Today I received this in the mail:

Ohio Challenge Series 2013 Finisher Shirt

Ohio Challenge Series 2013 Finisher Shirt

It’s my Finisher’s T-Shirt and invitation to the Finisher’s Banquet for the Ohio Challenge Series that I was apart of with the Running Bestie this year. To be apart of this you have to have finished 6 races in the series. I signed up back in March and to be honest, I didn’t think that I was going finish 6 races in the series, but I did! In fact, I’ve completed a total of 10 in the series, along with the Color Vibe 5k, Hall of Fame City Challenge 10k, and the Akron 1/2 Marathon! It’s been a busy racing year and I still have a few left before the year ends. Very excited to attend the banquet and get my Finisher Medal to add to my collection πŸ™‚

Happy Tuesday!




10k’s and Hair Products!

This past Sunday, I ran my 12th race of the year…back in March when I ran my first race of the year, a St. Patrick’s Day 5k, I never thought I would run 12 races this year, let alone finish a half-marathon (!!!) and three 10k’s within those 12 races.

The race was the Mark’s Place Healthy is Beautiful 10k and of course I ran it with my Running Bestie, Sarah πŸ™‚

Can’t run a race without her now πŸ™‚

I have to be honest though, we both were not feeling like running this race on Sunday. We’re not sure why, but we both admitted to each other that we were not feeling this race, but we decided to do it anyway because we knew that we would regret not doing it.

This race a little different for me because it was scheduled for the afternoon and not first thing in the morning, I’m used to. What I’m used to is working midnights and running my race first thing in the morning after I get off…crazy I know, but if I’m not running a race after I get off my midnight shift, then I’m working out or running at least a 5k myself anyway…so why not run a race??


I must say, that I am so very glad that I ran the race. I PR’d my 10k time (AND my 5k time by the way…go me!), and it was a beautiful fall day with the leaves changing and falling from the trees as we ran.

The best part about this race was the loot we got for running. The 10k was sponsored by a salon and for running we got a travel sized Matrix shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray (along with our t-shirt)…AND when we were done got a 2 bottle combo pack (big bottles) of Matrix shampoo and conditioner that costs $32 in the salon. We were suppose to trade our bibs for those, but Sarah and I asked if we could keep our bibs because we save them and lucky for us, they let us keep them. I don’t think I could give up my bib, even if that is the exact type of shampoo/conditioner that I use for my hair and it’s expensive…I earned my bib and it’s important to me that I save it for my wall…

It’s a runner thing…


Post-Race Selfie

Another 5k coming up next Sunday! I’m actually excited about this one! Race number 13! When I started again at the beginning of this year, I had a mental goal to do a few races, maybe 2 or 3 over the summer…never thought I would be where I am today. I am very proud of myself.

Big plans in the works for 2014…it’s going to be EPIC!

I am a runner.

Happy Monday!!