But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.  – Isaiah 40:31 –

February 5Super 5K Road Race Novi, MI
Result: 24:15.9 (PR) (full results

Chris, Me, & Benjie Post-Race

P.S. Poor Chris broke his foot – Click here to see the before and after.

March 4 – Fight for Air Climb (70 Flights of Stairs) – Renaissance Center, Downtown Detroit 
Not technically a run, but still a race. Like the Polar Plunge, I was able to simultaneously add and cross off a bucket list item. Let me tell you… climbing stairs is a whole different game compared to running on flat ground!

I was able to run up the stairs, 2 at a time, as fast as I could, for about 11-12 flights (there are 70 total). I hit an imaginary wall.  Heavy breathing and dizziness set in; I needed to reevaluate my climbing strategy and probably my life.  From that point on, I (literally) took it one step at a time.  Using the railing and stopping for water (twice), I made it all the way to the top!!  Sweating and gasping for air, I entered the down elevator, reflected on my accomplishment, and vowed to be back next year.

Result: 11:29 (full results)

March 11 – Cork Town Race 5K – Downtown Detroit
Registered.  I’ve already got a Leprechaun hat, green & white leis and beads ready… Erin Go Bragh!  [*|:o)>  Yes, that’s my Leprechaun smiley!

Result: 23:25 (PR) (full results) – MapMyRun

Soave and I before the race.

March 18 – ShamRock ‘n’ Roll Run (5K) – Plymouth, MI

Registered.  I’ve got a second Leprechaun hat ready to go! This 5K is part of Hal Higdon’s training program for the Big House Big Heart 10K in April. [*|:o)>

Nicole and I before the race.

Result: 32:28 (full results) – MapMyRun
*Note: My Achilles tendon has been sore the last few days and I didn’t want to risk a debilitating injury with the Spartan Race in 6 days.

March 24 – Carolinas Spartan Sprint (4 Miles w/ Obstacles) – Charlotte, NC
Registered. Going to spend some quality time bonding with my brother in the mud.  Team Sex Bob-Omb.

Result: 1:42:06 (full results)
This was way more difficult than I anticipated.  I was able to complete all of the obstacles (larger walls with the help of my teammate 🙂 ) even though some were quite perilous.  Lessons learned in preparing for the Warrior Dash.

Upon this rock we stand. Victorious.

April 15Big House Big Heart 10KAnn Arbor, MI
Registered. First 10K ever! Finish line is the 50-Yard Line of “The Big House”, Michigan Stadium.

Result: 54:00 (PR) (full results)
I didn’t hit my goal time of 50:00 — I’m still trying to recover from a sinus infection and it was pouring rain out, so I’m going to lean on that as an excuse!

April 28 – Belle Isle ‘Spring Into Nature’ 5K Run/Walk – Belle Isle, Detroit, MI
Registered.  Me and Mom being active together! Should be a nice scenic run of the historic island in Detroit.

Mom and I before the race!

Result: 23:27 (Calculated from 7:34 pace. Actual race had to be 3.4 miles due to construction.  Full Results.)

I got 15th out of 150 participants and would have won a 2nd place medal if I was a woman.

May 26 – Race for the Cure 5K – Downtown Detroit
Team name is “Treasure Chest” — We will have a pirate theme!  Sign-up, join the team, and have a great race downtown for a great cause!   REGISTER HERE

Result: 24:30 (Unofficial.)MapMyRun

Most of team Treasure Chest
Header for the Race for the Cure Newsletter with our team in the very front and center.

June 16 – Run 2 Save Our Youth (5K) – Westland, MI
Registered, Adult 5K, Bri’s Team for Joe’s friend who passed away.

Result: 24:31 (Details)MapMyRun

I have no idea why I’m getting slower, but mid-24 seems to be my new standard.  It was in the high 80’s, sunny, and muggy, so that will be my excuse for now.  Joe almost died.

Joe & I before the race.
Approaching the finish line!

June 24 – Heart of Detroit (10K) – Downtown Detroit
Registered. The finish line is Home Plate at Comerica Park!

Crossing the finish line at home plate!

Results: 54:42 (Details)

July 22The Color Run (5K)Ann Arbor, MI
Registered.  Team: “Let’s Get Colored”.

Chris, Brittany, Sarah, and I after the run.
Dayglow Afterparty!

July 29 – Warrior Dash (5K w/ Obstacles) – Mt Morris, MI
Registered, 10:30AM Group — We have a ridiculously awesome crew this day!

After the race on a mountain of shoes!
Some of the Warriors. “The bandanna crew” — really? That’s what we’re going with?

Results: 36:38 (Details)

September 3 – Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run (5 Miles) – Saint Ignace, MI
I was picked in the lottery!  So excited to run this historical and record-breaking icon of Michigan.

It was dark when we started, then day broke.
Finisher! I am Pure Michigan.

November 22 – Turkey Trot (10K) – Downtown Detroit
Registered for the 10K. I had to go back for this one! If you read my blog, you know this is the one that started it all.

Before the race with Chris and Heather.
30th Turkey Trot 10K Finisher!
After the race, a landmark picture in downtown Detroit.

Results: 1:04:00 (Details) Ran the whole way with friends and wasn’t really doing it for time. I was just happy to finish without walking at all.

December ?? – Jingle Bell Run Northville (5K) – Northville, MI
Nothing too special about this one from last year, so I’d be open to doing a different run in December.

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