Wednesday, November 30, 2016

U Can Finish 5 miler - recap

Back on October 16th I ran the U Can Finish 5 miler, another race as part of the Track Shack Fanatic Series. 
U Can Finish 5 Mile & 2 Mile Presented by Florida Hospital

The last time I ran this race was back in 2010.  I was excited to run it again and see how much the University of Central Florida campus had changed. 

The day before the race was homecoming at UCF.  Since Ryan and I are alumni we decided to take the boys with us for some tailgating.  We didn't go into the actual game but did enjoy hanging out with some old friends and buying Mason a new UCF tshirt.

On our way home from homecoming I made sure to pick up a cheeseburger for my pre-race dinner (no picture and no review ... wasn't too memorable).

Sunday morning I headed out to campus on my own (the boys stayed home with Ryan).  I remember thinking to myself that I would actually try to race and try to run hard. 

I finished 6th in my age group, with a time of 38:20 minutes. 

I've realized that the women in Orlando are FAST.  The next race as part of the series is in January ... I better work on my speed.

Santa's Christmas Tree Forest

In between eating cheeseburgers and running, my family and I have been getting into the holiday spirit.  Early Friday morning we drove out to Santa's Christmas Tree Farm in Eustis, almost an hour away from us.  Heading out to a Christmas Tree Farm has been a tradition that Ryan and I started 6 years ago in North Carolina.  We were excited to continue the tradition in Florida.

Once we arrived, we loaded onto a hayride and were taken out to where we could choose our own tree.  My dad has been pretty handy with the saw, and did the honors of chopping it down for us. 

I must say the trees up in North Carolina are much prettier, but I'm just happy that we were able to keep the tradition alive that Ryan and I started so long ago.  Hopefully the boys will appreciate it as they get older. 

November miles total

Guess what everyone, I'm still running!  I may have stopped blogging about it (temporarily), but I've definitely been hitting the pavement. 

I finished my November miles this morning while Anderson was at the YMCA.  I squeezed out 4.15 miles to bring my grand total for the month to ....

I haven't had a 100 mile month in over a year (I think).  It's been a while ... and it's tough to do without any half marathon training going on.  I did manage to do a 10 miler back on November 13th just to see if I still could.  You never know when someone is going to challenge you to a 10 mile race ...
November was a fun month of running ... I ran with Ryan a couple of times and even ran with a mom group on early Saturday morning (hello 5:30am!).  Hoping December is full of fun runs as well. 
I'm so close to ending the year at 1,000 miles ... a feat (feet?) that I've been trying to do for almost 5 years. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Porch - cheeseburger review

After a little over 2 months of living back in Orlando, FL, I've finally managed to try a "new to me" burger.  My little family met up with my friend Katie and her tribe at The Porch, a sports bar type of place in Winter Park.  We picked a location that would hopefully be kid friendly; this place delivered.

Huge tv screens covered most walls and had college football games playing.  The beer special was $3.50 Corona Light drafts that Ryan and I loved.  The vibe was laid back and chill, just what we were looking for.

Thankfully I ran 3 miles this morning before going to Disney with Mason, so there was no doubt in my mind that I was ordering a cheeseburger for dinner. 

There were a few different burger options to choose from (along with the popular make your own burger).  I went with the "mama jama" on a brioche bun.

"Award winning combination of pimento cheese, bourbon bacon jam, crispy onions"
I demolished that poor burger.  I brought home my side, sweet potato tots, because I was so full from the burger and from all of the appetizers I ordered (oopsie).  The meat had great flavor and the combination of the salty fried onions mixed with the sweet bourbon bacon jam was heavenly. 
We had a great time at The Porch and I truly apologize to the poor server for having to pick up the ginormous mess Anderson made on the floor (not a fan of Chex cereal I suppose). 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rock n Run 5k - recap

Last night race prep occurred like usual ... cheeseburger and a beer.  I repeated my same order from Smashburger from last Sunday ... classic smashburger washed down with a Fat Tire beer.

My alarm went off at 6:03 this morning and I quickly got ready for the race.  I left the house around 6:30 and headed to Casselberry.  It took close to 40 minutes to get near the race and a long time to find parking.  I walked almost a mile to the start line and had about 5 minutes before the start of the race.

The course was flat and pretty fast.  There were some shaded areas which was a plus. I really tried to push myself this morning and finished mile 1 in just over 7 minutes.  I finished the 2nd mile in 14:30 minutes.  And then I started to lose steam ...

Official time - 22:59 minutes, 7:23 pace
6th finisher - women's 30-34
30th finisher - women
118th finisher - overall
I'm proud of myself for finishing one minute faster than last month's 5k race.  Next 5k isn't until January so I'll be curious to see how my speed improves. 
Best part of the race was the mini craft beer festival.  Each runner was handed a card with 6 possible beer samples.  I only had time to finish 2 of the samples before rushing to the soccer field to catch Mason's second soccer game of the morning.  Such is the life of a mother runner ... 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

the past month ...

the good news is that I've continued to run and eat cheeseburgers during the past month.

the bad news is that I haven't written anything about it.

so I'll try to make it up to you.  I would give you all a virtual cheeseburger, extra pickles if that's your thing, but that isn't possible.  so instead I'll try to recap as best as I can.

first I'll start off by saying that I'm getting closer to reaching 1,000 miles for 2016.  in order to hit that goal I'll have to run at least 80 miles each month.  I honestly don't think I'll hit that in September, which means the last 3 months of the year will be ramped up considerably.

my right knee has been doing that fluid buildup thing again which is worrisome. 
(un)fortunately I've been so consumed with our new house that I've put medical issues on the backburner.  totally normal and responsible of me.

oh and you know what happens when you run in Florida?  there is a good chance that it'll start raining, without any warning.  both times I was stuck clutching my iPhone fearing that there would be water damage. 

the 2nd race of the Track Shack fanatic series is this Saturday ... Rock n Run 5k.  plans this week include picking up the race packet and hopefully getting myself ready for the race (ie. eating a cheeseburger Friday night)

on the cheeseburger front, this past Sunday night I picked up some Smashburger for Ryan and I.  tasty for sure, but nothing beats eating it fresh at the restaurant. 

and that's about it.  fingers crossed I do well at the race on Saturday morning and have a recap posted shortly afterwards.  hope everyone is running and eating cheeseburgers!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Celebration of Running 5k - recap

My recent move back to Florida fell perfectly in line with the beginning of running season.  I was able to sign up for Track Shack's "fanatic" which is a series of 6 races throughout the year. 

The first race on the schedule was the Celebration of Running 5k on Saturday August 13th at 7:30am. 

 As per race tradition, I had a cheeseburger the night before for dinner.  We got take out from East Coast Wings and the burger was not good.  Which shouldn't be a surprise since the restaurant specializes in chicken wings!

The morning of the race I headed off solo and let Ryan tend to the boys.  Although I love having my cheerleaders there it tends to be a circus trying to round them up so early in the morning.

My buddy Mike found me at the start of the race and we lined up next to each other.  The race was 95% brick roads which made it difficult; at least it wasn't hilly!  It was super humid and muggy, but hey that's Florida for ya. 

I finished in exactly 24 minutes and didn't think I had such a spectacular performance out there.  Mike and I took our picture and said our goodbyes. 

Later on when race results were posted I realized that I had placed 3rd in my age group, 30-34.  The prize was a pillow and I couldn't wait to stop by Track Shack to pick it up.
It was a great start to racing season in Florida ... Looking forward to the 2nd race of the Fanatic series, Rock n Run 5k on September 17th.