Friday, February 20, 2015

Lake Effect Race Weekend & My '2015 Team'

It's officially my first race weekend of 2015, it's insane to me that I haven't pinned on a bib in over 10 weeks. Training has been going well though, and I'm excited to see what this weekend brings. The race is however, in the winter. Needless to say we are expecting some snow and chilly temps- but at this point anything will be better than what it is right now. {Forecast right now is a little snow, and temps in mid-20's which will feel like a heat wave!}

Unfortunately the race course was altered due to construction (Minor change from what I understand), but will not be certified. Obviously this bums me out a little because, barring any CRAZY weather I was thinking a PR could be realistic. But non-certified course technically means no official PR. I already have one unofficial half marathon PR (1:27:XX) from a tempo run I did in training leading up to Memphis, which is faster than my current official PR of 1:28:XX. Who knows, either way I am excited to race and excited to see Heather & Britt again! (Hollie, we will miss you at brunch this year. I'll be a nice friend and drink your mimosa and eat extra food in your honor).

In addition to this being my first race of the year, it's also my first race representing two really awesome companies. I mentioned before in a vague post that my 'team' was growing a bit. No, I don't have a bun in the oven and I didn't go find hubby in a Vegas Casino.

Running is individual but also a team thing in my eyes. I couldn't do what I do without the support from my 'team' of friends, family, my coach, teammates, and awesome companies who make gear that I use in the process. I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to add two companies whose products I love and already use to my 'team'.

Zensah compression sleeves were the first ones I ever tried back in 2011, my collection has grown since then and so has my love of the brand. Super excited to work with them, and the other awesome people who will also be representing them. You can also expect to see my collection grow even more, although I think my neon pink tie-dye calf sleeves will always be my favorite. Besides the calf sleeves, they also make very functional (and cute) running/workout clothing----> Zensah

As for Honey Stinger, it's another brand I have used off and on since 2011. Fueling is something I have been working on fine tuning and the products they have are organic, taste yummy, and don't mess up my stomach (we all know how hard it can be to find gels that sit just right!). If you haven't had their waffles or gels, you don't know what you are missing!----> Honey Stinger

So first race weekend of the year, and first race with these two companies- a lot to be excited about (assuming I don't turn into an icicle between now and Sunday). I'm thrilled for the training and racing to come this year- onward and upward :)

Moose is already rocking the gear just like I am :) 



  1. Good luck in your race :). I bet it will be a PR for you and would still consider it that even if the course isn't certified. To break a state or national record, or qualify for anything, the course must be certified- but in the end PRs mostly just matter to us so I think if it's the actual 13.1 distance on your Garmin and not short, it is still a PR. Heck, your training run half was a PR and imho, a training run PR says a lot about how strong of a runner you are to run that fast without the promise of a medal, free beer, award, etc and a race atmosphere to drive you. Either way, I know it's not your goal race so just have fun with it, run fast and have a good time! And stay warm... those temps are just scary to look at (we think it's bad if it's 29 degrees above 0 here...)

  2. You'll kill it this weekend, no doubt in my mind! To PR in these conditions is tough though...
    Love Honey Stinger waffles on the bike, and I had Honey Stinger Limeade Chews power me to a BQ last month...great products that sit well with this tummy :) Looks like we are 'unofficial' teammates!

  3. I'm really happy for all of this except of course the race not being certified. I know you will do well, weather or not. You work hard Laura and this is the time your hard work will show through. Then, of course, at Boston!!

  4. Awesome! Congrats on those Laura, I LOVE my zensah sleeves, they are definitely the best sleeves out there, and I always recommend them to people when they need them. That is very exciting for you! Best of luck with your race! Just have fun out there...the result will take care of itself :)

  5. Good luck Laura! I'll be cheering for you! This is going to be such an amazing year for you. As far as I'm concerned, if your watch shows the distance, it counts as a PR! xoxoxo


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