About two months ago, we loaded the kids in the car and headed North to visit my family. My youngest niece is 1yr older than my oldest daughter and the girls are inseparable whenever they are around each other, so trips like these are always interesting. What was even more interesting this time was that when I saw my sister she looked like she’d dropped a ton of weight! “I’ve dropped 20lbs!!”, she told me. My sister has struggled over the last decade with her weight. Let’s just say that living in WI, healthy eating is not always a priority. Even though she was a top-ranked high school swimmer, sports/fitness have never really been her thing. I asked her, “What’s the trick? What have you been doing that’s different???”
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Fun in the sun!
It’s on! One of my goals for 2011 is to complete at least 3 races by June 2011. After my December Rudolph Ramble (in a blizzard!) in Dec 2010 I needed to find three races for the first half of 2011. No small feat when you live in Chicago. So, off to sunny Phoenix we went to participate in the PF Chang’s Rock N’ Roll half marathon. We decided to do the 2-person relay and I ran the last 4.5 miles of the half marathon.
I had heard good things about this race series and walked away happy. With the results in, let’s break it down and see how I matched up with my race goals…
- Run the full leg (no walking!!): yeah, not so much. Had to walk a few times which was not cool. Hadn’t really trained for hills or run that distance before in training so will cut myself some slack.
- Run with a 10:00 pace (or better): it depends how you cut this one. Overall the race was well organized. The one snafu was getting to the relay start. I went with my husband to the race start by shuttle. I then ended up taking the light rail to my start spot. Only problem – no one knew where the light rail was located! To get there I ended up running (hard) about 1.5-2 miles. If you factor that in, I ran 9:30 pace. If you don’t it was closer to 10:15. Either way I think also good considering the conditions. Next time will go faster!
- Have fun: definitely! Overall good race. Nice deals at the expo. Gorgeous weather and even got in some naps. Would love to do it again next year
Now on to race #2…..whatever that will be!