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?

 

 

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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?