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


DSCN4936Run 4 Home. Second in age group

Oshkosh 5k.

Fox Firecracker 5k. 5k PR

Packers 5k. Ran with my sister.


Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving


Bellin Run


Noodleini 15k


Cellcom Half-Marathon

Cheesehead Half-Marathon. 2nd in age group


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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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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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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Project 365: Days 205-208

What? Oh yeah, I forgot two days. July was really slacking with my photos. It was a pretty busy month, that might have had something to do with it. Excuses, excuses.

Days 205-208

July 24

Crazy busy schedule

July 25

Poop truck

July 26

Penny 🙂

July 27

My uncle’s dog I looked after, Sasha.




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Project 365: Days 196-202 Cottage Vacation

I’m here! I’m here! And I’ve been busy! Cottage Vacation one week, then I stayed at my uncle’s house and watched his dog for a week. So I haven’t been home much. And the times I have been home, I’ve had other things to do (like watch the Olympics, haha). But here are finally my pictures from my cottage vacation.

Days 196-202

July 15

Humpty Dumpty lamp. Scary the Diny’s since 2008.

July 16

One of the many sunset pictures I took.

July 17

Family of ducks that visited every day


July 18

Road my bike around the lake and took pictures at the park

July 19


July 20

Last sunset picture

July 21

Right before we left






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Project 365: Days 191-195

Oh yeah, I also forgot July 9th. I don’t know what was wrong with me! I was a little mad at myself because i had been doing well with remembering.

Days 191-195

July 10

I watched the whole first season of Girls in about two days. It’s amazing.

July 11

Stupid shin!

July 12

Wearing my knee-high compression socks with my capris. Super stylish

July 13

First pedicure!

July 14

Saw a deer at 1000 Islands Nature Center

July 14

1000 Islands

July 14

Sleeping so cute

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Project 365- Days 185, 187-189

I was very forgetful in the beginning of July with taking pictures. I missed July 3rd AND July 5th. Whoops.

Days 185, 187-189

July 4

After the Fox Firecracker 5k.

July 4

Serious sock tan. Please ignore the face that my pinky toe is non-existent

July 4

Penny looking so adorable, as always

July 6

Got behind this piece of machinery on my way to work. I wanted to drive under it.

July 7


July 8

My beach read for the cottage.


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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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Project 365: Days 180-183

We’re getting into the middle of summer already! Boo! Wisconsin has been a sauna lately, so it definitely feels like summer here! Trying to get out most days and enjoy it.

Days 180-183

June 30

I saw these two hot air balloons when I was driving to my running group

June 30

And then I saw another hot air balloon in Darboy!

June 30

Fox River in DePere

June 30

I was able to hang out with my friends, Tom and Ella this past weekend! We had a fabulous day in the fabulous weather because we ARE fabulous 🙂

June 30

Walking through Voyager Park

July 1

At the Wrightstown Boat landing. My dad, sister, and I went jet skiing!

July 2

My sister’s 17th birthday!!!! Out to dinner at Perkins. My sister and her boyfriend being themselves.

July 2

My sister always makes silly faces in pictures. My mom has learned to just take lots of pictures and hope for a good one.

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