Breast Cancer Awareness 4 Miler

True life: I typed this blog out on Saturday while wearing sweat pants, armwarmers, a long sleeve shirt and warm fuzzy socks.

Because it was sleeting outside and I was rather chilly.

More True life facts…after my race, I came home sat in bed and didn’t move until Jenna came back over around 5.  Did it become winter here overnight?  I don’t know but it was 40, sleeting and hella windy. 

I ran the race in a cotton shirt because it was so cold and because it’s currently my favorite shirt.

(That I stole from my brother).  What?  You are your brother don’t share clothes?  The military is making him too buff now…as he might size up and I’m not wearing tents.  Oh well I’ll get I’ll his smalls then anyways. 

Incase you wondered the shirt says “To a run a PR you must run faster than you have ever run before.”

Both my brother and I have the same sense of humour…can you tell?


Anyways-Race Review.  It almost sounds like I didn’t enjoy the Tempo Race when in fact I enjoyed the whole morning. 

I got up, made some plain pancakes (always prerace fuel.)  I really do have plain pancakes sometimes…but it’s only before a race.  Races that start after 9, I’ll normally make breakfast ie: pancakes.

Picked  up the partner in crime.

I ended up wearing my compression sleeves only because it was freezing and I pretended I was wearing long pants that way.

Then picked up a cross country teammate Sara.

And off we went in Lorraine (but not before stopping for some gas station coffee).

We got to the race at a secret location 10 minutes from my house.  It was secret because not once in my four years of schooling here, did I know we had a lake with a lake beach 10 minutes away.  This is no VA Beach granted but it is beautiful.   A different kind of beautiful but beautiful none the less.

All these photos credit de Sara
Jenna and I tanning on the beach.

A  good friend of mine (ie: my freshman year roommate Kirstin) lost her best friend to Breast Cancer a few weeks ago and was raising money and putting a team together.  How could I say no?

Kierstin and I..sophomore year. When I was tan.

Plus-I was in dire need a change of scenery (running in the same small 5 mile radius stinks) and needed a decent tempo run.

So that is how I rolled.  Tempo style.  My goal was to keep it at about a 7 min/mile pace with an outcome goal of 28 minutes.

It was terribly cold, winding oh and it was sleeting too.  Like legit sleet.  Jenna said one punctured her retina.

An out and back course is extremely easy to get splits.  My first two miles was done in 13:30.  I was really pleased with that. Then running back into the wind was horrible.  I thought I might pull a Mary Poppins and find an umbrella to carry me back to the starting line.

It wasn’t terrible or unreasonable though and I finished  in exactly what I wanted to do. 


and we won sweet arm warmers.
We are normal sometimes too don't worry.

I’m really pleased with the results and 50000 ounces of gas station coffee later warm again.  I ended up finishing 4 female overall and 2nd in my age group.  Cool beans.  Do you know who won the entire race?

Another  female in my age group that opened a can of whoop ass.   I’ve personally never seen a female win a road race before so it was pretty nifty.  You go girl.

Question for you:

  1. 1.       Are you a beach person?
  2. 2.       What is your best wind running strategy?