Racing a champion

Written on Mar 8th, 2017 By
Category Marlene Farrell Blog

  By Marlene Farrell RunWenatchee.com My daughter, Alice, beat an Olympian the other day. It might be hard to imagine a girl just over a decade old trouncing a four-time Olympian, but that’s what she did. What does it matter that it was all in her head? That day we were at the Icicle River…

Habits of running are contagious

Written on Dec 10th, 2016 By
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By Marlene Farrell RunWenatchee.com Running gave me an early Christmas present. I unwrapped it on Nov. 1 and it kept growing and amazing me throughout the month. The gift had two parts. One was perseverance (or diligence or grit; it has so many wonderful names). I’ve been running daily for years, only missing a half…

Olympic Games vs. Backpacking

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  By Marlene Farrell RunWenatchee.com My husband and I planned our summer vacations months ago. That’s just the way we are, we’re planners. And for Kevin, the idea of a vacation is the light at the end of a tunnel of months in his home office, staring at screens, connecting with other humans only through…

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The camaraderie of the Upper Valley Running Club

Written on Aug 28th, 2016 By
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By Marlene Farrell RunWenatchee.com On a boat at anchor in a rain-dappled bay at the tip of Washington I was thinking about the Upper Valley Running Club’s Tuesday group runs. For me, they are a short jog from my Leavenworth home to Sleeping Lady where I greet new and old friends and sign in at…

On the trail with young harriers

Written on May 16th, 2016 By
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Preparing yourself mentally for a trail run race

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A stranger’s gift

Written on Mar 13th, 2016 By
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