Running in Tutus

13 Jun

Last weekend, my best friend Nicole got married. Nicole lives in California now, and was coming in town a week before her wedding. We decided that the best way to kick off her wedding week was to run a half marathon, with the goal of a PR for Nicole.


When I race, I am all about the outfits (umm, duh). For this race, I decided that we HAD to run in tutus. Nicole’s would be white, and mine would be purple (her bridesmaid dress colors). I made the tutus, then hand crafted some shirts, and TA DA!

Due to Nicole’s late night flight and a gala I attended on Friday evening, we did not get to bed until 1:30am. We knew the next morning would be rough, but we were ready to conquer the Hospital Hill half marathon!

Race Time

5:15 came WAY too early. Holy moly, we were exhausted. We slowly got dressed, and staggered out the door to make the trek downtown.

Once we arrived and assembled our ensembles, we walked to towards the start. Right off the bat, people were yelling at us, honking at us, and cheering at us. It was so funny!

We snapped a quick pic with an old friend, found our place in line, and began our half marathon journey side by side.

The weather was PERFECT. This race is always has a reputation of being super hot, and we got such a break this year. I will say one thing though – it was freaking hilly!!! I guess I didn’t really take the name of the race seriously. Who knew that Hospital Hill would be full of hills??

Of course she was wearing a veil.

The future Mrs. Valentine running through Valentine Rd.

It was so much fun running in these outfits because everyone was cheering for us. Seriously, everyone was. It was as if they had never seen runners in costume.

The top things we heard were:

“Oh my goodness, look at the bride! And the maid of honor too!!”
“Look at the ballerinas”
“When’s the wedding?!”
“You’re a nice maid of honor to run a half marathon with her”
“What is with the tutus?”

Nicole and I made it through the hills, and were able to finish strong and very happy.

I love this picture.

Final time: 1:50:25

So….did we get Nicole a PR? The answer is YES!!!! By 20 seconds!

So proud with our medals!



So what did we do the rest of the week? Well…..

We rehearsed.

We relaxed.

We partied.

We watched our girl get married.

And we celebrated.

It was the perfect week, with the perfect people.



10 Responses to “Running in Tutus”

  1. Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I very much enjoyed this week’s blog, and I envy you guys. =) Miss you Ali-boo!

    • Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      -Sara Stiles…by the way.

  2. Lindsey June 14, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Great Post Ali! Can’t wait to see you again.

  3. Jocelyn June 14, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the outfits!! I feel like you have been in a million weddings lately! Popular girl!

  4. krissy m. murphy June 14, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    LOVE this post! What fun – glad you got to share this experience!! 😀

  5. Daphne @ Candy Coated Runner June 14, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Those outfits are so cute! It looks like you guys had a ton of fun!

  6. Corey June 19, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Such a fun post! This will be one that both of you can look back on for a long time!! You got some amazing pictures! You all look so pretty dressed up! 🙂 And I have to say to get a 1/2 marathon PR the week before her wedding. In a tutu. Is impressive.

  7. Nicole June 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Let’s do it all again this weekend?! LOL!! Thank you soooo much for pretty much every single thing you helped me do and accomplish wedding week. Love you! Best MOH EVER!!!!!

  8. Murat November 23, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    My wife won a couple of years ago. 2010 I bvlieee. I am still impressed with the photos. I use them for my back grounds on my phone and on my computer. I also use them for my screen savers! (of course only the not so smutty ones lol)Carolyn still talks about how much fun it was and how well she was treated!And I . of course . still enjoy the photos! I am sure you will enjoy the photo shoot as its as much fun as seeing the results!Good luck and have fun!


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