Frosty 5 with Marathon Man

This week my running club took on a big challenge to help a fellow runner come closer to his goal of 160 marathons in 2013.  The club put together the Frosty 5 challenge, 5 days 5 marathons and a bunch of crazy runners.  For some of us that have never ran a marathon and have no desire to run a marathon, there was the option to run the marathon distance over 5 days.  So each day a half marathon and quarter marathon was offered.  At first I signed up just to volunteer at the 13.1 turn around in Racine, I could only help for 2 of the days because the race was run in the morning some days and in the evenings others. So on Sunday I descided to sign up for the virtual option and challenge myself to complete the 26.2 miles.

Frosty 5

Frosty 5

Monday 6am start
Tuesday 6am Start
Wednesday 5pm start
Thursday 5pm start
Friday 6am start

So I helped with the two evenings, after running the quarter marathon with the group.  I ended up signing up for the virtual option so I could join the fun when I could, but also do some miles on my own.  Monday night I ran alone, Wednesday/Thursday I ran with the group and Friday I ran with Chris since I couldn’t make the 6am start (darn work getting in the way!)  So at least 6.55 miles each time would equal the 26.2 distance that Marathon Man was running everyday. The 5 races in Wisconsin were number 136-140 for him, only 20 more marathons for him to got to his goal!

Monday

I ran on my own by the Racine lakefront, it was windy but I was determined to get my 6.55 in on my own.

Ran part of the race route, so nice seeing the signs out there

Ran part of the race route, so nice seeing the signs out there

Tuesday

The weather was crappy so I didn’t run, I did join everyone at Kaisers for pizza and to hear Trent (Marathon Man) speak to the group, it was so nice to see club members and to get to eat some tasty pizza.

Trent talks to the group

Trent talks to the group

Wednesday

My first run with the group, we had a great turnout and Chris and I ran our first race together, it was so fun to run side by side with him, I see this happening a lot more in the future.  It was super foggy and almost a little warm.  We got our 6.55 done and headed up to Racine to wait for everyone at the turn around, it was the perfect evening for the race and so awesome to see so many people who I know complete the goal of running this race.

Wednesday Quarter Marathon

Wednesday Quarter Marathon

Thursday

Run #2 with the group, the temperature dropped about 20 degrees from the day before and the wind was killer.  luckily I was running with Liz and Mike, so we all suffered but got the miles in.  I headed to the turn around and set up, it was so cold by the lake, I sat in my car waiting for runners. I had hot chocolate waiting for Trent and Andy, we headed into the Chancery to give them a chance to warm up a bit before running the final 13.1 miles.

Thursday Quarter Marathon, burrrrrr cold!

Thursday Quarter Marathon, burrrrrr cold!

Friday

I did my last run Friday around noon, it was cold and windy but my awesome new running partner and I headed to Lake Andrea to run, we were checking out the gravel trail to see how far it went, it’s almost 2 miles long and felt like it was longer, my legs were achy and sore. I had run more miles this week than I have in a long time.  But I wanted to make my goal of 26.2. As we approached 3 miles I knew it wasn’t in the cards. So we ended with 4 miles, but if I count my 4.7 on Sunday I was over 26.2 for the week and I was good with that. I still had a race to run on Saturday so I would have over 30 miles in for the week.

At the end of a cold run.

At the end of a cold run.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Mayor’s Turkey Day Run 2013

I’m a member of the Kenosha Running Club and every year the club puts on two races, the biggest one we do is the Kenosha Mayor’s Turkey Day run. As a member of the club we volunteer for the race.  I have run the race the past 3 years, so it was a bit weird to work the race and not run, but I know it’s for the club and so that we continue to have a very successful race.  The race has a 2 mile and 10K distance, more people run/walk the 2 mile than the 10K, it’s a great way to get a little bit of exercise in before eating all sorts of Turkey and Thanksgiving meals.

Turkey day Tee's

Turkey day Tee’s

Packet Stuffing

On the Monday before Thanksgiving the club gets together to get everything all ready for Wednesday packet pick-up.  I ran 4 miles with some of the ladies before so I didn’t feel so guilty eating pizza!  We sticker bibs and envelopes and stuffed them full of info for the pre-registered runners.  It was all done pretty quick with all the helpers.

getting the race bib's ready

getting the race bib’s ready

lots of club members helping out

lots of club members helping out

lot's to do with lots of helpers!

lot’s to do with lots of helpers!

Packet Pick-up

The night before the race we have packet pickup for people to get their bib’s and tee shirts before the race.  It also is a chance for people who haven’t yet registered for the race to come out and register.

lots of packets to be picked up!

lots of packets to be picked up!

Race Day

I was out on the course for race day, I was at the entrance to Simmons Island Park, so I got to watch all the 2 mile and 10K runners/walkers come by, I brought my camera to take pictures.  My fingers were freezing part way through but I did get some great pic’s.

runners coming over the bridge

runners coming over the bridge

KRC in the paper

KRC in the paper

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

13, 13.1’s in 2013

So I set a pretty big goal for myself almost 1 year ago.  13 half marathons in 1 year.  this was a big goal especially since I ran my very first half marathon in May of 2012 and had only ran 4 half marathons. I’ve only been a runner for a few years but I though how cool would it be to do 13 in 2013, i saw a few other bloggers doing it so I though if I could logistically figure it out, I’d try to do it.  Still can’t believe I did it, I even count my DNF, only because I started the race, I could have finished, but I needed my injury to heal.

all 13 half marathon medals, look at all that bling!

all 13 half marathon medals, look at all that bling!

So much planning went into this, cost was the biggest part, I had most of the races paid for by March, as soon as I picked races I looked at their cost and when the cost went up, most of them I signed up when the cost was the cheapest, so I could financially afford this.  I also worried about signing up for so many and getting hurt.  I held off on airfare for some until it was closer to race day so I wouldn’t be out race fee and airfare if I was to get injured or if something else came up.  It was a lot of planning and using of a few vacation days here and there, but so so worth it.

I’ve been asked if I’ll run this many next year and the answer is no, I will pick 1-2 half marathons to run and that’s it.  Sticking to 10k’s, 5k’s and a few Ragnar Relays.  I have my eye set on running 2-3 Ragnar Relays next year, my Madison to Chicago team is already set.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Disney Wine and Dine 1/2

The Disney Wine and Dine half was my 13th half for the year and a great race to end my goal of 13, 13.1’s in 2013.

The race was Saturday night so I really had to plan out my day so I’d be good to go at race time.  I got up early, had breakfast at the hotel, and hot up the expo again for a few hours. After the expo I went to Downtown Disney for lunch. It was fun to walk around, shop and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Around 3pm I went back to the hotel to chill and rest up for the race.

At 7pm I boarded the bus for the race start, I was nervous and excited for the race.  I had lots of time to walk around before the race start, I got in line to get character pictures.

Chef Goofy and I

Chef Goofy and I

Waiting!

Waiting!

After waiting for a while we headed over to the corals, more time to wait, a 10 pm start means lots of waiting.

More waiting

More waiting

Almost to the start!

Almost to the start!

The race started right on time, I was in coral E, so I didn’t have to wait long to start, the corals were smaller which was great, not as congested at the start.  The first park we ran through was the animal kingdom, we ran 3 really boring miles before we go to the park, the problem with this race is that there are not really any spectators and it’s dark so you can’t really see much.

At the animal kingdom

At the animal kingdom

Timone, my favorite!

Timon, my favorite!

After animal kingdom was several more boring miles, around mile 9 we headed into Hollywood studios, which was very pretty with the Osborn Family lights, then the boardwalk and finally Epcot.

Lilo, just before entering Hollywood Studios

Lilo, just before entering Hollywood Studios

my friends from Toy Story

my friends from Toy Story

Pluto and I

Pluto and I

Osborne Family Lights, so so pretty to run through.

Osborne Family Lights, so so pretty to run through.

Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Always smiling while running!

Always smiling while running!

more smiles, this was a fun race!

more smiles, this was a fun race!

I did it!  And I got my coast to coast medal!

I did it! And I got my coast to coast medal!

It was a pretty fun race, not my fastest or slowest, but still fun!

After the race Epcot was open for eating and drinking.  I almost didn’t go since i finished the race around 1:30am, but I decided I should walk around and get something to eat (you had to pay for food, but they did give us a $10 card we could use)  I also met a few more characters while I was walking around.  I walked into Pinocchio and Gepetto and went to meet Belle and the Beast.  By 3:30am I was back at my hotel and ready for a shower and sleep.

Pinachio and Gepetto

Pinocchio and Gepetto

With Belle and the Beast

With Belle and the Beast

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Disney Wine & Dine expo and hotel

This post will be mostly pictures.

Magical express from the airport to the hotel

Magical express from the airport to the hotel

Disney All Stars Movies hotel

Disney All Stars Movies hotel

I stayed in the love bug, each building had a movie theme.

I stayed in the love bug, each building had a movie theme.

Very nice room

Very nice room

Once I was all checked in I hopped on the bus to the expo, it was a bit of a walk into the ESPN Wide World Of Sports, but it was a beautiful evening.

Friday night at the expo

Friday night at the expo

Got my bib, this is getting real

Got my bib, this is getting real

Lots of vendors

Lots of vendors

Race goodies

Race goodies

I went back on Saturday morning to exchange my shirt, it was way to big and to listen to Jeff Galloway speak.  I also stopped by the KT tape booth to see what all the hype was about, I had them tape my quad and I feel like it did help.

Me and Jeff Galloway

Me and Jeff Galloway

Ready to Wine and Dine!

Ready to Wine and Dine!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment