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2011 Festival of Lights – 4M – 27:41

This morning we ran Peoria’s Festival of Lights 4 Mile race. We did not have great weather this morning. It was 45 degrees, but we had rain the entire time. This course is an uninterrupted point to point 4 mile course on the paved trail. It has a slight down grade the whole way making it a great race to PR. Although for me, it would be another attempt of getting back into shape from recovering from my hamstring injury. Luckily the miles clicked by quickly. My pace fluctuated quite a bit as I’m trying to find my legs again.

I was able to get 3rd female overall and 1st in my Age Group! Rob finished in 25:17 and got 3rd in his Age Group! Plus I won a door prize, a $20 gift  certificate to the local running store, score!

Us with our medals.



F: 3/?

F 35-39: 1/?

Past Course Times:

2010 – 26:16

2009 – 27:39


Turkey Trot – 4M – 29:15

Sunday we met up with Drew to run the Turkey Trot 4 Miler in Peoria, IL. Carrie surprised us and came out to cheer us on.

We had good weather it was in the 40s and light winds. This race is a fall time favorite of ours, even with the crazy hill climbing that begins .5 mile in. I know my hamstring recovery didn’t call for racing, let alone a super hilly course, but I couldn’t say no. My pain has reduced to a 3 on a scale of 1-10 so I just went out to see if I could hold together. I’m definitely not in race shape since I’ve been dealing with this. While it was a butt kick race, my heart was so happy to be out.

I was a minute off my time from last year on this course, but I will take it since I finished without making my injury worse. I ended up with 2nd in my Age Group and Rob got 3rd in his!

Us with our awards.



7:19 Pace

Overall: 41/169

F 35-39: 2/?

Past Course Times:

2010 – 28:19

2009 – 29:54