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!

I’m still alive!

Hey guys! I know I’ve been MIA for awhile.  We took a vacation to Vegas (yay!) and life has been crazy since we got back with work, new house stuff, current house stuff, etc.

Here’s a few updates to play catchup!

New House

We have a ratified contract.  Everything is DONE and decided.  Now we just wait for them to break ground, which will probably be in December.

Current House

My mom helped us out by doing a lot of painting.  We had her paint trim work, a bathroom, and help us do some deep cleaning.  The plan was to get a storage unit this month to start putting away some of the clutter so we can show the house and people will actually want to buy it.

We found out this past week that we need a new roof.  We had some heavy rains and we found a massive leak we didn’t know we had.  We have hired someone to do it, just waiting for some good weather to get it done!  We’ve decided to hire a home inspector to see if we can find any other hidden surprises.


I got a raise! I have added a lot of responsibility over the past few years and my salary has never really caught up.  I’m very thankful and its put a little extra pep in my step.  But work has still be stressful and in a period of flux as we adjust to bringing in an acquired company and new leadership.


I’ll probably do another post about this, but we had a BLAST in Vegas.  Lots of fun, and the west coast has a completely different landscape!

Running/Working Out

So….this is a blog most devoted to running and working out….two things I’ve been doing VERY little of.  I’ve been pretty inconsistent since June and our big work merger, but it really took a dive after Vegas.  However, we’ve had a lot of “life” going on, and its been important to focus on our family, our home, etc.

But! I have a 5k on Saturday.  I will be probably just walk most of it, maybe dabble in a little jogging, but no need to hurt myself when I know I’ve not been working out much at all.

I miss you guys! I’ll be stalking you guys to catch up on what I’ve missed – but leave me a comment and let me know how you are doing!

Race Recap: Chickfila 5k 2016

This was my second time doing the Chickfila 5k (I also ran it in 2014).  This was also my husband’s second race! I was proud of him for asking me to sign him up for this race, I didn’t even try to coerce him into this one!

The big draw for this race are the free chickfila sandwiches at the end!

Packet Pickup and Expo

We opted for race day packet pickup.  It went relatively fast, although there were a lot of people signing up on race day, which surprised me.  We were going to walk our stuff back to the car, but decided to just do gear check instead..

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was supposed to be in the mid 70s, but there was not a cloud in the sky.  I haven’t pulled out all my summer workout gear yet, so I settled for some capris and a short sleeved shirt.  I also decided a hat would be a great way to keep the sun out of my face.  In retrospect, I should have known I was going to get very warm, but it is what it is!

Pre Race

After packet pickup, we had a lot of time to kill, so we found a spot in the shade and started people watching.  They had a bunch of stuff set up for kids, so we watched them play games and such before the race.


Race Time

The 10k was supposed to kick off at 8:30, but it started a little late.  As such, the 5k started a little later than the planned 8:45am start.  Michael was a little antsy to get to the start line.  There were no set corrals, but they had signs to help you line up based on your pace per mile.  Michael and I started together.

The first mile was spent letting the crowd thin out and settle in to where they were going to be. Some faster people pulled ahead, I passed some walkers.  I ran the whole first mile, since I was feeling pretty good.  Michael walked/ran and we stayed pretty close to each other.  I took a quick walk break, but kept running until about the halfway point.  That’s when Michael started to pull away.

The halfway point until mile 2 was a bit rough, it was a really sunny part of the course and I was started to get warm.  I walked most of it.  I saw Michael at the turnoff back toward the finish line at around mile 2.  The last mile was spent forcing myself to run, especially in the shade.  I saw Michael wayyyy up ahead one last time before the finish.

I pushed myself to run in.  I finished in 44:11.  I had hoped for something in the 40-41 range, but given that I’ve had a lot of “life” going on, I haven’t been training to be at that point.  Michael finished almost 2 minutes ahead of me!

After Party

When I crossed the finish line, Michael was waiting for me. He asked how I did and I responded, “I feel like I’m going to puke.”  I was so uncomfortably warm. We grabbed our gear from gear check, got our chickfila sandwiches, and then we found a cool place to sit.  We sat under some trees. I was able to cool down, eat my sandwich, then I felt much better.  Its hard to believe that the mid-70s can feel that warm, but it did!

It was incredible how many sandwiches they had.  There were probably about 2000 people there, and they had just bags and bags of sandwiches.  And they were nice and warm!


All it all, it was a nice race, with a nice course.  I just wish it had been a bit cooler and maybe overcast! 🙂

Race Recap – April Fools 7k 2016

This was the first race I’d ever traveled for, and the certainly the first one I’ve done out of state.  It just so happens that my husband likes gambling (responsibly!) and I had heard of this race from Hollie.  Thought it would be a great little long weekend!

Packet Pickup and Expo

When we arrived into Atlantic City, the outlets are one of the first things you come to, and we had packet pickup at the Nike Factory Store.  It was relatively organized.  Although I had my bib number, they still looked up my name and verified my number, then I had to go to another table to get my shirt.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was forecast to rain for the race.  It was going to be in the high 40s/low 50s, so I opted for long sleeves and my rain jacket, a hat, capris and my compression sleeves.  Since I had just lived though rain at Shamrock a few weeks ago, I thought I was prepared for what was to come.


Why do I look so happy to be going out into the rain?


Pre Race

Since it was raining, I decided to stay indoors as long as possible.  We were staying at the hotel right next to the starting line, so I didn’t have far to walk.  When they called 5 minutes to race time, I headed out there.

I tried to start up my garmin, but it had died.  When I tried to charge it the night before, it said it was charged! UGH. I decided I would just run blind and hope all the mile markers were up so I could gauge my time.

Race Time

The 7k and 11k started at the same time.  I lined myself up about 2/3rds of the way back.  I planned on walking/running intervals.  I got started and the rain picked up even more.  I was very impressed with the amount of runners versus walkers at this race…but I guess the weather probably scared off a lot of the would be walkers.

After about the first mile, I was so over the rain.  I tried to run as close to the buildings as possible, thinking that maybe it would shield me from some of the blowing wind and rain.  It didn’t.

It was really nice to run down the boardwalk and take in all the sights.  Most of the shops were not open yet, but the shop owners were standing in the door ways watching and cheering us on.  All of the volunteers were rockstars as well, cheering us on and braving the weather.

At mile 2, I was waiting for the turn around to show up, and I realized that I had been running/slogging the entire time, no walk breaks.  I was relieved to hit the turnaround and was glad to be halfway done.

I didn’t know this, cause I’m a wuss and don’t choose to run in the rain, but when you where a rain jacket, the rain kind of collects in your elbows.  I had to empty out my sleeves of water puddles about 10 times.

I took a very small walk break after the 3 mile marker…maybe just a tenth of a mile.  It was a nice break, but I got right back to running because I was ready to be out of the rain!

The last mile was tough, but I dug deep and kept pushing on.  I finished in 1:00:26.  I had hoped to be under an hour, but with the conditions, I can’t be too upset with myself.

After Party

I totally had zero interest in an after party.  I grabbed my medal, food and headed straight for my hotel.  I looked for Michael in our designated meeting spot and he wasn’t there.  Turns out he had headed toward the finish line to look for me, and I had already finished!

I was soaked through and through, not a dry spot on me!

We caught up with each other and I headed back for a nice warm shower before going to a nice big lunch!


Showing off my well earned medal!


When was the last time you had a Garmin fail?  When was the last time you traveled out of state for a race?

Weekly Update – 3/28/16

This week was good because it ended in vacation!!! I went to Atlantic City for a race and to do some gambling with my husband at the casinos.


Finally made it back to yoga class! Jumped on the treadmill for a leisurely 1/2 mile walk before yoga.  Class was a bit frustrating.  I’m still having trouble kneeling comfortably on my bruised knee. Also, Monday was a very stressful day, and my heart rate was high, which made my breathing not as relaxed as it should be…which then stressed me out more.


On Tuesday, my in-laws called and asked if they could drop by after work.  I really wanted to get a workout in, so I jumped on the treadmill for a quick 2 miles so I could still spend some time with them.


Skipped yoga on Wednesday to pack for my trip I would be taking on the weekend (We left Thursday night).  I tend to over pack when I’m rushed to pack, so I decided staying home and taking my time would be the better option.


We left work early on Thursday to head up to northern VA.  Michael had an early meeting on Friday up in NOVA.  Since its over a 3 hour drive…he didn’t want to make that drive on Friday AM.


Michael had the aforementioned meeting, so I went exploring around a town center near his meeting. I went to the Kendra Scott store and got in a bit of trouble 🙂


Friday was BEAUTIFUL out!



Pretttttyyyy 🙂


After his meeting, we continued on our drive up to Atlantic City.  We got up there and went straight to packet pickup for my race on Saturday.  While the weather was really nice that day elsewhere, when we pulled into AC, the temp dropped about 20 degrees and it got really foggy!


Fog is scary on the 88th floor.



Saturday was the April Fools 7k.  Recap to come soon.  I have one word for you: RAIN.


Ready for the rain….I think.


After I prettied myself up!


We spent the rest of the day at the casino!  We went to the Landshark bar for dinner.


The winds and thunderstorm were horrendous on Saturday night.  I thought the entire building was going to come down!


We ordered room service! Spoiled!


We didn’t even do this on our Honeymoon!



The view is much better when not foggy – 88th floor!


Another casino day.  We went to Margaritaville restaurant twice on Sunday…oops!




I had a great weekend and it was nice to get away from work for awhile. Hard to come back to reality!

Did you race this weekend? When was your last vacation?

Shamrock Weekend Race Recap 2016

This weekend was an interesting one and quite frankly, one I’m very relieved that its over!

I did the Dolphin Challenge, in which you do the 8k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. In my last post, I talked about my goals for this weekend being to enjoy the 8k and finish the half injury free.  With my fall a few weeks ago and my kneecap contusion, I didn’t know how my knee would hold up.

Friday/Saturday – Packet Pick-up/Expo

Packet pickup is efficient, as normal. Michael and I went after work on Friday.  I had to wait a bit in the ID line so I could get a drink bracelet. I perused the expo a little bit, but we planned on going back on Saturday for a more detailed look.

Didn’t end up spending much time on Saturday at the expo, and didn’t end up buying anything.

Saturday – Shamrock 8k

Race Day Conditions/Attire

Saturday was to be the better day of the weekend in regards to weather.  It was supposed to be highs in the low 50s.  I decided to wear capris, a short sleeved shirt, with a long sleeved shirt over it.  I dressed a bit warmer since I planned on walking the race.


I was a little late getting out of the room, so by the time I got down to the meeting place for group pictures (my company sponsors the 8k), I missed the picture.  I got in my corral and got myself ready.  Right at the last second, I ran into our wellness coordinator, Christy.

Race Time

Christy and I took off at a fast walking pace and chatted pretty much the whole way.  The first two miles were a blur.  The weather was great, the sun was out, it was amazing.  Then the wind came.  The wind was gusting and making it hard to make forward progress!

Around mile 3 or so, we ran into a friend from work.  She had back surgery 6 weeks ago and has bronchitis, and was STILL out there rocking it.  Christy and her sweet heart decided to stay back with her and encourage her along.  I wanted to finish.  My husband worries when I don’t finish when I tell him that I will.

The last few miles were windy and cold, but I finished in 1:21:48.  Totally fine by me.  Saturday was all about walking and saving myself for  Sunday.

After Party

The after party was crowded, as expected.  I got my beer, drank about half of it, then was pretty much ready to go.  I normally like to stay at the afterparty, but I wanted to rest up for the following day.  After the party, we went to Pocahontas Pancakes (omg its AMAZING) and got some great food.  I got a huge ham and cheese omelet and some home fries.  Yummy!


Overall Reactions

I was proud of myself for not trying to run, just enjoying a nice 8k walk and taking in the sights! Mission accomplished.

Sunday – Shamrock Half Marathon

Race Day Conditions/Attire

A freakin’ Nor’easter hit the day of the half and full marathon. Rain, wind, cold and torture.  Wind held strong between 16-21 mph with higher gusts.  It was pouring rain and cold at the start.  I opted for capris, my calf compression sleeves, shortsleeves, long sleeves over, and a light rain jacket.  I even wore a hat for the first time! A very nice lady at the hotel gave me a trash bag to wear.  SO GLAD I TOOK THAT.


I waited until 10 minutes before the race start to go to my corral.  I had to walk up a few blocks from my hotel.  I got poured on the whole time.  I was seriously second guessing my decision.  Made no sense to me to be out doing a half marathon in the middle of a nor’easter! I turned on my music and settled in mentally for a long morning.

Race Time

We took off about 15 minutes after the first corral.

Miles 1-3 were ok. Mostly ran, few walk breaks.  I remembered to take my first chews before the 5k mark.  Fueling win.  I saw my friend Mary for about 10 seconds at a water stop, but she took off and I lost her.

Miles 4-5 were a relief from the wind and rain.  I think the rain stopped around mile 3 or so.  While miles 4-5 were a relief from the elements, I had some serious chafing going on.  I had a moment behind a tree to adjust my clothing that I think might have left the tree scarred for life.  Sorry for the TMI, but that’s how it goes.

Miles 6-9 were awful as expected.  That stretch up in Fort Story is horrible.  The wind kicked up again and was tearing into me.  At mile 6.5, I saw a girl who was down on the ground, passed out*.  She had a few people around her, one cradling her head, the other trying to talk to her. I stopped to find out what happened and if they needed me to call 911.  They said they had already called.  I stopped, said a little prayer for her, and got back on my way.  I was relieved when I saw emergency workers headed her way.

*If anyone knows what happened to her, please let me know!

I had a few moments of near breakdown until we got out of the base.  Even though I was mentally prepared for that part of the race, the weather really got to me.  I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt that way.  I was more mentally present than that part of the race when I did it in 2014.  I don’t even remember parts of that course from last time, that how out of it I was last time!

Miles 10-13.1 were pretty decent.  I walked pretty much the entire time.  The marathoners were starting their second half and I yelled, clapped and gave a thumbs up to as many as I could.  I got a few smiles.  It was nice to take my mind off of things.

Around mile 12, there was a bunch of people with a keg of beer in their front yard, handing out Dixie cups of beer to runners.  Why the heck not? I took one.

I ran in the last quarter mile or so and finished at 3:25:06.  This was my slowest half marathon ever, but guess what, I finished, and I finished healthy (except for an awful blood blister).

After Party

I didn’t even go to the after-party.  I was too cold.  We had a late checkout at the hotel, so I walked back about 7 blocks to the hotel, warmed up and enjoyed my snacks from the finish line.

Overall Reactions

I’m glad I decided to do the race despite the issues with my knee the last few weeks. I’m totally ok with my slow time, I finished the race uninjured, and that is the most important. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing more thoughts about the race and my perspective on it, but I wanted to share the recap with you first!


Have you ever done a race in the middle of a nor’easter? What was the toughest race (for any reason) that you’ve done?


Weekly Update – 3/14/16

Pretty boring week up until Shamrock.  I have had a long rest before Shamrock due to my knee contusion from my fall at work.  Hopefully that proves to be a good thing!


Got in a quick .50 miles in on the treadmill before yoga.  Yoga was ok.  Its still hard to kneel on my bad knee, as the bruise is deep and hurts!


I worked all the hours on Tuesday.  I didn’t finish work until 7:30, so no workout for me.  Its probably a good thing to rest up.


On Wednesday, the weather was amazing.  High of 84.  In March.  Michael and I went for a walk around a local neighborhood off the water.  I didn’t really keep track, but I think it was about 2 miles.


No workout on Thursday.  I had a lot of errands to get done before Shamrock weekend!


Expo!  More to come!


Shamrock 8k! More to come!


Shamrock Half! More to come!

Pretty boring week…until Shamrock! Post coming tomorrow!


Shamrock this weekend!

Well, its reckoning time! Shamrock is this weekend.  To be honest, I wasn’t terribly pleased with my training up until my fall.  While, the last 3 weeks of super light activity has served as an extremely long taper and a chance for my knee to continue to heal, I wish had an opportunity to keep training.

I’ll be doing the Dolphin Challenge this weekend – the 8k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday.  I deferred this challenge last year due to my PF issues, otherwise, I wouldn’t normally be attempting it again.  But since I paid for it… 🙂 In all seriousness though, this was planned to be my last half marathon for the foreseeable future.  I’d really like to be able to follow through with it.

My plan for the 8k is just to walk with my friends from work.  Some of the girls here are doing their first race ever – and they are walkers.  It’ll be good not to be tempted to run and to rest up for Sunday.

Sunday is the half and they are calling for terrible weather.  Send positive thoughts toward Virginia Beach and hope that we get limited rain and wind! I know all the other half marathons and full marathoners would greatly appreciate it! I’m excited about the cooler weather (I LOVE cool weather for races), but I could do without the rain.

I’m hoping my knee holds up (I have nothing to indicate it shouldn’t at this point), but if it doesn’t, I am willing to DNF to protect myself from getting injured.  I will be employing a walk/run strategy and am totally ok with being one of the last to finish.  The half is relatively walker friendly with a time limit of 4 hours.  That would be a 18:19 mile.  Even walking most of the time, I should be able to beat that. I seriously don’t have any other hopes other than finishing.

Goals for this weekend:

  • Walk the 8k and have a blast with my work friends
  • Fuel well for the half (I have a bad habit of pretending I don’t need my chews till I crash at miles 7-9)
  • Be mentally strong during the half.  The weather conditions and interrupted training schedule could get to me
  • FINISH safely and uninjured

Would you mind sending positive thoughts my way this weekend? I’d really appreciate it!

Are you racing this weekend? Do you do any St.Patrick’s Day themed races?

Race Recap – For the Cure 5k 2016


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.


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.


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




Weekly Update – 2/8/16

This was a pretty good week of workouts, if I do say so myself.  I tried my hardest not to let the cold trick me into not wanting to get up off the couch.  For me, this is the hardest part of winter to be motivated!


Yoga night!  I jumped on the treadmill before class started and got in a quick .75 miles.  Jaye did a little more of a restorative class, which was nice, but I was ready for a harder class! I did take advantage of the slower pace and made sure I was very intentional in my movement and activating all my muscles in each pose.


I think the husband is sick of going to the gym with me.  I have this habit of socializing before I actually make it to my workout, and so he’s done and waiting on me to finish.  Oops!  5k done on the treadmill.


I was able to get to the gym a bit early, and I was able to get 1.5 miles in on the treadmill before yoga.  I felt pretty strong in class and really focused on trying to hold the poses, even when my muscles were yelling at me.  I did tweak my knee at some point….just transitioning back to Down Dog, nothing crazy, but it was pretty angry at me the rest of the night and the next day.


I was not feeling the gym on Thursday.  I wanted to skip so bad, but I knew I’d be skipping on Friday, so I went.  Did 2.5 miles and took it easy.


Rest day! We got a little bit of snow, so it was nice to stay home and curl up with a movie.


Got up and got 3 miles in on the treadmill at home before doing some housework. Michael and I went out for our Valentine’s dinner on Saturday night and it was lovely! Michael gave me some beautiful diamond earrings 🙂


On Sunday, we went to church, then got some Jersey Mike’s afterward for lunch.  We went to the gym and I got in a good, long foam roll session before doing 2 miles on the treadmill.  We went to see “How to be Single” at the movies, which turned out to be much better than I expected.  Afterward, we splurged and went to Coldstone.

How was your week? Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?