Fort 4 Fitness Half Marathon – Personal Record Story

The Fort 4 Fitness race at Fort Wayne, Indiana was the second half marathon this year. The goal set for this race was to run an eight minute pace for an overall finishing time of 1:45:00. The morning started with a race-day trip down to Fort Wayne at 5:30 AM with our friend Steve Glick from […]

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Volunteers: On the other side of the Race

I was given the opportunity to be involved with the planning and execution of a local race from a friend Dan Wort. He has directed Mash the Creek 5.5K and 10K Trail Race for five years at the Potato Creek State Park in North Liberty, Indiana. It is a small race with a loyal crowd who […]

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Trail running 13.1 Miles

This weekend’s scheduled long run was 13.1 miles with only five weeks out until our next big race at the Fort 4 Fitness Half in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While the miles could have been logged on the Maple Heart or Pumpkinvine Trail, we decided to complete the distance in a race environment which is how […]

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Trail Running: Chicago-Style

As the summer heat continues, we take to the trails of the Chicago suburbs looking for shade whenever possible to escape the sun. It’s funny how we’re always looking for places to run now that we are runners. A year ago, we didn’t know that the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail connecting Shipshewana to Elkhart even existed! […]

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Runners on Parade 5K

I first heard about the Runners on Parade last year when Derek and I went to advertise upcoming events with Stone Soup Promotions and support our friend Todd Hoffer. As a spectator, it was inspiring to see the streets lined on both sides with fans and thousands of runners charging past. The 22nd annual Runners on Parade 5K is held […]

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Wawasee Flotilla 8 Miler Race

The Wawasee Flotilla 8 miler race was on July 4th, 2016. My training leading up to this race has been phenomenal and injury-free with coach Jake Gillette. I have steadily improved while being coached by Jake and it was motivating to see him at the finish line of this race cheering on the finishing athletes. […]

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And the band marches on…

We arrived at Northwood high school around 8 AM for the Red Regiment Race on a gorgeous sunny day. The scheduled race in our training plans was to run for a personal best time in the 5K distance. The racing conditions were favorable with little to no wind on a very flat course. The training […]

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Red Regiment Race Review

The Red Regiment 5K Run and Fun Walk event is a great local race that raises money for the Red Regiment High School Marching Band at NorthWood High School in Nappanee, Indiana. Please check out the Racing Website: http://redregiment5k.weebly.com/ Pricing/Signup The pricing of the event was fairly priced around $20 for early entry and $25 […]

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Crushing Personal Records

This past winter, Derek and I focused on racking up the mileage for our half marathon training. We committed to an intermediate plan and diligently increased our long-distance runs, tagging along with our marathoner-in-training, Ed Frutig, along the Maple Heart Trail. The one aspect of our training that was missing was racing. We hadn’t raced a 5K […]

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Training with Purpose

The cancellation of the Holy Half Marathon at Notre Dame, Indiana on April 9th was a disappointment. I trained for 13 weeks through the winter months in preparation for running in the event. Every athlete goes through a period of setbacks and challenges in performance. This particular event was my first real setback in the […]

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