{Vet Fest Half Marathon}

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I ran the Vet Fest Half Marathon in Reedsburg a couple of weekends ago. I originally signed up because several of my coworkers were going to be running. I wasn’t particularly excited for the race especially when I woke up to snow on the ground, temperatures in the twenties, and a sore left quadricep. The course ended up being beautiful and the wind and temperatures were actually not too bad once we got the race going. I even enjoyed the hills! I have always ran well on hills, but have never liked running them. The change up in terrain was great on the muscles-my quad never even bothered me.

Ryan drove us to the start and we made it in plenty of time. I grabbed my race packet, pinned my number, and sat in the car until it was time to line up for the race.

Trying to stay warm before the starting gun.  I'm closed eye in this photo, a trait that runs in my family!

Trying to stay warm before the starting gun. I’m closed eye in this photo, a trait that runs in my family!

It was great being able to sit in the car until a few minutes before the start. I stayed much warmer. Before I knew it we were off.

and were off!

and were off!

My purple Lululemon jacket was perfect for this race. I’m obsessed with running gear that allows you to transition from cold, to warm, to hot! I started with my hands covered and jacket zipped. As the race went on, I put hands through the thumb holes and unzipped the jacket collar. Later I had the sleeves up and the jacket half way unzipped. I stayed comfortable the entire time!
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Do any of you have workout gear you just LOVE and would recommend. Comment if you do! I’m always looking for new gear that combines comfort, fit, functionality, and cuteness.
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The first mile was in town and took us out into the country. The course was a giant loop that headed out into the country and then back into town. The first miles were relatively flat and quick.

mile 1-8:31

mile 2-8:31

Around this point of the course some of the hills began. The hills were the largest I’ve ran in a race. Again, I was pleasantly surprised at how good they felt.
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mile 3-8:37

mile 4-8:32
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mile 5-8:29

mile 6-8:42

Childhood memories!

Childhood memories!

Around mile 5 or 6 I saw the remains of a barn on the side of the road. Growing up behind our backyard there was a similar sight. My sister and I used to play back there and imagine it was still there. We would pretend in the “rooms” and imagine our afternoons away. Seeing this on the course brought back a flood of childhood memories of playing with my sister. Sometimes we played nice singing loudly on our swing set. Other times we didn’t. Like the time our red wagon was jump rope tied to the back of my bike and she was sitting on something in the wagon. She said something that made me mad, so I purposely took the next corner way too fast and tight so she would go flying out of the wagon. Oh, sisterly love!

mile 7-8:19

mile 8-8:54

Small races and GU-very unexpected, but welcomed surprise.  I love me some GU!

Small races and GU-very unexpected, but welcomed surprise. I love me some GU!

mile 9-8:38

mile 10-8:21

Support miles out in the country!  Awesome!

Support miles out in the country! Awesome!

mile 11-8:21

mile 12-7:55

At mile 10 I realized I had a good chance of running in the late 1:40’s. I made that my mission over the last three miles.

mile 13-7:31

mile 13.1-7:04
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Overall, I really enjoyed this course. I would do it again. Despite the hills it is a fast course and the price is great! Plus the race benefits veterans and the community. My time qualified me for 2nd in my age group. Coming off a half marathon the week before-I’ll take it!
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Reedsburg Vet Fest Half Marathon
Time: 1:49:58 (Garmin 1:49:44)
Pace: 8:24
Overall: 33/140
Age Group: 2/8
Gender: 11/75

{Friday Fab 5}

{#1-Tragedy and Gratefulness}
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This week more than ever we need to hug those we love, say those kind thoughts we might hold back, and appreciate the life we’ve got.  In the wake of tragedy, we must turn to those we love and support those who are grieving. It is sad, but often true how bad events can put everything into perspective. This week I had so many people say kind thoughts about being glad I was ok and not in Boston.  Family, friends, coworkers, students (even the kid that sometimes gets on my nerves) all had kind thoughts to say to me this week.  It made me think about why we don’t just say those things on a regular basis.  Why do we wait for tragedy to strike before telling people in our lives they matter.   That they are important.  That they inspire us.   That we can’t imagine our world without them.  How often do we take those people for granted. My husband and I had an extra scare this week with me being clutzy with a beer glass at my other job and a miscommunication, and we realized we don’t tell each other enough how much we mean to each other. So don’t hold back this weekend.  Who would you regret passing kind thoughts onto-tell them tonight.  Many prayers go out to those in Boston and Texas and everywhere.

{#2-Moving Forward}

Vet Fest benefits Reedsburg Area Veteran organizations, the Reedsburg Area United Fund (which helps fund over 25 local non-profit agencies), and will also be used towards local high school scholarship awards.

Vet Fest benefits Reedsburg Area Veteran organizations, the Reedsburg Area United Fund (which helps fund over 25 local non-profit agencies), and will also be used towards local high school scholarship awards.


For me running has always been about running through my triumphs and tragedies. Good days are even better with endorphins. Bad days lead to problems being resolved on a five mile route. Stress flies away as the miles do. Running races helps me to see the generosity and genuineness of the human spirit. Even more so when the race benefits a charity or group of people. Whether it is the cowardness of some individuals or the weather that has you down, do something this weekend that helps you stay positive .

{#3-Explore new places}

So excited to have been introduced to this place.

So excited to have been introduced to this place.


This past weekend after running in Reedsburg we swung by the in-laws for lunch. My mother-in-law mentioned this neat little market; I just loved it. Who would have thought a small town would have awesome local organic produce and products, grass fed beef, and so much more. AND the prices were so reasonable-half of what we usually pay at our regular grocery stores. I was so impressed. Check this place out if you are ever near by! What a find! My coworker said they have an email list they send out to let customers know when new produce, etc. is coming in. Does anyone else know of other local stores that carry organic products?

{#4-New Running Tights}

Road Runner Sports-$29

Road Runner Sports-$29


I wore these tights from Road Runner Sports in my half marathon last weekend-they ROCKED. Totally flattering, comfortable, and they have mesh behind the knees/calves for ventilation. The best part-they were on clearance for $29!

{#5-Spring is coming…it has to be!}

A summer sunset over Lake Onalaska!

A summer sunset over Lake Onalaska!


Even though it was snowing during our tornado drill at school today, we had two track meets this week…so in my book spring is on its way!

Happy Weekend!