Monday, December 11, 2017

Stick ๐ŸŒฒ tree ๐ŸŒณ Christmas Story

One cold, blustery winter. In the upper midwest, the news of no Christmas trees, was buzzing about.

I ask my guy, to go outside for some sticks. He came back to his workshop, and went right to work. 

And then, in our workshop, I heard sounds of cutting and hammering, too. And up the stairs, he brought trees made of stick. He said, "can you do something with this?" I said, "I surely can try." 

I dug up material, some crafty things, too. Some yarn and old ornaments; tinsel and google eye-ball, too. Then, got right to work. 

I cut and I pasted. I designed and I glued. Strung lights and some garland and a tree was in sight. I added some ornaments, and glitter for a nice touch. Then, had enough stick trees to make a nice bunch.

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours...

"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney
See you at the finish line
#swim #bike #run #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Friday, December 8, 2017

SMART Goals (2018)

I can't believe it's been over 10 years since I set my first goal to run half marathon in 25 states, after completing that goal in 2009; now, I only have 2 states to go toward the 50 and I have completed an Ironman. 

So what’s next. I have another huge year planned for 2018. So excited to continue to work with my master swim coach and find a weight lifting coach for another huge year and goals.

My  SMART Goals for 2018

1. Ironman, 1/2 marathons & 2 mile OWS (see running goals)
    My updated Athletic goals list:
   ๐Ÿ…First Call 1/2 Marathon
   ๐Ÿ…Aurora BayCare High Cliff 70.3*
   ๐Ÿ…Point to La Pointe 2 mile OWS*
   ๐Ÿ…IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant*
   ๐Ÿ…Race the Lake Century Ride
   ๐Ÿ…Door County Century Ride
   ๐Ÿ…Other events to be decided.

2. Continue my good job at Work.
3. Create, Expand and Show my Art Portfolio.
4. Write & Prepare for a Published Fiction Novel.
5. Continue to focus on 10-year investment plan.
6. Maintain balance in these areas: Financial. Career. Balance. Health & Wellness. Spiritual. (Wellbeing)
   - Eat Well, Run Often and Practice Yoga Regularly.
   - Continue morning time (for meditation, healing, & focus).
   - Play the piano regularly.
   - Take walks outside regularly.
   - Spend time with family.
   - Run with my Social group early mornings.
   - Continue swim, bike and run regularly.
   - Take time to write.
   - Take time to create art.
   - Travel and explore new places.

You do not have to know how things will happen, just what you want to happen. Hold your vision.
I’m So Excited!!!!! 
Working on the plan for running my 1/2 (13.1) marathons in the remaining 2 states:
Hawaii (Maui) 1/2, Alaska 1/2 and A Wineglass 1/2 
All in the works!


"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney
See you at the finish line
#swim #bike #run #healthylifestyle 
#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Monday, December 4, 2017

IMMT Dec 2017 Lessons Learned - ❤️๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝ‍♀️๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝ‍♀️☕ Morning fix๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป‍♀️

Quote for this month: ๐ŸŽถ "If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon." — Emil Zapotec.

Well, well, well.... if an injury exists, be patient, stop, reset, and focus on healing. Funny how everything surrounding us in life happens for a purpose. Maybe, someone is telling us something. Maybe, it's to take it slow. I started focusing on speed for my running. It was going quite well. I even got with a morning, early-before sunrise morning running group. Good and unexpected things happened while running with this group. But, when doing sprints on my own one day, on the last couple sprints, my muscle tensed, and that's all she wrote. Gone were my final weeks goals, like achieving running my 100th lifetime half marathon. That goal will be there, but what will not, is my strength and endurance if I don't take care of the immediate injury. So, I did. I stretched, rolled, massaged and yogini'd (is that a word? ha ha), and took time off. I missed that chance, but the race will always be there. I'm still on-track, and doing well. Can keep swimming and biking and will run when my body is ready. ๐Ÿค—. 

Not knowing the course keeps coming up as a concern of mine. But, then I think, what if I sign up for another race, like Santa Rosa or Costa Rica. I will not be able to ride, swim or run those courses. And heck, I have run all over the country, in all sorts of races that I did not know the course before. I can do this. Just train for hills and get to know myself and how I can technically handle the situations.

Someone asked me once, “Why do you like running?” I love marathons, because it’s just you and the pavement, no gadgets, nothing else required but a good running shoe can make you faster. Just hard work and perseverance. And now that I'm getting more into the Triathlons, same with swimming and biking, too. ๐Ÿ‘

The 3 BIG wins for me this month: 
WIN 1: Went to the Gym or outside to run or swim, when I said I don’t want to. 
WIN 2: Drinking at least 5+ glasses of water and watching what I eat.
WIN 3: Cut my pace down and get faster on my run.

Simple ha? Yes, that's all it takes. Focusing on the little things, chipping away at it, one little step at a time.
Here are my lessons learned, or was reminded of, this month, I learned that ….
1. One step at a time, that's all it takes.
2. Things will happen, injuries will happen. Slow down and take care of it. It's God's way of telling you, to listen to your body, reset and maybe you didn't learn enough about that one thing and you need to go back and take it slower so you actually get it this time around.
3. Diligently move forward, one task at a time; it creates momentum. I look back at the progress I made just in these short few months, and I am amazed at where I am, the things I've done in the sport.
4. The voice of greatness whispers within. Listen. If I feel it in my gutt, listen to that feeling. And follow through with what is right.
5. Things will come up and get in the way of progress. Stop, focus on the thing that came up, try to resolve it, and move on. It’s as simple as that.
6. Keep a journal, capture the story. My husband seems to think it's funny to capture me coming out of the john's before the runs. But, he always says, "You have to capture all moments, because, it's the whole story that counts." He laughs, I don't, then then snicker inside. I know it's true. It's the entire story, not just pieces and parts. Just like my friend who was in the Ironman West Australia this past weekend. They canceled the swim because there were sharks in the swim area. Not safe for swimmers. She told that story, it may not have been pleasant, but it was a part of the story.
7. It's okay. Those made-up stories in your head are just noise. You can listen for the moment, but please let them go. I've learned long ago that I am a great storyteller and it gets me in trouble because many stories I tell myself are fiction. Those stories, though, help me through my workouts as well as, through my races.
8. Keep valuing WHO you have in your LIFE. Stop, and Take a moment with them. It's okay if you are late to the workout or miss it, you can fit it in. You can still get that training in and also be with the people you love.
9. Next time you stress over a workout, take a step back, inhale and laugh. You are just learning. Keep seeing the progress. Even if it's just a little.
Me with my Elf Hat they gave us for
Run Santa Run 5K
10. Have fun along the way. I wasn't going to wear the Elf hat or shirt they gave us for the Run-Santa-Run fun run. But, then I gave in. And it ended up being fun. Stop being so serious. Serious is good and has it's place. But, fun is another way to enjoy the journey. Do it, participate, laugh and have fun while you workout.
11. Stick with it. What seems hard today will someday be your warm-up. Keep moving forward. Relax and take it one lap at a time. Or one mile at a time.
12. Keep focusing on eating well. Stick to lean meats, veggies, fruits and good fats (real foods) when training. And end your day with a high protein snack (like yogurt) or protein shake before heading to bed. And keep drinking that water.

I can't thank you enough for choosing to read my weekly blog entries and social media post. Thank you for believing in me and for believing in the power of hard work. I am grateful, and honored. I hope you were able to take a break from the chaotic work-schedules over the next couple of days and reflect on what you are thankful for, too, and what gives you strength and determination. For me, part of that strength comes from knowing there are people like you, who look to help make sense things, this world, and life. It's a tall order these days, but I'm up for the challenge and I know you are too. Thank you for supporting me as I train for my 2nd Ironman, the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec Canada (IMMT). The Race is schedule for August 19, 2018. 

Home is where your story begins!! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sitting by a roaring fire nestled in the middle of the woods

Thank you for supporting me as I train for my 2nd Ironman, the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quรฉbec Canada (IMMT). We will be there from Friday until Wednesday, the Race is schedule for August 19, 2018.

I'm writing this by a roaring fire nestled in the middle of the woods at our beautiful home in the woods. Today’s 7 mile run is something I am trying out, as a new sprint series. I do a 12x400 at pace. This was my daily run today. It will be my daily running routine to ensure my fitness levels will improve, preparing for my next adventure. It’s coming up quick, and can’t wait to share my successes once I get there.

What I experience while I build my training near my home sanctuary is nothing more than bliss. Something I am thankful for every day.

Final thought, the normal lifestyle finds us in flux, things are changing rapidly around us. These aspects prepare us for our next adventure.

Today's run, leisurely walk or hike will take you far. ♡.


See you at the finish line
๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป‍♀️
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

๐Ÿค— Noodleini Half marathon and 5k. This morning I ran it.

99 Lifetime half marathons!!! Next one I will reach my century lifetime half. 
Crazy ๐Ÿ˜œ and unbelievable!!!! 

Having fun! Add another one to the collection inaugural Noodleini ๐Ÿœ half marathon!

Getting ready, but first gotta say HI.

Me and my bro.....running the noodleini half Marathon!

Us Crazy ๐Ÿ˜œ people going out for a run!! 21 friggin degrees. 

#noodleini #noodles&company #funrunwithfamily.

99th Lifetime half marathons (Last Noodleini, Nov 26, 2017)

Finish time: 2:12:01 10:09/Min Mile
Noodelini Half marathon
AG: 8 
Overall: 227 / 334
Gender: 127 / 206

"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney
See you at the finish line
Health. Fitness. Spiritual. Meditation. Social. Money. Career. Creativity. Balance. 
๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป‍♀️
#swim #bike #run #healthylifestyle 
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Highlights of 2017 (No particular order)

  1. Completed the Ironman Wisconsin 2017.
  2. Ran the Grandma’s Marathon 2017
  3. Had my first Solo Art Gallery event at the Hairpin Arts Center, invited 2 feature artists alongside me. 
  4. Signed up for the Mont-Tremblant #IMMT on August 19 Ironman 2018. #2 New Goals.
  5. Started a blog post a month, sharing the lessons I learned as I trained for the Ironman Wisconsin. Here is January’s post.
  6. Leon officially retired Jan 1, 2017.
  7. Attended my nieces wedding: Ashley Beder
  8. I ran # half marathons and 2 marathons this year.
  9. Rode the loop again for Ironman training with Mia.
  10. Traveled to Mexico to renew at a Yoga retreat. 
  11. Rode one loop of the Ironman Course for the first time with Rita Hookstead. 
  12. Tried for the first time doing an Open Water Swim with my wetsuit and completed my first Aquathon.
  13. Ran the Green Bay Half Marathon with my brother.
  14. Completed my first olympic triathlon of the year through J-Hawks Early Bird Triathlon.
  15. Swam first longest practice swim in open water, in Lake Monona
  16. Completed the Wisconsin Triterium Olympic Triathlon, 3rd in age group.
  17. Completed Lake Mills Sprint Triathlon.
  18. Completed Pardeeville Triathlon.
  19. Completed the Tri-ing for Children’s Olympic Triathlon, 2nd in age group.
  20. Completed The Door County half Ironman (70.3 distance triathlon).
  21. Completed The Wausau Marathon, 1st in age group. Look at all those medals.
  22. Completed the River Sprint Triathlon, 2nd in age group.
  23. Completed my Ironman Training Recap story, here it is if you want to read it.
  24. Swam Booth Lake, 3 mile swim in Open water, first time and several times after for training.
  25. Cycled Race the Lake, starting in Fon du Lac and riding my bike 100 miles around Lake Winnebago. 
  26. Swam 500 yards in water this year.
  27. Completed my first Ironman.
  28. Wore a wetsuit.
  29. Rode over 100 miles on my bike.
  30. Swam in a cold lake at 6 a.m. for over 3 miles.
  31. Ran Marquette Half Marathon
  32. Completed Lake Country Olympic Triathlon, 3rd in age group.
  33. Secured a 3 acre plot of land just south of Egg Harbor in Door County and purchased our blueprint of the house plan we plan to build on the land. And the journey begins.
  34. Met all sorts of new friends, runner friends, fashion friends, eclectic friends, nutritionist friends, yogi friends, academic friends, professional friends, holistic friends and athlete friends. Let me see if I can tag everyone, please let me know if I missed someone: Mia, Dru, Tanya, Tony, Tony, Jacque, Jennifer, Jeni, Alison, Paula, Andrew, Erica, Amy, Shaun, Stanley, Barbara, Sharon, Julie, Fierce Endurance Tribe, Matthew, Dori, Joleen, Steve, Karen, Kenneth, Kitty, J.a., Jonna, Garth).
  35. Reconnected with a faithful childhood friend.
  36. Family run together at the Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving Run. 
  37. Started Money Monday’s with Barbara Stanny.
  38. Continued taking Ph.D. Courses for Organizational Management.
  39. Took my Project Management Professional Certification.
  40. Completed the Late-bird Olympic distance triathlon, 1st in age group.
  41. Finished the Green Bay Hot Cider Hustle Half Marathon.
  42. Jefferson hosted the Harry Potter Festival in October, and I had to get involved in the event to see what it was all about.
  43. Ran Hot Cider Hustle, Oct 29, 2017
  44. Ran Noodleini Half Marathon with my brother, November 2017.

What a Year!! 2017 was a year of strong athleticism and growth, hard work, achievement and success.

2018 is planned for 2 major goals: I will complete the IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant #IMMT on August 19, 2018 and I will swim my first 2 mile Point to La Pointe in Bayfield. 

Feel  free to comment on the many things that I listed or forgot. Also, I'm  sorry if I didn't mention you or if you are not tagged in this note.

"That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination." - Walt Disney


See you at the finish line
Health. Fitness. Spiritual. Meditation. Social. Money. Career. Creativity. Balance. 
๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป‍♀️
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

IMMT Nov 2017 Lessons Learned - ❤️๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝ‍♀️๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝ‍♀️☕ Morning fix๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป‍♀️

Quote for this month: ๐ŸŽถ “If you are going to do it, commit yourself fully to it. Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells “Can’t,” but, you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then hear the voice whisper “Can.” And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are."

On-track with adding core, bike and run this month ๐Ÿค—. I gained a lot of support from my friends this month, receiving abundant gifts and personal visits from friends. ♡ This has been helping me stay on track. Thank you for supporting me as I train for my 2nd Ironman, the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec Canada (IMMT). The Race is schedule for August 19, 2018. ♡ 

Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….

  1. You glow! Your energy is high, and your body is running in tip top shape. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ƒ
  2. Enjoy the process. Training for an Ironman is tough, but it’s part of the journey. Do it with a smile.  ๐Ÿ’‹ ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  3. When the workouts get harder, challenge yourself to be stronger.
  4. Sometimes your coach will push you to the limits, because they have greater faith in you than you have in yourself.
  5. Be persistent!!!!! Start running, go to the gym, run around the track, whatever it takes to get the miles in. 
  6. It’s always good to stay open to new ideas and possibilities. I’m studying up on Total Immersion Swimming for improving my technique. 
  7. Expand my Focus: Health. Fitness. Spiritual. Meditation. Social. Money. Career. Creativity. Balance. Get out of my own way. Step back and view everything holistically. Look beyond my perceived immediate impacts.
  8. Stop stalling, sign up and let the wind move your sails in the right direction.
  9. A hand written Self Journal gives me thinking time to reflect. It’s working much better, I’ve added the additional bike and run workouts to my routine because it's actionable and making me accountable.
  10. Remember the Goal! Running is a lot like life. Run a race (pursue life) with patience, with Knowledge (Gain Wisdom), and with Understanding. Remember the Goal. ALWAYS remember the goal. Whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God.

Home is where your story begins!! 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

IMMT October 2017 Lesson learned ❤️๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝ‍♀️๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝ‍♀️☕ Morning fix....๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป‍♀️

Training for Ironman Mont-Tremblant! 

Quote for this month: LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE!

This month is much more emotional and I am resistant. I looked up the distance to Quebec and it will be a good 16 hour car-drive. I'd like to plan to drive up to Quebec and ride the course at least once in the spring, I get worried I won't know the course. I am hard on myself because I'm not swimming fast enough and I struggle to get out there to run. But, I know I can do this and will. Believe me, I surely will get to the finish line strong.

I continue to ramp up my workouts and need to be more focused on the bike and run this time around.  Ironman training helps me appreciate the time I can spend with my family and friends. 

A few things to remember, is "Why complicate life? Adjust and readjust as necessary. Things will always come up. Train to overcome the mind." 

  • Wanna be understood? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
  • Have question? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
  • Don't like something? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
  • Want something? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
  • Love someone? train, get on your bike, run, swim.
Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….
  1. Take time to look how far you've come. Who would have thought that I would be holding my breath and flutter kicking to the flags. Flip then hold breath and flutter 3, 4, even 5 kicks. I come up and gasp for air. I'm sure my Master swim coach gets a chuckle or two. Alison and I say, "We act like we are in kindergarten." That's because I am in the swim learning category. I know this, but keep chugging along and practicing.
  2. One big thing that is going to be different is that I cannot or will not know the course. So, this will be a blindspot for me, unless I plan a trip to Mont-Tremblant for a weekend ride, run and swim in the sprint. 
  3. Even though I already did one Ironman, I need to think of this as a new experience and build on what I learned.
  4. Everything takes a focused plan. It takes discipline. Step back and see what you are doing each day. Then focus on the adjusted plan, daily. Make sure you are doing the new things you plan in. Make yourself accountable.
  5. Don’t give up.You need to take the time to make the plan, and I did just that, set time aside to plan for the coming months.
  6. Stop comparing with everyone else (see Ironman Training story). You can NEVER compare yourself to others. This is an unfair and unrealistic way to progress. The only comparison is with your older, slower self. 
  7. Keep going. Be humble. 
  8. Fatiguing and trying to go fast will not make me a better swimmer. Taking drills slowly and try to learn as you swim them will make you a better swimmer.
  9. You can do this. You just gotta believe in yourself. JUST DO IT! Another recurring theme. Just Do It! For those things I am having a hard time getting back into, particularly my daily biking and running, I need to track them and make myself accountable. Put a BIG FAT X on the calendar box every day when I do it. 
  10. It is workable. Things will get in the way, and they will be important things. Honor those things, take time for those important things. Fit the IMMT training into and around it. 
  11. It’s your choice, practice focus and appreciate where you are at. Break it up in daily chunks, commit to the goal, do it daily. 
  12. Diet, fitness, sleep, happiness and connection - these things are essential, and get you 80-95% of the way to “optimal performance”, not just in my ironman training but in life too. And too hit that 100% mark, find those few “ ecret weapons" to really hit 100%. It takes a while to get there. 
  13. Some days are not going to be better than yesterday, but intend to be better tomorrow than you are today. 
  14. It’s all about endurance. I’m doing two big things in my life right now, one is trying to get my MOJO back for training daily and two is studying for taking the PMP. Both require lots and lots of crazy endurance. I can do this. 
  15. Consistency beats inspiration. The best way — the only way — is to get good work done, show up every day. Establish consistency!


Home is where your story begins!! 



Thursday, November 2, 2017

My Athletic Resume: Marathons & Triathlons

Kim has been involved with sports since she first started running in 1982.  Taking part in her first cross-country race, she was a member of the first ladies team in high school cross-country. Her first Triathlon was the Milwaukee Triathlon in 1985, which she completed in a Swim Suit, no wetsuit, and an old Ten-Speed Bike. From there she got the running bug and the rest is history. Kim continued staying healthy as she was busy raising her daughter, and taught water-aerobics from 1990-2005. 

In 2002, Kim completed her first Marathon, the Madison MarathonAs her passion for running and competing developed, she looked for more challenging opportunities, and discovered Half 2 Run, a group who supports people to run a half marathon in 25 states. Taking part in her first half in 2001 and then outside of the state, in Indiana, in 2007. Kim  picked up the pace and ran a half marathon in every state each weekend until April 2009, when her goal was complete. She continues to run in the remaining states, having only two  more out of the 50 states to go.

In 2010, Kim tore her ACL in a ski accident and learned to bounce back, she was determined to continue, so that she too would not lose momentum. As she healed, Kim tirelessly mentored, coached and inspired individuals to grow their abilities and deepen their appreciation for the sport of running and triathlons. She approached it as a non-intimidating sport, dedicated to the pursuit of a life-long, health focused endeavor to fit in a persons lifestyle. The overall goal is to foster the sport at all levels.
Kim still had a burning passion for marathons, to be a big part of something more. Back at it in 2012, she ran over 15 half marathons. It wasn't long before
she got her speed back in her running sport. Then, determined to reach a bigger goal, the Ironman, Kim's long-time swim coach friend suggested she practice two-sided breathing. Kim realized she needed to advance in her technique and soon joined a master swim team in 2016. She started competing in more Triathlons, the Wisconsin Triathlon series in 2017.

Groshek has completed over 150+ runs and triathlons of all distances, including many full and over one-hundred lifetime half marathons. She even competed in the IRONMAN Wisconsin in Madison in September of 2017. It was one of her most memorable races as she was able to keep with her plan.

Kim continues to grow in the Marathon and Triathlon sport with more plans to compete in Wisconsin, several U.S. states, Canada and beyond! 

Crashing more lifetime stats:
13 marathons (Last was Wausau, Aug 2017)
6 marathons in 6 states (NY, IL, WI, MN, MI, FL)
2 International marathons (Last was Detroit Free Press Marathon, 2015)
97 half marathons (Last Hot Cider Hustle, Oct 29, 2017)
48 half marathons in 48 states (Last state Utah, Aug 12, 2016)
2 - International half marathons (Last was St. John's Canada, 2010)
2 - 70.3 IronMan (Last Door County 7/16/2017)
6+ - Olympic distance triathlon (Last J-Hawks 2017)
20+ sprint distance triathlons and Duathalons
4 Centuries - (Last was Race the Lake 2017)
1 Ironman (Last was Wisconsin Ironman, Sept 10, 2017)

2017 Races Completed:
1 Ironman (Wisconsin Ironman, Sept 10, 2017)
1 70.3 Half Ironman (Door County July 16, 2017)
5 Olympic Triathlons (Lake Country, J-Hawk (2), Wisconsin Triterium)
5 Sprint Triathlons (Lake Mills, Pardeeville, Tri-ing for children, Sugar River, Devil’s Challenge)
2 Aquathons (Madison)
1 Century (Race the Lake 2017)
2 marathons (Grandma, Wausau)
5 half marathons (Green Bay, MadCity, Marquette, Summerfest rock n sole, Hot Cider Hustle)
5K: MadCity, Ocononomoc, St. Patrick Day run
8K: Crazy Legs Madison
10K: Al’s run, New Years Dash

2017 season results:
▪️Lake Mills Triathlon - Sprint - 4th in AG
▪️J-Hawk EarlyBird - Olympic - 4th in AG
▪️Wi Kriterium - Olympic - 4th in AG
▪️Pardeeville - Sprint - 4th in AG
▪️Tri-ing for Children - Olympic - 2nd in AG
▪️Lake Country - Olympic - 3rd in AG
▪️Wausau Marathon - 1st in AG
▪️Sugar River - Sprint - 2nd in AG
▪️Devils Challenge - Sprint - 3rd in AG
▪️J-Hawks Latebird Olympic - 1st in AG

๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป‍♀️
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hot Cider Hustle Half Marathon: I knew you'd believe me...

Race Recap:
1. Waiting to book a hotel last minute is okay. Waiting for the last minute to book a hotel sometimes works great! And you might get the best hotel location with the best price. 
2. Stop an enjoy the roses. It's fun stopping along the way, walking the small town streets, chat with retail owners at the local coffee shop and meet a few patrons drinking coffee along the way.
3. Try out a small town Yoga Studio. You'd be surprised at how friendly they can be, in a warm-hometown kind of way.
4. Get some sleep. Don't fret over the small hotel room, try to sleep the best you can.
5. Don't doubt your initial research. Angelina's is an Italian restaurant. And it's good! 

Heading out for a little getaway, including a run. I pack and check things twice. I get ready for the cold weekend of plans running a half marathon. This will be my 97th lifetime half marathon that I complete. And it will be my 5th 13.1 in 2017. I do these to keep me going, to keep focused and it gives us time to get away, visit friends and explore new sites.

Road Trip. Woot!
Rainy day, but packed my weekend bag, jumped in the jeep and got on the road.

We arrive, and I check in my amazing room overlooking the bay and found this on my door. It’s a good day for a good day! Love the message, made me smile.

Unpack and layed out my flatsy for the Hot Cider Hustle. 
Pasta feed at Angelina's an amazing authentic Italian restaurant. Our hotel was close in the city, and we walked the few blocks to get there. At first we looked at the door front and almost walked by, thinking it wasn't much. But, decided to go in and to our surprise there were two levels. The greeter walked us up the stairs to our table. The food and homemade breads were delicious. The restaurant tables were full.
Ready, Set, Go!
Heading out for the Hot Cider hustle half marathon. 
Here we go!!! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘€ ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป 
I ran the Hot Cider Hustle Half marathon on Sunday. It felt good to get out and run. It was so much fun, having caramel apples and a cozy sweatshirt and hot cider in a mug they gave us at the finish. 20 degrees at the start, kept an even pace. Stopped 4 times, 2 minutes each. So, I know that I can make the average pace. I just need to work on my nutrition, the week before the race. Keep focusing on nutrition, practice makes perfect.
My Stats....
Hot Cider Hustle Half: 
Time: 2:14:13 Pace: 10:15
Overall place: 432 out of 668
Age division place: 11 out of 21
Gender place: 273 out of 472

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