Monday, November 28, 2016

The Great Chocolate 10 Miler

I am way behind on posting about this race (almost a full month, yikes!). My friend Carrie got me to sign up for the Great Chocolate 10 miler because...chocolate. Yes, they give you a box of Godiva at the finish, so of course I was in.

The course ran through downtown Orlando and I have to say, I love running through the city when it is still quiet and the sun is just rising. There is nothing prettier than running up South Street and seeing the sun peeking over City Hall. Nothing beats it. 

The race itself had a great course, but in all honesty that's where it ends. Water stops were never set up (I think we went almost 5 miles without water, which is why I always carry water). When we finished we were just handed our stuff, that was it. All of the advertised vendors and extras never happened. It was a big let down for sure. However, Carrie did bring me a bagel smothered in cream cheese, so that made up for the lack of vendors. 

I was pretty pleased with my time for this race. The weather was perfect and made for an easy run. I did start to lose some steam at the end and I know it's because my training has been less than stellar lately. With the kiddos activities on hiatus until after the new year (and after that Goofy Challenge I thought was a good idea at the time) I can focus on strengthening for the remaining races. 

More belated race updates coming! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

It Just Wasn't My Race....

Last weekend Scott and I got away to the coast for the Lighthouse Loop 5k and Half Marathon. We have not had a weekend away in...a very long time.

We spent our afternoon walking the beach. It was so peaceful. After some dinner it was early to bed because we had to be on the shuttle at 5:40.  

Scott was running the 5k and I was in for the half with some of my ladies from MRTT. The weather was smack you in the face humid and I was still experiencing some delicious post nasal drip. Recipe for success people.

We took off at a pretty fast pace, I knew we had to slow down and switch intervals. We switched to 2:1's and slowed down. By mile four I was dripping and chugging water. Why hello dehydration, welcome to the par-tay. 

Every once in a while we caught a nice breeze between the houses. Then we rounded a corner and there she was...the lighthouse...

I want to go back with the kiddos so they can see it and we can learn more about it. 

By this point the sun was beating down and there was minimal shade. The post nasal drip was very real and by mile 9 my stomach was sloshing. As we approached mile 10 I told my friend to run ahead, I was walking. This was not going to be my race, but I had to finish. So I walked....and walked...and walked.

I had one more giant obstacle ahead of me and that was the bridge at mile 12, because when designing a course a bridge at mile 12 sounds like fun.

As I hit the top of the bridge I pushed myself and ran down. Once I hit the bottom another one of my MRTT ladies saw me and yelled across the road. I needed that boost. I pushed forward and ran in the last little bit. 

I was not happy. I was not proud. I was defeated.

I am happy that I ran across the finish and I am happy that I can in just under the time on the clock. It has been a few years since I have completed a half in that time, but I finished. It wasn't my best, but it wasn't my worst.

Plus I had this guy waiting for me...

It was not my was not my race. I spent the next few hours...okay days...letting this race mess with my head. I have the Goofy Challenge coming up in January and this was not what I needed mentally. Then on Monday I dropped a full can of cooking spray on my toe and bruised it pretty good. No, really, stuff like that happens to me.

I took the week off. I need to rehydrate. I needed to clear the cobwebs. I needed to refocus. 

I will return... I will make this course my bitch, maybe not the bridge, but the other 11.5 miles are so mine. 

Until next time Lighthouse Loop. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Running Through the Weekend

Today was the first day I have slept past 6 am in I don't even know how long. 'Twas amazing. That being said, I've been pretty busy lately and have been spending most of my mornings running. 

Last weekend we celebrated my honey getting a promotion by running a 5k lakeside. 

We also went to dinner the night before. It's been a while since we have run together on this trail. I'm pretty pleased with how my time has been improving on this little stretch. 

The next day some of the MRTT ladies and I went to run the UCF U Can Finish 5 Miler Distance Dare. The race starts with a 2 mile run around the football field and then you jump right into a 5 mile run through campus. 

There were baseball, softball and ladies basketball teams cheering us on as well as the Glee Club. Running through the campus brought back so many memories and kind of made me miss spending 5 days a week there. 

The medal was pretty cool. The 5 mile medal was a shield and if you did the 2 mile portion you received the sword. I mean, does it get any better?

Again, I was pretty pleased with my times and love that these ladies push me on the course. The race started out fairly cool and then the humidity hit us, so that was not a fun battle to fight at all. Plus, I've been battling a head cold for the better part of 2 weeks and spent almost every walk break blowing my nose (don't you love my Rudolph look in the photo???).

This weekend was kind of a challenge. There was a huge triathlon going on in town and it was using up the majority of the running paths we run on. Michelle and I just decided to head out and see what the course would bring us. Well, the course brought us 8 miles of hills upon hills. You know the kind of hills that race directors will say are "rolling" in their course description. 

The great part about the run was that it was 55 when we left. Yes, 55, no humidity and did I say 55? It was only in the mid 60's by the time we finished. I ran with my jacket on for the first 2 miles. My jacket was also stuffed with tissues because again....head cold. 

My time was not great but I did get to spend some quality time with my friend in some absolutely gorgeous weather. 

Now it's time to get my head in the game for the half I am running this weekend. I haven't done that distance in a while and am actually pretty nervous. I'm fairly behind on my training and need this to be the kick in the pants that I so desperately need. 

I hope all of you have a fantastic week! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Hurricane You Say? Well, Alright, Alright, Alright.

What a week. I already had a crazy schedule for the week with work events, baseball games, basketball playoffs (say what?), and trying to find a way to squeeze training in there somehow. Then this happened...

Matthew, in fact, was not alright, alright, alright. One by one events began to cancel, then school, then work, then I basically kissed my husband goodbye and hunkered down with the kids. We went to bed on Thursday evening believing that we were going to wake up to a pretty serious storm. Thankfully, he shifted East and we would not feel the effects we originally thought. However, not knowing this, I woke up at 5 am because I'll be damned if I don't have a cup or five of coffee before this crap hits.

So I wake up (trying not to wake my bed bugs), get the dogs and let them out before the storm hits. Our one dog being the smart old girl that she is ran and peed at the same time. She is not about to get wet outside, I mean come on.  The other one...she ran to the back of the yard, ran from end to end and then power posed in the wind like this:

She lost her footing at some point and decided it was best to come inside.

The storm as a whole was thankfully uneventful. We had a few strong gusts and pretty consistent rain, but nothing major. The kiddos did an awesome job riding it out, but after two days of being in the house, it was time to go. Thankfully, the local ice cream place had a BOGO deal to help all of us escape cabin fever.

Training obviously took a hit during the storm. I did manage to get a quick run in on Thursday, but Friday was mainly spent on my bum watching the storm progress. I made up for it this weekend though.

Saturday, Michelle and I went for 6 miles on the trail and boy were there some down branches.

I would like to point out how hard the run was with the branches down and how creepy it was with practically zero light. What do you think Michelle brought up in the middle of the woods?

Killer clowns.

So that was fun. Thankfully our return trip through the woodlands was well lit and I was not as concerned about a clown jumping out at us. To add some spice to our run however, there were two dogs that probably got out from the storm. We definitely walked at that point.

Since I already knew I was behind on my training miles I met up with my MRTT ladies this morning and we went for 7 miles on one of the other trails. It again was at o-dark-thirty. Thank God for cell phone flashlights, am I right?

So all in all I got my miles in, survived a hurricane/tropical storm, and ate a ton of junk food. I am incredibly thankful the storm was not as bad as predicted for our side of town, but completely devastated by the damage it did in Haiti and the East coast of Florida. Praying relief gets to all effected soon. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Fever Runs Through It

Training took a hit this week, for the first time in I don't even know how long I got sick. Fevers, chills, it sucked. Everyone except Scott got hit with this virus and it was awful. 

I missed all of my workouts at the gym and was really unsure about running over the weekend. I was supposed to run 15 miles this weekend and yeah...that didn't happen. I eased back in with a 5k at the lake with my running buddy.

Considering I had just been sick I was pretty pleased with my time. It was a really nice morning, a cool breeze, minimal humidity. It feels like fall is really coming.

Now to ease back in to all of the training....

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.
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 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?
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