Up until 2012, I had only run in 5K races. I was only running occasionally and definitely had never tried speed work. Finally in 2012 for Mother’s Day, I got my first Garmin. Never did I realize how it would change the jewelry I wore forever! I also ran my first half marathon. Someone told me it would be impossible for me to break 1:40 in my first half marathon…HA! That lit my competitive side and I completed it in 1:37:46.
I went outside of my comfort zone last season and used some races as tempos and opportunities to train for my “A” races. There is a learning curve to racing and I feel like I’m learning something new with each race. Racing in Florida is a different beast altogether with the heat and humidity. Training in it isn’t much better! Most days I look like I’ve gone swimming instead of running. It isn’t a lot of fun on summer days when it is 81 degrees at 5:30 am. I’m anxious to travel to a race in search of some cooler temperatures. So if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Think FAST courses! I’m willing to travel if logistically I can manipulate my family’s schedule that consists of 2 cross country runners, 2 soccer players and an ER physician…I’m last man on the totem pole in terms of racing and fun! I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world because there is nothing better than being apart of everything they do.
Here are some of my recent race results:
11/26/2015 Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K 19:46 / 6:21, 1st masters, 5th woman
12/05/2015 Little Markou 5K 20:12 1st masters, 4th female
2/22/2016 Gasparilla 5K 21:04 22nd female, 3rd in age group
02/22/2015 Gasparilla 15K 1:05:21 26th female, 8th in age group(35-39)
02/20/2016 Gasparilla 15K 1:02:55 / 6:45 9th female overall
01/25/2015 Celebration Half Marathon 1:32:24 3rd female
02/22/2015 Gasparilla Half Marathon 1:36:20, 8th in age group, 29th female
12/13/2015 Florida Holiday Halfathon 1:33:07, 7th female, 1st Masters
01/16/2016 St. Pete Beach Classic 1:31:09, 1st female
3rd place for 3 years at Celebration Marathon and Half Marathon
01/31/2016 Celebration Half Marathon 1:30:44, 3rd female
02/21/2016 Gasparilla Half Marathon 1:31:47, 13th female, 3rd in age group
12/08/2012 Rocket City Marathon 4:08:42
01/12/2013 Walt Disney World Marathon 3:49:19 42nd in age group
12/01/2013 Space Coast Marathon 3:32:45 BQ 1st in age group, 10th female
01/26/2014 Celebration Marathon 3:23:13 BQ, 3rd female
04/20/2015 Boston Marathon 3:25:26 BQ
10/25/2015 Marine Corps Marathon 03:16:48 BQ, 5th in Age Group, 48th female
11/29/2015 Space Coast Marathon 03:18:32 BQ, 1st in Age Group, 7th female
04/18/2016 Boston Marathon 3:16:22 BQ, 499th female (The HERD women’s
team was 14th.)
Wiregrass Wobble 5K 2016
Both kids had great races.
Javier ran a 21:50 and Jacquelyn broke 19.
4 races --- 30.4 miles
Overall pace for the weekend 6:55