On Wednesday there was bad weather and I cannot pretend that there wasn't a little bit of me that thought, I could totally stay home and sleep in this Thanksgiving morning. Between the Hartford Marathon morning and Wine and Dine Half Marathon night, I've had enough running in the rain for 2014. Thankfully, it was a perfect morning, a little cold but I could work with it!
Thankfully Katie picked up my bib the day before so I got to sleep in a little later. The race starts at 10 am but the roads close at 9:30 so we arrived at 9 am to be safe. The race started fast and we were off. As soon as we crossed the starting line, there was a back up. I ran on the grass for a little while. I realized I had started too fast but was enjoying it. Nothing feels better than running fast and feeling strong. This was a new course. By mile 3, I was getting tired and slowing down. I told myself that I didn't want to walk at all. Unfortunately, after I crossed the fourth mile clock, I walked a little. That walking hurt my left IT band more than running did so I kept running.
As I was running in, I saw the clock at 55 minutes, I realized it was a BIG PR for me! I had never finished a 5 mile race in under an hour. I was thrilled. We celebrated all of our strong finishes with a beer. My only complaint, the lack of food! The race only had apples, bananas, soup, and beer. They ran out of too bagels so fast. No matter the time on the clock or the food offered, I love the family tradition of the Madison Turkey Trot.
Time: 54:36 Pace: 11:08
"We all have dreams, in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." -Jesse Owens, Olympic gold-medalist runner
This relay race was two years in the making, you can reread my depressing recap from last year to refresh your memory. I expected this race to be perfect but this race came with its fair share of challenging- tardiness, frigid temperatures, and rain. First, I woke up late. Not super late, like I wouldn’t make it, but those 10 minutes were needed. So I was 10 minutes late. Then when I met Steve and Danielle, Steve was 10 minutes late on top of that. So we were 20 minutes late! Gosh, writing this is making me think about the anxiety I went through that morning.
As the clock in the car ticked closer to 7 am, I got so sad as I realized I was most likely going to miss my team picture. It feels like I have waited so long for the perfect team picture in front of the arch. But as the rain was coming down so realistically, I didn’t want to be in the rain for any longer than we had to be and the picture would have probably been blurry.
We ran, literally ran, to get our bibs and get on the relay shuttles. We were so late that Uncle Mark and Uncle Duke didn’t get their shirts before they got on their shuttles busses. I waited from 8 am to 11 am to run in the freezing cold and rain to run. Danielle ran first, Uncle Mark ran second, Uncle Duke ran third, Katie ran fourth, and I ran last. Which is why all of the waiting. By the time it as time to start, my feet were icicles and I was soaked and chilled to my bones. Thankfully, Steve said I would warm up when running and he was right.
I started a little into mile 20, seeing the mile 21 marker was crazy. The people around me had run 20 miles- crazy! Each mile went fast. Every time I wanted to walk or go slower, I thought to myself “my team did their job, now it is time to do my job.” Mile 22 was the candy mile, I felt like I was trick or treating which was fun because we’re so close to Halloween! I took a fun sized crunch bar, which I ate after the race. Will run for chocolate!
The last mile went onto the highway, which was crazy but very cool! The other side was open so to see cars was a little scary. As I got closer to the finish line, the crowd got bigger, probably 100 people told me “You aren’t dead last.” Thankfully not! I finished my 5.7 mile leg in approximately 1:10! I was greeted at the finish line by Team Beat Dead Last and Ryan. Ryan had finished her first full marathon in an amazing time with grace and poise! Literally, she looked perfect the entire time she ran and she was in amazing spirits after. Team Beat Dead Last, did end up defeating Dead Last, but only by 12 minutes! Not bad!
Team Dead Last 2014: 4:39:10
Team Beat Dead Last: 4:27:21
Team Dead Last 2013: 4:36:25
“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” -Mike Krzyzewski
I didn't think a race could get colder than the Frosty 5K but this years Madison Turkey Trot topped them all! The Shoreline Road Race Series really wanted the runners to earn their jackets and that is exactly what I did!
The morning felt so early because Molly's birthday dinner was at Mohegan Sun the night before. I left my house at 8 am with Katie, for a 10 am road race--a little crazy but it is better to be early than late. We had to wait in the car because it was so cold. The first few miles were frigid, I remember wishing I wore two pairs of socks. I took it very very slow on purpose so I could just enjoy the time with my cousin, Jodie. I lost Jodie in the beginning but found her at mile 2.5! For the weather, I am proud of what we did. There were a few minutes that I thought to myself, Mother Nature does not want us to finish because the wind was pushing against us so hard.
I knew exactly what I was getting into. I love this race. I could see myself running this race for a very long time because I love my family's Thanksgiving tradition. Nothing says Thanksgiving like having a beer at 11 am with my Uncle Duke. :)
Time: 1:04:34 Pace: 13:07
"You can't get too much winter in the winter." -Robert Frost
I must be honest, at first, I wasn’t looking forward to the Southington Apple Harvest Festival 5 miler, but since I leave early and get home late from work, races keep me honest with Glass Slipper Training mileage.
Side note: The Glass Slipper Challenge is a runDisney Challenge for Princesses who are ready to take on a 10K on Saturday and the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday. So I am training for that, it is very important to me! I am triple crazy and also running the Cinderella 5K on Friday!
Looking at the weather the week before, I must have skipped over the rain icon, I was too focused on the temperature. What do they call that, selective reading? Well to my surprise, I met Chelsea at her house and when we got in her to car to head to Southington, the sky opened up and started pouring!
At the starting line of the race all of the Sorority Girls Run met up (but we forgot to take a picture). Kate introduced me to two of her coworkers. We were at the same pace so the three of us stayed together the entire race. They were great company!
Throughout the duration of the race it was raining hard, by the time everyone finished, we were all soaked from head to toe. Since I have not been running as much because of work and the rain makes running difficult, I am overall happy with my time.
Time: 1:06:34 Pace: 13:25
“We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Couldn’t help myself with an apple quote
Dreams come true and as I work on completing the Shoreline Road Race Series, I realize that I am making a dream come true. After a strong 12 mile training run with Team in Training the week before, I was pretty confident going into the 5 miler before the Fairfield Half. My goal was to beat my 5 mile PR from Thanksgiving but a hilly and hot course didn't have the same plan for me.
I got my bib and saw the number 777. 7 is my lucky running number so I felt good. The race began at 10:15 but it was surprisingly overcast, not too sunny. Leilannie and I stayed together but I struggled to stay with her so by mile 1 I suggested she go on her own. Again on mile 2, I suggested she go on her own. But together, we were a big hit! We got so many compliments on our outfits, so many people cheering for us. If it wasn't for the course support and Leilannie's encouraging words and singing (yes, she can sing while running), I am not sure if I would have made it!
So I learned I need to take Fairfield a little slower but I am very excited for every opportunity to run and push myself farther than I have ever gone. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my family and friends who even though think my ideas are crazy, support me and love me always.
Time: 1:08:44 Pace: 13:45
In honor of going to Disney World in February 2014 for the Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge:
"A person should set his goals as early as he can, devote all his energy and talent to getting there" -Walt Disney ...or she ;)