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. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

ZKS Winter Park 10k - race recap

Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race 10k and 2 Mile Presented by Florida Hospital- 92% FULL
On Saturday March 25th I ran the 40th anniversary Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race 10k.  It was the last race of the Fanatics Series, so technically my last run of the season (assuming I don't sign up or any other races).
Instead of eating out the night before the race, we made sliders at home on mini pretzel buns.  They were really good!  I even made homemade pickles to add to the burgers.
I tried to leave extra early for the race since it was a) kind of far from us and b) super crowded and one of the most popular races.
Unfortunately I couldn't find any parking in my normal garage and ended up parking at some attorney's office.  Thankfully there were no towing signs and my car was safe while I was at the race.
One of the perks of being a fanatic was having a VIP area to use before and after the race.  I was able to check my bag and have a place to stretch before heading to the start line.  After the race they had extra snacks and massages for the VIP runners as well.
The race features a lot of running on brick but is a gorgeous course.  You get to run by million dollar Winter Park homes.  There were a couple of hills that brought me back to my Charlotte days.
I was doing pretty well with my pace until mile 4.  I started to get tired and it began warming up.  I finished the race in 47:49 minutes.  Definitely not a PR but still a respectable sub 8 minute/mile pace. 
I placed 6th in my new age group, 42nd female, and 202nd out of 2,981 total finishers. 
After the race I enjoyed my free beer and some of the food samples while chatting with Mike and Christina.  Mike has ran almost every race of the series (missed the UCF 5 miler).  I love my running buddy and really hope he signs up for the fanatic series again.
I ended up tying for 5th place in the Fanatic Series which gives me a ton of motivation to work harder next year.  I was tied for 3rd place coming into the Winter Park 10k but definitely could not hang with those speedy ladies. 
Thanks Track Shack for another great race and a fantastic running season.  Looking forward to being a fanatic again next year!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Anderson Allergy Update

I've found that I rarely post anymore.  Races are on average once a month and there are only so many new cheeseburger restaurants to try.  I wish that was the only reason I've slacked on the writing, but family life has been stressful.  Anderson just turned 2 but is so much work.  His food allergies and horrible eczema make caring for him more than a full time job. 

Ok so it sounds like I'm complaining ... I get it.  I know there are way worse things that could happen to your child other than some itching but unless you're in our day-to-day you have no idea how much he suffers.  He's constantly uncomfortable, has to wear long sleeve shirts and pants most of the time, and is usually covered in some sort of red rash.  And the questions and looks from strangers ... so many questions.  "Have you tried xyz?" "He looks miserable are you sure you've done enough?"

Since moving to Florida from North Carolina it seems that his condition has worsened, but diet has not varied.  It's a freaking puzzle.  No one knows why he continues to itch.  I'm convinced it must be an environmental allergen but without testing I have no proof. 

On the topic of testing, Anderson just had another round of skin testing.  15 different foods were used on his back. 

Not surprising he's still allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts (we're going to assume sesame seeds too since he's had an actual reaction to ingesting it and this allergist doesn't test for seeds).  A win for us was no more wheat and almond allergies.  Also found out he's not allergic to shellfish or pecans but does have a small reaction to cashews and walnuts.  Since he hasn't had any almond in his life we're going to do a challenge in the doctor's office this month and next month we will try a baked egg challenge.  Oh and a few days before his appointment he accidently drank cow's milk from a sippy cup and didn't have a noticeable reaction.  Well he spit it out, cried, and gagged a few times, but nothing major and no need for antihistamines or epi-pen. 

On the medicine front, we have also gone back to Atarax (Hydroxyzine) for itching at night.  Well tonight was the first time we tried it in over a year.  Hoping for better results than the normal Zyrtec.  We've been rocking him to sleep every night and it's such a process.  He's been medicated every 3-4 days and seems to be constantly taking medicine. 

Right now his skin is mostly clear ... which is a nice relief.  Better than it was last month when he looked like this most of the time:

So for now I'll continue to write about running ... and I'll keep on eating those cheeseburgers ... but I'll also try to document Anderson's struggles with food allergies and eczema. 

Run 4 Love 4 Mile - recap

Almost a month ago (sheesh I'm embarrassed to even say that), I ran the Run 4 Love 4 Mile presented by Track Shack.  It was the 5th race as part of the "fanatic" series so I was already signed up since last August.

I felt bad running this race without Ryan since February 11th is his birthday, but Mason had a basketball game and team pictures so we had to divide and conquer.

Not only is the 4 mile distance a nice change of pace from the usual 5k, race entry included a gender specific tech tee and finisher's medal.  The course is the fastest in the race series (in my opinion), running around Winter Park Pines golf club and Cady Way. 

Race conditions were perfect that morning ... chilly at race start but gorgeous sunny skies.  I wore a tank top, shorts, and compression socks.  I was definitely shivering at the start of the race but warmed up by the end. 

Final time was 30:27 minutes, placing 9th in my age group.  Not my fastest 4 miler but I certainly tried.

And like usual the night before the race I ate a burger.  I designed my own cheeseburger from Jimmy Hula's.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Town of Celebration Half Marathon - recap

On Sunday January 29th, I ran the Town of Celebration Half Marathon.  It was my first time running this race, but after weeks of training I felt good coming into this race.  Unfortunately the weather that day was anything but favorable for a good race (at least for me).  Temperatures remained in the low 40's and it rained the entire time.  On top of unfavorable weather, my Garmin never started.  I could've used the Nike app on my iPhone to track the distance and time, but I was scared of the rain ruining the phone and kept it in a Ziploc bag the entire time. 

Excuses aside, I am proud of myself for running 13.1 miles.  Friends who did use tracking devices say that the course was slightly longer, coming in around 13.32 miles

Final chip time - 1 hour 56 minutes 33 seconds (8:54 min/mile pace)

The night before, I had my usual pre-race meal ... cheeseburger and fries.  We quickly ate our meal from Smashburger before picking the boys up from my parents' house.  Ryan and I were lucky to spend the day at Epcot with friends (without kids).  Not sure if walking over 3 miles the day before the half marathon was a good idea. 

Aside from the weather (which wasn't the race's fault) the Town of Celebration Half Marathon was a great race with an awesome after party.  Lots of deliciuos food and drinks (beer!) for all of the runners.  Would I do it again next year?  Meh, maybe not.  I would love to find another half marathon to run. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2016 running in review

One of my running goals has been to run at least 1,000 miles in one year.  Guess what folks ... I finally accomplished that goal in 2016! 
Fun facts:
I ran the most miles in November
I ran the least miles in September
Farthest run was 10.05 miles in November
Fastest run was 3.1 miles in 22:25 minutes in March
It makes me excited to think that I can run more than 1,000 miles in 2017.  

Park Ave 5k - recap

I'm back!  Let's pretend December didn't happen shall we, since it seems as though I completely neglected my blog last month. 

This morning I ran in the 4th race of the Track Shack Fanatic's Series.  The Park Ave 5k was a fun race held in Winter Park. 
Park Ave 5k Presented by Florida Hospital

I prepared for the race like usual ... eating a cheeseburger the night before.  Ryan and I met some friends out at The Ravenous Pig for my favorite burger EVER.  It was my favorite burger before we moved to Charlotte and has not lost it's first place status since.  The location of the restaurant has changed but fortunately the burger has not.

Although one of the more costly burgers ($17) I've eaten, the Pub Burger can't be beat.  The meat is super flavorful and the toppings are the right choices.  There's absolutely no need for any ketchup or sauce on the burger. 


black angus beef, caramelized onion,
buttermilk blue cheese, truffle fries

Oh and the French fries are amazing.  So thin and crunchy ... definitely perfection.  My only complaint about the evening was a lack of aioli to dip the fries in.  I vaguely remember them having something similar to that the last time I was there (which was 7 years ago I think).

Anyways a fun night with friends always lingers and by the time I got home and went to bed it was past 11.  Yikes!  Definitely did not get as much sleep as I would've liked since my alarm went off at 5:55 this morning.  While picking up my race packet I got slightly stressed out about the possible lack of parking so I made an effort to be out of the house by 6:20. 

Luckily all of my panicking worked out and I found a parking spot in the suggested parking garage.  Score.  I was also able to use the restroom at Panera, rather than stand in line for a porter-o-potty. 

The race began right on time and we were off!  Winter Park has a lot of brick roads ... and most of the race unfortunately was on them.  Running on uneven pavement of any kind still freaks me out because of my tendency to fall (super clumsy runner over here).

I made it out alive and managed to have an official time of 22:55 minutes.  My fastest 5k since moving back to Florida but not a PR. 
It was a great race day ... perfect weather, cool in the low 60's, great post race food, and a chance to hang out with my friend Mike (he finished in 22:30 minutes). 
22:55 minutes
10th in age group
32nd in females
149th out of 1654 finishers