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September 27, 2013

Lauren Wallace Wins Road Mile in Maui

Guest post by Haute Volée athlete: Lauren Wallace


Since taking time off back in early July, I had been itching to race in my beautiful Oiselle uniform! This past weekend I participated in my first professional race, as well as my first road mile. What better place to do it than Maui? I raced the Bubba Gump's 'Run Forrest Run' Front Street road mile. It was an amazing experience and I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to be a part of it. Shout out and special thanks to Ben Auerbach, the race coordinator, and my coach, Drew Wartenburg for making it happen!

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The first couple of days, I laid low and spent most of my time in the amazing hotel that is the Westin Resort & Spa. I knew I wanted to put down a solid time and come home with the win. On race day, I was excited and equally nervous. I had a solid start to the race and found myself out in front.  It is always a little nerve-racking leading in any race, but I trusted my fitness and went after it anyway. For those who aren’t familiar with the course- it runs down Front Street, takes a sharp right turn towards the harbor, and then loops back onto Front Street. I progressed the pace throughout the entire race and with around 200m to go, I was alone and flew home with the energy from the crowd, for the win. In hindsight, I probably should have gone out harder, as I went out a little conservatively, but there are always things in races you wish you could change.

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For me, the Hawaiian way of life was really personified by some of the 'course obstacles'. We were around 700m in, rounding a turn around the harbor and out of no where the man with the surfboard was casually walking across the street.  We had to make a wide turn around him to avoid hitting him and his surfboard. In hindsight, I am glad I didn't say anything! It wouldn't have been fun to be whacked with his surfboard if I had startled him. About 20m before him, we had also dodged an elderly couple walking across the street, walkers in hand! Glad I was good at dodgeball growing up!

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I had almost all of Sunday to enjoy Maui funtivities. After my long run, we went to the beach, lounged by the pool, and enjoyed ourselves, soaking in the beautiful scenery. I am beyond excited to have started my season out this way.  I am even more excited to be back building fitness in preparation for the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot!!

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