March… Medals… Madness! I completed four races this month, and things got a little crazy! First off, who completes four races in a month? Second, I survived to tell the tale with no injuries to report.
Since I’ve been so crazy busy running and switching jobs, this poor little blog of mine has become very neglected. I’m going to do a quick recap of all the madness that happened this month, which is going to account for a very long post.
Madness #1: New job
So I quit the ole DMP. Thank the unicorns for that. My time had come to leave the newspapers, and move on to bigger and better opportunities. I was fortunate enough to receive a great recommendation from a colleague of mine for a position at a startup called Are You a Human. Are You a Human creates a CAPTCHA (you know those annoying squiggly letters) alternative by replacing them with fun games! They needed a kick as user interface/experience guru that wasn’t afraid of Nerf darts and boys (I’m the first lady human to be working with them).
It’s a great place to work and I can’t be more excited to work with this great group of dudes.
Madness #2: Stair Climb
Remember a while ago when I mentioned that I was raising money for some crazy stair climb to the top of a very tall building? Well, that happened. My team, the Quadzillas, ended up raising an impressive amount of $1,660.51. Can you believe that!?
I had just gotten over a fierce case of the stomach flu right before the climb. Nothing like rapidly losing five pounds before exerting yourself for 70 flights of stairs. I toughed it out and finished in just over 14 minutes! Half of the team was waiting for me at the top and cheered me on as I crossed the threshold to the 70th floor. We waited around for the rest of our team and FOX 2 got a pretty sweet video of us cheering on our teammates!
After we all finished we headed on down to the first floor where a cheering crowd and shiny medals awaited! My awesome friend Heather came out to cheer us on and take photos, and it was nice to see a friendly face awaiting us at the bottom.
The Quadzillas, the medal, and the big ass building we climbed.
Madness #3: Corktown 5k
I have always heard this race was a ridiculous amount of fun, but I just didn’t feel it. I ran this race for fun with Heather and Mary Beth, and didn’t have any intention of exceeding an 11 minute mile. The whole thing was just a hot mess. The starting corrals were just…. a mob, there was a lack of post-race food, and the medals… don’t even get me started.
The course itself was just a simple 1.5 mile out and back along Michigan avenue in downtown Detroit. Michigan avenue is an ankle twist waiting to happen. Majority of the road is brick, and some of the bricks have come loose or just disappeared, causing 4”-5” deep ruts. I did enjoy the ‘running’ part of the race, I rocked a green feather boa and left a trail of feathers wherever I ran. I handed out so many high fives my hands were tingling, another benefit of out and back courses.
The first 7,000 runners were to receive commemorative medals, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the race. HOWEVER.. they gave away a bunch to the kids (whatever), and then because the start corral was a hot mess, we ended up being one of the first 7,000 finishers, but not the first 7,000 to cross the finish line.
I was bummed that I didn’t get a medal, but totally stoked to finish the race with two of my favorite ladies. No medal can replace that.
Heather, me, and Mary Beth
Madness #4: Al Kayner’s St Patrick’s Day 8k After running the previous weekend in a hot mess of a St. Patrick’s day race, this was a welcomed relief. This has got to be one of the most organized races I’ve ever attended. Here is a bulleted list of why it was so awesome:
- The course was well supported and stocked with fuel. The medal was superb! One of the best finisher’s medals I’ve received, second to my half marathon.
- There was no doubt where you had to be in the start corral, the wave start was incredible.
- There was a mass amount of handsome volunteers. Seriously think there was a volunteer every 50 feet along the course
Downtown Bay City was really cool, I can’t say I’ve spent much time there, but I was really impressed with their collection of Antique stores. Me and Mary Beth did a quick warm up around downtown and then headed to our corrals. I started off with the intention of taking it easy, but once I got comfortable I just kept runnin’! I ended up finishing it with a 9:30 pace, which isn’t something I thought I could hold for longer then 3 miles. After the race me and Mary Beth met up at the Friendship Egg, snapped a few photos, destroyed some apples and then headed to breakfast at Denny’s. We had the most amazing egg white scramble with veggies and it was the perfect end to a perfect race. The only bad thing about this race is the fact that it was in Bay City. Bay City is about 2 hours north of Detroit, and we didn’t get back into town until mid afternoon, so the whole day was basically wasted. But I would do this race again in a heartbeat, and would recommend it to a friend!
Me and Mary Beth at the Friendship Egg
Madness #5: Rock CF Half Marathon Relay
My friend Heather came to me a few months ago with this great idea to do a half marathon relay. Since the DMP was going to cover the cost of the race, and I can never turn down a free entry, I said yes. My leg of the relay ended up being a whopping 7.6 miles, and Heather’s would be 5.5 miles.
This was my first relay, and I’m glad I picked a small race like the Rock CF to do it with. It was extremely organized, and the volunteers were on top of their game! We all met at the Grosse Ile High school and the leg 1 relay runners and half marathon runners had to walk to the start, about ¼ mile away, while the leg 2 runners were bussed out to the relay exchange.
I did a quick warm up around the startline to keep… warm, because the temp was a balmy 40 something degrees, and I was rocking shorts and a tank. Once I started running though, I was glad I opted for the shorts, everyone around me was shedding layers of clothing.
The miles kept ticking away, mile 1.5 I grabbed a water, which seemed early for a water stop. The view was gorgeous along the river, if I wasn’t so focused, I would have stopped to take photos. Mile 3 they had Gatorade and I took it willingly! I was cruising along, keeping my sub 10 pace I was secretly hoping I could achieve. Right before mile 4 they had a Gu stop, I decided to grab one, since I forgot my sport beans and I was gonna need it at mile 5. I carried that sucker for a whole mile.5 before deciding to opening is and consume it. Which was the best decision ever! I had so much energy to get me that last 2.6 miles. Finally I crossed the timing mat at the relay stop and saw Heather jumping around super excited!
Once Heather started her leg I was bussed back to the High School where my mother was waiting for me. I got some food and then we waited for Heather to finish. When she was close, I moved over to the entrance of the finish chute, so we could finish together. I started running with her and we completed the last .10 miles together! Then some handsome men gave us our medals and we were reunited with our families. It was quite the achievement for us, it was both of our longest runs to date!
Me and Heather with our relay bling
Some highlights from March Medal Madness:
- Amount of classy medals acquired: 3
- Most revolting thing witnessed: A intoxicated man vomiting all over his breakfast because he was still drunk from St. Patrick’s day.
- Best post race spread: Rock CF - they had thousands of cookies and bagels and other tasty treats waiting for us in the gym.
- Favorite Medal: The Bay City medal is almost as heavy and large as my half marathon medal
- Favorite Shirt: Corktown - I’ve needed a nice short sleeve tech shirt
It was a month full of Madness, but it was the best March I ever had.
Some of my sweet medals