Two races and a PR

Not really sure how a whole year has gone by. Life seems impossible to keep up with sometimes. Not much has happened over the last year.

I ran what I though would be my dream race, Disney Wine & Dine Half. In the end it was chaos. I’m glad I did it, but the fact is, running with 13,000 people you don’t know was just messy. The weather took a turn for the worse right before the race was set to start and they ended up delaying it but what seemed like several hours. I was standing for way too long before I was supposed to run and was mentally and physically exhausted by the start. They cut the 13.1 down to 6.7 and I don’t even know how I finished. Even if I could have run faster there was no where to go. People were every where and much of the course was too narrow. By the time I got to Epcot and ready to wine and dine, the lines were too long and we all started to fall asleep. My husband and sister had a good time eating and drinking while I ran though. 😉

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That’s my Minnie running outfit I decided I needed after reading blogs about EVERYONE wearing costumes.

Fireworks to start each wave, and Osbourne Family Lights. Apparently it was the last year it will happening.

My sister, Sam, and I in the phone booth in the UK. (Hi Sam!) And the really large medal.

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My stolen photo of the finish line.

Post-race I did my usual take-a-few-months-off-cause-I’m-lazy, which took me to January and starting to train for the Best Damn Race half again. I was right on track with some slow miles and training but decided in the beginning of February that another half just wasn’t a good idea. We were spending weekends working on the house and I just didn’t have the time or energy to train for a half, so I dropped down to the 10k, and boy am I glad I did.

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Look at that beautiful flamingo!

I had been having some really bad calf cramps leading up to the race and was really apprehensive but I wanted so badly to have a better race. I spent the night before and the morning of foam rolling the heck out of my calves. I did something right because I ended up with a 2 minute 10k PR.

I was practically in tears after I finishing. It’s such an amazing feeling to push yourself like that, to challenge yourself beyond what you think you are capable of. I was pumped. And we celebrated…

…with tacos and margaritas and churros, as is post-race tradition.

And then we celebrated a little more.

I can easily say I have done more physical activities in the week since the race then I did during training. I feel determined. We bought a treadmill in February and have been on it almost daily for the past week, either walking or running. Even my husband is using it. I’ve decided to take a break from racing and work on getting myself fit and strong. Get my body used to constant physical activity and when the time is right, I’m going to break my half marathon time.

Lessons of the Day…

or week, or month because I’m a slacker.

  • Don’t get plastic surgery in Mexico because it’s cheap! I was watching Never Been Kissed on E! last week and when it ended the train wreck that is Botched came on. My sister has mentioned this show several times, but I said “no.” Because it is exactly as it sounds, botched plastic surgeries. But as with any train wreck, you can’t turn away. Wow! I’ll leave it at that. If you’re interested you’ll find it, but my husband had to leave the room and insisted he wouldn’t be able to eat dinner.
  • Crock pots are amazing. I’ve only made one real meal so far but I’m obsessed! I was off last Wednesday and decided to give slow cooker beef stroganoff a try. Stew meat, mushrooms, beef broth, garlic and herbs all thrown in the pot and that was it, I went about my day. My whole house smelled like stew within an hour and by the time Brian got home for dinner the meat was falling apart. Add a little sour cream and serve over egg noodles. Amazing. And super helpful for those evenings when I do my long runs after work (which should start this week). And so I hit pinterest for recipes and decided that this week we will try cashew chicken. But my simple (and free) crock pot only has two settings which both would lead to over cooked chicken. In a panic I took to Amazon and thanks to Prime, our new crock pot will be here tomorrow, just enough time for Cashew Chicken Thursday and a 7 mile run. Which leads to my last lesson…
  • Running is all mental. At least for me. It takes me a good 40-45 minutes for me to think, wow, I can do this. Before that I can stop that treadmill at any minute. Because, yes, I am training on the treadmill. It’s still well into the 90s in the Sunshine State, with heat index in the 100s and humidity downing us all. I just can’t do it. I’ve been trying to get on the treadmill 3 times a week, two 3-milers and one longer run. It’s been tough. I’m struggling to maintain double digits for the week, mostly because of a muscle knot in my left thigh that is going on 4+ months. Despite all the contraptions I’ve bought, I can’t get it out. On the plus side, I am getting my longer runs done, so far. I’ve done two 6-milers so far, and have a 7-miler on the books for Cashew Chicken Thursday. I am gaining speed and feeling good about my progress so far. I fully intend to be prepared this time for my half in November (officially 12 weeks out now). I’d like to be able to walk the next day. 🙂

One of those days.

I’m not sure what happened. I slept pretty well. No problems getting up, other than the fact that I had to get up. But non-the-less, everything seems to be irritating today!

I have nothing really to complain about, life is actually good, but every now and then you have one of those days. The dog was barking too much at nothing, complaints at work about things that are out of my control, but I think the biggest trigger today was the scale. I KNOW I’m not supposed to get on the scale every day but it’s the only way I stay on track! I lost 2.4 pounds on week 1 of Weight Watchers but this morning, I gained one.

It’s probably water weight, I’m sure it’s a fluke, but it set the mood for the rest of the day.

Week One hasn’t been so bad. I stayed within my points every day and used my extras on the weekend for a chicken wing (or 5) and some wine. I’ve been making special stops at the Farmer’s Market to keep fully stocked on fresh fruits and veggies. Lots of them. I bought kale. It’s all the rage.

This guy likes it. And I like him, cause he’s adorable.

I made kale chips, which were too soggy the next day to eat, and I think I’ll try some tonight with some turkey sausage and pasta.

I’ve been working out too. A few days on the elliptical and a 4 miler on Tuesday. Perfect start to Key West 10k training, which at some point will merge into half training. The lines are kind of blurred. I’m weight training twice a week too. My tookus is a bit sore from some leg presses yesterday. Those are the same as squats, right?

I can honestly say, after sitting down to right this, I feel so much better (it’s probably that bunny). Here’s to a great weekend, more healthy eating, more pounds dropped, and maybe a little fun in the sun.

 

It’s a New Day

I have been a horrible blogger. Life seems to be moving faster than I can keep up. So, here’s a quick run down of what’s been going on for the last month….

  • I bought new running shoes. A beautiful pink and grey pair of Brooks Ghost 6. I’d been having some aches and muscle cramps so this seemed logical as my other pair hit 400 miles. I’m still suffering from a nasty knot on my thigh, just above me knee. There are a lot of weird foam rolling positions happening at my house because of it, but it’s getting better.
  • I finally had a watermelon in my garden! She was a beauty, until I picked her too soon, cut her open and she was no where near ripe. Lesson learned. Fortunately, I have another one it’s way, we’ll let her mature before I take her in.
  • Other than the watermelon plant, most of the garden is not looking good. We just got back from a weekend in Connecticut to find half my tomato plants dead and covered in bugs. 😦   I’m going to see if they can be recovered but most likely we’ll have to remove them and start fresh.
  • We went on vacation! A very close friend got married over the 4th of July weekend. It was really nice to visit “home” but it’s also good to be back in Florida, in my own bed, with my own shower.
  • I have gained an unacceptable amount of weight. I want to spend my days in air conditioning wearing sweat pants, sports bras, and over-sized shirts. Ugh. And so, I’ve joined Weight Watchers again. It worked the first time, so lets hope it works again. I will keep you posted on that.

There you have it, my month of June (first week of July). Now that the CT trip is over I can get back to focusing on healthy eating, training and saving money! Some how there never seems to be enough of any of that in my life.

Weekend Wrap Up

It’s Monday again. Not much to say about that. Another weekend flew by but I have to say, it was a nice relaxing weekend. Here are the highlights:

  • Friday, these guys started turning red. I’m up to 6 now, possibly a few more will be ready when I get home from work. We’ll be enjoying these on a salad tonight with dinner. I also made awesome salsa with some jalapenos from the garden.

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  • Saturday, I managed to get up a little early and walk along the Indian River for 45 minutes before work. Love when I can get my workout out of the way first thing. Here’s my view….

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  •  And Sunday, after several hours of scrubbing in the sun, B and I made it out on the boat for the first time this season. (Did I mention we have a small fishing boat?) It was a beautiful day on the river and so relaxing. We truly live in a beautiful place.

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Hope you had a great weekend too! Already getting ready for the next one.