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2012: Running

2012 brought a whole new adventure in running. I went from not being able to run at all in January, to completing my first full marathon in September. A few injuries along the way, but a great running year.

Total miles ran: 915

Total races: 10

Awards won: 2

5k’s

DSCN4936Run 4 Home. Second in age group

Oshkosh 5k.

Fox Firecracker 5k. 5k PR

Packers 5k. Ran with my sister.

5M’s

Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

10k’s


Bellin Run

15k’s

Noodleini 15k

Half-Marathons


Cellcom Half-Marathon


Cheesehead Half-Marathon. 2nd in age group

Marathons


Fox Cities Marathon.

The majority of my races this year were ran in the summer and this summer in Wisconsin was HOT! It seemed like every time I had a race it was ridiculously hot. I did a lot of my training in the afternoon after work, which I think helped in these races because it was obviously hotter in the afternoon. Most of my runs took place on the Fox River Trail, either near my house or in DePere. I also ran quite a bit on Saturday’s with my running group.

I had a great racing season in 2012 and I expect 2013 to bring even BIGGER races and accomplishments 😉

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Sweaty Saturday’s- Fast Times

I’m going to start documenting my weekly work outs here on Saturday’s. Obviously, because it is the last day of the week.

Last week was not a good running week. With my monthly visitor approaching, my runs were less than stellar. Going into this week, I definitely wanted to take things slower and enjoy my runs. Well, needless to say, my runs this week were 110% better and FASTER than last week.

Sunday: I lifted weights in my room because I was baking Christmas candy with Ryan’s family all day.

Monday: 5 miles at 9:30 pace. First day of Christmas break and this run felt really good.

Tuesday: 5.5 miles at 9:43 pace. I was going to 6, but stopped short at 5. Oh well.

Wednesday: 4 miles at 9:22 pace. I did 2 miles running, then 20 minutes on the elliptical, then 2 more miles running. Let’s just say my legs were DYING!

Thursday: 5 miles at 9:18 pace.

Friday: 3.1 miles at 8:46 pace. This was my first attempt at speedwork and it went really well! I did 6 x 800’s and in between 800’s I did 10 push-ups (regular, wall, incline), 30 crunches (standard, stability ball), 20 squats (regular, weighted). It was a lot of fun and I hope to incorporate that once a week!

Saturday: 2.5 miles at 8:54 pace. I just ran and increased the speed every half mile. Did some weights before and after.

Weekly miles: 25

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Noodleini Race Recap

I ran the Noodleini 15k on November 25, 2012.

I had wanted to run this race last year, but wasn’t able to when I was hurt. So I was pretty excited to run this year. Mainly because you got a gift certificate for a free meal at Noodles and Company. Score.

Although, I wasn’t planning on getting sick the two days leading up to the race and I didn’t plan on it snowing either. Boo! I went Black Friday shopping and beat some of the crowds by going at 8:30 Friday morning. But the stores were still warm and busy. That afternoon I didn’t feel well at all and came home and just napped the rest of the day. I woke up Saturday and just laid around and napped more. Surprisingly I felt really good after eating some saltines and managed to get in the shower and decided to go pick up my race packet and shirt. I went over to my friend Tom’s house and hung out with him and my two cousins that night. I felt better and better as the night went on.

I woke up on Sunday to new fallen snow. Crap. I had never ran in snow and I was still worried about my cold/sick/whatever flu I had. My dad came with me to the race in case I couldn’t finish.

The race started at 8am and I was hoping to finish in 1:25-ish. Once I started running though, I knew that wasn’t happening. The roads were still a little snowy/slippery and my body wasn’t fully recovered.

I felt like this race went on forever! It was pretty boring, no crowds. The roads were open to traffic and it was awkward when we had to run along a road where people were trying to get to church. The whole time I just really wanted to be done. Some of the residential areas we ran through were pretty slick and I had to slow down a lot and run around the road to find clear spots. It was more of a mentally exhausting race than anything. Keeping my footing and just keeping my body going.

I crossed the finish line in 1:29:28 and found my dad. I was very glad to be done with the race. Ryan’s mom, his sister Trisha and her husband Jesse and his other sister Robin did the 5k. We talked with them and then went home.

Being the last race of the year, I would have liked to end on a better note. But I’m glad I ran and was able to run after being sick.

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Festival Foods Turkey Trot Race Recap

I ran in the Festival Food Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day 2012 in Green Bay.

The Turkey Trot is sponsored by Festival Foods and is put in in multiple locations around Wisconsin (Appleton, Green Bay, LaCrosse, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Marshfield, Oshkosh, and Manitowoc). Last year I ran walked in the one in Menasha, which was changed to Appleton this year.

I signed up to run the 5 mile, along with Ryan, his sister and her husband. My sister did the 2 mile. We got to the race in plenty of time to walk to warm up, use the porta-potty and get to the start. It was quite warm that morning with just a little wind. I wore a long sleeve shirt, long sleeve zipper-up and pants and was rather warm. What started off as a really frustrating race ended very well. FORESHADOWING!!!

My time goal was 45 minutes. That seemed like a very reasonable time. We all started near the back of the pack and definitely paid for it the first mile or so. I had to dodge and come to a complete stop for walkers and dogs and kids. It was very frustrating. Ryan ran away and so did Trisha and Jesse. I caught up with Ryan eventually and passed him and then spotted Jesse and Trisha a little ways ahead.

About the halfway point I felt amazing. I really don’t know what happened but the people parted and I just couldn’t stop. I passed Trisha and Jesse and just ran and ran and going faster and faster. During these fast miles, I thought about what I was thankful for this year. My wonderful family, my amazing boyfriend, his family who has accepted me, going back to school, my health, and just overall happiness.

After running and running, the race was done and I finished in 43:46! Way faster than I anticipated! We regrouped and then headed home. I was very pleased with the results from this race. Another thing to be thankful for that day 🙂

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Fox Cities Marathon Race Recap!

I ran the Fox Cities Marathon on September 23, 2012 and it was my first marathon!

I’ll start on Friday. That was the packet pick-up/race expo and it was a little crazy. The expo was at Fox Valley Tech, where I go to school. I got there a about 10 minutes early and had to stand in line outside before it opened. When they let us inside, getting your packet didn’t take much time. The expo itself was a little confusing the way it was set up. I only bought my new 26.2 magnet and a t-shirt. The official race shirt was handed out AFTER the race.

Saturday I laid around the house and didn’t really do anything. Rested my legs. That night I went over to Ryan’s and he made me spaghetti. I was getting nervous and I just wanted to run the race already! My parents had scouted out a place to watch me and Ryan was also going to be at the finish line.

Sunday morning came and I was REALLY ready to go. However, despite the weather I had been running in all summer, it decided to be about 30 degrees. Hello?! So I ended up wearing a long sleeve shirt and capris. I know some people hate running in capris, but I really enjoy running in them! My mom brought me to the start and I told her I would see her in 4 hours!

The race started right at 7:00 a.m. and the marathon and half marathon started together and then split at mile 2. I was feeling really good at the beginning. I tried to start off slowly. Because it was cold, I took water at every other aid station and alternated water and gatorade. That worked out really well the whole race. I used the bathroom at mile 12, but only because there wasn’t a line.

My parents were at mile 9 and they were a welcome face. There wasn’t a lot of crowd support, but enough to keep you going.

Mile 9! Feeling good!

Mile 9! Feeling good!

I was at the halfway point at 2:09:31, which is about 4 minutes faster than my half-marathon time! Now I really want to run another half!

I don’t really remember a lot of the middle miles. It was mostly just me and my thoughts. “Keep going!” “Enjoy yourself!” “You only get one first marathon!”

My upper thigh really started hurting about mile 18. I wanted to walk, but I did not want to walk. It was a little internal struggle. I kept trucking along and knew I was halfway done. Then I started to get familiar with the route and I kept focusing on that. Counting down the miles and knowing what was waiting for me at the finish: my parents and Ryan and my medal.

We ran passed the hospital where I went to when I had dehydration in February and I felt so lucky to be able to run this marathon. I knew I had to finish strong. I only had 2miles left. After running over the bridge by the Neenah public library, it was the part of the marathon route that I had pictured so many times during my runs. I had ran that road when I lived in Neenah and now it was the finish to the race.

Ryan found me when I ran passed the park and I said, “I’m almost done!” And he said, “You are and you’re doing great!” I kept going and only had a half mile left at that point. Just through the park and to the finish. He met me again right by the finish and wanted me to run faster! I could barely run my legs were so tired! He was yelling, “You can pass those people ahead of you! I know you can!” I picked up the pace and did pass them and finished. I got my medal and warming blanket and went to find him and my parents.

Coming into the finish!

Coming into the finish!

My time was 4:22:23 and I was more than satisfied with that time! I wasn’t really hungry, but I did have half a banana.

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First Marathon!

Once I was home, Ryan and I looked at the results and I was pretty much average in every aspect of the race: age group, females, overall, finishing time.

I can’t wait to run another marathon. It was hard at some points, but I had a really fun time. And of course I want to beat my time 🙂

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Cheesehead Half Marathon Race Recap

I ran the Cheesehead Half Marathon on August 25, 2012. As with all the races this summer, it was really hot.

Ryan and I went on Friday night to go pick up our packets. His sister, her fiance, and Ryan were running the 5k and I was doing the half-marathon. The packet pick-up was very quick and we were in and out in about 5 minutes. That night we went out with a few of his friends and stayed out until 11:30. Great start to race weekend. Carb-loading, right? :p

My dad came with me to the race, seeing it was going to be so hot and my mom was worried. Used the porta-potty and then started the race.

The race is ran in Hilbert, WI, which is a very town in the middle of nowhere. All of the race was ran on country roads with little/no shade. I ended up starting too fast and my shin started hurting again. I had to stop and rub it a little and then take it VERY slow the next two miles. This all happened in the first 10k of the race. Dumb, dumb, dumb. The only time there was shade was during the section where we ran on the Fox River Trail. I was feeling pretty good during those miles and ran at a good pace there. Once I got back into the sun though, I was dying. It was so hot and I just wanted to be done. The last mile is all uphill. Ryan ended up meeting me during the last half mile and really pushed me. He asked me how I was feeling and I said that I was going to throw up. He really didn’t say much after that and just kept running at a pretty fast pace. When we got about .10 from the finish me left me and I finished.

My time was 2:13:50, which was about the same as the Cellcom. I definitely could have ran a smarter race and maybe have had a better finish. But I was still happy with my time. I came in 2nd in my age group, so that was exciting. I was not expecting that! Instead of medals, they give you fancy cheese for age group winners.

2nd in Age Group!!

2nd in Age Group!!

I think I will run this race again because it is pretty close to my house and not many people participate. I could see myself doing much better in the race next year.

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Packers 5k Race Recap

This race took place on July 28th in Green Bay and I signed up to run it as a fun run with my sister. It was the kick-off to the Green Bay Packers season.

I was a little nervous about this race for a couple reasons.
–I had ran 15miles with my running group that morning. So I was a little worried about being tired with sore legs.
–I didn’t get a lot of sleep the previous night.
–The weather (of course) was a bit hot, even though the race started at 6:30 p.m.

The race started where the Cellcom started, right in front of Lambeau Field. It started at 6:30 p.m. but it was still a little warm. There were a lot of runners, seeing it was a 5k.

The race route ran around Lambeau and some surrounding neighborhoods and then through the tunnel at Lambeau and out to the finish. It got quite clogged going into the tunnel and around the outside track because people were taking pictures and the track is only so wide, but it was still a cool experience.

We finished in 33:14 and had a really fun time! I definitely enjoyed running this race with my sister.

Crystal and I after the race!

Crystal and I after the race!

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4 Months

Alright, so I took a 4-month blogging hiatus. Whoops. Don’t ask me what happened, because I really don’t know. Life happened I guess. Let’s catch up quickly.

August:

I met the most wonderful man in July and we started dating in August. This is the best relationship I have been in and I could not be happier. He is supportive, loving, fun, and just amazing all around.

Ryan and I at his sister's wedding

Ryan and I at his sister’s wedding

Ran in the Cheesehead Half Marathon and (of course) it was a hot race. I took 2nd in my age group. Woot Woot!

2nd in Age Group!!

2nd in Age Group!!

Continued to train for the Fox Cities Marathon.
Started school at Fox Valley Tech in the Office Assistant Program.
Got a new (reliable) car!
Caught up with friends from college.

September:

Oh, this was the month of the marathon. I’ll do a race recap, but yeah, I survived and it went really well!

First Marathon in the books!

First Marathon in the books!

I guess that was the big thing in September. Plugged away at school and hung out with Ryan and his friends.

October:

Skipped out on the St. Joe’s 5k because of a downpour.
Started running inside.
More school.

November:

Ran in the Festival Foods Turkey Trot. Did better than expected! Race report to come.
Ran in the Noodleini 15k. Not a good race. Race report to come.
Turned 24. Old woman here.
Started an Internship at a graphic design company.
Ate my way through three Thanksgivings.

December:

Christmas presents bought.
Finished school with flying colors.
Celebrated Ryan’s birthday.
Still running inside.
Started making running goals for next year. Look the f**k out 2013.

So yes, that is the last 4 months in a very quick nutshell. I’ll catch up on race reports and do some other update posts. But I really want to get back into blogging. I really miss it.

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Project 365: Days 209-212

The last photos from July! July just flew by! Exclamation points galore! 🙂

Days 209-212

July 28

My sister and I ran in the Packer’s 5k!

July 29

We spent all day together on Sunday watching the Olympics.

 

July 30

Pouring rain!

July 31

Watching QVC! After not watching it for 3months!

 

 

 

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Sidelined…Again

Seriously, maybe I should just plan injury into my training plans. This is just getting ridiculous. At least this time it’s not my knee (although then it might be an easier fix).

Monday: I had scheduled 4miles. I went to my normal spot and started out. I felt okay the first mile, but then mile 2 started and my shin started to hurt. Bad, bad, bad. I ended up walking back and ending my run.

Tuesday: 7miles scheduled, but I wasn’t sure if I could run them. So I planned on testing out the first mile and see. Yep, stupid shins. So I quickly scheduled a chiropractor appointment because he helped my knees and then I went to Runaway Shoes and purchased some expensive awesome compression socks. I iced and compressed like a motherf’ker last night.

Wednesday: I wore my less expensive awesome compression socks to work today. Fashion diva here. And then went to the chiropractor where he tortured my shins (because, you know, I have shin splints). Went to the YMCA instead of running and even the bike hurt. So I did LOTS of weights. Taking out my aggression.

My plan for the rest of the week:
Thursday-rest. I have an appointment tomorrow after work and I’m going to just come home and rest, compress, and ice, ice, baby. It’ll be a grand time.
Friday- Day off of work, so I might go the YMCA early in the day because I have things to do in the afternoon. We’ll see how the rest day goes tomorrow.
Saturday- Sad to say, but I probably won’t be going to my running group. YMCA is again on the plan. Though there is a trail that runs right in front of the Y, so, if I’m brave, I may try out my shin on there.
Next week- All next week I’ll be up north. I plan on bringing my running clothes, but if my shin isn’t better, I’m going to walk a ring around the lake. Walk, walk, walk. Stretch, stretch, stretch.

So that’s the plan. I’m really frustrated because my training was going so well, but I’m doing everything I can right now to get back in the game.

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