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?


  1. Good for you for taking the break you need from running! It’s always tough to bounce right back after a big race like that, especially one that you kicked butt in. Have a great weekend 🙂

  2. It’s definitely good to take time off after a race. The body really can only go through so much. I wish I knew this so much two years ago or maybe everything I’m going through wouldn’t be happening. I definitely didn’t take enough time off and I’m paying for it. So strength train and become HUGE lol just kidding but it’s definitely going to improve your ability to run/swim!

  3. Great job! My first half is in May, I’m so excited! I know, after a race we might not feel like we need rest, but we do. Awesome job taking it easy! I should do some more strength too. Have an awesome Friday!

  4. I love seeing a family of runners! Enjoy Pittsburgh–that’s where I’m from! Are you going to run the Pittsburgh half or full marathon in May?
    And this weekend I’m actually going to a festival for the Kazakh New Year in DC! Should be pretty interesting.
    Congrats on your half-marathon!

  5. Great job! To Hannah and your mom as well. I love that you all participated and that it was a bit of a family event. Good luck as you focus on the strength training! I bet you will notice a difference.

  6. I can agree. People don’t realize how much wear and tear is on your body from a race. I always want to be like…I know it doesn’t feel like it but take your runs early. I cut out all my speed from the last two weeks to try and regain strength and it’s working. I hope it all works out for you!

  7. I am actually going to take a few days off after my next 10k race too, before I start marathon training. I know with going so many weeks of training with only one rest day per week, it gets to you. You are totally justified in taking a week off, a lot of people do that after a half and one of the ladies here who works with the run club and coaches actually told me to do it. Think of rest as a part of training!

    The pictures are really great. It looks like the race was an awesome time for your whole family.

  8. Congrats to Hannah for killing it! And to you for racing well although you were still a bit sick! God is deff on your side all the time 🙂 I have a half next weekend which I now am looking forward to, I haven’t done one in a few years so I was nervous. Seeing yours though, makes me see the fun and not worry about times or anything 🙂

  9. I think that’s so awesome how you, your mom, and your sister all run races together! Good for you for giving your body a chance to rest and recover after the race. I used to be really into strength training! I loved being able to see changes in my muscle mass and strength, and I cannot wait to get back into it once I am exercising more regularly again.

    Hope you and Jimmy have a nice time this weekend. I’m so happy the weather is finally getting nicer!

  10. Aw, that’s so cute that your mom ran too! I love strength training because I feel like I get less bored than when I’m just zoning out on cardio equipment. I hope you have a really fun weekend!

  11. Kudos to all of you! I think it’s so cool that this is something your family does! 🙂 Also, I think it’s funny that you put “cardio” in quotes when talking about walking Lola because I’m the opposite. I’m like “um yes I am skipping normal cardio when I take Oreo for a walk. That SO counts.” 😛

  12. Awesome race!!!!

    You know the strength trianing it makes me smile. It really does help in all aspects of your life! I ran sprints today for the first time in a while and couldn’t believe how much better/stronger my legs felt.

  13. Well done for your race!
    I’ve just decided I’d like to start getting into running. I do a lot of walking but I want to do more strenuous exercise. And you’re so right about the importance of bone density, especially for women. I read in a magazine a few weeks ago that your 20s are a really important decade for improving and maintaining bone density. Since I turn 20 next month, I figured I should probably get motivated to work out more and become stronger! 🙂 I went out yesterday and bought some Nike running shoes…they had a really amazing discount on them!
    Have a great weekend! 🙂

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