Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Recap: My Year in Running

I'm linking up with a a bunch of other blogs to give a recap of some of my favorite races of the year!  I had 19 races to choose from!

Most Scenic Course: Walt Disney World Marathon.  Disney is my love.  Being able to run through all 4 parks, seeing the major icons along with characters is the best scenery to me!



Most Challenging Course: Gate River Run.  This 15k has two bridges.  One towards the beginning and the Big Green Monster right at the end!!  So pretty though!


Best Expo: Princess Half Marathon.  I totally over-spend at runDisney expos and this one is the worst (best?).  There are just sooooo many things that are adorable and I want it all! I could spend hours walking around. Here's my goodies from this year!




Best Post-Race Food/Beverages: Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  At the end of every race, you get a drink of choice between several beers, wine or soda.  Then you also get a $10 gift certificate to go spend at Food & Wine in Epcot so you get to pick which one you're craving most!



Best Swag: Space Coast Half Marathon: I love that you get a towel when you cross the finish line!  Unique and definitely useful in Florida! ( I found this picture on their facebook page since I didn't take a picture of mine.)




Most Unique Medal: Best Damn Race Cape Coral Half Marathon.  I love that this metal is  of a glass bottom boat and it's made of stained glass!



Favorite Race Shirt (tech tee or reg): RunDisney's Enchanted 10k.  Simply because it has Cinderella's Carriage on it and that was the theme for my wedding. I have tons of things with the carriage on it so I love having a race shirt too!  And I'm cheating and picking the Glass Slipper Challenge one too since the Glass Slipper was the secondary theme of my wedding :)  




Favorite Overall Race:  any runDisney race.  I really can't pick one.  I'm addicted to them!!!









Best Course Support: Gate River Run.  There are sooo many people cheering you on.  The people who are in their front yards often provide yummy treats like beer, Popsicles, bacon, donut holes, and my favorite from this past year, mimosas.



Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing: Without a doubt, the Walt Disney World Marathon.  I was never a runner growing up and once I started running, I only had interests in 5ks.  Then 10ks.  Then half marathons, and last year, the marathon.  I was injured and hadn't run 2 weeks before so I had no idea if I was going to be able to finish (and I ended up having to take 6 months of training off--with 3 races thrown in).  But I had so much fun and loved every single minute of it!!






Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekly Recap- December 8-14, 2014

Another double race weekend!

Goofy training week 14:

Monday--rest

Tuesday--ran 3 miles in 31:59.  Mile 1: 10:33, Mile 2: 10:51, Mile 3: 10:32, Average Pace: 10:38.  Blisters were still bothering me.  Later that night I had Math Night at school then Kory & I met up with his volleyball team at Sea Dog for the end of the season get together.

Wednesday--Dance Trance.  I always forget just how much I love this class!

Thursday--ran 7.03 miles in 1:12:27.  
1.00 mile slow: 10:36 
1.00 mile fast: 9:22 
5:00 slow: 14:23 
1.00 mile fast: 9:12 
5:00 slow: 14:16 
1.00 mile fast: 9:13 
5:00 slow: 14:33 
1.00 mile fast: 9.01 
1.00 mile slow: 10:11 
Average pace: 10:19

My dad was in town so I met up with him for some  yummy oysters at Johnny's Hideaway.

Friday--rest.  Kory I headed to Disney for our Christmas fun outing.  We went to the Hollywood Studios to see the Spectacle of Lights.  We got engaged there so it holds a special place in my heart. 



 Then we went to Epcot to try some of the tasty food for Holidays Around the World.  We had the turkey waffle, which was okay, but the hot salted caramel drink was amazing!  It tasted like melted Werthers!  We stayed to watch the special holiday fireworks. I'm not a fan of Illuminations but the Encore during the holidays is amazing!  My cousin sent me her "Flat Ashlynn" so we took some pictures with her.



Saturday--Reindeer Run.  2.82 miles in 29:12.  Mile 1: 10:35, Mile 2: 10:48, Mile 2-2.82: 9:32, Average Pace: 10:21.  Our group had such awesome costumes!  It was cold but we had fun!



Then I met up with Meghan and Karen to head out of town to Cape Coral for the night.  We were running the Best Damn Race Cape Coral Half Marathon the next day!  We stayed at the Westin and it was really nice!  We went to the Expo to pick up our goodies then headed back to the hotel to check it out.  We had a drink at the Nauti Mermaid bar.  Then we browsed the shops and had dinner at Pinchers.  We had to get up early so we headed to bed around 8 (the earliest I have gone to bed since elementary school!)



Sunday-- Best Damn Race Cape Coral Half Marathon.  13.21 miles in 2:11:36.  A 1:31 PR!  It was freezing and I was sooooo not in the mood to run so I'm quite proud of myself!  Mile 1: 9:23, Mile 2: 9:06, Mile 3: 9:07, Mile 4: 9:16, Mile 5: 10:06, Mile 6: 10:40, Mile 7: 10:06, Mile 8: 10:25, Mile 9: 10:12, Mile 10: 10:57, Mile 11: 10:14, Mile 12: 10:34, Mile 13: 10:05, Mile 12-13.21: 9:10, Average Pace: 10:00.



After the race, we took quick showers then stopped at Perkins for a quick brunch.  Then we headed back home.

Total miles this week: 26.06
Total miles in 2014: 479.39
Total miles:1547.38

   

Monday, December 8, 2014

Race # 52- Oakland Park 5k

For the 5k at Oakland Park, I had 3 goals.




 I wanted to get a sub-30 5k time.  I hadn't been feeling that confident since I started running after my injury and I really wanted this. My second goal was to run the whole thing.  My third goal was to try to beat my PR time of 29:44, even by just 1 second but I was pretty sure that wasn't going to happen.

It sounds silly but I loved how they lined the path with these torches.



This was to be the first race where I didn't know anybody running.  It was a little awkward standing around by myself but I quickly got over it.  And right before the start of the race, I saw one of my moms from my class from a couple of years ago.  But I was ready to go!



I took off pretty fast and was feeling good.  When I looked down at the half mile mark and saw that I was running under a 9-minute mile I had to decide quickly to keep going at that pace and know I might burn out and have to walk, or slow down.  I had never run a mile in a race that fast so I decided to keep going for as long as I could.  I kept it up for 2.5 miles before I had to walk a minute.  I did 2 2:1 intervals then ran the rest.  As I was coming through the finish line, I couldn't believe my time.

I did it!  I hit 2 of my goals!  Not only did I get a sub 30, but I got 28:55!  I didn't think I would really beat my PR, much less get a sub 28!!  I didn't stick around long after the race, but I was so proud of myself!




The results don't show my overall place, but I got fourth in my age group!

(And as I write this, I have since PR'd again, and if I had that time during this race, I would have gotten 2nd place!!)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Weekly Recap- December 1-7, 2014

Another long run down, only 1 more to go before Marathon Weekend!  In January, the marathon measured about 26.85 miles for me.  This weekend, I ran 27 miles--the most I've run in a 48 time period!

Goofy training week 13

Monday--rest

Tuesday--ran 8.56 miles in 1:29:23.  Mile 1: 10:06, Mile 2: 9:32, Mile 3: 9:13, Mile 4: 10:23, Mile 5: 10:29, Mile 6: 11:09, Mile 7: 10:34, Mile 8: 11:43, Mile 8-8.56: 11:10, Average Pace: 10:27.
Kory and I went to see Big Hero 6 and I *might* have bought the new Garmin 220 for my parents to give me for Christmas!!

Wednesday--rest.  I attended the Yelp night at the Museum.  So much fun!  And sooo much food!


Thursday-- 6 miles in 1:04:34.  Mile 1: 10:52, Mile 2: 10:28, Mile 3: 10:38, Mile 4: 10:25, Mile 5: 11:46 Mile 6: 10:49, Average Pace: 10:49.

Friday--rest.  Kory and I went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner so I could load up for the weekend runs!

Saturday-- 9 miles in 1:40:11.  Mile 1: 10:18, Mile 2: 10:12, Mile 3: 11:27, Mile 4: 10:28, Mile 5: 11:42, Mile 6: 11:10, Mile 7: 11:14, Mile 8: 11:28, Mile 9: 11:27, Average Pace: 11:06.  I was running with a friend and we ran differently than I normally do.  We ran 2 miles before we started our intervals (I had been doing 4 miles).  Then we did 3:1s instead of 2:1s.  And it felt like we were running slower but I guess the fact that we ran an extra minute each time made up for the fact.  Either way, I felt really good at the end of the run and decided to try it the following day.

Sunday--18 miles in 3:20:39.  Mile 1: 10:30, Mile 2: 10:17, Mile 3: 11:11, Mile 4: 11:18, Mile 5: 11:18, Mile 6: 11:01, Mile 7: 11:07, Mile 8: 11:16, Mile 9: 11:42, Mile 10: 11:08, Mile 11: 10:59, Mile 12: 10:57, Mile 13: 11:02, Mile 14: 11:19, Mile 15: 11:22, Mile 16: 10:54, Mile 17: 11:35, Mile 18: 11:35, Average Pace: 11:09.  So I kept the same strategy as yesterday.  I only ran the first 2 miles before starting my intervals.  And then I did 3:1s until mile 16 where I dropped to 2:1s.  And I was soooo happy with my pace!! My 15 mile pace was 11:36 and 16 mile pace was 11:44.  I noticed that when I hit my 16 mile time from 2 weeks ago, I was already at 17.1 miles today.  And I beat last years 18 miler by 7 minutes!!

For dinner I was craving greasy wings so off to Hooters we went!

Now help is needed--blisters.  I've had a blister above the outside of the ball joint on my big toe for a while now.  It comes up on longer runs but usually goes away by my next run.  I've tried everything socks--balega, thorlo, feetures, injinji, procompression, zenzah--body glide, kt tape, band aids.  I rotate between 2 different brands of shoes and it happens in both.  Last night I popped the blister I had.  Well, after my run today, I had one on the bottom of pinky toe, one on the other foot in the same place that I've been having one, my normal one showed back up, and then I got a new monster of a blister UNDER that one (how can you get a blister under another blister???)  But I'm in such a loss as to what to do.  I'm a little sore today but the blisters are really what's killing me!!!

Miles this week: 41.56
Miles in 2014: 453.33
Total miles: 1521.32

Monday, December 1, 2014

Weekly Recap- November 24-30, 2014

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week!  I sure did!  Ate lots of yummy food, visited family, and ran in 2 races!

Side note, I ran 111.53 miles this month--the most ever!  The most before that was 95.5.

Goofy training week 12

Monday--rest.  Kory and I drove up to Jacksonville and spent the night with my brother before we headed out of town.

Tuesday--rest.  I was supposed to run 7 miles but we left Jacksonville at 6am to drive up to Virginia.  It was a loooong car ride but we got there quicker than expected.  It was great to see my grandparents again!

Wednesday--rest.  We at lunch at one of my places in Williamsburg growing up, The College Delly.  It was different seeing it 20 years later!


Then we headed into Colonial Williamsburg to stop by the Raleigh Tavern Bakery I remembered from when I was little to get a Gingerbread cookie.  It was freezing and raining!

Then we headed to packet pickup to pick up my bib for the Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot 5k the next day.  Later that night I was really regretting signing up.  The weather called for 38 degrees and rain.  Yuck!  Then at 9:50, I realized I had left my running gloves and ear warmer headband in Bella's bag at the pet sitter!  Luckily my dad grabbed his keys and we booked it to Target with 3 minutes to spare!

Thursday--Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot 5k--3.1 miles in 27:50.  Mile 1: 9:16, Mile 2: 9:03, Mile 3: 8:45, Mile 3-3.1: 7:51, Average Pace: 8:59.  Not bad considering I felt like I was taking it easy since it was wet and slippery.  I definitely didn't feel like I was going all out. And it was the first time I've ever done negative splits! It ended up being pretty cold but only raining so slightly that I couldn't really tell. The course was beautiful.  I really want to run the Run for the Dream Half Marathon some day!


Later that day my aunt, uncle, and cousin came over to my grandparents house and we had my parents' delicious Thanksgiving dinner.  This is my favorite meal ever and I look forward to it all year!

Friday--rest.  We got back up at 6am for the drive home.  We stopped in Jacksonville to pick up Bella then drove back to Orlando.  Whew 12 and a half hours of driving is too much!  I so missed my little girl.  She was mopey when we got home.  I think it was a combo of being mad at us for leaving her, missing the puppies she was staying with, and being exhausted from being so active for the previous few days!


She is such a little cuddlebug though!


Saturday--rest.  I slept in then drove over to my friend Heather's dad's condo.  I am so thankful they were letting me stay there so we could run the Space Coast Half Marathon the next day!  We headed out to the Expo.  It's harsh, but I have to say, Space Coast Marathon needs to really fix its expo.  They're waaaay too crowded in a small space and the merchandise lines are disorganized.  Then they ran out of many race shirt sizes, including the ladies small (which they ran out of early in the week).  They said they never got a shipment but a friend got one earlier in the week.  They can't let people just exchange for sizes there if they don't have extras.  If they want to be a big race, then they have to make sure they're efficient all around.  Rant over :)  We did have fun looking at some of the vendors and taking pictures!


We watched the first half of the Gator game at Heather's condo, then headed to Fishlips for dinner.  Sigh.  We really should have won that game but we blew it!

Sunday--Space Coast Half Marathon--13.22 miles in 2:13:07.  Big time PR of 7 mins and 6 seconds!! Mile 1: 9:28, Mile 2: 9:27, Mile 3: 9:31, Mile 4: 9:34, Mile 5: 11:07, Mile 6: 10:04, Mile 7: 10:41, Mile 8: 10:02, Mile 9: 10:24, Mile 10: 10:21, Mile 11: 10:08, Mile 12: 10:13, Mile 13: 10:09, Mile 13-13.22: 9:10, Average Pace: 10:04. I felt so good!  I ran the first 4 miles then started my 2:1s.  But after that mile, I decided I felt well enough to do 3:1s instead!  I almost did 4:1s at one point but didn't want to burn out so I just kept it at 3:1s.  I feel like after this race, I can be confident of running the marathon in January.  Now I just gotta feel confident about running it after running a half marathon the day before!

There were so many of my friends running it.  Such a great time!


Total miles this week: 16.32
Total miles in 2014: 411.77
Total miles: 1479.76

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekly Recap- November 17-23, 2014

This weekend I had a long back-to-back run to prepare for Goofy--8 on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.  It was my longest back-to-back run yet and my highest mileage week that I've ever done and I could so feel it.  Not feeling so confident about Goofy right now.

Goofy training week 11

Monday--rest.  Softball tournament got rained out.

Tuesday--ran 6.40 miles in 1:08:21.  Mile 1: 10:43, Mile 2: 10:38, Mile 3: 11:00, Mile 4: 10:35, Mile 5: 10:49, Mile 6: 10:32, Mile 6-6.4: 10:07, Average Pace: 10:41.  Ran the whole thing!

Softball tournament at night.  We lost :(  It was so close the whole game then at the top of the last inning we went up by 7 runs.  Surely we should have it, right??  Nope, we lost it.  And I didn't help any on the last play of the game.  Sigh.

Wednesday--rest.  I had planned to do Dance Trance but apparently for the package I have, you have to sign up online 6 hours in advance.  I didn't know that and tried to sign up right before I left.

Thursday--Ran 7 miles in 1:11:47.  Ran 36 mins then did 2:1s. Mile 1: 9:46, Mile 2: 10:04, Mile 3: 9:57, Mile 4: 10:33, Mile 5: 10:45, Mile 6: 10:39, Mile 7: 9:59, Average Pace: 10:15.  Felt much better about my pace today.

That night I went to one of my student's baseball games.  They never look very small to me in the classroom because everything is their size.  But out there on the field, they look like babies!!

Friday--rest.  Kory and I had date night at Texas Roadhouse.  I've only been there once before but much prefer Outback.

Saturday--ran 8 miles in 1:21:48.  Mile 1: 9:31, Mile 2: 9:43, Mile 3: 9:49, Mile 4: 9:48, Mile 5: 11:05, Mile 6: 10:36, Mile 7: 10:39, Mile 8: 10:35, Average Pace: 10:13.  Great pace again!  I ran with Faith & Heather's church running group.  It was my first time running on the West Orange Trail and I really liked it!  We passed this odd sight of a Seminole, Gator, & Hurricane  Apparently a guy used to own this place and keep it great looking but he passed away and no one has kept it up.  It was kinda creepy though.


Sunday--ran 16 miles in 3:07:50.  Mile 1: 10:36, Mile 2: 9:47, Mile 3: 10:07, Mile 4: 12:32, Mile 5: 12:15, Mile 6: 11:59, Mile 7: 11:54, Mile 8: 12:13, Mile 9: 11:53, Mile 10: 11:45, Mile 11: 11:55, Mile 12: 11:57, Mile 13: 12:25, Mile 14: 12:08, Mile 15: 12:29, Mile 16: 11:51, Average Pace: 11:44.  Today was really rough.  I was over it at mile 9.  I think it was because I went pretty hard yesterday and then started out too fast today.  At mile 12.5 I had to drop to alternating between 2:1s and 1:1:s and I really wanted to quit.  I'm just not sure how I'm going to get another 2 miles for my 18 miler, another 4 miles for my 20 miles and another 10.2 for the marathon!!



Total miles this week: 37.5
Total miles in 2014: 395.45
Total miles: 1463.44

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter Park Krispy Kreme--Pumpkin Edition!

Last week Meghan was invited to attend an event at Krispy Kreme in Winter Park and let me tag along.  She knows how much I love doughnuts!!

When we were walking up, I was so excited to see the Hot Now sign lit up!


The Winter Park location has been there for 11 years but it just went under a really nice renovation.

Once inside, my eyes were drawn to all those yummy doughnuts being made.


I told Meghan I really just wanted to put my mouth under the part where the doughnuts get the icing.  Sugar heaven!

Today we were there to try the new Pumpkin doughnuts.  We tried the Pumpkin Spice Cake doughnut and the Pumpkin Cheesecake Doughnut.  (Why yes, that is a hidden Mickey in my doughnuts!!)


They were both really good.  The Pumpkin Cheesecake one was similar to a Chocolate Iced Custard Filled doughnut but the topping was cream cheese icing and a gingersnap cookie crumble and the filling tasted like pumpkin cheesecake. But the Pumpkin Spice Cake one was my favorite of the two.  It was just the perfect combo of pumpkin spice and sweet icing.



And I had to get milk to go with mine.

Next we got to dip our own doughnuts in chocolate icing and decorate it!!


You can tell I took my job seriously by the way I'm biting my lower lip!


Not too shabby!


I don't like sprinkles so I left mine with just the icing.  It was delicious!  I may need a new job!

There were blank snowman doughnuts and we got to decorate them.


I just had to bust out my Disney side again and sing "Do you want to frost a snowman?".  Frozen is everywhere, ya know.


Mmmm look at all of those doughnuts.

And I got to bring home a dozen!!


Yes, I was nice and picked some of them out for Kory.  But I was saving my set for my long run the following Saturday.  Doughnuts and chocolate milk are my post-long run treat!

We had such a great time!


Thank you Krispy Kreme!