On Saturday March 19th Ryan, Katie, and I all headed out to run the Shamrock 4 miler. Katie was in town for my birthday and I signed her up for the race weeks ago. She's a trooper for coming to Charlotte on vacation and running a race with us.
The race was located about 20 minutes south of downtown Charlotte in an area of town called Ballantyne. The course was through residential streets; 2 miles out and back. Start time wasn't until 8am which allowed for some extra sleep on Saturday morning. Temperatures were around mid to high 50's. I hadn't used my garmin at all since we moved to Charlotte and I figured the race was a good time to give it a go. I wish I had updated my shuffle playlist, but unfortunately I didn't really think about it until I was standing around waiting for the race to start.
I can't even describe it, but something ignited inside of me and I couldn't slow down once the race started. At mile one I was still running alongside, and at times in front of, Ryan. This NEVER happens. I even told him to speed up cause he was "supposed" to be going faster than me. I kept my pace at under 8 minute miles the entire race. The course itself was pretty hilly and my butt was getting quite the work out. I couldn't believe when I crossed the finish line and saw 32 minutes on the clock. I knew my chip time would be less than that since we started so far back in the crowd. When the official results came out I freaked out. I couldn't believe that I had finished the 4 miler in 31:16 minutes, with an average pace of 7:49 minutes/mile. It finally seemed that all of my training had paid off.
After living in Charlotte NC for 6 years and giving birth to two wonderful little boys, my husband and I have returned to the sunshine state ... FLORIDA! Currently living in Orlando where I'm a SAHM to Mason (4 year old) and Anderson (1 year old). Also have an adorable pup Honey. 99% of my workouts revolve around running ... I love cheeseburgers and use them as running fuel the night before EVERY race. It's a ritual. Why mess with what works?
2017 January 14th - Park Ave 5k (22:55) January 29th - Town of Celebration Half Marathon (1:56:33) February 11th - Run 4 Love 4 mile (30:27) March 25th - Winter Park racefest 10k (47:49)
2016 January 16th - CRC Trail race 4 miler (41:12) February 20th - Charlotte 10 miler (1:20:18) March 12th - Shamrock 4 miler (30:04) March 19th - Elizabeth 8k (37:12 - 3rd female 30-34) March 26th - Know Your Craft 5k (22:25 - 2nd female 30-34) May 8th - The Friends Run 10k (48:26 - 1st overall female) August 13th - Celebration of Running 5k (24:00 - 3rd female 30-34) September 17th - Rock n Run 5k (22:59) October 16th - U Can Finish 5 miler (38:20)
2015 May 10th - Mother's Day 5k (23:20 - 1st female 30-34) June 6th - NoDa 5k (23:20 - 3rd female 30-34) August 8th - NC Music Factory Rock n Run 5k (22:25 - 1st female 30-34) August 29th - Sundae Run 5k (22:08 - 1st female 30-34) September 26th - Isabella Santos 10k (49:02) October 17th - Rocktoberfest half marathon (1:57:30)
2014 March 8th - BB&T Corporate Cup half marathon (1:51:26) March 23rd - Charlotte 10 miler (1:23:00) - 3rd in age group April 5th - Know Your Craft 5k (22:25 - 3rd female overall) May 3rd - Mayday 5k (22:27 - 3rd female overall) May 17th - Run! Ballantyne 10k (47:44 - 3rd female 30-34) June 7th - NoDa 5k (22:11 - 2nd female 30-34) July 4th - Spectacular 4 miler (30:49) September 13th - Hit the Brixx 10k (53:31) September 27th - South End Shuffle 5k (25:20) 2013 February 23rd - Charlotte 10 miler (1:28:08) March 16th - Shamrock 4 miler (30:49) April 27th - CPCC skyline 5k (26:39 - with Mason in BOB) May 18th - Run! Ballantyne 5k (24:49 - with Mason in BOB) August 24th - Yiasou Greek Fest 5k (23:24 - with Mason in BOB) September 7th - Hog Jog 5k (23:29 - with Mason in BOB) - 1st in age group September 21st - Showmar's 5k (24:23 - with Mason in BOB) - 1st in baby jogger division October 12th - Rocktoberfest Half Marathon (1:51:19) November 2nd - Pajama Run 5k (22:21) - 1st in age group
2012 June 2nd - King Tiger 5k (25:03) June 16th - Carolinas Care 5k (24:30) - 3rd place in age group July 4th - Spectacular 4 miler (33:31) August 25th - Orthocarolina Classic 10k (52:04) September 29th - Ramblin Rose 5 miler (44:49)