SacTown Run Around!

Hello again!

I just got home from running a 10 mile race (actually Starbucks but that’s not the point) here in good ol’ Sacramento!  My running partner is out of town this weekend, so I decided earlier this week to sign up for the Credit Union SacTown 10 that was going on to make sure I got my 9 miles of training in while she was away.  It worked because I drug my butt out of bed and headed off to the Capitol grounds bright and early this morning!

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos because I decided to run phone-less today and disconnect.  My dad actually played cheerleader/water boy/photographer and biked the course while my stepmom and I ran, so I didn’t actually end up running solo like I thought I was going to.

It was a perfect morning to run.  A little chilly waiting around the start line but it didn’t take long to warm up!  The course changed this year after an incident with a train coming through the middle of the course about a mile in last year, so there was a new 5 mile course and the 10 turned into a double loop of that 5 mile route.  I was actually kind of dreading that double loop, but it really wasn’t so bad especially since it wound through some of my favorite areas to run around Sactown!

I ended up walking away with a 2 minute PR over my fastest 10 miler and over 5 minute PR from this same race last year (that may have been something to do with there not being a train in the way this time!), and I’m slowing inching closer and closer to finally tackling that long standing half marathon PR.  I know it will come eventually, so I’m just going to keep working hard until I finally see it happen!

No more races on the schedule for me for awhile, but as of this week I’m officially back in marathon training to prepare for the San Francisco Marathon in July.  I can’t wait to be able to cross that one off the bucket list! I’m sure you’ll all be hearing from me soon as all those training runs start getting longer and longer!

So until next time…

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Modesto 1/2 Marathon and a little DIY

Hello!

There’s been A LOT going on since my last post! Especially last week…

I started a new job (promotion after 2 long years!), got into a car accident, bought a new car, and crossed the finish line of my 19th (!!!!) half marathon!

My dad and step mom decided a while back to run the Modesto Marathon this year. I still wanted more “down” time after the CIM so I opted for the half marathon instead. I had a much better race than I did 2 weeks ago despite it being hotter this time around. I think my attitude going in had a BIG impact on my results. I crossed the finish line in 2:37:35…not my fastest but it was a course PR over my 2013 finish! I’ll take that kind of progress any day!

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One of my favorite things about the Modesto Marathon is the race swag! This year they had bottles of special made Celebration Red for finishers 🙂 that’s my kind of race!

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I made it across the finish line then headed for food and cold water and a change of clothes. I made it back to finish line just in time to catch the tail end of the women Boston qualifiers. It’s so inspiring to watch these ladies (and men) achieve such an awesome goal…especially seeing them turn the corner to the finish line and realize they can make it to a BQ!

I hung out a few hours cheering on the end of the half and the marathoners until I finally saw my step mom round the corner. She finished with a 26 minute PR! My dad rounded the corner a few minutes later after dealing with a hamstring cramp. He was greeted with high fives and cheers from his girls and trotted on into the finish line.

It was an awesome weekend with the family and made me even more excited for my next marathon! Props to the race director and volunteers for making our race day such a good experience!

In other news I had the day off today and decided to get a little crafty. I’ve been looking forever for something to do with my race bibs and finally found something I liked on pinterest yesterday. Unfortunately I can’t remember what blog it was from to give credit to, but this wasn’t my idea! (So sorry!)

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I grabbed these letters from the craft store, picked a few of my bibs that were important races to me and arranged them out how I wanted them on each letter.

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After I had them laid out I cut slits to make them easier to wrap around the letters. I used mod podge to stick them on, but I had to use hot glue to keep the edges down around the back and on a few that wouldn’t stick over the other bibs. Then I topped it off with a little more mod podge to make sure everything was stuck down well and give a little glossy over coat.

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Finished product! Overall a very simple project but very time consuming since I’m so picky about things. Now I can’t wait to get them hung with the rest of my bibs and medals! 🙂