Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 Turkey Trot: My First 10K Race Recap

Happy Thanksgiving!
I. Ran. A. 10K!

At 4:00 a.m. my husbands alarm went off and the nerves began to set in.

I couldn't eat, I couldn't hydrate, I didn't know what to wear ... I was a mess! 

We arrived at the 10K pretty early, so we just took our time stretching and taking some fun photos. 

The start of the race was really chaotic. I'm pretty sure it felt so chaotic because it was a sold out crowd and both the 5K and the 10K started at the same time. When we finally got through the start of the race and everyone kind of disbursed, I felt great! My adrenaline was pumping and I was smiling so big because some of the guys were gobbling like turkeys throughout the race and I couldn't stop laughing - It was a lot of fun! 

Anyway! When we got almost to the end of the 5K it hit me ... we weren't stopping at mile 3. We had to keep going. ... I truly started to tear up at the thought of running 3 more miles. Whatever, my husband (#1 fan) was cheering me on and I got my second wind! I stuck to the right and continued on.
 For the first 4 miles, my husband looked completely annoyed at me. I kept telling him "I'm sorry, I'm doing my best, I'll try to run some more" etc... Finally, at about mile 5 he was like "hey, your doing really well!"  - with THAT vote of confidence, I picked it up a little more and I was able to finish strong, and ended with a 10K PR! 

Yep! I PR'd! (Okay, it was my first 10K - BUT I was much faster than anticipated!)

Hi, my name is Erin and I just PR'd!!!
I was so excited, and SO tired at the end, what a great introduction into the 10k distance! 

Here are my official stats:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pretty Muddy - Recap!

I am so excited to have the opportunity to run the Pretty Muddy, Womens only Mud-Run! I was given one race registration in exchange for promoting the race, and sharing about my experience. All opinions are my very own.


I originally signed up for the 8:15 wave. However, I heard that a group of people I know were planning to run in the 1:00p.m. wave Sooo... I switched my run time.
Since I had already convinced my husband to volunteer for the 6:30 - 10:30 shift, I emailed the Pretty Muddy team and signed myself up for the same shift.

Volunteering for Pretty Muddy was SO much fun, I had the opportunity to help in the merch. tent and help pass out shirts and information to the volunteers.  You can read about my husbands volunteer experience here

Volunteer Experience = 10 out of 10

After my volunteer duties were complete, it was time for me to transition into RUNNER status! 

In an effort to stick with the "pretty" theme, I've broken my recap into the following categories...

  • Pretty Awesome
  • Pretty Fun
  • Pretty Messy
  • That's Pretty Muddy! 
Pretty Awesome

It was Pretty Awesome that...
- I had my very own check in section at registration! (WHAT?!) As event PR, I had a VIP experience. 
- Live Band from 11a - 1p
- A free shirt

Pretty Fun
- Costume Contests 
- Fitness Classes 
- 11 challenges
- A Mud slide (that's right... a MUD slide!)

Pretty Sweaty
- Sweaty ... well, I  got sweaty while running. 

Pretty Messy
- Towards the end of the day, there was Mud EVERYWHERE! As a girl who doesn't exactly like to get too dirty, it was a little tough for me to handle. haha 

Pretty Big Shout Out!

I'd like to give a shout out to the Founders and Staff for the race. You guys truly know how to make a great event. I would like to thank you for the opportunity participate in such a fun event! I'm looking forward to next year! 

Ideas for Next Year! 
1) You should have a short dash for young girls.
2)  Make the Flip Flops Purple (white gets waaay too dirty!)

Opportunities for 2013

Follow Pretty Muddy on your favorite social sites and get ready for next year! 

* Although I was given 1 registration for the Pretty Muddy race, the opinions posted are my very own. 

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