Racing Report

Sawtooth Relay 2015

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 in Racing Report, Uncategorized

Sawtooth Relay 2015

so proud to announce that the Boise Betties ran hard, had fun, and supported each other to a first place finish!  Congrats ladies!!!! Here are a few photos from the day, mostly in reverse order :/ ūüôā    ...

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Ironman 70.3 in St. George 

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Guest Blog, Racing Report, Uncategorized

Ironman 70.3 in St. George 

The stories are coming, but the photos are here. Barkley got after her first Ironman in style, despite an epic flat and desert heat.  ...

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Bloomsday 2015 Race

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Racing Report, Uncategorized

Bloomsday 2015 Race

Jordan and Gretchen traveled to Spokane to participate in the Bloomsday 12k. ¬†Toeing the line with the best of the west (and several Olympians from around the world), these two ran well and represented the Betties in a national class race. ¬†Nice work!   Getting ready to race Look at all of those runners! Working together in the first mile Jordan to the finish Gretchen finishing All out...

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Race to Robie Creek: I Fought the Hill (Or The Heat?)…

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 in Guest Blog, Racing Report, Uncategorized

Race to Robie Creek: I Fought the Hill (Or The Heat?)…

Still mulling over Robie Creek? ¬†Maybe it was a great day, maybe you walked more than intended. ¬†What I am hearing is more of the latter; the warm day forced many to their Plan B. ¬†After training for months, it is disappointing for¬†a strong influence on your race to be so outside of your control. ¬†One Bettie’s report¬†captures¬†the emotion¬†I heard from¬†so many.   My Robie Race Report AKA “I fought the hill and the hill won! ” Or maybe it should be called “I fought the heat and the heat won!” And what is the point of being half Egyptian if I can’t run in the heat, anyway?!?! I started the day with high expectations. ¬†I was hoping to beat my time from last year (which was 2:09 something) or maybe even do as well as 2:05. ¬†I felt like I had trained well. ¬†I had trained harder and more for this Robie than any other Robie: more mileage, more speedwork, more hill repeats, more time on the course, more weights, more core work, more cross training. ¬†I think my fitness level is in a better place than last year, so I didn’t think I’d have an issue beating my time. ¬†Plus, on my long runs, I actually *ran* to the summit. ¬†It was a slow run, but I was “running.” ¬†And that’s something I had never done before. ¬†So I hoped to be able to do that in the race too. I covered my watch hoping I’d be able to go off of effort and not be distracted or discouraged by pace as it slowed towards the summit, as I had in previous years. ¬†I felt okay the first couple of miles. ¬†On the first hill I told myself I would not pass anybody. ¬†That would my way of keeping my pace in check. ¬†However there were some people that stopped to walk and others that were just running at a slower pace than I felt I wanted to be running so I did pass some people. ¬†When I got to the 3 mile marker I saw it and thought something along these lines: “Oh s@#$!. ¬†Only 3 miles and I feel like I am running out of gas already. I must have run the first 5k too fast. ¬†I effed up. ¬†I am totally screwed. ¬†I want to quit. ¬†I am never going to make it to the top. ¬†I am not even at the dirt yet and I am hot. ¬†And I feel sick. ¬†This sucks.” ¬†Totally self defeating thoughts. ¬†Not exactly what you want at mile three of a half marathon. ¬†Or any race really. ¬†I thought when I looked at my splits for the first 3 miles I was going to see that I had run them ridiculously fast or something. ¬†When I saw the splits I don’t think I had run them too fast. ¬†I think it was just the heat that got me. ¬†The heat got me last year too. ¬†I got too hot too fast. After that point I started walking through each water station. ¬†I’d grab two cups of water and drink one and pour the other one over my head. ¬†Once I got to the dirt I felt a little better. ¬†I like the dirt better than the pavement. ¬†And by a little, I mean just a little. ¬†I was still pretty miserable and feeling sick. ¬†I saw Ashley pretty early on in the dirt passed her and told her good job. ¬†It made me so happy to see another Bettie! ¬†I was pretty sure she’d be passing me...

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USATF XC Championships 2015

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 in Racing Report, Uncategorized

USATF XC Championships 2015

The weekend proved successful for the Boise Betties in their national debut.  Erica Richardson, Jordan Rehfeld, Gabby Reeves, and Gretchen Hurlbutt represented Boise’s newest team with strong pack running in spite of the heat and altitude.  The women finished the race to finish 3rd in the team division! The unseasonably 72* warm weather came on after nearly 2 feet of snow fell in the week leading up to the race.  The course had puddles of standing water and a few muddy spots, but nothing too sloppy.  True to cross country, the 2 kilometer course hosted a few rolling hills, sharp turns and soft grass.  The most challenging part was the dry creek bed- a dip in the course where a slight mis-judgement of ideal foot placement could send a jarring halt of momentum to your body.  With 4 laps in the Women’s Open race, the dry creek bed became mentally tiring as well as physically challenging.  Of course altitude was the greatest, though predictable, challenge of the day. When the Boise Betties were announced as placing 3rd in the team division, the name turned heads.  In talking with others after the race, many admitted to turning to see who the women were representing such a non-traditionally named team.  Even Alan Culpepper, in giving out the awards, seemed amused by the Betties.  Silly names are not the norm, but then most teams probably didn’t have as much fun as we did either! Off the course, the gals had fun in Boulder.  Great food, a sneak preview of McFarland USA (opening nationwide on Feb 20), and an after party hosted by Sara & Steve Slattery, Brooks Running and Elliptigo all rounded out a gorgeous weekend in the Colorado mountains. Erica Richardson Jordan Rehfeld Gabby Reeves Jordan & Erica Gretchen...

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New Years Run- Race Report

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Racing Report, Uncategorized

Incredible performances today, in the first run of the year. Would you believe that we had at least one PR, in spite of the icy roads and frigid temps? Pictures here are Candace and Samantha. I missed Shalini when my hands froze solid and the camera no longer worked. Brrrrr! Nice job to all three...

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