So some things happened….

Did you guys think I disappeared forever? I know, felt like that to me too.

A lot of big things have happened since I last checked in with you guys:

  • We closed on our new house
  • We sold our old house
  • I had my first DNS
  • Hurt my foot – diagnosis TBD
  • I got a (temporary) employee

First off! We closed a chapter of our lives in the old house and have moved into the home we built! Here are a few pictures 🙂

I had my first DNS for a race when I injured my foot.  I had signed up for the race for Memorial Day weekend in late April.  The week before Memorial Day I started having pain in my forefoot on the top of my foot.  An X-ray reveal no fracture, but it hurt too bad and I decided to not do the race.  Still picked up my t-shirt though 🙂

I have a doctor’s appointment next week to get another look at it.  My foot had started feeling better, but in the last week it started hurting again.  I have a lot of swelling on the top of my foot again.  I’ll let you all know how it turns out!

This is a lot of why you haven’t heard from me.  I haven’t been able to do much of anything in terms of working out.  No yoga, running, walking, anything.  Once I figure out what is going on, I want to come up with a game plan of what I can safely do.

I have an employee!  Well, she’s a summer intern, but she’s fabulous and I want to keep her forever.  She is going into her senior year at Randolph Macon and she’s such a sweet girl.

So what’s coming up?  We have a trip to Seattle coming up and a trip to San Diego.What are the must do places to see and eat?

 

 

Race Recap: Shamrock 8k 2017

I know this recap is super late – but better late than never!

This is one of my favorite races, despite the fact that the weather is almost always crummy.  Guess that’s what happens when you have a race in March at the oceanfront.

Packet Pick-up/Expo

My stepmom and I went to packet pick-up on Friday night.  We walked through all the vendors, but didn’t get into a whole lot.  She got a new pair of sunglasses, and I got a new flip belt.  They’ve made a few adjustments and I love it!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The forecast threatened rain, but it was supposed to be in the high-40s/low 50s.  I wore capris and a short sleeved shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over it.  I brought a poncho just in case it started raining.  I learned my lesson from last year.

Pre-Race

We parked about 15 blocks away from the start and had a decent walk to the start line.  We hit the porta-potties with about 15 minutes to spare.  We got in our corrals and just enjoyed all the costumes and excitement.

Race Time

The first 2 miles went by in the blink of an eye.  I lost my stepmom less than a quarter mile in – even though I know she’d leave me because she’s speedy. We faced a headwind for most of that time.  When the course turned onto the boardwalk, we had the wind at our back.  I took advantage of that and alternated running and walking.

Around the 3.5 mile mark, I started noticing that my sock was rubbing and I was getting a blister.  I tried to adjust, but it didn’t seem to help.

I hunkered down for the last mile or so on the boardwalk back into the headwind. I hoped to finish under and hour and 15 min, but finished very close in 1:15:13.

After Party

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I gathered all my food and swag after the race and headed to the tent.  I found my Dad and stepmom, grabbed a beer and enjoyed some of my food.  The music is always great – it is just usually SO CROWDED in the tent that we don’t stay long.

When we finally decided to leave, it had started raining.  I put on my poncho, and they had rain jackets, but we still got soaked walking 10 blocks to our car.

Overall Reactions

Despite the rain at the end, this was a good race and I wouldn’t miss it even despite the terrible weather.

Do you continually do a race despite historically bad weather?

Weekly Update – 3/13/17

This was a pretty good week, although it was pretty cold.  I guess winter isn’t ready to let go yet.  This week also brought my second race for the year.

Monday

Michael had to work late on Monday, and with it being cold out and I was tired….I didn’t want to go to the gym.

Tuesday

We went to the gym on Tuesday after work.  I got in 2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

Yoga was great on Wednesday.  Class was unusually full.  She really worked our hips this class, and it felt fantastic.

Thursday

Date night! I was looking forward to this, because I feel like Michael and I don’t get to spend a lot of quality time during the week.

Friday

Friday was moving day at work.  I moved to another building.  We have a “campus” at work.  My reporting structure has changed over the years, and they are moving me in the same building as my new boss. I’m not really happy about the move. I have been in this building for a few years and I have a great seat by a window.

I left early on Friday to go pick up my race packet for the Shamrock 8k on Saturday. More on that in my race recap!

Saturday

Saturday was the Shamrock 8k.  Recap to come – but good news, I didn’t get rained on till I walked back to my car to leave!

I came home to some BEAUTIFUL flowers that Michael got me.  Michael and I spent the rest of the day relaxing, watching TV, getting laundry done, etc.

Sunday

After church on Sunday, we went out to Cracker Barrel with Michael’s parents.  It was a nice time! We even got some snow in the morning, which was beautiful.

Has winter returned where you are? What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day?

 

Race Recap: Game Day 5k 2017

I have done this race once before (last year), and it was a very cold race.  I like that its relatively close to me – only 30 minutes away.  I’m not a huge fan of the race company, as logistically, I’ve had many issues with them.  I thought I’d give it another try, as I really enjoy the race.

Packet Pickup and Expo

So despite the fact that they’d been advertising race day pickup for the weeks (and days) leading up to the race, they changed their mind and cancelled it.  So I had to go the day before and pick it up. Not a huge deal, but frustrating.  I emailed them about it and they said they had made that decision months ago, and it had been on their website….not true.

I learned my lesson last year with the shirts that were way too small, despite the fact that I ordered the same size I wear in all other races.  So this year, I ordered 2 sizes larger than I normally wear.  Its a bit big, but better big than can’t wear it!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was a cold morning, though it was forecasted to be in the high 40s. I wore long pants, a tank top, long sleeved shirt and a hat. I wore a jacket for the drive, and brought some gloves, but I didn’t think I’d end up wearing those 2 items.

…..I ended up wearing them. It was so cold, words cannot describe.  I left my gloves in the car, starting walking toward the race, then turned right back around to get them because I knew it would be bad without them!

Pre-Race

I went out there about 15 minutes before the start of the 10k (the 5k started 15 min after that). It was freezing, but I wanted to check out all the food that we’d be getting after the race 🙂 I plugged in my headphones and got in my corral after the 10kers were off.

Race Time

I had planned on primarily walking this race.  I have been very slowly trying to get back into a more conditioned shape, and there was no need to push it.  I jogged the first quarter mile or so, just to help shake out the crowd from the start.  I finished the first mile pretty quickly.  I was able to take off my gloves for a few minutes because I finally began to warm up.

The second mile was pretty non-eventful, although a bit slow.  The water stop was right before the 2nd mile marker, and that’s also where the 10kers joined in. The water stop was staffed with CNU student (I’m guessing the men’s track team) and they were having a blast and being goofy.

I’m not sure why they have the 10kers join in at this point.  Its difficult to have 10k runners mix in with 5k walkers.  I suppose logistically it makes sense and probably has to do with road closures and the course, but when you are in the midst of it, it doesn’t make a ton of sense.

The last mile was a bit slow – I was ready to be done, and less willing to push it! 🙂 I enjoyed seeing the 10kers though, I’m always encouraged by the diversity of the runners I see in all race distances.  I ran in the last quarter mile or so.  I finished at 48:26.

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After Party

I was freezing at the finish.  I got my medal, my water and snacks, grabbed some BBQ, etc.  I decided against beer and against staying longer, because I was just too cold!

Have you ever misjudged the weather for a race? Do you prefer race day packet pickup?

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?

Race Recap: Norfolk Harbor 5K 2016

This is only the 3rd year they’ve held the Norfolk Harbor race series in downtown Norfolk (formerly called Harbor Lights).  I did the half marathon 2 years ago, and the 5k last year.

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Packet Pick-up/Expo

I opted for race-day pickup.  It was quick and efficient.  The shirts fit much better than the Wicked shirts from a few weeks ago!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was about 40 degrees at the start.  It was going to warm up to 70 during the day, but I knew that the wind would make me want long sleeves.

I opted for capris, a tank top, long sleeved shirt over, and my go-to hat.

Pre-Race

Since I did race day pickup, I just stayed at the building until about 20 minutes before the start when I headed outside.  There was a lot of great people watching.

Race Time

I was in corral 3 of 5, and I positioned myself toward the back, because I knew I planned to mostly walk with a little bit of running mixed in.  We got off fairly quickly.  The first half was pretty uneventful, a little walking and running all mixed together.  I saw a runner fall on one of the areas with cobblestones.  She did a somersault! There was a volunteer right there that scooped her up and helped her out.  She seemed ok, probably just a little embarrassed.

Michael went to a Starbucks to sit while I ran.  I actually saw him sitting in there and I waved at him as a ran by!

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The second half seemed to go pretty slow.  I thought I knew where we were in the city, but with all the turns, I was a bit turned around.  I saw where we were at mile 2 and couldn’t believe we had a whole mile to go.

I finished in 47:12 at 3:07 miles.  I guess I ran the tangents really well?

After Party

It was a beautiful day for an after party.  I got my beer and snacks and walked around a bit with Michael. We had some plans for the day, so we didn’t stay long, but it was a nice time.

Overall Reactions

Great weather for this race! I really enjoyed it! This is one of my favorites, and its part two of the Triple Jog challenge (Wicked was the first, and Surf N Santa is the last).

Have you every run a race that had cobblestones on the course? Do you think the course I ran was short, or is it possible that I just ran the tangents REALLY well? 🙂

 

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?

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?

Race Recap – For the Cure 5k 2016

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This was my second race with Road Rage Events.  I’m really enjoying running at Mt. Trashmore.  This one was called “For the Cure” and was to benefit breast cancer research. My grandmother died of breast cancer, so doing this race felt like a good way to honor her memory.

Packet Pickup and Expo

Kim and I did packet pickup on race day.  We got there about an hour before the race.  Packet pickup was a little disorganized, but we got our bibs and headed back to the car to relax a bit before the race started.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was going to be a nice day, warming up to around 70.  It was supposed to be just around 50 when we finished, so I didn’t want to dress like it was too warm!  I opted for some capris and a long sleeved shirt over  a short sleeved shirt.  That way I could peel off the extra layer if I got warm.  I did push my sleeves up at a point in the race, but it wasn’t too bad.

Pre-Race

After packet pickup, Kim and I sat in the car for a bit, but headed out early to see the kid’s fun run.  There was this one cute little kid who refused to run and despite encouragement from his dad and the crowd, slowly walked his way to the finish line.

It was then time for the 5k to start. We placed ourselves toward the back (there were no corrals) and we seemed to place ourselves appropriately.

Race Time

Kim wanted to mostly walk during this race, but she did want to beat her time from the Freezerburn 5k, so we decided we were going to run a bit.  I let her set the pace and decide when we would run.  We made goals like, “lets run to that bench down there,” or “lets run until the bend in the course.”  We often ran to pass people.  The first mile flew by, and before we knew it we were at the halfway point.

Mile 2 was pretty easy too.  We came upon a gentlemen and his trainer…and he was struggling.  We ran with him for a bit to encourage him, then passed him.  I was really proud of how hard Kim was working.  Running is not easy for her, but she kept pushing through.  She suggested times to run, ran further than our goals, and rocked it.

We ran in to the finish line and finished in 47:24, which was a big improvement on Freezerburn for her!

This was not a race that I was racing… I was just treating it as a workout.  Ya know, a workout with a tshirt and a medal at the end!

After Party

They had a table with water, powerade and some pretzels and granola.  We climbed up Mt. Trashmore after the race, then came back down to hang out a bit more before they started cleaning up.

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Have you ever run with someone and helped them stay encouraged during a run?

 

 

 

Weekly Update – 2/15/16

Sorry no pictures this week – it was a rather uneventful week. I did manage to get some good workouts in. I did a surprise 5k (aka, unplanned) and it was nice to get out in the nicer weather we had.  I used the 5k as a race-out (thanks for the term, Amy!) and just used it as a workout.

Monday

Since we had the day off on Monday, I spent almost the entire day on the couch, just watching TV and chilling.  I did manage to get some laundry and cleaning done.  So I decided to hit up the gym early and get in some mileage before yoga.

I ended up doing 3.3 miles on the treadmill – the last mile or so with my friend Kim!  Yoga was a little bit tougher….I don’t normally workout before class, but it was good.

Tuesday

Tuesday was a rough day at work.  I try not to talk about it much, but it’s been tough lately.  One of my co-workers is leaving my department…we’ve worked together for 6 years, so it come as a bit of shock.  Its a great opportunity for him, and I’m beyond happy for him, but all the change is starting to get to me.  If you are a praying person – would you mind praying for peace?  I need a bit of peace to get me though the tough times!

Went to the gym and only got 2.2 miles in on the treadmill.  In the craziness at work, I forgot my afternoon snack and was feeling super weak during my workout.

Wednesday

Jumped on the treadmill before yoga and got a quick 1.1 miles in.  Yoga was good – we had a TON of new people in class, so I could tell that Jaye modified it to be just a bit slower and easier.  It was a nice practice.

Thursday

Got in 3.3 miles on the treadmill.  Nothing too exciting.  My friend Kim did talk me into doing a 5k over the weekend though, so I signed up for that!

Friday

Rest day! I realized I hadn’t had a rest day since the previous Friday…and that’s a long time.  It was needed!  We spent the night catching up on TV shows and generally being lazy.

Saturday

Saturday morning I woke up and felt like I was dying.  EVERYTHING hurt.  I had to wake up for a few minutes before I could take inventory about what was wrong.  I had clearly had heartburn overnight, I felt like my belly was upset, I had cramps, and my upper back was incredibly sore from sleeping funny.

This was all NOT good, because I had signed up for a 5k that morning, and Kim was coming to pick me up in an hour.  Luckily, after some motrin, food and a lot of water, I felt back to normal.

More about the 5k later, but afterward, I came home, showered, then was lazy pretty much the rest of the day until we went to hang out with my mom and stepdad.

Sunday

We had church responsibilities on Sunday morning, then we came home to do chores, grocery shopping and food prep.  Nice, chill Sunday.

How was your week? Have you ever woken up feeling terrible, then felt fine after an hour?