So remember that one time that I ran a half marathon and I hated training but I loved race day? And I said I’d never do another and then I said maybe I would do another? Well I decided probably I will never do another. For real. But over the weekend I DID complete a Quarter Marathon, which is about 6.6 miles. And for the record, it is MORE than a 10K…it’s like a 10.5K. Or something. Whatever, it was long and plenty of running for me. If I could occasionally challenge myself to a 10K OR quarter marathon, I will feel like a real athlete. Kind of.
Okay so anyway, the race. It was the Cap City Half Marathon / Quarter Marathon / 5K. It was a PERFECT day. Cool at the start but sunny and warm by the end. The race was well organized and a fun route. The announcer at the start line was full of energy, reminding us of “The Golden Beverage of Beer that awaits you at the finish!” Here is a quick photo recap of our race experience:
The starting line.
Me, Katy, Kelsey, getting ready for the start.
So glad Katy came to visit!!!
The finish line (from the spectators’ perspective)
Kristin and me.
Vandy representing big time.
Endless free bubbly. In retrospect, poor choice.
The seriously legit medal they gave me.
Overall, I completed the race in 1 hour 12 minutes. And I didn’t walk! I mean, some of that last half mile was a pace so slow it was basically walking, but many millions of thanks to Kelsey who stuck by the whole way and kept me running. I have been training, but running is just SO BORING when you’re alone. So on my longer Saturday runs through my neighborhood, I would often stop to walk because a) running is hard, and again b) running is boring. So I was pleasantly surprised by what my body was capable of. I did not feel fabulous at the finish, but hey, I pushed myself! Go me!
Anyway, if you need a fun race to do in Central Ohio, definitely check this one out next year. Maybe I will see you there!
Unless you were hiding from every news outlet in the world, you know that yesterday was the Boston Marathon. It’s a symbolic race for American’s now, and there were many inspiring stories that came out of yesterday’s race. But I also stumbled on this round up of the best signs from the race. And the signs on the sidelines are FOR SURE one of the most fun parts of any race. Click on the link and check them all out!!
Every fall, my hometown has a Wine and Harvest Festival, which always includes the Pumpkin Regatta. While I’ve been to the festival many times, I never made it to this ridiculous event, until this year when i happened to be home.
The facts are these: contenders carve out giant pumpkins, decorate them, climb in, and then race into the creek, around a tire, and back to the shore. Each person is racing for their non-profit, and there are cash prizes for the top three racers. From across the creek, I was able to capture a few photos of the race…
And here, a quick glimpse at the crowds our little town (pop. 11,000) bring in for the festival…
I have crossed off #64: Run a 5K without walking. Sure, it took several weeks of 6 am runs (which I intend to continue) but it was totally worth it. Last weekend Boyfriend, Roomate K, and I ran at Ellie’s Run for Africa. If you’ve never heard of Ellie’s Run, definitely check it out. It is such an awesome fund raiser for schools and children in Africa, and it was inspired by an 11-year-old girl five years ago (Ellie, now 16). And yes, we ran the whole entire thing no walking! And sure, we may have paced around an eleven-minute mile, but you have to start somewhere. Check out some pictures from race day (Thanks K!):
Pre-race roomies in pinks:
And pre-race relationship-ies:
GO TEAM!!!! POST RACE: