Thursday, November 15, 2012

Crack Open a Beer, This is a Long One

**Discaimer.  I have no clue why the damn pictures are sideways. 

Ahhhhh, time to sit back, relax, and write my year in review.
Ask me if I care that it's before 1pm.
You might be thinking "Year in review?  It's only mid-November!".  You might be thinking "How did I land on this stupid blog?"  Well, my racing year is over and I had a spare 15 minutes to catalog my shirts and medals, so just shut your face hole and chill out.
Let's begin at the beginning, shall we?  I started marathon training January 1 on a crazily cold day.  It was good practice for my first race of the year, the Seroogy's Valentine Run 15K
A super cold race (seriously -5 at the start) run on snowy roads.  An ill-fitting shirt, a chocolate bar, some sub-standard cheese spread, and a cup of lukewarm cocoa.  Totally worth it.

Ah, the Dick Lytie.  I wrote a whole post on how much this race pissed me off.  Check the archives.  Just a cotton shirt in a color that looks slightly dirty.  I do dig the logo, though.  Much better than last year.

No clue why this thing is rotated.  Oh well.  March also held the Point Bock Run, which was super fun.  It snowed heavily the night before and the course was so damn sparkly.  I put up a PR for a 5 miler on this one, and smoked my husband.  Big winner all around.  Also free beer.

The Door County half marathon.  It's such a pretty race, even though it was kinda cruddy for me this year.  I was a tad overconfident.  The shirt is decent, but it's tech, and traditionally this race had cotton shirts.  I got some wear out of this one at least, and it won't end up in my throw away pile.

My failed Cellcom Green Bay marathon attempt.  Stupid heat.  Look at that kick ass medal.  Now it's a damn coaster.  Still don't know what to do with the thing.  I've decided that I'm going to volunteer at this one in 2013 instead of run.  Two bad years in a row = done running Cellcom for a while.  I've never volunteered a race before, and I might as well start at home!

Ragnar Chicago. The Panty Raiders.  The start of a serious Ragnar addiction.  I loved the experience of running this race with the women on our team, but the race itself did nothing for me.  It was brutally hot.  The lakeshore was pretty, but I didn't run on it so I didn't care, and the finish line was a total clusterfuck.  Still, Ragnar is a phenomenal experience.  Run one, okay?

Ragnar Great River.  The perfect Ragnar experience.  Beautiful weather, a busload of superfun teammates (all complete strangers), and a great finish time due to perfect performances by all team members.  Fuel for my Ragnar fire.  The fact that you get a sweet ass double medal for Chicago + GR was awesome too.  Look at that thing.  It's epic.

Oh yeah, between those Ragnars I ran a marathon.  I'd reorder the page, but that's a lot like work.  It was an inaugural-the HFM Maritime Marathon.  A wonderful event.  Run it.  You get a free brat, some good beer, and ice cream!  The shirt fits like a bag and the medal is a little flimsy, but hey, it was their first year.  I'm still happy I went for it and did this one.  I'll do it again.

I did the Packers 5K in here somewhere.  Can't find that shirt anywhere, which sucks becuase it's kind of a nice cotton shirt.  It's bright yellow, too. 

The Fox Citites Marathon Relay.  The Drug Dealin' Divas.  This was a great, great time.  We are all in the same department and we had a blast supporting each other.  It was my first marathon relay, but it won't be my last.  No beer at the finish, so boo on that, but the shirt is decent and the medal is really nice, too.  

The Cruisin' the Corridor (ie Whistlestop) 10K.  This pullover is actually really nice, but I wish the stitching was in a contrasting color.  The 5K and 10K aren't technically "Whistlestop" events, since they are run by a different group, but the happen simultaneously.  The 5 and 10K benefit the library.  I love to run, I love books.  Double win.  The day was gray for this one, and I had Cyprus Hill running through my head throughout:
"The sky up ahead's like a canvas of gray.  I don't know how much time I'll be given to stay.  From the first break of light to the end of the day, I'm just living my live 'til they come carry me away."
That is a great song.  And it touched something in me that morning.  

The Fall 50.  Love this race, in spite of the terrible parking and overcrowdedness.  One day I'm going to do this bitch as a solo.  Then that Mr. T starter kit of a medal?  Is gold, mofo.  I've been doing this race for 3 years with the same team of awesome, funny, kind, and ridiculously tall people.  Love you, Bonnies!

The Tyranena beer run.  Dude.  It says "Beer Run" on the shirt.  Win.  Brooks Cadence out for their inaugural half.  Verdict:  They felt good throughout.

Ragnar Tennessee.  Cold and hot and narrow and steep and uneven and dark and scary and hilarious and awesome and terrible.  We got some free swag from Glimmer Gear, we ate fantastic donuts, I consumed copious amounts of pork.  Personally I came out of it unscathed, with nothing more than a slightly achy left arch.  Note to self:  Brooks Cadence are not up to a quasi-ultra Ragnar when you are a "heavy runner" (which I am, being a whopping 162lbs).  I ran 4 legs for a total of around 21 miles on this one.  I was not sore, I was not stiff, I had no pain.  The same can't be said for everyone else!
So that's it.  That was my year.  Know what I learned?  I deeply, truly need to clean out my closet.  I have more running clothes and shoes than regular clothes and shoes.  The Athleta catalog causes a feeling I can only describe as lust in my heart.
Actually, what I learned is that I really love running.  I do.  It sparks something in me.  I feel alive when I'm running.  Free.  Even shitty runs are amazing.  I walk taller on days I've been out for a run, I feel healthier, happier.  My children can tell by my clothes that I'm headed out for a run and they say "You go run, Mommy?  I wave on the porch!" and as I run down the driveway, Charlie raises his little fist in the air and shouts "Run fast, Mommy!!".  When I come home, Lily asks me "Did you have a good run, Mommy?"  I love that I can set this example for them.  That physical activity for the love of it will be part of their normal. 
So far for next year I've got one half, two fulls, and a Ragnar on the calendar.  That seems a little thin...I'll have to flesh it out with a bunch of 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.  I mean, I'm going to need some new shirts, right?
Anyone reading this-I have 4 spots still open on my Ragnar Niagara/Ontario team.  It's next June, and it's going to be amazeballs.  You know you want to.


  1. this entire post makes me extraordinarily jealous of you. i ran one f*cking half marathon this year and have been sidelined with an injury ever since.

    you are really amazing to have accomplished all of this with a job and a gaggle of children and a marriage to keep in tact.

    you are one strong and/or sexy bitch.

    1. I have two words for you. RAGNAR! ONTARIO!

      You have 7 months to heal and train. GO!

      Seriously, lady, take care of yourself. One day soon we are going to run together.

  2. That sideways shit was hurtin' my brain, Zynda. Crazy racing beeyotch!

    1. I have no idea what that was about. The first two are fine, then sideways city. If I knew anything about technology I would fix if, but honestly I'm lucky I can figure out how to plug this fucking thing in.

  3. That extra Ragnar medal is pretty sweet! What an awesome year for you. I'm sure next year will be great as well. Especially since the WI race is already on the schedule.

    1. Dude, it has TWO BOTTLE OPENERS. TWO. One one medal. No one can live at that speed.

  4. Nice race recaps! I love how you did the shirts and medals! Sometimes I think building a race calendar is almost more fun than running the races ;)

    1. I always sign up for a zillion races in a fit of athletic stupidity. Then you have to race them :)

  5. I have been seriously considering the Niagara falls Ragnar since they announced it. Have never done one and would like to do one next year.

    1. Seriously, let me know if you want in. I have 8 paid team members and 4 open spots! We have 7 Ragnar veterans (some that have done 5 or more) and one "virgin" so far!