This page is all about the Tobacco Road Half Marathon. This race was the first in three for the Spring Triple Crown series I am doing with Robin and Cecilia. A few days before the race, the race director sent out an email about a bell at the finish line for PRs and first timers. Of course, that was just enough incentive for me to try to beat my previous personal best of 2:22. I decided it was probably best for me to try to stick with the 2:20 pace group. By mile three it was clear they were not pacing for an actual 2:20 finish, but actually something a bit faster than that, so I took an opportunity at mile 5 to make a pit stop and then kept them in my sights for the rest of the race. The half was an out and back, so I was lucky enough to see Kara on the way out and then on the way back I got to see Robin, Cecilia, and Ginny. It was crazy but I also somehow managed to see Rich and Paul at the exact moment we were passing their wives on the sidelines. For at least a couple miles I got to run with Klugh during her first ever half. She finished just ahead of me. Basically, all in all it was a pretty awesome race. I managed to finish in a little over 2:18 shaving about four minutes off of my previous personal best and I GOT TO RING THE BELL. Sweet!
RunBuds take on the Florence Forth 5k and 10k
Believe it or not, the RunBuds had the LARGEST group at Florence Forth this year. We even won an award for it. The day proved to be tons of fun. We met up for a group picture before the race and it had a shared start for both distances. I ran the 10k straight through with no walk breaks — it was a REALLY hilly 10k. I got to see bunches of my RunBuds along the course as well as my Physical Therapist Chad. At the finish everyone who was turning the day into a long run gathered slowly, filling up water bottles, getting a few calories in, and saying goodbye to the RunBuds that were done for the day. I got to briefly see the kids who showed up a few minutes after the kids dash and got a picture with Wool E. Bull and Logan. Then it was off for another 8.5ish miles to Bull City Running Company. We used this race + run as a training run for the Merge 25k. For the 8ish miles we kept about a 12:08 pace which was pretty awesome considering how all out I had run the 10k nearly meeting my previous 10k PR time. I was super surprised to see my family waiting for me at the running store at the end. I guess they felt bad that they missed the finish of the 10k. All in all it was a fun morning with my RunBuds and I was so glad to have gotten to share a small part of it with my boys as well.
I’m thrilled to have been selected as an Athleta Esprit de She Ambassador for this year’s Cary Esprit de She 5k/10k event in June. I hope you can join me this year at this truly special race. It’s an awesome event for WOMEN and at the finish you can enjoy a glass or two of bubby, what more could a girl want? Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1cz3Tmb and where it asks you for a referral code, be sure to enter EDS91.
I can’t wait until this year’s race. It’s a mere four days after my 34th birthday, so we’ll have all the more reason to celebrate. The race is Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm at the Cary Koka Booth Amphitheatre.