Category: Races

Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014

I’m linking up with Tuesdays on the Run – MCM Mama Runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run the Great Wide Somewhere. This week’s topic is a “Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014”. 2014 has been a great year for me fitness wise. I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been. I’m running faster, long distance wise, than ever before. Along with running training plans, I believe Beachbody programs played a big role in getting me to where I am today.2014

In January, I started P90X3 and finished in April. I couldn’t do pull-ups at all and when I finished I could do six of them. I was in tip top shape. p90x3

My first race in 2014 was in March, the Hot Chocolate 5k in Seattle. I didn’t run much beforehand and I think I did well for not training for it. I haven’t ran many 5k’s but I got my best 5k time so far.

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Towards the end of doing P90X3, I was also training for the Portland Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This is my yearly half marathon race. I’ve been running it since the inaugural one in 2012. I focused more on running after finishing P90X3 and trained using Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon training plan with Beachbody programs snuck in if I couldn’t go for a run due to the kids. I had a great race and I was so happy to PR.20140518-204645-74805263.jpgMy next race was the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This was a fun one because my sister who lives in New Jersey came and ran it too. It was a good run and I loved the scenic route. There was a nice part where you could really see Mt. Rainier. We ran by Lake Washington and on the Alaskan Viaduct passing the Great Wheel.seattlernrIn July, I decided to do PiYo and it was a nice change for me. The pilates and yoga inspired moves went well with running.piyoMy next race in August, was my first ever trail race, the XTERRA Trail Run Hagg Lake 5k. It was tough and I remember it being hot out. I was happy that I got 2nd place in my division and fourth overall female. It was a nice small race and my time was 26:29.IMG_7322In September, I had my final half marathon race of the year, the Oregon Half Marathon. This was a good course. We ran through farmland as well as through the Gallon House Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Oregon. I was so happy to PR on my half time again!
IMG_8216My last race was in October, the Halloweenathon 10k. This was my first actual 10k race, so it was an automatic PR. The race took place at a golf course and I managed to get third out of all the females for the 10k. It was as fun one, despite the muddy course.IMG_9395With no races for the rest of the year, I decided to try out Insanity the Asylum in November. This was a tough one month program, but I’m happy to have completed it.
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I also started my first ever run streak on Thanksgiving, the #RWRunStreak. It’s been fun and there’s just three days left.

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This year has been awesome! I finished three Beachbody programs and ran six actual races, the most races I’ve ever ran in a year. I would say I’m in the best shape ever with my last two races being PR’s, especially my half marathon time. I’m hoping 2015 will be another awesome year. Well, that’s my wrap up of the year.

How did your year go?

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XTERRA Hagg Lake 5k Trail Run

I signed up for the XTERRA Hagg Lake Trail Run 5k because there was a Living Social deal and I thought why not give it a shot. I had never done a trail race before and with the bargain price, I thought the 5k would be a great way to try it out. It was a beautiful morning for my very first trail race, but just a bit too warm for my liking. I think it was already 70 deg F out when we left early Sunday morning.

I forgot how beautiful it was out there. I have visited Hagg Lake before but it’s been a while since I’ve been back.

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Henry Hagg Lake

There was a half marathon race and a 10K race scheduled before the 5k. I could only imagine running the half marathon and wish the brave souls good luck. They are amazing and awesome to do the half! The pic below is the start of the half marathon race.

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Half marathon start

Here’s a pre race shot of me.

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Before the race

There was a lot more 10k racers! The pic below is of the start of the 10k.

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10k start

The 5k race started at 8:30 am. There wasn’t as many racers as the 10k which had the most competitors out of all the races that day.

The next two pics show me running right after the start of the race, courtesy of my hubby.

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I actually managed to take two pics while running on the trail where I thought it was safe lol.

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On the trail
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On the trail

From the start we went across boat ramp C and connected to the trail on the North side. On the trail there was lots of grooves and uneven spots. I was definitely not used to running on the trail. Trail running shoes would have been nice. I almost rolled my ankle a couple of times. There were steep climbs and then down hill spots. It was fun in a way since it was different and exciting. There was some markers but some were on the ground, I just followed the people ahead of me and was thankful that there was someone always in my sight. There was a part where we ran on the road for a little bit and then headed back in to the trail. I remember thinking, I was glad it was only 3.1 miles lol. It was so hot out.

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The finish line.

I ended up getting second place in my division, fourth overall female and eighth overall, which is awesome! It was a small race, but I’ll take what I can get :). All finishers got a stainless steel pint glass which could be refilled at the Beer garden.

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Here I am with my kiddos and my pint glass on my head :).

Here are pics of the post race goodies:

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Beer was provided at the white tented area.

 My awesome supporters! 🙂

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Post race pic with my finisher’s pint glass.

 My results:

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Overall, I thought it was great first trail race. Have you done a trail race? Where was it and what’d you think?