Race Recap: Crawlin Crab 5k 2017

This recap is more than a little late, but better late than never.

Crawlin Crab was my first race back after my injury.  I planned on taking it very easy.

Packet Pickup and Expo

I opted for race day pickup.  I was there before packet pickup opened up.  I waited it out in the lobby of the convention center after I picked up my packet.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

Early October is usually pretty warm, and this year was no exception.  I wore capris and a tank top.  I’m not going to share my red faced post race picture, but let me tell you, it showed how hot it was 🙂


Pre Race

I waited around the convention center after packet pickup, and headed out to my corral relatively early.

Race Time

This was my first race back this fall, and first race after my neuroma that I developed in late spring.  I had only been walking -hadn’t ventured into any running yet.  I decided to take it pretty easy.

The course was a bit different this year, and went through a petting zoo.  Yes, a petting zoo.  You could literally stop and take pictures with donkeys, alpacas, etc.  I should have gotten a few pictures – but it was a ton of fun watching everyone else do so.

The miles ticked away pretty easy and before I knew it, the race was over. I finished in 50:17.

After Party

Have you ever done a race that goes through a unique location?

Race Recap: Crawlin Crab 5k 2016

This J&A Race is a favorite of mine.  Its only 20 minutes away from where we live and its super organized.  It usually kicks off my fall race season, and this year was no exception. Michael was upset that he didn’t sign up for the race, and was really regretting it. Maybe next year!


Packet Pickup and Expo

I opted for race day pickup.  We got there about 15 minutes before they opened the doors.  They were very quick.  The expo was tiny, and we didn’t stay long.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was going to be in the low 80s with a slight chance of rain.  I opted for a tank top, capri pants, and a hat.  Hats are slowly becoming my new favorite item to wear on race day!

Pre Race

After picking up my packet, I hung around inside until about 20 minutes before race start.  Michael walked down to the Dunkin Donuts to get some coffee.

Race Time

I was in corral 3 out of 4, and I positioned myself near the back of the corral.  I knew I planned on walking most of the race, so I didn’t think it was fair to be up front. They kicked off Team Hoyt a few minutes before the race start, and before I knew it, Corral 3 was out!

I decided I’d run the first quarter mile, see how I felt, then walk.  I saw Michael in his return trip from Dunkin.  I started walking after I hit the quarter mile mark.  The leaders were already doubling back by the time I hit the .75 mark.  Hit the first mile and felt good.

It started sprinkling around the 1.5 mile mark.  I was grateful for the cooling affect, but really didn’t feel like getting soaked.  I saw my friend Becca on the other side (it was mostly an out and back course.  I ran across for a hug and started running a bit again.

I was relieved when had less than a mile left….until it started POURING.  I’m not exaggerating, it was a TORRENTIAL downpour.  At that point, you just have to succumb to it, but I started running again because I’m not stupid and don’t want to be in it forever.

Thankfully it stopped raining after a quarter mile or so.  I walked some more, but then ran into the finish.  I finished in 48:26.

After Party

The after party was outside, and boy was it muddy.  I stayed long enough to get some yummy tomato soup from Baker’s Crust and a beer.  I don’t know why I was smiling this big after being that soaked, but it must have been the soup making me happy 🙂


I’m not happy with where my fitness is at, but I’m happy to be getting back into racing season – it will certainly be a great motivator!

Weekly Update – 9/26/2016

As you know from my last update, life has been a bit crazy.  I haven’t gotten hardly any workouts in… something I’m trying to mentally get my head back in the game about.  Anyways – here’s how the past week has been!


Had to work late on Monday. Monday was just one of those days… On the other hand, I got a lot of things done around the house Monday night.


On Tuesday night, we went to meet with the builder and finalize all of our options.  We found out that they’ve been selling more in the neighborhood, so hopefully by the time our house is finished, we’ll have a few more neighbors!


On Wednesday, I had all hopes of coming home and getting on the treadmill.  I just was completely wiped.


Woke up Thursday and realized why I was so wiped on Wednesday – got my visit from Mother Nature.  While I realize this is TMI – its played a huge factor in my overall energy levels recently.


On Friday we came home to the roofers starting on our roof.  That has started to become a saga, but hopefully by this time next week I’ll have nothing but good things to say!







In process…



Saturday was the Crawlin Crab 5k! I love this race, and because it usually is hot, I tend to take it super easy.  Recap to come!

The roofers came again on Saturday and finished the front of the house…now for the back.  I’ll be interested to see when that gets done.  Michael and I were both wiped, I had the race that morning and we had gotten woken up in the middle of the night for something with work.  We had a “slug day” for most of the day on Saturday.  However, we did start going through stuff preparing for putting some items in storage.


At least the front is finished…



After church, we grabbed lunch, then came home to do our chores.  It was a pretty uneventful day!


2015 – A Year in Review

I wanted to take some time and look back at the last year and all of the things that happened in life.  While this year may not have been a banner year for running for me, it was such a huge year of change and growth.


January was relatively uneventful.  I continued working out, failed at committing to a training schedule for Shamrock, and started to write Stitch Fix reviews.


February was the month of snow.  I missed so many workouts due to bad weather and being snowed in or the gym being closed.  I also decided to defer Shamrock.


In March I got the cold from hell.  I also ran Shamrock 8k instead of the Dolphin Challenge.


In April, we moved Michael’s stuff into my townhouse, got diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, started PT, went to Florida for work, saw Jewel in concert, creeped on Wanda Sykes at an airport, got sick again, and turned 28!


In May, I got sick again, got a corneal abrasion from my contacts, did ALL the wedding stuff, had a wedding shower at work, cheated on my PT, had my bachelorette party, and did more wedding stuff!


In June, Michael and I got married!


Also in June: Danny and Nicole decided to leave the gym, I changed my name, my cousin got married,  I watched Danny and Nicole(my trainers) get ENGAGED, I got to meet my nephew 🙂


I finally made it back to yoga in July, started doing protein shakes, and we went to Nags Head with my family.


In August I went to a casino for the first time, we visited my brother, and I started playing Fantasy football.



I started really loving yoga, went to more casinos, started going to ODU football games and enjoyed the fall.


My church celebrated its 9 year anniversary, my husband ruined a pot, Crawlin Crab 5k was cancelled and rescheduled due to a hurricane, I took a training class and got a certification, I went on a work conference and took a fall vacation. I also did the Wicked 10k.


We bought a new car, we did some early Christmas shopping, I ran the Harbor Lights 5k, saw the new Hunger Games movie, enjoyed Thanksgiving with family, and went Black Friday shopping.


I got pampered at the Red Door Spa, cleaned out my closet, ran the Surf-N-Santa 5 miler, and celebrated Christmas with my family.

 How was 2015 for you? What are you looking forward to in 2016?


Weekly Update – 10/12/15

This week was a pretty stressful week with work, but I had a great weekend!  And I finally got back to doing races after a VERY long hiatus!


Even though it was a holiday and work was closed, my husband ended up having to go into work and help with a problem.  Such is the world of an IT professional! We had plans for dinner that night, but ended up cancelling them.  It secretly made me happy because I got to go to yoga!  It was great to have Jaye back, and it was a pretty tough class.  Love getting back to yoga!


This was the only day this week I could really get to the gym….you’ll see why if you read on….

Warmup: Foam Roll

Two Rounds:

  1. Walking RDL’s with dumbbells
  2. Walking lunges with dumbbells

Three Rounds:

  1. Kneeling overhead press (10 each side)
  2. Triceps curls (10)

*Side note: I haven’t worked my triceps well in ages.  They hurt for 2 days!

Wednesday – Thursday

I attended a training class for work.  I work in the technology field, and this training was working toward a Foundations certification for something called ITIL (basically teaches you how to run an IT shop).  I hope that I will be able to move on and get an intermediate level certification, because this stuff is great!  However, I had to get up super early to drive to another city for the training, then had hours of studying on top of that.  I also had to log into work and get some stuff done after hours.


This is what I did at lunch everyday during training. The weather was amazing.


Friday was my exam, so we finished up early.  I was able to go home and catch up on some work before a night of R&R.


Crawlin Crab 5K! Omg the weather. Drool.  It was amazing.  Recap to come!


First race as a MRS!

After the race, we went to the ODU Homecoming game.  It was great weather for a game! We got tickets through a vendor at work, and we were able to get ON THE FIELD for the entire 2nd quarter.  It was a rough game, but ODU won!  When I was on the field, I even ran into my former trainer Nicole. It was wonderful to see her 🙂


Beautiful weather!


My trainer! I miss her!


On the field!


After church we grabbed some lunch at Taste Unlimited (yum!) and then went to Old Navy.  I got some new jeans (it was time!) and a few new tops.  After that, we just vegged and watched football all afternoon.

Did you race this weekend? How was your week?


Weekly Update – 9/28/15

I was looking forward to the Crawlin Crab 5k, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the weather.  It was a great week to catch up from life and de-stress.


Body Flow night! I’m actually starting to like this class a lot.  I like doing different sections to music.  Although the ab track is NOT my favorite.  I can’t believe I ever used to take a 30 min abs class.  Maybe I need to get back to that….


Everything on Tuesday worked against me getting to the gym.  I ended up skipping.


The stretch and strengthen class is starting to grow on me, but I had to go to worship team practice.  My church is celebrating 9 years on Sunday – so we wanted to make sure to get a little extra practice time in.


Warm up: Foam Roll

Heart Rate Training: Elliptical for 1/2 mile, keeping heart rate under 150

5 Rounds:

  1. 1 minute on the ReACT trainer
  2. 10 KB high pulls
  3. 5 KB swings

On Thursday, I found out that the Crawlin Crab race weekend had been postponed by 2 weeks due to the nor’easter we’d been having, as well as the impending doom of Hurricane Joaquin!


On Friday night, we went to get some Mexican food with Michael’s brother, and just had a relaxing evening.


Crawlin Crab was cancelled, so I took advantage of it and slept in like a champ!  We got some laundry and other chores done, but mostly we just hung around the house watching movies and being lazy!


Sunday was our 9 year celebration of our church’s existence.  It was a great service and wonderful celebration.  We came home, did more chores, got the grocery shopping done for the week, and watched our Eagles lose. I also lost in fantasy football 😦  We also had a little adventure with the stove….Michael was cooking and burnt all our vegetables into the pan.  We think the one burner heats up a lot more than the others for some reason.  While I know there are things you can do to try to clean it…yeahhhh we are a bit lazy. It was so bad we had to throw the pot out – there was no saving it.


There was no saving this pot. RIP.

Have you ever ruined a pot? Did the rain ruin your weekend plans?


Fair weather runner – tips needed!

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I’m a fair weather runner/walker/exerciser.  I don’t run outdoors when its raining.  That’s what they make treadmills for.  I’ve been extremely blessed on race day – I’ve never had to run a race in the rain.  I had a race cancelled for rain and rescheduled for the next week.  I’ve run in cold, wind, and finished a race and had it rain immediately after, but never run a race in the rain.

However, it seems my day will finally be here!

On Saturday I’ll be walking (lets be honest, I won’t be running after not training!) the Crawlin Crab 5k.  Right now, the forecast doesn’t look so good.  Assuming they don’t cancel, I’ll be doing this race in the rain.

I know that I’ll need to check a dry bag so that I have dry clothes afterward, but to be honest, I’m pretty clueless about everything else!

Any advice for how to dress? How do I avoid blisters if my socks and shoes are soaked?