2014 Racing

12 01 2014

I’m trying something different this year. I’m racing very minimally. My next race is the Wisconsin Half in May. I am doing this for two reasons: 1) racing is effing expensive and it’s an easy way to cut some costs and 2) I really, really want a sub 1:50 at the Wisconsin Half.

I am going to disregard that I have already run two races this years. I ran the Polar Bear Dash on New Year’s Day. It was really cold and snowy and slushy, but I ran it. I was hoping to race it to see where I was at for a 5k, but Mother Nature has been a bitch lately. We bundled up and made it out there to start off 2014 running straight at Lake Michigan. I wouldn’t say this was the best race every, but we did it.

Sara, Jen, Me, and my mom

Sara, Jen, Me, and my mom

My mom and I both placed third in our age groups!

My mom and I both placed third in our age groups!

And then three days later I ran the S-NO-W Fun Run in Lake Geneva because it is awesome. Not the run, the party. At least it was a bit warmer for this one. Really snowy though. It felt like running in sand. And because I make bad life choices I ran 8 miles at the Pettit in the morning and then drove to Lake Geneva to race 5.

At least I dragged these awesome ladies along with me.

I dragged these awesome ladies along with me. They might have all been cursing me at the start.

We found Mo and her friends who drove up from Chicago. She and I decided to run together which was fun. Finish line was just as we remembered: full of shots of schnapps. We each had one peppermint, one of Rumchatta and one Root Beer. Then we found beer and food while waiting for others.

As with two years ago the after party was awesome. We had beer, we danced, we swam, we ordered late night pizza and passed out in some really comfy beds at the Grand Geneva. Lots of fun photos, but I’m not about to share those ;)

So a fun first week of the year and now it’s time to hunker down and train, which would be great if we hadn’t hit ridiculously frigid temperatures. I have been running almost solely on the treadmill and at the Pettit. So many circles.

I’m using the Wisconsin Half and Ragnar Chicago to get me through it and finally got to run outside today. Bit by bit I will get to May.


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13 01 2014
Steena

I swear, one of these years I’m not going to race and put all of that money I would towards race registrations towards my retirement account. Maybe 2015. I think less races and a big goal is a great plan. I’d say I can’t wait to cheer you on, but I’ll be lolly-gagging somewhere around mile 8 when you fnish!

13 01 2014
Renee

Thanks. I’ve raced too much in past years and it’s taken a toll on my physically, mentally and financially. I might add a cheap Badgerland Strider race, but that’s like $15.

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