Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Race Report: Vigor 13.1

I ran a race.

You know, it's the only time that I update this darn blog.

The Saturday before Mother's Day, I woke up at 3am for my first half marathon of the year.  Caught a bus at 4am and waited around at the start line until 5:30am when they made us walk about a mile and a half down to the start line.

As we were dropping gear at the start line I found another local blogger was pacing for a 1:50 finish time.  My previous best time was 1:55, and quite frankly I haven't been doing very well with my training this year, so I thought that I might stick it out with him for as long as I could, knowing that I always drop off pace at the end of a race.

I hate typing up long race reports - so here's the condensed version. We started behind the 2:00 pacer, but caught up to 1:50 by mile 3.  We stayed with him the ENTIRE race and in the last mile he told us (us being me and my best running partner, next door neighbor, photography mentor/partner, best friend, Becca whom I've run several races with in the last 18 months) to get in front of him and we did.

The course was short this year (last year it was long), so between mile 12 and 13 was super fast and suddenly we were rounding the corner to finish line.  There was my husband and my two year old.  Becca sped up and I slowed down.

But I think going slower at the end was worth it. :)


Finish time: 1:46:45

Blaine, thanks for helping me to a 10 minute personal best!  And thanks for being my newest friend on Facebook.

Do I have anymore races coming up this year?  Not really - maybe something on the 4th of July.  Then the traditional November race in Idaho with family.  I'm kind of taking a break from paying for races this year.

So you might not hear from me for a couple of months.  Let's be Facebook friends, or follow my Photography blog/Facebook page.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Oh, Hi Again

Oh hi there blogging world - yes, it's been four months since my last post.  And I'm sure none of you even noticed.

Want to know what I've been up to while I've been absent?

Photographing my first wedding. 
wedding details - purple calla lily groom's boutenierre, wedding ring detail shot with bride's shoes
Being a mom.

Now you're up to date!

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I was supposed to run a half marathon two weeks ago, but the morning of the race I woke up to 6 inches of snow, along with an email from the race saying that they were cancelling because of the dangerous conditions.

While I was disappointed, I was also relieved because I had just developed a sinus infection with a nasty cough to go along with it.  So I probably would have killed myself trying to run 13 miles.

Since then I haven't been keeping up as well with my training, as I've been trying to get back to full health.  My daughter and I have shared plenty of sicknesses this winter season - and we're both just getting over a round of conjunctivitis.  Yay for daycare where the kids all share their germs!

I'm still in training for another half marathon that is in 5 weeks... and I'm hoping to KILL it, since it's an ALL downhill course.  I ran it last September and that's where I got my 1:55 half PR... so I'm hoping to take a few minutes off my time from last year, and hoping that I won't have to stop for a bathroom break mid-race again.

That's all for now I guess.