Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Blogiversary to Me!! Skeleton 5k Race Report

Today marks the one year anniversary of my blog! One year ago I created my first post (here) which explained that my blog would document my training for the 2010 Cleveland Marathon. I never imagined I would improve so much in just a year. Of course I had my share of struggles, such as my Cleveland Marathon DNF (here). Along with those struggles, I also had many successes. Let's take a look at what a difference a year makes!!

2009 PR's
5K- 24:08 at the Reindeer Run (here)
5 Miler - not raced in 2009
10K- 52:35 at the Peace Race
10 Miler- not raced in 2009
Half Marathon- 1:54:14 at the Columbus 1/2 Marathon
Marathon- not raced in 2009

2010 PR's
5K- 22:48 at the Voices for Recovery 5K (here)
5 Miler- 42:13 at the St. Malachi 5 Miler (here)
10K- not raced in 2010
10 Miler- 1:21:34 at the Cleveland 10 Miler (here)
Half Marathon- 1:51:18 at the Detroit Free Press 1/2 Marathon (here)
Marathon- no time recorded since my race ended at mile 25.52.

I would say the successes far outweigh the struggles!

What better way to celebrate my one year blogiversary than to run a 5K so I headed out to do just that this morning! My friend Nikki and I decided before Detroit last week that we would run the Skeleton 5K this weekend! Since it is a Halloween themed race, Nikki convinced me to wear a costume since today's run was all about fun! My plan was to just run how I felt. Imagine my surprise when I realized I felt good enough to run a 23:33 and place 2nd in my age group and receive a pumpkin roll for my costume!! Not too shabby one week post 1/2 marathon!! They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will let the pictures from today speak for themselves!

Nikki and I before the 5K
Nikki and I after the 5K
2nd place in age group (35-39)

Nikki and I's kids asked if they could run around the track after the awards ceremony. So of course we agreed and I got lots of great pictures!!
Kaelynn and Olivia "running"

Kaelynn and Olivia actually running

Grant and Morgan running. Look at my son go!

Grant all smiles when he realized he was going to "win"
Grant wins!

Me and the kiddos starting a lap around the track. Grant never started and Kaelynn stopped at the 200 meter mark! LOL

What an amazing year it has been! Thank you to everyone for your encouragement, support, and advice along the way! I am continually amazed by the kindness of the running community! Today I will declare as I did one year ago today that I am training for the 2011 Cleveland Marathon! This time, I WILL finish upright, and continue to document my journey along the way!!

Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!


  1. Happy Blogiversary!! Love the costume, too! :o) Holy cow, you are fast!! Congrats at winning 2nd place!! And, yes, you WILL finish that marathon this time!!

  2. Happy Blogiversary, great post, great results and fantastic costume.

  3. Congratulations on a super year! You really did so much in this year. Well done! Super fun photos!

  4. Congrats on a great race and a great YEAR!! You are certainly a speed demon. Very cool!