Monday, November 29, 2010

P And Stefano's Virtual Race Reports!

Hi everyone! I ran finally ran my two virtual races yesterday afternoon!! So I went out and had a little running action in Maple Grove:)
I ran in Stefano's Black Knight Army 10 K and P's not your average adventure virtual run.


Let's face it, I am a bit of a slacker lately. I ran both of them back to back:)
Stefano's race clothing consisted of black Nike running pants and a black running jacket. I also ran in a black hat and black gloves...it is getting colder in Minnesota:)
I decided to go on the Rice Lake trails and head around the lake. First off I ran out of my neighborhood and across Weaver Lake Road.
I ran down Weaver Lake Road and turned onto the running trails that were still snow covered. It was 37 degrees and the trails were slushy in some spots....icy in others.

I ran almost two miles before heading up this hill. At the top of this hill I ran into a fellow Maple Grove runner who I met once before on a different run around this same lake. Joe and I met at the end of May...we both were running on these very trails and ended up chatting and running together. He spotted me and asked if I wanted to join him on a run. I agreed and we were off:)

Joe ran the Minneapolis Marathon the same day that I did the half. He ended up getting hurt and is still in recovery mode. We ran steady and slow....easy enough to hold a conversation without sucking air:)

We stopped at the half way point and I snapped a picture. Stefano, notice that Joe is wearing black too!

I snapped this picture of the sunset over Rice Lake. Beautiful and peaceful:)
We ran around the lake and enjoyed stimulating conversation....all about running. The time went by so fast that before we knew it we had to part ways. Joe turned up the path to take him home and I continued on my way around the last part of the lake.

When I reached my 10 K distance I ran for one more mile. I decided to run a mile for P's not your average adventure. I wish that I could say that I had all of this saved energy and that I was able to bust out a seven minute mile. Not so much....I did muster enough gusto to run a 8:30 last mile:) My theme for P's adventure was a party mile on the pavement! Yes, it was snowy and slushy but a party all the same! P's birthday was weeks ago...better late than never! Happy Birthday P!!
Once I got to my door step I checked out my Garmin for 10 K stats. I ran Stefano's Black Knight Army 10 K in 57 minutes. Not my fastest 10 K but memorable for sure:) I, Lady Julie enjoyed Stefano's 10 K without ever sucking air!! Yay! I have only ran in two 10 K races and both of them were high on the sucking air scale:) Lady Julie ran easy, steady, smooth and I didn't fall on my ass...success!!!
Happy running, biking, swimming, lifting and surfing! Cheers to you all!

56 comments:

  1. Nice job, Julie! That picture on the stairs looks just like the stairs at my house! Well, except my stairs have junk on them. Love the picture of the lake at sunset. Beautiful!

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  2. I love it!! What a beautiful run and how nice to have company on your adventure! :-)

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  3. Pretty run. Glad you had a great time and ran into a friend!

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  4. Awww, that looks like such a nice run & too cool that you ran into Joe again!!

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  5. Nice one...two in one virtual race! I like the snow pics! 57min 10k is fast for me at the moment. I hope to run at least one 10k race next year. I haven't done that in two years now.

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  6. Good job! And that's pretty speedy in icy conditions, I'd have probably ended up on my bum hehe

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  7. Thank you, lady Julie. You are a real Lady because, as all the noble amazons, you have a faithful squire (Joe). Ice, mud, snow, wind, cold .... nothing can stop the fairless lady Julie.
    Very good fast job!

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  8. Great shot of the sunset! Kudos to you for taming the course. I personally do not like running in slush. Snow is OK; slush, not so much.

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  9. Great pictures Julie, looks to me like you're getting back in the swing of things nicely. I would never call you a slacker, you were just having some much needed slow time! Cheers!

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  10. Look at that snow on the ground! We are so late in getting any here...not complaining!
    Nice races!

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  11. That made me cold looking at the pics! You are a trooper Julie!

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  12. are you an official finisher this time ;-)

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  13. I applaud you, snow, slushy trails, wet socks, wet shoes, yuck in my opinion.

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  14. Nice job Lady Julie in those snowy conditions!

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  15. Nice job! I love the pictures!

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  16. since it was a virtual race, you should have run them both at the same time....

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  17. A two-fer! Sooo....Great Job! Great job!

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  18. Ok, here's the problem - you didn't have those BA glasses on like you did for the 5K! Had you had those on, Chica, you'd have sucked a little more lung. :)

    Glad you found a friend along the way...do you know everyone in Maple Grove?? ;)
    xoxo

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  19. I wish my phone would quit crashing and erasing my comment :(

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  20. nice runs!

    ewe the snow you guys already have. Cya fall!

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  21. Oh Oh Sure now it wants to work the one time I don't re write my comment... Lol. Well Congrats on your virtual races! I'm going to keep it short so I don't press my luck...

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  22. Nice job with the virtual races! It looks like you ran in a beautiful place, but it looked soooo cold! Brrrr!

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  23. Nice run Julie, thanks for sharing. I often see other runners around my area. Wonder if I should try talking to them. May find a running buddy.

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  24. you are beautiful woman!!

    Love the photos!!

    YAY on the races!!!

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  25. snow snow snow! and i thought we had it rough in maine.
    nice job and glad it was a great run for ya :D

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  26. To me 57 minutes is very fast! Great photo's Julie, looks cold just watching the photo's. Admire you that you went out for a run.

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  27. Great job! You always look SO lovely!

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  28. Awesome!! I LOVE the pics and your black knight outfit :D!

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  29. Good job on getting both races in and the same time. It's awesome to run into running buddies and what beautiful sunset!!! Looks like the perfect race :)

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  30. Hi Julie, I just have one thing to say. If Univ of Minnesota steals Brady Hoke from San Diego State to be their new football coach, I my have to terminate our frienship. At least I will be mad for a little while :-)

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  31. Awesome virtual runs, Julie! Definitely sounds very adventurous to me. I don't think I've ever run in slush and snow before. Haha! Great job! Have a good rest of the week :)

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  32. Great pics Julie! You are itty bitty tiny!! Didn't you eat for Thanksgiving!! Great job on the virtual races!!

    We had some decent weather here yesterday but it's all downhill now. So cold and windy. Depressing! Perhaps a trip to Nordstroms would fix this but unfortunately we only have Maurice's. Yes, I chose to live here....

    Hope you're having a great week!

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  33. OH MY GOD! What is all that white stuff on the ground? Brrrrrr!! I would have had to do this on the treadmill... and what's up with doing them back to back? OVERACHIEVER! :-) {nice work}

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  34. Hi Julie the race Queen!
    your doing really good for "slacking"!
    Great picks of the trails....and great job doing the virtuals!
    Derek

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  35. "Virtual" races... never heard of such a thing, but now I have! Wow, I learn lots from you :-) Thanks for that! Glad you enjoyed your run(s).

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  36. Yay for your two virtual races! And double yay for not falling on your ass! I want snow. I live in Colorado and we haven't seen a good snowstorm YET. 37 degrees is super chilly, you are my hard core Minnesota blogger buddy. :)

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  37. Two virtual races in one! Nice two-fer! Love all of the pictures, too. Glad your running is going well, Julie! You are so cute and such an inspiration.

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  38. And to think we're supposed to receive more of a dumping this afternoon. It's barely gotten started and I'm ready for winter to be over. Thank goodness we have the holidays to look forward to. A few other things that help me get through after the new year is that we have a family reunion where we stay at a hotel in St. Cloud for a weekend in mid/late February and my daughter's birthday is late March. Nice diversions!

    Stay warm!

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  39. I think you have such awesome willpower to go out there and not only run in the slush and snow, but to do TWO virtual races in those conditions! Go Julie!

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  40. great pics. Two virtual races in one... nice!

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  41. Nice photos and a nice time you did in the icy conditions. Wish the organisers of my last race had seen your pics, they might not have cancelled it!
    Oh, and I tend to wear black running tights, black long sleeve top and black hat at this time of year. I may be wrong but I think it's the warmest colour.
    Well done Julie - yet again.

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  42. I have a feeling that a few months of insane Snow jealousy await me with photo blog posts like this. Absolutely beautiful, well, at least until you fulfill your expected fall-on-the-ass, which would suck.
    I'm giving myself one more race before I official register for Julie's school of photo-running because I had the damn camera ZOOM'd in for half of my Turkey Trot. Lame.
    Thanks for your support, and have fun running!

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  43. Good job getting the races done...I have a feeling had it been me who'd gone past the date, I would probably just have decided to never mind :) ...but you totally did what you said you would do!

    Ah that snow...yes, here too, it's falling as I type :)

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  44. looks like a nice run..although I am not asking for snow here :)

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  45. Nice report Julie. Great job. I always enjoy your posts! Also, thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  46. Very nice and impressive report...Good luck..Keep posting..

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  47. That's so sweet of you Julie, thank you in advance.

    When I mail something to the US it usually takes about two weeks to get there. So guess it will take about two weeks from there too.

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  48. What a beautiful run! I never appreciated the beauty of winter much until I ran in it.

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  49. checking up on you :) hope youre doing well

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  50. Man, I never got Stephano's RR posted. Dang. Great job! Your pictures are really awesome. You looked like you had a lot of fun doing both races!

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  51. Great pictures, Julie! Congrats on Stefano's race, in the snow!!??

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  52. Nice run on that path covered with snow. I'm sure it is a beautiful place to run although the icy conditions :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  53. I love the virtual races!! In fact, I'm going to host my own tomorrow to go together with the REAL 5K that i'm hosting on the same day. FUN!

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