June 2013 Recap and Nisswa Firecracker 5k Recap

Its July 11 People. And I am in DENIAL! If you asked me, I’d say it was the last week of June. Because most of June I thought it was still May! I have such a hard time believing that the summer is passing us by.

However I really packed the activities in during June. I ran a half marathon, attended a bachelorette party, ran a marathon, and was a personal attendant in a wedding.

Then the fourth of July came and I taught a sculpt class, before spending time with friends!

4th paddleboardsJust a portion of the group, and those are Costco Paddle Boards in the water, the smartest purchase ever!

On July 6th I participated in the Nisswa Firecracker 5k. Which I will do a recap right in here. If you’re up north in the Brainerd Lakes area for the 4th of July I cannot recommend this race enough!! The course is part road, part trail, and not closed to traffic, however I had no issues, and saw plenty of people running with strollers. They had a 5k, 10k, and a kids race. There was a finish line slip and slide, as well as beer and crawfish. The best thing was, the race started at 8 am, so as long as you can get up in the morning, you don’t have to battle traffic and you don’t miss out on lake time!

Nisswa Firecracker 5k 2013My friends that I did the race with also did Grandma’s with me (or ahead of me, they’re speedy!), so we all had no idea where our pacing would be at for a 5k. I set my garmin for 10 minute miles, which was way too ambitious. I started out too fast and my knees and ankles hurt right away. Once I slowed it down my knee pain went away, but my ankle pain persisted for the entire race.

While I’m not thrilled with my performance, I am very happy that I took the time out of the long partying weekend to do this race. And I’m sure I will participate again next year, hopefully with a better strategy, and overall better finishing time.

There’s still time to vote for my next race. And one of my favorite bloggers posted a flashback of her first triathlon. But I am leaning towards the Irongirl Duathlon, and am happy to say I found a discount code on the Beautifully Nutty blog!

Now I just need to find a training plan and enjoy what’s left of July!

What are you up to this month? Are you surprised by how fast the summer is going?

5 Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to the Big Ten 10K I’m traveling to Chicago to run! And just lots of marathon training runs 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear what you end up deciding on for your next race!

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