Runners Tell All: Race Bucket List


I am SO thrilled to be back writing.  The past few weeks have been a blur of blue & white while I’ve become acquainted with my new school, cross country team, and responsibilities as a, wait for it, CHEMISTRY teacher.  I’ll touch more on that later, but today, I’m even more excited to be co-hosting the Runners Tell All link-up from Amanda and Beka.  Read on for my race bucket list, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for an awesome handmade bag, and link-up so I can know what other races to sign up for!

As I was thinking about this post, I realized that I’ve run every single major race distance (5k, 10k, half-marathon, and a marathon).  In terms of a favorite race distance, I LOVE the half marathon and after my last two 10K’s, I think that holds a special place in my heart too.




But this is a post about what races are on my bucket list, no matter how ridiculous they may seem.  I’ll be pretty honest with you though, I have ZERO interest in obstacle course runs or really expensive 5K’s.  I’m weird like that, I guess?


(1) The Hot Chocolate 15K run

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This run looks like SO much fun.  And?? There’s CHOCOLATE at the end of it.  The race swag is also pretty sweet because it’s’ a hoodie.  What better way to show the world your bad-ass-ness than to wear that hoodie with pride saying, “Oh hey!  Yeah, I ran this race.  NO BIG DEAL.”  Although they offer at 5K, that ish is expensive and I would totally want to get my money’s worth.  You know how there’s a “cost per wear” mentality with clothing?  I have that same with “cost per mile” with running registration fees.


(2) Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

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I will always be quick to tell you that there is NO EFFING WAY that I would run another full marathon, but because this race is literally 20 minutes away from my house, I think I would make an exception.  The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is a point-to-point FLAT course on the trail that goes along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, which is my favorite vista in the entire world.  (**Swoon**)

(3) Run Disney

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And no race would be complete without at least ONE Disney race.  But, I literally want to do all of them.  I love Disney so much, but Chris hates even the idea of it, so I already know we will never vacation there (ask me how upset I am about it another time.  Spoiler alert – it’s a lot.)  Although the Princess Half-Marathon weekend looks rad, I would MUCH rather prefer to run the Star Wars Half-Marathon because, HELLO, Star Wars?!  My nerd heart just burst a little when I saw that there is a THEMED STAR WARS RACE.  Another Disney race that looked fun is the Wine & Dine Half-Marathon weekend series.  But, that starts super late at night, but at least you get wine at the end (I obviously have my priorities here, you guys).  And lastly, the Expedition Everest Challenge because (1) that’s the BEST ride at WDW (2) it’s basically a huge (expensive) scavenger hunt around the Animal Kingdom park.



Now…for the moment you’ve been waiting for…the giveaway and link-up!  When you go through the link-up, PLEASE actually complete the entries honestly, because we will be checking!  It’s the teacher in me, I can’t help it. 🙂


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Then, link-up for Runner’s Tell All so I can start putting more money in my “Races” account.  I can’t wait to see where you all want to run at!  But, naturally, there are rules…


  • You MUST leave a comment on the person’s blog who linked up directly before you. This is not a linkup for the sake of linking up. This is a linkup to build community and spread the love and encouragement to your fellow runners! Don’t be lame.
  • Do not share links to unrelated running posts or to your blog’s homepage, or we will have to delete your link. (I’ve done it before too, so I’m not joking.)
  • Please link back to either Beka or Amanda in your post so others can come here and join in! Or grab the button below and add it to your post.
  • Have fun!


Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…




Runners Tell All: Lone Ranger

SO excited to link up with Amanda and Beka again for Runner’s Tell All – a monthly link-up with set topics on the 21st of each month.  This month’s topic is how you run or with whom you run.  Well, let me let you in on a little secret…I secretly HATE running with (most) other people.  And my attitude is season dependent.

The only acceptable large group of runners, in my book.


I need any and all motivation to get my butt out the door.  Therefore, I need accountability buddies (or a scheduled race) to motivate me to get moving.  I don’t care how slow we are going, I am just getting miles in to stay fit and loosely train for any early fall races. This is the season where I am most relaxed in terms of running.


My tolerance for others decreases dramatically.  During the fall while coaching, I really enjoy running with my athletes.  I think they’re hilarious and I typically learn a great deal about them, myself, and running as a whole when seeing it through the eyes of my middle school or high school athletes.  But, once that weekend rolls around, my long run is for ME.  Seriously, leave me alone.   I talk to 200+ people everyday all week, let me listen to Blink 182 or Bastille and have it be me and trail in front of me.   Typically, this is the time of year that is beautiful running weather and now I am running for time/pace/whatever so that my late fall race will be a PR.

#tbt Running does a body good, y'all.

#tbt Running does a body good, y’all.

My attitude goes down the toilet post-season and all I want is for the fall weather to last foooorrrrreeeeevvvveeeeerrrr.  But once that first snow hits (and sticks), I need an accountability buddy again and will force a friend to use treadmills with me.


See fall, but without coaching.  I’m usually pretty motivated to get out and workout because I have my spring debut race.


There are, however, two people I really enjoyed running with – Chris (no duh) and my old head cross country coach.  Honestly?  It’s because they pushed me, consciously and subconsciously, to be a better athlete and person.


And they’re willing to take selfies with me…duh.

At our New Teacher week activities, one of my interesting facts was that I love running.  And when my partner asked, “WHY?!” My response was that I love eating.  While that’s a pretty big reason (no seriously, you guys, I really love eating), it’s also my time to be by myself, reflect on my day, and be in the right state of mind so I can be a good teacher, spouse, daughter and friend.


And the eating thing is pretty good too.


Whom do you like to train with or are you also a “lone ranger”?

Weekly Workouts

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I had a pretty decent week of training this week.  I ran 4 times the week before spring break, which is always a challenge physically and emotionally.  I was pretty pumped that I ran twice (!!) with Chris.  The last time we ran together, we were in Paris and got into a HUGE fight because he wasn’t going fast enough for my liking.  Because I?  Am an asshole sometimes.


As much as I’d love to recap every.single.workout today, I’m not really feeling it.  I have had this interview on my mind alllll weekend and my anxiety, which normally hovers around “pretty high” anyways has skyrocketed towards “danger levels”.  I’ve prepared all I can – I’ve made portfolios, prepared a lesson, copied student handouts, went back to school to get my projector adapter (thank god I remembered this), have a rockin’ Jeopardy game for reviewing the nutrient cycles and look pretty gosh darn cute for an interview considering that I have to teach a lesson.  (Also, teaching in high heels?  No.  Just no.)  I just have to get to Wisconsin, throw on some make-up, take a huge deep breath and walk in and do my thing.  Not hard, right?


I’m thinking about doing a post on how I prepared (in detail) for today.  Thoughts?


Wish me luck!



Weekly Workouts

Or, 9 weeks to go until the Illinois Half-Marathon:

This week was glorious.  Mostly because the weather gave a 3 day teaser for spring by gracing us with 40 degree weather.  Unfortunately, polar vortex round #3 will be greeting us this week.  Why do I live here again?


This week’s mileage got done, surprisingly.  I haven’t seen mileage numbers like this since I was training for a marathon and doing far longer weekend runs.  I also made up more miles from a couple of weeks ago:
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Monday – Rest Day

We had a legitimate snow day.  It snowed 8 inches and school was cancelled.  Luckily for me, I had run 9 miles the day before, so i took a well deserved rest day.

Tuesday – 35 minute tempo

(1) I’m pretty sure I don’t do these correctly.  (2) This was a TERRIBLE run.

About 3.5 miles in, I started having GI issues.  Like, enough to slow down.  Then, at mile 4, I took a nose dive on some snow/ice and scraped my knee pretty badly.  There is still a goose egg almost a week later.  It has gotten smaller though, so that’s good.

Wednesday – 4 miles easy

I knew I would hate myself if I let a beautiful-ish day go to waste.  So, out for 4 miles I went.

Thursday – 4.46 miles easy

Another warm-ish day.  I could have fallen asleep sitting up and deeply considered it.  Instead, I dragged my ass out the door and enjoyed a medium-sized run.  Go me.

Friday – 5 miles easy (treadmill)

It was pretty windy on Friday afternoon.  So, my friend, Meg, and I went up to our school’s fitness center.  I convinced myself that I had to do a minimum of 3.5 miles and then I could see “how I felt” from there.  I tricked myself into doing 5.  Woo!

Saturday – Rest Day

Ran errands, graded, planned, and drank wine.  It was a great decision.

Sunday – 10.25 miles (outside!)

The weather was slated as COLD.  No kidding as it was 16 degrees when I started and only 18 degrees when I finished.  I’m not sure why it is so damn hard to run in the cold.  Like, I understand that I’m wearing at least five more pounds of clothing and runners get dehydrated faster in the cold, but a minute/mile slower than my normal training pace?  Really?  I’m relieved this run was completed in under 1:40.

Next week, I need to have a speed workout (7 x 400), 2 3-4 easy milers, a 5 miler (hopefully) pace run, and an 8 miler next weekend.

How did your workouts go this past week?


PS: Finally registered for the Chicago Half Marathon in September!  Anyone else going to be there?

Weekly Workouts

aka: Illinois Half-Marathon Training – Week 3 or “No, you’re not seeing double. I just haven’t posted in a week.”


Week 3 did not go as planned.  Which is really unfortunate, because I hate having weeks like so early in the training.  Here’s the recap:

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Monday – 30 minute tempo run

I’m pretty sure I’m still not doing these correctly.  I ran an easy 5 minutes and then a hard 20 minutes followed by an easy 5 minutes.  Actually, the lights turned off in the fitness room, so I had to stop the clock (so frustrating!) at 22 minutes elapsed time and start over.  Seriously, how do you do a tempo run?  Is it like a pyramid workout, or do I go up to a hard speed for the time I’m not warming up or cooling down?  Anyways, total mileage was 3.6 miles in 30 minutes.

Tuesday – Rest

I wanted to get my sorry butt home before the blizzard happened.  And, then we went to a basketball game.  Go Hawks!  (They lost.)

Wednesday – 5 mile medium run

No school!  I guess 3-6 inches with medium-strong winds is enough to get us cancelled.  So, I ran to the gym in fresh-ish powder, did 3 miles at race pace, and ran home.  Oh, and tried to not get hit by a car because college students are idiots and were trying to drive in the snow.

Thursday – Rest

Hubby and I went to a gluten free baking class!  It was really rather fun.  Although we weren’t actually the ones baking, I really enjoyed eating the product when the instructor was done.

Friday – Easy 3 miles

I really like how on Fridays we can leave at 3pm and I still don’t mosey on to the workout room until 4.  (I’m not entirely sure how or where the time goes).  Luckily for me, my friend, Meg, was waiting for me and we worked out together.  Hooray accountability buddies!  Later that night, C & I went to his friend’s house for an Olympic Opening Ceremony party.  (PS: Germany – the 80’s called, they want their neon back.  #woof)

Saturday – Rest (dammit)

I had every intention of going to the gym on Saturday.  Instead, I took our car in for service (7:30am appointment for the win!) and went shopping with my friend Mary.  And then sat on the couch and “meal-planned” (read: surfed Pinterest).  I figured out I had a bladder infection on Friday afternoon post-workout (TMI, sorry) and totally used that as my excuse while I took an antibiotic.

Sunday – Long run

You know when says that it feels like -8 degrees that you probably shouldn’t, you know, run outside.  But, (1) I’m an idiot and (2) I’m an idiot.  I planned a glorious 10 mile run even though I only needed to do 8 miles.  In reality, I only did 6 because I’m pretty sure I was going to die.  It was the hardest six miles I have run in my life.  My body was basically laughing at me.

I have been eating like crap (“I’m training for my 5th half marathon…I totally know what I’m doing,” she says as she piles in more M&M’s).  In addition, my water intake during school hours this week has been fairly low.  This is the week where I start eating better!

I’ve also been noticing more and more that my grand plans of cross-training aren’t happening.  Like, at all.  As much I want to go to Yoga, (1) I don’t want to go by myself, (2) I don’t want to pay up the wazoo to go and (3) the times don’t work for me.  My solution?  For $9.67 + tax, I bought Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.  After posting it on Instagram, I’m really excited to use the different levels for cross-training in the privacy and comfort of my living room.  Let’s see how long this lasts, shall we?

Next week’s running goals:: 6 x 400 repeats, 2 3-4 mile easy runs, 5 mile mid-week pace run and a long run of 9 miles.  Also, some JM action.

How did your training go this week?