Friday, April 17, 2015

Flat Mama Friday, Runapalooza Edition

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Be Fearless #REALwomenmove

I haven't kept it a secret that I am a Skirt Sports Ambassador, and thrilled about it! This weekend they are hosting a Virtual Race, the 261 Fearless race. You pick the distance, I am doing 2.61 miles as a shake out after my half marathon on Saturday.
If you register for the race, you get a bib, tank, and a gift certificate to spend at Skirt Sports.
Why 261? Most runners know the story about Katherine Switzer, the woman who bravely pinned on a bin for the Boston Marathon when women weren't allowed to run it.
When the director saw what she had done, he tried to pull her off the course. With the help of her boyfriend, Katherine finished the marathon.
Be Fearless in all you do.
Sign up for that race that scares you, whether it's your first 5k or a mud run or a marathon. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do it.
Be fearless.
Join me this weekend and be fearless.

Wordless Wednesday, Warren Edition

Warren is my dad, and this Sunday is my virtual race to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy in his honor. The timing couldn't be better, he has been in and out of  the hospital since January 7 and is currently in.

He made me these two medal racks and us one of my greatest supporters!

Monday, April 13, 2015

April Fools Jester Challenge Half Marathon #REALwomenmove

Yesterday was part two of the Jester Challenge. We woke up early once again, and leisurely got ready for the race. Being so close to the start had advantages! CA woke up with some ab pain and her Achilles was really bothering her, so she decided to skip the half.

We found all of our friends and said hello to them and posed for some pics before it was time to start. My PF was really bothering me from Saturday's run, and I told Eileen that I might just walk the whole thing. 
Once the race started and I ran a bit, my foot started to warm up, and running was less painful. Saturday's 7 mile run and 8 miles of walking afterwards definitely took its toll, though, and my legs were tired. The first 4-5 miles I managed to maintain a 13 minute mile. I starte doing the math in my head, and realized that if I maintained at least 14 minute miles for the rest of the race, I would finish under three hours for the first time all year. 

The course was another out and back, with a few miles of road, but mostly Boardwalk. I loved seeing all of my friends during the loop back, and saw that Eileen was ahead of me by about a mile. 
Once we got to about mile 10, it got really hard. My legs were This PF is really kicking my butt! I managed to maintain about a 14 minute mile, but vote was rough.
They do not block off any of the boardwalk for the runners and the pwople just didn't care that a race was going on. There were more than a few very rude people who saw runners coming and actually spread out instead of moving out of the way! Ugh!
I had to go wide more than once as I made my way to the side of the boardwalk where the finish was.
But there it was!

It was such a relief to see it, and to see 2:57:01 on my watch as I hit 13.1 miles!

We got double bling, and they had popcorn and soft pretzels, as well as bottled water. Very little Gatorade was left, which was fine with me, but there were runners behind me who might want some!
My official time was 2:58 which cracked me up because my watch was behind the entire time, expect that last .1 where it jumped ahead! 

The bling was so worth it. Because we couldn't get early enough checkout, we had to change at the hotel and shower at home. Luckily, a quick drive fixed that problem and I parked myself on the couch for the rest of the day!

Did you run this weekend? Have you done back to back races?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Fools 11k, Part 1 of the Jester Challenge #REALwomenmove

We arrived in Atlantic City last night for the April Fools Jester Challenge weekend. Today was the 7 or 11k and tomorrow is the Half. 

We picked up our packets and then hit Cuba Libre at the Tropicana for dinner.
The food was amazing!

I had Arroz con Pollo. So delicious! After some more walking, we went back to the hotel to relax for the night.

I love the bib but I am not thrilled about the shirts. They are basically the same for both races, the only difference is the distance printed on the back. Luckily, I like green!
We got up pretty early this morning, like always. We are only two blocks from the start, which was at 9, so we laid around a lot and got ready pretty slowly.
Once we got to the start, we hooked with all of the different groups of BGR, and did some warm ups together. What a fun group of ladies!

We lined up for the race and after a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, we were off. I wasn't trying for any special goals. With my PF, there isn't much point. I did want to finish with a decent average pace, under 13 minutes would have been nice, but with a half marathon tomorrow I didn't want to push it.
It got hot pretty fast, and I was wearing black, and they had only two water stops, with almost 4 miles between them. Ugh. It was a nice out and back, though, all on Boardwalk, so I can't complain too much.
My first three miles I averaged an 11:30 but I lost steam and slowed for the final 4+ miles. 
My final one was 1:23 with a 12:09 average, far better than I hoped. My foot aches a bit now, hoping tomorrow isn't a train wreck.

We walked around a bit and took some fun pics with the mascots that were walking around for the kid races.

My running buddy under my shirt makes me look a little pregnant! Not a fan of the pic for that reason only.
We are getting ready for dinner at Carmine's now. It isn't a race in AC without it!
Did you run today? Is it warm where you are? 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Flat Mama Friday April Fools Edition #REALwomenmove

This weekend is the April Fools Jester Challenge in Atlantic City! I will be running the 11k tomorrow and the Half Marathon on Sunday!

My 10k outfit, mostly from the 261 collection at Skirt Sports!

Throwing a little Boston in for the Half Marathon.

And the extras. Nala doesn't get to go though. Being a cat and all.

Are you racing this weekend?