I want to try and write a race recap for each race I do, so the newer races have links in the title if you want to read more about a specific race!
November 24, 2011 - Festival Foods Turkey Trot (~24 minutes?... Not chip timed)
Shortly after I decided to change my habits with eating and fitness, I signed up for my first race. I did not want to freak myself out, so started with the 2 Mile Festival Foods Turkey Trot on November 24, 2011. Luckily, I had the support of amazing friends, Jenna and Ben - who ran with me the entire way. Thank you!
|Thumbs up for pumpkin pie!|
|Right after the race with Ben :)|
April 21, 2012 - UWEC AMA 5K (32:13)
A couple of weeks before the Eau Claire Marathon Relay, I decided to participate in my first 5K race to get another race experience under my belt. Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of this race... but I participated in the UWEC AMA 5K for Special Olympics on April 21, 2012. I used my Nike+ meter/phone and it measured the race at 5.86K and I finished it in 32:13 for an 8:50 pace.
May 6, 2012 - Eau Claire Marathon Relay (6.7 miles, 1:19:32)
My team consisted of myself, Angel (friend from work), Heather (another friend from work), and Roni (my bestie!).
|Pre-race picture (from left: Roni, Angel, myself, Heather)|
|Post-race with our goodies!|
|My first medal!|
A small town race with a long-time friend, Renee. We were both very new to running still and Renee was attempting the "Couch to 5K". She is looking AMAZING and I look forward to doing many races with her in the future!
|Post-race sweaty pic :)|
|Can you tell how sweaty we are? MISERABLE!|
Another hot race, but luckily there was plenty of shade available on this one! I went up north to Chetek for their Liberty Fest Fishy Four race. I was able to see lots of great people from the ski team and participate in a fun run :) My time for the four miles was 45:10 with an 11:18 pace. My goal was to just finish under an hour.
August 28, 2012 - Lil' Buckshot Run - 2 Miles (19:35)
Since the Buckshot run falls on Labor Day weekend which usually interferes with many holiday plans, they decided to do a Tuesday Lil' Buckshot Run! Sold! It was 2 miles so I made a goal to finish under 20 minutes. Not only did I do that, but I finished in 19:35 and placed 3rd in my age bracket!
My friend Abby (on the right), finished 2nd right ahead of me! Woot woot! Friends Renee and Carrie ran it as well :) What are races without friends?!
|Source: Leader Telegram|
November 4, 2013 - Rails to Trails Half Marathon (2:44:21)
My FIRST half marathon! I was a nervous wreck. I spent the entire evening before the race putting together an awesome playlist full of Fergie and Black Eyed Peas, Glee songs, and other songs that has pushed me in training. My goal for the race was to simply finish it. No matter how fast or how slow I went, it would be my first half marathon and a PR. I finished in 2:44:21 with a 12:33 pace. It was slow, but it was a finish. I was able to run the entire way (slowing down to drink some water without spilling all over myself) and ran super fast through the creepy, wet tunnel (which was 3/4 of a mile long) that I had to go through TWICE!