• World's Best 10K race report

    On February 20th I travelled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to race the World's Best 10K. The race was held on the 24th so I was able to enjoy some sun and beach in the days leading to the race. This was the first time I've ever travelled out of the United States for a race. I felt so honored to be invited to such a prestigious race. From the moment I step off the plane in San Juan I fell in love: The hot weather, ocean air, the culture, the spanish language and architecture, etc. The race put us athletes up at the Intercontinental Hotel which literally sat right on the beach. They were so accommodating and kind to us all. Thank you so much, World's Best 10K! Every morning I'd meet the other runners in the lobby to head out for a run. One morning while out running I hurdled a wild rooster and found five dollars on the path! It was very exciting!

    Race day:

    The day of the race I spent laying around trying to mentally prepare myself. The race was to start at 5:25pm. I was so nervous because I knew I wasn't in my best shape or even close to it. I have been going through some tough life changes and it was showing in my running. That's the thing some people don't understand. Runner's are not always at their best, and we too go through hard times that can really affect how we perform in our running. I am so hard on myself and want to run my best all the time. Note to self: You are not a super human Deanna! You will be again soon though! Ha ha! Joking!

    We toed the line around 5:20pm. My heart was racing. The gun went off and all the runners bursted out of the gate. There was so much energy and I felt exited to be there in one of the best 10k's ever. I felt pretty good for the first 5k. I was holding on to a pretty quick pace and feeling focused. Then it hit me. The mental and physical wall. My legs hurt, my body hurt, my soul hurt.

    I remember at one point during the race I thought to myself, “They should call this the world's hottest and most humid race!” Ok, so you know you're having a bad race if you start thinking thoughts like this. I know I'm racing my best when I'm focused and barely have a thought in my head other than FIGHT! Regardless of how the race was going I needed to finish. That's something my coach, Steve Jones, has taught me. Never quit. So I didn't. I finished 8th American and 17th overall. Notice I'm leaving out my time! Ha ha! You can easily look it up! World's Best 10K is such a phenomenal race and I'm so thrilled to have been a part of it regardless of how I finished. I hope to go back next year!

    What did I take and leave behind from this race?

    Left behind: My tears, fears, and humility.

    Take away: A chip on my shoulder and something to prove!

    Thank you for reading and believing! This birdie will be flying high soon! Promise! Xo

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  • Philadelphia Half Marathon recap

    Last week I ran the Rock & Roll Philadelphia half marathon. I was so nervous going into this race after performing poorly at the Crim 10 miler. I had been telling my coach for a few weeks prior that I was not feeling right. I felt tired all the time. I could barely run a 9 minute mile on my easy runs. I was convinced I was anemic, but my blood test results disagreed. So, I kept on training and ignoring it.

    Go time: I told my coach moments before the gun went off that I was worried and didn't think I was going to run well. He gave me a few words of encouragement and pushed me to the start line. When the gun went off my worries were replaced with ambition and competitiveness. I was excited! Here I was running with some of the fastest women in the world!

    I thought I was pretty far back approaching the 5k mark until someone yelled out, "you're the 8th woman!" That really got me fired up. I thought, OK, I just need to hold on to this position! I ran as hard and as controlled as I could. This was, after all, my first "real" half marathon. I've raced 2 others here at altitude when I just started running. Not very impressive times. In the end, I finished 12th overall and was the third American!

    I'm very happy with my race performance and even more jazzed for my upcoming marathon. Philly gave me back my confidence. I had such a great experience there and hope they'll have me back next year!

    Up next: Chicago marathon is my next big race. My PR is on this course and I'm super excited to be returning. This is the race I've been working toward all summer. I will write a more detailed race preview as we get closer to the date. Thank you all for reading!

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  • Next race: Crim 10 Miler

    Tomorrow morning I will be toeing the line for the Crim 10 miler race in Flint, Michigan.

    I've been dealing with chronic fatigue lately that has been affecting my training but I intend to put it all out there tomorrow.

    This will be my second 10-mile race ever. The first one was the Cherry Creek Sneak in Denver. Although I had a great race there (I won!) I was able to run more relaxed without having a large group of international competition. A friend gave me some advice for tomorrow, saying to make sure miles 3 through 7 count and then try to hold on...sounds like a plan!

    I've never been to Flint, Michigan before. Everyone I talk to says it's known as one of the most dangerous places in the U.S to live. My training partner Kathy Butler told me that when she ran this race a spectator near mile one yelled out, “Welcome to the ghetto!” Haha! I guess I better run fast! :)

    I hope to report back to you all that everything went better than expected and I had a great race! I promise to bring my passion for running and my fierce competitiveness with me Saturday. I'll try to get a post race recap up by Sunday afternoon. Thanks for reading!

    -Dee

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