Just A Short Run

Some Race Photos

Hello and happy Friday! Last night, some of the photos from the half marathon I ran last weekend became available, so I thought I would share them.

Hannah’s Race Photos:


(She’s the one in the lime green shorts and purple hoodie!)


Go Hannah!

My Mom’s Race Photo:


She’s so cute.

My Race Photos:




Race Recovery:

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve only ran once since the race, and only for ten minutes.

I’m not one to usually take time off after a race, but I’m giving it a try. I’ve read that races are really tough on the body, even if it doesn’t feel like it. So, this week I’ve pretty much been resting, with my “cardio” being walking Lola or shopping ;-). It feels so good to give my body a break!

I’m also going to work on gaining strength in the coming weeks and months.

I want to become stronger and put on some muscle mass. Strength training is especially important for women because it increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Because I love activities like running and swimming, I tend to put little effort towards strength training. When training for running or swimming races, I still strength train, just not to the degree I know I should. I also know that the stronger my muscles become, the better I will run or swim. It’s a win-win!


Well, I better get going. I’m looking forward to this weekend! Jimmy and I are going to be exploring downtown Pittsburgh because the weather is finally beginning to shape up here on the East Coast.

What are you doing this weekend?

Just A Short Run

Hello and happy Resurrection Sunday! I hope everyone is having a great day today.

Yesterday I ran my fifth half marathon. Woo hoo!


Just A Short Run is one of the Pittsburgh area’s largest races, with about 2,500 participants each year running distances including the 5k, an 8.1 mile, half marathon, and 30K.

It’s time for me to confess: I originally signed up for the 30K, but dropped down the the half marathon a few days before the race because I was under trained. For the past two weeks, I’ve cut my mileage in half, and haven’t done any long runs. I felt bad at first, but I realized that life is all about knowing your limits!

My mom, sister, and I all headed to a park about 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh for the race in the chilly 30 degree weather. Guess who I got to meet up with!jasr

I finally got to meet Nikki from Life After Swimming. She’s so awesome and I totally wish she still lived in Pennsylvania!

Nikki even stayed after her 5k walk to cheer me on while I ran. jasr2

Thanks Nikki :D

Race Results:

Time: 1:43:08 Pace: 7:52 Place: 2nd in 20-24 age group

I checked my watch, and it said I ran 13.5 miles, so that would be a 7:38 pace. Not too shabby! It’s not my fastest time (1:39:22) or my slowest time (1:46:16), so I’m pretty happy with how I did considering my fitness level (<— low.. haha), the weather, and the course. Honestly, I just feel happy any time I get a chance to run.

Hannah ran the 5k and rocked it! Her time was 25:26 (8:12 pace) and she was third in her age group.



After the race, I spent pretty much the rest of the day on the couch. Hannah, Jimmy, and I dyed Easter eggs, which I promptly turned into deviled eggs. I honestly never had deviled eggs until yesterday. For some reason, I was craving them so badly, yet I had never ate them before. Can you crave something that you’ve never had before?!IMG_5238

Hannah and Jimmy were so hardcore with their eggs, dying each egg like four different colors. I just plopped all of my eggs into each dye for a few minutes and called it a day. I’m so lazy sometimes.

For dinner, my mom and I made a delicious slow cooker meal that I can’t wait to share with you all. It will have to wait until my next post because going to force myself to do homework and then I’m heading back to church. Have a great evening!

What did you do this weekend?

Montour Trail 1/2 Marathon

Yesterday I ran my fourth half marathon! 

Race info:

Course Description: 13.1 miles out and back on the (mostly flat) Montour Trail. The course also went through a tunnel, which was pretty fun.

Race cap: 1,500 runners. That many runners on a 5-foot wide trail was cramped!

Weather: 67* with 90% humidity and a light drizzle until after I finished the race. About 15 minutes after I finished it was a torrential downpour with crazy wind.


Hannah and I at the start. I’m wearing a pink shirt and she’s wearing blue. Hannah ran the 5k.

A lot of people and stormy weather!

Race Results:

Time: 1:39:22
Pace: 7:35
Place: 3rd place in 20-24 age group
What my watch said: 13.48 miles in 1:39:21 = 7:22 pace

I got my best time :)


The last time I ran this race, in 2010, I got a 1:42:58 (7:52 pace).Post-race in 2010… much better weather! Funny story: my family dropped me off at the start and then went out to eat while I ran the half marathon. Cool life, family.

My second half marathon was frigid (17*) and I got a 1:46:16 (8:07 pace).

I was unable to run the Montour Trail half marathon last year because I was injured. I did run the same freezing cold half marathon that I ran in March 2011. I got a 1:41:32 (7:44 pace). 

So, that has been my half-marathon progression. My time has improved with each race (except in 2011… lolz) and I just enjoy running 13.1 miles. It’s a splendid time! One day I will convince Hannah to run with me so I’m not bored running by myself the whole time ;).


Today is probably going to be a homework day for me. If you don’t have homework, go do something fun for me. Thanks ;)

Bible verse of the day: Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:11

Half marathon results

On Saturday morning my parents, sister, and I all headed to a local park about 20 minutes from Pittsburgh.

Hannah ran a 5k, my parents walked a 5k, and I ran a half marathon. I ran the same race last year and it was bitter cold. I don’t know why I signed up again for this year, but I did! It was about 40 degrees at the start, so it wasn’t too cold ;].

Hannah and I before the start. Freezing!

About 2,300 other runners were lined up at the start as well. It was a packed race for about two miles but it was fun because people were hollering and joking around the whole time.

I was pretty nervous for the race (because I haven’t been training “hard” the past few weeks) but it went by so fast. I was just super happy to get coffee after the race.

Hannah’s 5k time & place: 28:07 (9:04 pace) – 2nd place in under 15 age group

My half marathon time & place: 1:41:32 (7:44 pace) – 1st place in 15-19 age group

My thoughts:

  • I’m happy with my time. My watch said I ran 13.5 miles (bobbing through the huge crowd) in 1:41, which would put me at a 7:31 pace.
  • I improved my time from last year.. went from a 1:46 to a 1:41. Sweet :)
  • I loved running with my little sister for the beginning of the race!
  • The post-race goodies were kinda awesome….

Jimmy came to the race and took me out to eat after (at Eat n’ Park) then we just hung out for the rest of the day because I was sleepy! He helped to pick music for the next spinning class I’m teaching. What a sweetie.


Today I’m headed to church, hanging out, and catching up on homework.

Hope your weekend is going swell!