Spring Race Schedule

When its 70 degrees in the beginning of February, you start dreaming about your spring race schedule!  While I’ve had some of these on the schedule for awhile (here’s looking at you Shamrock), unless you take a peek at my Race Schedule page, you’d never know what I’ve got up my sleeve!

Here’s what I’ve got coming up:

February 7, 2016 – Game Day 5k (Newport News, VA)

March 19, 2016 – Shamrock 8k (Virginia Beach, VA)

March 20, 2016 – Shamrock Half Marathon (Virginia Beach, VA)

April 2, 2016 – April Fools 7k (Atlantic City, NJ)

April 16, 2016 – ODU Big Blue 5k (Norfolk, VA)

The Game Day 5k this week is something that I’ve wanted to check out the past few years and never got around to  it.  I’m excited about it, as its in a city I love and has pretty awesome swag.

You may remember that I deferred my Dolphin Challenge for Shamrock until this year. I don’t feel particularly ready for it this year, but I’m not injured like I was last year.  I’ve decided to employ a walk/run strategy.  I’ll be walking the 8k with some of my co-workers (my work sponsors the 8k), and walk/run the half.

Just yesterday, I added the April Fools 7k to my schedule.  Hollie has said nothing but good things about the race, so I decided to give it a try.  My husband likes to go up to Atlantic City to go to the casinos every once and awhile, so I thought it could be a good trip for us.  I also am a sucker for less traditional race distances, since I always stick with 5ks, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is my first race out of the state where I live!

The ODU Big Blue 5k will be my husband’s first race, and my first time doing this particular race.  I’m excited about it!

I may add one or two more before summer, but we’ll see!

How is your spring schedule shaping up?  Do you ever travel for races? 

 

Race Recap: Freezerburn 5k

This was my first race with a new race series and my first race at Mt. Trashmore.  The race was put on by Road Rage Events and I loved it!  I also really enjoyed a new race course.

Packet Pickup and Expo

Since it was such a small race (several hundred people), I opted for packet pickup on the day of the race.  Packet pickup was pretty well organized and I was able to get my packet pretty quickly.  Michael and I had a lot of time to chill in the car and wait for the race to start.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was supposed to warm up to the 50s later in the day, but it was in the 20s when I woke up.  It was going to be nice and sunny, but since I’ve never run at Mt. Trashmore, I didn’t know how the wind would be.  I opted for long leggings, a tank top, long sleeved shirt, gloves and headband.

I ended up not wearing the gloves, but did wear the headband the whole time, which surprised me.

Pre-Race

After packet pickup, Michael and I sat around in the car.  It was a little too cold to just hang around outside.

I went out about 20 minutes before the race to hit the bathroom and see if I could find my friend Kim.  I was able to find her and hang out with her.  Since I’d been feeling under the weather, I planned to mostly walk this race, which made her happy cause then I’d stick with her.  We were also joined by another friend of hers (who’s name escapes me!) and her 2 kids.

We placed ourselves toward the back (there were no corrals) and we seemed to place ourselves appropriately.

Race Time

We walked almost the entire race. That was probably a good thing, because it was cold out and difficult for me to breathe, even when walking.  We chatted pretty much the entire race, which was really nice.  I don’t typically enjoy running or walking with other people, but it was really nice.  Helped pass the time.  Before I knew it, we were at the turnaround point for a water break.  The back half of the race flew by.  I knew I’d get under 50 minutes if I ran in the last little bit, so I jogged in the last quarter mile or so.  I finished in 49:38.

This was clearly not a race for me.  I barely ran.  Sometimes I think it is totally ok to just do a 5k for fun and walk if you want!

The course was really nice.  A good portion of it is spent around a man-made lake, and of course, you can see Mt. Trashmore pretty much the entire time.  The race course wasn’t closed off, so sometimes you saw people just out for a walk in the morning with their pets.  I’m not normally a fan of open race courses, but it wasn’t bad. Maybe because I was doing this race for fun.

After Party

Since this was a very small race, I didn’t expect a large after party.  They had a table with water, powerade and some pretzels and granola.  Despite the lack of a fancy after party, people hung around for quite a bit.

The medal was great – they do a summer race with the Heat Miser on the medal!

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Do you enjoy trying new race series? Do you enjoy small races?

 

 

 

Weekly Update – 1/25/16

This week was pretty good.  I felt good about getting some workouts in despite not feeling very well.  I was able to make it to yoga three times this week, which felt great, and I had my first 5k (or any race for that matter) of the year!

Monday

Made it to yoga – didn’t get a chance to jump on the treadmill beforehand though. Class was good – pretty full.  I haven’t been feeling wonderful lately, so I wasn’t feeling fantastic when I got to class, however, I felt much better after.

Tuesday

I was still feeling under the weather on Tuesday, so I decided not to push it.  Got in a solid 2.5 miles at the gym though. It helped that a friend of mine from work was on the treadmill next to me and we got to chat for a bit.

Wednesday

On Wednesday I woke up with barely any voice.  Its quite strange…other than a dry scratchy throat, I haven’t really had any symptoms. I hate this in-between stuff.  Am I healthy or sick?

Anywho, got to the gym early before yoga and got a short 0.60 miles in on the treadmill.  I can’t be the only one out there that cannot STAND stopping on a .5 or .0.  Drives me crazy.

Yoga was good.  It was warm in the room again.  We did a lot of upper body work and core work.  I like when Jaye does something a little different.  I love flow, but sometimes its nice to break it up.

Thursday

Ended up skipping the gym on Thursday.  Michael and I wanted to get our taxes done and submitted.  The time was very well spent.

Friday

On Friday, my yoga instructor organized a “live music” yoga class.  We expected it to be quite crowded, so I got there about a 1/2 hour early.  The musician had an emergency come up, and he wasn’t able to make it.  We still had a great, full class.  I pushed myself and tried not too take modifications out of laziness.  I only took them when I really needed them.

Saturday

On Saturday I had the Freezerburn 5k.  It was rescheduled from last weekend when winter storm Jonas ruined everyone’s fun.  I’ll recap that in another post.

After the race, Michael and I went to look at some model homes from the builder we’ve been looking at.  We got some chores done as well.

Sunday

On Sunday, I had church responsibilities.  Then we had a congregational meeting to discuss a possible new building location. We are a young church and currently meet in an office building. Afterward, we went down to see Michael’s parents and spend some time with them.

Michael did the cooking and I finished up some much needed cleaning.

Have you ever taken a live music yoga class?  Did you have anything rescheduled due to Jonas?

Weekly Update – 1/18/16

Despite the really bad weather, I think I did a pretty decent job at getting to the gym. I know a lot of people struggle to get motivated in the winter, and I don’t feel like that’s been much of a problem for me, which is great.

Monday

I covered Monday in last week’s post.

Tuesday

After a long weekend away, it was hard to get back to the grind.  We went to the gym and I did a 5k on the treadmill.  I struggled with some tightness in my calves. Hopefully that goes away!

Wednesday

Yoga was particularly hard on Wednesday after skipping it for a week.  Jaye was about 20 minutes late to class, which was ok, things happen. But then she tried to extend class 20 minutes, which I wasn’t too fond of.  Since class was much shorter, it felt strange, it felt rushed, and I didn’t have a lot of focus.

Thursday

It was really hard to be motivated to go to the gym with the impending doom of the weekend.  We are facing a massive snow/rain storm. Plus, it was one of those days that life happens and sometimes you just don’t make it to the gym.

Friday

On Friday, work let us go at 2pm since the snow was coming down pretty hard.  I took advantage of being home early, and I got in 3 miles on the treadmill at home.

Saturday

On Saturday we woke up to sleet.  We decided to hit the gym before it got bad and changed back over to snow.  Got a really long good foam roll session in before doing 2 miles on the treadmill.  Michael and his brother went out to lunch and out and about, while I stayed at home and spent some quality time with Netflix while I watched the snow fall.  We only got a few inches, not near the craziness some others got! My brother got about 2 feet just outside of DC!

Sunday

On Sunday, I was supposed to run the FreezerBurn 5k, but they postponed it due to the weather until next Saturday.  Church was also cancelled.  Michael and I slept in and took our time getting up and ready for the day. We drove out to the other side of our city to see some houses by a builder we like that will be building in our area this year.  We ran all of our normal Sunday errands…grocery store and cooking.

Were you part of the wintry mess this weekend? Have you been able to stay motivated this winter?

New Runner in the Family

No…its not what you think.  I’m not pregnant.

My husband is going to start running and doing races with me!!!!!!

He has been a faithful fan and supporter at all my races.  Even when we first started dating, he came to support me.  I will never forget him being at the finish line of my first half marathon.  It meant so much that he stood for HOURS in the cold to wait for me to finish.

Recently, he’s been in the bad habit of going to find a coffee shop…or donut shop and having a treat while I run a race.  He’s not been happy with his weight or his level of activity, so he wanted to do something to change all that.

So this year, he’s decided to start running with me.  His first race will be a 5k in April – and a J&A race at that! We’ve also signed for an 8k in December.  I’m so incredibly proud of him. We’ve been walking/running on the treadmill at the gym…and he’s been doing quite well.  I think he will be MORE than ready by the time the 5k rolls around.

Do you have any words of encouragement to pass on to him? Do you run with your spouse/significant other?

 

Weekly Update – 1/11/16

Monday

Yoga night.  I got to the gym early, and jumped on the treadmill for a quick half mile.  Class was pretty crowded. Something was wrong with the AC and it was extremely warm in the studio.  Jaye joked that it was “hot yoga.” Hot yoga is nice if you are prepared for it and dressed for it!

Class was a bit tough as a result. It got really humid in there and I ended up resting a lot more than normal just to cool down. All you crazy people that do hot yoga….how do you handle it?!

Tuesday

Normal gym night.  I got a 5k in on the treadmill, and a lot of fantastic people watching!

Wednesday

I had to skip yoga on Wednesday :(  We had a very late holiday celebration for work on Wednesday night.  We went down to VA Beach and ate at Gordon Biersch.  It was a great time with my coworkers, but made for a really late night out.

Thursday

I had so much pent up energy on Thursday from not having worked out on Wednesday.  I did a 5k on the treadmill.  I have this new habit of watching youtube videos while on the treadmill instead of listening to music…and its wonderful!

Friday

We left work a bit early to head to Dover to go to the casino.  It was a long trip up (4 hours), but we made time to stop for Island Creamery in Chincoteague on the way.  We played some blackjack and slots before bed.  Michael stayed up far later than I did!

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Saturday

On Saturday, I got up and went to the gym at the hotel.  It was small and not well ventilated.  I worked up a sweat pretty quick!  I did 2 miles on the treadmill, then planned on doing some strength training.  Unfortunately, when I walked around the corner to the weight area, all the dumbbells were EVERYWHERE.  Apparently, people don’t feel like re-racking their weights.  So I did it, and that was my workout.

After the gym, I hopped in the shower and headed to the spa for my spa day. I got a fantastic sports massage and a mani/pedi. Afterward, Michael and I got some lunch, then I headed back to the room to relax, and Michael played some more blackjack.

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Our friend Gina came, and she was going to show me the ropes with the slot machines.  I brought $100 to play with.  Sat down, won $80.  So I pocketed the $100 and just played on the $80.  I ended up leaving $52 up!

Sunday

On Sunday, we went to visit Michael’s family in northern VA.  We went to a place called Potbelly sandwiches for lunch (yum) and then hung out with his cousin for a bit.  Later in the afternoon, we headed to his Aunt Sally’s house. She made us a wonderful home cooked meal, and we got to spend some good time with her.

Bonus Day: Monday

Since it was a holiday weekend, we stayed over at Sally’s on Sunday night.  We got up on Monday and she made us a wonderful breakfast, then we got on the road.

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We stopped in Richmond to get our rings cleaned. We got home around 1:30 and started on chores.  I did laundry, and Michael did the cooking for the week. At about 7, we just sat on the couch for the rest of the night and watched Shark Tank.  It was a lovely end to a long weekend!

How was your long weekend?

January Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #14)

I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I actually managed to take semi real pictures this time! You should be proud!

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

Item Number 1 – Liverpool Rizzo Skinny Pant ($98)

I didn’t think it was possible for a stylist to be able to send me pants that fit.  Pants are so hard to get right, aren’t they? These pants are amazing.  I neglected to take a picture of them, but they are stretch black skinny pants. The length is PERFECT, no hemming needed. I kept them even though my husband might kill me for the cost.

Verdict:  Keep

Item Number 2 – Market & Spruce Wilco Solid Quilted Vest ($68)

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*The color is off in this picture.  This should be an olive green!*

I’ve been searching for a good vest, and this one fit the bill.  It is very comfortable, well made, and looks great on.  The olive green color would not be something I would normally go for, but it looks good with my complexion and my dark hair. I decided to keep!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 – Crescent Arminta Crochet Detail Tunic ($54)

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I hated this shirt right from the get go.  Its just totally not me. The print, the shape, everything. Oh well!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 – Pixley Amboy Raglan Sleeve Trapeze Knit Top ($48)

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I wasn’t sure about this top. I tried to keep an open mind when I tried it on, but it just wasn’t flattering at all.  The hem of the shirt was just a strange profile for me.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 – Pixley Ivy Split Neck Print Blouse ($58)

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So got this shirt in my 3rd stitch fix – March of last year.  My stylist remembered it and sent it to me in a bigger size! Yay!  I love it and I’m so happy to see it again :)

Verdict: Keep

Overall Impression

I would say this box was overall good.  My stylist sent me a blast from the past that I really loved.  She hit it out of the park with some PERFECT pants, and did a great job sending me a vest that I love.  The tunic was the only huge miss, as the raglan sleeve top had potential.

I find there is a tricky balance between cost and quality/fit of the items.  If I ask her to go cheaper, I find I don’t tend to like what she sends me.  If the prices increase, then the possibilities open up, and I get some really great pieces.

Despite the fact that I don’t keep everything (if I did, my husband not be a happy camper!), I really do like my stylist and most everything she sends me! The sizing has gotten much better, and almost everything fits now!

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