Day 2: Kayaking the Mangrove Tunnels

Making the most of our weekend in Naples, we got up early for a long run on the Gordon River Greenway. Since Derek has been doing training runs after work, he had already researched the best places to run. We parked at the mall across from the Naples Zoo and ran through a local park […]

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Will you be my Valentine?

“Distance makes the heart grow fonder” is an old saying that bears a bit of truth to the Jagers this year. While Derek’s work takes him long-term to Naples, Florida, it has been a hard transition being apart from each other in day-to-day life. I shouldn’t be complaining, since we do get to see each […]

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Happy New Year from the Jagers

This is the 3rd  year of my running journey with Ashley and we look forward to a healthy 2017. The start of 2017 started with a promotion at work and more responsibility with the IT (Validation) Life Science consulting company. My routine in prior years will change drastically with being on the road more this […]

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

During the last week of game bird hunting season, our friend Ed Frutig brought us along hunting with his Brittanys – Kaylynn and Ladora. We had never been on a hunting trip before so both the intrigue and anticipation was there as I charged my camera and cleared my SD card fresh for the adventure. Ed took […]

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Postcards from Grandpa

“In the shade, got it made… In the sun, love to run…” were the words my Grandpa Smith chanted to me for motivation as I trained for the 1 mile race at the Maine Lobster Festival as a little girl.   My grandpa was all about teaching me tricks like how to pump my legs to swing as […]

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Halloween Magic

The season could not be more beautiful than it is right now. Perfect running weather with cool air has enriched our training sessions as we prepare for the big race at the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon happening the first weekend of November. Rich colors coat the earth as we skip through leaves and carry forth our family […]

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Chicago Marathon Water Stop

The October sun glows behind a blur of runners streaming past outstretched Gatorade cups whilst a cool breeze carries them through our water stop. It doesn’t matter that we slept for two hours, carpooled at 3:00 am or waited in anticipation for the event to begin. At this moment when the 40,400 runners and wheelchair athletes charge […]

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Newlywed Jager Happenings

Life after our wedding went through an exciting phase through the summer following our honeymoon and then continued much the same as we had known it before. The seasons change and the daily rhythm of work, running, and dinner repeats in the circle of married life. We have made it a priority to plan activities […]

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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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