Weekend Update: Kiawah Half- Marathon and Monday Night Brewing 10k

Great weekend of racing for Team AMEC!

At the Kiawah Half-Marathon we had a podium and a PR.

Ken- 2nd place AG at Kiawah

Ken- 2nd place AG at Kiawah

Ken rocked it out, coming in under 1:45 and placing 2nd in his AG.    He’s had issues with injury (calf strains, hamstring pulls, etc) for the last few years.  Hasn’t had a single one in the last 6 months – incidentally coinciding with his switch to gluten-free.  Coincidence?  Not sure, but I am really happy with his performance.

PR for the man!

PR for the man

 

 

 

 

ALSO, super proud of my man Hank! We went into this race feeling good, feeling confident, and a PR ensued. Very excited for him to have shaved 7 minutes off his previous best. That was a great 13.1 effort.

 

 

 

In unfortunate news, Jerry decided to put a nail through his foot last week instead of running Kiawah.   And Tracey thought it would be fun to lock up her IT band to the point of barely being able to walk. We were ALL totally ready to crush and PR this race, so both going to recover that foot and try again at the Charleston Half- Marathon in a few weeks.  See, it happens to all of us from time to time.  So we pick up, brush off, carry on.

Andy looking speedy

Andy looking speedy

 

Finally, Andy had himself a great weekend, too.  He crushed the Monday Night Brewing 10k on Saturday.  (The brewery is called Monday Night- see how that could be confusing? ;-) )  He ran a speedy 41, which was good to place 1st in his AG and 12th overall!  Looking forward to an exciting 2015 season for him.

 

As always, love reporting on everyone on Team AMEC.  You really should consider jumping on board for 2015.  We’re a fun bunch.

Weekend Update: Reindeer Runs!

Elizabeth, now and then!

Elizabeth, now and then!

While reindeer runs are usually all about holiday fun, Team AMEC had a few significant ones to note…

Elizabeth continues to amaze me with her progress.  It was our 2 year anniversary this weekend.  The 2012 Conway Reindeer Run was her first EVER race.  It was a struggle for her, but she completed it in just under an hour and a half.  Fast forward 2 years, she las lost 118 pounds (and still going) and ran the race in HALF the time!  Guess what’s next? She is running the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon in February.  So proud of where she has come from and where she is going!

 

 

Sarah (left) after a 5k PR!

Sarah (left) after a 5k PR!

 

 

In other news, one of my newest Team AMEC peeps Sarah, went out and crushed the Charleston Reindeer Run.  She’s currently training for the Charleston Half Marathon and decided to go out and try to PR her 5k time this weekend. AND… she did! Can’t wait to see her kick some ass at her half.

Stay tuned for results from Team AMEC members next week after the Kiawah Half Marathon.

Weekend Update: Turkey Trots, IM Cozumel

Elizabeth last year and this year.  A race PR by 5 minutes!

Elizabeth last year and this year. A race PR by 5 minutes!

Lots of turkey trotting this week! Elizabeth, Ken, Kelly, Sarah, Jennifer, Eric, and Bree all headed out to run pre-dinner feast.

Special mention goes to Elizabeth at the Surfside Turkey Trot for running 5 minutes faster this year than last.

Ken and Grandson, post trot.

Ken and Grandson, post trot.

Also to Ken, who even after accidentally running off course for 0.25 miles, STILL won his AG and came in 9th overall in a Maryland trot.

Most everyone else just went out to have fun and dodge strollers and drink beer, and all those other things that make Thanksgiving great.

 

 

Pearce and Robert

Pearce and Robert

Finally, a HUGE congrats to Pearce and Robert for braving some seriously windy conditions at IM Cozumel .  SO bad that some athletes were actually blown off their bikes.

Both guys really held their own on the bike- trying very hard to tackle the wind without blowing out their legs for the run.  The run was about survival, and both did great! Robert is now an IRONMAN and Pearce is a 3x IRONMAN. I am super proud of both of them!

Trey Completes Cross-Country Ride

Pier to Pier in 45 days

Pier to Pier in 45 days

He did it!  Trey completed his Santa Monica Pier to Isle of Palms Pier bicycle journey.  That was 2617 miles in 45 days.  SOOOOO remarkable considering when I met him in February the longest he had ever ridden was 40 miles, and he would do that once a week.

Maybe even more remarkable was that he only got 1 flat tire the entire time- and it was with 25 miles to go in the whole journey.  I’m so very, very proud of all he accomplished.

Back to the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

We are going back to Norway to the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon!!

Out of 250 total athletes, only 125 of those being any nationality other than Norwegian, and of that 125 only 18 of them can be women, Team AMEC has TWO of these slots. Unbelievable! Andy Balchin will be there to tackle it again this year and the other one belongs to… well, it belongs to me.

Stay tuned to this website to follow both Andy’s and my training, as well as the unique perspective I will be able to give as both coach and athlete.  If you are doing the Norseman yourself this year, please feel free to contact me.  I have coached Andy through it once already, as well as served as support so I’ve been there.