Monday, March 18, 2013

Run of Luck 7K

This past weekend I did race # 2 of the USI running series, the Run of Luck 7K.  

Thankfully it warmed up to about 55 degrees the morning of the race, making it much warmer than the Hearts on Fire 5K.

I started this morning off with one of Neal's favorites, egg-in-toast.  This delicious breakfast has since become one of my favorites as well!  It's so simple, fun & tasty!
We served our eggs-in-toast with 2 pieces of turkey bacon.  I had to eat quickly since we didn't give ourselves much time to get to the registration.  The race started at 9am, and we arrived around 8:35am and still had to pick up my t-shirt & bib!  Oops!
As the race started, I was still putting on my iPod!  I was running so behind, both figuratively & literally!

I took off, weaved around the crowd until I got to the front, and then realized my shoe was coming untied.  You have to be kidding me!  I went off to the side & quickly tied my shoe.  We were only 3 minutes into the race, what else could go wrong?

My shoes came untied two more times.  Yes, TWO more blow-outs!  The entire race I kept thinking, what was that knot my brother showed me so this wouldn't happen in races?  I couldn't remember it, & I still can't remember it!  Note to self, Skype Greg & learn this magical knot before the 1/2 marathon.

I kept doing my standard pacing where I find a woman in front of me, and either try to keep pace with her, or pass her.  I also try to not let too many people pass me after I am well into a race, once this starts to happen I get slightly discouraged, but sometimes I know I just used too much fuel at the start.  On shoe tie number 3, around mile number 3, that happened!  One strong woman passed me, she had a lot more stamina than I, and I never did catch up to her.  

As I sprinted across the finish line, I thought, holy crap I can't believe I signed up for a half marathon, what was I thinking?  As mentioned in my blog post, Making the Most of a Quarter Century, I signed up for this 3 part running series & the Southern Indiana Classic Half Marathon.  A total of four runs between February and April.  I think I am going to take it easy on the races for the remainder of the year!

Neal found me at the finish line and let me know I was the 5th woman across the line.  Hooray!  Not to shabby for my first 7k!

I waited for the results to see if the other women were in my same division (age group) so I could see if I won a medal or not. 

It looks like the really fast women are in the age 30-34 group!  I got second in my division!

I had been planning to celebrate by getting a donut at Donut Bank.  It's a local bakery that I haven't tried in the 3 years since we have been here, but I have always wanted to.  I chose the red velvet donut with cream cheese frosting & I picked up a shamrock sugar cookie to share with Neal.   I had a lovely picture of this amazing treat, but I think I deleted it yesterday on accident!  I guess I need to go back and try some more donuts :)

This was not a bad race at all.  Though I am not looking forward to the 1/2 marathon April 6th or the 10k that's the week after, I am looking forward to finishing off my races for the year!  I am simply too competitive with myself & others.  My body desperately wants a break & I will be more than happy to give it one!
Happy Monday Ya'll!  Did you do something fun for St. Patrick's Day?


  1. Way to GO!!! That is amazing that you got 2nd in your division! I have been looking at signing up for some runs this summer, something very new to me, but I figure if I can hike up huge mountains than surely I can run a 5K or half marathon right? : )

    1. Mary, my friend (who lives in Bozeman)& I are probably going to be doing the O'ktoberfest sponsored by Pub 317 as long as the dates don't overlap w/ a Craft Fair I am going ot be selling at here in IN. There seem to be some fun adventure type races in that area too! And if you can hike up huge mountains, you can def do a race :)