This Might Be A Bad Idea

46 miles across Indianapolis looks like this.

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With a new team this year (Previously), we needed a new name and new shirts to race the 2017 IndyQuest Adventure Race. Since CS has heard about the race every year, he said he was interested in racing. Hmmm. I thought… That might be a bad idea. So our team name was born, This Might Be A Bad Idea. My super gym-mate MH was on board. Alright we are doing this! Here is the selection I sent my team.

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Of course, the $4.97 Snaccident shirt won. I even had to admit that it is pretty funny. After a long day of racing, we were pooped.

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We were able to catch up with other racers sharing our experiences of the day.

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Did you get that checkpoint?
How long did it take you to do the puzzle?
Are your clothes dry yet??

After food and bevs, we were a much happier team!

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And even scored 2nd place in our division! Not too shabby for this group!

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Happy to report the poison ivy was very contained this year. Phew. We’ll be back.

The Ultimate Saturday

Was thrilled to represent Team OneAmerica at the 2nd annual 2017 Indy Ultimate race!

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This event takes you all over downtown Indy to see what our community has to offer. First stop, IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium for a soccer kick.

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After that, we made our way past the Indianapolis Zoo to run the bases at the Victory Field.

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NL was ready!

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What’s up Rowdie!

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Let’s go to Lucas Oil Stadium to kick a football through the uprights!

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Very cool to enter through the tunnel like a real Pro.

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So, I didn’t make it through the goal posts, but I was pleased that my kick did get air born like a champ!

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Georgia street welcomed us some tire drills and a frisbee toss. And finally a water station. It was hot out!

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So I enjoyed getting into some air condition at Bankers Life Field house. Before the free throw, I need my pic with this guy while the band played!

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Didn’t get to shoot on the real court… would have been a fun stair climb!

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Next stop, the Circle to ride the HandleBarIndy.Com. But no beer?! Pass.

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We were treated to a trivia maze just south of the Indiana War Memorial Museum. As we arrived to the stairs, there were Soldiers yelling at us to climb to the top. “WHY ARE YOU SMILING?” Seriously yelling. It was awesome! After the stairs, you could see what was up next.

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Pack carry around the fountain.

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Slack line.

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Then the obstacles in the American Legion Mall.

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Let’s finish this thing! Down the canal, through the Indiana State Museum and back to Military Park to celebrate!

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Complimentary beer only quenched my thirst for a few sips. Creeper alert!

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#ConquerIndy – We did! Thanks to Indiana Sports Corporation for putting on a great event!

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What’s the best way to not be sore after a race? Stay on your feet!

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We were ready to party with the pretty people!

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And eat! Bring me my tacos Cluster Truck!

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Huge day of fun and memories! Can I rest now?

A Mile A Day In May

Previously.

While starting my “training” for the Mini 5K this year on May 3rd, I thought of an idea to get my ass running on a regular basis again. “A Mile A Day In May” was born. I have no excuse to not carve off 10 minutes a day for a minimum one mile run. Since I started this idea late, I made sure to have catch-up runs for May 1st & 2nd, which included a run over to packet pick up in some rain. Little did I know that was an omen for race day. What better way to shake off the crappy weather than with a mascot photo!

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Slim pickins’ in the goodie bag since this race went to a virtual goodie bag. This was a fun surprise, a student who has benefited from the 500 Festival education programs wrote us a note!

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Instead of our usual lasagna dinner, we met up with my cousin and 2nd cousin who would be running the race with Team Triumph!

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If you haven’t heard of this group, please visit their website. TEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Their mission is “To enhance the health and well being of individuals with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.” My cousin’s daughter has an amazing story and gets to ride in this chair at events.

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I have thought about racing with someone like this for awhile because I do so many races by myself. Now, I’ll commit to racing for Team Triumph in 2017. Mom and I added CS to our 5K team this year!

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He’s in shorts and a jacket. I’m in pants, a winter coat and stocking cap. 45 degrees is not my friend. The weather didn’t keep the crowd away but I heard a lot of runners bailed on the Mini because of the conditions.

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The weather couldn’t keep T-Rex away! I needed a picture with this guy!

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Mom was not happy with the drizzling rain. Nobody puts Mama in a hood.

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It was chilly but 5K bag people? Must of been their 1st rodeo.

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During the last mile Mama had her fill. She was ready to bail. Don’t JUMP!!

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But she gets some pep in her step at the finish line!

I think we’ve seen the last of the Mom/Daughter Mini days. We’ll find some warmer races to compete in. Got to see my longtime friend @erikprops finish the wheelchair race! Sorry I can’t show a closer view… Flickr needs to figure out their photo editor choices.

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As I’m trying to figure out time splits for my cousins, Chad goes “There they are!” Fugh! Barely could get my phone out in time but I did get to capture J running the last bit of the race!

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As we walk back to our tent, we spy a massage area. Yes please!

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So, back to A Mile A Day In May… I only missed last Thursday because of the work schedule and events, but I made up for it the day before. My legs are tired, but will stay strong!

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

CS had the idea to run the 2016 Dragstrip Dash Express 10K this year. Uh, not for me. I just did a 10K last month and hated it. I’ll do the 5K.  Once we saw this race benefited the B&O Trail, it made sense why the word Express was added on. Two races have merged.

I have never been to Lucas Oil Raceway, so this would be a unique way to meet the track.

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You start exactly where the dragsters start. A look down the strip.

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They split up the boys and the girls in the separate alleys. They do a fun thing at the start where there are awards for the first male and female to cross the quarter-mile finish line. I wasn’t in the mood for a sprint, just wanted to run. CS crossing that 1/4 mile line!

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Since the race started at 6:30 pm, we were treated to a beautiful sun set.

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The course was a double loop around the race track (another reason I was not interested in the 10K). I felt pretty slow but it’s been a heavy workout week for me.

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After I finished, I ran to a few spots to cheer CS on. The first time I saw him he grumbles, “Yea, this was a bad idea.”

Turns out it was a great idea for each of us. I won my age group in the 5K! Along with my finisher medal, I got a special 1st place pin to accompany it.

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As I’m walking up to get my award, the WISH TV 8’s correspondent Lori Wilson says, “You had to cheat to get into this age group.” My age group was 35-39. As I’m getting my official winner shot taken. They camera man calls me “Purdue”. “Hey Purdue, are you in school there now?”

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I laughed hysterically and said, “No sir, I graduated 16 years ago.” Glad I started that wrinkle cream at 30!

CS took home the 3rd place award in his 10K age group! His first running award ever! Next year, I’m going to rethink that sprint. Trophy’s at this race are retired pistons from a real dragster. I want one.

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I’m Not Tough Like This

The Runner’s Forum was offering an outdoor movie night. Yes please!

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I’d never heard of The Barkley Marathons (as I will find out later why) and was instantly intrigued with the tag line. The hardest 100 mile race around. I’ve seen a few. Heard of a dozen. What is this all about? Before the show started, I was motivated to be out with the old, and in with the new!

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From Nike to New Balance, so let’s try Saucony. On with the movie!

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Holy shit this is nuts. 100~ish miles in 60 hours in Tennessee. Watch this movie if you feel like you are a bad ass. You might not be. I am not.

OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K

Previously.

Lately, I have alarm fails when Mom visits. Our race starts at 7:30 am. She wanted to get up at 5:15 for our 6:15 exit time. My right brain had it’s own agenda. It got up at 6:15. She does this now. Well, shit. Sorry Mom, let’s go!

We get parked and then the bathroom pit stop had to occur. Hey 5K Race, go ahead and start. We’ll catch up! As we are walking to and past the start, we get on the route. Mom says, “Where’s the crowd?” Me, “We’ll catch them, we are are late but it still counts.” We start right behind the EMS cart and this guy getting the job done in his own way. Humble reminder we are all on our journey and to be proud for others on their personal journey.

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Mom was raring to go! She was ready to pass people like a race car driver. We had pedicures and shopping to do afterward! Traditions.

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After mile 1, we caught up to the “Back of Pack” sign. This helps you know to get your ass moving or get your ass on the bus. We don’t do buses.

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Usually you see Mom and I arm-in-arm making our way to the finish. This time, we saw a new approach. Awwww… (what’s happened to me?!)

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We finished in under an hour and happy as could be!

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Once we finished, we went to the team tent, hydrated, got some food and made our way to the grandstands to wait for the Mini finishers. This was a new experience for us! We were giddy and add to that, these “clappers” to cheer in the elite runners this race draws!

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While waiting for the elites, our buddy from mile 1, GOT IT DONE!

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The annoucer calls his name and he acknowledges the remark. Cue my tears. I didn’t even know this guy, and damn, mad respect for his journey that brought him to this race. Thanks to Karma for letting me witness someone else’s fortitude. Being bold with my message here… life is a classroom… We learn every day from ordinary experiences. Or did Tay-tay Swift teach me that?!

The top finishers started arriving! Never seen it from this side before.

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I think Mom and I found our new race. I couldn’t have asked for a better day and wonderful experience with my beautiful Mother. Here’s to 10 more!!

The Graffiti Run 5k

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PS has been talking about doing this race for awhile. I kept checking the race calendar and finally one came to town. Then so did the rainy chilly weather! I was just at the beach in 80 degrees. Grr. Who cares, let’s get dirty!

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We arrived promptly for the 10 second count down. Perfect! We just hopped right in line and started our race. They had 4 color blast stations on the course where volunteers reached into 10 gallon drums and peppered you with a color. The first one we avoided. The 2nd one, it was like “what the hell”, it’s why we are here. So we got a little. The 3rd was slow motion. The girl cocked her arm back and, with a hot pink fireball, she nailed me.

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Now I know the drill. I’ll use PS as a shield at our next one.

Race Season Begins

Big 10 games were in town. I won’t complain about free tickets. I will complain about watching Rutgers v. Nebraska. Boring.

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Probably the most exciting part was the halftime Big 10 baby race with each school represented. This had to violate some NCAA rule.

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Best part, I love you Robbie Hummel!

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As the weekend approached, it was time to put in some work. Previously.

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I did a toughness pose-off with Sparty. I think he won. Coolest thing was as we were walking to the start line, Coach Izzo was walking by the Circle. I’ve seen him before. He’s quite noticeable. I elbowed CS and said “That’s Izzo.” As we passed by I said, “Hi Coach!”. He responded, “Boiler Up!” Awesome.

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Least favorite part of the race. Totally kills the momentum.

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I decided I needed a selfie. I’m a dork.

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A look back.

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Usually I recruit double digit participants to represent. My numbers are dwindling. My loyal 2016 crew.

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Even the warm temps couldn’t keep WFD away. Got to use my flax seed mittens when I got home. I’m an old ass lady.

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But only 6 seconds/minute slower than 2 years ago. Take it. Bonus note: 1st in my age group!!! So, let’s do it again the following week at my fav location. Previously. Hello Holliday!

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Getting back into the running swagger, I was excited to race. This place just energizes me. It showed in my finish. 30 seconds/minute faster than last year. 2nd fastest pace ever for me there. Again, I’ll take it.