Rock n’ Roll Dallas 2015 re-cap

Since I never got my New Orleans full recap up, I figured I’d better get busy on this one ASAP! This race was a different one for me, in a good way. It’s so fun to be there when your friends hit their goals they work soooo hard to achieve!

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Ally went with me to the Expo and packet pick up on Saturday. She likes to go and shop, of course!

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RnR usually has really good expos, large, with lots of vendors. This one was better than New Orleans was, but the one in Dallas 2 years ago was still the best. Brooks has a huge showing at these expos too.

RnR expo brooks

I was looking for headbands but didn’t find the ones I wanted so I’ll just order them online. We grabbed a cute shirt from one booth then had to back and get the head band for a friend!

This was the best I could get from her. She’s a mess!

Ally RnR

Snapped a picture of the course map.

RnR Dallas map

I checked the elevation and saw there were some hills, but I didn’t realize how hilly it was. More on that later.

Dallas big 2015

When I got back to my car my MRTT (Moms Run This Town) magnet had been flipped upside down. I assumed it was someone from Rockwall but apparently the Allen chapter loves this game, someone there was the culprit. Too funny! So, if you see an MRTT magnet on a car, it’s perfectly acceptable behavior to flip it upside down. She took a picture (and so did I) and posted it in her chapter group. Be sure and leave the license plate out of the picture. 🙂

flipped mrtt magnet

That night I finally made a choice on what to wear (or so I thought). I had it narrowed down to tank top, maybe shorts, maybe capris. If it rained I wanted capris and since that was still a maybe I chose capris. I took my throw away sweat shirt but forgot my gels.

RnR Dallas flat mama

Got up at 5:15 on race day, got dressed, had breakfast, grabbed my stuff and John took me to meet friends to head out.

The race started at 8am, we left Rockwall at 6:15, thinking that was plenty of time to get parked and get into our corrals. We barely made it. But at least we didn’t have a bunch of time to stand around and get nervous! Two years ago when I ran RnR Dallas it was a point to point race, you parked at the end and they shuttled us to the start. This year it was point to point again with about 1 mile in between start and finish. No shuttle. You basically were on your own, park where you can and walk it. I disliked that very much. We parked easily but had at least .5 miles to walk to the start.

We got to the race at corral 1 and bag check was at corral 15. It was very crowded along the corrals but we got to bag check and found a ton of port-a-potties, took care of that and headed for our corral with about 12 minutes to spare. We got into our corral and took a picture, sang the National Anthem and we were off. They didn’t waste any time.

The weather was gloomy looking, I kept thinking it was going to pour down rain on us, but it never did.

RnR shoes

There were four of us, we’d all been training together the last few weeks to help two of the girls hit new goals. They both badly wanted a sub 2 hour half, their first. We stayed together for about 4 miles, then broke into two groups. It’s hard to make that choice to push a friend unless you really know they want you to. I was torn between staying with her and leaving. I was afraid she would be mad either way, even though she told me to go. (She wasn’t mad at me, but still wants that sub 2.) We are all busy making goals for the Fall.

RnR pre race

I ended up running on my own for a little while, saw a few friends on the way. Luckily Anna had an extra Gu on her and had given it to me just in case. It was salted watermelon and not the worst I’ve had but it’s so thick. I really can’t hardly stand it. I use the Advocare rehydrate gels but I was desperate. I made it to about mile 8 before I needed it. I just ate it slowly.

Got to about mile 9 and caught up with the other half of our group and finished the race with them. Anna was still on target for a sub 2 hour, she was fighting for every step. I have been there. You want it so bad, you just have to convince your legs to cooperate. I think she had mostly 8:50 miles until that point.

We hit the mountain at mile 10, it seemed to go on forever, and that slowed us down. We were still ahead of the 2 hour pacer so we had time in the bank. I would run a little ahead to stay on the 9:10 pace and would slow down some then speed up a little. We were bouncing around at that point, but still pushing forward. We got passed by the 2 hour pacer somewhere about mile 12, I think. It was all kind of a blur after that, like a scene from a movie. You are in that final stretch, you get passed but still don’t quit.

Up ahead we see runners from Rockwall cheering and I tell them Anna needs a push, we are so close! The 2 hour pacer is still in front of us, we have less than 1/2 a mile to go. I’m staying with the pacer to try to draw her my way, our other friend is with her and just ahead cheering and telling her she can do it. She dug deep and sprinted ahead of that 2 hour pacer in the final stretch, we may have even been in the finish line chute. Seriously it was a blur. Got it by 3 seconds.

Here we are literally right after crossing. The look on Anna’s face tell you how hard she worked! I’m sure you can guess which one is Anna! I have the biggest grin on my face, such a goof!

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We grabbed our medals but still weren’t sure if she came in under 2 hours, that pacer could have been off. We got Gatorade, potato chips (seriously the best post race snack ever!), and then headed to the engraving tent to check her time.

RnR Dallas finish

My friend Cynthia also go her first sub 2! These ladies are rock stars!

RnR Dallas post race

We caught up with several friends that had hit their goals that day. It was so fun hearing the stories and celebrating with them!

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We found coach and took more pictures, got our stuff from gear check and went to get our free beer. And take more pictures!

Rnr pic with coach B

We have some pretty awesome runners in our group, quite a few are headed to Boston next month. They were out there cheering us on at this race.

rnr finish line party

Here’s my medal, I forgot to take a picture of the shirt.

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John picked me up from the finish and we tried a new place for lunch, Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. I had some ridiculously good food. Yes, that’s bacon on a skewer.

rnr dallas lunch

We shared fries and rings for all three of us.

rnr lunch fries

I got the grilled cheese with mozzarella, pesto and tomato. So YUMMY!

rnr dallas lunch grilled cheese

After that, we headed home and you would think I’d be sitting on the couch…..

Wrong. Laundry, vacummed the house, cleaned out the fridge and did the dishes. Thankfully I talked John into going to the store for me. Oh and Ally had softball practice. The season starts this weekend!

Now our group is busy making goals for this fall. No matter the pace, we are all training together, cheering and supporting each other and just running.

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What are you training for?

Do you make goals? Write them down?

Happy running,

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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

Goals, weekend and training update

We had a fairly calm weekend compared to what they’ve been recently. I didn’t have anywhere I had to be on Saturday except to run. I got 7 miles in, struggled, but it got done. Caught the last half of Ally’s softball practice, caught up on laundry and a little cleaning. Ally decided to clean out her closet and we did a little shopping. We didn’t have much luck finding her anything.

Mellow Mushroom finally opened here and we decided to meet some friends for dinner. We got there at 5 and we finally got dinner about 8. We were there for 4 hours. It was fun hanging out with friends, but we will wait a few weeks for things to settle down before we go back.

Ally’s last softball game is tonight. We’ve had a fun season, some wins, some losses but it’s a great group of girls and parents!

Warming up at her pitching lesson.

Warming up at her pitching lesson.

School is out Thursday morning, just have to stay for the awards at 9:30. Have I told you how ready I am for school to be out? Going to fully enjoy this summer. We have a few things that need to be done around the house, but definitely planning lots of fun stuff on my days off. I’m going to church camp with Ally in July. It’s her last year at pre-teen camp. She starts in the youth group next week.

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked goals. I’m still hard at work (most days) but I like to re-examine them periodically.

  • Water. I got really dehydrated at my half last week so I’m drinking water like it’s my job!
  • Mileage, it’s climbing and except for adjusting to the temperatures I’m handling it well. I love track workouts!
  • Strength training. Still going to the gym 1-2 times a week. Our running club moved locations and now we meet in the same parking lot as my gym so I may be able to head over there after running.
  • Half marathon goals. I did not hit my 1:50 goal last week, I came real close. So, now I need to decide what goal to work for the Fall.

Training last week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Patriot half marathon (recap here)

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 7 miles

Pace was not great this week. I’m going easy on myself for that because of the race and the temps/humidity. But going forward my goal will be to get my pace down. I know it will take hard work and I have to stay on top of my hydration to be successful.

I don’t have a race until October as of now, so I have plenty of time to just focus on the work.

Surround yourself

Did you workout today?

Have you made new goals?

When is your next race?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check

Happy Monday! I started the week off with a 6 mile run this morning. Normally Monday is a rest day for me, but I’m changing things around and trying to add a 4th day of running.

Haven’t looked at goals in about a month, it’s a little past due.

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I have a half coming up in about 30 days. I’ve really seen some improvements since starting track in March. I’m looking forward to seeing a PR next month.

  • Run 4 days a week
  • Gym 2 days a week
  • Water, water and more water.
  • Food, was under control, then I started splurging too much, then it was good again. Need to get it consistent. I have splurged more than I should but it hasn’t been an all out eat fest, so that’s a little better.
  • Stretch every day. More running means tired legs and my ham strings haven’t been happy this week.
  • Food prep more consistently

Did you workout today?

Have you set new goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Beautiful morning for a PR

It’s been a great training week. Food and water intake is back on track, now just have to keep it up!

Weekly training recap2

Training this week:

Sunday: Spin class

Monday: Track workout, core and conditioning

Tuesday: Track, 100×10, 300×10 recovery pace, 2 mile warm-up

Wednesday: Spin and abs

Thursday: 4.6 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 5k race

One of my goals for this year was to run a sub 24 minute 5k. I set that goal thinking it would take me until at least Summer or Fall to achieve it. Well, I crushed it this morning so now I have to set a new goal. Apparently all this hard work is paying off and I’m beside myself with excitement!

Green Door 5k, benefiting Children’s Relief International

It was a chilly morning, but I knew I’d warm up fast. It was a hilly course, but one I’m very familiar with so I knew what to expect. I am still a little shocked at my progress, not sure it has sunk in yet. I ended up placing 1st in my age group, 3rd overall and 2nd female to cross. Ally didn’t set a PR this morning but she ran a good race and came in first in her age group as well.

I saw so many PR’s achieved this morning, it was great to be there to cheer my friends on as they hit their goals in the 5k and 10k.

Green door race

I have the Zooma half coming up in 2 weeks. Not sure that I have any time goals for that yet. A friend is going with me, I’m looking forward to running it and hanging out.

Did you race this weekend? Run a training run?

Did you workout?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check {link up}

It’s past time for a goals update! Time to get focused.

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I have lots of goals for the year. Both personal and fitness related. I will break them down weekly and share a few for the year. I have to keep these goals in front of me each week to stay on track.


  • Water: drink it.
  • Food: gotta track it in MFP. Every single day. I’ve been gaining weight these last few weeks. I haven’t been completely out of control with food but it hasn’t been perfect. I’m working on getting back on track. Seems like this is a never ending battle.
  • Training: it seems to be good. I’m getting in my workouts, changed things up, adding a spin class when I can, I’m going to the track and running.
  • Weights: keep lifting. Start working on lifting heavier.

For the year:

  • Half goal of 1:45. Most likely in October at the Michelob Ultra 13.1 in Dallas
  • Full Marathon, Dallas, December 14. Haven’t decided on a goal time yet.
  • 5k time under 24 minutes, but deep down I want under 23 minutes.

These goals are going to take hard work and dedication. That includes my diet. I know that eating garbage will not get me my goals, I just have to keep reminding myself that.

Do you set goals? Share one with me that you are working on.

How do you track them?

Set your goals and link up here! 


Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check & Marathon training

We had a crazy, busy weekend and I never got my marathon training update out. Saturday, Ally was in a cooking competition with 4-H. It was literally all day. They had electrical issues with all the cooking so they didn’t really get to finish cooking their dish. The competition had to be revised to accommodate it. My long run was Sunday, 12 miles. It’s finally taper time!!

Cowtown is in 13 days.


12 miles 2-8

As soon as I hit the 10 day mark I will start watching the weather to decide what to wear. Sunday morning was 40 degrees and very, very foggy. It felt like rain.  It was still dark and I needed a long sleeve. But 40’s in the sun could/should be warm enough for short sleeves.

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Last week wasn’t great. I had ok days, but not good days where food is concerned, and I can tell.

  • Water: pretty good, except Saturday
  • Food: meh, needs to be much better!
  • Workouts: good, several days of abs, weights, running and cross training
  • Eating out: so-so. I already have a better start to this week with food prep last night!

I made chicken taco soup, egg muffins, oatmeal bites for pre-runs, and chicken salad for lunch.


Don’t forget about the Active Accessories giveaway, it ends in 2 days!

How do you decide what to wear for a race?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 27: Goals Check + Giveaway

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Anyone else feel like that? This month has flown by! I wish time would slow down a little. It may have something to do with the fact that I’m counting down to my marathon, that is probably making time go faster.

Monday brings goals check time. How’d you do this week?

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I did ok this week. Not great but good.

  • Eating out: I caved and ate fast food for lunch on Friday. It was a moment of weakness.
  • Water: really good! Maybe the best week ever!
  • Weight: I was up slightly on Friday morning, but I’ll just give it my best this week.
  • Food: I did track it, even on the bad days.
  • Workouts: Ran fewer miles, but got some good workouts it. Tried wall balls with squats for the first time.

Overall I’m pleased with my progress. I’m definitely headed in the right direction. I just have to keep making good choices and change those bad habits.

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It wouldn’t be Monday without a giveaway from Active Accessories. We have one more On-the-Go accessory pouch to give away. This one is black with white polka dots. Isn’t it adorable??

There are several ways to earn entries in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 27, 2014 until 8PM CST January 31, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be a US resident to receive the prize.

Go visit their page and give Active Accessories lots of love for all the giveaways this month!

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Did you workout today?

Try any new workouts this month?

How’s the weather where you are?

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January Jumpstart Day 20: Goals Check, giveaway and a contest!

I have a big favor to ask everyone! Zooma has started an inspiring blogger contest. Whoever wins gets a trip for 2 to the Napa Valley race AND gets to give away a trip on their blog to a reader. I’d love your vote, you can find the info here.

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It’s Monday again! (yep every week) It’s also day 20 and goals check time.

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January Jumpstart is about fitness, it’s about goals, about trying new things (scary I know), it’s about getting back on track or starting from scratch. Wherever you are in your journey I’m glad you are following along. It’s time to update you on my goals.

  • Food: tracking every single day. Did not have fast food for lunch last week. Yesterday wasn’t a great food day. I think Saturday’s 18 miles was catching up and I was hungry and fighting a headache all day long.
  • Water: doing good, but Saturday was not near enough. (probably what triggered the headache)
  • Workouts: good, marathon training is trucking along and I am headed to the gym this morning.
  • Close to about 2.5 pounds off since January 1.

The weather here has been great on the weekend. John was able to grill dinner Saturday night for a change. Ally has started pitching practice as well. Softball will start up soon. I’m glad she decided to play again.

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We have Active Accessories on deck again this Monday for a giveaway. This week it’s the On-the-Go Accessory pouch in black! There are several ways to enter in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 20, 2014 until 8PM CST January, 24, 2014. The winner will be contacted January 25, 2014.

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No purchase necessary. You must be a US resident to win. Void where prohibited by law.

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Just a reminder there’s a January JumpStart board on Pinterest. I’ve pinned all the blog posts and a few exercises in there as well. You can find the board here.

How are you doing on your goals?

Are you checking them each week?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart: Day 13, Goals Check + Giveaway

Welcome to day 13 of January Jumpstart! It’s Monday, let’s make this a great week. Did you stay on course this weekend? If not, it’s ok, today is a new day. We get another chance. I’m starting the week with Goals Check.

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  • I logged food every single day so far.
  • Down 1.4 pounds since January 1!
  • Water intake has been pretty good.
  • No fast food for lunch since December 30 and only once for dinner so far.

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We have another awesome giveaway today from Active Accessories. This week the On-the-Go Accessory Pouch in Pink and Gray Polka Dots. The giveaway starts today, January 13, 2014 at 9AM CST and ends January 17, 2014 at 8PM CST. Winner will be notified January 18. No purchase necessary to win. Must be a US Resident to receive the prize. Void where prohibited by law.

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Don’t forget the Sweaty Bands giveaway ends January 14!

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Did you work out today?

How are you doing on your goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 6: goals & a giveaway

Happy Monday! It’s Day 6 of January Jumpstart! How was your weekend? Did you stay on track?

I did pretty good considering how my weekends have been going that last 8 weeks or so. I tracked all my food and I’m mostly pleased. Gotta start somewhere. I’m bringing back Goals Check Monday. I like to check my goals each week, it helps to stay on track that way.

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  • Tracking food: did well. Tracked every day since January 1.
  • Water: pretty good, can always do better.
  • Workouts: good, I got weights, abs and my runs in.
  • No fast food! I’ve made it 5 whole days so far!

active accessories giveaway

We have an awesome giveaway starting today! Active Accessories is a great supporter, this week we have 1 On-the-Go accessory pouch in black to give away. I love mine, I’ve had it for a year. It stays in my gym bag. I put my drivers license and ID in there when I go run or to the gym. It has bobby pins, safety pins, chapstick, and a hair tie in it.  It will hold my phone as well.

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There are several ways to earn entries in the Rafflecopter widget. The giveaway starts at 8AM CST January 6, 2014 and ends 8PM CST January 10, 2014. The winner will be announced January 11, 2014. You must be a US resident to receive the prize. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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Today is a rest day for me. I will hopefully get more sit ups and a few weight reps in tonight before bed. I’m bringing back plank a day too. More on that tomorrow! I also couldn’t resist the urge to get on the scale this morning, it was good news! Gotta stay motivated!

Did you workout today?

How did you do on your goals the first week?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1