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Bite-sized updates from Kathryn Valencia.


ACCEPTANCE Running/Skiing ... Tomato/Tomauto ... Whereas Running, my first love, involves exploring new routes, scenery, terrain; Skiing brings you into the Wow Factor, on the top of the world, the stillness, the beauty, the overwhelming feeling of solitude and at the...

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Trinity Trail: Ft. Worth, TX Not exactly the whole of Ft. Worth on my particular run, but Trinity Trail covers 40+ miles of interesting views giving generously of my favorite aspect of The Run ... Choices, Choices & more Choices. Taking a break from helping...

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Running Changed My DNA I've actually done research on this. 20 or so years of chronicling countless data points led to one emphatic conclusion ... Running is 90% mindset. This was never more evident than my marathon training days. When I had an upcoming long run, 15+...

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Yay Fall! I made an executive decision this summer. Wanting to ensure the continuation of my commitment, I made the switch to walking in this Alabama heat and humidity. When I started running some 20 years ago, I would never miss a run-day no matter what. I had a...

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Running Birmingham (like a tourist)

Village to Village to Village Crestline/English/Mountain Brook Just coming off travel, on a roll as it were of walking all day with brief sustenance stops, I decided to attempt to keep up the pace at home. I always do this and it inevitably always winds down to my...

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Running Paris

Monuments Run: Paris, France One Day. We had 1 day in Paris, so obviously we chose to make this a Run Day. Truth be told, it was more of a Walk Day but what started out as an early morning run to the Eiffel Tower and back turned into a 15-mile plus run/walk hitting...

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Running Birmingham #5

Village to Village 10k: Mountain Brook Yeah, so I used to run marathons, a 10k might be a nice pastime ... especially since I'm only running 3 miles every now and then these days :/ This is what the day taught me: A) Age is a real thing, B) Never underestimate...

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Running Birmingham #4

Brookwood: Connector Run I call this a connector run because it connects two previous runs, Mountain Brook #2 and Homewood: Lakeshore #3, for those who prefer a longer distance or are training for a Half or Full Marathon. Recent sidewalk installations now enable you...

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Running Birmingham #3

Homewood: Lakeshore Lakeshore is a great starting place for a beginner with mileage markers every quarter mile. I run Lakeshore when I don't want to think about calculating mileage. It's a carefree 2 1/2 miles down and 2 1/2 miles back with just a few slight inclines....

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Running Birmingham #2

Mountain Brook: Crestline Village, Montrose Rd., Beechwood Rd., Jemison Natural Trail, Jemison Paved Trail, Mountain Brook Village, Montevallo Rd, Crestline Village This is one of a half-dozen runs throughout Mountain Brook ... so many choices, which is usually one of...

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