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Race Report

The half marathon is over, and I still can’t believe it that I ran in that wind! Race day started out nice and early, and what would an early morning be without pressing that snooze button a few times? Right? Your pressed it too, didn’t you? I finally got up around 5:30, layered on the running gear, and then dropped my brand new iPod Nano on the ceramic tile in the hotel bathroom. The touch screen was cracked, but luckily it was still intact. I located some tape at the front desk, and taped my poor little iPod back together. If it wasn’t race day, I probably would have cried — it was ONLY three days old.

I made it to the starting line and got as close to the 2:15 pace leader as possible. I was running with my sister-in-law, Dawn, and we both felt that the 2:15 group would be our Plan A, the 2:30 group would be our Plan B. The race started, and within the first few miles I came to the realization that pinning my bib number to my jacket — across my zipper — was probably not the brightest idea. Dawn was keeping up with a great pace, so while I stopped to repin my bib, she asked if I would mind if she kept going without me.  I didn’t. This was her first half marathon and she was owning it! I got the bib pinned to my shirt, which then gave the option to unzip my jacket all the way when I got too warm, or zip it up when the wind was just too much.

I had some problems with my right foot during the race, but I did my best to run through it. It felt as if I had grabbed my old pair of running shoes, but I hadn’t. At one point, I had to stop and stretch out my hamstrings, they seemed really tight, I think it helped.

Let’s talk about that wind, shall we? I’ve never run in the winds that strong before. Sometimes I gave into it and walked, rather than exert the extra energy it took to run.

I’ve got a lot of races under my belt, most of them are 5K’s, but this was by far the largest race I’ve ever run in. That was nice, I enjoyed having other runners around me at all times — their energy carried me to the finish line. The water stations and the volunteers were amazing! I loved that every 1.5 miles there was a water stop, sometimes I was surprised that another 1.5 miles had already passed and I used them as a way to measure my progress. Thank you to all of the volunteers! You were so very much appreciated.

The crowds were awesome! Thank you!!

Was it just me, or was running through the tunnel at Lambeau Field kind of like entering a fire pit? It felt so hot in there! I’m sure the amount of time I was actually in the tunnel was small, but it seemed like forever. A very HOT forever. I finally crossed the finish line and had a PR of 12 minutes! Woohoo! A 12 minute personal record on a course with 25-40 mph winds, an outside temp that was unseasonably cold, a bib re-pinning situation, and an unplanned hamstring stretch.

I will definitely be back for another Cellcom race! Maybe the weather will be better for 2012?

What’s next for me? Well I’ve joined a Ragnar Relay team, the race is only two weeks away, starting in Madison and ending in Chicago. I’m excited! Check out my personal blog to see how it goes.

Oh wait, one more thing, the Saturday before the race I had lunch at Caffe Naturally, it was delicious! Thank you Chef Rachelle!

-Kim Laczniak


One of those days

It took me 7 hours to run 6 miles on Sunday. I was supposed to run 13. At the rate I was going, I would have finished sometime before the 10 o’clock news. No, I didn’t run 70 minute miles. It was just one of those cases of everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

Perhaps my first mistake was attempting to run in a different location. Instead of doing one of my routes close to home, I decided to drive a little north and run around Milwaukee’s Veteran’s Park and the Lakeshore State Park island. I mapped out a nice 4.5 mile loop that I planned to do 3 times.  It was windy but sunny on Sunday, so I grabbed a couple of different tops so I could be prepared for the conditions. My plan was to loop past my car, so I would be able to swap clothing out if need be.

So I get to Veteran’s Park, step out of my car, and get tossed a bit by what had to be a 30 mph wind gust. I tried to ignore it and started doing some gentle stretching and getting my fuel belt together. That’s when I realized that in the haste to get going I left an all important pack on the kitchen table – the one with my GU, inhaler and kleenex. 

Ugh! What to do, what to do. A split second later I am back in my car headed home to get the pack.

Twenty minutes or so later, I’m back at Veteran’s and I start my prep all over again. I was about to head out and I realize, yup, need to use a restroom. I jog over to the building in the park only to find a sign that reads, “Closed for the season.” Ugh. What to do, what to do. 

A split second later, you guessed it, I’m back in my car headed back south. By this time I am done attempting to run the park loops and decide to head back to more familiar territory. However, if I dare step back into my house only to leave 30 seconds later, my dog is going go ballistic. With that in mind, I decide to head directly to South Shore Park and do my run along the lakefront path there.

Ten minutes later I get out of my car only to get tossed around by more wind gusts. After using the facilities I walk around to the lake side of the building to see if the conditions are any better there. 

The wind was actually worse. And to top it off, I’m asked by a very nice woman if I’m there for the Weight Watcher’s meeting. I’m not sure why, but that put me over the edge.

Back in my car, I check on my phone. It says the winds will be peaking in the next hour or so and will be less intense after 3. I decide to head home and try again later.

At 3:30 I leave my house and begin my run again. The wind has not calmed down but I keep moving the best I can. Eventually I am running with the wind at my back, but I know that I some point I need to turn around and head into it. I’m not even at 4 miles and I am struggling. 

My feet hurt, my shins hurt, my knees hurt. I hate the wind. I hate the cold air. I want it to be at least 65 degrees. I want to be running in shorts. I don’t want to be running in the wind.

So I did something I’ve yet to do in my half training: I stopped running, turned around, and started to walk home. I was done.

Back at home I cried a bit and went through moments where I felt like a quitter. I had to tell myself to just chalk it up as one of those days. As the saying goes, sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.

Today I’ll start fresh, inspired by those running in Boston – including my coach Dave Jesse and fellow DCSer Mark Meyer. Sometimes that’s all you can do.

Deb Reiser

Milwaukee, WI

Other posts from Deb:
Running is humbling
Morning running and a little yoga
You can’t control the weather on race day
47 days and counting
The magic number – 13

Why Do You Run? And, how’s it going?!

It’s hard to get back on track.  In my last entry, I was almost done with my comprehensive exams and gearing up for a solo trumpet recital.  Now that BOTH things are done… I feel like I can get back on a balanced schedule, which includes more than a long run on Saturdays! 

Early on I mentioned that there are things that “get in the way” and I was referring to more than just school and work.  I’d like to take this opportunity to say “hi” to any MSers who might be reading this… you aren’t alone and I’m so glad that you are running!  About 18 months ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis after a pretty severe relapse.  One of my first thoughts was “I’ll never run Boston!”   I realize I would need to dedicate a lot more time to training for that to ever happen-especially now that they’ve changed the qualifying times- but that’s not really the issue.  My leg was numb and I couldn’t even lift it up high enough to get into the shower without using my hands to help.  I was scared and running wasn’t going well, as you can probably imagine!

My “MonSter” is not why I started running but it is why I run today.  We all have issues and this is my big one.  I am especially grateful for running because my neurologist said that, given the amount of damage that has been done over time, being so active is the real reason why I don’t have any permanent disabilities at this time.  Going for a nice long run through a cow pasture or into the mountains gives me time to sort through my thoughts and reset myself for the week.  The shorter runs throughout the week help me to maintain that balance. 

Why do you run?  Do you like the health benefits of a smaller waistline or perhaps creating some wiggle room in your diet for your favorite treats?  Do long runs help you sort out your thoughts and work through problems?  When I first started it was all about dropping a few pounds… then it was about maintaining that weight loss and still having room for my favorite treats.  Eventually I realized that an hour or more- alone, with no family, friends, work, practice, internet… you name it- allows me to think through all the other “issues” life throws at me… making me a better daughter, sister, friend, student, teacher and employee.

Whether or not you are an MSer… I’d love to hear how your training is going and what inspires you!  Have great runs this week and I’ll be in touch!


Veteran Runner – Erica Wilczek

Hello Fellow Runners!

My name is Erica Wilczek. I am 20 years old (but will be 21 by race day whoohoo). I am a junior at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI studying biology with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy.  I couldn’t be happier to be able to share my training journey with all of you!  This will be my second time running the Green Bay marathon and my second marathon overall.  Last year I used the training schedule provided right on the website from Prevea and I am doing the same this year. The schedule is the same as a great book I used for training advice last year, “A non-runners guide to running a marathon”. I highly recommend it!

How I fell in love with running: Last year was the first year that I can remember that I haven’t played soccer. I have always been an active person so not having a practice or game to go to everyday was hard for me. My mom suggested I pick up running. Being a very goal-oriented person I wanted something to work towards. So, I decided to sign up for the Green Bay Marathon. My mom and younger sister had ran the half and I am a HUGE Green Bay Packer fan so I decided this would be the perfect race for me.  Signing up motivated me and gave me something to work towards, just like it has this year! My training last year also grabbed the attention of the cross-country coach here at Viterbo. He invited me to join the team this year, which I gladly accepted! It has been great to be apart of a team again!  Running is my outlet. College can be hectic and busy but running is something I look forward to doing every day. It’s my way of distressing. I feel so much better after a good run and I love the “runners high”!

My goal this year is of course to finish! However, it would be great to improve on my time last year of 4:34:48. I can already tell that my training runs are faster than I remember them being a year ago. Last year I did all my training alone and raced alone. This year however, I have recruited two close friends (both first timers) to race with me. I cannot wait to be able to celebrate with them once we have crossed that finish line! It is one of the greatest feelings in the world!


“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start” – John Bingham

Happy Running,


First Timer – Katy Davies

Hello! My name is Katy, I’m 28 years old, and the 2011 Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon will be my first ever attempt at a half marathon! For me this is about a total life change. A year ago, I weighed 315 lbs. I was overweight, unhealthy, and miserable. In September 2010 I participated in a local gym’s weight loss program. From my sky-high weight of just a year ago, I am pleased to say I have exercised my way to losing over 80 lbs.

Since my weight loss regime started, every day I experience little surprises in new things I am able to do. For example, in November 2010 I ran my very first 5k! It was absolutely grueling, and took me a VERY long 43 minutes. The photos at the finish line were awful, I looked like I may have died during the race, and a zombie was finishing in my place! Just a couple of weeks later I ran another 5k. This time it was MUCH better. I finished in 36 minutes, and realized that I can do anything I set my mind to! I know it’s not fast, but when I look back to this time last year, and the fact I couldn’t make it up a few flights of stairs without breaking a sweat… well, it’s quite an amazing turnaround. That is what brings me to the decision to run the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon…

In January, my friends Kelly and Jenny asked me if I would be interested in running a half marathon with them. Immediately I thought… NO WAY!!! Once I’d spent a little time considering it, however, I came to the conclusion that this was EXACTLY what I needed! I have something to prove. I want to prove to myself that I can totally change my life. I want to prove to my friends that change really is possible. I want to prove to my trainers that I secretly do listen to all of their advice! At this point, I have been in training for 5 weeks. I am getting much stronger. I’m still nowhere near the 13.1 miles, but I have discovered that “slow and steady wins the race”! Well… maybe not WINS, but certainly finishes!

With this winter weather and temperatures consistently below freezing here in Madison, WI, I have been forced to restrict my running to treadmill only. This weekend I managed to run 7 miles at Hybrid Fitness, where I train. Before my half marathon training started, the 5k I ran in November was the furthest distance I had ever run. So, while the prospect of 13.1 miles is still quite daunting, this past weekend has shown me that I can run further than I have before…  as long as I have some faith in myself. We’ll see if I change my tune after this coming weekend’s 8 mile attempt!

Looking forward to sharing my experiences with you, and hope to see you at the finish line!


Registration Opens New Year’s Day for Cellcom 5K and WPS Kids’ Power Run

Ring in the New Year by registering for the Cellcom 5K Run/Walk or the WPS Kids’ Power Run. Registration for both events opens at 12:01 am on New Year’s Day.

 The Cellcom 5K is back on Saturday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m. and the WPS Kid’s Power Run will take place the same day beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Both events run through Lambeau and finish in the Lambeau Field parking lot.

The Cellcom 5K is returning in 2011 after a being replaced for a year by the 2.62-mile Mini-Marathon. We hope the family audience who participated last year is equally excited for the 3.1-mile event. The 5K, a popular race for short-distance runners, is truly a great distance for the whole family to participate in.

If you haven’t registered for the distance events yet, prices go up on January 5.  The pace of registration for theses distance events has been brisk, with the marathon at 30 percent capacity and half marathon at 20 percent capacity. Registration is expected to pick up in January.  We always see a surge in January as people commit to their New Year’s resolutions of getting in shape.

We’re Back!

After a great offseason – the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon blog is back in action. Stay tuned for updates from our team about the 2011 season.

First item of business: Prevea Training Runs will start shortly. (Hard to swallow when it’s -15 degress outside!)

Mark your calendars. The Prevea Training Runs are starting up again on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. at the Bay Park Square Mall in the food court.

The runs are held every Saturday from January 8 to May 7. All Prevea Training Runs are free and will have water and Gatorade every 2.5 miles for 12-minute mile or faster runners. Coffee will be available for the first ten weeks at Bay Park Square Mall.

FREE Injury Consultations provided by Prevea Sports Medicine are held every Saturday at the Prevea Training Runs. If you have an ache or pain, please get it checked out with one of the Prevea Sports Medicine experts. It’s best to address the issues immediately so you can have an enjoyable and safe training experience.

Please remember that the Prevea Training Runs are FREE and the Marathon strongly supports local non-profit organizations. As part of this free service provided to you, we encourage you to donate money to these charities. Donation bins will be available each Saturday.

New this year – Prevea Sports Medicine created an all-in-one training guide for your convenience. The guide includes event schedules such as the Prevea Training Runs and Prevea Pints & Pointers, running health tips and the Prevea Training Calendars. Click here to check it out.

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