Sunday, February 11, 2007

Race Resume

Well, I really am finding I have some extra time on my hands on the weekends.

Like, a LOT of extra time.

I'm just not used to this. But I'd better get used to it....

Anyway, since I really have nothing better to do, I figured I'd take up Cara and Elizabeth at InTransit and try to make my "race resume." Currently I have most of my bib #s in a pile somewhere, but I can't find 'em. So, I'll have to go from memory here and from the random race hardware I've managed to get over the years. This resume is probably a better way to keep track. I can add to it as the years go by and just keep the bib #s that REALLY mean something (like 2198, for example).

This has been's helped me realize how FAR I have come in just a few short years. It also is reminding me that, for crying out loud, I'm only 29. I have many, MANY years left in me to reach some more racing goals. With the current situation, sometimes I think I forget that and get a little bummed. So it's been kind of fun to type this up and put it all out there--and FORCE me to remember how, just a few years ago, my first 5K was in about 31 minutes. I was carrying about 30 extra pounds around, even in my first marathon! And now? Wow...progress is definitely good.
I also find it funny that I pretty much STARTED with a marathon. That's totally something I would do.

Let's to start? Perhaps I will make it look like one of those cheesy templates on Microsoft Office. :)

TriSaraTops: Race Resume

Education: Second Sole Running Club, Cleveland Triathlon Club, Angela Forster Training

Objective: To continue to challenge myself in every way possible by pushing my own little envelope in racing...and in life.

Skills: Persistance, steady speed
Areas of potential for greatest growth: 70.3, IM, Marathon
Life racing goals: PR by at least an hour in IM #2, complete a 50K run, BQ (although I may need to wait until I'm at least 35 for that one...I need every minute I can get), meet up with my good friends and travel all over the world for Half-Marathons and 70.3s until the day I die.

2006 Highlights

  • Pace Team Leader the first half of the Cleveland Marathon "In On Time" Pacing Group 4:45 (hit split exactly)
  • Maumee Bay Olympic Distance Triathlon: 2nd AG, PR in the swim, 2:59
  • Musselman 70.3, as a C race and long training day, negative split the run, 6:47
  • First of a few Century Rides: Sweet Corn Challenge 100 Mile
  • Ironman Wisconsin: First Ironman, finished in 15:32 (close to my B goal)
  • Fall Classic Half Marathon 1:55, PR by 40 seconds on not much training
  • ran with one of my best friends from mile 23-26.2 at the Chicago Marathon and ran into another good friend on the course, and got to see another good friend, too--and decided I MUST do that marathon someday

2005 Highlights

  • Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon 4:18, a 56 minute PR over previous and only attempt at distance
  • Silver Spring Stow Sprint Triathlon, 2nd AG
  • Findley Lake Sprint Triathlon, 1st AG
  • Lorain Olympic Triathlon, 4th overall female (out of, uh, 10...but it sounds pretty sweet, huh?), 1st AG, PR on the bike at Olympic distance. 2:54
  • Deer Creek Pineman Half Ironman, first 70.3, 6:34
  • Rocky River Spirit Run 5K, fastest staff member (female)

2004 Highlights

  • Great Lakes Escape Olympic Triathlon: First Olympic ever! PR on the challenging run at Olympic distance 2:59
  • Hermes Road Race Series: 2nd in Age Group 25-29 for year long competition of 5Ks and 10Ks for 2nd year in a row
  • Lorain Sprint Triathlon, 3rd AG
  • Dolores Sawan 5K 2nd AG
  • Rocky River Spirit Run 5K, fastest staff member (female)

2003 Highlights

  • First real season of racing 5Ks and road races
  • PR in 5K this year 23:33, and haven't really been able to work on bringing it down since I fell in love with the long stuff
  • First Half Marathon in Athens, OH 1:59 with Matt!
  • Second Half Marathon: River Run 1:55
  • Hermes Road Race Series: 2nd in Age Group 25-29 for year long competition of 5Ks and 10Ks
  • A Most Excellent Run 10K: 2nd AG
  • Multiple Sclerosis 150: Pedal to the Point: 2 day, 150 mile charity bike ride to and from Cedar Point Amusement Park, raised $500 to benefit MS Research
  • Huntington Sprint Triathlon, 2nd AG
  • Independence 5K 2nd AG
  • Old Oak Run 5K 1st AG
  • Dolores Sawan 5K 2nd AG
  • PR'd by 8 minutes in the Turkey Trot 5 Mile, 40:02
  • Lost 30 pounds, kept off to the present!

2002 Highlights

  • First Marathon Ever: Cleveland Marathon, 5:14. Trained by myself with little knowledge of running, or racing for that matter

2001 Highlights

  • Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon: First Triathlon ever with TriShannon, and now you can safely call us addicted.

1998 Highlights:

  • First Ever 5K: Cincinnati Race for the Cure, September 1998, 31 minutes or so? Looked behind me just after the gun went off and thought..."Wow...a lot of people do these must be fun or something."


So I guess you could say I've come a long way.

Kinda fun to think about what I'll add to this as the years go on...!


Jodi said...

Wow, what a cool post! You have come so far is such a short amount of time. That makes the future so exciting!



Curly Su said...

great, sara. and to've got SO much more in ya...

RunBubbaRun said...

Yes you have come a long way, great job all around.

Now we have to get you to become a Chicago Marthoner instead of the paparazzi.

Really, thanks for running with me that last couple of miles that day..

Cliff said...

AG finisher :)...looking at 2003, looks like you are a speedster...

Amy said...

You are in the perfect place to just blow them out of the water in the coming years. I can't wait to see what you can do Sara!

Kurt said...

Interesting post. You have come along way but never stop looking ahead. What is done is done, go for that sub 22 min 5K!

Wes said...

Wow, that's neat! I hope I can improve like that, despite being 12 years older than you and just getting started. You have a bright future ahead of you. No doubt.

mouse said...

awww! can I just say that it makes me feel so honored to be considered a friend of yours?

and what an awesome idea! a race resume... what a great way to highlight all the things you've accomplished!

TryAthlete said...

I got some scripts to mark. How much time you got?

Lana said...

WOW! You have gotten a lot of hardware over the years!

I'm thinking about the Chicago marathon too!

Siren said...

Wow!! I'm feeling all inferior over here : )

TriSaraTops said...

I'd better throw up a disclaimer, folks...For 03-04, when I was doing lots of road racing, I can't take too much credit for the places....a lot of those races were no bigger than 10-15 in my age group. :) I swear it looks better than it is! ha ha

TriSaraTops said...

Oh, and some of the tris were even less than that! :)

Cara said...

Sweet! Talk about some accomplishments!! WOOT!

Triteacher said...

This is a really neat idea.

I'm sorry to hear about the extra time on the weekends - I'm assuming it has to do with the bummish news you received in December (was it Dec?). I've been thinking of you a lot and hoping it all goes well - whatever it may be. (I was going to drop you an email, but I'll hide this in an older post since I can't).

Just remember September 10th - we did it (!!!) and ain't nothing can shake our IRON now!