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Race Recap: The Holly Run

The Holly Run is quickly becoming one of my favorite races to put on the calendar.  The Life is Good No Matter What Foundation is doing some truly wonderful things throughout Ohio (really, you should go check it out) for adults with advanced cancer.  If you’re going to run races, I think voting with your feet for a wonderful charity reigns supreme.


This year’s version couldn’t have asked for a better day.  It was a cool, crisp, Fall morning with just a hint of a breeze which is almost unheard of for mid November.  My partner and crime and pasty legs, Lydia, and I got to the race about 45 minutes before race time, found a parking spot with only two or ten turnarounds, picked up our packets, pottied, and warmed up.  The start area just felt excited, hopeful, and…happy.  Rarely do I find myself feeling emotional at the start of a race, but this one gets me everytime.  Listening to the names of all 36 recipients of “escapes” made it real.  We were running for each and every one of these individuals.  And for Holly.   In my mind, I was able to mentally erase any doubts I had about how my run would go.  Screw that I hadn’t run in a week because of stomach flu.  I was one of 800 people running to celebrate life like there was no tomorrow.  Screw cancer.

The race started and we were off.  I found myself feeling super light on my feet, possible because of aforementioned stomach flu, but maybe also because I was relaxed and determined.  99% sure though that it was stomach flu, though.  The first mile always clocks in a decent time, even with the giant hill in the cemetery.  I pressed on, trying to keep my pace honest and even.  I pushed up into 3rd OA for the ladies and that’s where I’d stay.  I had someone nice push me into the finish from about a half mile out.  We fist bumped (yes, mid race fist bumped) and it was on to the finish.  I think I stayed sub 6 pace towards the end (go, Eli, go!).


I’m sure something like “run faster” was being said here



Hey look, it’s Lydia!

Final Finish: 21:08 (6:48/mile)
3rd OA Female

I definitely am putting The Holly Run on my 2016 calendar already.  It’s a wonderful event that continues to grow in size each year, is super runner friendly, and a truly “community” gathering that brings an entire town together to celebrate what’s great…life!




Race Recap: St. Peter’s Spooktacular 5K

Oh my goodness, I’ve been terrible with blogging lately.  It’s been over a month since I posted and I’m pretty sure in the blogging world that means I’ve fallen off the face of the earth at least 5 times.  What can I say?  Life gets busy and the last thing you want to do at the end of an abundantly busy day is type up a race report, training report, or a narrative of your busy day.  I know, so many words, so many excuses.

I ran the St. Pete’s Halloween Race on…you guessed it, Halloween this year.  It’s put on by my church, so it was a no brainer to add to my racing calendar.  This is the first year of having this race, and I was impressed with how well organized it was!  I’ve done plenty of Halloween races, and often there is a general theme of “lack of costumes” that occurs overall.  I’m not a huge costume-y runner, but Halloween is the one exception I make on that rule.  Costume it up, I say!  This race, however, brought out some pretty clever and very costumed runners.  Score!

My parents and my best attempts at being costume-y.  I probably should quit always being a bee :-)

My parents and my best attempts at being costume-y. I probably should quit always being a bee 🙂

The race course was pretty much the route I run everyday, which was weird in that I was now racing it instead of just strolling along with my normal daily thoughts.  In a weird way, this kind of hurt my mental game because I knew where all the turns, changes in elevation, and my favorite pedestrian bridge was.  Mental game was not strong in this race.  Mental game was pootastic.


Let's play: find the bee!

Let’s play: find the bee!


Hey look it's Father Jeff!

Hey look it’s Father Jeff!

I found myself running in no man’s land for the majority of the race and I came up with a million and two reasons why I could permit myself to not try as hard.  Maybe even a million and three reasons.  But I tried my best for the day and finished in 21:35, good enough for 2nd OA and 1st in my AG.

My other bee partner in crime finished a hair over 25.  And my monkey Dad (he didn’t put his ears or tail on until the start) finished in 33 and change.  A family win of sorts.  This is definitely a must-do race in the Greater Sandusky Area for next year.  I’m just glad I had enough energy after to wrangle a baby into his Halloween costume and promptly fail at getting good pictures of said baby in said costume.  Womp. womp.


At least we tried.  And…moral of the story is now you know I didn’t fall off the earth 5 times.  I’ve just been a terrible blogger!