Category: 50 States Racing

Our quest to run a key race in all 50 states! 12 down, 33 to go!

50 States Racing: Pennsylvania (3rd race in PA)

IMG_0515Well, I tIMG_0463IMG_0492hought I might be ready to “somewhat race” this distance since my piriformis and hamstring haven’t really been all “that bad” lately on my training runs in comparison to how they were this past spring and summer, but I would be wrong.  Also, I “sort of raced” a 5k yesterday, taking it somewhat easy, but I guess maybe even easy was a bit much to be trying to half it today.

I started out the first 5k at a decent clip; mindful of course, that today I also didn’t intend to all out “race” this since I have a marathon in 3 weeks and now this searing pain in my butt and leg have intensified again.  BUT, I did expect to at least put out a respectable 1:50-1:52 seeing that last year I ran a 1:46 on this course. I was so done way early in and contemplated many times having my first DNF.  But, many things went through my head as I struggled and I decided I would absolutely hate myself if I gave in to my discomfort so easily.  I decided to view the glass half full and stop feeling sorry for my pains and enjoy the absolutely pristine running weather we were blessed with as well as my upcoming travel/marathon plans to Arizona, Nevada and Utah with Jamison in just 3 short weeks.  We are running in Utah (where I ran my 28 minute PR of 3:42 last year and earned my spot this and next year in to Boston and where he will cross Utah also off his list).

It’s rough knowing that it’s going to be such a tough race for me this year and that I’ll be lucky if I can even break 4 hours this time, but I am thankful that I can still run and know that this injury will eventually “run it’s course” and that I can’t let it beat me down.  I am very proud of all the runners in my group who also enjoyed yesterday’s fantastic weather and beautiful course, achieved some BQ;s &/or endured some rough obstacles to finish: Cindy, Mike S., Lisa D., Dave, Brandon B., Ken, Carrie& John J.

Boston Marathon 2013

This was an unforgettable experience…Thankful, happy, sad, surreal, proud, blessed, mad, relieved, confused, pissed that such evil lurks in our world…just a ball of emotions surround my first ever Boston Marathon experience and the tragedy that came with it. Sending prayers of hope and healing to the victims and their families. As for the race, a special thanks goes to… Read more →

Boston Marathon 2013

Name Michel, Debra (USA) age group Female 45-49 bib number 17848 Age 46 State OH totals place (M/W) 6548 place (ag) 989 place (total) 16815 time total (net) 04:05:32 time total (gun) 04:11:52 splits Split time of day time diff min/mile miles/h 5K 10:52:10AM 00:25:50 25:50 08:19 7.22 10K 11:18:35AM 00:52:15 26:25 08:30 7.06 15K 11:45:47AM 01:19:27 27:12 08:46 6.85… Read more →

2012 Hot Chocolate 15K – Columbus, OH – November 18th, 2012

2012 Hot Chocolate 15K – Columbus Columbus, OH – November 18th, 2012 15K Age:   45   Results: Total Time:  1 hour 12 minutes 54 seconds Pace Per Mile:  07 minutes 50 seconds per mile Place:  282 Division Place:  10 / 229 Gender Place:  112 / 2232 Splits: 5K:  24 minutes 18 seconds 10K:  48 minutes 22 seconds Read more →

Akron 1/2 Marathon 13.11 mi 01:50 08:23 pace

This was an odd turn of events! I headed to Akron to work for Bondiband at the expo and to be there for my awesome friend Carla Jo C. as she ran her second full to re-qualify for Boston–which she did with a nice 3:43 (plan is and has been, for both of us to BQ and do it together,… Read more →

“DEATH BY” CLEVELAND MARATHON 2012

This is my worst marathon time…ever, but a very hard-earned race in 80 to 90 degree temps. Thank you everyone for your support and concern…I got back to 30 texts and a ton of Facebook messages. I ran smart like I promised and I chucked Boston at mile 8.  The pacers in the race were even dropping back…getting replacement pacers at… Read more →

CRRC Winter Run 7.5 Miler

This isn’t quite how I’d planned for things to play out. The plan was to kick this courses’ butt & crush last years’ time BUT being that the hubs & I were up all night sick, I went to this race with the “final answer” to just chuck it [no pun intended] & be the photographer & cheerleader for the… Read more →

FIRST ON THE FIRST 5k 2012

This started off the new year right w/ a 19 second PR of 24:06; not the sub 24:00 I wanted, but getting closer! This was good enough for 2nd place in my age group.  I was among the top 25 females to finish (23rd) which is crazy! I got 88th overall of 734 runners male/female (can’t believe that either!)! I… Read more →

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