2018 Race Round Up

2018 was another big year of races for me! I ran 6 races altogether, including 3 PRs, plus I trained through the winter for my second marathon. Today’s a round up of all my races in 2018!

Valentine’s Day TC 5K Race Recap


Started off the year with a very cold 5K PR! It felt like sub-zero temps but I still managed to knock two minutes off my PR form 2016.

Hot Dash 10 Mile Race Recap

My longest race before the Eau Claire Marathon, which I used as a tune-up race to check on my pacing and fueling in a race.

Eau Claire Marathon Race Recap

After a tough winter training for the Eau Claire Marathon (including a blizzard the weekend of my last 20-mile run which meant I took it to the treadmill), I ended up getting a seven minute PR at my second marathon.

Stillwater Half Marathon Race Recap

My last race of the spring which turned out to much hotter than I excepted. This was my second time running the hills at Stillwater.

Highland Park Turkey Trot 5K Race Recap

My last PR of the year, a 24:32 finish time which meant I took 2 minutes off my PR from the Valentine’s Day TC 5K in February.

Reindeer Run 10K Race Recap

My last race of 2018, I was originally training for a 10K PR but ended up running it for fun!

How did your 2018 race season go? Let me know in the comments!

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Training Tips Tuesday #47: Tune Up Races

Last Thursday, I ran a 5K Turkey Trot not only as a fun Thanksgiving tradition but to use as a tune-up race before my 10K on December 8th. I love running races, even as I’m working towards a bigger goal.

There are two ways I use races to get ready for a bigger goal: to test out race strategy and to see how my speed relates to a shorter distance than my goal. You can read more about how I’ve used races to test out my marathon strategies for both the Twin Cities and Eau Claire Marathons.

The Highland Park Turkey Trot was a great way for me to see how my speed was during a shorter distance and make sure I’m on track for my goal at the Reindeer Run 10K. It gave me a great confidence boost to see that 5K PR (of 90 seconds) on my watch because it made me even more confident in racing a 10K PR based on February 5K time of 26:36.

How do you use races leading up to your big goal race? Let me know in the comments!

May Running in Review

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May has come and gone, along with the last two races on my calendar for 2018! At least we didn’t have the snow like in April but it got hot (including a stretch of 90+ degree days).

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The two big highlights of May were the two races: the Eau Claire Marathon and Stillwater Half Marathon. I got a new marathon PR at Eau Claire and a course PR at Stillwater. Plus I got the experience my first race-cation and re-running my first half.

I’ve had so much fun training for these races but I’m also glad my training is loosening up a little without any races on my calendar. I’m already feeling a lot more relaxed on my runs and not paying (as much) attention to my paces.

One other thing I’m enjoying this month is my early morning runs. Not only am I avoiding running in the extreme heat we’ve been having but these runs are a lot more peaceful. There’s not that many people out but the birds are. It’s so much fun running at sunrise and hearing all the bird songs.

How was your May running? Let me know about one of your favorite running moments in the comments.

Weekly Running Report May 21-27

It’s getting hotter in Minnesota and I had my last week of training leading up to the Stillwater Half Marathon. Let’s get into it!

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Monday, May 21


Since I had gotten so sore last week after doing a new lower body workout, I decided to just do upper body before spin class. Which was a really decision since we had a sub in spin class and it was a super tough class. I made it through but it was a totally different experience from our normal instructor.

Tuesday, May 22

2.9 miles ~ 30:02 ~ 10:19 min/mile


I started running at 5 a.m. this week and it felt so much better than running after work. However, doing a tempo run at 5 a.m. was a little bit tougher since I wasn’t as warmed up as usual. But I got up to 10K pace and got a run in before heading into work.

Wednesday, May 23

2 miles ~ 20:58 ~ 10:25 min/mile


The temperature kept on rising and it wasn’t going down before the Stillwater Half. I was exhausted after this run and it was when I realized racing the half wasn’t going to be possible. But I could at least still have fun running it!

Thursday, May 24

The first of two rest days! Vinnie went to work with Mike since we were going to Solo that night (it was AWESOME) so I went to the gym to get some time in on the elliptical.

Friday, May 25


Rest day number two and the beginning of my four day weekend! I went to a great yoga class at the gym and then Vinnie and I took a long walk along the river. And of course Vinnie went for a little swim too.

Saturday, May 26

13.1 miles ~ 2:25:45 ~ 11:04 min/mile


I ran the Stillwater Half Marathon and set a new course PR!

Sunday, May 26


I decided to take another low-key day after a hot race so yoga class once again at the gym. It was a lt tough than Friday’s but my legs felt so much better afterwards. Vinnie and I went to Lake Harriet after for a long walk and some wine and dog treats afterwards.

And that’s how the week before my last race of 2018 went! Next week I’m transitioning into a self-made schedule to keep up my running without being so intense.

How was your last week? Let me know in the comments!