Raleigh, NC - November 26, 2016 Time: 46:39
Once we knew our plans for Thanksgiving this year I went ahead and registered for a turkey trot. I feel so much better stuffing my face later in the day if I've run that morning. Since we started in Raleigh this year I ran one there. I also got to meet up with Brooklyn and Mary Ellen too. Brooklyn has graciously picked up my bib and t-shirt so I met up with them prior to race start. I had originally planned to wear a long sleeve shirt under my singlet but then it ended up once again being unseasonably warm so I ditched the longsleeve for the run.
We took a few pre-race photos and then we were off! It was crowded in the beginning and I lost the girls in the shuffle and was on cruise as we headed down many hills. I figured I would get going here as I knew the hills would slow me down coming back. I actually felt pretty good running and was enjoying myself. Then we hit the hills. UGH. It was rough pushing back up but thankfully a light rain began to fall which cooled me off a bit. And then boom through the finish line. Not a PR but a nice, solid race for me.
Saw the other girls come in and then we all headed out and onto Thanksgiving festivities! A fun way to start the day!
Raleigh-Durham, NC - November 4-6, 2016
Quite the weekend for a runner!
I had been told in April to save this weekend for fun running times with the Oiselle ladies. And then it was announced that Lauren Fleshman would be joining us! In case you aren't a runnerd, she's a really awesome track and field athlete, who among other things was a 5K champ and is one of the owners of Picky Bars. Basically she's a lady hero and one of Oiselle's sister birds. I was stoked to be able to come down to Raleigh to meet her and hang for the weekend.
Friday night we had a big team dinner at Primal and then headed over to Ladies Night at Bull City Running. I got stuck in some traffic but wasn't too late getting there and got to sit with Kristi, Brooklyn and some of the other ladies I had met and some new. The best part of the team is meeting other like-minded obsessive runners so I love it when I get to meet new members. As Brooklyn and I discovered we eat similarly we opted to share a dish for dinner (good choice- since portions were ridiculous). Then we all headed next door to basically take over ladies night. There were snacks, drinks (even a nuun cocktail) and we grabbed raffle tickets and hoped for the best. There was a little fashion show featuring some of BCR's newest running apparel- including lots of Oiselle with some of our favorite ladies. It was fun and hilarious time. Then I won a prize! This never happens. Of course it was not my size but I was able to exchange for a pair of arm sleeves. WINNING! Super fun night with the ladies!!
Saturday morning I drove back over to Durham for a fun run and breakfast. Really any excuse to hang with Lauren and I was there :). Of course we started out at a fast pace for me and I kept up for awhile before hanging back. It was fun to run with Lauren- even if she was floating while the rest of us were huffing and puffing. I ended up doing about 4 miles with some of the ladies and then we got picky bars for snacks! There was a little Q&A afterwards and we learned more about Lauren's journey and what she's up to now. She's so great- I think we were all hanging off every word. LOVE.
And then on Sunday- no more Lauren, BUT we had 5 relay teams running the City of Oaks Marathon. I was originally supposed to run leg 3, a 5 Miler which Kristi was also assigned to but Rachel wasn't feeling her best so I was asked to switch. No problem! Luckily Myrtle Beach had been a couple of weeks back so I was able to hold down an 8 miler. We all met early at Bruegger's for some breakfast, to pass out numbers, and to take a giant team photo. Then we broke into legs and headed to our respective start spots. I was now on leg 2 with Sara, Nicole, Sarah, and Marie. We carried all the bags and found a good place near the exchange to wait. I took a quick potty break and on my way back ran into Nicola- so of course we took another photo! Love the team :). Then runners started coming in- first up was Brooklyn and Mary Ellen so Sarah and Nicole took the timers and they were off. A few minutes later Julie, Caitlin and Rose came up and the rest of us took off. Sara is faster runner than either Marie or myself so she stayed with us for a bit and then we told her to go ahead. Marie and I are pretty similarly paced so we stuck together for the 8 mile stint. She had a brief issue with some gatorade near mile 7 but after a quick pause we kept on til we got to the next handoff. Kristi and Rachel took our timers and headed on. Rachel (not feeling her best) had some trouble near the end of the run- so of a the birds ran her in. A flock of sisters indeed. Since it was only the last leg at this point we all grabbed our things and headed toward the finish area. Soon enough our birds started coming through! It was a fun time!! I don't think I would have ever wanted to do that marathon but breaking it into a relay wasn't bad at all! After Kristi and I got brunch to catch up at Cafe Carolina- it had been awhile since it was just the two of us so this was much needed. Great Oiselle team time!
A really really fun weekend. So much running, so much team, so much happiness.
October 23, 2016 - Myrtle Beach, SC Time: 2:08:00
A last minute fall race added to my schedule. I wasn't sure how it was going to go as I'd been struggling with tendonitis off and on in my right ankle. But I was looking forward to hanging at Myrtle Beach and to seeing some of the bird gang!
Brooklyn (who I'd met at bird camp) convinced me to join when I asked about a fall race for my schedule. I originally had thought if Seawheeze didn't go as planned I might add something else to my fall to try and get closer to my 2016 goals. Of course then the nagging injury hit so my goal for this race was to just enjoy it. I find I'm too hard on myself when it comes to running. I always want to beat myself and sometimes I just need to enjoy the ride. Thankfully Brooklyn is queen of fun so our plan was to run together and have a blast!
Backing up a little- I left early Friday morning to head down to Myrtle. It's about 5ish hours from Blacksburg on some highway, but mostly back roads. I being dumb went to regular myrtle beach instead of North myrtle beach but I eventually got there and go to enjoy some time on the beach. It was unseasonably warm on Friday with highs in the 80s. Conveniently though the temps were going to drop just in time for the race. Anyway we spent a nice afternoon on the beach before heading in to then grab some dinner. Our stop was Mod Pizza- which I'd never been to but was so tasty! We also got some sweet frog because who doesn't love ice cream!? And then ended our evening on the porch in sweats catching up like old friends over some Pumking beer. A great evening.
On Saturday I had planned to run a quick 3 miles to shakeout my legs for Sunday and also because I had been trapped in a car for half the day prior. Brooklyn was nursing a sore hamstring so decided to save it for Sunday and hopped on a beach cruiser to ride while I ran. I've never had a 'bike coach' but this was pretty fun as we headed down the strip and back. It was a little windy (B's hat blew off a couple of times :)) but still pretty fun and I felt good. We went to a local spot for some yummy breakfast, and then back to the condo for quick showers before Nicole arrived. She was coming down to cheer with a few others from the SC team. I knew Nicole from IG but we'd only met briefly at the Salem Lake meetup. But that's the best part of the team- a group of friends you never knew but are always there! Nicole joined in and we headed over to the outlets for some light shopping (like all purchasing the same dress- we still need to take a group photo of this!) and then we were planning on the expo. We thought it was open until 7 so showing up just before 5 seemed fine especially since our team dinner was at 6. I was looking up the directions when I discovered it closed at 5!?! We ended up running in at the last minute and grabbed our bibs. It was a little chaotic but we got it done. Phew!
We had hoped to pick up a handheld for Brooklyn at the expo but everything was closing down by the time we scrambled inside. Luckily we saw a running store just down the street- unfortunately they were just closing. But the lady was so nice and let Brooklyn run in and grab the bottle. Again- so many close calls!! Of course then we were really close to the dinner spot but had lots of time to kill then. HA. It was in a little outdoor shopping area so we wandered around until it got close to time. We were all starving at this point! That breakfast was LONG GONE. Finally time to eat! We met up with 3 of the SC team ladies- Erin, Jacqueline and Erin- none of whom I'd met yet- and had a delicious italian dinner. Even got a beer to enjoy because hey we had already decided no pressure the next day- just enjoy the run. Only one of the Erins was running but the others would join Nicole as part of our cheer squad. A fun night!
Sunday dawned bright, early and cold. We geared up, took care of business and headed out to the race start. We were able to sit in the car until almost race start which was nice to stay warm. A couple visits to the porta-potties and ingesting my pre-race food and I was ready to roll! The weather ended up being absolutely perfect. I run so much better when I'm not dying from humidity. Anyway Brooklyn and I started out a little quick but then settled into a nice comfortable pace. We were able to chat the entire time, talk to others on the race, hi-five the crowd, and thank the race support. We got to see our cheer team twice! More hi-fives and hugs to go around and then it was off on our way. We made one big turn and then ran along the beach with beautiful views. Again perfect temps and we were cruising. We both experience a little tightness from our injuries around mile 11 but with only a little bit more to go kept on pushing. I looked down at my watch around this point and realized we were really close to my PR. So we took off a little, especially on the last bit on the windy boardwalk. Finally we finished- 31 seconds off my PR. Amazing. For a race I didn't stress about, just enjoyed and hung with a friend and I did better than I had all year. Definitely something to this running for fun!
After we got to enjoy a few tasty beers and bask in our accomplishment. Truly a great race. We hung out for a bit with our cheer squad and then it was time to head back to the condo, take a quick shower and I had to get on the road back to Blacksburg.
SUCH A FUN RACE WEEKEND!!
September 17, 2016 - Arlington, VA Time: 26:29
A new 5K PR baby!!!!
At pretty much the last minute I decided to come up and visit JJ and run the Clarendon Day 5K. I had been struggling with ankle pain and wasn't sure how this race was going to shake out. Thankfully it's primarily down hill and that morning I don't know I just decided I'd go for it. I mean the worst that could happen is stopping to walk right?
But to back up- so I had an uneventful drive to DC (for a change) and didn't get there too late for dinner. JJ had been nice to pick up my packet so I didn't have to worry about that on race morning. We grabbed dinner from whole foods (yum- things I miss) and then caught up on the couch before passing out to get up early for the race.
Race morning dawned and again wasn't sure how the ankle was going to handle it. Had on an ankle brace so we'll see. I got to meet up with the OiselleDMV team for a quick photo- I was seeing them again after brunch. And then JJ and I did a little warmup while we waited for the race to start. Then we were off! I told her I'd find her at the end or at the car. And then I don't know I decided to go for it. With the first mile and a half downhill I thought if there was ever a chance to break my 2012 5K PR this would be it. I flew down the hills dodging people and trying to maintain speed. I was trying to push hard but still have enough left to get me back up the slight hill at the end to the finish.
My first mile was 8:05! Crazy. I slowed down some after that- as we hit the flatter stretch of the course and it became very humid with no wind. As we caught the turnaround I thought ok it's not much farther just keep pushing. I powered hard as we came across that last uphill and around the corner to the finish. And once I was through the finish gate I realized I'd done it! I'd broken a 4-year old record. FINALLY. Despite the ankle weirdness I'd been having the work I've put in this year has obviously paid off. Now if I could just break the half PR!
I grabbed a water and waited for JJ to finish up- she PR'd as well! A great day for us indeed. :) Then we took all the snacks and headed back to her place for showers. The Oiselle brunch was a few hours later so JJ dropped me off for that while she wandered the rest of the Clarendon Day festivities with Colleen. Meeting the DMV team was so nice (since they are technically my team being in Virginia). We had a yummy brunch- complete with mimosas which I'll recap more in my next post about Bird Meetups.
After brunch I headed out to see JJ and Colleen, grabbed a free beer courtesy of Clarendon Day and wandered around a bit. We even stopped for a little ice cream before heading over to Colleen's to hang for a few. SO nice to see her- miss my DC friends all the time. :( JJ and I drove back to her place and then took a walk down the block to meet up with Bekah Lewis for a yummy taco dinner. It was delicious and hit the spot. And the perfect celebration!
Sunday morning we joined up with a yoga class. Much needed after the race! It was nice to stretch out and I was reminded at how much I like walking places. Gotta get back to city living at some point. And the best part- SMOOTHIE BOWL. I had never really had one- JJ swore by the PBJ bowl so I had to try it and it was AMAZING. I now recreate it at home because it makes me happy.
All in all another wonderful weekend in DC! Til next time!
August 13, 2016 - Vancouver, Canada Time: 2:09:05
So going to recap just the race here as it was redemption for me. The full Vancouver post will be next!
Race morning dawned early (as always) and Wynsor and I got ready to head down to the start line. I have a pretty specific routine on race mornings so I did my usual, ate my food and then we headed down. We weren't checking bags because our hotel was so close to the start but I was carrying my phone along in case I felt like taking any photos.
Now- this race was my redemption from the year prior where I was injured. 2015- the weather was magnificent. A little chilly, overcast, maybe a slight drizzle from time to time but I couldn't run for more than a mile at a time thanks to my hip. I vowed I would return- thinking certainly I could get a PR out of the course. Well. The weather turned against for 2016. Instead of the chilly overcast day- I got a warm, humid, sunny morning. Womp Womp. I still fought like hell but coming up the final miles of the course I knew I wasn't going to hit it. So let's recap what happened.
Race start- we were in the shade, the sun was still coming up, and it was probably in the 60s. A little warm for my taste but I was hoping for the best. I felt good- had taken some quality runs leading up to the race and I thought well I should be able to at least PR. Wynsor and I were starting with the 2:00 group. I was hoping to hang on for as long as possible to that time frame. She and I said goodbye at the beginning having secured a meetup spot since we run different paces. The first few miles were congested as everyone is starting out and trying to find their footing. We had a couple of tiny hills (very tiny) before heading over one of the bridges. Just like the year prior there was a spin class rocking out at the top- fun to watch and jam out to as we ran by. I was feeling good as we rounded the curves along the water trying to maintain a decent pace but not go out too fast.
Everything was going well until about the bridge to Kitsilano. I powered over it the first time and then picked up my speed coming down and up the road but after the turnaround the sun was in my eyes and it was a slow steady uphill back over the bridge. It killed my pace. I tried to pick up my speed but my legs just would not turn over to get my up and over. UGH- I was so frustrated.
FINALLY made it over the bridge. Then it was a steady downhill to put us on the seawall. Redemption I remember thinking! I picked up as much speed as I could handle to try and make up some time. This was around mile 8 as we cruised onto the seawall. It was a little more crowded than I liked so I ended up weaving more than necessary but I managed to hit my paces as we moved around the wall. The views are amazing down there so I tried to take it in as I was hurtling forward. I was keeping an eye on my pace- thinking maybe's there a chance- maybe I could break through this PR stronghold.
We crossed under the bridge and bam- sun in the face, heat and humidity all at once. We still had two miles to go. I was almost out of water. I'd taken my last gel at Mile 9. It was not looking good. I pushed and pushed. Not even taking a moment to enjoy the mermaids along the sidelines. We finally shifted up into the park for the last mile. I was in a dark place at this point- just trying to get to the finish. At least it was shady for a few moments but unfortunately as the course had changed this year I wasn't exactly sure of the finish line. It seemed to go on forever. And in the sun. As we rounded the final edges of the course. At this point I new my A and B goals were not part of the equation and I just wanted to finish the damn thing.
Finally Finally! I got to the finish. My watch says I ran long- I'm sure due to the weaving at the beginning and along the seawall. I finished in 2:09 and some change. Not ideal. The course in great weather would have been a knockout for me- I might have even gotten close to my A goal of sub 2 hours.
Luckily I beat my time from the year prior by 35 mins so we will call that a win. And Wynsor did well too! A new shiny PR for her. I'll continue with a recap of the rest of our weekend soon.
Seawheeze- I still want to break 2 hours with you... not in 2017 but maybe in a couple of years I'll be back.
Blacksburg, VA - Downtown Sundown 5K Time: 28:39
My first 5K since last November's first race back debacle. AND first race with new local Blacksburg bird Krysten. The race was at 8:30pm as the sun was going down (hence the name). I don't normally run at night so this was a new experience. I had to make sure to eat dinner earlier than normal so food would be all digested come race time.
I got to the start about 15 minutes early. It was at the end of the summer solstice fest but I still found a place to park! I tried to warmup a little and was keeping an eye out for Krysten. We hadn't met before in person but I was hoping she had received her singlet so she'd be easy to spot.
And as luck would have it, she and her boyfriend came around the corner- singlet on! Not too long after they appeared the race started so we spent the first mile trudging up Draper Rd and chatting. We ran together for about half the race but she was dealing with some knee issues so stopped to walk and we agreed to meet up at the finish.
I sped up and tried to blast through the downhills as I rounded the corner off the Huckleberry Trail and headed back up a hill. One more turn and then it was a huge downhill toward the finish. Thank you!! I was powering through trying to get closer to my 5K PR. Unfortunately I didn't hit that but did have a good race, fourth best of my 5Ks. SO till lots of work to get my pace up and beat that PR but I felt good about my performance out there. Especially coming off a half marathon two weeks prior, and running camp the week before.
I cheered Krysten through the finish and we hung out for a bit talking about our backgrounds, our love for Oiselle and running and making hopeful plans to get together again soon.
SO happy to have another local bird!!
Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon - June 4, 2016 Time: 2:16:59
As I mentioned in my previous race, I moved my goals to my late summer half marathon in Vancouver. This race, since I was coming off injury, I just wanted to improve on my time from Nashville. I had no other goal out there but to complete it in a slightly quicker time with no pain.
And success!! I came in 10 minutes faster than Nashville so I think my approach this past month to more crosstraining and less but quality mileage was the way to go.
Breaking down race weekend, we were staying at the host hotel, Lansdowne Resort. It was beautiful, huge, and so much was going on that weekend. I checked in and then headed down to the expo to grab everyone's packets. Now Rock 'n' Roll has spoiled me for expos so I feel like I always want them to be a lavish affair. Unfortunately Destination Races didn't have a great expo. We obviously got our packets- bag, shirt, bib, and then there was a GU station, a Potomac River Running shop and a place for coffee. I was in and out pretty quick! I had some time to chill in the hotel before JJ arrived so I went and chilled by the pool with my kindle. It was lovely after the initial thunderstorm! After JJ arrived we headed down to the tavern for some carbs and protein for the race. Then it was time to lay out my flat runner and then get some sleep!!
We were up early to catch the shuttle to the race. And thankfully we got one in the middle of the time frame- we barely made it to the start line with enough time to gear check and get to the portapotties before it started! Lots of traffic on the route there. There were about 2000 runners and no real corralling. It made for cramped race start for sure.
Going into the course- we headed down the gravel path of Doukenie which is nicely tree lined and then onto the road. The route was very rolling hills friendly for the first few miles. I tried to pick up speed on all the downhills as I knew the uphills were going to slow me down. I was actually feeling pretty good through the half way point despite the 100% humidity.
Then we turned onto a gravel hilly road. This slowed me down a lot. I felt like I kept loosing my footing and tried to staying on parts of the road that were less gravel and more dirt to help. There was also no wind flow with the tree cover so the heat (even though it wasn't hot- just humid) became unbearable. I trucked on- giving it my all on downhills and trying to keep my pace in check.
At about mile 10.5 I had to walk. My energy levels were low at this point despite the GU I had taken. I walked two more times but then picked my my speed at the end to get to that finish line! It was a tough course but I felt much better about the whole race than I did about Nashville.
JJ finished about 5 minutes after I did- a good time for her also despite the humidity. And then it was time for wine!! I grabbed my bag from gear check, found a dumpster by a building and quickly changed clothes. The humidity resulted in us being ridiculously sweaty so fresh clothes were a necessity.
At the wine fest we got to sample lots of different reds, whites, roses, and ciders. All were delightful after running. I also devoured all the food in our snack bags. :) To celebrate JJ and I also got a full glass from 8 Chains North winery. Fun time after the race!
We stopped at Whole Foods for lunch on the way back and then after a quick dip in the pool, spent the afternoon and evening relaxing with wine.
Another great racecation in the books!
Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Half Marathon - April 30, 2016 Time: 2:26:32
Well, this was supposed to be my goal race when I started in January but by the time we got to race day I just wanted to finish without pain. And then we learned about the weather and I just wanted to finish period.
To recap- I started on the Hanson's method in January which was more mileage than normal but a slow build up and lots of recovery miles. However by the time mid-March rolled around I discovered that more mileage wasn't the best for me. I had to take 9 days off that month. I tried to run again at the start of April. Again no dice and took 2.5 weeks off from running but keeping up endurance in other ways. By the time we hit race day I knew it was no longer a goal race but instead decided to try and just enjoy Nashville. The weather had other plans though.
Race start was supposed to be 7:15 and because we were driving and parking by 5:30 we were up super early. I had everything assembled and ready to go the night before so it just meant throwing everything on and heading for the car. We parked with no issue and then sat inside checking the weather every few minutes to see how things were looking. Up until that morning it had been forecasted as thunderstorms which we definitely didn't want. But when we woke up the storms had moved north and there was only a slight chance of rain. So in the car, we kept checking while relaxing, hydrating and eating breakfast. We took a few pre-race photos before locking everything up and making the walk to the starting line. We made a pit stop at a nearby hotel and hung out there when it started to pour outside. So much for slight chance of rain. We kept waiting and waiting for it stop and finally when it was just a drizzle we headed to the start. Of course once we got there we found out they had delayed us 30 minutes. UGH. More rain, more wet, and more standing around until FINALLY we started.
Kristi and I started together and the first part of the race was a nice warmup- straight down Broadway toward the water. She stayed with me until the 2 hour pacers caught us and then I said goodbye. I knew I wasn't going to hit my goal and better her have a good race then drag behind with me. In mile 2 we started the uphill climb to what I thought was one of TWO hills on the course. Boy was that a laugh afterwards.
It was a neverending battle with the hills and humidity. Because it had rained and stopped it was like running through a muggy cloud. All of my training went out the window and I just focused on moving forward. Every time I thought we'd reached the top of a hill to get some downhill it would go flat for a couple of minutes and then continue upward. There were definitely not enough downhills on the course.
This was the first course I'd been on where there was crowd support the entire time. That held in the humidity but it was nice to see so many people out to watch the race. I was hanging in there until about mile 11. I was out of GU and low on water and the hills kept coming at me. When looking back at my splits this is where I really fell off my pace. I kept trudging on until mile 13 when as we were scaling another hill I had to take a break and walk. I hate doing that but my body needed it and well this wasn't my race day. Finally I reached the top to cross the bridge to head to the finish. I remember racing to the bottom as fast as my legs would take me until I got past that finish line. Not my best time by far but also not my worse.
I'll hopefully get things back on track for Virginia. And be better prepared for heat, humidity and hills.
Blacksburg Classic 10 Miler - February 20, 2016 - Blacksburg, VA Time: 1:48:44
My training plan lined up with a 10 Miler on Saturday so I thought why not run the local race in town. It was supposed to be the week prior but due to extreme cold temps they opted to move it back a week. Fine with me (or so I thought). We lined up at the start- and everything as done off a gun start, no chip timers because it was so small.
We ran through local neighborhood streets. There were a lot of small hills but none too bad to handle. I was actually feeling pretty good- and staying on the higher end of my target pacing for the day (10-10:15). Target was paces between 10 and 11 mins.
We looped back into the neighborhood but only did a small section this time (mostly down hill) and then headed to the Huckleberry Trail. Now the trail was still snow lined and because it was almost 60 outside there was a lot of melting. So a lot of wet. Plus the trail wasn't all plowed so we kind of had to run single file. Which became difficult as the really fast runner lapped us.
We headed out past the football stadium to the huge hills I had run a few times going toward home. Thanks to all the training I've been putting in they seemed less difficult than in the past. But then came the mud pits. We had been warned there would be some mud but I think they were slightly confused about how much there was. It was like running through a sticky pit. My shoes got stuck and I ended up getting covered in it as I tried to get to the other side and back onto trail path. Then the route went through the rolling hills section before finally turning around really close to my apartment.
This is where I ended up slowing down a bunch. My hip started to feel tight and I did not want to reinjure myself so I slowed my pace. It was back over the rolling hills and through the mud to get to the finish. And boy was I happy to see that finish. The after snacks were kind of lame but at least there was something. Although not much water left which did suck.
Not my favorite race but in the end I got the run completed. I hope that going forward if I do another local race it is better run. Finger crossed. Oh and here are two terrible photos of me right before I crossed the finish. Enjoy.
November 24, 2015 - Asheville, NC Time: 32:06
Well. I'm still working on that comeback. The Asheville Turkey Trot was my first real race back after injury and while I felt decently prepared, the hills still took me by surprise. It was my first run in my Oiselle singlet and I wore it with pride as I battled up and down the hills to get back to the finish.
The first mile I felt great- powered up the first hill (and maybe was pushing a bit too hard- my goal was around 27 mins). And I was feeling pretty good until mid-mile two. That hill killed me. It felt like it went on forever and my pace shot way down. So while I had been feeling pretty good- just like that I went to feeling miserable- especially realizing my first flight was not going to be a PR. Womp womp. Anyhow I pushed through to the end and finished with my head held high- disappointed that I hadn't done better but then remembering that this was the first real race I had tried since 7 months of pain and time off. After that I felt pretty accomplished.
I also had the pleasure of meeting two lovely members of Oiselle Team NC. Mary from Asheville who was there to cheer us on and Andie of Raleigh who is one of the elite members and ridiculously fast. Andie finished in race in fourth, first woman in 17 minutes. I was still huffing and puffing up the second hill around that time. She is a beast! And even though she finished so quickly- she and Mary hung around to cheer me through the finish.
It is so nice to be a part of something like Oiselle. When I joined back in August I wasn't sure how it was going to be since I'm far from any other birds. But coming down to NC and hopefully as I get my running back on track, visiting other states, etc. I'll meet up with more birds. Everyone is so nice and makes me feel great about joining. :)
So while this wasn't my best race, I'm glad I pushed through out there and finished with my head up and wings out. Now onto more training and getting some goals conquered this spring!