Thursday, June 16, 2016

my first attempt at speedwork

After so (many) years of running I finally decided that incorporating some speed work could help make me faster.  I'm 99% positive that I've never attempted to do any speed work in the past. 

Today while at the indoor track at the Harris YMCA I completed what I considered a speed work out.

12 laps = 1 mile

I alternated walking 1 lap with 3 laps (1/4 mile) of running.
1/4 mile - 1:48
1/4 mile - 1:40
1/4 mile - 1:43
1/4 mile - 1:39
1/4 mile - 1:40
1/4 mile - 1:38
1/4 mile - 1:41
1/4 mile - 1:41
1/4 mile - 1:43

then I jogged for 1/2 mile as a cool down.

total - 3.5 miles in 29:43 minutes

I would love to try this again on an "actual" track where each lap is 1/4 mile.  I was a sweaty mess when I was finished and was glad that I had taken 30 minutes to complete my work out.  I think I may try to incorporate some speed work outs into my weekly runs. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

save that pickle juice

Summer time running is rough.  It's hot.  It's humid.  And I'm usually sweating buckets by the time I'm done.  This morning was no different after slogging through 4.5 miles. 

I had heard about drinking pickle juice after running so I used trusty google to find an article highlighting the miracle drink.

An article published on Women's Running mentions numerous benefits of drinking pickle juice after a run.  It helps with muscle cramping, hydration, and to restore energy levels, due to the acetic acid (vinegar) found in the juice.

I poured 2 ounces into a cute little glass and drank the salty, vinegary liquid.  Yum.  Cheers to wacky running aids! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

taking advantage of the weather

The past couple of mornings have been gorgeous in Charlotte!  I've been heading to the YMCA at 9am to drop off the boys in childcare and then running around their outdoor track. 
Yesterday morning it was only 66 degrees out!  Between the mild weather and the first song of my run being "Run" by Vampire Weekend, I knew I was in for a great time.
I love that most of the songs on the Vampire Weekend station on Pandora are so upbeat and lively.  I felt like at some points I was just gliding through my run and finished with a huge smile on my face.  Cooler temps and low humidity meant faster times which allowed me a few minutes in the weight room to work out back (something I haven't done in months). 

Clearly there are days when I drag myself out for a run, but this week has not been like that at all. 

Hope everyone else is taking advantage of our great weather before we hit 100 degrees ... EEEEEK!

One Charleston run and lots of eats

So this probably should've been posted a couple of weeks ago but alas I'm just getting to it now.  Although I didn't get to eat a cheeseburger while in Charleston, SC I did get to sample lots of other delicious food which I wanted to document.

Ryan and I were in town for my friend Liz's wedding on Sunday May 29th.  It was a gorgeous event and I felt so honored to share her special day with her.  Since my parents had driven to Charlotte to watch the boys for us, Ryan and I decided to spend an extra night in Charleston to have a mini-vacation. 

On Monday morning we packed up our things in our hotel and headed out to breakfast.  We had been staying in Mount Pleasant and found the cutest coffee shop to dine at.  Not only was the coffee at The Collective divine, their food options hit the spot.
I ordered the Pimiento Cheese biscuit, with brown sugar bacon, egg, and cheese.  YUM!

After breakfast we headed to Sullivan's Island to hit up the beach.  It definitely started drizzling on us but I wanted a chance to walk along the water since we rarely see the beach.
We spent about 1.5 hours walking along the beach collecting seashells, before we decided to head over the bridge to Charleston.  Our hotel room wasn't ready yet so we changed into running clothes in their bathrooms and headed out for a jog/walk around the city.
We love that there is a street in downtown Charleston named Chalmers Street and always try to take a photograph while we are there.  We managed to run 3.5 miles before heading back to our hotel.  We were disappointed that our room still wasn't ready, but that didn't stop us from heading to lunch in our sweaty workout clothes.  We sat at the bar at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar and had a couple of beers and fresh seafood.  No pictures were taken but we did enjoy our food (I ordered the ceviche).

After lunch we managed to check-in to our hotel and quickly showered and got ready to head back out to happy hour.  Hitting up the happy hour at Pearlz Oyster Bar has become our tradition and we didn't want to miss the 4pm start time.
We polished off 2 dozen raw oysters!  I also ordered corn fritters and pork rinds.  Among all of the draft beer we drank, we also took 2 oyster shooters.  Now we were ready to party!

The rain was off and on so we headed to another bar to avoid getting soaked.  We found Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House and settled in at the bar.  I ordered a beer flight and their fried pickles off the happy hour menu.

Clearly by this point Ryan and I had been eating and drinking most of the day.  That didn't stop us from continuing our mini pub crawl through Charleston!  Our next stop was Cypress for some wine and a cheese board.  We sat the bar upstairs and felt pretty swanky in the fancy restaurant.  We then headed to High Cotton for a more relaxed vibe and some live music.  Plus I heard their espresso martini was to die for.  And it was.  Super tasty and way decadent.  As you can probably guess I was pretty drunk at this point and demanded dessert.  We ended our night at Carmella's Dessert Bar where I proceeded to order everything in their dessert case.  No lie. 

So there you have it.  A little bit of running and a whole lot of eating in one of my favorite cities in the world.  Check out any of the places I mentioned for some tasty treats. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mimosas and a Meck Day celebration

On Friday we ordered take out from Smashburger in preparation of my "5k" Saturday morning.  Ok ok we all wanted burgers and were looking for any excuse to eat them.
I went with the regular Smashburger on an egg bun, American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, with the smash sauce.  On the side I split some of their spicy buffalo French fries (dry seasoned with Frank's RedHot) with Ryan.  In honor of Meck Day I drank some Captain Jack out of my OMB pint glass. 

from Wikipedia: The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is claimed by some to be the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. It was supposedly signed on May 20, 1775, at Charlotte, North Carolina, by a committee of citizens of Mecklenburg County, who declared independence from Great Britain after hearing of the battle of Lexington.

May 20th is the day that those of us in Charlotte, recognize Captain Jack's delivery of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress.  Olde Mecklenburg Brewery crafted a delicious pilsner and named it after Captain Jack.  It is one of the beers that we constantly have on draft in our kegerator. 

On Saturday morning I headed to the Mimosa 5k with Steph and knocked out the run.  Although it was originally planned to take place on the greenway, it got re-routed to a nearby neighborhood due to flooding.  I kept a decent pace (definitely was not trying to go all out) and I finished 2nd.  No prizes but always good for the 'ol pride ;)

Afterwards we hydrated ourselves appropriately with mimosas.  Run for your Life raffled off some socks and pint glasses.  Steph won herself a pair of Balega socks which are super comfy. 

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It's always fun to run with a group of people, but it's definitely more fun when your bestie is one of those runners!

Hope everyone had a good weekend, full of running ... and beer ... and cheeseburgers!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

my runs lately

After taking 2 days off from running while visiting Atlanta, GA this past weekend, I hit the ground running (haha I love puns) on Monday morning.  Anderson and I took it easy around Mason's school and completed a little over 4 miles. 

On Tuesday I headed to the indoor track at the YMCA to run 4 miles.  I lost Anderson's "on-the-go" pacifier and didn't have one with me when I dropped him off at childcare.  I knew I was on borrowed time and tried to finish as quickly as I could. 

Today I lucked out and was able to run outside without a jogging stroller.  SCORE!  I finished just over 4 miles while Anderson napped.

There's a good chance I'll run tomorrow (my clothes are already laid out) and I may take Friday off.  My friend Steph and I signed up for a free 5k held by Run For Your Life on Saturday morning so fresh legs would probably be best.   

mimosa run 
I haven't run with her since my birthday race so I'm looking forward to our time together, and of course those mimosas post-run.  Yum! 
I'm still working on my mileage goal for the month of May so I'm going to have to run a couple of 7+ milers in the next 2 weeks.  There's no taking it easy in the next 13 days. 
Anyone miss reading about the cheeseburgers I eat?  Maybe I just miss eating them and then blogging about it.  I'm going to try to get some more cheeseburger reviews up here.  Promise.     

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Friends Run 10k - recap

This past Sunday I ran The Friends Run 10k for the first time.  The race start and finish was at the Jewish Community Center.  The course was pretty hilly and challenging; maybe the hardest course I've run in Charlotte?

The start of the race was based on gun time so I started pretty close to the front.  There weren't a lot of participants; results showed around 60 runners (the 5k seemed more popular).  I maintained a position of 3rd female for most of the race.  Somewhere around 4.5 miles I caught up to the 2nd female and she told me to speed past her.  I wasn't sure how much speeding I was going to do.  By then my legs were tired from all of the hills and I had started to get hot.  I managed to speed past her and found myself crossing the finish line in a little over 48 minutes. 

One of my favorite parts of a Start 2 Finish race is the ability to look up race results instantly at their tent.  The print out showed 1st overall female which stunned me; what happened to the other girl?  I never passed her so I was super confused. 

After talking to some race officials I was told that the 1st female had gotten lost and didn't complete the race course correctly.  It was my first time placing 1st overall female!  The prize was a $50 gift certificate at Dick's sporting goods which will not go to waste since Mason's budding sports career has been costly.

Although I will probably pass on this race in the future (I'm a wuss when it comes to hills) I must say that there were a ton of positives!  The crowd support along the course was great ... lots of volunteers.  The mimosas post race were a great incentive to finish quickly.  The race t-shirts are made out of the softest material and aren't oversized.  

If you don't mind the hills you should definitely challenge yourself next year and run this race.