Why We Run Wednesday: Erika

Why do I run?  That’s a good question!  You might be surprised to know it really isn’t about the medals, (although I love a good medal).

Right before my 40th birthday it hit me that I wasn’t getting any younger and it was time to get moving to tackle some of those pesky bucket list items that I’ve said I’d like to do but never really had a plan to do.  Initially my “bucket list” looked something like:

  1. Conquer fear of heights

  2. Run a half marathon

  3. Skydive

  4. Complete a triathlon

  5. Whitewater rafting

  6. Spend Thanksgiving in NYC watching the Macy’s Day Parade

  7. Zipline

  8. Enjoy Paris through the eyes of my kids

  9. Find my superhero mom skill

The first and least scary bucket list item was find my superhero mom skill – something that would make my kids proud.

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Race Recap: Lake Sammamish Half Marathon

The team competed in their first half marathon of the season at the Lake Sammamish Half last weekend. The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS out and it led to a wonderful day of racing. We has strong performances across the board with lots of PRs and several members who just missed their PR. This was a great confidence boost for our members who are headed to Boston in just a few short weeks!

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Race Recap: Magnuson Series - President's Day Weekend

There's something exciting about the first race of any season. After seven weeks of hard training it was finally time for the team to mix things up, get into a competitive mindset, toe the starting line, and run their hardest. But it's also important to remember that the first race of the year isn't about running your fastest time ever, it's about setting a baseline. It's lets you know where your fitness is currently, and what areas of training need to be worked on more in order to reach the goals that have been set for the end of the season.

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New Year. New Season. New Goals.

Whether you’re new to running or an experienced runner, I’m sure you have some goal in mind for this year. If you haven’t done so already, make that goal real – tell people about it, write it down, make it happen – whatever that means to you. Doing so will help solidify that commitment to yourself and help ensure that you hold yourself accountable for following through.

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Why We Run Wednesday: Summer

Why do you run?

I been asked this so many times and still don't have a concise answer.

I began running away from my grief.  My older brother died in October of 2011.  At the time, I was overweight and sedentary.  My brother was my best friend and fierce encourager.  After the initial loss I felt compelled to do something, anything with my pain and frustration. 

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Why We Run Wednesday: Lyell

For many, the thought of simply completing a marathon is daunting. However, for our club's own Wonder Woman, Lyell, one marathon wasn't enough. In fact, 99 marathons weren't enough, so last month she traveled to San Francisco to complete her 100th marathon. So far she has raced in 13 different countries and 14 states. And let me tell you - this awesome lady is far from finished with her running adventure.

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Why We Run Wednesday: Rachel

I didn’t come to running the way you would expect.  I grew up in a very rural part of Vermont, and to burn off my excess energy my mom put me on Nordic skis pretty much as soon as I could walk.  I never ran track or cross country.  In high school I watched my only friend on the cross country team throw up after every practice, and I could not imagine why anyone would want to run three miles all at once.  I liked team sports, but became too outsized to continue playing on the varsity field hockey team when my collarbone was badly broken during a game.  Without high school sports, I dumped my energy into snowboarding and spent every free minute at ski areas and reading snowboard magazines.   

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Race Recap: Seattle Rock n Roll

We had another GREAT day of racing at the Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon on June 18th!

We had our biggest race group of the season and everyone showed up ready to rock and took advantage of the perfect race day conditions and had solid performances across the board. After a group warm up the team headed out on the new Stadium to Stadium Course. The new route was absolutely gorgeous and still had a fair dose of hills that Seattle races are known for. 

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