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”?

Runners Tell-All: Bad Photo Edition

First, holy shit.  How have I not posted since May 5th?



I really heart Amanda & Beka and their monthly link-up is the shiz, but this month’s running topic is all about the running pic.  Oh girls…so much ugly is about to happen on this here blog.  You see, I’m the girl that purposely puts on mascara and tinted moisturizer (with SPF, natch) the morning of a race.  I’m semi-ashamed of being that girl, but wearing mascara makes me look less like a zombie and more like a really tired human.  Yes, I know I’m going to sweat it all off, but it’s the thought that counts, OK?


I also make a serious effort to not wear the same race clothes twice.  While this sounds super vain, I use my outfits to figure out what race it’s from, I swear. 😉


And, without further ado…the photos…


half1Madison 2012 – Finishing my first half-marathon ever!


Finishing my first (& only) marathon.  So much happiness & relief in one photo!


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 Brewers Mini 2013 – It was a little hot and I was so happy to be done.


Madison 2013 – I have a tendency to look down during



Oh, the Illinois Half from this year.  It was such a cluster.  I’m pretty sure I’m walking here.

Have you ever bought any of your race photos?  Obviously, I haven’t (sorry corporate photo takers) as they’re unjustifiably expensive. Luckily for Chris and I, his mom was there at our last race and took some really great photos.  This is probably my favorite running picture of all time:


My stud husband (1444) finishing his third marathon in a sub-4 time.  He’s such a beast!

Do you get gussied up for races?

Weekly Workouts

A day late. Shoot.




Last week, Chris and I went to Milwaukee so that I could job hunt & complete my interview (again, *fingers crossed*).  We were there from Monday morning through late Wednesday evening so I could basically hustle my way into the school system.  Walking into schools and handing my resume to the secretary or principal is SO not in my personality.  But hey, gotta do what you gotta do, right?


On Tuesday, Chris and I went on a leisurely run from where we were staying to the lake.  It was so much fun to run with him in Milwaukee!  We literally haven’t done that in almost 5 years, so it was really cool to run by this massive body of water together.  On Thursday, I tried to run out some of the stiffness of sitting in the car for 4 hours and then crammed in a ton of miles this past weekend to “catch-up”.  I can’t believe that I got that 12-miler done.  It was one of the hardest runs I’ve done in a long time.  


This week, I go down a bit in mileage to recover before the final mileage escalation.  T-minus 5 weeks until my 5th half-marathon!


How did your workouts go last week?



Friday Five

Happy Friday!  I’m devastated that it’s already the Friday of spring break.  This week went by so damn quick.  I’m definitely not mentally prepared to return to my Iowa classroom on Monday.  But, it’ll be fine.  It always is.

{If you’re here for the Runners Link Up – scroll down to #5! 🙂 }

1//My whirlwind three days in Milwaukee were, well, crazy busy.  It’s a whole ‘nother post in and of itself.  Seriously, applying for your second job is worse than applying for college + your first job combined.  I’m pretty smitten with three schools so *fingers crossed*!

2//I was able to reconnect with an old friend that I hadn’t seen since we moved to Iowa.  It was nice seeing her and I’m looking forward to rebuilding that friendship (hopefully) when we move back.


3//I went on quite the driving tour of Milwaukee this week and I totally forgot how much I love the architecture, the grit, and the history of that city.  Driving through Miller Valley (above – B&W) brought a lot of feelings back from this past September (Brewers Mini) and from when I was student teaching and drove through it on the way to school.

4// It hit 50 degrees yesterday and will hit 60 degrees today!  Praise be!

5// And, finally…RUNNER’S TELL ALL!

It’s time for another running link-up!  Amanda and Beka wanted to know what our favorite running gear was, so without further ado…

Tees:  Generally, this is hit or miss.  I really like the tech tees from Target as they’re affordable and they work.  But, I’ll also wear a lot of race tees that are wicky.  Also, I totally forgot about the most IMPORTANT piece of running gear for women…the sports bra.  I swear by Nike U-Back adjustable sports bras.  They have a hook-back like a normal bra and are this bra is the ONLY one that keeps everything in its place without hitting me in the face.  I HATE the excuse, “Well, I have big boobs so I can’t run.”  No.  You can run, you just don’t want to or don’t want to find the right equipment.

Shorts: I’ve worn Nike Tempo shorts since 2009 when they were THE cutest thing to wear with a tee and flip-flops around Marquette.  Actually, my first pair of Tempo’s was a Marquette version.  I’ve since accumulated a lot of these in different colors.  I love them because they don’t ride up when I run, but they also breathe.

Socks: These socks are like running on clouds.  They have just the right amount of cushion where they’re cozy enough for running and regular wear.  Although you should probably wear them for regular wear first.  I love Smartwool’s too because they don’t reek after you run in them.  However, they are on the pricy side and Chris just experimented with some Asics socks and says they’re pretty similar, so I’ll have to give that a try.

Shoes:  I recently broke up with Mizuno.  Sad, I know.  I’ve worn Mizunos for almost 4 years and when the running store clerk brought out Brooks, I’m pretty sure I accidentally gave him the stink-eye (oops).  But sure enough, I slipped on my feet, hopped on their treadmill and became positively smitten with them.

Fuel:  I LOVE drinking coconut water instead of Gatorade, but that ish can get expensive.  So, I normally cut gatorade in half with water.  In terms of food, I love the ProBar Chews in Raspberry – they have caffeine in them!

What were some highlights from your week?  If you run (and you SHOULD!), what is some of your fave gear?  Anything I absolutely need to try?