Race Recap: Harbor Lights 5k 2015

This is only the 2nd year they’ve held the Harbor Lights race series in downtown Norfolk.  I did the half marathon last year.


Packet Pick-up/Expo

Packet pickup was fairly straightforward.  I didn’t spend a lot of time at the expo because I don’t need to be tempted to buy a bunch of stuff right before Christmas.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The race started in the high 40s, and it was to warm up to the 50s and 60s pretty fast.  I know that Norfolk is pretty windy and I remembered my experience from last year’s half.  I still opted for a short sleeved shirt and capris. I was a little cold at the start, but warmed up very quickly.


Michael and I hung out around the park right near the start.  They had food trucks there this year and he found some coffee.  My boss was doing the half the next day, and he came to see me off at the start (he lives just down the street from the race start).  It was nice to have a send off like that!


I’m not actually awake at this point

I was in corral 3 of 5.  I found my place in the start and started trying to stretch and warm up.  My low back was hurting from Christmas decorating the day before and I wanted to make sure that I was as warm as possible so I didn’t make it worse.



You can see me in orange waving!


Race Time

They sent the corrals off pretty fast, I don’t think I started more than a few minutes after the race start.  The first mile was spend just letting everyone thin out.  They sent corral 4 out so fast, that the speedy people in that corral started catching up to us.  I ran the first half mile, then I walked/ran intervals of .25 miles.

I had finished a mile before I knew it.  I don’t even recall hitting the halfway point, I was too busy navigating all the turns.  This course had SO many turns.  I focused on not weaving through people and running/walking the tangents better.

I hit the end of mile 2 and was pleasantly surprised that we were already heading back toward the area of the finish (the last mile is basically out and back from the finish line…just on the other side of the park).

I felt really strong into the finish, not barely hanging on like some of my other fall races.  I finished in 44:09.

Interestingly, at the Crawlin Crab, I had a 44:37 5k finish. At the halfway mark for the Wicked 10k, I was at 44:48.  Pretty consistent, huh?  Consistently slow, but consistent.

After Party

The after party was in Town Point Park.  The weather had warmed up and the sun was shining.  I got my Blue Moon beer (not repeating the horrible 10k where I didn’t get my beer).  I didn’t like the stew that they were serving, but they had these awesome food trucks there.

Michael got me a bacon, egg and cheese calzone at one of the food trucks.  It was DIVINE.


Overall Reactions

I loved doing the 5k of this race series.  The half marathon last year was a little rough – especially with weather being so cold.  This year the poor half marathoners had pouring rain and cold.

Have you ever run a race in a city? Have you ever had food trucks at a race?

Weekly Update – 11/16/15

This week was a pretty good one.  I made it to a few yoga classes and did a night of weights.  I also had a 5k this past weekend, and had a lot of fun life things going on.  Work has still been crazy, but I’m in a much better place emotionally about it.


Yoga was good.  It was a pretty full class.  I had a breakthrough with my balancing half moon pose.  We usually enter it from a lunge position, which has my hip flexor “bent” and then when I straighten the leg I’m balancing on, my hip flexor hurts when I straighten it (my hip flexors are VERY weak).  But, we had our legs straight when we entered it this time (like your legs are in triangle) and because my hip flexor was already  in the position it was going to be in when I move into balancing half moon, it didn’t hurt! Miracle.


Omg, a normal gym night.  I didn’t do anything too crazy, especially since I really haven’t been hitting the gym very hard recently.  Gotta ease back into it!

Warmup: foam roll, 10 minutes on elliptical

Three Rounds:

  1.  Split kneel overhead press (10 each side)
  2. Dumb bell rows from push up position (10 each side)

Three Rounds:

  1. 1o Goblet squats (20lbs)
  2. 10 TRX back rows


Yoga was good.  It was a pretty small class.  I spent most of the class being extremely mindful of being very accurate in my postures.  I’ve gotten complacent of late, simply going through the motions, and not really focusing on form.  I really enjoyed class.


Skipped the gym because it was opening night for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2!!!! I’m a little obsessed. No spoilers here – it was good and I was very happy that it was pretty consistent to the book.


I’ve hoarded a bunch of my vacation days, so I took the day off to relax and to get some Christmas decorating done.  I did a ton of laundry and felt extremely productive.

After Michael got home from work, we went to get my race packet for Saturday.


Saturday was the Harbor Lights 5k.  Recap to come!

After the race we went up to the new Whole Foods.  There was a new Steinmart in the shopping center too, so I had some fun.  I was starving so we stopped for some chickfila.  I was eating it and realized the chickfila sauce didn’t taste right.  I had a bit of a sour stomach after that, so we just had a relaxed night in and watched some Netflix.


We had church on Sunday, then headed down to NC to see Michael’s parents.  They built a fire and we were nice and cozy on such a rainy, cold day!

Did you race this weekend? How do you like to spend cold, rainy days?

November Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #12)


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 – Brixon Ivy Reyne Lace Shoulder Blouse ($58)


This top was beautiful and I loved it.  It was simply too tight.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 – Pixley Sines Skinny Lapel Blazer ($74)


This blazer was great! I was surprised to see another blazer, I thought my stylist had given up, but this one is great!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 –  Margaret M Emer Jacquard Print High Waisted Cropped Pant ($98)


I really like the pattern on these pants and they were beautiful.  I just don’t think cropped pants are a good look for me.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 – Liverpool Collen Straight Leg Jean ($78)


I know its boring to keep jeans from a fix, but I loved them.  The fit is great and they are so soft!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 5 – Dee Elle Auriga Cowl Neck Waffle Knit Top ($58)


I loved the texture of this sweater, as well as the color.  However there was something about it that I just didn’t love.  It wasn’t very flattering.  I think it was probably because it didn’t have enough structure to it.

Vedict: Return

Overall Impression

This box was much better than the last fix.  I asked Michal to stick with more classic pieces and she delivered. I was sad that the top didn’t fit, but I’ve asked for a larger size in my next fix if its available.  I love that the stylists really listen to what you want!


If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*

Race Recap: Wicked 10k 2015

Sorry for the late posting!  The Wicked 10k is always a great time! Who doesn’t love a Halloween race?! I love J&A races and I love running out at the VA Beach Oceanfront. Its a familiar place to run for me.


This is one of my favorite parts of the race….Ghostbusters!

Packet Pick-up/Expo

Everything was super efficient at packet pick-up; J&A races are always very well organized.  It was pretty crowded around 6pm when we went.  The shirts this year were FANTASTIC!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The race started at about 50 degrees, warming up to 60 degrees within a few hours.  I opted for a short sleeved shirt and capris.  I wore my Starbucks barista costume again from last year because I’m lazy.


Can you tell I’m not a morning person?


Michael and I went inside the convention center to people watch before the race.  There were a lot of great costumes.  I found a short line for the bathroom and made sure I took care of that…I can usually be ok with a 5k, but I really didn’t want to have to stop on a 10k.

I was in corral 7 of 10.  It took me awhile to get back to my corral.  I plugged my headphones in, put on some hip hop and started stretching and people watching.

Race Time

Our corral started at 8:15 (they gave team Hoyt a big head start).  I really didn’t have a strategy for the race, although I knew I’d end up doing intervals based on how Crawlin Crab went a few weeks ago.

I ran the first mile straight in about 13 minutes.  I decided not to waste too much energy by going out too fast or doing a lot of weaving.  I just patiently followed behind people, knowing the pack would eventually thin out.

For mile 2, I walked a quarter mile, ran a quarter mile.  This seemed to work pretty well for me, so I kept that structure for most of the rest of the race.  I found myself among others also running/walking intervals, and we seemed to keep passing each other.

Once I hit the halfway mark, I found my energy severely draining, then I remembered I had forgotten to eat my granola bar before the start.  I kept with my intervals.

I hit the turn around toward the finish line at about the 5 mile mark.  I decided to only run a quarter mile of the last mile so that I could run in the last .20.  I found a friend from the gym with about a half mile left. She and I finished together, she just barely outkicked me.

I finished in 1:32:31.  I had hoped to be under 1:30:00, but I was ok with the time considering I haven’t been training.

Interestingly, at the Crawlin Crab, I had a 44:37 5k finish. At the halfway mark for this 10k, I was at 44:48.  Pretty consistent, huh?

After Party

So I have mixed feelings about the after party.  It was a nice day, so I liked having the party on the beach, but I really prefer being in the convention center.  We had tomato and cheese soup inside bread bowls from Baker’s Crust, which is always a favorite.

But lets talk about the beer.  The beer lines were ATROCIOUS.  I have never ever had a problem getting beer after a race.  Ever.  I ‘ve had to wait in a little line, but these lines were so bad, I left without getting a beer. I got so pissed. What made me more mad is that a race organizer told us there were no lines at another tent, so we got out of line….then the lines were LONGER at the other tent.

I’m usually a massive fan of J&A races and how they are organized, but they failed the after party at this one.

Overall Reactions

This is a really fun race, and I loved that it was actually on Halloween this year.  The race bling and shirt was fantastic too.

Did anyone run a Halloween run? How was it? Have you ever dressed up for a race?

Weekly Update – 11/9/15

I only made it to yoga this week, but that’s ok. I’ve seemed to have a lot of those kinds of weeks lately, which I think is ok.  I know I don’t talk about work a lot, but its been a really stressful time.  That’s definitely affected my every day life, and therefore my workouts.  I’m very pleased when I am able to at least get to yoga every week!


Yoga with Jaye.  It was a harder class than normal.  I find it very difficult to hold lunge positions (runner’s lunge, crescent lunge, etc) due to my Plantar Fasciitis.  My arches of my feet don’t like it.  So I modify to kneeling lunge, but then its hard to transition through positions.

I really love yoga and practice for many reasons.  Strength and flexibility is certainly a desirable by-product, and I don’t feel like I’m making progress in that area.  That is going to be a focus of mine over the next few weeks.


I took a half vacation day on Tuesday.  I needed the mental break.  It was rainy and nasty outside, so I literally sat on the couch for the remainder of the day and watched TV.  No regrets.


Work was closed for Veteran’s Day.  I took advantage of Michael being gone on a little day trip and I got some Christmas shopping done.

Had a small class at yoga on Wednesday night, which was nice.


Thursday was insane at work.  Michael and I had to work late, then we had to go to the airport to pick up my mom and stepdad.  It was a late night and I crashed hard.


On Friday night, we ordered in Chinese food from one of my favorite local places and watched a movie on Netflix called “The Cobbler.”  Its got Adam Sandler in it.  Its pretty fantastic.


On Saturday, we got up and headed to the tailgate before the ODU game.  We only ended up staying until halftime because the sun went away behind the stadium and I got so cold.  We ended up going to MacArthur mall and walked around and did some Christmas shopping.


After church on Sunday, we got our grocery shopping and such done, then we went to my mom’s house for a get together.  Some old neighbors were in town and we got together with them and some of mom’s current neighbors.  It was a great time!

How was your week? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?


Weekly Update – 11/2/15

While this may not have been a great week for workouts, I feel like I got a lot accomplished in life, and I was still able to make time to see friends!


Went to yoga on Monday as usual.  My chaturangas are getting better and I feel much stronger.  I wish I could say the same for my crescent lunges.  I have no balance in that pose!


I skipped the gym on Tuesday.  I had a really bad day at work on Tuesday and I needed to just chill at home.  It was a rough night and I was pretty grumpy.  In hindsight, a good workout might have made me feel better.


Yoga again.  This time I really needed it. My back has been really tense lately, and yoga helps me loosen up.  I spent a little more time in child’s pose this class, because I really needed my practice to be about stretching and mindfulness, more so than a workout.  I love that yoga can serve so many different purposes.


Skipped the gym again on Thursday :( Both Michael and I had to work late, and we had some errands to run after work.  Turned out to be a great relaxing night.


On Friday, we went out to get some Mexican food with my brother in-law.  We had a fun night with him, just catching up and spending time.


Saturday was an interesting day.  We’ve been talking about trading in Michael’s car that he leases for a more reasonably priced vehicle.  He spent the entire day looking at cars and haggling with the dealership.  We are now the proud owners of a new Honda Accord!


Our first purchase together!



It’s name is Archie.

I spent my Saturday cleaning. I did countless loads of laundry, cleaned the bathrooms, took a magic clean eraser to every mark in the house, and cleaned the fridge….among lots of other little tasks.


We went to church Sunday morning, then came home to finish chores and go grocery shopping.  After that we headed to our friend’s house.  Shawn and Megan just built a house and we got to see the finished product.  Its beautiful!  We had a great time with them – its always great to catch up with friends!

We stayed up a little to watch the Eagles/Cowboys game, but crashed early.  I was so happy to wake up this AM and see that the Eagles won!

Have you ever bought a brand new car?

Chest Openers versus Back Openers

I’ve talked before about having Scoliosis.  Its something that causes me minimal discomfort, but is still there lingering.  One of my most prevalent issues is a lack of thoracic mobility.  I feel tension between my shoulder blades a lot.  I had been focusing a lot on exercises that could strengthen my back or open up my back.  I was focusing on cat and cow in yoga….and paying extra attention to anything that was supposed to relieve back pain.

Then one day in yoga, we did a chest opener.

Eureka!  I was thinking about my thoracic mobility issue all wrong.  I didn’t need to do exercises that opened up my back, I needed to do chest openers!  I started focusing on opening up my chest and my shoulders, and found that those exercises were much more productive.

I still don’t have the upper thoracic mobility to get the fullest benefit from a lot of chest openers, but I’m accomplishing things in baby steps.  Eventually, doing more chest opening poses will start to open up that thoracic spine.

I know these seems like a small revelation, but it was a massive discovery for me.  Yoga has continued to surprise me.  It doesn’t matter how long you practice it, you are always discovering new things and learning more about your body.

What was the last revelation you had about your training or workouts? Do you practice yoga?