{Hannah} Race Bib Binder

Before this year, I ran only one race each year.  Then I became good friends with people who run races all the time–and have even run a marathon and are planning on another!  They got me into running races more frequently, and I’ve been looking for a way to store and display all the bibs I now have.

One of my friends has a special bib album, but it was more expensive than I wanted to spend.  So I did what I do best and made my own.

My mom had made a family recipe book using a binder and sheet protectors, and that’s what I did for my race bib book.  A quick swing by Staples, and I had a small binder (in my favorite color no less!) and some pages for less than $15!

I’ve taken pictures before, during, and after every race, and I knew I wanted to include some of them in the album.  I placed an order at Walgreens Photo, since it’s quick, reasonably priced (especially with a coupon code), and there’s one around the corner from my apartment.

Then it was time to put it all together!  I put the bibs on one side (with a sliver of the edges folded under so they fit in the sleeves), and pictures from the race on the other.

I’m so excited to add to it as the year progresses, but the sleeve pack I bought only had 15 sheets in it, so I’ll need to buy another before the year is out!

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{Hannah} NYRR United NYC Half Marathon 2017

Yesterday, I ran the NYRR United NYC Half Marathon!  It was my third half marathon race, but the first time I ran in NYC.  I was very excited and the weather ended up being in the mid-30s and sunny, which is a perfect winter day for running.

Going into this race, I had a few goals:

1. Just to finish.  Signing up for, training for, and finishing a half marathon are all major accomplishments in and of themselves!  I’m proud of myself just for trying and getting stronger as each week of training passed by.

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Picture of Times Square as I was running thru!  The race announcers joked that this was the fastest you’d ever the thru there, and the only time as a NYer that you’d *want* to go to Times Square!

2. Beat my best half marathon time.  I ran my first half marathon in 2:12:31, which is a 10:06 min/mile pace.  The second half marathon ended up being canceled half way thru due to excessive heat and humidity, and runners that finished afterwards did not get an official time.  Both runs were Summerfest’s Rock ‘n Sole–which I highly recommend if you’re in Milwaukee.  This goal leads me to point #3…

A friend surprised me by coming to Times Square early to see me run!  She captured this shot as I zoomed by.

3. Run in under 2:05 hours (which is 9:33 min/mile pace).  I thought this would be fairly easy, since my training runs were at that pace or faster (I averaged a low/mid-9 pace on my long runs).

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4. Run in under 2:00 hours (which is 9:09 min/mile pace).  This one would be a stretch for me, but I thought with the adrenaline of the day and people around me, that I could do it…

nyrr nyc united airlines half marathon 2017 medal metal engraved

And I did!  1:59:25! 😀

I realized early on that my phone was under counting the miles, and was over a half mile ahead of the course halfway thru.  Which meant the pacing was very off.  I had a “fancy” pace wristband, so using the time from my running app, I was able to approximate my actual pace.  I pushed myself during the last few miles (so close! only a few more miles and minutes to go!), and then very hard thru the last half mile, to say that I tried my hardest to finish under 2 hours.  I didn’t feel the greatest right after finishing, but I’m so proud of myself for accomplishing a goal I thought was slightly out of reach.

But now what will my goals be for the next one? 😉