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Visit to Green Bay WI

Visit to Green Bay WI

Dot McMahan

June 15, 2010, 1:47pm

I just came back from an amazing weekend in my home state. Training and racing finally worked out that I could return to one of my favorite races, the Bellin 10k in Green Bay. I’ve previously run Bellin 3 times however; this was my first time as an elite athlete. The race is a first class event in a smaller sized city. From the beginning to the end of the trip we (elites) are treated better than any other race I have attended. The only other race that even comes close is the Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston. We stayed at the Residence In...

A successful first training segment.

It’s been 10 months since I gave birth to Elizabeth. My transition from pregnant jogger back to elite athlete has been frustrating and sad at times, but it just might make me a better athlete in the end. One thing I have learned is to never take a good day for granted. Now I look forward to tough workouts more than ever. I’m testing my body constantly and sometimes it’s feels good, and sometimes it doesn’t. But, I’m loving the journey. Here’s a summary of my 4 races of this segment. Nov. – Detroit Turk...

First ride in the baby jogger

First ride in the baby jogger

Dot McMahan

August 19, 2009, 12:36pm

I took Elizabeth out for her first baby jogger run yesterday! She didn't seem to mind the ride. However, it took me awhile to find a comfortable push position. I think I have a decent method down now. I'm glad it's not my only option but it will do for some second runs.

Elizabeth Brooke McMahan

Elizabeth Brooke McMahan

Dot McMahan

July 22, 2009, 3:07pm

Since my last blog I’ve had a few changes in my life. I had a baby in May. Elizabeth Brooke McMahan came on May 4th weighing in at 7 lbs and 20 inches. She’s a complete joy. I’m watching her sleep as I type this. Her legs are in my sleep position and her arms are in her Dad’s sleep position. It’s been fun “seeing” ourselves in her. I’m back into running after a few weeks off. It’s not always pretty but I’m out there everyday clawing my way back into shape. I can’t say what is up ...

Daily Grinders

Daily Grinders

Dot McMahan

February 19, 2009, 5:17pm

As time progresses, I’m getting slower and slower. I knew this would happen and I’m embracing it. Sure I miss my teammates. I meet them every morning, only to see their backs and hear distant laughs within a mile. There are days when I run almost every step alone. Then there are other days when I get to run with the daily grinders. They are the runners I’ve known for years. Rochester, MI community runners with real jobs, people who run because it makes them feel good. It’s been great getting know these ladies better. I o...

Short and short

Short and short

Dot McMahan

January 5, 2009, 11:12pm

Just a couple of things to talk about so this will be short. 2008 was a great year for me. Lots of PR’s, made another world team, and wore a smile through it all - just an all-around great year. There’s nothing better than leaving frustrations behind, you know, when everything comes together. I feel like 2008 was that for me. Three years of training with the Hansons’ came full circle. On a personal note, sparing you lots of details, I can officially say that I will be a Mommy come spring. I couldn’t be happier. I’m...

Fall training continues with a stop in Brazil.

With the 20k champs behind me, I’m looking ahead to the rest of my fall training. I’ll be racing two more high profile events. The first is the US 8k national champs in two weeks. In the past, shorter distances like this haven’t been my strength. However the course has some hills so it should help me perform well against some quicker ladies. The second race is the World Half Marathon champs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be my second World Half team. Second to the marathon trials, there was one more thing I wanted to acc...

downtime blizzards and 20k goals

It’s hard writing about running when you’re on downtime. I like to use downtime for non-running thoughts and activities. Recent thoughts; biodiesel fuel, geometry and getting another degree. Recent activities; eating Girl Scout Cookie Blizzards, training Ozzie to stop chewing electrical cords and installing new door handles and hinges on our interior doors. Nothing very exciting is going on at the moment. School starts in 2 weeks for private schools and 4 weeks for public schools. I’ll be tutoring again but until then things a...

Track and Field Excitement

There was so much excitement going on the last few weeks that I put off writing this until now. I've been watching the Olympic Track and Field trials for quite a few years, but the thrill this year was on a whole new level. That was due in part to the excellent post race coverage and background stories on numerous websites like Flotrack. Although, it was mostly because I actually got to experience an Olympic Trial myself, first hand. I can identify with the daily dedication it takes and the sacrifices made year after year, just to earn the oppo...

June Bugs

June Bugs

Dot McMahan

June 6, 2008, 1:13pm

Another day, more rain, and the humidity rises. It’s officially wet season here in MI. The trails are muddy and the mosquitoes are getting more annoying everyday. Running feels like a chore on these sticky days. I’m exhausted, thirsty and muddy at the end of nearly every run. But it’s the Midwest and by next week we’ll have a different “season”. Unfortunately we had to endure a track 10k during this wet season. All of us ladies ran at the Midwest Distance Solution in Hillsdale, MI. Luckily for us, they had cu...