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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


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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June Summary/July Goals

June was a pretty successful month. Juneathon, friends, running. It had it all! Let’s see if I accomplished any of my goals for the month and make some new goals for July!

June Goals:

–Juneathon: Accomplished. I worked out every day, logged it, and blogged about it. I tried new things and I feel a lot better with my body.

–More strength training: I would consider this accomplished. Going to the YMCA helped me with this. I was able to use different machines there and use heavier weights there too. Welcome back, strength training 🙂

–Running Group: Accomplished. I met with them every Saturday (except the Saturday of the Bellin Run). I also went to one of their fun runs and to the monthly meeting. Everyone in this group is so positive and encouraging.

–Sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon and one other race on my schedule: Big time accomplished! I was able to sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon at a discounted rate at the Bellin Run race expo and I signed up for the rest of my races this summer.

–Go to the YMCA and take a spinning class: Sort of accomplished. I joined the YMCA, but I didn’t take a spinning class. I usually go to the Y on Friday’s and there aren’t classes offered on Friday’s. But I usually make an attempt to get on the bike while I’m there.

–Take more pictures: Accomplished. I managed to get to the Appleton Botanical Gardens and I took more pictures family functions this month and when I hung out with my friends.

–Visit one friend: ACCOMPLISHED!! I visited my friend, Tom, in Madison last weekend. And this weekend I was able to see him again, along with my other friend, Ella! Yay! Those were two of the best weekends and I hope I am able to to more stuff with them the rest of the summer.

–Finish one book: Epic fail. It’s really hard for me to read anymore because I don’t get any breaks at my job. At Walmart, I used to read on both of my 15min breaks and during my hour lunch. But now I really don’t have time when I get home because I have other things I want to get done.

June Summary:

–Ran in the Bellin Run! It was a lot of fun, despite the heat.

–Got new hours at work. 7am-3pm. It’s nice to get done an hour earlier, but getting up at 5:30am sucks sometimes.

–Started watching the new Dallas series. So far, so good!

–After seeing my uncles Ironman tattoo, I started thinking about maybe doing a triathlon in the future.

–I started taking three more multi-vitamins and I feel awesome.

July Goals:

–Take a spinning class this month: Maybe I can accomplish this goal in July

–Keep going to my running group: I would like to get some friends in my group. That was one of the reasons I joined was to make running friends.

–Get my school stuff straightened out: Look at my schedule, do my FAFSA, lame stuff.

–Keep visiting friends: I hope I can continue to see my friends and maybe see my cousin this month too!

–Start thinking of where I could work once school starts: ugh

–Attempt some speed work into my training

–Write out my schedule for the upcoming week on Sunday night

–Continue to keep up on blogging: with Juneathon, I had to blog once a day. It was hard some days, but not impossible. I don’t want to blog every day, but at least three times/week.

This month my family and I are going up north for a week, so I’m not sure how many of these I will be able to accomplish, but we will see!!

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Juneathon Day 13: Positive Consequences

Today was a great run. If I would have ran like I did today during the Bellin Run last Saturday, I would have had a HUGE PR.

The running group I joined was offering a fun run today in Menasha at 6:00. There was a 5k route and a 10k route. I was debating on which one I wanted, but I opted for the 10k. This has been only my second group run, so I was a little nervous. I didn’t really talk to anyone when I got there. Everyone seemed to come with a friend or know someone else. I looked at the map they provided and used the bathroom (because we met at a park pavilion). At 6:00pm, we were off and going.

I started off faster than I would have liked. Stupid me. But I was feeling really good with the pace I started off with, so I went with it. See how long I could hold on for. Everyone started in a pack, but then people trickled off and it was just me, a wife and husband who was pushing a jogging stroller, and an older man. I kept pace with them, staying slightly behind, but keeping up. Then we reached on intersection and they all stopped. They were lost. I gave them my map and they figured out where we were, but now that we weren’t following the directions (at least I don’t think we were, we went down some roads that weren’t on the map), I knew I couldn’t lose them in fear of getting lost myself.

Now I had to keep this fast pace for the next 3.5miles. It was hard, but I knew I could do it. Even though I wasn’t part of their group, they knew I was there and kept making sure I was still following. We finally made it back onto the map and we only had about 1.5miles left. I still was feeling pretty good. Tired, but good. My pace was staying steady on my watch, only a little ways left.

We reached the park and I felt so good. I held a pretty hard pace for me for 6miles! I couldn’t have been happier. There were subs and ice cream at the pavilion. I ate a sub and drank some water and then left.

If I wouldn’t have started out somewhat fast and ended up following that group, I probably wouldn’t have ran that fast. It was definitely a positive mistake that I made.

Mile 1: 8:47
Mile 2: 8:45
Mile 3: 8:55
Mile 4: 8:57
Mile 5: 8:44

All under 9minutes! Yahoo!

Juneathon Day 13: 6miles in 52.50

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Project 365: Days 154-161

Yay! It is summer! It’s June! And it’s been sooo hot here in Wisconsin. Crazy weather. Last week was really busy. I felt like I was never home and just constantly trying to get stuff done and fit stuff in. Not fun. But this weekend has definitely made up for a crappy week. Saturday was the Bellin Run, which went really well. New PR! Then, yesterday, I went jet skiing for the first time and it was really fun! And now today I have the day off! So this week has started off well 🙂

Here are days 154-161

June 3

All my frogs lined up

June 4

Super early

June 5


June 6

Coming home from Pizza Hut, we saw a hang glider!

June 7

High Mileage

June 8

Race expo!

June 9

Summer race schedule

June 10

Right before jet skiing

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Juneathon Day 9: Bellin Run 10k Recap

This morning was the Bellin Run 10k and it went really well!

Friday, my sister and I went to the expo, which was held in Astor Park in Green Bay. It was really hot, but the booths were all under tents, so it wasn’t too bad. I picked up my bib and t-shirt. This was the first race I’ve been in that’s used Corrals, and I ended up being in Corral 3. Then we did some browsing around and shopping. I was able to register for the Fox Cities Marathon and it was $10 off the current registration price! $60, I’ll take that. I also bought some white shorts and a blue Bellin Run shirt.

This race isn’t capped, so there were roughly 18,400 people running. The largest race I’ve been in so far.


This pool looked so refreshing












I got home after the expo and got all my things together. The chip for my shoe had the race name and date on it! I thought that was pretty fancy!


The race didn’t start until 8:00am this morning, so I got up at 6:00 and ate a banana, a Clif Bar, and drank some water. My dad and I left at about 6:30. We were able to find a decent parking spot and then we walked to Astor Park.

My aunt was running too, and we found her out of 18,000 people!

She was in Corral 1. Speedster.

Around 7:35 we migrated over to our corrals. I gave my camera to my dad (he’s not that great with technology) and went to wait for the start.

Next to me in the Corral was a guy with a shirt that said “Bellin Run Legend”. I wanted to talk to him, but I was too nervous shy. The Bellin Run Legends have ran in all 36 Bellin Runs. That’s a pretty good accomplishment! Their bibs were red, instead of the color corresponding to what corral you were in.

At 8:00 the race started and my dad caught a few pictures of the first groups of people (which was great because I never get to see the start!)

My Team Triumph

This organization lets kids and adults with disabilities participate in road races, even if they can’t run. The disabled person, known as the captain, is pushed or pulled through the race by their angel. My Team Triumph has been in three of the races I’ve done (Oshkosh, Cellcom, Bellin).








Crazy guy in the green suit!

I crossed the start line at 8:08. The course is laid out well. It goes through Green Bay and then through some residential areas. The only downside was that there wasn’t a whole lot of shade. When it’s 75 degrees, everyone was looking for shade. There was one stretch where there were NO TREES AT ALL. It was super hot and no aid stations on that road either. A few hills, but nothing too steep. Lots of spectators. Radio stations were at almost every mile marker. There was energy (and people) everywhere.

For this race, I really wanted to beat my 10k time (57:34). I used a pace calculator that I found online to figure out what I’d have to run for a solid 57:00. This morning I wrote them on my wrist so I would remember. Even though it was supposed to be hot, I’ve ran in the afternoon since my half-marathon and I think my body is getting better running in the warmer temperatures.

I started out slowly. I was feeling pretty good. The heat wasn’t TOO bad yet, and this was the part of the course with shade. Because it was only 6.2 miles, I didn’t plan on taking water/Gatorade at every aid station. I planned on stopping at 2. Also, like the Cellcom, residents were encouraged to put out sprinklers.

Mile 1: 9:29

Mile 2: 9:18

Mile 3: 9:06

That first mile was a little crazy. There were obviously a ton of people to weave around and I just couldn’t find a decent pace. I was trying to not go out too fast. It was hard. Mile 2 seemed to fly by, probably because it was downhill. I took some water at the aid station around mile 2. Mile 3 was kind of a blur. I think that was the part with no shade. My time at the 5k point was 29:05.

Mile 4: 9:03 (I didn’t feel that fast!)

Mile 5: 9:12

Mile 6: 9:09

I took some Gatorade around mile 5 and I think I lost some of my speed there. The water stations were really crowded. There were also a lot of kids participating in this race, and they always ran in groups. It was hard to weave around them and most of them were running sort of willy-nilly.

Whenever I’m training and I have mile 1 left, I keep repeating that in my head. I countdown that last mile “3/4s to go!” “Halfway done!” “You’re so close!” Well, I definitely did that during that last mile. As we got closer to the 5.5 mile mark, there were more and more spectators. I knew the finish was so close. That last bit I was just running on pure adrenaline. Running for a new PR. It felt great! I missed where my dad and uncle were standing, but my dad caught a picture! Yay!

I ran fast, fast, fast to the finish and I did beat my 10k time! By 16secs! That first mile was slower than I wanted, but I’m still happy with my new PR!

Once you crossed the finish line, there was a LONG walk back to the park. There were people handing out water and you could get a finish photo for free. I got a photo and then my aunt and I got one together too.  We went back to the park, but it was getting really hot, so we left.

Overall, it was a good race, even with the heat. The crowd support was great. The water stations seemed to have plenty of water and there were extra precautions due to the heat. The only downside to this race is the amount of runners on a 10k course. Some of the bigger half-marathons have about the same amount of runners, but those runners can spread out over 13.1 miles. Over 6.2 miles, there isn’t a lot of space for people to spread around. So that was the only downside to not having this event capped.

I’m happy with my new 10k. And it was my first 10k! Next up (once I register) is the Firecracker 5k on the Fourth of July!

Juneathon Day 9: 6.2 miles. 57:18

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Juneathon Day 8: Lazy

Well, this week has exhausted me. And I don’t say that too often. I’ve gotten up before 6:30am each morning since last Saturday and it’s finally catching up with me. I feel like I have barely been home this week at all. Work, running, some errands, appointments. My room has been this drop zone this week and I looked at it today and it was so messy! I was trying to get my stuff together for my race tomorrow and had to clean up everything first.

So the thought of going on even a 3mile run today was just exhausting. And seeing it was 82-85 degrees out today, made it that much more dreading. Needless to say, I skipped running today. I skipped vigorous exercise all together and am calling my walking around the race expo my exercise. My sister and I walked/shopped around for about an 1hour and we had to walk a few blocks from where we parked our car. Yes, that is my exercise today. My legs have been a little sore since Wednesday. Hopefully taking this day off will prep them for tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the Bellin Run and it’s supposed to be hot. I’m hydrating already.

Early bedtime for me tonight.

Juneathon Day 8: Walking 1hour

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Juneathon Day 6: National Running Day

Happy National Running Day! I celebrated by running 7miles. Amazing. My legs were feeling good today, unlike yesterday. My pacing wasn’t the greatest, but overall, a good run.

Mile 1: 9:27
Mile 2: 9:20
Mile 3: 9:21
Mile 4: 9:17
Mile 5: 9:18
Mile 6: 9:11
Mile 7: 9:34

Beautiful Day for running!

National Running Day! Yahoo!!

Decent run. Ready for the Bellin!

Juneathon day 6: 7.07miles. 1:06:11











Because it is National Running Day, I wanted to list the reasons why I fell in love with running.

–Running has given me a lot more self-confidence. If you had told me 5 years ago that I would have ran a half-marathon and am training for a full-marathon when I am 23, I wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence back then, but running has helped me believe in myself and my abilities. I KNOW I can run 3miles without a problem. I KNOW I am capable of running 12 miles. And I KNOW that after my training I will be able to conquer 26.2 miles! I’m not afraid to ask questions, try new things, and do things on my own. I want to push myself, see what my body is capable of. Test the limits and then test them further.

–With running and training, I always want to better myself. I want to be faster, stronger, have good pacing, get in a good rhythm. I lift weights to build a strong body. A strong body that can carry me distances of 6,9,12+ miles. A strong body that will help me be faster. Not only will bettering myself improve my running, but it improves my quality of every day life. At work, I know I can lift heavy things, be on my feet for hours, and move around with ease because my body is strong and able.

–Runners have their own little community. While running today, I must have passed two dozen runners (and countless bikers, walkers, rollerbladers. We will just focus on the runners), and over half of them either gave me a little wave or said Hi. I will probably never see that person again in my life, but they were friendly enough to say Hi. I find that I’m friendlier when I’m running. I wave and say Hi to people as well. We’re all out there for our own reasons, but we’re all running. A race is the same idea. We all line up at the start with the same goal: cross the finish line. Everyone is full of adrenaline and excitement, that you can’t help but chat with the person standing next to you as you’re waiting for the start.

–Last Tuesday I was having a difficult day. So I took all my anger out on my run. I ran as fast and hard as I could. Getting all my aggression out. And I felt so much better after. I was singing in the car, happy about my run. All my problems melted away for those minutes while running. It felt great. Running, for me, has been a great stress release. If I’m having a problem, worry, bad day, I can look forward to my run and just go all out.

–I used to pay VERY close attention to numbers on the scale. Whatever it said that morning, depicted the rest of my day. It’s not fun living like that. When I started running, I stopped obsessing about those numbers. I started feeding my body what it needed. I want my body to be a well-fueled machine that is capable of anything. Everything in moderation. I weigh myself once, sometimes every other week. Whatever I feel like. I’ve stayed around the same weight for about 6months now. Sure, I would love to weight a little less. But I guess my body is happy right where it is. I don’t want to obsess and fret about one number. The only numbers I want to worry about are PR‘s 🙂

Those are my main reasons for running. I wouldn’t have thought any of that a year ago, but what a difference a year makes. I feel like a whole new (and better) person since I found running. I want to take care of myself and keep myself healthy and strong. Live a long and happy life, one mile at a time 😀

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Not This Again!

This weekend is the Bellin Run 10k. And this is the projected weather for Saturday

Another hot, hot, hot race day! Just like the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.

This race is sort of weird for me. I signed up in May and the race is already this weekend. I didn’t “train” for this race with it being right after my half. It isn’t a big race for me, like the half-marathon, I’ve ran 6+ miles already.

Don’t get my wrong, I’m really looking forward to this race.  The past two weekends have been pretty uneventful and I’ve been longing to go to a race expo and have a weekend like my half-marathon weekend. There are supposed to be 15,000+ registered runners. That’s crazy! It’s one of the bigger races in Wisconsin and one of the biggest 10ks in the US. It’s actually being televised this year.

Although part of me isn’t like “Gung ho” about it. I’ve been pretty focused on the half-marathon and now my marathon training that I really haven’t thought at all about this race. Haven’t thought about my goal time or pacing or anything. And that saddens me because I AM really looking forward to this race. It’s the Bellin Run! Countless years before I’ve seen the results in the newspaper the next day. Now I’m going to be one of those names.

So today I started thinking about timing and pacing and what my goal time I would like to have. The only 10k I’ve ran has been in my training (57:34) and I would really, really, really (really, really, really) like to beat that time. Last week I ran my angry pace run of 5miles in 45min. Even if I ran a 10min/mi that last mile I would still beat my time. It would be fantastic to break 55min.

I watched a video with a description of the course and there isn’t a lot of turns. Pretty straight. The first two miles is a gradual uphill, then a downhill with a sharp uphill and that’s the halfway point. Then it’s flat and straight until the finish. Sounds pretty decent to me. There are five water stations along the course and I plan to stop at all of them if it’s going to be so hot. That seemed to work well for me during the half-marathon.

My plan for the rest of the week is to drink plenty of water leading up to the race. I want to buy some Gatorade or a drink of that nature for after the race. After the Cellcom they handed out water, but I knew my body needed more than that at that time. I couldn’t really think clearly and after I went to the bathroom, I needed something right now. So I would like it if my dad had something with him for after the race.

I still want to do my long run of 9miles at some point this week, whether it’s Thursday or tomorrow. I might not have to work tomorrow and it would be great to do 9miles and then do 3miles on both Thursday and Friday leading to race day (pseudo tapering). We will see what tomorrow brings. Otherwise, 9miles Thursday, 3miles Friday.

Yes I want to beat my previous 10k time, but if it’s hot, I know I will need to slow it down. I’m hoping that by doing my marathon training in the afternoons, my body has gotten used to running in warmer temperatures. It’s been two weeks since my half-marathon and I’ve ran in the afternoon for almost every run after. I think my body might be more prepared for the heat. But I will still listen to my bodies cues if I need to slow down.

I have my outfit picked out already. Almost the same as what I wore for my half. Stick with what you know. I was perfectly comfortable running 13.1 miles in that. 6.2 should feel the same.

3 days remaining. The expo is Friday afternoon. My sister and I are planning on picking up my bib and then probably driving the course again. My dad is coming with me to the race on Saturday because it doesn’t start until 8:00am. I want to tape the race too, seeing it’s being televised.

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May Summary/June Goals

I want to start making summaries of months and goals for the next month. To see my progress and changes in my life. Also, to think about things I wish to accomplish.

May 2012 Summary

–Ran my first double digit runs. No stopping me now!

Ran Survived the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon: it was hot. Some people didn’t get official times. I was lucky enough to finish and have my time counted. Rockstar.

–Signed up for the Bellin Run 10k

Nike+ watch took a poop. Had to buy a new one.

–Started my MARATHON training

–Got a new job! Good bye Walmart, it’s been a great 2.5 years.

–Moved back in with my parents. Hoping to save money so I can move out on my own and be a grown up.

–Changed my blog’s name

LOTS of changes in May. Things coming to an end and things just beginning. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. Highs and lows. Good times and bad. But now that month is done and onto June!

June 2012 goals

–JUNEATHON: It’s begun! (day 1 and day 2) This month will be full of fitness and fun (and sweat)

–More strength training: I’ve been really slacking in this area of my cross-training. Hopefully with Juneathon I will get back into more of a routine. There have been some great work outs posted in Women’s Health that I want to try out.

–Running Group: I did my first group run this morning and it was fantastic. I will definitely keep going to them. I know the Fleet Feet store in Appleton also does group runs that I am interested in and I would love participate in those as well.

–Sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon and one other race on my schedule: I would like to sign up for the Marathon this month before the price goes up. And to sign up for either the Firecracker 5k or Packers 5k.

–Go to the YMCA and take a spinning class: We’ll see.

–Take more pictures: I take pictures for Project 365, but I want to be taking more flower pictures. I went to the Green Bay Botanical Gardens last month and I would like to go to the Appleton Gardens in June.

–Visit at least one friend: I want to visit my cousin, Amanda, in Madison. Or my friend, Tom, who also lives in Madison. Maybe I could visit both! Awesome.

–Finish ONE book: I know this is a sad goal. One book? Really? Yes, I know at the beginning of the year I had set the lofty goal of 25 books, and I really don’t see that happening, due to the fact that I’ve only read two books this year. I’m going to start with this one book goal for June and see what happens.

There they are, June Goals. Bring on summer! 🙂

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Fitness Friday: Last Week!

This was my last week of training before my taper week next week. I learned about myself this week and I learned some new stuff about my watch too! Win, win.

My watch always told me the pace I was going, which I thought was the average pace. Actually, no. little did I know, I had to scroll through some options to see my average pace. Hallelujah that I figured that out! I thought my watch was broken because it was always so off. Now I know why!

I did an ACTUAL pace run (because I figured out my watch) this week and realize now that I will, hopefully run my half in 2hrs. That run was really good and a definite boost in self-confidence.

Today I did my longest run and it was test of mental strength. I had to push through many barriers in my mind in order to finish, but finish I did. And as a stronger person and runner.

I signed up for the Bellin Run 10k yesterday that is June 9th! I’m pumped. It will be about 2 weeks after my half. Hopefully my body will be ready!

Here are the rest of my runs from the week:

Monday: 4.83miles. Tried out a new trail. A little cold.

Tuesday: 4.01miles. Just a run.

Wednesday: 5.01miles. ACTUAL pace run. Felt good.

Thursday: Much needed rest day.

Friday: 12miles. My body tried to stop, but my mind kept it going. Beat and tired, but confident about my half.

Tomorrow I would like to do some strength training. Sunday is Mother’s Day, so it’s going to be a normal rest day.

9 days! I can’t wait 🙂

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