I love this quote. One of my mantras when the miles get tough in the marathon is -the tides will turn- It will always get better, you just have to stick though the bad patches. Coming back from being injured all summer was really tough. I didn’t think my fitness would ever return! Not going to lie, there were tears on those first miles back. Running felt so hard. But, the tides have finally turned!
*A lot* has been going on lately so I am going to give you the Cliff Notes version and then follow up with weekly posts.
We lived in the mountains here in Arizona from July until early November. We just moved back down to Tempe and love being back in the valley.
In October, I ran the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon as a rust buster.
It is a small local race with GREAT elite support and prize money. I was SO nervous. The race ran up a mountain so it was good to have no pressure to hit a certain time. I ended up winning and breaking the course record by 3 minutes so it was a great payday and an excellent return to racing. Here is the post-race press release.
My first competitive race back was the Big Sur Half Marathon. on November 17th. I love this race and the elite coordinators Greg and Steve are so awesome. The field for the race was *stacked* so I had no expectations of placing in the top 10. Here is the pre-race press release. I knew I was getting pretty fit but wasn’t sure I would be able to compete quite yet. I ended up running 1:16:36 (I ran 1:16:27 for 7th place back in 2011 before the Olympic Trials) and I am SO happy with that. I ended up in 6th place so I was able to win some cash and a nice bottle of wine. Here is the post-race press release.
This past Thursday I ran the Mesa Mis Amigos Turkey Trot 10k. I was in the midst of a 95 mile week coming off of 5 very fun and tiring days in Disneyland/San Diego so I really wasn’t expecting much. I was tired, my legs were tired, and I just wanted to go out and have fun. I ended up running 35:05- only 10 seconds off of my 10k PR- and winning the race. I am so, so, happy with this result and everything seems to be really coming together for me. My coach- John, and my awesome training partners have really helped me to come back from injury and be successful, Thanks Fellas!
Speaking of Coach, he has started the Sonoran Distance Project for female runners in Arizona that have the goal of qualifying for the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials. Our website will be up soon, but for now use the link above to follow us on Twitter!
Matt and I have been Vegan for 2 months now and we have never felt better.
My parents have moved out to Phoenix from Wisconsin. I am so happy that they are here. They have wanted to move out West for so long! It feels so good to have both my family and Matt’s family close. *Love*
Six month old Gussie is a little whale! She has gotten so big. I can’t believe she used to be so tiny! Below is a pic from when she was a wee one at 12 weeks. (This is what happens when you don’t have children, you become crazy dog lady ha!)
We love her so much and our crazy little puppy starts puppy school on Saturday. Yay!
I have a new sports nutrition sponsor- Osmo Nutrition. Their hydration products are amazing and in an upcoming post I will share how I use Osmo in my training and racing.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are running happy! More to come, promise and a pinky swear.