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AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon, 10k, 5k Race Review and Recap

Saturday night, Alex and I embarked on quite the adventure to run the AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k out at Hoffman Estates (a suburb to the Northwest). Get all the details in this review and recap!

This post is sponsored by All Community Events, who also provided entries for Alex and myself. All opinions are, as ever, my own!

Amita Health Fitness For America Half Marathon/10k/5k Race Review and Race recap oat http://suzlyfe.com/amita-fitness-america-half-marathon-10k-5k-race-review-recap/

Lead Up to AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon/10k/5k

As I mentioned several times in the weeks coming up to the race, this was Alex’s first race ever and my first race since the Chicago Marathon last year and recovering from breaking my back. The plan was for me to run the half marathon and for Alex to run the 10k. When I signed up for the race, I was excited about the possibility of checking off more than one of my Summer Fitness Goals, but soon, I started to feel a bit of trepidation.

In the weeks leading up to the race, I had been experiencing some issues with my Sacro-Iliac Joint that were worrying me on and off, my legs felt like lead, and then, the week of, the Midwest (and indeed, the country) was pounded with dangerous heat and humidity that made me question how well the race was going to go. This race, unlike the majority of summer races, is held at 5:30 in the evening and followed by the Glo Run (a night run where you wear all the glo sticks and such :D).

As we got closer, and none of the problems abated, I decided to take my own advice about running in hot weather and adjusted my goals, my pace, hydration, etc and helped Alex do the same in order for us to stay safe. I made sure to discuss training and race day strategy with Alex, who is a newbie to racing. I didn’t want to kill my husband the first time out! Maybe the second… (which will be the BTN 10k August 6th WIN THE CHANCE TO RUN WITH US!)

The day of the race, we were confronted with a new problem: a crazy front of storms that were due to rock the Midwest. With the race starting at 5:30 PM, we were basically sitting ducks! We were running major risk of the event being cancelled due to heat OR storms! So, what happened? First, a bit about the race.

Amita Health Fitness For America Half Marathon/10k/5k Race Review and Race recap oat http://suzlyfe.com/amita-fitness-america-half-marathon-10k-5k-race-review-recap/

AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon, 10k, 5k Race Review

The AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon, 10k, 5k at Hoffman Estates is part of an entire weekend of events, including the Glo Run (a night 5k following the half/10k/and 5k) and the Inline Skating Marathon, Half Marathon, and 7k (America’s second largest inline marathon!) in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The schedule is a great collection of races and events, kicking off with a kids’ run (about 200-300 m) at 5:20 PM, the half marathon and 10k start at 5:30 PM, and the 5k at begins at 6 PM. The 5k run/walk is the official fundraiser for Team Run for HD (which benefits Huntington Disease research).

AMITA Fitness For America Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Courses

The Half Marathon 10k 5k course map for the Amita Fitness for America races

The courses are chip-timed and USATF certified for all distances and there are cash prizes for the Half Marathon paid to the top 3 finishers in all age groups as well as top 1-5 overall. Age group awards are given to the top 3 participants in the 5k and 10k.

A total departure from the city races that are so typical of Chicago, the AMITA Fitness for America Sports Festival takes place in the North Hoffman Estates, Paul Douglas Forest Preserve and scenic AT&T complex on both roads and paved trails. This is a course of meandering out and backs, and the half and 10k start together and are due to run the first 5 miles together before the half splits off and goes out into the forest preserve (part of Cook County Forest Preserves) for two out and backs. There are even elevation changes, though not more than 200m change. If you look at the map above, the 5k and 10k take place in the bottom left hand.

Water/aid stations (Gatorade and water) are located throughout the course, and due to the out and back nature of the course, there is opportunity to use the portapotties (which were plentiful at the central gathering area!) a few times. (though, while running, I didn’t see any other portapotties, something that I think the race directors could improve on).

Last minute, due to the storms and a delayed start, the forest preserve was shut by the park service and the half marathon had to be rerouted. There were volunteers located to make sure that people got to the right routes. To accommodate the course changes, we basically did an out and back along the interstate and then came back and created flower petals of sorts around the start/finish (which didn’t change)

Pre/Post Race Party

We arrived for packet pick up to quite the party!

There was a cover band, tables of fresh fruit, granola bars, water, and fun beverages, and there was a cookout tent set up for later. Bib pickup was easy and well marked. Unfortunately, weather meant that the band stand had to be pulled down, but until then, I thought they were a great choice.

Finishers Medal and race t shirt for Amita Health Fitness For America Sunset Half Marathon/10k/5k Race Review and Race recap at http://suzlyfe.com/amita-fitness-america-half-marathon-10k-5k-race-review-recap/

Love the tshirt, love the finishing medals!

After the race, there were freezey pops (which I was unable to open and then exploded all over myself, lol). Due to the nature of delayed start, the Glo Run was getting ready to start, and with the threat of more rain and Alex and I being STARVING, we jetted. I am sure that the race organizers got the awards to the right people!

Handling the Variable Weather Conditions

The race was delayed 3 times: first from 5:30 to 6, then from 6 to 7, then from 7-7:15 (which became about 7:30). There was a cell of storms that came through between 6 and 7, and then race organizers rerouted the half course to accommodate the closure of the forest preserve. Finally, all 3 distances were started simultaneously. 

I respect what the course organizers did with regards to ensuring personal safety. However, I think that next year, they might go to a color coded warning system (as at many races). We only got one email, the day before the race, talking about the weather advisory and the preparations they were making with regards to the heat (adding an aid station for the half marathon (that would suffice for 2 because of the out and backs). In the future, I think it would behoove them to send out an email as soon as the weather looked like it was going to be crazy hot and to go to a color coded system for easy reference. 

With regards to how the race directors handled the rain and storms, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I think that the race organizers absolutely did the right thing by delaying the race. I respect that they didn’t want to cancel the race outright (who does want to deal with a canceled race??), and that they especially didn’t want to cancel the half marathon–with its cash payouts–but I have a feeling that the Glo Run (and potentially the half marathon midway) had to be cancelled as not long after we left, the heavens OPENED UP and we had a monsoon.

Crazy race conditions at @allcommunityeve AMITA races--what happened? #runchat Click To Tweet

The race directors were in a tough spot, and I think that given the circumstances, they did a good job. We were still able to run at least the 5k and 10k! 

AMITA Fitness for America 10k Race Recap

This was quite an experience, as I mentioned before. The conditions of the weeks leading up to the race and the conditions of race day itself interfered with the race, and ultimately, I chose to run the 10k through with Alex rather than running the half. 

Alex and I before the race! Amita Health Fitness For America Sunset Half Marathon/10k/5k Race Review and Race recap at http://suzlyfe.com/amita-fitness-america-half-marathon-10k-5k-race-review-recap/

I am glad that I ran the 10k–not only was I not really feeling the half marathon distance by the time that we started to run, but just doing the 10k allowed me the chance to help Alex push through to the end, and to beat his goals! 

Even though the weather cooled off substantially, it was still very humid, and we both sweated balls (yes, even me). After all of the start/stop/standing and delays, by the time that we started, I was getting hungry (it was 7:30), I was stiff, and I was, admittedly, in a bit of a bad mood. We started running, and my legs felt like they had for all of my other runs: not mine. I was pushing it just to keep to a 9:00 pace, which is used to be my easy run pace…

Obi Wan Kenobi Negative Splits is the perfect meme for runners! @suzlyfe suzlyfe.com

Mile by mile, however, my legs slowly loosened up, and we were able to negative split the entire race. I don’t have our exact splits, but I know due to the paces we were running and picking it up every 2 miles. We started around a 9:00 min/mile pace and finished around 8:20 min/mile.

Finishers! Alex and I after the race! Amita Health Fitness For America Sunset Half Marathon/10k/5k Race Review and Race recap at http://suzlyfe.com/amita-fitness-america-half-marathon-10k-5k-race-review-recap/

I was so proud of Alex–he worked hard, he fought the fatigue, he finished strong, and he ran the PERFECT first race. We finished in a little over 54:30, which means that we knocked his goal (of running faster than 9:00 per mile) out of the park!!! We also were 4th in both of our age groups! 

When wife becomes coach--don't miss the recap of Alex's first race! #runchat #running Click To Tweet

So proud of him. And, even better, he was really proud of himself and is ready to do another! We even have planned that we might make a habit of doing 10ks! 

Post race meal of champions at IHOP. Omelets and short stacks! What do you eat after races? Suzlyfe.com

We refueled at IHOP and then made the drive home.

Overall, it was a race that we will never forget, and the experience was worth the wait! Even with all the bumps, I would definitely run this race again–as a 10k! I think that I will leave the half and full marathons to the morning!

Have you ever been caught in a similar situation with the weather? Were you able to run?

Do you prefer city or suburban races?

Linking this race recap and race review up with Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run; Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday; and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday.

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95 Comments

  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Congratulations to the both of you!
    Way to go to Alex in beating his goal time. That had to be a bit frustrating having the race keep getting pushed back but better than it being canceled all together.

    July 26, 2016 at 5:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree, and I”m so glad that we were able to run together!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Glad your race had a happy ending (4th place, for both of you!!). Too bad the weather had to be such a wet blanket (literally).

    July 26, 2016 at 6:15 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Why was the race so late? It seems like in the summer having it early in the morning would have been best. At least you got to run, but still that’s a lot of waiting.

    July 26, 2016 at 6:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would agree. But that is the way it went!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Well it seems like all in all it was a great race to get back into the swing of things!
    Pretty sure if the race kept getting delayed and delayed for me, I would have ended up to stressed and jumpy to even run it when it did finally start!

    July 26, 2016 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was totally over it by the time it started!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Jen@bubblyrunner.com

    So fun and congrats to you both for a great race! I’m already nervous about how slow I’m going to be when I’m ready to start running again–I’m normally such a patient person but not when it comes to running! Also, a night race with Glo sticks sounds AMAZING!

    July 26, 2016 at 7:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t worry about pace now–you’ll just be so thankful to run!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    What an adventure! Clearly Mother Nature did not want this thing to happen. Glad you guys were able to get it in! Alex did great for his first race!

    Most of the time, I ride in Paul Douglass FP. I’m sorry you didn’t get to run there. It’s really a pretty oasis in the middle of suburbia!

    July 26, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooo that sounds awesome. I want to check it out!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yay!!! Congrats Alex! What a great time for a first race! I’m glad you backed off the half and ran with Alex. It’s a great experience to share with him and no point pushing it for no good reason. Especially when the race circumstances were so wonky. Congrats to you too for a great first race back!!!!

    July 26, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree, and I wouldn’t have traded the experience with him!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Congrats to Alex and you go Coach Suz! I would have been ravenous with all those time delays. What crazy weather!

    July 26, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I was!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Eric

    I ran the Old Sea Port Half Marathon in Portland, ME a few weeks ago. It’s been in the 90’s and hot ever since, and before it was around 85 for weeks leading up to it. It wasn’t supposed to rain until 12 and the race started at 7 am. We also camped the night before (under a jet path apparently?). It was a steady downpour for half the race. I forgot a few things (including bodyglide, oh god that’s not happening again), and arrived late. However, we ran, and there were hot showers onsite afterwards. Not a PR to say the least, I felt like I was carrying my weight in water at the finish. I am slightly stubborn, and that half was going to get run no matter what.

    July 26, 2016 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds….. not fun. At all. Better you than me 😀

      July 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Oh man I don’t know how I would have dealt with those delays- probably would have been too hungry to run! Great job on the splits and congrats to Alex on his race!!!

    July 26, 2016 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was definitely getting hungry–another reason that I didn’t run the half!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    That stinks about the delayed race start. That probably also meant it was hotter. For my last race in Buffalo, it was super hot so the RD asked people who lived on the course to turn on their sprinklers and hoses. Talk about a blessing!
    If they had cancelled the race, does it get rescheduled or do you get a refund?

    July 26, 2016 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I honestly don’t know–I think generally it depends on the race. I love that they asked people to do that. Also, PARTAY, lol

      July 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Wahoo! I’m so glad you and Alex still got to do the race, and it sounds like the race was kind of a crazy day. It’s great that you were even able to crush the time goal. That is always a blessing! Nice job on being a coach Susie. I bet you are the best kind of coach. 🙂

    July 26, 2016 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Emily. I think I did a decent job! I hope that he agrees!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I like running the shorter distances at night too! I think I may even like a half at night. Not a full tho. Nice job Alex!!! Both of you!!! Bravo!

    July 26, 2016 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oof definitely not a full at night!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Congrats to Alex on his first race, that’s an awesome time! I’ve never had a race that was delayed and I’ve never run one at night so I think that would have been very tough for me to deal with! Those medals are gorgeous too!

    July 26, 2016 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wouldn’t suggest that you do a delayed race, lol. It ain’t fun!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I’m proud of both of you!
    For Alex, because it was his first race, he crossed the starting and the finish lines and that is wonderful all by itself!
    For you, because this was your first race since you were injured and that takes a lot of guts to do after all of the physical setbacks you’ve had this past year.
    I used to say “you go, girl”
    now I’ll change it to “you go, y’all”
    …….not quite the same but it will do!

    July 26, 2016 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like the y’all. It is more southern 😀 And remember how injured he was? I proud of him too!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    Great job on the 10k, and negative splits. I prefer races in the suburbs simply due to parking. There’s a lot more free parking options in the suburbs, and it’s easier to get to.

    July 26, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will say that parking for this race wasn’t easy, though it was close and plentiful! More the organization was a bit of a cluster, lol.

      July 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Big congrats to both of you. How exciting that it was Alex’s first race too.

    July 26, 2016 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m hoping that he has the bug now!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I think you made the right choice and I’m sure he appreciated you running beside him! I can’t imagine running a half marathon at 7pm at night. I can’t imagine running ANY race that late haha I’m one of those people that needs dinner at 6pm sharp or else things get ugly. Yay for your first race post-injury!

    July 26, 2016 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let’s hope for may more great races to come!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    It took me 3 tries to get to the parking area for the Glo Run but roads were closed because the delayed/rerouted races were still in progress. By 8:30 those runners were running in some horrible lightning and rain. Glad to hear you and Alex were able to get your 10k in before the conditions worsened. We ended up heading home at 9pm knowing darn well the Glo Run would not happen. They didn’t actually end up cancelling it until 10:30.

    July 26, 2016 at 9:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Geeeeeeez. I was wondering what would happen to all of that. I’m sorry that you guys had to go through all that!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Good job taking care of yourself and Alex in the CRAZYPANTS weather! And congrats to Alex on his first race!

    July 26, 2016 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Crazypants is RIGHT! I like sassy pants but I dunno about crazy pants 😀

      July 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Congrats to both of you! I don’t like evening races when I am *racing*. I just don’t know what to do with myself all day long!

    July 26, 2016 at 10:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That was exactly my problem too!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Nice job, guys. xxoo

    July 26, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    Awesome job to you and Alex! It’s always so fun running with your spouse. Bernard has agreed to do a couple 5ks with me, but not much over that distance. I don’t mind evening races, but I don’t like delays like these. I am actually contemplating doing a midnight 8k next weekend for some speed work.

    July 26, 2016 at 11:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo You crazy with your speedwork. Maybe that will be the new assignments for my clients—run their speedwork at night!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Yay to both of you! I would so not be a fan of an evening start time, especially with the crazy weather, but you guys handled it like the pros that you are, IHOP refuel and all 😀

    July 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I guess we were just acting like it was brunch, right?

      July 27, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I love that you did this race together and look at Alex crushing his first race! Congrats you two 🙂

    July 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It made me so happy!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    Congrats to both of you on finishing off that race strong! Sucks about the weather conditions, but I’m glad you still got to run and refuel with iHop for dinner 🙂

    July 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      All the things that I really needed 😀

      July 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    congrats to you both finishing so speedy in those crazy conditions. I prefer races in the burbs because city races are such a pain with packet pick up. I wish more city races would offer to mail packets.

    July 26, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that this one had the packet pickup right then. I hear you about the bigger races needing to do the mail services.

      July 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Karen G.

    Congrats to both of you! I would have been anxious about a night race anyway, add in all those delays, ad YIKES! Well done! 🙂

    July 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was crazy. I’m glad that it worked out!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Congrats to you both! O the race and the IHOP refuel. 😉

    July 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The IHOP was amazing. Count me in again!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    WAY TO GO ALEX!!! AND WAY TO GO SUZ!! I think you were smart to go down to the 10k, especially after so many delays. Even though it was kind of a miss, I’m glad you were still able to run!

    July 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am too! And that way, we were able to run the whole thing together!

      July 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    I’d just go to the PRE and POST partttttttayyyyy! 😉

    July 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Way to go! I was actually supposed to run this race as well but didn’t end up doing it because of the heat!

    July 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Geez it was so intense. And then the storms?! IT was crazy!

      July 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply kerri mcgrail

    I actually did that rollerblading marathon! It was a last minute decision since I went home to house/dog sit. Congrats to you both on big races! I need to race some 10k’s – I think I would really like that distance! Running at night is so hard for me – I’m too much of a morning person.

    July 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is awesome! DID YOU WIN?? lol.

      July 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Alex Lemmer

    Thanks for the coaching babe! 6 months ago I felt physically unable to run three miles and got no enjoyment from running (just trudged through for fitness). With your coaching on technique, stretching, foam rolling (reluctantly), I now love running and feel amazing physically. Best coach ever, I know from personal experience!

    July 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE YOU! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU

      July 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Way to go guys! It sounds like a totally topsy turvy day but you both did an awesome job!

    July 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was crazy but I’m glad that it all worked out!

      July 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Melissa @ Mango About Town

    Wow what a wild set of events you had. I can’t imagine what it would be like to plan a huge event like this and have the stress of weather literally looming over you. I’m glad you guys got to run together!!

    July 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really felt for the organizers. I think they did the best they could with what they had!

      July 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Cassi

    Walking my first out of town 5k in October. The Pumpkin Run is in a cornfield.

    July 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That will be so much fun!

      July 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Christina Bauer

    Haha, awesome use of the meme! I ran a 10k myself this weekend. It was oddly cool and rainy during the race, and then heated up after! Perfect timing.

    July 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Humidity is THE WORST. Good job pushing the pace in that. Worst race conditions I have heard of – when I lived in Nevada there was a wildfire causing extremely hazardous air quality (i.e. worst possible air quality rating, just stay inside). So of course they cancelled the race and then a lot of people got angry, because apparently they thought they would be able to run in that, safety be damned. People, man.

    July 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Geez. Do you think that might have been convinced if they had been set on fire?

      July 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com

    Congratulations to you both!!! I hate running in the humidity and to run at night would be very tough with all the time changing. Way to push through!!!

    July 27, 2016 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. It was so annoying! Thank you.

      July 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Quite an experience. Running in those conditions is tough. Alex crushed his first race!

    July 27, 2016 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Ilka

    Congrats to you guys! Well done!

    July 27, 2016 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Ilka!

      July 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply patty

    WTG Coach and Alex!

    July 27, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Karen Bayne

    Congrats to you both!!That is a great 10k time 🙂
    That is a crazy experience with the weather. I am glad it turned out okay!

    July 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! It was such a weird experience, but I am so happy that we were able to do it!

      July 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Mikki

    Wow! Sounds like a great night! Weather and all. LOL.

    July 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Woohoo!
    Congrats to you and Alex after some very not-stellar conditions!

    July 28, 2016 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Non stellar is one way to put it. Thank you!

      July 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Lex @ Flecksoflex

    Way to rock the race, despite the weather and the course changes! I love live music after a race, so it’s nice that you guys had a live band. It really makes you want to stay and hang out with the other runners.

    July 28, 2016 at 11:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was great… except the band had to pack it up because of the weather! But I am with you there!

      July 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    love love LOVE the photo of the two of you with your medals! Congrats to Alex on his first race!
    (Yes, it’s been a crazy week and I’m only now getting to catch up on your week’s worth of blogging!)

    July 29, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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