal schedule.  What do you all do for exercise when you are away from home?  

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Surprised myself on recent 10K performance

I have been a runner for years but honestly haven’t enjoyed races much.  I mainly choose to sign up for half marathons each spring and fall because I do want to challenge myself with those. That is until last weekend when I surprised myself on signing up for a local 10K.

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