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Prairie State Half Marathon Medal (2013) – Run It Fast

Prairie State Half Marathon Medal (2013)

Here is the finisher’s medal from the Prairie State Half Marathon that took place on October 12, 2013 in Libertyville, Illinois.

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[medal photo submitted by RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell – follow her on Twitter @runnerchickey]

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Valmiera Marathon Medal 2013

Valmiera Marathon Medal (2013)

This is the finisher’s medal for the Valmiera Marathon that was held on September 15, 2013 in Valmiera, Latvia.

Very pretty medal.

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[medal photo submitted by RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell – follow her on Twitter @runnerchickey]

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Autumn Thunder Half Marathon Medal 2013

Autumn Thunder Half Marathon Medal (2013)

This is the finisher’s medal (left) for the Autumn Thunder Half Marathon that was held on August 4, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

The medal on the right was given to the top 8 men & women finisher’s. Congrats to RIF #133 Michelle for finishing 4th!

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[medal photo submitted by RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell – follow her on Twitter @runnerchickey]

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100K European Championships Medal 2013

100K European Championships Medal (2013)

This is the finisher’s medal for the 100K European Championships that was held on April 27, 2013 in Belves, France.

Very cool medal! Congrats to RIF #133 Michelle for setting a 100K PR there on a tough, hilly course!

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[medal photo submitted by RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell – follow her on Twitter @runnerchickey]

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Moscow 5K Medal 2013

Moscow 5K Medal (2013)

This is the medal for the Moscow 5K that was held on April 7, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

Kind of unique, eh? And here is the 2nd place medal that RIF #133 Michelle won:

Way to Run It Fast Michelle!

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100K Worlds

Run It Fast – The Club Profile Michelle Mitchell #133

RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell

This week’s Run It Fast – The Club profile is Michelle Mitchell #133. Michelle is one of our international members who currently lives in Russia. Michelle is hard core! You should see the snow and the temperatures she runs in! I guess after having lived in Alaska, she’s used to freezing temps. But the cold may just be her secret weapon for running fast! Check out her profile to see how amazing and speedy Michelle is:

INFO

Name: Michelle Mitchell
RIF #: 133
Blog: RunnerChickey
Twitter: @runnerchickey
Facebook: Michelle Mitchell

STATS

Years Running: 25 or so but seriously only since about college  and into my early 20s.
Favorite Race Distance: 50/100k
Favorite PR: Chicago Lakefront 50K CR2012 3:44 not only because it was a 10 min improvement over 2011, but because I did it at age 37.
Favorite Race: Oh that’s tough, but I love the Humpy’s Marathon (now Big Wildlife) in Anchorage in August. I won it all 6 times I did it and being Anchorage in late August always meant perfect weather in the 40-50 degree range. I want to better my CR there while I still can. I miss that race probably more than the rest.
Favorite Bling: Hard to narrow it down, but my three 100k World and European Championship medals are up there with my two 50 and 100k Latvian national titles. Winning a national title is something to be proud of.
Next Race: Next biggie is 100k Euros on April 27th in Breves near Bordeaux, France.
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: If I run smart, I usually negative split in the second half and pass people along the way especially if they are fast runners say 10-20 years my junior. :) Years ago, I worked with a coach in Alaska who had this strategy down to a T and we then used it with the high school track and xc teams and had great results. I have to say, I felt fast in the final 10k or so at Chicago Lakefront 50k last fall. I dropped to half marathon pace with about 8k to go and ratcheted down to a 3.33 final km (5.40 mile) at the end. I had no idea I had that in me I just went eyeballs out with about 10k to go to see what would happen.

FUN RUNNING QUESTIONS

Who inspires your running and why?
The master blasters because they give me hope that you can still do well late in your career. Meghan Arbogast will be 52 in April (looks 32) and finished fourth in 100k Worlds last year after leading most of the way. I also know several of the top Russian marathon women who are still kicking some serious tail like Maria Konavalova (3rd and 6th in Chicago), Lyubov Morgunova (won more big marathons than you can shake a stick at but Russian national champion in 2011 at 40 in 2:30 deserves respect) and several others into their 40s still not slowing down. I train at the same facilities and usually the same times that many of the national team runners do and see what hard work and discipline is all about. We all know each other and encourage each other.

What’s the most beautiful place that you’ve run?
ALASKA hands down especially the Anchorage/Wasilla area. I used to go out in the afternoon right after work and time my run for the mid-late afternoon pink moment before sunset over the mountains! On the Coastal Trail in Anchorage, the view was to die for with the mountains in the backdrop along the coastline heading out to the ocean. I loved running the mountains and trails and miss it so much.

What is your favorite go-to pre-race meal?
STEAK and wild rice.

How many pairs of running shoes do you have and which pair are your favorites?
This question needs a picture! I honestly don’t know but I’d guess over 40 are in my shoe closet which has shelves to the ceiling. In the entryway of my flat I have a 4 levels of shoe shelves my coach helped build. I travel back to the US once a year for most of my shoes, and last year, 12 pairs came back with me. I don’t buy in Moscow, the markups are insane. This includes spikes,flats,summer training shoes, winter icebugs for training, waffles, trail shoes, you name it! I go through shoes like water because of the mileage I do to prep for my ultras. My friends tease me when they visit and see all the shoes in the entryway assuming a centipede must live here!

Why do you race?
I do it to challenge myself. I am a competitive, goal oriented runner. I also like pushing the envelope and seeing what I can do. It motivates me to have a goal  to work for. I am also still at a point in my career where I can improve as was quite evident last year even in the shorter distances. I still want to see how much I can cut from my 50 and 100k times. I was going to try for another 1:24 ish half before the 100k, but my options sadly have been cancelled which is super frustrating. My next chance to run a half will not be until August and likely too hot to run a blazing fast time…sigh.

What running moment are you most proud of?
There are quite a few. This one is tough to narrow down. One that does stick out in my mind was crossing the line at 100k Worlds and Euros in Gibraltar in 2010. That’s one heck of a place to make a 100k debut! I got selected to the 100k team based on my marathon and 50k performances and was offered the slot only 4 1/2  months before the race! I didn’t accept right away because I wasn’t sure that was going to be enough time to prepare properly. I had planned to try the 50 mile at Chicago Lakefront that fall and see how that went and move to the 100k in 2011 if I handled the 50 mile well. Hmmm, I guess the process was just accelerated a bit! I finished a modest 40th that yr but have since improved quite a bit.

3rd place in the Riga Marathon in 2009. That was my comeback race after all of 2007 and half of 08 were a disaster where I was in this serious hole of bad performances that seemed to go on forever and nearly caused me to retire. That really gave me a badly needed boost of confidence.  Riga is one of the major European marathons with 12-14,000 runners. The weather was nice and cool and I went out conservatively to really pick up after 25k. That’s also what got me noticed in Latvia and I started winning more commercial races there more as a result of a need to pay bills during what was the economic crisis and a time when there was much less work at my work. Ironically, that’s what led to the tap on the shoulder for selection to the national team!

My heyday in Chicago at the marathon 2003-05 also stands out not for the times but because my mom, despite feeling really awful tired from the effort to ride into the city with me and the walk to the finish and wait for me and watch me come in, did it because she really wanted to see me. She had terminal breast cancer.  I remember in 2005, telling her she could stay home and rest, she didn’t have to go through the trouble of going to the city with my dad and I, but she wanted to be there. I was still living in Alaska then and by 2005, was already in Moscow, so I tried to make it back to Chicago to my parents when I could. That was the last time Mom got to see me finish. By 2006, she was too tired to ride in with my dad and I. TV coverage usually went on just past the 3 hr mark so I remember thinking I’d better get this one right around 3 ish again so Mom could at least see my finish on TV-and she did. Less than 3 months later, Mom went to heaven.

If you can’t run, you’re ________?
A witch with a capital B flying about town on my broomstick because I’m not very nice to be around if I can’t run. :-)

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How ’bout them shoes, eh? I’m totally jealous. :) But seriously…love that Michelle is so fired up about racing and works so hard to get faster and stronger. And that she’s not letting her age be a deterrent to her goals. Age is just a number, right? It doesn’t matter if you are 10 or 70, you can still be the best runner YOU can be and you may just beat someone a lot younger than you in the process. I’m still waiting for that to happen. :) It could happen, right?

Thank you for taking the time to do the profile with us Michelle! Good luck at the 100K Euros! We are excited for you and know you will Run It Fast!

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[All photos submitted by Michelle Mitchell]

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Mile Medals from Michelle (2013)

Winter Mile Medals (2013)

These are the medals that RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell on in January and February in the Winter Mile Series in Moscow, Russia.

Congratulations to Michelle for winning the indoor mile both months!

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Mile Cup Race 2 3rd Medal 2012

Mile Cup 2 3rd Place Medal (2012)

This is the medal for the Mile Cup that was held on December 23, 2012 in Russia.

Congratulations to RIF #133 Michelle who took 3rd in her age group at the indoor mile! Here is a photo of the back.

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Michelles Medals 800_3000 2012

Big 6 Masters Meet Medals (2012)

These are the medals that RIF #133 Michelle won at the Big 6 Masters Meet in Russia on December 16th, 2012.

Congratulations to Michelle for taking 2nd in the 800 and 1st in the 3000! Here’s the back of the medals:

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Chicago Lakefront 50M Medal 2012

Chicago Lakefront 50/50 Ultramarathons Medal (2012)

This is the buckle for the 50 Mile from the Chicago Lakefront 50/50 that was held on October 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Here is another photo of the 50 Mile buckle:

And here are some photos of the 50K medal and the 50k Female Winner. Congratulations to RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell for winning the 50k! Way to Run It Fast!

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[buckle/medal photos submitted by Bill – follow him on Twitter @billgoerich and by Paul – follow him on Twitter @pgarciachicago and by RIF #133 Michelle Mitchell – follow her on Twitter @runnerchickey]

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