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YMCA Strong Kids Race 2012

May 1, 2012 1 comment

YMCA Strong Kids race 2012, my third year in this event.  I did not prepare well for this race. Healing from injury, I’d been avoiding impact by primarily hiking. I did not expect to be anywhere close to last year’s pace.

I was happy to finish the race and see some friends. Good memories were made last summer and I met many new friends on the trails. I saw many of them at today’s race.

I woke to a heavy frost and brilliant sunrise, the temperature was 26 degrees as I left for the YMCA. I had the race start time wrong and had time to visit with Matt at the front desk and watch the set-up. I even had an orange pre-race.

The kids have the 1-mile fun run before the adults do their 5k, 10k, and 10 mile events. A wide range of ages, some very eager and other quite shy. It was exciting to cheer them on.

I did some warm-up stretches and a bit of yoga and qigong to loosen up prior to my event. I tried to leave my ego at home. I was going to walk 1/2 of the course, heading out to the turn around at a race-walk–that was my plan–jog the return.

I did not stick to the plan! I still competed with a walk/jog and I discovered that by not preparing my mileage for this race, I was winded. But that might have been a good thing, being a little short of breath kept me at a slower pace. Healing from injury means going slow is a good thing.

The important thing is I did finish. I received a 15 minute massage after the race. It made me aware of a little hip burisitis. I iced at home. Later in the afternoon, I went hiking with Mike and my left knee was sore. Bt I am overall, hopeful.

Judy Sarosik took this photo of me crossing the finish line. Looks like I was feeling pretty good. I finished with a time of 35:56. I am still awaiting the official times to be posted.

I thank Erik Winkelmann for the nifty tee-shirt, and for his help in my healing.

Official results can be viewed here!

Age group: 40-49

Placement: 13 out of 16

Overall placeement: 112 out of 149

Time: 35:56:35

Mile: 11:35 minute average

MSHS Turkey Trot 2011

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

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Today I ran the Marquette Senior High School annual Turkey Trot. I ran the 10K distance at a time of 1:07:54.

 

There was water at the 5K turnaround none at the 10K turnaround. No water at race ned and no fruit only cookies. Not good for those gluten free runners, eh? I had a water bottle and back in the car a banana.

 

I had knee issues on the good knee during and after the race.

 

Took the time to stretch before launching into cleaning and cooking for our guests who will arrive today at 4pm.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

 

I am grateful that my body lets me run! For family! And for the banana in my car 😉

Lake Superior Shore Run 5K

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

My results for today’s Lake Superior Shore Run.

Date: 10/1/2011 10:00 AM
Distance: 5 kilometers
Duration: 35:28:13
Pace: 11:25:01 / mile
Weight: 150 lb
Age group: 40 – 49
Group Placement: 12 / 20 (60%)
Gender Placement: 72 / 128 (56.3%)
Notes: knee pain both

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Photos from Tahqua Trail Run

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

I was the first runner to arrive. There were no signs as we enter the Lower Falls area at Tahquamenon. Strange. We drove around parking lots. Finally, we saw a couple walking their dog and asked if they had seen anything. “Over there.” They replied. We parked and I jogged, “Over there.” Beyond the gift shop in a rainy field I was greeted by Starting Gates. No people.

It was going to be a wet start to the race. The bathrooms were locked. People were starting to gather. Superior Timing started handing out timing chips. Runners Tahquamenonbegan to gather under thick trees and the overhang of the gift shop.

I had already made up my mind that I would not take photos during this race. Running with an injury on a challenging trail run, that was also wet, full of inclines and declines, rocks and roots, the camera was a distraction I could not afford. Plus, I was feeling good. I was feeling like I could really RUN! So this photo was the last I took. Afterall, I had a crew of one and he had a great camera.

During the pre-race rundown the race organizer stated there were roots as tall as our knees and we would walk that section of the trail. I thought, overdramatic! I learned later that there certainly were roots as tall as my knees, downed trees, boardwalks tipping precariously toward the river and more.

The run was exhilarating. The tape on my knee held up through 1/2 the race then the wet brush started loosening it up. I had to get my steps in check at that point. But I was able to run. So free. And I was able to pass people in front of me. I ran a smart race. It has been my tendency to go out too fast and fade off. This race I was passing people and I finished strong.

Fifth in my age group! High fives to the kids gathered to greet runner entering the parking lot and headed to the finish line! I had enough energy to say let’s do it again! Fun, fun, fun trail.

The Tahqua 10k is part of the Great Lakes Endurance Series and there was also 25K finishers that crossed the same finish line.

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Marquette Trail 50, Volunteering

August 20, 2011 2 comments

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I volunteered at my first aid station today! I decided it was not a run weekend for me and that it was time to do my part in support of other runners. The Marquette Trail 50 is an ultra that includes a 50K and 50-mile run in Marquette County. I had 2-3 helpers thru my shift at Aide Station 2. I mixed up the HEED following directions and I brought water and ice. I arrived on site 30 minutes before my suggested time, dragged the table out of the bushes, and set up hydration and fuel.

I knew from reading blogs and mags that ultras are different but to actually watch and assist was an experience. Families and friends show up at various aid stations to support and assist their runners. The runners even have drop-bags at various aid stations. Some have nuts and dehydrated fruits, other Progressive soup in pull top cans. I watched a runner pop the top of his soup and bend the lid into a makeshift spoon.

Runners are spaced out. I noted each runners number and time as they crossed thru my station. I made sure all runners were accounted for. I was instructed to close my station at 11am due to a cut-off time.

One runner decided to drop-out of the race at aid station 2 which was 18 miles into the race. It is best not to re-injure oneself and to know your body. It is something all runners will have to balance at some point in their running careers.

The next aid station was another 4 miles away and the heat of the day was starting to show at 11am. The day had started cool but with blue skies the inland areas of the race had runners in need of hydration. I look forward to assisting again next year.

Running at Tahqua

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Later this week I will have photos to post and a synopsis of the event. But here are my results.

Date: 8/13/2011 8:30 AM
Type: Race
Distance: 10 kilometers
Duration: 1:19:37.06
Pace: 12:49 / mile
Weight: 146 lb
Misc: Quality: 8/10, Effort: 8/10
Age group: 40 – 49
Group Placement: 5 / 10 (50%)
Gender Placement: 23 / 40 (57.5%)
Weather: 68° F, Rain
Event URL: www.greatlakesendurance.com/tahqua-trail-run.html
Statistics: Calories: 686
VO2 Max: 23

Blueberry Ridge Trail Run

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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Today was the second annual Blueberry Ridge Trail Run for North Star Academy an alternative school here in Marquette, Michigan. When I left the house the thermometer read 80-degrees farenheit and I live near the lake. The trail is inland and it was HOT! I always get dry mouth when I run the Blueberry Trails, it is sandy out there and dusty. I think there was pollen to contend with as well.

North Star Academy offered a 1 mile fun run/walk, 5k & 12k race. It was good to see so many young children do the 1 miles and 5k distances.

I had digestive unrest since my trail run last Thursday, so today I felt weak in my core. But I finished the race! And that’s all that counts (at least for today–you have to meet your body where it is sometimes).

Kim’s Results

Distance: 5k trail run

Time: 35:59.5 (7:12 pace per/k)

Field Placement:  33

Age Group: 40-49

So, fellow runners…what do you do to prevent dry mouth?