Race Recap: Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler 2016

This Christmas race is always a favorite of mine, but this year was extra special.  We were trying to break a world record for a Santa run.  It required us to wear a very specific Santa suit – jacket, pants, beard, hat and belt.

Spoiler alert: We got the world record!!!!!I am a Guinness Book of World Record holder 🙂

Packet Pickup and Expo

Since the race started at 4:30pm, I opted to do race day pickup.  I arrived around 2pm and I picked up my packet.  I wanted a lot of time to get ready because I knew I had to sort out the special Santa suit. They had special alteration stations set up.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The temperature race day was a little warmer than I hoped. It was in the high 50s, and because I knew I had to wear real clothes under the santa suit, I knew I’d be a little warm.  I may or may not have sweated through my hat…

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Pre-Race

I just hung out and watched all the people in their Santa costumes.  It was pretty comical to see thousands of Santas all together in one area.

I got dressed about a half hour before the race, and then headed to my corral.

Race Time

I love this race.  I started off running, but planned on walking most of the race.  Miles 1 and 2 were fairly uneventful.  I loved getting to see all the lights on the boardwalk and even stopped and snapped a few pictures.

After the halfway mark, I started walking/running some.  I was kind of ready to be done after we finished running through the lights, because the rest of the race is just through the city streets in the dark, which is only but so interesting.

After Party

I was able to get my medal and my Triple Jog Dare medal – which is awesome!!!!

 

 

They gave out gloves as a finisher item, which is pretty awesome, because I lost my pair from a few years ago at this year’s Shamrock.  I had part of a beer and some of the sausage and potato soup, but I was ready to head home and get the Santa suit off!

I wore my Santa outfit to Chick Fila to pick up dinner and gave the girl at the drive through a little giggle.

Do you do any Christmas races? Have you ever tried to break a work record?

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Weekly Update – 12/12/2016

Despite some work stress, this past week and weekend was a pretty good one.  We got to spend some great time with family, some great time together, and get a lot of fun (and practical) stuff done!

Monday

Monday was a pretty uneventful day.  I had hoped to get to the gym, but both Michael and I worked late.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we went to my dad and stepmom’s house to make Christmas cookies!  It was a ton of fun!

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Wednesday

House progress as of Wednesday morning!

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Michael and I have committed to try to have more quality time together, so Wednesday night was that night this week.  We try to avoid distractions, no phones, no work, no TV…maybe some Christmas music.  Its a great time to spend time talking and connecting without the distractions of the world.  In a world that is so busy all the time, its really nice.

Thursday-Friday

Thursday was relatively uneventful.  On both Thursday and Friday, I ended up working late.  We tend to have a lot of “clean-up” type work that goes on in the month of December and due to some changes at work, a lot of that work falls on me.  I don’t mind working late on weeknights, but Friday nights are a little tough.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we got some Christmas wrapping done, and made a game plan to get the rest of the shopping done.  Michael went out and did some of that, while I packed a few more boxes to go into storage.

Saturday afternoon was the Surf-N-Santa 5 miler.  This is a favorite Christmas race of mine, and its the third and final race in the Triple Jog Challenge I signed up for this year with J&A racing.  More to come in a recap!

Sunday

Sunday was super bittersweet.  I have played on the worship team at my church for 6 years, and attended that church for 10 years (since the church began!).  Sunday was my last day on the worship team, and likely our last week attending the church.   The church is moving to a location over 45 minutes away from where we live.  The commute has become really difficult for us to be really engaged with the church.  We are going to be looking at a few wonderful churches closer to home – one just minutes away.

We also check on our house! WOW- Check out the progress this week!

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After church, we grabbed lunch at Panera.  Then we went to Kohls for a few more Christmas gifts.  I got a new winter coat while we were there.  I’ve had the same coats for years and they are starting to get worn out, some of the lining has tears, etc.  I got a peacoat so that it is nice enough to wear to work.  We went to the Verizon store next and got our new phones!  We were due in January, but they had a really good deal on the iPhone 7 (for me) and Galaxy S7 Edge (for Michael). We also ran to the grocery store for the essentials and stuff for Christmas day.

We spent the rest of the day getting chores done at home.  My mom and stepdad came by for a little bit because we had some bad storms and it knocked out their power.

How was your week? Are you done Christmas shopping?

 

 

 

Weekly Update – 12/14/15

Monday

Monday was a TERRIBLE day at work.  Just one of those bad days.  If I didn’t have plans, yoga would have been so beneficial to go to!

Instead, we went to my high school’s Christmas Chorus concert.  I was in chorus in high school and I always love going back and revisiting! I may be biased, but they sounded amazing.  There is nothing more amazing to me than a good chamber choir singing a capella. At the end of the concert, they invite any alumni up to sing “Joy to the World.” Its an arrangement that’s been done at the school since the 70s.

Tuesday

I ran into my yoga friend Debbie, and we hit the ellipticals and chatted.  I did about 2.5 miles.  Not my hardest workout, but certainly fun 🙂

Wednesday

Yoga was particularly tough for me.  I was having a really bad day with my balance, so I ended up taking modifications.  I haven’t had a really off day in yoga for awhile, so mentally that was a little rough for me.

Thursday

I was bad and skipped the gym on Thursday.  I had to run some errands after work and stop by my mom’s house.  She ended up cooking me dinner and I spent some time with her.  Tis the season, right?

Friday

I had Friday off.  I know, I’m spoiled rotten saving my vacation days like that.  I slept in some, watched a Hallmark movie, then had lunch with my dad.  We got some Christmas shopping done afterward, which was nice.  It was the first cold day in awhile…finally felt like Christmastime!  I was able to spend some time with my good friends and grab some coffee at Starbucks.

Saturday

Slept in on Saturday and had a lazy morning. We left about 2pm to head out to Virginia Beach since  Saturday was the Surf-N-Santa 5-miler! Always a favorite. More on that in another post, but it was a good (COLD) time! We came home and warmed up on the couch with some TV.

Sunday

After church on Sunday, we went to see Michael’s parents and celebrate Christmas with them and his brother! Lots of good food and a fun time with family!

How was your week? Any Christmas runs?

 

Fall Races

I have a bunch of fall races coming up. Normally I’d be super excited about that, except I haven’t run since like….April.  I’m still dealing with some plantar fasciitis issues.  I know that the structure and anatomy of my feet is such that I’ll probably continue to be plagued with issues for awhile.  I haven’t been even walking a lot due to the stress and pain it puts on my feet, much less running.

Here’s my fall schedule:

October 3, 2015 – Crawlin Crab 5k (Virginia Beach, VA)

October 31, 2015 – Wicked 10k (Virginia Beach, VA)

November 21, 2015 – Harbor Lights 5k (Virginia Beach, VA)

December 19, 2015 – Surf N Santa 5 Miler (Virginia Beach, VA)

I don’t have anything longer than a 10k.  Quite frankly, I could walk all of these, no problem (until the next day when my feet kill me!) But I’d really like to run them.  My first race just over a month away.  I’m going to focus on going back to yoga, getting my mobility and strength back and finding ways to get conditioning in without killing my feet.

The awesome thing about these races is that they are a ton of fun and I always know a bunch of people doing them.  I’m at a place where I want running to be fun again, so I’m not gonna worry about anything but having fun! Here’s to a stress free fall schedule!

 

What does your fall schedule look like?  What race are you most looking forward to?

2014 – First Half Marathon, Engagement and Life Lessons!

2014 was a fantastic year for me! I hope all of you feel the same way.  I think its really important to reflect on the year and focus on the positive!

January

I hadn’t started this blog yet, but it was brewing in my mind!  I started my training for my first half marathon!

February

I began this blog! It was one of the best decisions I’ve made.  I have loved the community that I’ve found with you guys! Its nearly impossible to articulate how encouraging each one of you is!

Michael and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together and he spoiled me rotten.

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Its so beautiful!

 

March

I ran my first half marathon – Shamrock! Not only did I run my first half, but I completed the Dolphin Challenge by doing the 8k and Half Marathon in the same weekend. It was such a rewarding experience.

Celebratory beer and 8k medal

Celebratory beer and 8k medal

My race bling!

My race bling!

Michael and I celebrated our 6 month anniversary.

We know we are obnoxiously in love and we don't care! :)

We know we are obnoxiously in love and we don’t care! 🙂

Pretty roses!

Pretty roses!

We also went to see comedian Gabriel Iglesias!

At the Gabriel Iglesias show!

April

April was my favorite month this year!

Michael and I went to Florida and I got to go to Key West for the first time!

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Sunset Cruise in Key West

 

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Key West Sunset

 

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Sunset Cruise in Key West

 

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Pool in Orlando

 

Beautiful flowers from Michael!

Beautiful flowers from Michael!

Hotel in Orlando

Hotel in Orlando

The water was so clear and warm

The water was so clear and warm

On April 19th, Michael proposed!

Happy!

Happy!

The ring!

The ring!

On April 21st, I celebrated my 27th birthday.

Michael's parents

May

In May, I ran the Chickfila 5k and logged my worst 5k time ever due to major sinus issues! But the Chickfila sandwich at the end totally made up for it.

June

I bought my wedding dress in June and did lots of other wedding things!

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I said yes to the dress!

 

July

In July, I fell out of love with running, then made a re-commitment to get my act together for my fall races.

August

I started to focus a lot on a balance of different types of workouts and came up with a killer workout schedule that I kinda kept to….

September

September brought a lot of anxiety and stress, but also brought things like my 1 year anniversary and a great anniversary trip.

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October

October was a busy month.

I ran my second half marathon – Crawlin Crab.  I did both the 5k and the half marathon for the Shell Yeah Challenge.  I learned a hard lesson about proper fueling when I bonked early.

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Allyson and I after the 5k

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After the half!

 

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Shell Yeah Challenge bling!

Michael and I took a mini vacation to the mountains and got our engagement pictures taken.

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Later in the month, I ran the Wicked 10k.

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Wicked 10k 2014

 

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I’m such a cheeseball.

 

November

In November, I ran my third half marathon – Harbor Lights.  I was very pleased with my mental fortitude during this race as well as my fueling plan!

My AWESOME friend Diane who totally kicked butt!

My AWESOME friend Diane who totally kicked butt!

 

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Harbor Lights!

 

 

Hollie is a pro at taking pics!

Hollie is a pro at taking pics!

December

Who doesn’t love December?!

I ran my first 5-miler at the Surfin Santa. It was also my first twilight race.

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Then of course, Christmas with my dear family and friends.

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2014 was a great year and 2015 promises to be ever more incredible!  Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

Surfin Santa 5 Miler Recap!

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So apparently I’ve been getting the name of the race wrong.  It’s Surf N Santa! But I’m still gonna call it Surfin Santa, cause once you get the name wrong, you gotta own it, right?

Packet Pick-up/Expo

Since this was a “twilight” race that started at 4:30pm, packet pickup was same day from 12-4pm.  I like race day pick-up in general, so I was ok with the concept.  They suggested getting there early, because pick-up would be crowded from 2-4pm – which makes total sense, people run late by nature.

Fiance dropped me off at 1:11.  By 1:15, I had all my stuff…so I then had 3 hours to sit around and do nothing.  If I had to do it again, I would have planned to get there around 3pm.

Everything was super efficient, J&A races are always very well organized.  The expo was small compared to some of their bigger races like Shamrock.  I didn’t really spend much time in there.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

I knew it was going to be a cold one….FINALLY, a cold race! Temps were in the upper 30s, but since it was a night race, there was no sun to warm you up.

I opted for my Under Armor running tights that I LOVE with all my heart.  I wore a long sleeved technical shirt, and in a last minute wonderful decision, I opted for a vest.  It was just what I needed to keep my trunk warm, but without all the extra fabric to get me too overheated.

Pre-Race

Everyone hung out in the convention center and I can’t say I blame them…it was a bit chilly out.  They did a great job of announcing to the crowd that there were more bathrooms available with shorter lines.  I really appreciated that.

I got to see friends!!!! I got to see Christy and Phil – a couple from work.  Christy is our Wellness Director. Then I ran into my friend Becca from college.  I tend to run into her at local races.  Its always a great surprise.  She just got engaged and I got to meet her fiance!  I was really focused on finding a few friends of mine from college and ran into them by chance.  Laura and I were on worship team together, and Jessica and I were in a  bible study together.  They brought another friend with them that I’ve never met.

I ended up losing all of them when I took my last  bathroom break, so I just headed out to my corral.

Race Time

The corrals were very well organized as always. I found Laura, Jessica and their friend (whose name escapes me!).  Let’s call her Jill.  Laura and Jessica wanted to take it easy and told Jill to run with me.

Jill and I set out at a nice comfortable pace around 11:15 min/miles. Mile 1 flew by without an issue.  Mile 2 brought the first water stop and the turn around onto the boardwalk.  The lights were fantastic.

I hung with her really well till about 3.5 miles.  My left hip flexor had started to irritate me and I couldn’t get it to stretch out or warm up.  I lost her after the last water stop.

The last mile and a half was rough without my partner, but I hung in there.  The last half mile or so was pretty dark and made me a little nervous.

I finished at 1:03:49. Since this was my first 5-miler, it was technically a PR, but even my worst 8k time (running) was 1:01:39. Oh well.  Still a PR!  🙂

After Party

J&A after parties are always fan-freakin-tastic. They had a chicken and corn chowder, which was to die for. Sam Adams provided the beer – so I got to enjoy a nice winter lager.  The band was great and most importantly, the party was inside and cozy warm!

I love this race and I’ll definitely plan on it again next year!

Have you ever done a twilight race? What is the best post-race food you’ve ever had?

Upcoming Christmas Race

This Saturday, I will be running the Surfin’ Santa 5 miler.  It’ll be my first “twilight” race, as it starts at 4pm.  I’m excited at the prospect of a race that is not in the morning, since I’m not a morning person, but I’m a little unsure how to fuel properly for this race.

The course will take through the Christmas lights at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  Christmas and running combined?! What could be better? I’m really excited about this one.  I love running new races!

I am nervous about the weather.  We are supposed to get rain on Saturday night and its supposed to be in the low 40s.  Yuck.  I’ve been so beyond lucky, that I’ve never run a race in rain.  Its rained right before, and right after, but never during the race.

Also important to note: this is my first 5 miler! I’ve done plenty of 8ks, which we all know are basically a 5 miler, but not actually (4.97)! So technically, whatever time I get will be a PR!

Any tips on how to fuel for a night-time race? Any tips for racing in the rain?