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Another Race!

I am ecstatic to say that I just recently signed up for my third race!! (Click to read about my first race and my second race).

This isn’t just any race. It is a race that is put on in many locations all over the country. Yes, I signed up to run a Rock ‘N’ Roll half marathon!! In New Orleans!!

Two weeks ago my friend Jess emailed our group of UNH girls and suggested the idea of signing up for the Rock ‘N’ Roll half marathon in New Orleans and staying a few extra days to celebrate her 25th birthday. I didn’t even hesitate. My answer immediately was yes. I have been dying to run one of these races. Add 5 of my best friends from UNH/Boston plus a birthday celebration plus New Orleans and I’d say we have ourselves a crazy weekend in our future. I wish the race was sooner!!

Here a few pictures of the six of us from the past. 🙂

Cinco de Mayo senior year of college

Halloween 2010

Christmas party 2010

My going away party in Boston before I moved to Wisconsin

I love these girls and miss them so much!! I am so happy that I have this weekend to look forward…even if it isn’t until March!! 😀

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Second Road Race: Complete!

Yesterday I completed my second road race! My first race was a half marathon in Boston and this race was a 15k around Madison.

My friend Carley and I signed up for the race a few weeks ago. When I woke up on Sunday morning and saw that it was 33 degrees out the last thing I wanted to do was get out of bed and run 9.3 miles. Alas, I rolled out of bed and put on my running clothes and headed out the door.

I wasn’t sure what the race was going to be like. It ended up only being maybe 150-200 people. Everything was extremely unorganized compared to when I ran my half marathon. Let me paint a picture for you…

  • no one knew where the start line was
  • the start line was at the back stop of a softball diamond and they drew the start line in the sand
  • part of the course was across the outfield of the softball field
  • the course wasn’t marked very well and almost all of the runners ran an extra 1/2 mile
  • there wasn’t any water post race

Ultimately, we finished the race and felt good about it. 9.8 miles is more than we expected to run, but we made it!

I will leave you with a few pictures from after the race, along with the goodies.

By the end of the race it was almost 50 degrees. Glad we worse short sleeves under our other clothes!

Post race food. Carbs, fruit, and as many power bars as I could grab. Along with some gel stuff that I have never tried, but will now that I have it for free!

No t-shirt to remember the race by, instead we got a headband. I suppose this will come in handy for any outdoor runs this winter!

Last but not least, post race drinks. Well deserved. Bloody Mary for Carley, mimosa for me.

Oh and you can’t forget the cheese curds. So Wisconsin of us. 😉

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Run to Remember

I did it! I completed my first half marathon!! 🙂 I mentioned here that I was setting a personal goal for myself to finish the half marathon in under two hours. Stick around to find out what happened!

Back in February we all signed up for the Run to Remember. It really crept up on us fast!!

Lets back track to Saturday, pre-race. Saturday afternoon a group of us who were running trekked down to the World Trade Center to pick up our numbers. The place was packed with runners. Being there made me so excited for the race! I also loved getting the free samples!

My roommates (Jamie and Leigh) and our friend Kristen all got together for a pasta dinner on Saturday night. We were all giddy with excitement about the race. There were a few nerves floating around for us first timers (Kristen is the only one who has run a big race before…the Boston Marathon last year)! But overall, we couldn’t stop talking about the race and how excited we were!

We parted ways early Saturday night, knowing that it was important to rest up for what was to come the next day. Alarms went off at 6a.m. I hopped out of bed and didn’t feel the littlest bit tired. It was great!

I was a little nervous about what to eat pre-race. I never do well when I eat before I run so I made sure I got up early enough to eat and not feel full and cramp up during the race. I decided to go with a banana and a Luna bar.

Once we got down to the seaport and checked our bags, it was time for a pre-race picture!

We are so colorful!

Thumbs up! All smiles and excited to run.

We all gathered in one area to stretch and mentally prepare for the race. We met up with a few other friends and got PUMPED. We thought that the race started 15 minutes later than it actually did. It turned out the 5 miler race started after the half marathon. Duh! That makes a lot of sense.

A group shot of (almost) everyone while we are waiting for the gun to go off!

Before we knew it, the race started! Off we went. We all stayed together for the first few miles. We were keeping a steady pace and it felt really good. Rachel and Rory started to pick up the pace a little bit so I decided to try and keep up with them. Around mile 5 I felt so pumped up and had an adrenaline rush for miles 5, 6 and 7. At this point I had broken away from my friends. It was much more enjoyable running with people that I knew but I had my mind set on beating my personal goal of under 2 hours so I wanted to make sure I kept my pace up.

At mile 9 I got really, really hungry. I am not into Gu, so I just powered through it.

At mile 10 I stopped to stretch.

At mile 12 I wanted to walk. This was the hardest mile by far.

At mile 13 I picked up the pace the best I could considering my blistered feet and my right leg not feeling completely normal.

1 hour, 55 minutes and 53 seconds later I crossed the finish line! I did it! I beat my goal of under two hours!

I immediately went straight for the water inside the finish line. Next came the food. I had never been so happy to see bananas and oranges in my life. They also had Larabar’s (which are my new obsession), bagels, and potato chips (this seemed odd to me, but hey, whatever works)!

After the food you picked up your medal. Once I got all my stuff together I found my friends as they came in one by one across the finish line.

sweaty messes. but we did it!

The first thing that crossed my mind when I finished is, ‘I can’t wait to run another one’…yipeeeee!

Once I got back to my apartment I finished off my post race binge eating with some watermelon. I was so happy to find it in the fridge.

This run really was a run to remember 😉

Over all my memorial day weekend was very relaxing and enjoyable. 🙂 More updates to come later but for now, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the evening weather and go for a walk with my roommate Jamie.

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Quick update

I had high hopes of taking time today to blog about my weekend so far and talk about my pre-race day activities (yes, tomorrow is the day of the half marathon). Now I’m looking at the clock, seeing that it’s 10:30, and telling myself that I really need to go to sleep if I’m actually going to wake up when my alarm goes off at 6am tomorrow. I probably should have taken some time to blog instead of getting sucked into the chick flick I just spent two hours watching. Whoops!! But anyway….

HALF MARATHON, HERE I COME!

More to come after I conquer this race!! Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

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