2Q 2015 Running Roundup

I always say that I am more of a “blogging runner” than a running blogger. I do like to write about running, races and tips/tricks for running but that is not enough to call this a running blog. That said here is my running recap of the second quarter of 2015 (a few days early).

Q2 Running Collage

Lots of great running and funning in Q2!

Races run this Q– Six – 1 marathon (Grandma’s Marathon), 2 Half Marathons (San Luis Opisbo – SLO) and Brooklyn), 1 5K (Good Life Race), 1 10K (Ridge Run) and 1 10 miler (Quarryman). I will provide brief recaps and photos below!

Miles run: 648 – which averages to ~7.1 per day – though I don’t run every day. 71.7 miles were in races – more that 10%!

Falls: None that I can think of! So that is something!

Personal Records (PRs): 0 – no surprises here. I did not run any new distances or super fast courses. I did realize in Friday’s post that I ran 7 PRs in 2005 that still stand.

Toughest Conditions: Humidity at the Ridge Run and the week before the Grandma’s Marathon were really tough for me. The soaking rain at the start of Grandma’s were also a bit of an FU from mother nature.

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I got to test out these new Wave Enigma 5s. I like how they look kind of old school.

Pairs of Sneakers: Still wearing my Karhu Fast 4s, Mizuno Wave Rider 17s and got some new Hoka Cliftons (yay). I tried these Mizuno Wave Enigma 5’s as part of a campaign for Fitfluential. They are a nice, firm, cushioned shoe, but they made my right foot go numb. The mesh top has a strangely heavy feel to me, too. I am going to stick with Wave Riders. Any one want to give these a try? I am a women’s 9. I will send them to you for the cost of shipping.

New Running Goodies that I tried:

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Races Planned for Q2: Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10, Bastille Day 5K, Esprit de She 5K, Mag Mile Women’s 5K, Oak Brook Half Marathon… and… we’ll see!

Brief Race Reports – I included a few “how I did” postscripts on posts that I wrote on race days. Here is a brief recap of the races I ran this quarter:

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These finish line photos by Chad Marek should be entitled “5Ks are really hard.” I really wanted to get under 21 minutes. Can you tell?

1. Good Life Race -Oak Park, IL April 12, 2015
The Good Life Race is actually two races. First, there is a women’s race and then a men’s. This is a total throw back for me to high school. The men cheer for the women during their warm up and the women cheer for the men during their cool down. I just love it! It is a flat course with a competitive field. It is in the CARA circuit so a lot of strong runners come to race. I ran almost the same time as the last time I did it and squeaked in under 21 minutes so I was happy.

The Results: Net time: 20:58 (6:45/mile pace). Overall place 35 of 567. Gender place 35 of 567. Division place 4 of 90 in women 40-44.


Erin and I met winner Steph Rothstein at the end. Both Erin and Steph are pregnant and pretty much dominated the hilly course!

2. San Luis Obispo Half Marathon (SLO) – San Luis Obispo, CA April 24, 2015
Erin and I decided to meet up to run  the SLO half marathon. My MIL lives nearby and Erin is a race ambassador. Erin got pregnant, so she moved to the half marathon. We met up and had a great weekend in Cayucos with a bunch of friends old and new. The course was REALLY hilly and tough for this flat lander, but like my old coach used to say, “it was tough for everyone.” Read my full report on this fun weekend and race HERE.

The Results: Net Time – 1:40.34 (7:40 pace). Overall place 96 of 2,228. Gender place 25 of 1,459. Division place 2 of 159

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I was 2nd Age Group and Stacy was overall 5K winner and “Queen of the Hill”

3. Quarryman Challenge (10 Miler) – Lemont, IL May 9, 2015
This was my third year in a row at the Quarryman Challenge. This 10 miler contains some serious hills – up and down. This year’s race was pretty humid and I definitely felt the wear and tear on my legs. This was my slowest running of my 3. I still got a rock! I am three for 3, so that’s something!

The Results: Finish: 1:15.12 Pace: 7:31. Overall: 86 out of 448. Women: 11 out of 163 F 40-44: 3 out of 25.

4. Brooklyn Half Marathon – Brooklyn, NY May 16, 2015
I almost skipped the Brooklyn Half because I was a bit burned out from travel and running. I am SO glad that I didn’t. The Husband and I went to NYC for a weekend get away and to support our friend Emily in her first half marathon ever (spoiler – she had a blast). I got to catch up with so many friends at the race and before/after. I ran with my friend Carly and just enjoyed every step. Read my full report (and about my first half marathon, too) HERE.

The Results: Finish: 1:37:58 (7:28/mile) Overall 2,177 of 26,479. Female: 352 of 14, 209. Age Group: 23 of 1,339.

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See how dark the yellow is on the right? Yup, that’s sweat. #itwasnotpretty

5. Ridge Run (10K) – Beverly, IL May 25, 2015
I signed up for the 10K/5K double that Kristin and I did last year, but had my first DNS of the year in the 5K. The humidity was RIDICULOUS and a huge rain storm was coming. The 10K was brutal again this year and one of my slowest races of the year (relatively). Around mile 4, I decided to finish and just go home. I even went to the gym and finished my speed work. I was happy I did. This was a rough one for me.

The Results: Finish: 45:52 (7:22/mile) Overall 45 of 621. Female: 9 of 280. Age Group: 1 of 33.

6. Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, MN June 20, 2015
The weather forecast was a bit dire for Grandma’s. 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms. The good news? no lightning/thunder. The bad news? LOTS of rain before the race and after the start through mile 7 or so. This is a fast, fun course that is known for the small town feel and local pride. It is a great race and I can see why people love it. Having had a strong run in Phoenix, I came in with modest expectations and not much of a strategy. I had a fine run and met some cool folks. Next time, I am going in with a plan (and a poncho). Read my full report HERE.

The Results: Finish: 3:35.31 (8:14/mile) Overall 1,395 of 6,077. Female: 333 of 2,640. Age Group: 33 of 322.

How was your second quarter in running? Please tell me about it in the comments!

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A great tasting sports drink to beat the summer humidity!

The winner is Judith R.! PS. Bonus – Share a comment and you will be entered to win a 12 pack of Grape Cocogo. I will select a winner in order of comment on Sunday, July 5th. US addresses only and void where prohibited.



  1. Ben T says:

    I loved the race report you gave of Grandma’s! Sounds like a race I NEED to run one day. Also it’s awesome you got to help out with the Janji booth, that’s something I really wanna do at the next bigger race I do. Congrats on 2Q!

  2. Amy Lauren says:

    You are super speedy even if none of these were PRs and you haven’t had PRs since 2005. It’s obvious that you enjoy running and that means a lot because it is hard to keep doing it sometimes when PRs are fewer and farther between. It sounds like the Grandma’s marathon was amazing and neat that you break it up by running different distances too.

  3. Yanira Wardlaw says:

    I just started training for my first marathon. I have done a few halfs and decided it was time to try for a full. I have been running more than usual in the hot and humid weather of Georgia. You are a fast runner! My pace is 9:00-9:30 but slower when doing more than 16 miles. Hope I can make it.

  4. molli vandehey says:

    i really want tto get into running and wonder if this is something i can do while having my kids?

  5. Mai T. says:

    I love to attend races like you to have a better motivation for training! You go girl!

  6. Jenn says:

    Sounds like you had an amazing 2Q! I was sidelined by a work related shoulder injury (running *hurt*) for much of the year, but managed 6 races in April and early May. I’m BoTP on a good day, but still managed to finish every race in less than an hour! This included the Pig Run of Lake Nona (5k with a mid-race donut challenge), Legoland Brick Dash 5k (first character photo stops), Iron Girl Clearwater 5k (first real hills, first b2b weekend), Tampa Int’l 5k Runway Fun Run, Bok Tower Carillon Classic 5k (first trail race) and the Cigar City Brewing Tampa River Run (technically untimed, first 2 miler). After my surgery in late May, I’m finally feeling strong enough (and pain-free enough) to start training for the Florida running season that kicks off in September, I have 5 half marathons and a 10k on the agenda already for September through March!

  7. Jenny says:

    I just started training for my first marathon. Indy Monumental! Dodging the rain in E. Central IL has been tricky, but it’s worked for the most part! Only one actual rainy run. I tell myself that I can’t dodge it on race day. It will be worth it in the end!

    • Erica A says:

      Sometimes in summer, rain feels pretty good. It is good to run in all conditions b/c you never know what you will get on race day. Got SOAKED at Grandma’s. Absolutely soaked.

  8. liz l says:

    Filled with trail races- not sure why I keep going back to them. Hate the mud!

  9. Erin says:

    Thanks for the sweet shoutout 🙂 and congrats on the many accomplishments from this past quarter! You rule!

  10. Sarah N says:

    I returned to running after a tibial stress fracture. I dint have impressive stats for the quarter but I’m happy to be training again.

  11. Well done, speedy lady! I love reading these recap posts- so fun!

  12. I didn’t run with you basically at all this quarter. And sadly that will likely continue this quarter. But for Boston training, you will know EXACTLY where to find me.

  13. Tessa says:

    Just started training for the marine corps marathon! Can’t wait!!!

  14. Judith says:

    This quarter was filled with speed training – getting ready for the fall races!

  15. Priscilla says:

    Wow you have been busy! My quarter has been so strange! All of my races have been cancelled or changed due to record breaking rain in Texas. I have my next race in late July, Fingers crossed!

  16. Renata says:

    I’m a newbie beginner runner. So I’m slowly increasing my stamina and endurance mile by mile. I enjoy your recap race posts and encouraging words!

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