Saturday, September 24, 2016

My Racing Bucket List

There are so many great races around the nation and quite frankly the world. I thought it was about time to make my running bucket list. Let's see how many of these bad boys I can cross off...

In no particular order...

  1. Goofy Challenge (lame that I'm putting this here as I am already training for it) This is where you run the half marathon and full marathon at Disney back to back. Boomshakalaka.
  2. Any of the Disneyland races. I want my Castle to Castle.
  3. Disneyland Paris half marathon. I want my Castle to Chateau (really the name of the challenge)
  4. Chicago Marathon because obviously.
  5. Chicago Half Marathon - you run on LSD (Lake Shore Drive, not the drug...obviously)
  6. Marine Corps Marathon. I want to beat the bridge.
  7. Covered Bridges Half Marathon. I can only imagine just how beautiful this course is as it weaves through Vermont. 
  8. Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. I feel like I do not have to explain this one.
  9. Key West Half Marathon
  10. Space Coast Half Marathon - this one fills up fast, but the medals are badass. 
  11. Kentucky Derby "minimarathon" - you run past Churchill Downs! 
  12. Run the Bluegrass - you run through horse country, it's got to be amazing.
  13. Rock n Roll New Orleans - running through the French Quarter? You bet! Better be some beignets at the finish.
  14. 
Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers International Half Marathon - you cross the border twice!
  15. Stockholm Marathon - the views are breathtaking.
  16. Paris - either the half or full
  17. Hershey Half Marathon - I mean it's CHOCOLATE
  18. Bird in Hand Half Marathon - you run through amish country and the medal is a horseshoe...like a real one
  19. Publix Savannah Half Marathon - It's Savannah and it's girl power and Paula Dean serves things dripping in butter there. Trifecta of awesome.
  20. Asheville Marathon - either the half or full or maybe (depending on Goofy) the back to the vineyeard challenge.
  21. London - I don't have a race in mind, but I know I want to run there.
I am sure this list will grow as time goes on. What are some good ones I missed?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott who is my rock and my strongest training partner.
  • My kiddos, especially when they tell me they love me without being prompted.
  • Family.
  • Old and new friends.
  • Long runs filled with laughs.
  • Sparkleskirts, because, duh.
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Weekend of Two Races

I had a very ambitious weekend. I had the final race of the Lace it Up Series on Saturday and thankfully the clouds stayed and my MRTT friends kept me going. This race was a 10k in pretty much zero shade with a ton of hills (according to my FitBit, I climbed 29 flights of stairs).



The sun stayed away until right before the 6 mile mark. I'll be honest, if the sun was out the entire time we would not have finished as quickly as we did (1:19). The best part of this race series? Ice cold sponges! Yes! They hand out sponges at the turnaround and right before we hit mile 5. They are like gifts from the running gods. 

Another favorite from this race? I saw a police office run across the finish line with a fellow racer. We saw him several times on the course and he was a huge encourager along the route. To see him run in full gear to encourage a runner was awesome. 

Speaking of the finish line, I hardly ever have a photo unless it is from the race photographer, so I was beyond excited to see a fellow MRTTer standing at the finish line with her phone out.


How great is that?!

So after the race (and maybe a buttered biscuit from Chick Fil A... I mean, they were at the finish line), I had to take my little miss to switch out her running shoes, caught the second half of my dudes basketball game and then we were off to the races again, literally.

Yes. I ran two races in one day. The second race was a fundraiser for our police chief who is running for sheriff. 


My miss backed out the race at the last minute (it was realllllly hot) and decided to volunteer instead, so the dude and I ran. It was really nice, I've had a ton of one on one time with my little lady and hardly any one on one time with him. Considering he had two basketball games that day, he did amazing. We finished in 40:19.

It should also be mentioned that he asked me to stop running and then sprinted ahead of me. Yeah.

I didn't stop there. Today was all about strength and the official start of Goofy training. This was the first weekend with an additional walk added to the run.

Sh*t just got real y'all.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...


  • Scott and all he does. He's kicking butt and taking names!
  • My little dude and our sweet moments.
  • Mommy daughter days that include crafts.
  • Family all around us.
  • A great group of ladies that push you through the finish line (plus back to back weekend races with them!).
  • Pumpkin spice Cheerios. No, really. SOOOOO good!
  • All of the great friends we have made through sports and various activities. 
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Not So Cool Summer Morning Series Completion: AKA My Face Didn't Actually Melt Off

Saturday was the final race in the Sommer Sports Summer Series. This year the series seemed a little harder, maybe because it was a whole lot hotter this summer. That is not an exaggeration by the way. July was insanely hot and August was not much better. Plus the last half mile of the race is in direct sunlight. It's almost like running directly into the sun. 

Again, not an exaggeration.

Thankfully, I had my MRTT ladies to push me through the series. 

My standings for the series was:

Race 1: 35:57
Race 2: 37:23 (Remember when every day in July was 106+, yeah that was fun)
Race 3: 37:19
Race 4: 35:33

The bonus of suffering through the heat and humidity? A fifth medal!



Thank you to all my MRTT ladies for pushing me through the series! I'm so looking forward to all of the upcoming races we have together!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott who holds down the fort while I train, He's also pretty amazing at foam rolling my calves.
  • My little dude who is kicking butt at school and in sports.
  • My little miss who is going to be my new running buddy. I had such a great day with her on Saturday getting her fitted for her first pair of running shoes.
  • Family all around us.
  • Friends that willingly wake up before dawn to run 11 miles with you.
  • Friends who make you feel so at home you don't realize the time until the sun goes down.
  • Three day weekends.
  • Starbucks pumpkin spice latte k-cups (yes they make those!).

What are you thankful for this week?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Goofy Training - Week 10: The One With the Clown and Frog

We are in full on marathon training at this point and for some reason I remember it being easy last year. Maybe it was because I was scared of how hard it was and worried I wouldn't be able to do. Now that I know I can do it I may not be trying as hard.

Anyway, we were in a holding pattern last night because we weren't totally sure what the weather was going to do. After having Scott consult all of the weather sources the decision was made that we were good to go for the morning (even though sleeping in sounded way more appealing).

It was literally pitch black out this morning and I remember it being brighter the last time we met that early. So what does Michelle bring us as we are running in the dark? Oh, just that clown that has been hiding in the woods in South Carolina....



So now I'm running in the dark worrying about a creepy clown jumping out of the woods. Then we hear people talking and we don't see anyone. 

It's got to be a clown... a creepy going to murder us clown...

Nope, just some ROTC guys running cadences and showing off that they can do this and not sound totally out of breath. 

Can I be real with you? When I first heard them I had that crazy pivot move ready to run the other way. Then when I realized what it was I was all, "Yeah, I think that was a run interval..."

Let's see what else happened...I almost stepped on a frog, I'm pretty sure we both spilled 60% of our water down the front of our shirts (okay, maybe that was just me) and I'm sure there were other things that I just can't remember right now.


While it was not our fastest or best run (hey cramping at mile 9.5, great to see you too), we got our miles in and are pushing forward.

Week 10 of training is in the books...Goofy here we come!


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