Race Recap: Wicked 10k 2016

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.

Packet Pick-up/Expo

I opted for race day pickup because I’m lazy.  Pickup was pretty efficient, but the shirts were a disappointment.  I ordered the same size I normally do, and it was way too small.  Guess I won’t be wearing it!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The race started at about 40 degrees, warming up to 50 degrees within a few hours.  I opted for a short sleeved shirt under a long sleeved shirt, and capris.  I wore a hat, because I’m in love with wearing them for races now.  No costume this year because I was lazy!

Pre-Race

I hung out in the convention center post packet pickup and just relaxed.  I headed out about 20 minutes before the race start so I could get in my corral and look at all the costumes!

Race Time

I had planned on walking this race because I haven’t really been doing really ANY working out, let alone training for a race.

The first half of the race went pretty quickly, and I was able to stick to about 14 minute miles walking, which I was pretty proud of.  I really enjoyed getting to see all of the costumes on parts of the course that wrapped back around itself.

The last half of the race was a little rough. I was ready to be done.  I am not really a fan of the 10k distance at all.  I started getting a blister on my heel (sock seam in a bad place) and I slowed down considerably.

I wanted to finish on or around 1:40, so I ran a little bit during the last half mile.  I finished in 1:40:18.

After Party

To be honest, I didn’t even attend the after party. Michael and I had plans later in the day and we wanted to get out of there.  After it being so difficult to get beer afterward last year, I didn’t really mind skipping it!

Overall Reactions

Great weather and a great day.  I wish I had trained for it and run it, but I still had a ton of fun walking!

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

Weekly Update – 4/18/16

This week was a pretty decent one! It helped that it was my birthday week.  I got a few good workouts in, got to hang out with Jerry Frostick, see Tori Kelly in concert, and celebrate my birthday with my loved ones!

Monday

On Monday I got a quick .75 miles in on the treadmill before yoga.  Class was good.  Kneeling is still a bit uncomfortable since my fall almost 2 months ago, but its getting better.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had a celebration at work for all the Shamrock race attendees.  My work sponsors the 8k, so its pretty big deal! We had over 70 people from my work compete in Shamrock.  I was one of 7 Dolphin Challengers, and we even had one marathoner.

J&A Racing even sent two representatives to join our celebration.  Jerry Frostick (the J in J&A) came, and one of their employees, Kate.  Kate previously worked with our company.  It was great to talk to them and hear a bit about their thoughts on the race.  Jerry mentioned that he can’t promise the weather would be great next year, but he can’t imagine it being worse!  He called us all bad-asses 🙂

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I got in .75 miles before yoga.  Class was nice and I felt strong.

Thursday

Thursday was my birthday! 29 years old – only one more year till I’m 30!  My husband organized a lunch for me with all my work friends, which was really sweet of him.

Since it was so nice out on Thursday, Michael and I decided to walk outside.  We went to my mom’s neighborhood since its a nice big loop.  Plus we wanted to stop by and see my mom.  We did two loops which my fitbit said was around 1.6 miles, but I think its actually closer to two miles.  I think my mom drove around the loop once and said it was just shy of a mile.

Friday

Friday was my birthday treat from Michael.  He got me tickets to see Tori Kelly at the Norva!!!!

The opening act was a group called Thirdstory; they are known for their 3 part harmonies.  I enjoyed their performance, but I don’t know if I’m a huge fan. I think their songs would all start to sound the same after awhile.

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Thirdstory

Tori was amazing as expected! What I didn’t expect was to go deaf from all the teenage girls screaming in my ear.  WOW.  She is incredibly talented, and you can tell she loves what she does.  When she finished the show, she appeared to be genuinely overcome with emotion from the applause she was getting.

Saturday

On Saturday we celebrated my birthday with my dad and stepmom.  We went out to a cool place called The Broken Egg.  I got blackened chicken, broccoli and baby baked potatoes.  I didn’t know baby baked potatoes were a thing, but they were good!  They gave me a brownie sundae and sang to me for my birthday!

After we got back from our early dinner, Michael and I went for a walk to see if we could burn off some of those calories from dinner.  We got about 1.75 miles in before the allergy attack set in and we decided to finish our walk!

Sunday

We had church responsibilities on Sunday morning. After church, Michael left to go on a gambling trip (don’t worry, he always gambles responsibly).  I went shopping!  I did not shop responsibly!  After shopping, I had to tackle the lawn in style.  Allergy season is in full swing, so I tried wearing a mask to see if it helped.  It only helped moderately.

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After that, I pretty much spent the rest of the night vegging out.  It was a nice end to a good week.

How was your week? Are the allergies kicking your butt?

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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

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.

Sunday

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?

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.

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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.

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Can you tell I’m not a morning person?

Pre-Race

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?

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?

Weekly Update – 12/15

Pretty uneventful week other than the Surfin Santa 5 miler.  Can’t wait to share that recap with you!

Monday

We had another “Christmas” yoga session, something I’ve really begun to love! Christmas music, Christmas lights, AND yoga?! Amazing.

So my gym has what they call the “Mind and Body” studio where yoga, pilates and abs classes (and a few others) are held.  We walked in last night and they added bars all around the room.  Perhaps they are going to add a Barre class?

For anyone who practices yoga, you’ll realize that this makes it more difficult to practice inversions, as oftentimes you use the wall for support.  Sigh.  I guess time will tell what the bars are for!

Tuesday

Danny night!  I think his goal was to make my butt hurt the next day.  He succeeded!

First Round (5x):

1. 200 meter row

2. TRX rows (10)

Second Round (3x):

1. SA Suitcase Deadlifts (10 each side)

2. Diagonal lunges (50 meters)

Wednesday

My mom had her annual Ornament Exchange where we play Dirty Santa.  I ended up getting the ornament I wanted! 🙂

Thursday

Danny.  I was DEAD tired.  I stayed up way too late on Wednesday night, then had to be at work an hour early. I was also incredibly sore from Tuesday.  I don’t know why it kicked my butt so bad, but it did!

As many rounds of this as possible in 30 min (hint: only 2!):

*Do all of the exercises on your right side, then all exercises on your left.  That counts as one round.*

1. SA Cleans? I can’t remember (10)

2. Plank – :15

3. SA Bent over row (10)

4. Right side plank – :15

5. SL step ups (10)

6. Left side plank – :15

Friday

All the rest in all the world was had.  It was a crazy week!

Saturday

Surfin Santa 5 Miler!  Recap to come!

Sunday

Church in the morning, then had a pretty lazy afternoon.  We went to Belmont House of Smoke (BBQ place) for a work dinner in the evening.

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?