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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Steamboat Classic Race Recap

Hey all!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day weekend and start to your week.  I had my parents and aunt in town, and we had a wonderfully relaxing weekend.

On Saturday, my dad, aunt and I ran in the Steamboat Classic 4 miler.  (Poor G is still injured, so he had to watch from the sidelines with my mom).  It is apparently known as the "World's fastest 4 miles." There is also a 15k race known as "Illinois toughest 15k," so I definitely feel good about my choice to do the 4 miler.

What's really cool about this race, is that elite athletes travel from all over the country to set PRs.  The winner did it in 18:08, and I was ummm.....right behind him.

The weather was beyond perfect.  It was about 60 degrees and partly cloudy when it all started at 7:00.  The start was very crowded, so I can't imagine being packed in like sardines on an 80 degree day. 

I ran with Liz and Kay Lynn, some family from George's side.  We did a few Saturday runs on the trail near my house to train.  It's awesome to have some running companions to talk to.  (When I run with Gracie, she's usually too interested in the wildlife to talk much. :D)

Like I said earlier, the start was very crowded and kind of frustrating.  I felt like I was bobbing and weaving for the first mile and a half.  Thankfully, Liz was a pro at darting through the crowd, and I just followed her.

I knew that this race definitely wasn't going to be a PR for me, but that's ok.  My main goal was to go out there and enjoy running a shorter distance race.  The course was flat, and the last quarter mile was downhill, so I'm pretty sure I was running with a smile on my face.  My official time was 36:10.

As much as I'd like to get back into running longer distances, I'm not sure that I have the time or the motivation.  Maybe I'll do a half in the fall, but just doing small 5ks here and there is just fine with me.

My furry running partner would also probably agree that shorter distances are a little more fun right now. :)

That's all I have for today.

Do any of you have any races coming up?
Which distance do you prefer?


  1. Congrats! I'm training for my third marathon (Chicago in October) right now, but I'm a bit burnt out. This may be my
    last long race For a while... I just miss the weekend 5 or 10ks followed by pancakes. I'm over the 20 mile runs :P

  2. You did really well, negative splits and all!! I don't have any races planned other than the Blacklight fun 5k run in October, but I am using the 13.1 app on my phone to fake train. :)

  3. Yay! Good job. That's a great time. I love half marathons, but right now I haven't been feeling the motivation to run longer than 5-6 miles. Just too hot I think.

  4. I'm doing a "fun run" in August, it's the Color Run, which is a 5k, but it's not timed. My sister is just trying to get in to running so she wanted to do this one to start. I'm hoping to improve my 5k time before I start doing longer distances, but definitely want to be able to complete a 10k some day!


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