After the sweat fest that is summer, it's always nice when fall arrives and it's a little cooler! There are tons of races to choose from this time of year, but I had signed up for the Prairie Fire back to back challenge on New Years Eve when fees were super low. I signed up for the spring 5K and fall half. Training went much better this year. Last year we had to put Jasmine to sleep just a few weeks before the race. After that, my IT band flared up and I just didn't feel like running at all. Because of that, I didn't finish quite like I'd hoped but it was still a great experience.
This year, training went much better even though I did start to feel a bit burnt out towards the end. I was a little nervous at the starting line but having friends with me always helps!
Since my IT band managed to behave itself this year, I was able to take off over 16 min from last year. Afterwards, I was feeling fairly certain I would not be running the half again next fall, especially since I'd gotten so burnt out. Monday morning though as I rolled my sore body out of bed, I thought....I can do that faster! ;-)
She wanted to us to be "twinsies" so we both wore black tights and pink sweatshirts. She did awesome and improved her time almost 10 min from last year!
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