Friday, June 25, 2010

Races I am Thinking about Running

I haven't raced since the first weekend in June. I feel like I am getting a little antsy to race. How did 3 weekends go by without me racing? In May, I did 4 races. This got me thinking that I don't have any races planned until the end of August. I really need to race at least a couple times before then.

Here is a list of races I am thinking about:
Red, White and Boom! Half Marathon
Boston Scientific 10K
Urban Wildland Half Marathon or Shakopee Derby Days 5k -Same day so I can only do one

Recommendations of races to do? Perhaps your favorite race?

I am also looking at purchasing a pair of racing flats. I really like my Brooks running shoes so I am thinking about the Brooks T6 racer. I am a little worried they will be to wide for my feet since they are unisex and I have really narrow feet. Which is actually another reason I like the Brooks brand, the shoes tend to be narrow compared to a lot of other shoes. So I am wondering if anyone has tried the Brooks T6 racer? What do you think? Would you recommend them?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Good runs with old friends!

At the Minneapolis half marathon, I ran into a friend from high school! It was so awesome to run into her! It always amazes me how small the world is. It is rare that I run into friends from high school at races since I am from a small town about an hour from here. I did run into my high school social studies teacher at the Derby days race. I was dressed like this for the race...

So he didn't actually recognize me until I said hi and introduced myself. There was a costume contest so I dress up like a derby girl. I took 2nd in the costume contest and won my age group for the race...not bad for running in a dress and crazy large hat. Enough about that.

My friend and I met up on Tuesday morning and went for a run around lake Calhoun. It was a great day for a run and so much fun to catch up with an old friend.

Hopefully, we will meet again soon for another run. I love running with other people. I have really been missing my totally awesome training buddy since she moved to Houston, TX. She was the best training partner that I've had! She got me started running in the mornings and she was crazy fast. I use to only run in the afternoon/evening but now I run at 6:30 am...surprising, I know!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Minneapolis Half Marathon Race Report

I ran my first half marathon a couple weeks ago. I am so slow at posting. It was an awesome experience! I can't wait to do another one. I ran this race with a great friend!

My friend picked me up at 6am. Side note: I had my alarm set for 6am. I figured that would give me plenty of time to get dress and eat breakfast before my friend picked me up. Well, I didn't have to worry about not having enough time since I woke up at 4:30. That is just too early. I still didn't eat breakfast until about 6am. The race start was at 7am so that may have been cutting it close but it worked out okay for me.

We got to the race at about 6:20, easily found parking and headed to the starting line to join the thousands of other runners getting ready for the race. I ran into another friend at the starting line so we started the race with her.

We decided we wanted to start out running 8 min per mile. We did a great job of holding that pace for the first few miles then I started to get excited and push the pace a little. We ran the next few miles at 7:30-7:45 pace. We hit a nice long hill and slowed down a bit. I was feeling pretty good but decided before the race that I wanted to run the whole race with my friend so I stay with her and continued to chat. We talked the entire run. Perhaps we would have run faster if we hadn't talked so much.

Here we are at mile 7.5.
Final time: 1:48:07
Pace: 8:16 per mile

Post race with our awesome new medals!

I am thinking about running the Urban Wildland Half Marathon on August 7th but a half marathon in August in Minnesota sounds kind of brutal.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's about time!

Well, it is about time I started using this blog that started back in December. I had high hopes for using this a blog to motive other to run or keep running and to have a place for you to log your training but lets be honest that is never going to happen. I barely have time to write in the blog. So instead, I think I will start with race reports so I have a record of my races and then we will see where it goes from there.

I have done 3 Team Ortho races in the Monster Dash Series. Here are the 3 finishers medals.

Aren't they awesome! Stained glass medals love it! Team Ortho races are great! I will post race reports soon for each of the races I've done this year. All 8 of, I've gone a little race crazy this year.