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Teton Dam Marathon Review

On the 2nd of June, I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive to eastern Idaho for the Teton Dam Marathon. I did the 5K.

Did I mention I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive. Yeah, not the best idea for legs to be in PR shape. My leggies were stiff and at 1100 more feet of elevation then at home, it was a slow trot for sure. No PR attempt this trot, that's for sure.

I woke up at 4am (my normal wake up time is 8am - 10am depending on the day) so that early is  painful. I had everything all packed and ready the evening before- brekky, post-race clothes, snacks, and a full tank of gas for the long drive. All I had to do was make coffee and head out. I didn't even brush my teeth before I left. Coffee first.

The drive was nice and not a lot of traffic for a Saturday morning. I don't know the last time I have been to Rexburg, but it was easy to find the race start. I thought the race started at 8am, but that was the 10K. The 5K started at 8:30am and I got there to get my bib at …

Starting Over From The Beginning

I have been very faithful getting back into the running game since I got back to Idaho July 28th. With nearly 2 months off of running, it really feels like I am starting over from the beginning.

My last workouts before leaving for Alaska
I am totally OK with that.

I was not in a good place mentally to focus on my personal health and healthy running this spring. I was not eating the best and I still was drinking too much. It's been over 30 days since I had alcohol! Thanks to being out in the middle of nowhere Alaska, alcohol was too expensive and working 16 hour days killed any desire for anything other then sleep. The coffee was also bad, I sadly didn't have much of that. But there was plenty of water available. And giving up those toxins for water is always a good thing! I also increased my veggie intake. I was able to lose a few pounds - which is noticeable to the BF & myself, but since I don't have a scale, I don't know how much it is. 

But it doesn't matter. I had a reset button pushed and I get a do-over. A no excuses do-over.

I get to start a new health and running routine in a new place. - I am not in Boise at the moment but small town-hickville Idaho. And it happens to be a higher elevation then Boise. Which is making running harder then it should but so worth it come race day.

I have a school track right across the street from where I live. And the 3 days I have been on it, I have been alone.

I can barely run one mile without stopping.

And I am totally OK with that.
At the track
I get to start over on a new running adventure. Slow and sloggy.

Advice for hitting reset on my running? Have you had a running / health do-over? 


  1. I'm doing somewhat of a reboot myself. I'm not an expert at all, but my advice would be to not overdo it and keep your expectations in check. It sounds like you're doing both. The last piece of advice would be to sign up for a race to have a goal out there to work toward. I feel when I have something on the calendar, it keeps me honest and helps me get past those times when I know I should get a run in but don't feel it.


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