Oh, and these bitches.
We are a group of awesome, aren't we?
I missed out on the slumber party aspect of the weekend, what with my bizarro work schedule and the need to find an all day sitter for my boat load of little kids.
Seriously, woman, this is all you got?
The medal was huge, and the post race meal was great. It was super fun to see all my Ragnar ladies again. We even planned another reunion in May at the Wisconsin half marathon! I will do my best to make sure I can participate in ALL the weekend's hijinx for that one.
So how did I do? 2:27:30. I was happy with that. I did the first 10 miles at a pretty good clip, then decided that I had no reason to leave it all out on the course (still had to go home and parent a crap load of little kids solo, after all) and finished out at a walk/run. I was also grievously undertrained, so the fact that I felt good the whole time and finished under 2:30 was reason to celebrate.
So was the discounted take away beer at the finish line.
Overall, Tyranena is worth running. Do it. It fills up fast, so make sure you get on it right away!
In other running news, I competed in the Fox Cities Marathon Relay with a group of women from work. We were the Drug Dealin' Divas and we had a great time. I ran the anchor leg (because it was the longest one and "You do this all the time" even though there were several ladies on the team that routinely run half marathons!!!) in 1:02:?? and we finished as a team in 4:50:28. I was very proud of my teammates, one of whom is a brand new runner who had never run 5 miles in a row before that day, one that had just recovered from a broken foot, and one that just went through a major medical issue. We got custom shirts from My Race Ragz, the same company that provided the extra awesome Panty Raiders shirts displayed above. We had so much fun that we'll probably do it again next year!
It was cooooooooold at the start!!
It was an ankle strap chip. Getting some help with the hand off!
My loving husband and I took a trip to Ashland/Bayfield for the Whistlestop in October. We just ran the 10K, because I needed a new PR (which I got with 1:01:33 gun time-no pad at the start) and played around in the area. It was fun, beautiful, and very relaxing.
We played 18 holes in 31 degrees. It was awesome.
We also did the Fall 50 (beautiful as always) without getting DQ'd this year. In my opinion, that race is getting too big, but that's a post for another day.
Lesseee....what else? Oh yeah, I ran another Ragnar. I wrote a post about it, but it disappeared. I have to get up the ambition to write it again, so stay tuned.
I am officially on running hiatus until February. I never took my summer hiatus, so I'm ready for the break. My goals for the interim are to CrossFit it up and go all Paleo crazy (my sister got a seasonal job at Neuske's...can you say DISCOUNT BACON?!?!?!?) until it's time to start marathon training. I want to clean 125lbs and deadlift more than my bodyweight (170lbs would be 5lbs above my bodyweight, you nosey bitch) by Feb. 1. I figure if I can get lean and mean, I can pick up some speed and finish my next marathon a hell of a lot faster than my first!
I'm sure I will run. I can't resist a cold snowy run, but I won't be specifically training for anything for a while. In December, the hubs and I are going to to the 21 day sugar detox. That should be interesting. But hey, if I want to be a MILF, sacrifices must be made.
I'm also thinking of organizing all my medals and race shirts from this year into a "My Year in Review" post. Something tells me I won't get around to it, but you can't fail if you don't try :)
Do you take a yearly running hiatus, or do you train train train?