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2011 Lake Run – 12K – 54:01

Today was the Lake Run Race that runs around a local Lake and has two distance options 12K or 4.37 Miles. Known in the community as the inner and outer (lake) loop. This is the race that my Ride the Wave crew had been training for all of these weeks. This race brings out a lot of familiar faces so we get to spend time chatting everyone. Me and Jo before we race.

Rob did an awesome job taking pictures!

Time flew by and before I know it we are lining up to the start line. We got lucky and had good weather. Being a springtime race, past years we have had some crazy storms and strong winds. The outer loop start. The inner and outer loops start in opposite directions and meet back up just after miles 6 for the 12K and finish together.

I went into this race with an uncertainty of how I would feel. I gauged my effort as we went knowing we would have hills and wind to contend with. A couple of the lead girls and I changed position a few times and we took the turns and went up and down the hills. We exchanged encouraging words and has some light chatting as went along.

Mike and Ryan coming into the finish. Great job guys!

Mike and Carissa kicking butt on the inner out outer loop respectively!

While racing I felt amazing! I haven’t had that feeling in a long time in a race. That feeling where I’m working, but I’m so energized as the miles click by. I felt stronger as we went along and couldn’t stop smiling. My legs felt woke up and I felt just such joy! When we got past mile 6 we met up with those on the inner loop and as I was passing folks I couldn’t help but say positive things “good job girl”, “let’s finish this”, “great work guys” the rest of the way in. We got to mile 7 mark and I see our friend Melissa doing splits and say hi. Turn for the corner and I see Rob! I focused on the finish line and pushed for the line. It felt awesome!

I headed back out for a cool down and to cheer our RTWers and all of our friends in. RTWers and my crew, you did so great!! I love seeing everyone at the finish giving it there all, love to see that hustle!

I ran into Jo and ran with her to the finish. She did great!

It was so nice to be there running with Jo. She encourages me all of the time and it was great to be there for her.

Afterward I went back out and cheered in more folks, changed clothes….Oh! And I got some oranges for refueling. 🙂

My finish scored me a pilsner glass. 🙂



7:14 Pace

F: 5/168

F 30-34: 2/29

Overall: 55/381

Afterward, it was time to chill at Hooters with Mike and Carrisa and enjoy a grilled fish sandwich. 🙂


Group Leader


Monday (2/7):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 2% Incline, 50:53, 8:29 Pace)


I love trying new things and having new adventures. Running allows me a chance to race new course locations, distances, terrain, there just seems like there is always a new way to mix it up.

This year I’m going to be doing something new in the running arena by being a Group Leader for a training program that helps prepare participants to run a local race that occurs in May. The program has two versions Catch the Wave, which is for a newer runner and Ride the Wave, that is for a runner with some experience who is looking to get back into running or improve their time. The race is around a lake that has two loop options 4.37 Mile (or referred to as the short race) or the 12K (aka long). They are odd distances, but a fun race.

Tonight after work I went to the Ride the Wave Group Leader meeting to get the low down of the training schedule. The groups will be divided up at the first training meeting. The program kicks off next Wednesday and we will meet at various locations to do training runs every Wednesday until the race day. We may also see if there are times when we can do some meet up runs on other days during the program.

I’m so excited to be a part of this program and help other runners get out there and work on area they want to improve. I can’t wait to get out and run with my crew!

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Lake Run – 12K – 1:04:03

Rob and I volunteered for the registration and packet pick up event the night before at our local running store. Here is a picture of us working. Our friend Linda, in red, was getting registered.

This race has two distance options, 12K or the 4.37M. I’ve only done the “loop” (4.37M) so I was ready to give the 12K a try. The 12K goes around the lake and has some rolling hills.

The weather was perfect: 49 degrees, sunny, light breeze about 10mph winds

Rob and I got the to race later than we prefer. We barely had enough time to get parked, wait for the bathroom, and then warm up. While we were on our way back from our warm up we hear the Star Spangled Banner and have to hurry to get in place for the run. This is a well attended event. The 4.37M heads to the South, goes out and loops back. The 12K heads to the North, goes around the lake and meets up with the “loop” at about 6.5 miles. I had just enough time to get squeezed into the 12K group, but I was further back that I would have liked. No matter, cause the gun shot and we were off.

My race plan was just to run by feel and hopefully find a good cruising pace. This was a no headphones race, which means no good songs while I take in the scenery, but I was still able to get into a meditative state. I enjoyed the lake views and matured trees. It was such a beautiful day.

Maybe next time I’ll try hitting lap manually to get the splits right and see how I like that. Here is the pace splits Garmin caught, 7.55 miles (.09 over).

Mile 1: 8:21
Mile 2: 8:23
Mile 3: 8:20
Mile 4: 8:29
Mile 5: 8:39
Mile 6: 8:36
Mile 7: 8:36
.55 Mile: 8:23

7.55M, 8:29 pace

Race Results:
12K (7.46M)
8:35 pace

Race Stats:
Overall: 161/346
F 30-34: 10/30
Females: 44/160

Me coming into the finish (just a headshot, white sunglasses):

An automatic PR since this is my first time doing the 12K. I definitely will do this route next time.

Rob did the 4.37M in 35:43, 8:10 pace. An automatic PR for him too!
Here is Rob coming into the finish:

Everything feels great. In fact I feel refreshed from this race. I’m definitely all set for my 9 mile long run tomorrow!!