|Trish, Dave, Kendall, Jim,
Tony, Melissa, Carrie, Chris
My racing team had a VERY exciting weekend! We had our inaugural race as a team in the form of the 18th Annual Beer and Bagel Run in Ashland, NE. I had a really lucky start by landing the #1 bib number for the race. It was a great sign for me and I was very excited to have it! Our team has 11 members so far and 8 of us ran in the race on Sunday.
I was really proud of how everyone did. It was a VERY challenging course with lots of hills and mostly off-road. I met some great people in the racing community and was excited to talk about the team and what we are up to.
|Kim Barnhart from Team
Nebraska and me
Starting this team has been a dream come true for me. I’ve wanted to bring my love of running to the community and I feel like I am one step closer to doing that.
Running a challenging course is like a story with chapters. You can’t think of the whole thing as one event, you have to break it down. A lot of marathon runners say this is how they get through the daunting idea of 26.2 miles at one time.
|Jaimie and me|
For me, mile one I got out fast, and averaged a sub six mile/min pace. Unfortunately, after the first downhill, I hyper-extended my knee and spent all of mile two trying to work it out and recalibrate my stride which slowed me considerably. Mile three plus was stronger and a I ended up finishing in 30:58 for the almost four mile course. I finished in 132nd out of 1500 racers and 6th in my division. I was happy with the finish, especially with the slight injury.
After the race, our team hung out and talked with some other runners, ate bagels and had a beer, of course, and watched the results. We then went to celebrate at Two Fine Irishmen for some lunch and a few drinks as a team. It was a lot of fun!
|After the run|
|The Mud Mafia|
Our team is about running hard and then enjoying each other’s company! Our team is a lot of fun! Everyone runs at different paces and has different goals, but we come together as a team once we are done and celebrate the individual successes and accomplishments as a group.
I am really proud of what we did this past weekend as runners and as a group. Next weekend… we party!
Come out and meet the family!
Hope to see you there!