Missouri Race Series Joplin {Race Recap}

We all have THAT friend.

You know what I mean, right?

The one that pushes you to be a better version of yourself. The one who you can say your crazy ideas too and instead of telling you you’re crazy they actually listen. I can’t tell you how many conversations I have had with this lady that start out “We could…” only to end up becoming reality hours, days, weeks, or months later. 

For me that friend is Anna.
She’s my Thelma.

This weekend was another one of our crazy adventures. We were SUPPOSED to take it easy this week. We were SUPPOSED to just put in a 5 mile taper run. But when an opportunity presents itself and it is the other persons birthday, you just do it. One week before our half we ran what would officially be the hardest run in almost 3 years of running, the Missouri Race Series 10 Mile Joplin Race.

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I have no words for how challenging that course was and the pictures I took will never do it any justice. So I’m hopeful that the elevation map gives you and idea of how the run went… for 10+ miles!

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And with no official on course photographer, we had to take our own photos.
Because if you don’t take a picture, it didn’t really happen. 

But they weren’t all so happy. 

Look a hill!

Oh and there’s another one. 

This was a smaller hill that led to a BIG hill and on the other side… you guessed it, a hill! And once we got to the end we had to turn around and do it all over again.

Hill after hill after hill. I assure you they looked MUCH more impressive in person.

But some how we did it!
It wasn’t a record setting time or pace and you can guarantee we walked up some of those hills, but we never thought we wouldn’t finish!

Her birthday wish come true, the finish line.

So that’s a wrap on our latest “great” idea. We also came to a mutual agreement mid race that we would NEVER run this course again… or will we?

Only 3 days to go until we run 13.1!
I should also mention we’ll have some company for our half. One week ago Russ impulsively decided to sign-up to do it with us since his employer is a headline sponsor and he could run it for free. So with pretty much zero training he is planning to do his best. Looks like we aren’t the (only) crazy ones after all!

Happy Hump Day!

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  • Amy Smith

    Good for you girls! I love that you have your “Thelma”!

  • At least you got the practice in! Good job!

  • You guys are awesome! I love that you took selfies along the way!

    • We knew there was no way we’d have a good pace so just decided to make sure we had fun instead :).

  • oh.my.word. That looks so, so hard. I was exhausted just looking at it. #crazyladies. In the best possible way of course 🙂

    • It WAS SO hard. I hope to never do anything like that again. I wanted to curse at those hils so badly, lol.

  • Im exhausted and Im just sitting here reading blogs 😉 You go ladies!!! And everyone needs a Thelma to their Louise!

    • Thanks friend it was SO hard, NEVER again I say!

  • Bahahhaha- I love that there are pictures to go along the race!

    • Well let’s be honest here. There was no way on God’s green earth that we were going to be able to run up all those hills so we knew our pace was shot and just decided to have fun with it :P.

  • I have a friend that pushes me too – not just in staying in shape, but in life. Great job ladies.

    • Yes, Anna is the same exact way. I just love her. Thank you.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    I was waiting for this post!!
    That elevation map is BRUTAL!
    BUT! Now that you’ve done this for 10 miles you HAVE to do Hospital Hill in KC. It’s hill after hill after hill. But, the good thing about hills…. Once you go UP you get to go DOWN! Best reward for a hill!

    • That sounds terrible, lolol. Remember I swore to never do this again. My feet are still hurting from those dang hills. I would like to run it someday though.

  • I can not wait to hear about Russ’s run. I mean… I’m sure he is fit and healthy but a half? With no training? He has got to be the craziest of the crazies!

    • Lol yes he is but I think he’ll be just fine. He ran 7 miles the other night with no problems… kind of makes me hate him.

  • Aww man, that looks like way too many hills! Congrats on finishing! And I second Stephanie…. 13.1 with no training? That be.crazy. Can’t wait to read about it.

    • It was terrible, TERRIBLE! He ran 7 miles the other day at a faster pace than I plan to run…. he must be a robot.

  • Ummm…no thank you. And I’m sure Russ will do great and get a PR and probably win his age category because guys do that…all.the.time. Decide on a whim and then rock it.

    • I KNOW!!! I am so glad you and I agree on this, guys just flat out suck. he won’t be putting up any kind of killer time though, he’s running with me :P.

  • hahaha, love all the pictures along the way! Yea, I would have died. Can’t wait to hear all about the 13.1!

    • We knew our pace was shot so why not have fun with it :). Thanks friend it should be… fun?

  • chall1018

    I love that you have this kind of friend in your life! We all need an “Anna” in our lives. 🙂 Good job on the run. I’m exhausted just looking at it and thinking about it.