Earth Day 10k Recap

Blister Sisters!

Today I ran the Earth Day 10k in South Jordan, Utah–once again with our Blister Sisters posse. None of us had ever run around that city before, so we didn’t know what was in store for us. And I’m sure none of us were expecting a LOT of hills . . . and rain . . . and more hills . . . and wind. It really wasn’t too bad, though, because I’d rather run under cloudy skies and in cold weather than under cloudless skies and in blistering heat. But I’m getting ahead of myself . . .

Earth Day 10k
What is up with my foot?

I wanted to run this race smart, not go out too fast, and stick to a one-mile-run, one-minute-walk strategy. I think I did all of those things well, though I think I went out a little too fast. Not too bad, though. The first two miles were fine and flat, but right around mile 2.5, we started going uphill, then uphill some more, then kind of flat, then uphill again, then up and across a pedestrian bridge over the highway, then it was kind of downhill, then we went uphill again . . . Seeing a trend here? Anyway, we finished an uphill part, then there was a steep decline–which is where I think I made up some time. Then it was slightly uphill to flat to the finish. I overshot a turn–along with some other runners–and had to backtrack and catch the correct turn. Sigh. I totally could have finished before about 5 more people. Oh well. I finished in 1:03:54 (28th place overall and 11th in the 1-30 age group). A little slower than my first 10k, but I’ll take it considering the ridiculous amount of hills. 🙂 I really do love the 10k distance.

Cute shirt

The race was really small–I’d say like 60-75 runners–which was nice. It meant there was a better chance that a gal in our group would win an age group or a raffle prize. And two of us did–a raffle prize, that is! I won a $20 gift card to a local pizza place, and another Blister Sister won a gift bag from Chik-fil-a. Good times. The finish line food and stuff was really good too. Chik-fil-a breakfast sandwiches, fruit, water, rootbeer, and chocolate chip cookies. The swag bag was also pretty good. Nice tech shirt with a cute design, actually useful coupons and a bulb for a butterfly plant, which I thought was cool since it was an Earth Day race (even though Earth Day is on Monday).

The route was really hilly, but I kind of feel awesome that I ran a good race on hills. The course support was pretty good, though I wish the finish area route were marked a bit better and that the race weren’t so far from home (little over a half hour). I’m only saying the distance thing is a problem because we have like a billion races in my town. All in all, it was a good race, and I’d run it again.

Hale Freezes Over 5k Recap

The Hale Freezes Over 5k on February 9 was a fun little the race in my town–a race that lived up to its name. It really was freezing, but thankfully they had prerace hot chocolate. 🙂

I was able to run it with the Blister Sisters!  We all had a pretty good time even though it was really cold and there was ice everywhere. The race director was kind enough to let us know that the salt and ice melt that they put on the roads was freezing too. Lovely. The route had a couple bad icy patches that were hard to run over, but all in all it was pretty good. The only downside to the race route was a huge hill near the end of the race, probably less than a mile from the finish, which was not really fun when we had already run 2 miles. 🙂  The race packets were good. We got some samples and coupons and vouchers to the theater (the “Hale” in “Hale Freezes Over” is for the Hale Center Theater). Even though it was a small-town race, it was run really well, and I would totally run it again. I even got fifth place in my age group the time of 32 minutes. Like I said . . . a really small race. That would never happen–not yet, anyway.

So if you’re ever in town, check this race out.

Blister Sisters at the Hale Freezes Over 5k

See ya, 2012

A lot of things about 2012 were awesome, namely going to California twice, getting a new job, running some races, and reviving this blog. Others weren’t so fun, like having way too many things to do at the new job due to a restructure, plantar fascitiis, and a general lack of motivation haunting me at the end of the year. But let’s dwell on the good stuff. Here’s the good stuff from 2012!


I’m a half marathoner! I never doubted that I would run a half marathon, but I wasn’t sure I would make it to the start line of my Halloween half. Thanks to an awesome PT, I made it, and I’m still in recovery mode–and I’m ready to rock a few half marathons in the new year!

Blister Sisters!I have awesome friends to run with! Gotta love my Blister Sisters. These gals certainly help me stay motivated and on track (no pun intended). They’re awesome, and I know we’ll be in for some more great training and races in 2013.


I love french fries! Well, this won’t ever change . . . But I’m hoping to find great fries in the new year. If I don’t, well, that would just be sad. Any suggestions?

I'm really not that tan (or red).

I love new gear! I got a lot of great gear this year. Honestly, I’d rather get a new pair of running shoes or a pair of capris over “normal clothes” any day. What’s the coolest piece of gear you’ve gotten this year? I would have to say my new Altras and my yurbuds take the cake on this one.

And I love the chance I have to check up on myself today and set goals for the upcoming year. Here we go . . .

  1. Eat more vegetables. I love veggies; I’m just lazy for some reason and don’t prepare them as much as I should. This will change in the new year. (Starting with spinach and artichoke dip tonight–healthy, right?)
  2. Cross train more. I really enjoy cross training, and I know it will help me stay away from running injuries. It’s easy to just stick to running, but to be a better runner, I need something more.
  3. Run 3 half marathons. This will be fun. I’m signing up for my first one tonight, and the next one’s registration opens up next week. It’s gonna be great!
  4. Improve my 5k time. I need to do speedwork.
  5. Run a few 10ks. I’ve only run one, but I really loved the distance, so we’ll see more 10k races this year.
  6. Grow the blog. I know I need to improve things on the blog (like design, content, etc.), so I’ll be working on that.
  7. Go on a kick-awesome trip. TBA, but it’s going to be great.
  8. Get ahead at my job. 
  9. Cook more. I love cooking, but I’ve gotten out of the habit due to working late, stress, etc. This has to change.
  10. Have fun! And this means more dates with the Engineer, fewer nights of working late, more activities, more races, more good stuff in 2013! 🙂

Well, good job if you’ve read all of this. 🙂 I hope that you will all reach your goals too, and I wish you all the success and happiness in 2013.

Great run on a gorgeous Saturday!And thanks for reading French Fry Runner! Stay tuned for more awesomeness in 2013!

(p.s. I’ll announce the winner of the Shine On, Sporty Girl giveaway on Wednesday, January–or maybe tomorrow. We’ll see.)