Sunday, May 21, 2017

Run! Ballantyne 8k

Last month, one of the ladies in my running club asked us all to run this race on her team. Her goal was largest team, which she won! When she sent out the info on how to get our bibs from her, she told us her next goal was to win fastest team. We all laughed.



Parking was a breeze and I grabbed my packet from Hope and ditched it in my car easily enough as well. We all hung around and waited for our group photo. We had to immediately jog to the start so we would start on time. After a prayer and the anthem, the race started.



The course started with an out and back, the we turned into a parking lot. We ran the perimeter of the lot, turned right and ran another out and back.



8k runners then turned back into that lot, while the 5k runners turned towards the finish.
The volunteers were amazing. I had upgraded to the 8k at the last minute so my bib was the wrong color. At least 3 volunteers noticed as I turned away from the finish and tried to steer me the right way.
Back around the parking lot I went. This is when the math starts in your head. I checked my PR before I left that morning. I had it in my head to beat 1:08 and around mile 3.5 I started figuring my possible finish time in my head. Because I had my watch set to intervals, I had no idea what my pace was each mile, but I knew they were all around 13 minutes. I knew that if I kept up my pace, I would PR for sure, it was just a matter of how much of one it would be.
I passed mile 4 with another 13ish minute mile and headed for the final out and back. It was hilly and I was so hot, but I had a goal and I was determined to meet it.
I turned the final corner towards the finish and I could see the race clock was at 1:04, which was good for me, since I started at the back.
I crossed the finish in 1:04:07



They had all kinds of food, but all I wanted was water. You had to walk really far to get to it, which I was not a fan of. They had tons of it though, and Gatorade as well, so it all ended well!

Our team won fastest team! Holy heck! I think 4 people from our group also won age group prizes as well!

It was a great way to start the weekend!



Oh.... and my original PR was 1:09 so my PR was actually 5:15 faster!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Flat Mama Friday

Tomorrow is the Run! Ballantyne 5k and 8k. I was originally registered for the 5k, but some of the ladies I coach for and with asked me to bump up to the 8k. The RD was more than nice about it and switched me with no problems!



Are you racing this weekend?

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

OOmgs by OOfos, Recovery Shoes!

I received a pair of super cute OOmgs by OOfos as a BibRave Pro for the purposes of this review. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews!

If you're a runner, especially a distance runner, you've most likely heard of Oofos flip flops. I have 3 pairs. Yes, three. In the space of about 3 weeks, I bought a new pair, won a pair on Instagram, and was given a pair by a friend. Winning!
When I was given a chance to check out new OOmg shoes, I did a little jig and signed right up.



Okay, maybe it was a big jig. For real, y'all, they are seriously cute. They also arrived right on time for me to pack for my trip to Nashville for the Rock n Roll Half.



I put them on in the parking lot after the race and wore them for the rest of the day. They are so comfy and they really helped my legs after all those hills. I may have even taken them mini golfing that night. Yes, I mini golfed after running a half marathon. I worship mini golf.



What makes OOmgs so great? They absorb 37% more shock than traditional foam footwear. It's the Oofoam that does it.



The footbed cradles your arches and relieves pressure on your legs, which reduces stress on your aching feet, knees, and back.... which is why they flew with me to Maine for another hilly half marathon.



I wore them all around Portland that afternoon. Have you been to Portland? It's super hilly, but my legs and hips were sooooo happy!
The flexible Oofoam also allows your foot to move more naturally, which is what made them great for cornhole on Wednesday night!



I lost in the first round, don't judge me...

I'm obsessed, I'm not gonna lie. When I pack for Ragnar in a couple weeks, they are the first things going in my bag! I'll wear them between legs, and my feet will thank me!
They come in other colors, so if you aren't into crazy bright colors like I am, there are still OOmgs for you!


What color will you get?
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Maine Coast Half Marathon Recap #bibchat

I received entry into this race as a BibRave Pro (ambassasor) for the purposes of this review. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews.

Because we were staying so close to the start of the race, we got to sleep in, which was nice. By sleeping in, of course I mean that instead of getting up at zero dark thirty, we got to sleep until 6. Apparently the sun rises way early in Maine, and we didn't draw the curtains shut, so we were up by 5:30. Oh well. It was a nice thought.
The hotel has free breakfast starting at 6 so we went down to meet up with some other Pros, and with my friend Shannon, who flew in from Jersey to run with me.



After some breakfast, the hubs drove us to the start and we hung out in tne car for a bit before going to the start. There were plenty of potties and pretty much no line, which was nice.
We got into our corral (the last one) and waited to start. They started each wave by blowing into a conch, which was a nice touch, and surprisingly loud. They also mentioned that the course was open, which means traffic is flowing all around you. This did not thrill me.



We started off doing a 2:1 run walk. Shannon has been working way too many hours and not training, so she was worried about pace. I told her we would play it by ear, and not to worry.
The hubs followed along with us for the first couple miles, until it became too hard, because of runners in both directions.



The first 2 miles were terrifying. Traffic was flowing all around us and there was little to no shoulder to run on, so cars were whizzing by us. Many honked angrily and drove way too fast, and way too close!
The view, though.




The course brought us through some neighborhoods from miles 3 to 6, and the marshes were beautiful. The roads were a nightmare but the view was divine. One of the water stops had a Survivor theme which was fun, just after mile 4 where we turned around for one of a few out and backs.



Once we got to mile 6 we were back along the ocean and that is when Shannon and I started making it a goal to pass whoever was in front of us....




First was lady in black...
Then sparkle skirt lady.....
We had our sights set on blue shirt girl for awhile. Although the game was fun, it couldn't distract Shannon from the pain in her feet and she started running less and less. Around mile 9, she actually hooked up with black shirt and sparkle skirt and I ran on ahead.



I passed blue shirt lady at mile 11, and also passed Power Ranger girl right after.




Around this time, I stopped being able to see Shannon behind me, but I knew she was back there kicking butt.
Around mile 11, the course turned away from the ocean and headed back towards the University of New England.
There were lots of locals in their yards over the last couple miles and I passed another 4 runners or so. I was winning that game if it killed me.
The final tenth of a mile was a little precarious, there was a rickety bridge like apparatus that they constructed to help us over a gully on the side of the road. It bounced as I ran over it.
Someone announced my name and home town as I finished and I was given my bling and a reusable water bottle.



I waited at the finish for Shannon, and watched as they started to pack up the finish line. They kept up the microphone and speaker until the last minute so Shannon got to hear her name and cross the finish.



The after party was still going and they had live music, massages, food, a beer garden, and a place to refill your water bottle. The food was slightly stale bagels, bananas, watermelon, yogurt, and oreos. It's the most food I've seem at a finish in awhile, with the exception of Nashville.




Overall it was a good race. I enjoyed the views, the water stops and porta potties were plenty, and the medal was cool. I was NOT a fan of the open course, it was super unsafe and scary.

Have you ever run on an open course?
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Shouting out to all of the awesome moms out there! Happy Mother's Day!


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Flat Mama Friday and the Maine Coast 262 Half Marathon

Today we hopped a flight to Boston and drove to my other happy place...
Maine!
I adore Maine.



I received a free entry into the Maine Coast 262 Half Marathon as a BibRave Pro (ambassador) in exchange for an honest review. Check out BibRave.com to read and write race reviews!

We got to the hotel around 3 and met up with my friend and fellow Jersey girl, Shannon. The hubs did some work while we went to bib pick up at the University of New England.



It was a small expo, with a large store area that sells everything you might have forgotten at home.... gels and bars, clothes, etc. There was also a booth selling medal racks. We went to the back to pick up our bibs.



It was quick and painless, but there was no shirt. I was confused for a bit until a volunteer told us that we had to buy them when we registered. I totally missed that, but they were selling them in the merch area. They only had size small and XXL, so no shirt for me. It's all good though, I'll buy a tee in town tomorrow and that will do me just fine. The cute sticker came with the bib, which was a nice touch.



On our way out, we found this little gem....



Y'all, it was a legit Champagne tanker. If there is Champagne in there, they better have it at the finish line!

We let the hubs come have dinner with us, wasn't that sweet? It worked out pretty well, because he ordered a really yummy dessert which I ate 75% of...



Ok, time for bed, 6 am comes early, and I cannot wait to run along the Maine Coast. Stay tuned for about a billion pictures of the ocean and at least one of the bling!


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday Training Update

I really need to start packing for tomorrow's trip to Maine, but let me throw out last week's workouts before I do.
Prepare to be mildly impressed. Maybe. Probably not, but that's ok. It's the second week of Chicago Marathon Training and I'm keeping up with the plan, which is starting off slowly. Gotta love it!

Thursday: 4 miles for Star Wars Day! Obviously one must run 4 miles on May the Fourth...be with you...



Friday was a rest day, so we walked the pups.

Saturday was the Girls on the Run 5k. It was also my 22nd Anniversary and that night we finally celebrated my birthday with friends!





Sunday the hubs and I hiked the Thread Trail, 4 miles and it was the perfect day for it. A little warm but also nice and breezy. I may have had cake for lunch. Don't judge, it was really amazing cake.



Monday was 9 Round day and it just about killed me, y'all. Sooooo much upper body, I felt broken for days. I also walked a mile with the pups.



Tuesday was track day and we ran 5k, plus walked an extra mile because we had time.



Wednesday. I was supposed to go back to 9 Round but holy heck I was still so broken. We walked the pups instead and I went grocery shopping and got my nails done for the half this weekend. That's just as good, right? Don't worry, I don't think so, either! My nails looks awesome, though!



Even though it kicked my butt, 9 Round was my favorite workout of the week. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right? What was your favorite workout this week?

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Girls on the Run Tri County 5k

Today is my 22nd Anniversary! I've been married to the hubs for half my life! How crazy is that?
What better way to start the day than a 5k with hundreds of little girls?



For obvious reasons there won't be any pics of these adorable littles. It was a fun race, and I ran...walked... with one of the sassiest girls on my team!



My friend Lissa was a course marshal so I saw her around mile 2.



We also hung at Starbucks for over an hour afterwards. She's one of my favorite people and it's easy to lose track of time when we get together!



The bling was really cute. I started with a pink ribbon, but a little girl wanted one and when she finished they only had white left. How could I resist?

The rest of today is all about the hubs... well, not really. We are celebrating my birthday with friends tonight. I know, it's been a month, but this was the first time everyone was available.

Happy Saturday, y'all!

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