I ran…and I ran…and I ran.

On the running front, I had a pretty great summer, fall, and winter.  🙂

August 2015

In August, I had the wonderful opportunity to run Ragnar Colorado.  I had never been to Colorado and running 200 miles from Copper to Aspen with 11 amazing people = the best thing ever.


October 2015

Jeanette and I checked the Chicago Marathon off of the bucket list in October.  We went with one goal…have fun and enjoy the race!  We did just that and it was absolutely amazing.


September 2015

I ran the Via Marathon this past September and it was one of the worst races of my life.  I was trying for a BQ (sub 3:35) and I ended up with a 4 hour plus finish.  I had a much better race back in 2014.

October 2015

A fun little 5k pushing Annabelle in the jogging stroller.  Running with the stroller and a heavy toddler is no joke.

November 2015

This was definitely the highlight of my running in 2015.  I’m not sure how we did it, but my friends Woody, Pryce, and I completed our first 50 MILER.  Yes, 50 miles!  Woody and Pryce killed it and finished in the 10 hour range and I finished in 11 hours and 52 minutes.  To be an official finisher, you had to finish in under 12 hours.  I’m glad I gave myself a few minutes to spare.  😉

February 2016

Kate and I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon and had a magical time.  This was Kate’s first half marathon and she did so great…and she loved it so much that she signed up for another one.


March 2016

I ran the HAT 50k and it was as fun and challenging as last year.  This was my friend Wendy’s first 50k and she did such an amazing job.

  

So, what’s next you ask?  

Coastal Delaware Marathon on April 24th!

Baltimore 10 Miler 2014: Race Recap

This past Saturday, I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler. I went into the race with no expectations, but I of course wanted to do well and give it my all. I drastically cut my mileage to recover and let my knee heal, so I wasn’t quite sure how running 10 challenging miles would go.
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The race was scheduled to start at 7:30 am, but it ended up starting about 15 minutes late. The reason they gave was “due to the traffic in the surrounding area”…people were running late I suppose.

Start line selfies!

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Barefoot runner…

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We lined up with the 1:20 pace group and started off at an easy pace. We settled into a nice, sub-8 minute pace for the first few miles. Right before we reached the half way point (slightly under 39 minutes), we passed the 1:20 pace group.

Our goal was to try and keep pace for the second half, but the second half is HILLY. It was definitely challenging and I thought I was going to have to walk during a hill at mile 8. The last two miles were brutal for me and I gave everything I had to keep up with Jeanette. I finished right next to Jeanette in 1:18:14.

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I am very happy with my time. My knee felt great the whole time (3 Advil did the trick :-)) and I beat my time from last year (1:22 ish).

The after party is always a great time. Running, free beer, and good friends. Such a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

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And the best way to spend a Saturday evening…

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PR City!

I had a fun and busy weekend and I can’t wait to tell you all about it later on today. The major highlight of the weekend was the half marathon where I got a new PR, 1:39:21!!!!!

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I’ll have a full recap up later today. 🙂
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And the winner of the Starbucks gift card is…..

Melissa!

Please email me at running4two@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Off to Bethlehem, PA! #rwhalf

The Runner’s World Half and Festival is finally here! I can’t wait to meet and hang out with a group of amazing bloggers…and Bart Yasso and Summer Sanders!!! I just wish my tiniest fan could come along for the fun.

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Fact: rolling clothing allows you to pack more :-).

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Hat Trick Goals!
5k under 22:00
10k under 47:00
Half Marathon under 1:46

Dream big right???

Anybody else racing this weekend?

My weekend in pictures!

Lunch at Panera Bread with Marissa. I ordered the new roasted turkey and wheat berry salad.

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Mani/pedi with my mom 🙂

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Annabelle’s “Popeye” face ❤

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Pizza for dinner! FACT: If you put veggies on pizza, it makes it super healthy.

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10 miler PR! I finished in first place…out of 4 people!

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Pumpkin Spice Bagels…umm, yes please.

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Ravens game!

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Cuban party for Kirstyn’s bday! The food was amazing! Here is a picture of her planking on her old car. LOL. Remember when planking was the in thing to do?

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What was the best part of your weekend??

Boordy 5k Recap!

Let me just start with the most exciting part…I placed 3rd in the 30-39 age group! PS this is a huge deal to me because I never place :-).

Chip Time: 22:05
Gun Time: 22:07
Pace: 7:07
Overall: 37 out of 657

The race began at 6 pm, so we headed to Boordy Vineyards around 4:45. They had volunteers to show people where to park and there seemed to be more than enough room for the 800 registered runners ( race registration was capped at 800).

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At about ten til 6, they let everyone line up at the start line. I was brave and got right up front…I knew that I didn’t want to have to weave in and out of people. The race started right on time at 6 pm and we were off running. Here is a view of runners crossing the starting line. Looking good Michele, Matt, Kim, Alison, Andrea, Katie, and Brittany!

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Photo from Charm City Run

The course started on a field, then made a sharp right turn onto some gravel, then back to grass, and finally onto the road. Since my Garmin never started, I’m not sure how long we ran on the grass/gravel but I’m guessing about a half a mile? Anyways, it was an out and back course with about the first and last half a miles spent on the field and the middle portion was on the road with some rolling hills.

It was tough from the very start. By the time I hit the road, I was struggling for air and I was convinced I would have to slow down or stop. I put mind over matter and gave myself a pep talk and kept running as fast as I could. I crossed mile 1 at 7:05 and mile 2 at 14:15. This picture was taken between miles 2 and 3 and I just couldn’t even pretend to be happy at this point.

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Photo from Charm City Run

Thank goodness the finish line came when it did. I was spent. I can honestly say that I went as fast I could in the moment…the 2nd place woman in my age group passed me in the last .2! I crossed the finish line in 22:07 gun time and 22:05 chip time. PS this was way better than I thought I could do :-).

Ice cold bottles of water were provided at the finish line along with an assortment of cheese, bread, crackers, grapes, and sodas. I took some food but couldn’t think about eating until about an hour or so later. Chris did have this waiting for me when I was done and I enjoyed a glass a little later on. BTW, we were given a Boordy wine glass as part of the entry fee. 🙂

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I was super excited for the awards because I thought that I had a chance at placing. It was really fun to hear my name called and to see that my hard work is paying off. The rest of the evening was spent drinking wine, listening to the band, and hanging with other friends who ran the race and Chris, my mom, and Annabelle who came to support me.

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(Me, Kim, Andrea, and Michele)

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It was a really fun race and Charm City Run did a great job!
The night concluded with something that I had gone way too long without.

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Baltimore 10 Miler Race Recap

Saturday morning started bright and early and it was a beautiful morning for a run.

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We arrived at the race start around 6:15, got ready, and did a short warm-up jog. We lined up right by the 8 minute pace group and the goal was to keep that 8 minute pace.

For the first 5 miles we stayed right behind or right in front of the 8 minute pacers and we felt pretty strong.

B10:
LINDA crossed the 5M at 08:11 AM
Course time: 00:40:28
Pace: 08:06 min/mi

We were able to stick with the group until about mile 7-8 and then we hit the wall. The course got very hilly and we just couldn’t keep up. I was actually feeling pretty good, except my feet were screaming. I was definitely working on some pretty nasty blisters. I really wanted to take a picture of them, but I don’t want you guys to stop reading :-).

I pushed through to the end…I had to beat the old guy with long white hair that came up on me when I could see the finish line. I ended up finishing in 1:21:54. Since this was my first 10 miler, it’s a new PR! Lol.

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LINDA crossed the Finish at 08:52 AM
Course time: 01:21:54
Pace: 08:12 min/mi

After the race we sat in the grass and enjoyed a few cold (and free) beverages.

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Me, Serge, and Rebecca. We all finished within a few minutes of each other.

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The race premium was super nice this year. This jacket is actually pretty heavy and will be great for cooler weather.

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Did you race this weekend?
Any PRs?

Orioles home opener and a race tomorrow!

Let’s Go O’s!

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Baseball season means it’s getting warm and it’s almost summer time!  There’s nothing better than a lazy Sunday afternoon watching the O’s games with family…only after getting in a good workout/run before hand :).

Chris and I at a playoff game last October :)…I was hiding an almost 6 months pregnant belly under that vest!

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Today’s workout:

I took an afternoon Bikram class and it felt great.  I really like when the instructor provides personal feedback and let’s me know when a posture looks great or needs some work.  The teacher today is great at that and I left class feeling great about my class.

I am sticking with just yoga today because tomorrow morning I will be running this race.  It raises money for a good cause and it will be a nice scenic run.  I am running with my friend Frank and we are taking it easy…in his words “old man pace.”  I’m excited to see how my Brooks Pure Flows do with the 13.1 and my feet…I tend to get blisters no matter what :(.  I’m a bit nervous because I haven’t done many long runs since having Annabelle, so wish me luck!  I’ll have a race review up tomorrow evening!

What do you think?

Do you like baseball?

Do you have a race scheduled this weekend?  A long run?