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Pineland Farms 25k Race Recap

Hard to believe it’s already been a week since the Pineland Farms 25k. A very busy and fun week, too! After the race I finished out a great long holiday weekend, had a free trial week for my new outdoor bootcamp business, went mountain biking for the first time this year, and finished with a course preview of the Sebago Lake Triathlon course (and a swim in the lake). Holy moly! But let’s back up a little bit… 


I started training for this race around early April. Or that’s when I started building up my milage anyway. I basically only ran two days a week. Occasionally three if they were shorter. One “short” run 4-6 miles with some speed work (tempo or pick ups… I think I only went to the track once) and then one long run a week where I would add a mile or so each week, finishing with my longest run at 13.1 miles two weeks before race day. You may ask to yourself: is that enough running? For me, definitely. For those of you who don’t know I injured my ankle 4 years ago skiing (ironically at Pineland) so since then I have kept running to a minimum and I definitely make sure to not run every day, so as not to aggravate it. So two days a week works for me and then I cross train with spinning, road biking, weight training, and swimming. It works ๐Ÿ™‚ 


My original training schedule. I also have to take into account classes I have to teach and workouts (running) I need to do with my clients. A giant jigsaw puzzle!

The Race

I’d say about 5/15 of the race miles are “fun”. Conveniently 3 of the fun miles are the first three so the race starts out on a good note. The race starts out FAST (by trail standards) and mostly downhill. And then the hills begin. There are no serious multi-mile climbs on the course but Pineland is LOADED with steep uphills and steep downhills. Non stop. For many many miles. Most of the course is in the woods on double track said hilly trails but there are a few field sections thrown in there. The fields were actually my least favorite part. They’re pretty- and you’ll see cows and sheep and that might distract you from how awful they are but the footing was very difficult on them and the grass was just long enough where you were never quite sure where to put your feet, but hey, I signed up for a trail race and a trail race it was! 

So the first three miles were fun, then I started to wonder if I could even finish 15 miles, there were two more fun miles around mile 11 when the hills decided to take a little break, and then the last 5k went by SO. SLOW. One foot in front of the other and I got to the end! I wasn’t sure what to expect pace wise for this race since I knew the terrain was very difficult and trails definitely slow you down. Walking slows you down too. That happened a few times. Going into it I was thinking that I would be very happy with sub 10 min miles and I hit my goal! I finished in 2:30 averaging 9:43 miles for 25k or for all you americans reading this: 15.5 miles. This race is very well organized and there were fantastic aid stations about every three miles where you can guzzle gatorade or water and feast on delacasies such as gummy bears and potato chips (true story that’s what I ate). I didn’t carry any water or snacks with me but made sure to have something at every stop. I saw lots of people carrying their own water so it’s totally personal preference. I don’t like carrying things. 


Post Race

After this race is a fun time. There is a bbq, free stuff (darn tough socks and kind bars!), and free beer if you’re into that after racing. I am not. I ran into some friends and chatted for a while, got some food from the potluck bbq, sat on the grass and almost stayed there the rest of the day due to some seriously sore legs, and then made my way home. I didn’t realize how bad it was but I had a serious blister situation on my feet! I spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with the dog on the couch and then actually ended up going to a concert later in the day. I was very excited that it was a cold evening for an outdoor concert because the only shoes I could even think about putting on were uggs! (and that’s what I wore to a concert in May… ugg boots.) Overall it was such a fun time and something I’m so proud of completing and I’m excited to do it next year! 





Urban Runoff 5k and Summer Race Planning

Good morning! Today seems like a good day to think about summer and racing and anything other than the fact that it is SNOWING out. On Saturday we did the Urban Runoff 5k which was a great race that was put on right in our neighborhood. It was fun to race on trails that I run regularly (Angus laughs at me when I say “for fun”) and since IDEXX was a sponsor team I saw lots of people I knew at the race from classes! 


I was hoping for a sub 24 minute 5k but that didn’t happen. In fact, I got the same exact (to the second!) time I got for the last 5k I did. Guess what, my friends? When you make the same mistake you get the same result! Need to get my pacing under control and not run like a bat out of hell the first mile. Things to work on! I got over the disappointment fast with a waffle brunch with some women who take my classes. 



So what’s next? This time of year I shift my training and run and bike way more than I strength train. I’m still trying to get two days of weights in a week: one lighter workout (tabatas, AMRAPS, etc) with lighter weights and then one harder lift (mostly bench) a week. Other than that it’s run, bike, swim! Here’s what I’m looking at for racing this summer. Anything after July is very up in the air. Are you doing any of these races? Are there any I should consider? 

May 29- Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival 25k

June 12- Sebago Lake Triathlon Festival Sprint TRI

July 9- Old Port Half Marathon

(I am an ambassador for this race! I have done the half and the 5k and it’s such a great morning and so much fun to run through the streets of downtown Portland. If you would like to do the race here is a little discount! Sign up and then go treat yourself to a coffee with your big savings.)

Old Port Graphic


Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival

Good morning! My legs are a little tired this morning after running the 10k in the Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival yesterday! This was a great race and event and I’m already excited to do it again next year. (It’s funny how running works, if you asked me in the last mile of the course if I was ever going to do it again I would say no wayโ€ฆ now that it’s over I can’t wait)

The 10k course has lots of rolling hills but the first half of the course is mostly downhill, while the last half of the course is mostly uphill. Then the last kilometer of the race is ALL uphill. It was hard. Since I’ve spent many days at Pineland skiing and racing there (on skis) the trails were really familiar to me and I knew all the twist and turns and upcoming hills. It was nice knowing the course so well but there were many times where I was dreading a hard section that was coming up. 

Here’s my coworker, Joanne, and I waiting at the start of the race!17693_10204587686231698_4730102087563766090_nThere are lots of different options for race distances and the festival spreads over two days. There is everything from 5k to 50 miles to a dog race. I loved this corgi and weener dog running together.IMG_2192This adorable little bundle of chub wanted to play with Angus instead of race.IMG_2196Here I am coming up one of the hills!IMG_2184

photoI was really happy with my results! It was one of my fastest 10ks on the hardest course I’ve done. Something about a race though and PAYING to run makes me want to try a little harder. See you again next year, Pineland! ๐Ÿ™‚

Race Report: Tri For The Y

My legs are extra sore this morning after competing in the Tri for the Y yesterday at the Freeport YMCA. I did this race last year and was so excited to do it again this year. I LOVE that the swim portion of the race is in the pool and it’s just a really fun event in general, whether you’ve done hundreds of triathlons or doing it as your first race. Anyway, here is a recap of the course!

325 Yard Swim

You start the swim in the deep end of the pool and swim 13 lengths and get out in the shallow end and run to the transition area. You start in the water and share the lane with one other person. I really don’t care for open water swimming and there are not too many triathlons that have a pool swim so this adds to my love for this race ๐Ÿ™‚



Usually the bike course is 13 miles but this year there was a last minute change and it got shortened and re-routed. I think this year’s was about 11 miles. The “new” course was a two loop course that seemed like it was slightly up hill the entire time. Even though it was shorter I would say it was much more challenging! The course felt slow and so did I. It was also a windy day… I will be very excited next year when the course returns to what it normally is ๐Ÿ™‚



This is the part that usually kills me. The course is almost completely flat. Oh, except for that GIANT hill right in the middle of it! It’s advertised as a long gradual climb but it’s really just a straight up hill. My favorite part of the run portion of triathlons is knowing there’s nothing left to do afterwards! Needless to say I was happy to cross that finish line ๐Ÿ™‚


Angus and I both won our age groups and we got pint glasses! This was probably the most useful prize I have ever won in a race! IMG_0517

Also, Angus is pretty darn fast. Even if he stands on the bottom of the pool during the swim. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what’s next? No more triathlons until August. I have my eyes on the Old Port Half Marathon in July though. Then in August it’s either REV olympic or half iron man, and tri for preservation.







Race Report- Tri for Preservation

This past weekend Angus and I participatedย  in the Tri for Preservation in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This was Angus’ first triathlon and my third and we already can’t wait for next summer to do more races! Between studying for my CPT exam and planning a wedding (that is happening in 10 days!!!), there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for training this summer. Even so, I’m very happy with my results and am eager to train for races next summer! Our great friends Mike and Courtney woke up at the crack of dawn to come cheer us on and to take great pictures! The pictures in this post are taken by Courtney Elizabeth Media.


Angus and I pre-race

The Swim- 500 yards of swimming at the beautiful Crescent Beach. Not a whole lot more to it. They had advertised that it would be an in-water start. Thankfully, they ditched the idea and it was a normal beach start. Next time I will swim more than once before the race.

Finished with the swim and running to my bike!

Finished with the swim and running to my bike!

The Bike- The bike featured a two loop 14.5 mile course along the coast and the marshland. There were a few rolling hills but nothing major. I spent three years in college racing road bikes and for some reason, I am much much faster now than I ever was then. I wish I could say it was from all the hard training I did but I think I have ridden my bike to the Gelato Fiasco more times than I have gone for a road bike ride this summer. I guess it will just be one of those mysteries!

Almost done with the run!

Almost done with the run!

The Run- “Ouch” pretty much sums up the run. It starts on a “fire road” which really felt more like the beach. SO MUCH SAND AND SO SLOW. Luckily it wasn’t a very long fire road and the run finishes on the road. There’s even an aid station at mile two with water and gatorade. It was just over three miles and I was pretty darn happy when it was over ๐Ÿ™‚

Angus and I post-race. About to go get some bagels from 158 with Mike and Courtney!

Angus and I post-race. About to go get some bagels from 158 with Mike and Courtney!