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?


  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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