Race Recap: ODU Big Blue 5k 2017

untitled12.pngThis was my second time doing the ODU Big Blue 5k. I enjoyed the race last year, J&A always puts on great races, and this was no exception.  The highlight of this game is that you get to finish on the 50 yard line of the football field!

Packet Pickup and Expo

I opted for race day pickup, since I didn’t feel like fighting traffic on Friday night.  It was pretty quick, like most J&A Races, and I found a place to hang out for awhile.  I didn’t feel like taking my stuff back to the car, so I opted to do the dry bag check.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

High in the low 60s and partly cloudy…perfect running weather. I opted for a tank top, capris, and a hat.  I’m becoming more of a fan of running with a hat on.  There was a bit of rain before the race, but the clouds burned off quickly, and it turned out to be a nice day.

Pre Race

I had a lot of time to kill before the race.  It was a late start – 10:30am race.  I watched April the Giraffe give birth on my phone, chatting with some of my race friends, and just relaxed.  About 20 minutes before race start, I headed over to the start area and found my corral.

Race Time

They started the corrals within about 30 seconds of each other.  I had planned to walk most of the race and run if I felt good.  The first mile went by really quickly.  The sun came out in full force and I started feeling the affects.

The second mile was pretty good, and I ran some.  The water stop came at almost the 2 mile mark, which was a little late for a 5k.

The last mile was pretty easy and was a nice run though ODU’s campus.  I ran the last quarter mile in to the finish.  The finish on the 50 yard line of the field is pretty cool!

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I finished in 48:16.  I was ok with the time given that I walked most of the time.

After Party

The after-party was tailgate style, and they had free Moes (yum) and Corona.    I hung out for awhile, ate my food, then got on the road.  Michael was sick and I didn’t want to be gone from him too long.

Have you ever done a football themed race? What was the best food you’ve had at an afterparty?

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Race Recap: ODU Big Blue 5k 2016

This was my first time doing the ODU Big Blue 5k, and my husband’s first race EVER. J&A always puts on great races, and this was no exception.  The highlight of this game is that you get to finish on the 50 yard line of the football field!

Packet Pickup and Expo

We opted for race day pickup, since we didn’t feel like fighting traffic on Friday night.  It was pretty quick, like most J&A Races, and we found a place to hang out for awhile.  We didn’t feel like taking our stuff back to the car, so we opted to do the dry bag check.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

High in the low 60s and not a cloud in the sky…perfect running weather, and much better than the weather I’ve had recently. I opted for a short sleeved shirt, capris, and a hat.  I’m becoming more of a fan of running with a hat on.

Pre Race

We had a lot of time to kill before the race. I had a chance to eat my Clif bar and drink a bit of water.  Michael had to use a porta potty, which he was not a fan of (I guess I’m used to it?!)  I fangirled over Kris Lawrence when I spotted her at some point pre-race. We watched the kids fun run, ran into my friend Kim (who I’ve done a few races this year with), a friend from college, and had plenty of time to head to our corrals.  I started in corral 4, Michael was in 5. I put my headphones in and got ready to start while Michael settled into his corral.

Race Time

They started the corrals within about 30 seconds of each other.  I hoped to run the whole race, but ultimately left it up to how I felt.  I ran the first mile with no issue.  I took a small walk break right after the 1st mile marker since I wasn’t breathing correctly (yay allergies) and took a second to catch my breath and start taking deeper breaths.  I ran though the second mile, and saw Michael at the turnaround.  He was not far behind me.

It took forever to get to mile 3 and when I hit it and saw how far we had to go, I knew that I had longer than a tenth of a mile to go.  Darn it all that weaving I did.  I had hoped to get under 40 minutes (and when my garmin hit 3.10, I definitely made it), but I finished officially in 40:29. Michael ended up finishing in 40:10.  He beat me!!!! I demand a rematch.

While I’m a bit frustrated that I didn’t hit my time goal, that was the best 5k time I’ve had since 2013.  I can’t be mad at that progress!  I’ve gained quite a bit of weight since 2013, so it makes that victory even sweeter.

After Party

I think this was the longest I’ve spend at an after-party.  Michael got to ring the PR bell and write his PR up on the board. I fangirled over Kris Lawrence again. The after-party was tailgate style, and they had free Moes (yum) and Corona for us.  We also found some free Krispy Kreme.  Michael and I devoured our burritos and got a beer.  I spend the whole after party just in awe of him and I am beyond proud of him.  He even mentioned wanting to do a race with me next month!

Do you run with your significant other? What was the best food you’ve had at an afterparty?

Weekly Update – 4/11/16

This week was a week of only one workout and a race. Not exactly what I planned, but we had a lot of “life” things this week.  On the flip side, my blood pressure seems to be getting a bit better!

Monday

I skipped yoga on Monday to do some yard work.  I didn’t realize how bad the backyard had gotten, so I went out and weeded and cleaned up some branches that had fallen, etc.  I really needed to mow. However, we just found out that we have black widows in our shed, so until it is treated by the exterminator next week, I’m not opening up that shed to get out any of my tools! The grass is just going to have to be long.

Tuesday

Went to the gym even though I was not feeling great.  Got in 2.75 miles on the treadmill.  It was a very tough few miles.

Wednesday

We had a ton of errands to run on Wednesday.  We also had a budget meeting to check in on our progress with debt payoff and some of our other goals.

Thursday

On Thursday we had a meeting with our builder to go over the building process.  It was extremely informative and scary.  We are praying that our hopes align with God’s plan for us regarding a new home, so I hope that it all works out!

Friday

Friday was a little rough at work.  We went out for Mexican after work with my brother in law and it was wonderful!

Saturday

Saturday was the ODU Big Blue 5k and my husband’s first race! Race recap to come 🙂

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We spent the rest of the vegging out, which was nice.  We got a few errands done in between the being lazy.

Sunday

After church on Sunday we went out to get Mexican food with a couple at our church. We came home and did some more errands.  Another lazy day!

Did you have good weather this weekend? How did you enjoy it?

 

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?