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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

back in Florida

this will be the quick and dirty update of what has been going on ....

we recently moved from Charlotte, NC back to Orlando, FL.  my mom and I drove the boys back on Friday while my dad drove Ryan's car.  Ryan and Alex drove the moving truck on Saturday.  after many hours of unpacking during the weekend we got our necessities into our 3 bedroom apartment.  the rest of our belongings are chilling in my parents' garage.

why the move?  we missed family.  I missed my parents so much and wanted my boys to grow up knowing their cousins.  fortunately Ryan is able to keep the same job ... and well so do I.

as far as cheeseburgers go I haven't eaten one in days ... over a week?  sadly I can't remember when the last one was.  I have, however, logged in some Florida miles.  the past 3 days I've run at least 3 miles and boy have they been HOT.  at least running in Orlando is virtually flat as a pancake so that's a plus.

no set races on the calendar ... although I have my eye on a bacon race in 10 days.  it's a 5k so I think I can rock it although my fastest 5k time lately has been averaging 8 minute miles.  I still have some work to do.

I'll get back here as soon as I can with some cheeseburger recaps.  I finally got internet so that's been a huge lifesaver so that Mason can chill with the iPad during quiet time.

hope everyone is having a good week ... keep running and eating those burgers!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Two Burgers in Two Days .... all the way in Rhode Island!

A couple of weeks ago I got to travel to Newport, Rhode Island to help celebrate my friend Shannon's bachelorette weekend.  A bunch of us flew in from Charlotte and met up with some of her friends and family from up north.

Even with staying up late and having a few cocktails Friday night, I managed to get in a run Saturday morning.  I ran from our hotel to the "Cliff Walk," a 7 mile out and back trail near Newport. 

For someone as clumsy as I am, I was pretty scared going over the rocky parts of the trail.  But the views made up for it!  It was a little cloudy and much cooler than it had been in Charlotte, and oh so quiet.  I ran and walked just under 5 miles and headed back to the hotel, coffee in hand, ready to party!

One of the fun activities that Shannon's sister planned for the group, was a trip to a local vineyard (Newport Vineyard), complete with a chauffeured party bus ... no drinking and driving for us!

After touring the winery and sampling our fair share of delicious wines, we headed to their in-house cafĂ© for lunch.  I settled on their beet & bean burger and chips.
BEET + BEAN BURGER                                                     9
herb mayo, arugula, tomato, brioche roll
It was tasty and definitely made me feel like I was eating healthy!

The next day found us on the water aboard a mimosa cruise.  Although I was too hungover to partake in any drinking, I did work up an appetite while sailing, and devoured a burger at our lunch spot. 

Not only did the Midtown Oyster House have a delicious burger, they also had a killer bloody mary that worked wonders for my hangover.

GOOD BURGER*          13
Bacon, Gruyere Cheese, Onion Jam Toasted Brioche Bun

I loved spending so much time with one of my favorite people in such a cool city.  Eating 2 burgers in 2 days wasn't so bad either :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Famous Toastery American 4 Miler - race recap

I was lucky enough to win a free race entry into the Famous Toastery American 4 Miler on July 4th.  There are a couple of reasons why I shouldn't have run this race ... I was still on antibiotics for my sinus infection (ie. hacking up a lung) AND I didn't have my pre-race cheeseburger the night before.

I made it to the race with time to spare; I parked 1/2 mile away at the nearby middle school and took my time walking over.  I wasn't feeling all that motivated to race and had a feeling I wouldn't be setting any PRs that morning. 

I didn't even make it to the 3 mile mark when I began to text Ryan.  I told him I wasn't feeling well and that I was stopping to walk.  A side effect from my sinus infection medication was DIARREHEA.  Boy oh boy did I have to poop.  I continued walking the course as I coughed up all sorts of green and yellow grossness. 

I finally crossed the finish line in 36:14 minutes, by far my slowest 4 miler time ever.  Although I was disappointed I didn't run faster, I was surprised that I actually finished the race.  I could've veered off course and found a shorter way to my car but instead I suffered through the 4 miles.  How noble of me right?  Wrong.  I should've skipped the race and gotten healthy.  You live and learn I suppose.

Run For Your Life always puts on a great race and the Famous Toastery American 4 Miler was no exception.

Did anyone else race during the holiday weekend?  Any fun patriotic running stories?   

"woah, we're half way there"

gotta love a little Bon Jovi to shake things up on a Friday night.  "Woah, livin' on a prayer."

it's July 1st.  to me that means that half the year is already over ... which means I should have already run at least 500 miles to hit my goal of running 1,000 miles in 2016.

lucky for me I ran 507.4 miles in the first 6 months of 2016.  492.6 miles to go!  so close, yet so very far.

I'll have to remain pretty aggressive with my weekly mileage to reach my goal this year.  I'm up for the challenge and have run (slightly) more each month since January (77 miles).  I'll have to run more than 90.35 miles in July to continue this trend.  Fingers crossed we stay away from injuries and/or sicknesses that would prevent this from happening. 

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!