|The Rollinses Win Again!|
Badass Winners of Big Ol' MugsLaura & Mark ran in the Bays Mountain 15 Mile Trail Race on Saturday in Kingsport, TN. They were a bit nervous about the weather as there was a chance of storms, but it turned out okay. They did get a bit of rain, but no lightning or thunder.
Laura finished in 3:14:02, with a pace of 12:57, and won third in her age group!
Mark finished in 2:37:31 with a blistering pace of 10:31 and won second in his age group!
Friend Alice also had an impressive finish at 3:12:38 with a pace of 12:51.
A New Half Marathon PRI ran in the Hendricks County Half Marathon, a wonderful little race and the runniversary of my very first half marathon. It was 47, cloudy & very windy. I wished I'd worn long sleeves, as I was cold for over half the race. Other than the cold, however, I felt great. I was nervous-excited, but I felt ready. My knees didn't hurt at all, and at the end I really felt like I could keep going for a couple more miles. I finished in 2:45:55, which is 4 minutes & 13 seconds faster than I finished this same race last year, and 9 whole seconds faster than I ran the Mini in May. A new PR!
This race is only in it's third year, so it's still pretty small, but I bet it grows quickly as word gets out. It's a great course: well marked; with some slight inclines (Hoosiers probably call them hills); nice straight county roads with pretty views; and wonderful volunteers at water/Gatorade stops every mile. I am of course partial to the stop at mile 1 & 11 manned by Living Faith Church, but the one with the cheerleaders was pretty fun too.
My only complaint would be that the pictures aren't free this year. I looked at the proofs, & I really like them. Especially the one that caught me with both feet off the ground, so I look like I'm floating. It would cost $12.99 to download it, though, and that's half the cost of doing another race. Picture of me running versus me actually running? We all know which one I'm choosing.
Coming UpThis week I have three 5K's within 48 hours. First up, the Merrell Summer Series #3 on Thursday evening in Carmel. Then the Arsenal 5K on Saturday morning at Arsenal Tech High School, and finally the Chateau Thomas Winery 5K on Saturday afternoon in Plainfield. Perhaps I was a little overambitious scheduling all three of these. The Arsenal 5K isn't chip-timed, so it will not be a 5K PR attempt. The other two races are, and the weather is supposed to be in the 60's both days, so good running weather.
Laura has the Rock the Quarry 5K trail run this Saturday - a repeat of one of her favorite races and one in which she placed last year. Expect to see another picture of her with yet another award.
If you'd like to run the Chateau Thomas Winery 5K or 10K this Saturday, go HERE to sign up, use discount code FBFRIEND, and say you were referred by Teresa Hazel to save $5!
If you'd like to run the Santa Hustle 5K or Half Marathon in Indianapolis on 12/21, go HERE to register and use discount code TERHAZELIN to save $5!