Lake Antoine Classic 15k

Ever heard of a 15k? Me either, which is why I had to run this race! I know I didn’t let anyone know I was running, but I didn’t even know I was running until the day before the race.

Prerace dinner =

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So a 15k. Three 5k’s. 9.3 miles. I had no idea how I should plan to run. Keep a fast pace? Start slow? It’s an odd distance. What I ended up doing was start at a comfortable but quick pace, and at mile 5 start picking it up little by little. It was actually a trail run, not road race. The course was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. We ran around a big lake on a tucked away trail where no motor vehicles are allowed. We were in the shade for the good part of the race (yes!).

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My goal pace was to get 8 minute miles or lower. I mean, if I can do an 8:04 min/mile for 13.1 miles, I should be able to, right?

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Well, I did! I finished in 1:12:30, a 7:48 pace!

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Afterwards I had a banana, half a bagel, and a Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter bar. <— yum. I wore my Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s.

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The rest of the day was spent with a bath, a nap, and a pizza. Blt pizza, to be exact! (I did pick quite a bit of bacon off. But I left some!)

I think this’ll be my last race before cross country season which starts on the 12th! I am excii-ted!

Have you ever ran any weird race distances? What is your favorite race distance?

Happy Monday loves!

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Firecracker 5 Mile

I know I’m going a little backwards with posting but I want to share my race on the fourth with you!

The reason I wasn’t going to go hard at the half marathon on Saturday was that I ran a 5 mile race two days prior.  My plan was to get a good time at the Firecracker and take it easy at the half. I ended up going hard at both… figures 😉

This was my third year doing this race. They have it every Fourth of July, and let’s just say last year was not my year. I hadn’t been running at all and I pretty much died. It’s kind of funny to think about, haha!

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red and blue in my hair for the Fourth!

Top: Target

Shorts: Kohls

Shoes: Mizuno Wave Elixir 8

I also wore my Boston wristband.

My plan was to definitely get under 40, and somewhere around 35 would be nice but no big deal if I didn’t. Photo3 (18)

I started off pretty fast (unlike the Heritage Half) and I didn’t feel as good. Miles 2 and 3 were probably my slowest, but I don’t know since I don’t have a Garmin yet.

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I still had enough energy to sprint at the finish though!

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I forgot to smile.. of course.

I ended up with 35:28 – PR!! I was the 5th women and first in my age group!

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I had to rush after the parade to Main Street to march in the parade – marching band! I played the bass drum, but I didn’t’ take any pictures. After that (and almost passing out in the heat), I went to my aunt’s house for her annual 4th of July party! This was really the first year I payed attention to the food, but man it was good.

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The main course was pulled pork and chicken but I don’t really do those. I had strawberry salad, broccoli salad (favorite!), fruit, cheese and crackers, and dessert! 

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Our contribution –

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Red White and Blue Trifle

The rest of the day was spent with family and friends having a lot of fun! The 4th of July is huge in my town. Everyone comes out and we have a big celebration! The night was ended with fireworks that didn’t get their picture taken.

So that was my 4th of July, and it’s pretty much the same every year, haha!

How did you celebrate your 4th?

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday! 😀

Heritage Half Marathon

So….

I ran another half marathon! 

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I know, I’m sorry I’ve left you guys for so long but life has been crazy. I got home from camp, had a softball tournament, then it was the week of the fourth! It’s been nice to take a little break from typing any posts, but I’m still reading all of yours!

So yesterday I ran my second half marathon. I wasn’t planning on PR’ing or anything because I ran a different race 2 days before and I didn’t train as hard. I was just doing it for the experience, especially it being right in my hometown!

Pre race dinner =

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I enjoyed the plain noodles very much. Still can’t believe I used to make them every night for dinner.

I wore my Mizuno Wave Elixir 8’s. My top is from H&M and my shorts from Kohls!

I had my go-to race breakfast of toast with peanut butter and banana. I ate a few beans, went to the bathroom, then headed to the start line!

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Miles 1-3 were on the highway by the water. I was going at a pretty easy pace and there was a little breeze coming off the water. I was feeling good, not too hot!

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mom took it from the car.. good attempt! 😉

I took lots of water. They had plenty of stops so us runners wouldn’t be dehydrated in the heat.

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I remember hitting mile 7 and realizing I was over halfway done. I felt so good, I started speeding up!

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It was really deceiving when you got to the park because you think you’re done but nope. You still had 2.5 more miles. I think they were the fastest miles I ever ran in a race. I was flying. Picking off people one by one!

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I sprinted so fast at the finish. I felt great.

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I ended up with a time of 1:45:51 – 4 minutes better than Cellcom! I was so pleased, especially since I was planning on taking it easy! If you know me though, that was never going to happen 😉

They had soo much good food after the race. Fruit, bread, egg bakes, cinnamon rolls, all natural peanut butter, hummus, crackers, you name it. I definitely ate my fair share of calories- hey, I deserved them!

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I won my age group and was the 11th overall women. When I got home I took a 4 hour nap and did absolutely nothing the rest of the day. It was wonderful.

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I am so, so happy I discovered my love for running and am so blessed to have the ability to. I hope everyone can find what they love and enjoy it!

Posts may start coming a little more frequent. I have so much to tell you guys!

xo, Leigha 😀

 

Happy Birthday Evan!

What a marvelous weekend!

MiMM

On Friday I went to my baby brother’s kindergarten graduation! It made me remember when I did the exact same thing 😉

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Then I went to my basketball team party which had some amazing food.

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caesar salad, mac&cheese, Texas caviar, coleslaw, snickers salad

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DESSERT TABLE

On Saturday I woke up early to meet my very first running group! I was so happy to discover that there’s a running group in my area. They were doing 8 miles but I only did 4 because of what was the next day 😉 They were all so nice, and I will definitely go every Saturday possible.

I quickly packed then left to meet my dad and stepmom to leave for Green Bay! We were going because my little brother turned 7 on Sunday. On the way down we stopped at Cousins Subs (my first time there) and I was very pleased.

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We got there and headed to the National Railroad Museum. It was really neat, I learned a lot! Someday I want to go on a train ride. That would be so fun!

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Then we went to Chuck E. Cheese. It was kind of weird. I used to have such a fun time there.. but I was kind of bored.

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And then to dinner. I was starving! We went to Applebee’s. I ordered Chicken Broccoli Alfredo minus chicken extra broccoli.

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It was delicious. And hot, I had to wait at least 5 minutes to eat it. Really hot.

Back to the hotel and some relaxing before bed! I was drained. I slept really well and was wide awake the next morning when I woke up for the 10k!

This was my first 10k ever (automatic PR 😉 ) so I was super excited! I had my toast with pb and banana then dad and I left for the race. It was freezing (48 degrees) and I didn’t bring anything but shorts so I would have to survive.

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me and another kid racing at the end (I won)

I ended up with a 45:25. I was very pleased with that time! I won my age group and was 12th overall.

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This race was organized so well. I’d definitely do it again. Actually, I’d’ like to do the triathlon that was going on at the same time. I couldn’t this year because I haven’t trained for one and wasn’t prepared at all. That was the major event. The 5k/10k was a side thing.

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After the race they had a beautiful array of food. I have never been to a race that had pancakes and waffles. Now that is awesome. You bet I had about 3 plates. And they had massages- score!!

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And then we all headed to the zoo. The NEW Zoo, to be exact. I feel like all zoo’s are the same, haha. It was neat, but I was pretty slow getting around. I liked sitting down.

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And then we headed home. I napped the whole two hours. I literally dreamed about ice cream so when we got home I had to get some.

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hot fudge, banana, nuts

I think ice cream is becoming its own food group. I’m okay with that.. 😉

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On a sad note, my next year cross country coach got in a car accident this weekend and broke his sternum. He’s going to be okay, but I can’t imagine how this will affect his running. Please pray for him. ❤

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So, my weekend in a nutshell! Of course a little bit more happened than this, but you don’t need to know every bit and piece. You’d get pretty bored 😉

What is the coolest museum you’ve ever been to?

What is your favorite sub shop? Favorite zoo animal?

Mountain lion or zebra.

Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday! I’m off to 8th Grade Recognition 😀

Run for Joe

My first race since the half marathon was yesterday, the Run for Joe, a 5k in honor of a local soldier who was killed fighting for our country.

Last year I ran this race and I got second place for all the women with a time of 22:57. I was so surprised to do that well!

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That was literally the beginning of my running journey. So much has changed since then! I would say for the good 🙂

I had toast with pb and banana before the race and I think that is my super power food. I got there, registered, talked to some friends, went to the bathroom, and we were off! I seriously felt like I sprinted the whole race. 3.1 miles is nothing compared to 13.1!

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I finished in 20:31! A new PR by well over two minutes! I won overall women too!

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I was not expecting to win. It was a wonderful surprise!

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ma and pa

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friends!

I felt like I could’ve gone faster. I wasn’t even tired at the end. I want to break 20!! I am so excited for cross country 😀 and summer races! I just want to race!

After the run I inhaled at least a dozen donut holes (I deserved them!) and then mom and I headed over to my step grandpas. I’m planting a garden there this year and we went to plan it! Then I found out that he grows asparagus (what?!) and it was ready! I had no idea how asparagus grows- right out of the ground and you just snap it and pick it!

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We won’t be buying asparagus for quite awhile 😉 or any veggies, once I start growing!

Do you have a garden? What do you grow?

Have you ever won a race? Age group?

5 more days of school! 😀

Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon!

🙂 🙂 🙂

I can’t believe I did it. I ran my first half marathon! 

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We headed to the expo first thing on Saturday. Packet pickup was a breeze and really well organized.. And I had to buy some things.

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I got new shoes! Mizuno Wave Elixir 8. I really needed some running shoes and I wanted to try a different brand besides Nike and Asics. I guess we’ll see if I like them this week! If not, good thing you’re supposed to replace shoes after so many miles 😉 I also bought a short sleeve (top) Brooks shirt and long sleeve (bottom). The material is so nice.

2009

I did the 5k for this race back in 2009. So much has changed since then… I look like a little peanut! Wow.

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They have a pasta dinner the night before. Penne, marinara, breadsticks, Greek salad (I promise it’s under there!) and cookies. All my favorite foods. I definitely had seconds.

We just chilled in our hotel room for the rest of the night. We stayed at the Aloft. Probably the coolest hotel I’ve ever stayed in!

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The night before the race was weird. I could not fall asleep and it seemed to last forever. I was happy when my alarm went off to get up and get ready!

I had a piece of toast with pb and banana before the race. Normally I only have a banana and pb before a long run so I know I wasn’t supposed to eat the toast. But I did and it’s done so whatever!

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Also doing the race was my cousin Laura (middle) and her friend Amanda. They ran it together.

I waited in line for the port-a-potty and then went to line up! I wanted to run with the 1:50 group but I missed the time slot to meet them so I didn’t.

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26 seconds of silence were held in remembrance of Boston. It was really powerful. In our packets all the runners got a wristband in support.

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The gun started and we were off! I could see the 1:50 group so I tried to follow them. Mile 1 came and I remember thinking it was easy. 2 also came pretty quick. After a few miles, I felt like my pace was faster than the 1:50’s so I passed them. My pace was feeling good, I was confident!

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Miles 6-10 weren’t very fun. I was just so.bored. My track coach told me today that means I wasn’t running fast enough. That makes a lot of sense and is good to know for the future!

At mile 10 I knew it was just a 5k left so I started picking it up. At 11 I saw Laura’s friends and they gave me a super huge cheer. It helped so much! Cheering really helps runners. I really think it gave me the will to finish!

The runners actually get to run through Lambeau Field. Such an experience. They had music blasting and spectators in the bleachers. Once I was out I knew the finish was close. I came around the last corner and saw the big blue box and started booking it. I came in so fast at the end, literally sprinting! I guess that also shows I could’ve went faster during the race 😉

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All this for a grand total chip time of 1:49:38! I broke 2 hours, my goal! And even more awesomeness…

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I won my age group! The medal was Olympic sized. So big.

They provide free massages for the runners which I obviously took advantage of. My legs felt so much better after it! And of course I had to have the chocolate milk they supplied. And the bananas.

After checking out at the hotel and packing up we headed home. We were super hungry though, so we stopped at Panera! My first time there!

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I got a tomato and mozzerella panini which was pretty yummy but I was still super hungry after so I got pesto sacchettini which was delicious! And a scone of course. Panera will happen many more times in the future 🙂

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We stopped at the mall on the way out and I couldn’t resist a smoothie. Avocado + banana = best smoothie I’ve ever had, not even joking! So yummy!

And then we made it home. I can’t believe the day actually came! I remember when I started training and the thought of running 5 miles was crazy. So much has changed!

Happy MIMM! What a marvelous weekend 🙂