Friday, October 21, 2016

Flat Mama Friday Zooma Florida Edition

II am all packed for my race weekend! I'm going to @zoomarun in #ameliaisland this weekend with all of my fellow ambassadors! #thisishowizooma #runzooma thanks again to #eaglecreek for making my packing easier with their #packitsport collection! #skirtsports #realwomenmove #happygirl #converttoskirt #procompression #keepittight #garmin @skirtsports @eaglecreekgear
This morning I drove down to Amelia Island in Florida so that I can run Zooma again! This will be my third Zooma race, but my first in Florida. As an ambassador, my race entry is free, but all other expenses are my responsibility. 
I got to my hotel at about 2:00 and after I checked in, I went right to the beach. It felt so good to actually walk in the waves and squish my feet in the sand.

There was still some debris from Matthew, but mostly palm trees and sculptures like this. 
After about 45 minutes of frolicking in the waves it was time to hit the expo. It is being held at the race finish... the Ritz Carlton. As I walked up to the  banquet hall,  I could see a wedding rehearsal out in the grass. ❤️❤️❤️
I got my swag, talked to Brooke, who is one of the amazing race directors, and then went back to the hotel for a quiet night of iPad games and Lightening Thief reading...

Are you racing this weekend?


Monday, October 17, 2016

a Weekend with RRCA

 Soooooo, this happened over the weekend. It was an amazing experience and I met some truly inspiring future coaches. I learned so much and I'm itching to take the test to become a certified running coach! 
I will definitely be applying everything I learned to my own training, and I look forward to helping other new runners, especially those, like me, who were told they couldn't do it. 
Bonus: the class was in Myrtle Beach, and even though they are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, I really needed that weekend of salt air. I miss the smell of the ocean and it helps to get a whiff every now and then.
Once I take, and pass, the test, I will post more. I still have so much to process and I don't want to miss anything!

Oh, and in case you missed it....


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Anatomy of a Long Run

Instead of a training update, I thought I would share what goes though my head during a long run. I didn't really run much this week, because of my tight leg muscle, so there isn't much to report anyway.
I asked the hubs to wake me up at 6, so that I could be out and running by 6:30 or so. He forgot. I woke up at 6:40 and managed to get out the door by 7:30. I had 18 miles planned and I was worried about the SC sun at the end of the run.

I was worried about the tightness I've been having. It's either IT Band or hamstring. I've been stretching and taking easy. The first two miles were hell, I'm not gonna lie. I was ready to stop before I barely started. I stopped to stretch my shins about four times in those two miles but then everything loosened up and I was pain free for the entire rest of the run. Pain free. Leg, shins, everything.

This was mile three. I planned a course that ran through my development and the one next door. It covered about 8 miles. In those 8 miles were about 5 monster hills. Five. Now double that, plus a few more. That's the course I had to deal with. It.was.ugly.

At least it was pretty.
After the first six miles I ditched the long sleeves and continued on. I was feeling good. And optimistic. This lasted until about mile 13.

I was tired. I was HOT. I was really really tired. I have been fighting either a cold or allergies all week and it was taking its toll. 

Fake smile time. I was out of water, and I knew I would have to stop at home. The closer I got, the  more convinced I was that I would not finish. 

This was mile 14.6 and I was really dragging. I could barely lift my feet. Darn allergies. I was also have some stomach issues. Because I'm a girl. Ya know? Sorry boys!
At mile 15.5 I had to admit defeat and turn back. I was at the bottom of a hill that I knew I couldn't go up. 
Does this make me nervous about NYC?
Nope. Let me tell you why.
I covered twice the hills in this run. Maybe more. Flatter races are easier than hilly long runs. 
I will have running buddies and crowds to motivate me.
I have put in the miles ever week.
I have done this twice before.
That medal will be mine!

And I can have more chocolate milk at the finish!









Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day of the Girl with #IfGirlsRanTheWorld

Today was International Day of the Girl, a day for women all over the world to support each other and empower young women. As a show of support, women all over the country threw on some pink and ran some miles together! 

I was bummed that I didn't have my official If Girls Ran the World shirt for the run but I got a fun surprise in the mail later that day.

Great timing, this arrived on #internationaldayofthegirl #dayofthegirl #ifgirlsrantheworld #sweatpink @fitapproach @ifgirlsranworld #ontuesdaywewearpink

I can't wait to wear this on Thursday for my long run. It's the perfect message for today. Virtually anything is possible. Anything.



Monday, October 10, 2016

Tomorrow is International Day of the Girl with #IfGirlsRantheWorld

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the group run in Charlotte! If you live in the area, throw on something pink and meet me at the Piper Glen Greenway at 7 am. I have six miles planned, although I might do three. We can run or walk, all paces welcome. It's all about girl power!

I hope I see you there! I have some friends who are running at five, but I just can't get up that early!
We can go to Starbucks after for some post run beverages, they have a great outside area if the weather is right, and plenty of indoor seating if it's not!