Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekly Recap- February 23-March 1, 2015

It was my last double race weekend for a month!

Monday--1 mile in 9:01

Sadly lost our softball game.

Tuesday--1 mile in 9:03

I met up for dinner with some Yelp girls at Hawkers to talk about our Savannah trip to run the Publix Savannah Women's Half Marathon!

Wednesday--1 mile in 8:59

Thursday-- 1 mile in 8:42.

A bunch of girls from work & I headed out dinner at Chili's and then to see the show Slava's Snowshow.  This was umm...so not my thing.  Clowns are fine with me.  But this show made no sense.  We were all talking about how we needed to be drinking before seeing it.  The only redeeming part was the end where they had these HUGE balls that they pushed into the audience and everyone was throwing it around.  I loved being with the girls but I definitely wouldn't go see this again.


Friday--1 mile in 8:56

Saturday--Best Damn Race Orlando Half Marathon  13.24 miles in 2:12:14  Mile 1: 8:40, Mile 2: 8:47, Mile 3: 8:54, Mile 4: 9:57, Mile 5: 9:58, Mile 6: 10:19, Mile 7: 9:56, Mile 8: 10:17, Mile 9: 10:07, Mile 10: 10:42, Mile 11: 10:54, Mile 12: 10:25, Mile 13: 10:57, Mile 13-13.24: 9:06, Average Pace: 9:59




Sunday--Swamp House Half Marathon  13.35 miles in 2:30:30  Mile 1: 9:36, Mile 2: 9:55, Mile 3: 10:20, Mile 4: 10:14, Mile 5: 10:42, Mile 6: 11:24, Mile 7: 11:49, Mile 8: 11:49, Mile 9: 11:49, Mile 10: 12:20, Mile 11: 11:54, Mile 12: 12:13: Mile 13: 12:36, Mile 13-13.35: 11:03, Average Pace: 11:17


Since Faith and I did 2 half marathons in 2 days, we qualified for Jupiter, the 4th level of Half Fanatics and since we now have that and Marathon Maniacs, we became Double Agents!

Total miles this week: 31.59
Total miles in 2015: 239.29
Total miles: 1845.73

2,015 in 2015 miles: 569.99
Run Streak Days:60

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weekly Recap- February 16-22, 2015

Another double race weekend..and another PR!

Monday--1 mile in 9:33  

Today was a friend's birthday so we had dinner at Citricos at the Grand Floridian and then went out on a fireworks cruise on the Grand One Yacht!!  So much fun!


I also got my Garmin Vivofit in the mail that I won from @mileposts!  So excited to have it!


Tuesday--1 mile in 9:33

Wednesday--1 mile in 9:11

Thursday--1 mile in 9:11

I went to runDisney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend Expo and bought so many goodies!


The race shirts were really cute too!


Friday--1 mile in 9:22

Kory and I went to dinner with the Goldsteins at Maggiano's to carb load!

Saturday--runDisney's Enchanted 10k--6.31 miles in 54:51 Mile 1: 9:18, Mile 2: 8:49, Mile 3: 8:48, Mile 4: 8:37, Mile 5: 8:35, Mile 6: 8:31, Mile 6-6.31: 7:23, Average Pace: 8:42.

Originally, I wasn't going to race this.  But when I saw I was actually in corral A, I decided to go for it--and got a 9 second PR!  And negative splits--that never happens!!


I rushed home to shower and change and meet up with the Yelp Sisterhood at Universal.  I was finally going to see the new Harry Potter area!!

We had lots of yummy food at the Leaky Cauldron (I want more hot butterbeer!!)


Rode the new Gringotts ride

Got yummy food (salted caramel and strawberry & peanut butter ice cream)  and a GIANT donut (which I ate after the Princess half the next day.  And yes, I ate it all in one sitting.  By myself.  I have no shame).



And then rode the Hogwarts Express over to Islands of Adventure


We called it a day and Meghan and I headed to Cowfish for dinner.  I had the Cowfish has Officially Left the Building Burger--beef burger, creamy peanut butter, fried bananas, and applewood bacon on a brioche bun.  Soooo good!


Sunday--runDisney's Princess Half Marathon..13.52 miles in 2:47:35.  Mile 1: 9:27, Mile 2: 9:11, Mile 3: 9:07, Mile 4: 9:09, Mile 5: 10:36, Mile 6: 17:59, Mile 7: 16:05, Mile 8: 18:35, Mile 9: 11:11, Mile 10: 15:09, Mile 11: 11:15, Mile 12: 11:46, Mile 13: 12:02, Mile 13-13.52: 11:54, Average Pace: 12:24.

Cori and I ran together and stopped for tons of pictures!!





Then later that afternoon, I met up with Melissa at Epcot.  She had run her first half that day.  So proud of her!!


Total miles this week:  24.83
Total miles in 2015: 207.7
Total miles: 1814.14

2,015 in 2015 miles: 513.8
Run Streak Days: 53

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Weeky Recap- February 9-15, 2015

This was the first of three double-race weekends in a row!

Monday-- 1 mile in 9:18

Tuesday--  1 mile in 8:53

Wednesday-- 5 miles in 52:04 Mile 1: 10:32, Mile 2: 10:23, Mile 3: 10:28, Mile 4: 10:32, Mile 5: 10:09, Average Pace: 10:25.

Dad was in town so we hit up happy hour at Johnny's Hideaway again.

I also got my February Stridebox


Included was Skratch Labs--Apples & Cinnamon, Vitalyte- Chia Surge Gel in Pineapple Orange, Tech-friendly Running Gloves, Joshua Tree Organic Lip Balm in Mountain Mint, Picky Bar in Cookie Doughpness, and Chike High Protein Iced Coffee.

I also ordered 2 new pairs of shoes--Brooks Ravenna 5s (I had been wanting the orange & blue ones and now that my other ones are worn down and these are lower priced, I could justify it!)



  And I got a pair of Saucony Guide 7s.

Thursday--1 mile in 9:14

I helped out at the Best Damn Race Orlando Kickoff Party at Fleet Feet.  We had some yummy snacks and giveaways!

Then I met up with dad to try out a new Mexican Place--San Jose's.  It was pretty tasty and the margarita was as big as my head!


Friday--1  mile in 10:33.  It's a birthday tradition in our running group to meet up at Starbucks, run a few miles and then enjoy a drink afterwards together.  It was Cori's birthday the next day, but a bunch of us were doing a race so we gathered today.


Later that night Kory and I went to dinner at Bistro CloClo.  I was heading out of town for a race the next day, so we were celebrating Valentine's Day a day early.  The service wasn't so hot but the food was yummy!




Saturday--Winter Garden 10k--6.24 miles in 55:00.  I ran the whole thing without stopping!  Got a new PR of 4 mins and 48 secs.  Mile 1: 8:38, Mile 2: 8:41, Mile 3: 8:51, Mile 4: 8:53, Mile 5: 9:04, Mile 6: 8:58, Mile 6-6.24: 8:01, Average Pace: 8:49


Then I drove home to Jax and my mom and I headed to the 26.2 with Donna Marathon Expo to pick up the race packets for me, Faith and her sister, Blair.

I got to meet my parents' new little puppy, Dollie.  She's absolutely adorable!  I wanted to take her home!



I went to dinner at the Ale House with my parents.  We thought that would be safe and uncrowded on Valentine's Day but it was packed!

I found out that Faith and her sister had come down with a bug and I'd be running the marathon alone the next day.  I freaked out!

Sunday-- 26.2 with Donna Marathon 26.39 miles in 4:44:48. A 15 min 42 sec PR! Mile 1: 9:49, Mile 2: 9:24, Mile 3: 9:46, Mile 4: 9:45, Mile 5: 10:37, Mile 6: 10:23, Mile 7: 10:29, Mile 8: 10:08, Mile 9: 10:37, Mile 10: 10:45, Mile 11: 10:41, Mile 12: 10:42, Mile 13: 10:58, Mile 14: 10:58, Mile 15: 10:46, Mile 16: 10:54, Mile 17: 11:42, Mile 18: 11:00, Mile 19: 11:25, Mile 20: 11:21, Mile 21: 11:40, Mile 22: 11:36, Mile 23: 11:38, Mile 24: 11:27, Mile 25: 11:29, Mile 26: 11:00, Mile 26-26.39: 9:50, Average Pace: 10:48.

My dad drove me to the race and hung out with me at the start since I didn't know anyone.  I had planned on going slow with the girls but since I was by myself, I don't know how to take it easy and I pushed myself.  The race was amazing!  The course support and fans were incredible!  Outside of Disney races, it easily jumped to the top as my favorite!



I rested at home then my parents and I met up with my brother and his girlfriend at Outback for dinner before I drove back home to Orlando.

Total miles this week: 41.63
Total  miles in 2015: 194.18
Total miles: 1789.31

2,015 in 2015 miles: 437.47
Run Streak Days: 46


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Race #56- Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon

Meghan and I headed to her hometown of Port Orange on Saturday October 25th to run the Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon the next day.  I was excited to run a race in a new city!

We picked up our race packets




and headed to dinner at Our Deck Down Under.

Yummy crab legs!!


We spent the night at Meghan's mom's house (thanks Meghan's mom!) and got up early for the race!


I wasn't really sure what I was expecting to run.  I hadn't run a half since my injury and my pace wasn't up to what I was wanting yet.  So I decided to just take it for what it was.


We ran on a road that was near the water.  You could see it when there was a break in the buildings.

I ran for about 30 minutes (or 3 miles..don't remember which one I was aiming for) and then started my intervals.  After a straight stretch down the road, we ran into a park and saw the lighthouse!



Then we came out and ran back the other way.  Right at the very end, we had that bridge.  Whew!



  But my run interval started at the bottom so I ran the whole way up!  (It doesn't look so bad in the picture but it wasn't particularly fun right at the end!)

I knew I *might* be able to hit a PR but wasn't sure.




 Sure enough, my official time was 2:20:13, a 1 min 26 sec PR!  I was very happy!!



Meghan and I hit up the beer to get our must-have selfie (although I didn't like it and only took it so we could have the picture :)  )



It was a great race!







I placed 55 out of 94 which isn't so hot and overall 560 out of around 1030 so that's a little better.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekly Recap- February 2-8, 2015

Monday--1 mile in 9:17

Softball practice but this time I was sore from trapeze and couldn't bat or throw.  I could get ground balls though :)

Tuesday--5 miles in 53:37.  Mile 1: 10:31, Mile 2: 10:34, Mile 3: 10:35, Mile 4: 10:27, Mile 5: 11:27, Average Pace: 10:43

Wednesday-- 1 mile in 8:55

Thursday-- 3 miles in 10:02.  Mile 1: 9:56, Mile 2: 9:59, Mile 3: 10:16, Average Pace: 10:02

Friday--1 mile in 10:25

After school, Faith and I drove over to Safety Harbor for the race the next day.  We made it to the Expo just in time!  Safety Harbor is such a cute little town.  We did some shopping and eating on the little main street.


We stayed at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa which was sooo nice because the start of the race the next morning was literally right out the front door!

Saturday--Best Damn Race Half Marathon..13.25 miles in 2:05:59  Mile 1: 8:50, Mile 2: 8:52, Mile 3: 8:46, Mile 4: 8:51, Mile 5: 9:06, Mile 6: 9:55, Mile 7: 10:09, Mile 8: 9:51, Mile 9: 10:01, Mile 10: 9:40, Mile 11: 10:13, Mile 12: 9:39, Mile 13: 10:06, Mile 13-13.25: 8:07, Average Pace: 9:32.  A PR of 6 mins and 35 seconds.  Faith got a PR too!


We hung out at the after party for a little bit then drove back home.

Sunday--3 miles in 33:38 Mile 1: 11:05, Mile 2: 10:59, Mile 3: 11:36, Average Pace: 11:13

Worked at Disney again.

Total miles this week: 27.25
Total miles in 2015: 152.55
Total miles: 1747.68

2,015 in 2015 miles: 357.26
Run Streak Days: 39

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Recap- January 26- February 1, 2015

Monday--1 mile in 11:25.  Faith and I had no motivation after going so hard in the marathon the day before so we met up to run our 1 mile together.  I was a little sore, but other than a random pain in the top of my foot, I felt pretty good.


Tuesday--1 mile in 10:29  


Wednesday-- 1 mile in 8:38.  Faith went fast so I figured I needed to see how I could do since I knew I wanted to try to PR at the race on Saturday.

We had softball practice that night but I was useless in the outfield because I couldn't bend down!!

I got my Marathon Maniacs number today!  MM#10723!




Thursday-- 1 mile in 9:13

Friday--1 mile in 9:19


Saturday-- Lady Track Shack 5k.  3.15 miles in 26:08.  New PR of 47 seconds!!  Mile 1: 8:22, Mile 2: 8:21, Mile 3: 8:22, Mile 3-3.15: 7:08, Average Pace: 8:19



I also attended a class at the Trapeze Federation with Karen.  Her sister works there and I'd been wanting to go forever!  It was sooo scary but SO MUCH FUN!




Sunday--10 miles in 1:56:23 Mile 1: 11:12, Mile 2: 10:43, Mile 3: 10:50, Mile 4: 10:59, Mile 5: 13:10, Mile 6: 12:14, Mile 7: 12:15, Mile 8: 11:59, Mile 9: 11:51, Mile 10: 11:15, Average Pace: 11:38.

Had to work at Disney in the afternoon.

Total miles this week: 18.15
Total miles in 2015: 125.3
Total miles: 1720.43

2,015 in 2015 miles: 286.31
Run Streak Days: 32

Friday, January 30, 2015

Race #55- Celebration Rotary Club Pancake 10k

I signed up for the Celebration Rotary Club Pancake 10k online a few days before the race.  I wanted a better 10k time than I had so I could use them to submit for Disney races.

I showed up at the start of my race to get my packet and the only shirts they had were unisex Larges.  I hate when races don't have your correct shirt size--especially if you register online and not day of.  But honestly, the shirts were pretty ugly so I didn't argue.

It was a pretty small race.  We lined up.



Soon it was time to go!



It was a nice race.  Pretty quiet and there were just enough runners that you didn't feel alone but it definitely wasn't crowded at all.

I felt really good for most of the race.  My pace hadn't gotten down to what I wanted it to yet after my injury.  I was hoping for a 10 min pace, coming in at 1:02 but I knew that a 10:15 pace, a little under 1:04 was more realistic.

When I'm running, I'm constantly looking at my watch and doing math in my head.  Halfway through I realized that my time was going way better than I thought!  I knew that I could reach my original goal.

Then it dawned on me that I *might possibly* get a sub 1 hour.  What????  That hadn't even been on my radar!!   Running in and seeing my time, I knew it would be close!! (don't look at the clock in the picture...I think it was the 5k)


Not the best picture of me finishing in the background but it was free!

I finished very happy!



I went over to the fire station and enjoyed the nice pancake breakfast that they had.



  I knew I had to hurry though because I had to get home to shower and change to head out of town for a race the next day.

I went to check my results and guess what?  There were NO RESULTS!!!!!  I was NOT a happy camper!!!

I went over to the timing people and explained that I needed this time to use as Disney proof of time and that's the only reason I ran the race.  The guy told me it was because I registered last minute (um no, I had done online registration, not day-of registration) and assured me that he would get it and would update the time online that night.

So I was still left hoping for that PR.

And the result didn't come up when they should have.  And when they did come up, guess what?  I wasn't on there!!!  I emailed the race director and received this email

The race contractor- epic sports marketing, mis-categorized your results. Please refer to the 55-59 age group on the list. 

You did not place in your correct age group but still ran a good race-nice job!



Seriously?  Do I look 55 to you????  Still, no word of fixing it for me.  So I emailed them back and explained that I needed to be in the right age group so that if Disney did in fact verify the race, I would be in the correct place.  They finally fixed it but what a hassle!







My official time was 59:48!  I had gotten a sub 1 hr!  I was blown away! It was also an 8 min 38 sec PR!!  I placed 4th in my age group (wahoo!), 27 in my gender and 61st overall (out of 190ish if I did my math right) so not too bad!

I'm honestly not sure that I'd do this race again.  I loved that it was small and the course was really flat.  But I was not happy with how it was organized.  So we'll see about next year.