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10 Races 11 Weeks (1st Installment)

Friday, May 07, 2010

The last couple months have brought a whirlwind of travel and races; travel to 4 other states, 6 races ranging from 5k to 7k to 4 half marathons. 3 of those halves were back to back which meant being gone Friday through Monday, being home 3 days and back out again. And while the travel to other states is done for a while there are 4 more races to do over the next 4 weekends; two 5k races, a 10k and another ½ marathon. This has been a schedule that has pushed me beyond what I thought I could easily do. Over the course of all the races I have faced snow, cold, humidity, heat, hills and finally rain. I know many would have bowed out of some of the races due to weather but I took it as a new challenge.

The first of my series of races was here in Denver, a 7K called Runnin’ of the Green in celebration of St. Patty’s Day. My group dressed to celebrate the day by wearing green. This race started out just being cold, but ended in the snow.

Next to come was an impromptu race, the Modesto ½ Marathon in California. I usually plan races months out, but this one was decided upon only a few weeks before it was to be held. We decided on this one because my niece lived only a few miles from Modesto and we would be able to see her over the weekend. It made for an enjoyable weekend for me and my husband. The race itself was well organized. The course was flat except for Mt. Modesto.

Mt. Modesto - aka: an overpass

Actually I enjoyed having the hill, not bad for someone who used to HATE hills. I have discovered a completely flat race course is actually kind of boring for the body. Imagine that I actually like having hills on a course.

Two weeks later came my first “Flying” race, and first Flying Pig. This one was a 5k in Fort Collins and the first of 8 races in a row. I love races with a theme because then we can be as silly as we want. So, we all dressed the part with ears, tail and wings. This was a fun race on a beautiful course at the foot of Horsetooth Reservoir. Lots of people to cheer us on and an awesome pancake breakfast at the end.

Flying with the pig

(to be continued...)

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