Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Best Damn Race Half Marathon - recap

On Saturday March 3rd I ran the Best Damn Race Half Marathon in downtown Orlando.  It was a crazy day ... Mason's last basketball game, Anderson's birthday party, and my mom's birthday.  Unfortunately all of that meant that I went to my race alone and didn't have my family cheering me on.  I was lucky to have friends racing the 10k who hung out with me before start time, and I had friends who watched me finish.

It was a chilly morning and I considered keeping my long sleeve shirt on for the race ... luckily I talked myself out of that and kept it at bag check. 

The race had a lot of cobblestone ... not my favorite running surface.  It's unsteady and the fear of falling is usually overwhelming.  Fortunately there were also sections of the race on asphalt/road. 

I maintained an excellent pace per mile until about mile 10-11.  I just started to get slower and slower and wanted the race to end.  Around mile 12 I saw my friend Mike and that gave me the motivation to pick up the pace and kick it into gear until the end.  With less than 1/4 mile to go I heard him and his wife Christina cheering me on and I sprinted to the finish.  They were kind enough to wander around with me while I collected my things from bag check and grabbed a beer.

Official time - 1:45:53, 8:05 pace
12th female 35-39 years old
42nd female out of 513 finishers

ZKS Winter Park Road Race 10k - recap

On Saturday March 24th I ran the final race in the Track Shack's Fanatics Series.  The ZKS Winter Park Road Race 10k was the 6th race of the season. 

Total Finishers: 2987
Men: 1085
Women: 1902

I placed 9th in the Women's division 35-39, with a time of 47:23 minutes. 

After the awards ceremony for the race, they did the awards ceremony for the Fanatics Series.  I placed 3rd in my age group with only 29 points (they award points for each race based on whether or not you place).  Unfortunately they only handed out awards to the first place finishers of each age group so I did not come home with any awards, boo.  I've already signed up for the series for 2018-2019 so fingers crossed I get much faster and beat out those speedy 35-39 females!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Run Nona Kids run - recap

On September 30th Mason ran in his 2nd race.  His first was a toddler trot back in Charlotte when he was 3 ... it was only 40 yards so it wasn't too intense.

This year he opted to run the full one mile that the bigger kids were running.  It made my running heart swell with pride.  He recently began running at school once a week with a running club.

The kids run took place before the Run Nona 5k, and started at 5:30pm.  There was an awesome kids zone with bounce houses and 'carnival games.'  The boys loved it but it was super crowded and hot (duh its Orlando). 

One of Mason's buddies, Jackson, ran the one miler also.  They both did so well ... especially since minutes before the race it began to rain.  It was a typical Florida torrential downpour!  As parents we weren't worried about actually finishing ... we were worried they would slip and fall (something I know about all too well).

Less than 12 minutes later they came through the finish line and were so proud of their accomplishment.  Mason is already asking when he can do his next race. 

Battle of the Bands 5k - recap

On September 16th I ran in the 2nd race of the Track Shack fanatic series, the Battle of the Bands 5k.  The race took place in the city of Casselberry, with a different route than last year's race. 

This was a busy day in the Chalmers' household ... Mason had a soccer game and soccer photos at 9am.  There wasn't much time after the race for me to enjoy the festivities but I did manage to try 2 of the craft beers that were available at the beer tent.  The bands played awesome and made the race that much more enjoyable. 

I ran in new-to-me New Balance racing flats, but didn't beat my time from August's 5k.  The 1500v3 were comfortable and made me feel like I was racing fast.

I still managed to finish 2nd in my age group with a time of 22:43 minutes (7:18 min/mile pace). 

Celebration of Running 2017 5k - recap

On August 19th I ran in the first race of the Track Shack Fanatics Series, the Celebration of Running 5k.

It's always a well put on race with lots of runners and spectators.  I was racing in a new age group so I was curious how I would do among females 35-39 years old. 

Luckily I ran well enough to place second in my new age group with a chip time of 22:39 minutes (7:17 min/mile pace) (27th female)
It's always more fun running with a friend, even if technically I was chasing Mike the entire race since he's much faster than me.

Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the race series has in store for me!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

8 miles and cuban food

I have a silly notion in my head to run at least 3 miles, every day, for the month of July.  I don't plan on running every single day without a day off ... I just want to average 3 miles a day, so sometimes it means running more than that.  Since I won't be running Saturday and Sunday this weekend, I wanted to "make up" my miles ahead of time and set out to run 8 miles today.

Normally I have no issues with running this many miles.  Except today I started at 9:15am which made it really hot and humid already.  I carried a small 8 ounce bottle of water with me to help with hydration since there weren't any water fountains on my route. 

I began my run by walking for 5 minutes while I chatted with Katie on the phone.  Then I ran without breaks until mile 7.  At this point I walked for a minute, ran for 2 minutes, walked for another minute, ran for 3 minutes, and finished off walking. 

8.13 miles - 1:16:00 hours, 10 minutes total walking

Afterwards I jumped in the pool fully clothed and tried to cool down before attempting a shower.  Usually I wouldn't be in such a hurry to make myself presentable, but I had a fingerprinting appointment for a substitute teaching job at Anderson's preschool.

Of course I get to my appointment too early and notice a Cuban restaurant a few stops down in the shopping center.  I had never heard of Heber's Cuban CafĂ© but decided to give them a try for lunch.

I'm not sure what the reasoning is behind it, but the restaurant doesn't sell pork products.  If you've ever ordered a traditional Cuban sandwich you would know that there is sliced pork along with ham on it. 
Cuban regular, 6 inch
Turkey Ham, Turkey Breast, Pickles, Mustard, Swiss Cheese & Potato Sticks.
I decided to give it a try ... who could mess up a sandwich? 

It wasn't a bad sandwich ... it just wasn't a Cuban sandwich.  Hopefully this place has other menu items that are more authentic, otherwise I'll just go to one of the many other Cuban restaurants in Orlando.  The fried yucca was good as was the sugary Materva I washed the meal down with.  Also what's with the fried potato sticks?  Those are usually found on the Cuban burger, the frita, but I had never eaten them on just a regular Cuban sandwich before.   

Friday, July 14, 2017

Anderson's Food Allergies - Almond challenge

Back in March Anderson went to the allergist's office for his almond challenge.  I had forgotten to document it ... better late than never?

Our appointment was at 1pm on March 28th.  I knew it would be challenging for a couple of reasons; it was during his nap time and we would have to be there 2 hours to make sure there was no reaction.

We settled in and I handed Anderson two of his favorite comfort items, penguin and snacks.  Dr. Schwartz then proceeded to tell me he was not allowed to eat other foods for fear of affecting the almond challenge.  He quickly changed his mind after Anderson reminded him that he's 2 years old and runs the show.

I brought in almond butter and almond milk as options for him to try during the challenge.  He wasn't a fan of either so they used the milk to prick his skin in order to gauge a reaction.

Fortunately enough time passed without any visible reactions.  Anderson passed his almond challenge and can safely eat them.  We were supposed to schedule a baked milk and baked egg challenge for this summer but have been waiting for his skin to be clear continuously before scheduling anything.

We have given him a few Goldfish crackers (baked milk) here and there and it appears to cause Anderson to have an itchy mouth.  Nothing too severe but definitely noticeable.