Cherry Blossom Race Recap Link Up

We hope you all are basking in the glow of a race well-run, and bet more than a few of you are proud of shiny new PRs. While we’ve enjoyed sharing our insights over the past few months, this post is all about you! We want to hear about your race experience!

Photo Credit: Heather Mundwiler

If you have a blog, we’d love for you to link your recap below, or tell us the highlights in the comments. The link up will be open for a few weeks, so make sure you come back to hear how others did.

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We Want You To Run You Best Race

Wow! Can you believe that race day is almost here! If you’re anything like we are, you are in the final stages of race planning, stalking the weather, deciding what to wear, and figuring out your race day strategies.

Since most of us have participated in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run a few times before, we thought we would share our tips to help you run your best race.

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How Running Has Changed Me, and How It Can Change You, too!

When I started running 5 years ago (oh my goodness, has it been that long already??), I never dreamed how much it would change my life. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Running is not just something I did to get in shape–that definitely had something to do with it–but it was about challenging myself and changing my mindset on life.


At first, I was intimidated to share my progress & thoughts with anyone but myself. I started a blog and kept track of my Couch to 5K training that way, not thinking that anyone would want to read it–it was just much easier to type my thoughts than to write them in a journal. But somehow I ended up finding other running bloggers and connected with them so much that they have become some of my dearest friends! But, other than friendships, running has changed my life in so many ways. Here’s just a few:

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How I Fuel My Runs

How many runners have heard this said while expressing our guilt before noshing a cupcake, slice of pizza, or a carton of French fries: “Yeah, but you run like, all the time. It’s true that I have used that fact as a reason to indulge more than I should, and in some ways, running is a “get out of jail free” card. But—and at the risk of sounding like a total buzzkill—being a runner means that the value of good nutrition is a lot higher for us. 

Fueling Your Runs (1)

You wouldn’t drive a car across the country without getting a tune-up first, would you? Or getting one after you get to your destination? Running can be viewed in the same way: for all the destruction that you do on your muscles, bones, and nervous system, getting the proper nutrition through what you eat is part of what keeps you going.

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Volunteer To Be Part Of The Runner’s Rite Of Spring!

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run needs thousands of volunteers to make The Runner’s Rite Of Spring® the finest 10-mile race in the nation. From helpful people handing out bibs at the expo to smiling fans working water stops along the course, there are so many volunteers that impact the race experience!

Photo courtesy of Don Libes, on Flickr

One of my favorite race day traditions is to make it a point to thank the volunteers. I know I couldn’t finish the race without the volunteers at the water stops, and might have been lost without the volunteers answering my questions at the expo. I am thankful for everyone who took time out of their days to make my race experience better.

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Listening To Your Body With Objectivity

This is part two of my two-part series on how to listen to your body. If you missed part one, or want to review my advice, you can find it here.

We’ve all heard that listening to your body is key to staying healthy throughout a training cycle, but just how do you listen to your body, and what do you listen for?

Listening To Your Body

I think it’s important to listen to your body physicallymentally and objectively. In my first article, I shared my tips for listening to your body physically. In this article, I’m focusing on how to listen to your body mentally and objectively. Continue reading Listening To Your Body With Objectivity

Say What? How To Listen To Your Body

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Listen to your body” before. It has been frequently referenced in training books and articles over many decades. Ask someone how they stay healthy throughout a training cycle and they often respond with “I listen to my body”.

Listen To Your Body

You may be wondering where that phrase came from. The phrase was coined by the late George Sheehan, considered by many to be one of the greatest running philosophers. But many people that speak of the phrase don’t quite know what it actually means.  One of the gaps I see in a lot of advice is between the message and how to actually implement it into your training.  So how do you actually apply that advice?
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Why We Love The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

This week is all about love. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing why we love the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. It’s not called The Runner’s Rite Of Spring® for nothing!

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Show your love and support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals here!

We’d love to hear why you love the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run–tell us in the comments!

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Advanced Degrees

Training for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in the winter isn’t easy, especially when the temperature dips low, low, low. Recently I ran a 10K race in some very cold weather!


I needed help to get to this race. I needed some serious motivation, because staying snuggled under the covers where it was nice and warm was very tempting.  So I sent some texts and posted on Facebook and asked for help. Continue reading Advanced Degrees