Race Report: 5k Chili Challenge & 2016 News!

The dream is to keep surprising yourself, never mind the audience.” – Tom Hiddleston

I love local races. I love the convenience, I love the community and I love knowing the courses. The 5k Chili Challenge is no different. It’s a fantastic local, race where the all sorts of people come, young and old and it’s all about the community and encouraging others. Not to mention Doug and I were pretty thankful for the extra hour of sleep as we both needed it (hello easy drive and daylight savings). Once I woke him up (oops) we were out the door and on our way to the race venue.

I had picked up our packets the day before, so when we arrived at Taughannock State Park, we hit the john and then started out warm up. The 5k course is very similar run course to the Cayuga Lake Triathlon, which we know very well. We were really lucky with the weather – it was PERFECT. Clear, upper 50s and no wind. To be honest, first I didn’t really want to race, but once warming up, I was getting in the mood. The weather helped. Last year I volunteered and it was rather blustery and it SNOWED. Now, I know I live in NY and it is November but still, doesn’t mean I like to hang out in it for hours when I’m freezing. Luckily, we didn’t have to worry about it.

After warm up, drills, some strides and understanding the full course, it was time to get on the line. I didn’t feel like I was sweating, which made concerned me a little, but I brushed it off. Once we were off with the sound of the siren, Doug bolted ahead and I dodged some of the young kids.

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The first part of the course is an out and back to the falls. This is my favorite part of the course (and the turn around for the CLT run course) – I love the gravel path and turning around at the falls. There weren’t too many people around. After Doug there was a local ultra runner (he’s not too shabby at those long distances :)) and I was in the pack with a few other men and one other woman. We were together through the first mile and then I decided I really needed to get moving. I kept reminding myself to not settle considering it was only 3 miles.

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There was an awesome cheering section back at the start, lots of noisemakers! Mentally, it was hard to run past them to do the second out and back. I was feeling pretty crappy which made it the next part of the course hard – not to mention it’s my least favorite part of the course – running over the bridge. Such a hard part of the race as it just breaks my rhythm. However, running on the edge of the lake is so beautiful. When I finally reached the second turnaround, I just tried to leave it all out there. The turnaround was helpful as it kept me honest when I saw some of the women weren’t too far behind me.

I crossed the finish line in 19:37 which I’ll take as a positive since it’s a very XC like course. I was 4th OA, 1st Female, and apparently broke the course record. It hurt haha.  Cooling down was spent cheering on other runners and some delicious chili. Doug and I were probably some of the last to leave as we just spent it relaxing and visiting with others in the community. Again, I love local races. A big thanks to Gary and Wendy for the effort they put in!

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Next exciting news: I’m SO excited and honored to part of the 2016 Coeur team again. This is my third year with the company and I couldn’t be happier. The apparel is just amazing, I mean #noangrykitty is awesome, but the company, people and my teammates are so inspiring, are always positive and so encouraging. If you have any questions – PLEASE let me know.

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I’m also equally excited to be chosen as an ambassador for Honey Stinger. As an athlete who trains ALL the TIME, I like to be really aware of what I’m putting in my body – especially this year! Can’t be much more natural than Honey!

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The 2016 race calendar is starting to fall into place. Besides running the Boston Marathon in April. I’m ecstatic to announce that I’m going to compete in Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Arizona. I’ve decided to sign up to compete in the 2016 Ironman Lake Placid through a Charity Slot. The charity slots with the IRONMAN Foundation help provide funding opportunities to local nonprofits within the Lake Placid community. 100% of the proceeds go directly back into the community.

Lake Placid has a special place in my heart and I wanted to give back to the community for all they do and give to the racers during this event. If you can/want to make a donation, please do so here. Every little bit helps, thanks in advance!

Competing in the 2014 IMLP

Competing in the 2014 IMLP

Last but not least, I’ve decided to start my own coaching company! I’ve been coaching a few athletes on the side now for over a year and I really enjoy the one-on-one coaching experience. Through the current experiences, I realized how much I love helping others achieve their goals. Let me know if you are interested or have any questions! Feel free to check out my webpage!