This is the first of a 2-part series of my #PlotTwist of a Year. My Year-in-Review post will be coming soon (stay tuned).
For now, though, let's chat about my 2017 races and the subsequent bling.
January was a cold month in Iowa (I know, #shocker). I only had one race on the calendar, and that was the Chamburrrr Scurry 5K (Marshalltown, IA) on January 28. The temps were cold, I had a sock malfunction, and I finished with and a less-than-stellar finish time of 26:58. It seriously "seemed" like I was actually much faster than that, but the wind certainly was a factor.
|Shorts in February...in Iowa!|
|With the hubby...after the race|
|Pay no attention to the photo-bombing hubby...|
|With Wendy, and my first piece of 2018 bling|
April had me busy as well. First, there was the Live Healthy Iowa 5K (in my hometown, Grinnell, IA) on the 8th. I had a longer run on the schedule, so I ran a 3-mile warm-up run, did the 5K race (finishing in 25:31), and then ran four extra bonus miles afterwards. I got 2nd place in my age group, but don't be too impressed...the field of runners was pretty small.
|The hubby and my friend, Barb, ran the race with me, too|
|Another Fight for Air Climb medal|
|Brrrrr....I felt nothing but euphoria to be done with that race|
|In the Peanut Pub, post race|
|One of the prettiest medals ever|
|for bling, we received pint glasses with the event logo on them|
Things started off fine with my favorite race (every year), Dam to Dam Half Marathon, on June 3nd in Des Moines. This morning started out much warmer than predicted and continued to get hotter (and more humid) with each mile. I certainly was not attempting a PR, but my finish time was nothing stellar...in fact, it may have been my worst D2D finish yet (2:22:50). They had to reroute some of the course, due to construction, so I guess it was a PR in that sense, right? Thankfully, I made it across the finish line and recovered, but I was very disorientated, light headed, and dizzy due to the extreme heat. I love the heat, but this came from out of nowhere, and there were runners down everywhere.
|My 10th consecutive Dam medal|
|I look just like I felt...about to fall asleep on my feet|
|My summer reality|
|The heaviest medal ever (and it also has a bottle-opener feature)|
|Finally! An AG placing above that dreaded 4th place!|
|Yes, that's a flannel shirt...it's a hillbilly event, after all|
|This little piece of hardware represents a successful rally back|
|tis the season for dressing in obnoxious Santa leggings|
How did your year go? Any highlights from races? Great hardware? Age group recognition?