This year I’m turning 50 and have decided to do a “50 @ 50” challenge. My goal is to do 50 races during the calendar year. Anything from 5k and up (I did throw in a 2k, just because), any type of race- running, duathlon, triathlon, or relay.
Current stats as of August 20
Races Completed: 47
Total Distance Raced: 461.25 miles
Half Marathons: 8
10 Milers: 1
5 Milers/8ks: 2
Race #47 – Tri Cambridge Tri
Cambridge, WI 8/20/17
A local race just east of Madison. This was a sprint tri, 1/4 mile swim, 13 mile bike and 5k run. We do a lot of our swim practices in this lake, and I’ve ridden around the area a few times. The weather was nice, competition good, and I had fun. I was the first overall woman, in a time of 1:10:17. Lucky I biked fast, the second place girl (only 30 seconds back!) had a big lead on me out of the swim.
Race #46 – Iron Girl Duathlon
Pleasant Prairie, WI 8/13/17
A wonderful women’s only duathlon (and tri) in southeast Wisconsin. It was a short race, 1.7 mile run, 11 mile bike, 5k run. Perfect cool weather and great venue, I won the duathlon for the second year in a row. My time was a couple minutes slower this year, 1:06:21, but I’m racing a lot, so I’m not in the shape I was last year.
Race #45 – Madison Aquathon
Mequon, WI 8/10/17
A little extra training for my upcoming triathlons, I did the 1000m swim portion of this race, with Suellen running the 5k. The water was pretty choppy, but I was just a little faster than the last time I swam it.
Race #44 – Shoreline Duathlon
Mequon, WI 8/6/17
The second of a 3 race duathlon series in central Wisconsin, along the shore of Lake Michigan. It was a pleasant day, although a bit humid. I was a little tired from the previous day’s race, but had a pretty strong 1:26:44 time, good for second overall woman.
Race #43 – Reedsburg Triathlon
Reedsburg, WI 8/5/17
A little warmup before my duathlon the next day, a 1/4 mile swim, 14 mile bike, and 5k run. I was first overall women in this very small race, although the day wasn’t totally uneventful, I had to take my wife to the ER after the race- she got bitten by a dog while she was on the bike! Luckily she was OK.
Race #42 – Enumclaw Street Fair 5k
Enumclaw, WA 7/29/17
A quick local race just south of Seattle, before we flew home the next day. Beautiful view of Mt Rainer, and sunny skies. I ran a 21:25, and was 2nd woman overall in this small race.
Race #41 – Tongass 10k
Ketchikan, AK 7/26/17
Lots of great scenery and lots of hills on this trail run. Fun way to end the running cruise. I was the second female finisher.
Race #40 – Skagway Adventure
Skagway, AK 7/24/17
I ran this adventure race/scavenger hunt with Suellen, we covered about 5k as we found sites in Skagway. We wore our special anniversary outfits to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
Race #39 – Glacier Half Marathon
Juneau, AK 7/23/17
Second race of our running cruise, and road half. We saw waterfalls and Mendenhall Glacier off the road. A bit hilly and humid, I ran about a 1:46, although it was about a half mile long. I was the third overall woman.
Race #38 – Moosehead 5k
Anchorage, AK 7/20/17
Kicking off the Great Alaskan Running Cruise! A fun tuneup 5k on the coastal trail, I ran easy with Suellen. We had our Bullwinkle moose gear on
Race #37 – Hurts Donut 5k
Madison, WI 7/15/17
Ran this new local race with Suellen, just for fun. We had some awesome donut themed running skirts she made, and got a free donut after the race. Mmmm.
Race #36 – Pewaukee Duathlon (2 mi run/14.7 mi bike/2 mi run)
Pewaukee, WI 7/8/17
A warm afternoon race, and I was a a bit beat up from all the racing this week. But I was able to just squeak out the overall women’s win, in 1:11:49. Second year in a row for me to take 1st at this event!
Race #35 – Madison Aquathon Relay (1000m swim)
Madison, WI 7/6/17
Did this swim/run event as a relay with Suellen. It was a warm night, and I haven’t swum that far in open water since Ironman Wisconsin 2015! But I survived.
Race #34 – Boom Boom Triathlon (400m swim/16.8 mi bike/5k trail run)
Mt Horeb, WI 7/4/17
What a good way to kick off Independence Day! The first open water swim tri I’ve done in about a year and a half. Lots of hills on the bike & run, but we had perfect weather. I was 2nd woman overall in just under 1:30.
Race #33 – Kenosha YMCA Firecracker 10k
Kenosha, WI 7/2/17
Have to find some good holiday races for the summer, and this one by Lake Michigan was great. Nice scenery and flat, although a little warm. I finished the 3rd woman overall, in 44:31.
Race #32 – Summerfest 10 miler
Oregon, WI 6/24/17
A local race a little town south of Madison. I didn’t have the best run, the humidity and hills really got to me. My time was 1:14:10, and that was good for second woman overall in a very small race. I still had fun, but miss the cooler weather!
Race #31- Drop13 Half Marathon
Salt Lake City, UT 6/10/17
A crazy fast course, 3,000 ft of elevation drop over the length of the race, down Big Cottonwood canyon. My legs were sore afterwards! I was surprised to run as well as I did, finishing in 1:27:42, fast enough to win my age group.
Race #30- Harbor View 8k
Port Washington, WI 6/3/17
Arrr! A pirate themed evening race on the shores of Lake Michigan. It was a bit warm (especially as we ran away from the lake), and some hills. I had a fun pirate outfit, with hook, and ran a 34:44. That was fast enough for 2nd woman overall.
Race #29- Girls on the Run 5k
Madison, WI 6/3/17
I ran this great event with my 8 year old granddaughter. Almost 1,000 girls who had trained the last couple months to run. So much fun.
Race #28- Run Madtown Half Marathon
Madison, WI 5/28/17
Finishing up a 3 race weekend. I ran this a bit easy, still being a little sore from the Duathlon the day before. I ran in a Glinda the Good Witch costume, complete with bubbles. My final time was 1:44:17, good for first in the 50-54 age group.
Race #27- Run Madtown Twilight 10k
Madison, WI 5/27/17
Ran this for fun with Suellen, in some matching “Force of Orange” outfits, in honor of our running group.
Race #26- Cooney Duathlon (2mi/20mi/2mi)
Oconomowoc, WI 5/27/17
A perfect day for a race, cool and calm. And a very fast course. I was a little slower than last year, but sitll happy with my time. I came in the second woman overall, in the first race of the Wisconsin Du Series.
Race #25- Fargo Half Marathon
Fargo, ND 5/20/17
This was such a fun event! We started and finished inside the FargoDome, the weather was perfect (mid 40’s to 50 and cloudy), and the spectators were great. Flat course, and I ran well. I was hoping for 1:35, and finished in 1:35:35, so just a little off my goal. That was good enough for 1st woman in my age group and 21st overall woman out of 2,436!
Race #24- Fargo Heros 5k
Fargo, ND 5/19/17
A little warmup for the half marathon the next day. Ran/walked with Suellen, and enjoyed the sights around the FargoDome.
Race #23- Neenah Duathlon (2 mi/18 mi/2 mi)
Oshkosh, WI 5/13/17
First Duathlon of the season! Perfect weather and a pretty & fast course. I raced well, with a fast bike, and finished in 1:18:32, first woman overall.
Race #22- J-Hawk Tri
Whitewater, WI 5/7/17
My first tri since Ironman Wisconsin in 2015! 500y swim, 13 mile bike, 3.3 mile run. My legs were pretty toasty from the race the day before, but I still had a strong bike (21.1 mph) and held on for an OK run. I was 3rd woman overall and 1st in my age group.
Race #21- Lake Monona 20k
Madison, WI 5/6/17
A challenging and fun race around the lake here in Madison. It was my first race in my new 50-54 age group, and I paced it very well. 1st in my age group in 1:32:35.
Races #19 & 20 – Cookie Chaser 2k & 5k
Riverton, UT 4/29/17
I was in Salt Lake City for my birthday, visiting family, and found this great local fundraiser for the Girl Scouts. Ran the 2k with Suellen and raced the 5k. I wasn’t sure whether to count the 2k in my 50 races, but it was an official race AND I even got some age group hardware, so what the heck. In the 5k, I finished first woman overall and got a bunch of girl scout cookies 🙂 The best part of this race was our running outfits- vintage Girl Scout cadet with a real sash & skirt from 1970 for me, and a Brownie outfit Suellen made special for the occasion for her.
Race #18 – Star Wars Half Marathon
Disney World, FL 4/23/17
“Raced” the final race of the Star Wars weekend, the half marathon. It was warm and very humid (70 degrees/93% humidity), so I ended up dialing it back and running easier the second half (and that still wasn’t easy). I finished in a time of 1:44:29, not fast but I had fun. I stopped for photos a few times along the way. And got a great pic with Kylo Ren, to match my costume, at the finish.
Race #17- Star Wars 10k
Disney World, FL. 4/22/17
Second race of the weekend, again I ran it easy with Suellen. We were Princess Leia and General Organa, as a tribute to Carrie Fisher.
Race #16- Star Wars 5k
Disney World, FL. 4/21/17
Doing the Dark Side weekend at Disney World, kicking it off with the 5k on Friday. I ran with my wife, and we dressed up as R2D2 and C3P0.
Race #15- Cottontail Classic 10k
Fitchburg, WI. 4/15/17
One of my favorite local races! It was hot and windy, but I dressed up as a magicians rabbit coming out of a hat and had great fun. I was first overall woman and 3rd overall.
Race #14- Parkinson’s Half Marathon
Cottage Grove, WI. 4/1/17
A nice local race only 10 mins from my house. I ran a bit conservatively, still a bit tired from the marathon, but still had a nice time of 1:38:57, good for first in my age group.
Race #13- Shamrock Marathon
Virginia Beach, VA 3/19/17
First marathon I’d raced in many years, the weather did not cooperate for a fast time though. 20-35mph wind, sleet, and cold! I kind of fell off my pace the last 5 miles, and finished in 3:28:53. That was at least good enough for 3rd overall masters woman, though!
Race #12- Shamrock Shuffle 10k
Madison, WI 3/12/17
Lots of fun St. Patrick’s Day themed gear at this race. I ran in a pot o’ gold and rainbow outfit, and used this as a tuneup for my marathon the next week. I was surprised to be first woman overall, with a time of 41:55.
Race #11- Freeze for Food 10k
Madison, WI 3/4/17
A small local race on the classic Arboretum loop. It was a bit windy and chilly. I ran fairly steady, finishing in 42:42. That was good for the second overall woman.
Race #10 – Austin Half Marathon
Austin, TX 2/19/17
Back to my old home town! I ran this as a training run for my upcoming marathon, with 4 miles warmup. It was extremely humid (93% humidity, 70 degrees) and a tough course. I had to back things off the last 6 miles, and ended up finishing in 1:42:44.
Race #9 – Valentines 5k
Madison, WI 2/11/17
A fun, low key race put on by the Univ of Wisconsin running club. I ran this with my spouse, in neat valentines running skirts she made for us.
Race #8 – Snowshoe Scurry 10k (6.4 miles)
Madison, WI 2/5/17
We actually had snow for this! Challenging and hilly course, I finished as the second overall woman.
Race #7 – Big Beach Marathon (relay)
Gulf Shores, AL 1/29/17
It was great weather, a bit windy but in the 50’s, and a scenic course through Gulf Shores Park. Suellen ran the first 4 mile leg of the relay, then I ran the last 22.2 miles. We actually finished as the fastest relay (there were only 3 teams), even though we only had two people and the other teams had four 🙂
Race #6 – Casino Bridge 10k
Biloxi, MS 1/28/17
First race of a double race weekend, this started at the Golden Nugget Casino and ran across a long bridge and then looped around a neighborhood before heading back over the bridge. It was a fun race, and we had MoonPies at the finish! I ran a good race, in 43:37, good for first woman overall.
Race #5 – Snowshoe Scurry Half Marathon
Donald Park, WI 1/22/17
No snow! So no snowshoes. And lots of mud, so no trail run. We ended up running on the road, over a very hilly course. It was still a nice race and we had decent (warm!) weather. I ran well, not fast but strong, and finished in 1:42:07. First woman overall, but there weren’t very many of us out there 🙂
Race #4 – Frosty 5k
Waukehsa, WI 1/21/17
It was unusually warm, so not so frosty. But fun run around the Fox River. I ran 21:10, good for fourth overall woman and 2nd in my age group.
Race #3 – Snowshow Scurry Duathlon Relay (4 miles running)
Mazomanie, WI 1/15/17
Snow! At least a little, enough to snowshoe. I switched from the 10k to a duathlon relay, got a friend to bike and then I ran the two 2 mile snowshoe sections. 17:33 and 17:15 times (negative splits!).
Race #2 – Snowshow Scurry 10k
Mazomanie, WI 1/8/17
Not enough snow to make it a snowshoe race, so it turned into an icy trail run. A little bonus mileage made it about a 7 mile 10k, which I finished in 58:12. First in my age group at this small, local race series. It was cold (-2 at the start), and I supplemented my face mask with my Darth Vader Mickey ears hat:
Race #1 – New Year’s Day Dash 5 miler
Madison, WI 1/1/17
A yearly tradition for us! I was second overall woman in a time of 34:44.