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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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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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Go Big or Go Home

I’m doing the Fox Cities MARATHON in September. There, I said it. No going back now.

After thinking, pondering, and looking over training plans, I’ve decided the marathon is what I want to do this year. My half training is going really well right now. I enjoy my longer runs and always look forward to them. My plan right now calls for a 3 mile run on Monday and Wednesday’s. I never really look forward to those because I just get into a groove and rhythm and then I’m done. My longer runs are so much more enjoyable because after a while I forget I’m running and it’s just me and the path a head of me.

My half is on May 20 and then I have a week rest and start into my Marathon training. I’m using Hal Higdon‘s Novice 2 plan for the Marathon, like I’m following for my Half training. I like his plans because they are simple to follow and I can easily move things around to fit my life. I want to join the Pacesetters of the Fox Cities running group because they do long runs for the Fox Cities Marathon on Saturday’s. There are about five Saturday’s where my long run length is the same as what they are running, so I would like to join them for those runs.

I’ve also found five races that I would like to do throughout the summer.

–Bellin 10k: June
–Firecracker 5k: July
–Sawdust Day’s 5k: July
–Pacesetters XC 5k: August
–Cheesehead Half-Marathon: August

So, yes, that is my summer and I’m super excited. I can’t wait to run outside, push my body and see what it can do 🙂

Do you have any big goals for the summer?

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