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Celebrating 5 Years for MO’Cowbell

If you know me at all…then you know that I have MO’Cowbell Fever!!!  And there is only one cure….

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I’m crazy about this race and I’m not afraid to say it!  In fact….I’m downright proud of it!!  I mean who wouldn’t be ecstatic about being an Ambassador again this year for a race that has a very Ab-tastic mascot!!

Hellooooooo Chuck!!

Chuck & I at the Ex'MO - 2014

Chuck & I at the Ex’MO – 2014

2015 is the year that YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!

2015 is MO’Cowbell’s 5th Anniversary and I’m super pumped to be a part of it!

And you can be too!!  Once again, MO’Cowbell will be offering a race for all skill levels.  You can pick from Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K!

And if you want to walk and not run…well you go right on ahead and do just that!!  (They do ask that everyone maintain a 16-minute mile pace)

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This year the MO’ Cowbell race will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2015. You will start and finish in the gorgeous Frontier Park where you can enjoy Runner’s Village.  With your registration you will receive a long-sleeve tech-shirt, a race-themed cowbell, top-quality finisher’s medal, 26.2/13.1/Relay/5K cowbell car sticker, runner’s bag, a virtual goody bag, access to water stations, baggage check, course entertainment, post-race food & beverage, medical stations, massage therapy, and of course, cheering neighborhood crowds and volunteers clanging cowbells.

1529689_626311514083432_2138987065_o  I promise to you that you will get an amazing race experience as your run thru the streets of Historic St. Charles, past Herman’s Farm Orchard; where you will experience the ever-famous High-Five Zone, thru the very unique New Town, up the memorable hill on Little Hills Expressway and back down thru Historic St. Charles.  Plus, you will also get to be a part of the original flattest, fastest course in the St. Louis Region and as the final kicker…it’s a USATF Certified Course.

(For a complete turn-by-turn of each race, go here)

I would be crazy if I thought that everyone felt the same way about running as I do…It’s not everyone’s THANG!  But guess what…you can still get involved with MO’Cowbell!  You can volunteer…be a sponsor…or just be the coolest spectator around and clang your cowbell and cheer the runners on!  Trust me…we runners LOVE the spectators that yell and cheer us on!  And here is a little secret…WE LOVE THE SIGNS!!!!  Like these cuties that were found in New Town!

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 In addition to this kick-butt race…MO’Cowbell also hosts an incredible 2-day Fitness Ex’MO where you will pick up your race packets (packets can also be mailed for an extra fee).  The Ex’MO is also open to the public so anyone and everyone can come check out the exhibitors and vendor booths from various companies and organizations that promote fitness and healthy living.  Want to be one of those fancy vendors…well check out how right here!

So come on…come join me in what I think is the coolest race around!

You can register right here!!  But don’t delay…Prices go up on May 1st so sign up before then!!

Want to win a little something extra…well use my MO’Bassador code at registration for a chance to score some spectacular Official MO’Cowbell race swag!!

Code:  JENWCB16 (this is the new 2016 code)

Note:  Code can be used on all races:  Full Marathon, Half-marathon, Half Marathon Relay & 5K.

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2 PR’s (Personal Records) in 2 Weeks!!

I started the month of March with two Half-marathons on the books…one week after another…for some, this may be no big feat but for me (a.k.a. the girl who hid inside from the cold nasty Missouri weather all winter but also refused to run on the treadmill) this  was HUGE!!  Up until the beginning of March, I had only ran a handful of 5K’s on the old dreadmill in the basement.  All that training I had planned for my two March races went to the wayside.  I stressed about it for a bit (okay…a few weeks but that’s normal for me) and then finally decided to just take it as it came.  I decided that I had no goal in mind for either race except to just finish.  I have only ran one other Half-marathon (you can read about it here and here) and I got hurt so I wasn’t looking to push myself too much.  I really did not want to injure myself right before all the great weather arrives.

I ran my second ever Half-Marathon on March 15th and I rocked it!  I ran in the Irish Upon a Star Virtual Half-Marathon hosted by the IR4 community.  They are an amazing group by the way!  If you want to learn more about our great little family, check out this post about my IR4 buddy Riley!  She is an amazing little sweetheart!  See for yourself 🙂

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For this run, I decided to join my running pal Stephanie for part of her scheduled 18-miler that she was running that same day.  Win-Win for both of us!! It was nice to have someone to keep each other company…although we both had to finish our runs separately since I wasn’t going as far.  It was a great route that was mostly flat.  Our run went pretty easy and before I knew it, I was setting a PR! I smashed this run with a 2:32:01 and I was ecstatic!!!!  Check out Riley & I’s medals!!

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I also happened upon ONE of the 250 cakes that are part of the STL250 celebration!  If you aren’t sure what that is exactly….?  Well here is the dirt on it!  2014 is a big year for St. Louis!  It’s the 250th birthday!!  Read about these amazing birthday cakes here!

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Fast forward another week and I found myself getting ready for my long-awaited and much-anticipated Relay & Run for 21 Half-marathon!  I have been looking forward to this race since I signed up!   I could not wait to run in honor of my IR4 buddy Riley!  My only goal on this race was to make her proud 🙂

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This race was a little different from any that I’ve run because it as a point to point race that took us from Downtown Clayton to Westport Plaza!  Wanna see what that actually looks like on a map?!  It looks like a huge distance to go…LOL.

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It took us through some amazing neighborhoods and we able to enjoy the views and scenery as well as the rolling hills which we loved to hate 🙂  Although we have had a few nice days here and there lately, the day of the race was windy and cold to say the least.  Thankfully, we were able to hang out in a little coffee shop at the starting line to keep warm.  We were also able to snap this “before” picture of us getting ready to rock this race.

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I ran the Relay & Run for 21 with two amazing women (both named Stephanie…plus read one Stephanie’s account of our race on her blog here) who told me before we left for the race that this day was all about me getting a PR.  I knew that the course was hilly…very hilly!!  I was not thinking that a PR was anywhere in my future that day!  However, they pushed me to the very end and I thank them tremendously because….I crushed that race with a 2:25:24 (elapsed time).  I can tell you how that felt…I truly felt at times that I wanted to give up…that I couldn’t do it…the hills were killer…I thought of Riley many times during this challenging race and I know that her bright smile got me up many of those hills that I encountered.

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After running these last two races (#2 & #3 Half-Marathon), I’ve come to the conclusion that, like most, I’m addicted to the Half-Marathon!!  I can’t wait for the next one which will hopefully be during my birthday weekend!!!!  Of course, that means I need to start training for that….NOW!!!  Yikes!  It will be here before ya know it!

Dreams and Promises….Part 2

….So…..I survived!  I didn’t finish like I wanted to finish but I finished nevertheless!!!
AND THAT IS WHAT MATTERS!!!
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I started out this race feeling great!!  I had decided to stick with a friend of mine who was participating in the Half-Marathon Relay.  There was her first timed race, as well as the longest run she has done so far.  Needless to say, she was a little nervous.
We started off and the miles just seemed to slip away and before you know it, we were at mile 5.  At this point, I pulled a little ahead and met up with our other friend who was taking the second half of the relay.  I had planned on sticking with her during her part also.  Little did I know….my body had other plans for me.
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I was still feeling pretty good and until about mile 8 and then I felt it….my knee started to hurt a little and was doing this popping thing.  I stopped and tried stretching out and kept doing that for at least a mile before my knee just went completely.  At this point, I could not run at all.  I could not even bend it without it feeling severe pain.  I continued on though because I was bound and determined to finish this race.  And by continue on…I mean…I walked two miles up a hill (the ONLY hill pretty much on this race) with one leg that would not bend at all.  The weather also decided to turn chilly and the wind came out in full force and then the sun said good-bye to us and hid behind a sky full of clouds.  I’m sure I made a silly sight to watch with my gimpy walk and shivering body 🙂
At mile 12, my knee had rested enough that I could do a slow hobble run which I was able to keep up until I crossed that beautiful finish line.  I was greeted by my two pals who had done the relay and there were congratulations and hugs to go around.  I grabbed my awesome medal (see below), a bottled water and I headed straight for the medical tent where I had an amazing angel of a girl stretch my hips out and my legs.  She also handed me the equivalent of gold to a runner…a baggie of ice!!!  JACKPOT!!
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After getting special love and care at the medical tent, I made my way over to the sea of goodies to eat and stocked up on some cinnamon bread, a banana and some amazing Lays plain potato chips (are they not the BEST after a run?!).  We milled around for just a short time and then it was just so chilly and windy that we decided to head home.  I also passed a guy who seemed to be suffering the same fate as I…okay…maybe a little worse since he was curled up in fetal position on the sidewalk.  Since I was heading home, I passed on my bag of gold (a.k.a. bag of ice) to this poor chap who was GREATLY appreciative!  I was glad to help 🙂
Here I am in all my glory!!  I’m super proud of myself for following through with the training and finishing this race!  I can now proudly say that I’m part of the half-marathon club.
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Of course, I can also safely say that I have also caught the bug…I’m already itching to sign up for the next one (which will be the Go! St. Louis Half-Marathon in April 2014)!
For now though, I’m staying off the knee as much as possible and have become best friend with my ice packs.
Here is my final time….like I said…I was hoping for better but I will take what I got!
Proud either way!
Finished:  3:18:37