||Big Wild Life Runs Marathon
||This was the craziest race experience that I have had in a long time. I knew that the course was supposed to turn around at 8.5 miles. Well, when we turned around at 8, I thought that maybe I was wrong. I quickly realized that I was NOT wrong and the course would be short so I played mental math games the rest of the way in..I even slowed down so my first time to go under 3:30 wouldn't be on a short course. My time was 3:30:35. Luckily, they decided to add on our average pace for our official time and I still got a BQ (this was also going through my mind during the run)! I'm glad that I can do math :)
||San Francisco Marathon
||I only did this race because I was in San Fran for work. I thought that it might go ok but I started having issues pretty early on and I wanted to quit at the half. Somehow I pulled it together and I finished fairly decently given my mindset! Yay :)
||Christmas in July 24 hour race
||I only did this race again because I won last year and my entry was free. I went in with minimal intentions of completing the entire 24 hours. It went from minimal to nothing very quickly. Honestly, I can't even believe that I toughed it out and finished over a 50k! The temps were just way too HOT this year. I wouldn't be opposed to trying again next year :)
||Bay of Fundy International Marathon
||I LOVED this race! It was so beautiful and the organization was awesome. The main reason that I chose it was because they offered child care. Briyana loved it too. It was nice to include her in on the experience :)
||I keep coming back to Sunburst for some reason :) I guess it's just that it's so close and there isn't much close in the summer. I had intended to try for a fast time but I stayed up late and had a few too many glasses of wine...oops! :) Oh well, still a pretty good time considering that. And happy to place in the top 10 again!
||Vermont City Marathon
||I had gotten a pretty yucky cold the day before this race and spent half the night coughing - given that, I was SUPER happy with my time. I loved this race and I would love to go back and try again without a cold! :)
||Starved Rock Country Marathon
||I paced the 4 hour group at the Starved Rock marathon and had an interesting time. I had a great group of people with me until the first major hill at mile 10.5. It was pretty big and people just couldn't hang on. There weren't many more hills after that but once it flattened out totally, it started raining. And then there was lightening. That's when it got interesting. This was my first "black flagged" race since my first marathon, Chicago 2007. I knew from other Maniacs recent experiences to keep on going because it might count. It did! I was happy that I kept going and I came in right on time. I only had one runner still with me but he got a PR so that was great!!!
||This was a very quick trip but I loved it! I was so happy to get another BQ! I think I could've done better and I look forward to trying :)
||Kentucky Derby Marathon
||I upgraded to the marathon the day before the race and I was happy that I did :) I actually love this race! It was nice to take it easy since it was less than a week after Boston :)
||BOSTON!!!! I don't know what else to say!!! I LOVED it :) And I was super happy to qualify for Boston 2016 at BOSTON!!!!
||This race was tough. Pretty hilly and very lonely! I was super happy to pull out a sub 4 since I spent half the race trying to figure out which race I could do to get my sub 4 for Kansas. So glad that I don't have to go back!!!
||This was my first official BQ for 2016!!! I knew this course had a history of being fast so I thought I would give it a shot - I LOVED it :) Since I was only 34 on the date of the race it doesn't show as a BQ...but IT IS!!!
||Utah Indoor Marathon
||Salt Lake City
||I did this race because I needed a sub 4 for Utah and there aren't a ton of races in February. I think I'm over indoor races! Ha :) It was nice to be inside and to do well but I was ready to be outside again :)
||Icebreaker Indoor Marathon
||My second indoor marathon! Yep, it was the day after my first :) I'm not sure about these indoor marathons! I felt like I was way quicker than this! Oh well! It was nice to get in a double sub 4 weekend without freezing!
||Arena Attack Indoor Marathon
||This was my first indoor marathon! It was through the lobby of an ice arena and I don't even remember how many times I had to go around! It was small enough that I was easily the first chick :)
||Operation Jack Marathon
||My last race of the year was awesome! The course and weather were perfect. Unfortunately I felt a little lazy and just took it easy :) OH well, I got my 34th sub 4 state!!!
||Rehoboth Beach Marathon
||I really enjoyed this race. The weather was perfect and the course was pretty! This was my 33rd sub 4 state!!!
||Black Diamond 40 miler
||I added this race at the last minute for fun! It sure was "fun" :) I had never run a 40 mile race before. It was a cool experience but I think I would prefer a bigger race in the future. Running away from the stray dogs alone was a little bit scary! It was nice to have my mom and Briyana as my course support though :)
||Flying Monkey Marathon
||This was my 100th marathon/ultra!!! I chose the Monkey because it's such a fun race and because it's a hard enough race that I wouldn't feel bad just taking it easy and enjoying it :) I didn't feel bad AT ALL! It was nice to take it so much slower this year and really enjoy the beauty of the course :)
||I had a great time pacing the 4:20 group! I tried pretty hard to hit the 30 second mark so I was super happy to get it right on! I was surprised that my legs tried to cramp up a little during the run but I think it was hard to change up my stride. It still was cool to help a few people meet their goal!
||Marshall University Marathon
||I really enjoyed this race! I'm not sure why my time wasn't better but I really enjoyed the course and I thought that it was a very well organized race. I would come back again once I'm done with the 50 States! 32nd sub 4 state done!
||Duke City Marathon
||So happy to have gotten my sub 4 for New Mexico!!! It was NOT easy! I'm not sure exactly why it was so hard but considering that I wanted to stop around 8 miles, I am so super happy that I didn't and ended up pulling it off. I haven't had that many mental struggles during a marathon in a while...hopefully I never do again!
||I had a fun time running with fellow Maniac, Brian Wright for 15 miles of Chicago - I just wish that I could've held on a little longer. Oh well, It's always nice to run the streets of my city and it was nice to get my fastest Illinois time!
||Fox Valley Marathon
||I paced the 3:55 group and had a great time! I was a little unsure of how I would do since I ran the triple the weekend before but it turned out just fine. Unfortunately the timing was messed up and they originally reported my time about a minute and a half over where I had actually finished. They knew that there were errors so when I reported my time (3:54:32) they corrected it in the results (not sure why they put 3:55 though). This was my 5th Fox Valley and I will continue to do it until I can't run!
||Lake Tahoe Marathon
||Last day of the triple! As much as I wanted to run a few sub4's, I was still pretty happy of my consistent times AND I WON!!!! First overall female for the triple :)
||Better but still hard. So weird to not be able to run a sub4 :( BUT so happy with 3rd place finish! :)
||Emerald Bay Marathon
||South Lake Tahoe
||My first day of the triple! I had hoped for a sub4 but the elevation and the challenging course proved too difficult for that :( At least it was beautiful!
||Park City Marathon
||This was my first BAD race in a long time! I am trying to run all 50 states under 4 hours but this one did not happen :( I had injured myself running the 100 mile race and hadn't fully recovered but besides that, I let this race get me mentally. I know there are a lot of fast races in Utah and I let it bother me too much that I had chosen one that was not quite as fast as the others. I think I could've done it if I had my head in the game! Oh well...good thing there are lots of fast races in Utah :)
||Christmas in July
||I had made one previous attempt at a 24 hour race in December of 2013 but I had no intentions of staying for that entire race and left when it was time for bed. Because I did fairly well at that race, I decided to give it another try and this race is now officially the closest race to where I live - I couldn't pass it up! I thought I had a pretty decent chance of running 100 miles but I had no idea that it would go as well as it did! It turns out that had I decided to walk 3 more laps after I reached my 100, I would've held on to 2nd overall but I was perfectly happy with getting 1st chick and it was nice to be done :) I would definitely do this race again!!! :)
||I had a great time at this beautiful race! It was nice to not have to stress about my time since I got my BQ at Grandma's!!! Now I have 30 sub 4 states done :)
||My second BQ and my new PR!!! I loved this race!!! The weather was perfect and the course was nice. The course was a little more challenging than I had expected but I think the rolling hills helped. None were too big! The only other thing that I don't like about this race is how expensive the hotels are...it's a little crazy. Besides that, this race was awesome!!!
||I did this race simply because I was in Kansas City for work and it was too close to pass up! It was only $45! Also, I stayed at an apartment on the campus that was only $27! I loved how personal everything felt. I wish I would've known how close I was to the 3rd place girl because 3rd place got $100...boo! I only missed it by a little over 2 minutes and I REALLY slacked on the 2nd half...boo! OH well...I would go back!
||I got another new sub 4 state! It's always fun to run smaller races with lots of Maniacs/50 Staters! It was pretty hard to breath but I was happy with my time. So glad to get another sub 4 and 1st in my age group. I would come back to Casper...once I'm done with 50<4! :)
||I had a great time pacing the 4:20 group at the Chicagoland marathon! I had a pretty good group and helped some newbies finish their first marathon! Lots of fun!
||I had a great time pacing the 4 hour group and I got my new sub 4 state! Fargo is a fun marathon and I would definitely go back for more! I had a much bigger group than most pacing groups that I've done but I only had one stay the whole way. I did help that one person get a BQ though!
||I love this race! I didn't need another Wisconsin but it's too close to pass up and it's fast for me. I managed to get a sub 3:45 and give myself a higher 50<4 score for Wisconsin! If only I was a few weeks older, it would've been a BQ! Soon enough, it will happen again!
||Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
||Another sub 4 state! I'm on a roll! This race was delayed almost an hour and a half. Honestly, I was almost wishing they would just cancel it after an hour. I'm glad they didn't and I'm super happy that I got a new sub 4 state! This was my 3rd try in Oklahoma!
||Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes
||Another sub 4 state! This race was much harder than I expected. It seemed like the hills never stopped and there wasn't a ton of crowd support since it was so small but I was happy to get 3rd in my age group and come away with a new sub 4 state!
||GO! St. Louis Marathon
||I paced the 4:45 group! It was my first pacing gig with marathonpacing.com and I really enjoyed it. I love that they take the pacing seriously and I'm super happy that I came within 1 second of their goal! Awesome! I enjoyed pacing a few newbies to their first marathon finish! Too fun!
||I paced the 4 hour group and had a blast! The hills were no joke so I was glad to be pacing :) I never had a very big group but I did manage to get a few people to the finish on time! Yay for another sub 4 state!!!
||I managed to squeak out my sub4 for Texas! It was a pretty humid day and I just wasn't feeling it but I stuck it out and made it just in time...even with a nice little puke around 25 miles!
||Mississippi River Marathon
||This was my first race in Mississippi...glad I ended with a sub 4! I started off real fast and it felt great until the half. It got windier and colder at that point and everything just went downhill. OH well, starting off fast makes it much easier to end with a good time :)
||Yuma Territorial Marathon
||My second marathon WIN!!! Sure, there were only 20 women but a win is a win :) This race was fun! Met some really cool Maniacs and 50 Staters that made this pretty boring course fly by! Besides the boring course, I really liked this race. I'd definitely do it again!
||Across the Years
||This was my first attempt at anything more than a 50K and I was super surprised with my results. I went with someone who wanted to leave after about 10 hours so I decided I was happy with finishing two marathons. I can't believe that so many people still did less than me. I could've done WAY more than that! I'm now 90% sure that I could've done 100 miles under 24 hours on a flat course. I might try at some point :)
||Rocket City Marathon
||I enjoyed this race. The swag was nice and the weather was great. I should've been able to do better than I did but it just wasn't my day. It's really hard not to slow down when I know that I can :( Oh well, on to my 75th!!!
||Flying Monkey Marathon
||I had a blast at the Monkey! I would love to do this race every year! I can't believe that I ran my first sub 4 for Tennessee at the Monkey!!!
||I enjoyed the inaugural Naperville marathon! I especially liked that it was so close to home!!! I would gladly run this every year!!!
||Marine Corps Marathon
||I had fun running as Sailor Girl again :) And I had a blast helping fellow Maniac Julia celebrate her 100th marathon and Brian and Adam celebrate the end of their 50 States! Good times :)
||I paced the 4:25 group. For some reason the posted results are showing the clock time and not chip time but I know that we were under 4:25! What kind of race has a chip time but doesn't post it anywhere?!? That's right, an inaugural! That's ok...they will get better and I will gladly go back to pace again :) I had fun pacing my first double pacing weekend!
||I paced the 4:15 group and it turned out great! I accidentally stopped my watch for a few minutes towards the beginning of the race and that made it very difficult to pace correctly. Super happy with how close I came with my watch off a little bit :)
||Prairie State Marathon
||This was fun again this year. It was especially fun because I got to run it for free since I paced another marathon :) I slowed down on the second half but that made it a lot more enjoyable :)
||Fox Valley Marathon
||I love the Fox Valley Marathon! I will run this race every year for as long as I possibly can :)
||American Discovery Trail Marathon
||This race was beautiful and I think it has potential to be pretty fast! There are some rolling hills but they are small and it keeps it interesting :) It's a very nice race!
||I was still beat up my all the downhill at Leading Ladies so I took it much easier on this course. It has great potential for being fast but the second half is much more in the open, hot, and has a few rolling hills. I still love that I ran my first sub 4 in Idaho AND got a bag of potatoes!!! :)
||Leading Ladies Marathon
||I can't say ANYTHING bad about this race! I have no idea why they don't get more people. I ran my first BQ!!! I love, love, love this race!!!
||Blister in the Sun Marathon
||This was my second year for this same double weekend. I'm not sure why I think It's a good idea to run a double in the Midwest in August!?!? Blister didn't disappoint...it was hot and the hills were hard! I think I might just do one of them next year :)
||Eagle Creek Trail Marathon
||This was my second time at Eagle Creek. The weather was better and the course was more accurate but it's still a marathon in August...it was HOT and I ran slow! It was the first day of a double so I allowed myself to take it slower than I really probably needed. Still a fun and beautiful trail!
||Aspen Valley Marathon
||This race was really beautiful but harder than I had expected. I guess taking 7 weeks off and altitude don't work well for me! I ran the first half pretty strong but basically ran/walked the whole second half. The water stops were not frequent enough and it got pretty warm. I was still pretty happy to pull off a new sub 4 state though!!!
||Another fast one for me!!! I got greedy and tried to get a BQ the week after I missed it by a minute...oops! I was right on track to make it until around 18 or 19 but then it got pretty warm...boo! Oh well, I was super happy with my time considering that it was a harder course and the weather wasn't as nice!
||Bob Potts Marathon
||I loved this race!!! Mostly because it was a PR for me and I almost BQ'd!!! The weather was perfect and the course was easy - too bad I didn't realize how well I was doing until it became too hard to push hard enough and get under 3:35! Oh well, I loved it! :)
||Another successful pacing gig! I paced the 4:30 group. Didn't really have anyone with me and it was super HOT but I did it!
||Tacoma City Marathon
||Another new sub4 state!!! I'm on a roll!!! This race weekend was awesome. The 10 year anniversary party made it so fun. The race itself was hilly and hot but I'm still really happy with my time. If it were a normal Seattle day, the course would've seemed way easier!
||Kentucky Derby Marathon
||Another great race for me and another new sub 4 state! I had a blast at this race! I got to run with two other Maniacs and it made the race so much fun :)
||A new marathon PR for me!!! The only thing that sort of sucked about this race was that a train blocked the course at 3 miles. The delay lasted around 4 minutes. Apparently they are considering giving us that time! We'll see! Regardless, I was extremely happy to run a PR on the second day of a double marathon weekend!!!
||This was my third year running at Carmel but it was my first year pacing the marathon. I had a great time pacing! The course had to be changed due to flooding and that caused some of the mile markers to be a little bit off...made pacing a little harder than usual but it was still fun and I'm pretty happy with my time. I paced 4:25 and I ended up having a good group finish with me...a little faster than I usually like but better than being over!
||Chicago Lakefront 50K
||This was my first 50K..it was AWESOME!!! I love running along the Lakefront path!!! I ran my fastest marathon time during the race!!! I would definietly do this race again :)
||Little Rock Marathon
||I loved this race! The course was awesome, the bling was awesome, and the after party was really awesome!!! I would definietly do this race again :)
||I loved this race! It was beautiful but very hard!!! The hills and elevation made it very challenging but I still enjoyed the race. The timing was a little off...I made it a point to finish under 4:20 and I know that I did...oh well, I will be happy to go back to Arizona :)
||Run for the Ranch Marathon
||I had a great time at this race again this year!!! It's small and loaded with Maniacs! Brian Wright and I ran our 50th marathon at this race!!! Seriously, I loved this race :)
||Route 66 Martahon
||Another fun time at RT66! I love the Maniac perks at this race but I've got to remember that I run this race for fun and not for time. I thought I could pull out a sub4 this year but the hills on the second half got me again! Boo! Oh well, I will go back again :)
||Really Big Free Marathon
||I really enjoyed this race! I love that it was free and there weren't really any major issues. I'm used to small races so I don't mind the small race feel. The hills were crazy hard and I slowed down a lot but I kind of expected that and I mainly wanted to do this race to take a trip to VEGAS! :)
||Rock and Roll St. Louis
||My first sub4 for Missouri!!! Yay!!! This race was still pretty hard with all the hills but it was fun and the weather helped it be a little better than my previous St. Louis marathons :)
||My 5th Chicago marathon and my first sub4 Chicago! It was nice to finally be able to run fast at Chicago! BUT..I did have some issues on the second half and I wasn't able to keep up the pace and get a new PR :( Oh well, I am still happy with my time :)
||Quad Cities Marathon
||I had a great time pacing the 4:10 group at the QCM!! It was perfect weather for a marathon and I had a great group of people in my pacing group. It's always so fun to help motivate people. I really enjoyed helping a few newbies to the finish. I think they will come back for more :)
||Fox Valley Marathon
||I love this marathon! It will be my annual marathon and I plan to run it as long as I can :) I was happy to get a sub4 again! I also beat my time from last year by 2 seconds :) It was nice to have my family come and cheer for me too! Nothing bad to say about this race :)
||The Blister in the Sun Marathon
||This race started out really humid and hilly but I got used to it after the firt loop. Luckily there wasn't much sun! I was really tired from running the trail from the day before but after the first few loops I got used to it and finished just fine. I really enjoyed how small and personal this race was. I knew a ton of people there! We got our own special bibs and the "medal" was very unique! I would do this race again for sure!!!
||Planet Adventure Trail Marathon
||I'm not exactly sure why I decided to go back for another race at Eagle Creek! Oh well, it was fun! I could've done much better but I caught up with a much faster friend that was walking and I decided to walk with him for the last 6 miles. I still beat my time from the January race :)
||Dances with Dirt Trail Marathon, Devil's Lake
||My third trail marathon and I DID NOT fall!!! Finally :) I guess it helped that I took my sweet old time! This was a beautiful race but very difficult. I think I could've ran faster but I probably would have fallen. This has made me like trails a little more :)
||Foot Traffic Flat Marathon
||This was a perfect way to end our vacation to Portland and to start the 4th of July. The weather was perfect and it made it easy to get another sub4 state! I probably could've had a PR if I would've decided to push it but since I had just ran the double a few days before, I let myself take it easy the last few miles. My goal was to get the sub4 and I DID!!!
||Stars and Stripes Marathon
||I was the 1st overall female!!!! Yippeee!!! And I ran over 20 minutes faster than the day before...Now that's the way to run a double!!! :) The temps were much cooler and the course was easier (even with the street that we had to cross 12 times). I would definietly run this double again :)
||Cook Park Marathon
||This was my first race for the Firecracker double weekend in the Portland area. It was a little humid for me and some of the course was challenging but overall it was a great race. I really enjoyed seeing the Maniacs over and over again on this 8 looped course! I thought I was the 3rd female overall but I guess I was 2nd..woo hoo!!!
||Utah Valley Marathon
||This race was awesome!!! This was my first Maniac reunion race and it was SO cool to see everyone. This was the first double that felt great for me. I didn't feel like I had ran a marathon the day before either. I had planned on running easy but when I realized how good I felt I decided to just run how I felt. I'm still pretty annoyed that I missed a sub4 but overall it was a great race. I beat all 3 of the main maniacs!!! :)
||Bear Lake Idaho Marathon
||This was the most beautiful marathon that I have ever ran! I chose to do the early start which turned out to not be needed - the buses didn't leave to bring runners back to the start until after I would've finished the regular start. Starting early (in the dark) made it difficult to be motivated to go fast. I also had to carry my own water which was different. I also think that I had some issues with the elevation. Ok, enough with the excuses. I still did well enough to win the early start for the women. I watched a fellow Maniac win the regular start - that was cool! BUT...I watched the other finishers like a hawk and I'm not sure where the supposed 2nd place female came from. I saw no regular start person between mine and Michelle's times...urgh! I guess with my time I should still be happy with 3rd overall but I would prefer the results to be correct and show that I was really 2nd..boo! I guess that's what you get when the officials are writing down the finish times and trying to make sure they catch everyone that started early. Oh well, at least it's another state done!
||This race was AWESOME! I might just think that because I did well but who cares :) The weather was perfect and the course was fairly flat. I really enjoyed it and I got a new PR and my first Indiana sub4!!! Yay!!!
||This was my first marathon pacing gig. I'm pretty bummed that I took longer than the 4:30 I was supposed to finish in but I am happy to have finished fairly close. It got in to the 90's by the end of the race. The first half was fine...but we had no one in our group on the second half and we had a 2 minute cushion so my copacer encouraged me to take a long time at a water stop at mile 17 and at a potty break at 20 just to eat up our cushion. Well, it turns out that I needed that cushion! I was fine until 23 miles when I got nauseus and I got the chills :( I decided to slow it down since we had no one with us and obviously I was dehydrated...the heat was a killer! Oh well, I will attempt pacing a marathon again!!!
||Country Music Marathon
||I had a blast in Nashville! The race was too hot and hilly for me to try for a sub4 so my goal was to run the first half sub2 and enjoy the second half - I did!!! Even with me slowing down on the second half, I felt like I was flying for the last 6 miles...it sure goes to show that training helps :)
||Land Between the Lakes Trail Marathon
||This race was very difficult! I improved on my trail marathon time by over an hour but I fell one more time than the last trail - 5 times! I have a ton of scrapes and bruises! I ended up doing pretty well but i'm not sure if trail marathons are my thing. I don't like having to worry about breaking something for almost 5 hours...I think I would rather just run :)
||New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon
||I had an Awesome time in New Orleans! Almost too much fun :) I have never been happier about my time either. I spent the whole second half of the race trying to do the math in my head to see if I would make it under 4. I didn't realize until the last minute that I had it if I could push it out - I did! Thanks to Maniac Susan Shore-DeRoberts for pushing me right at the end - we both made it under 4!!!
||Myrtle Beach Marathon
||A great race with great friends! I got a new PR and a new sub4!! I would recommend this race to anyone. It was so much fun and it's a perfect course for a fast time. I could've even done better then this, I'm sure!
||Planet Adventure Trail Marathon
||WOW! There is just way too much to say about this race! This was my first trail marathon and boy was it tough. I had ran a half marathon in the morning and this race at night. I was blown away by the difficulty of this course - hills, cold, narrow trails, and lots and lots of mud...in the DARK = CRAZY! I think the hardest part was that I HAD to go slow...it was a huge mental challenge...I almost dropped down and did the half! I am so happy that I did finish and i'm already starting to think that I would try a trail marathon again...maybe during the day :)
||Run for the Ranch Marathon
||A fun race with lots of Maniacs! I dressed up as an elf and had a ton of fun with that. It did make it difficult to run but I managed to pull off a costume PR :) I didn't mind the course (8 loops through MSU) but a lot of other maniacs thought all the turns and running on the concrete made it difficult. I didn't notice it being any more difficult then usual. I would actually do it again :)
||St. Jude Memphis Marathon
||A fun marathon with a great cause. I enjoyed this marathon but I wasn't happy with my time. For some reason I did great the first half and was on track for a PR but I just got really tired and I couldn't keep it up. I really wanted to lay down and take a nap. Guess I should've had some coffee to start the day!
||Williams Route 66 Marathon
||I LOVED this race!!! So many Maniacs!!! Probably could've gotten a sub-4 if I hadn't taken the .3 mile detour to the center of the universe but when I realized I wasn't going to get it I decided to slow down and enjoy the finish. All the maniac perks were awesome! Our own special VIP pre-race and post-race tents with our own port-o-pottie's and gear check and our own food and beer - SO NICE! I will go back!
||Marine Corps Marathon
||I LOVED this race. It was very scenic and fun. I did lose some steam between 14 to 19 but picked it back up and pushed the last few miles. The hill at the end kicked my butt and I ended up puking TWICE going up the hill. At that point I was just glad that it was over! I had a lot of fun running as a sailor girl and seeing LOTS of Maniac friends. I would do this race again...but next time I will take it easy up the hill :)
||St. Louis Rock N' Roll Marathon
||Another fun RNR race with lots of maniacs!!! I did my usual first half but I lost some steam and decided to enjoy the last half. I had fun taking a 7-11 break with fellow Maniac, Lyle! Sometimes it's just much more fun to enjoy them and not care about time :)
||My fourth Chicago Marathon and the second half of my second double weekend! It was awesome seeing TONS of maniacs:) I decided to take it easy (for me) and helped pace my friend HF #1344, Carol Kuhr, to her first sub5 and a new PR for the marathon. She started off great but really struggled on the second half - I was happy with getting her in under 5 and I think she might come back for more!!!
||Prairie State Marathon
||A beautiful start to my second double marathon weekend of the year! The course was nice but the second half was much hotter then the first and it seemed as though the water was really spaced out. Overall, it was a nice small race and I got third in my age group...yay!!!
||Fox Valley Marathon
||My first sub-4 in Illinois! I really really enjoyed this race. I have decided to make this my annual marathon and I am so happy that I did - they already started giving out medals to regulars so I got my first extra medal for this year and after 5 years they will give me a trophy!!! Yay!!! I love the course and everything about this local race:)
||Another small marathon - it was great to meet some new Maniacs and catch up with some old friends but this was my worst time of the year! The first half was fine but I really lost steam on the second half and it was very difficult. I just wasn't feeling it but overall it was a good experience and I'm happy to have finished my 13th marathon for this year:)
||Carrollton Festival of Races Marathon
||The smallest I've ever ran and the first time I've ran a looped course (3 loops). Some parts were lonely but overall I liked it and it was fun hanging out with all the Maniacs as usual:)
||Another fun race with lots of Maniacs. I attempted to organize a group pic again and ended up getting a great turnout:) Ran with Scott Dahl the whole race - lots of fun - wish I would've broken 4hrs again but we started a little slow, went pretty fast in the middle, and then I got hot towards the end:( Oh well, it was still fun - now I am not scheduled again until September:(
||Another good cheesy run - the spectators really appreciated my cheese heads:) It made it easier - there were more hills then I expected and I started faster then I should have.
||Another great race! I got a new PR and I ran another negative split!!!! I think it was the cool weather that helped. It seemed easier then usual:)
||Another sub-four and another negative split!!! I was at the half at 2:01something!!! Got a lot of help from Maniac John Lui - Thanks, John!!!
||Flying Pig Marathon
||The end of my first double and my 31st b-day!!! I ended up loving this race. It started off horribly wrong - my knee was not cooperating from the problem the day before but a little aleve and time changed that and I finished strong. I ran my first negative split and had a great time meeting new maniac friends!!!
||This was the first race for my first double weekend and I think it went great. I did experience a little knee pain towards the end of the race but I was still able to finish almost exactly where I wanted to be. I talked to a lot of people on the course and it seemed like it flew by!
||Go! St. Louis Marathon
||This was pretty hot and hilly but I really enjoyed it and all the people walking the last half helped motivate me to keep going:)
||This was one hilly marathon! Besides that it was a great race and it was fun to meet some more maniacs!
||Breast Cancer Marathon
||I LOVED this race! I finally broke 4 hours! I took a lot of pictures and I really enjoyed the energy of the race:)
||This was a pretty rough race for me. The first half was fine but the second half was lonely and I didn't have my iPOD to keep me distracted. They stated that iPOD's were not allowed but a lot of people broke that rule and I wished I had too!
||Disney World Marathon
||Took lots of pictures and stopped for a potty break and still ran in 4:02:26 - It was an awesome race!!! The only thing that I didn't like was how early we had to be there!
||Jacksonville Bank Marathon
||A nice chilly run..I met a lot of new Maniac Friends!!!
||Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
||A great PR but just missed breaking 4 hours:(
||This was a nice marathon with perfect weather!
||Another HOT one!
||Fox Valley Marathon
||This was another new PR and a great inaugural event!
||This was my second marathon...it was COLD!
||This was my first marathon..it was HOT!