Monday, May 18, 2015

Up's, Down's and Plans

This week, like any normal week for me was full of it's ups and downs.
On a good note, the bruising on my neck and soreness from the biopsy are about completely gone.  In other words no more scarfs, YAY!
On a bad note, I came down with another cold on Tuesday.  But luckily I didn't have a huge busy work week, so it allowed for a lot of needed sleeping time.  (I may or may not have slept until 1pm twice this past week, terrible I know.... But I needed it!)

I did get out and go for a very short run last Monday, and even though I woke up sick Tuesday I attempted what was even a shorter run, okay more walking than running:)  I thought maybe it would push the cold out of me before it settled in, I thought wrong.  It was a worth a try though!

But between all the crazy lifting at the wedding the past Saturday, or just being sick for a month unable to get out much on my feet.  Apparently my Achilles tendinitis didn't like it much, and decided to flare up again. *arghhh*
I no longer take a day of tendon pain and wish it away.  Instead I took immediate action and put the lovely boot back on.  As of Sunday night the pain was almost gone, I think another 5-7 days of it will be needed before I start gradually working back into running again.  I am pretty confident I can nip this in the bud before it has time to get out of control again!

I would love to share with you hiking exploits and other fun things.  But with everything, you can see I haven't been able to get out much.  I am hoping this week, has a little bit more adventure to it, as I am more than ready for some!
But since we have been getting a lot of well needed rain and snow here lately and that doesn't look to be changing anytime soon.  It's not really been bothering me too much that I can't get out and play:)

RACE PLANNING NEWS

So a few weeks back I mentioned that I was going to try my hand at becoming a race director.  With that comes with a lot of education and research.
I learned that 3 of the top races in our state for the first time in almost ever, they did not sell out this year.  What does that mean?  Well it's not for a lack of runners as Utah has many.  But one thing Utah also has, is a lot of races.  I have discovered we have over 760+ races each year (that I know of.)
About 98% of races in Utah are all on Saturday's, which mean that is about 14-15 every single Saturday.
Yup, a lot for runners to choose from!
I still want to go through with this, but based on my recent findings, I am realizing I need to schedule them as perfectly as I can, to be able to attract as many runners as possible.
So now that I have bored you with all of those numbers:)

I will share, what I am working on for 2016 is a Half Marathon, with a 5k.  (If I can get the permits.) I may be trying my hand at a 5k this fall and possibly another next spring as testers to get myself ready to pull of a bigger event.  But I am not going to decide on those until until I find out about the permits for the Half.

Originally, I was just planning on organizing a normal, but great race.  Because that is what I like. I enjoy beautiful scenery, great course, challenging but still a chance to PR and great race support and a entry cost that doesn't break the bank.
I am not really much into all the new hype about races with costumes, themed runs, or crazy events that go along with the race.  Although I have discovered, its not as easy as one would think to keep the entry costs low, when cities/counties are constantly raising the rates they charge for events to be held!

But realizing I want this to be successful, and I want to attract all kinds of runners.  I find myself re-thinking a few things, and I am now in the process of considering a few other ideas.  Because I completely understand my thoughts on picking a race are likely not what the majority considers anymore, I may need more to attract more.
Anyhow, late June or early July I hope to have the permit process about finished and at that time I will share with all of you my plans. (Which I can't help but be excited about, even if they are a work in process!)

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Well that along with a few weddings is what I am working on right now.  I promise my life will get more interesting soon!  I have told all illnesses and injuries where to go, and how fast to get there so I am hoping they listen this time!  I think they will!!!!


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Hope you all had a great week.  Share with me what you have going on.
Also, if you do have any great idea's to add to a race that you don't mind sharing, I'd love to hear.  I am all about unique and different right now!

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  1. It sounds very exciting to be a race director, but also a little scary. There certainly are tons of races in Utah, but hopefully you can figure out a way to make yours unique/special so lots of runners sign up. I know someone who just directed their first race so send a FB message if you want her contact details!

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    1. I think it is a little scary too, which is in a way one of the best things about it, the challenge:)
      I hope I can too, it's a big undertaking that is for sure! I may hit you up later on and take you up on that, as I get a bit more involved with this!

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  2. I'm so excited for you about the races you are putting together!

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    1. Thanks me too! It's going to kill me if I can't get the permits, fingers crossed!

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  3. The whole race director thing sounds like it could be a very interesting experience. I'll be thinking about you and hoping that the logistics can work out in your favor.

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  4. Now, you know I love my half marathons. And, Utah? I need that state! LOL. I can't wait to hear the details. I hope you feel better this week.

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    1. If it all works out, you will get a personal invite from me:) The course I am planning, I have a feeling you may really like, its a good PR one that is for sure!

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  5. That's interesting how many races there are each Saturday! That really is a lot of choice. There are definitely a lot of logistics to think about to attract people to races :) I hope the tendonitis gets better quickly!

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    1. It is a lot! We are a big state, so it gives a nice spread for those who live down south vs up north and east to west!
      Thanks though, I hope my tendon does too!

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  6. Your posts are never boring! I love hearing all about your upcoming plans and adventures :). Sorry to hear your achilles is bothering you again. Hopefully June will be a much better month for you, you had quite the interesting May! You have such a creative mind with your weddings that I'm sure you will come up with a great race too :)

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    1. Thanks Hailey, you made me smile with that comment!!! Well actually with all your compliments!
      I hope it heals quick too. Well I mean it has never quite healed entirely, but if it could go back to being not much of a bother, I would like that!

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  7. Sorry to hear about your cold! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your race director position! I did a race a couple of months ago that was held at night and served little snacks afterward. There were a few tables so the runners could mingle while snacking. The race was pretty small and I had a lot of fun getting to chat with other runners.

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    1. That is awesome Emily! I am looking forward to this adventure! I do plan on having lots of after race treats. In fact if I can market it correct, I am hoping to get a company or two to help with a fun after race lunch, but we will see:)

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  8. Glad you throat is getting better, but sorry you are sick again. I feel your pain in the illness department. When I was sick for 6 weeks over the holidays it was so frustrating! Excited for you and the race director thing! I know there is so much planning and work that goes into it and you are approaching it the right way. Picking the right days and locations are huge! Good luck with that!!

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    1. Thank you! 6 weeks of being sick would definitely not be fun. I am about 4 weeks give or take, and I am ready to move on:(

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  9. I would imagine putting on a race is quite the undertaking with permits and insurance. Glad to hear that your throat is feeling better. Have a great week!

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    1. It's going to be, if it works out it will be worth it, if it doesn't it will be a very time consuming flop:)

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  10. I am super excited for you in your new adventure- kudos for jumping out there! I have never been to Utah! I am glad the neck is feeling better is takes a while to heal. Can't wait to hear more about your race- rest up, you have a lot of work coming up! :)

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    1. Utah is a beautiful state, if you love hiking and mountains, we have all kinds of them!
      Thank you!

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  11. I'm glad you are feeling better this week and were able to ditch the scarf :) Hope you also have a quick recover with your Achilles!

    Love reading about your race plans! I'm sure your events will be a success because you are putting so much thought into them. Sounds like you are being very strategic in picking just the right date and also the type of event that will attract lots of runners. If I lived closer to Utah, I would be there! :)

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    1. Thanks Sun, I this evening the achillies is starting to feel much better, I think I caught the flare up in time!
      That is sweet of you to say, I really hope I can plan this correct and it all works out!

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  12. Excited to hear more about the plans for your race, Kristy! I traveled to Utah for work when I was with KitchenAid and loved it - so scenic! Great place to travel to run a half marathon I'm sure :) Hope your cold goes away quickly (and the Achilles pain) so you can feel back to normal soon.

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    1. Glad you loved our state, it really is scenic and so beautiful!

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  13. Looking forward to hearing what you have planned for races! Love Utah! Would love to run a race there sometime and it might be doable as my mother-in-law lives there!

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    1. Well if everything works out and I can get the permits, you'll get a personal invite to the race from me:)

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