Hot Chocolate anyone?

This was oddly my first official 15k race. Ally has been asking for a year to run this one so I finally broke down and registered us both for the 15k.

Hot Chocolate 15k

It wasn’t easy training Ally for a 15k while I was still training for Nola. The mileage just didn’t work and she won’t get up at 4:30 during the week to run short runs. I had to rely on the weekends and her getting in a few miles a day at school. Fortunately, I think she has some natural talent and ability too. She made this race look easy.

Her longest run was 8.25 miles, that was 6 days after I ran Nola. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get it done, but it was a good run. It was for our MRTT virtual so there were a lots of ladies out running and one just a little faster than me ran ahead with Ally the last 4 miles or so. That is what I love about running with a group. These moms take care of each other!

We definitely got our money’s worth. It’s not what I would call a “cheap” race, but we sure did get a lot for our money! We got a nice jacket, hot chocolate and chocolate fondue at the finish, a big medal and free video of us finishing and free photos.

hot choc swag

I had initially planned to let Ally run by herself, she told me to go on. I started out a little faster but slowed down to run with her. (honestly she probably would have passed me anyway). We kept the first 6 miles at a mid 8 range, then dropped sub 8 to the finish. She got ahead of me a little but I caught her at mile 7.5 to finish together (mostly). She was about 5 seconds ahead of me at the finish line.

Ally HC

I run hills a lot, but I was a little surprised at how hilly Dallas is. Mile 5 seemed to go on forever and then bam, mile 8.5 we had to climb a bridge to head into the finish. Ally took those hills like a champ!

Here I am chasing her to the finish line.

Sarah HC 2015

The weather was chilly at the start. But I knew we’d warm up quick. I tossed my gloves at mile 2 and Ally was tying that jacket around her waist shortly after.

This is a big race, a lot of people participate in the 5k. If I had one bad thing to say, it’d be not starting on time. But in all fairness, I don’t think it was the race directors fault. There were so many people that were late. I have never seen that many people be so late to a race. The 15k corrals were trying to line up and the 5k’ers were still coming in from the sides. Finally they stopped them and made them wait until after all the 15k corrals were gone then they started another corral for the 5k.

I would run this 15k again, but I’m not sure I would run the 5k. They did have signs up at the front corrals that said “no walkers” and they were making announcements about it and if you wanted to walk to please move to the side of the road. I feel like they did a good job at crowd control considering how many people were there.

This is one of my favorite pictures!

HC 2015 finish

Here’s the finish line goodies.

HC fondue

Ally really enjoyed the chocolate! Unofficially she placed 2nd in her age group (14 and under). Her award is supposed to be mailed in 6-8 weeks.

Ally chocolate fondue

Here’s most of the group of ladies I run with every week!

Pavement pounders HC 2015

After our group finished, we headed to lunch. I had already let Ally choose since it was her big day. We love to eat in Dallas anytime we can, so I was glad she chose Chuy’s. It’s one of our favorite tex-mex restaurants.

I really enjoyed this race and running with Ally. Looking forward to the next race!

Have you run a Hot Chocolate race?

What are you training for?

Happy running,

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

Weekly run-down

Starting a new series on Monday since I’m done with marathon training (for a while at least).

weekly rundown

My recovery after Nola has been so much easier than Dallas. Not really sure why, could be mental. I feel good, legs feel good, I like running again!

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track 16×200, with 200 recovery. We started with 10k pace and worked down to faster than 1 mile pace.

Wednesday: Rest day, had to work today.

Thursday: Hill training, 6.3 miles with 10 hill repeats in there. Whoa.

Friday: Gym day

Saturday: Hot Chocolate Dallas 15k (recap this week)

Sunday: Rest day

I tried on shorts yesterday, that didn’t go well. I have to get my eating in check. I don’t think it’s all about what I’ve been eating, but how much. I know what I need to do, hoping that disaster yesterday was enough to make me do it!

The Sweat Pink #noexcuses challenge came to an end. Here are a few pictures from the last week.

#noexcuses

#freefriday

I’m still working on my recap from Nola. I can’t quite get the words out right. I’ll get there.

Races coming up:

March: Rock N Roll Dallas, half

April: Green Door 5k, it’s a local race

May: Moonlight Madness Half in Dallas, it’s at night, will purely be for fun!

I am thinking I will run the DRC half again in November, it will be my goal race for a PR. Ally has decided she wants to run a half this year, so I’m thinking the Dallas half in December with her!

What’s on your race schedule?

Training for anything new?

Happy running!

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

Marathon Monday: it’s taper week!

It’s finally here, less than a week to go. And guess what? I woke up congested and not able to take in deep breaths. I’m going to the doctor this afternoon.

grumpy cat

I got a new book and running journal. I’m excited to get into it.

Books

marathon training

Training last week: January 11-17

Sunday: Gym day, 3 treadmill miles plus weights

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 7 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 6.4 miles, hills, at Nola race pace. This group rocked those hills!

group pic

I’m participating in the #SweatPink #NoExcuses challenge this month. Last week included burpees, squats and planks. There’s something new every day.

Sweat pink no excuses

I haven’t done burpees in a looooonnnnnggggg time.

Burpees

Saturday we shared our favorite healthy snack. I came across these apples last month and love them. The new health/organic food store here is carrying them.

Peeled snacks

Today’s challenge is 30 seconds of mountain climbers. My goal is to get that done tonight, after seeing the doctor. Right now I’m struggling to take in a deep breath.

Got my Nuun on board and my new Kate Spade tumbler. Someone (not naming names) dropped my chevron tumbler and it cracked.

Kate Spade tumbler

This week is all about water, Vitamin C and good food! Hubby grilled chicken last night, I made a home made turkey pot pie for dinner tonight. I got the McCormick Thyme in my #FrostyVoxBox in December. We are starting this week off right with food prep!

pot pie

Do you food prep?

Anyone use a running log or journal?

Happy running,

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

FlipBelt review

**I bought this FlipBelt with my own money, at full price. All opinions are my own!**

  FlipBelt

I grabbed my Flip Belt at the Dallas Marathon Expo. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. I’ve heard great things about it, so far, I really like it. I committed the cardinal sin and wore it in the marathon that weekend. Honestly, it worked great.

This morning I discovered it will hold a water bottle from my fuel belt. It’s a squeeze bottle so maybe not in the winter, chances are the water will end up all over you! But, if you are desperate it’ll work.

FlipBelt 1

For the marathon I carried my phone, 3 of the Advocare gels, chapstick and my FitBit fits on the band. You can see the Advocare gels are bigger than other packages but I got 3 in there just fine. I wore my phone in the back, in a baggy. (I have the iPhone 6 for comparison.) If you have a rubber case it’s hard to get the phone in and out. But in a baggy it’s no problem and your phone will stay dry that way too.

This morning I also stuck my key in it, use the hook just in case. That is not something you want to lose while running.

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Here’s everything stuffed in it. I have a size medium. I like to wear it lower, on my hips, not my waist.

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Cons: can’t think of much I don’t like.

  • Price is a little higher than other belts, but I’m hopeful in the long run it’ll be worth it.

Pros:

  • Color selection, lots to choose from.
  • Holds plenty of stuff.
  • Fits tight against you.
  • No bouncing around.
  • Machine washable. I air dry mine.

I am carrying this one in New Orleans next weekend as well. I’ll use the water stops like I did in Dallas. I can definitely recommend this belt. I’ll update again after New Orleans!

What do you wear to carry your phone, keys, gels, etc?

Anyone else wear a FlipBelt?

Happy running,

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Marathon Monday: training update

It’s just under 2 weeks until Rock N’ Roll New Orleans full marathon! A lot has happened in the last few weeks after Dallas. I finished Dallas not wanting to run New Orleans. I know that’s crazy to decide at mile 26 never to run another full again. But, oh well.

So, here I am 2 weeks out and I think I’m as ready as I’ll get. I have not had great runs since Dallas. I’m not sure if I was properly rested and recovered to continue training. I did the best I could, kept getting in miles that I could.

marathon training

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day, stair master and legs

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Gym day, elliptical, arms, abs, lots of stretching

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 6 miles, it was 16 degrees. I should get a medal for that.

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 13 miles. Best run I’ve had since Dallas

I’ve been dealing with pain in my arch since the week before Dallas. Also, the same week I started in a new pair of shoes. I wear the Asics Gel Cumulus in size 8, but the last pair was feeling a little tight so I went with 8.5 this time. I think that was my mistake. I’ve run in my old pair, now with almost 400 miles on them, and no foot pain. I finally tracked down a pair yesterday and am ready to break these new ones in, just in time for New Orleans.

new shoes

My little family has had a lot of loss the last few months and this week we had to say goodbye to our sweet Ranger. He was just shy of 15 years. John and I got him right after we bought our first house. He was a mess, but oh I loved him. I did not realize how badly I would be affected by this loss. It’s been a rough week.

Ranger

I’m participating in the Sweat Pink #noexcuses challenge! Today’s challenge is a 30 second plank. Tag it on Instagram and Twitter with #sweatpink and #noexcuses.

Sweat pink no excuses

I’m ready for an “easy” week with a few 5 milers then our last long run is next weekend, it’s only 6 miles! Yay for short, long runs.

What are you training for?

Anyone running Rock N’ Roll New Orleans?

Happy running,

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

Dallas Marathon race review

I’m finally getting this done. The last few weeks have been a blur. I really enjoyed my time off at Christmas and got stuff done at home. But got no blogging done at all.

Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon was supposed to be my first full in December 2013. But a little ice storm kinda halted that plan, the race was cancelled 2 days before. The runners registered for that race were given a special discount price to register for 2014. So, the Dallas Marathon 2014 became marathon #2.

Training for this race was not as good as I had hoped. I missed some long runs and was just not emotionally in it. We had some loss in our family in the fall after moving in the summer. Things were crazy to say the least.

This was a large race, but very organized. I was impressed.

The expo was great, lots of vendors and lots of free goodies! Runners like that kind of thing.

Dallas expo

We grabbed our shirts and bibs and did a little shopping. I bought new sunglasses and a FlipBelt. I broke the cardinal rule of not wearing anything new on race day. I ran 26.5 miles in a new FlipBelt. It worked out though. I’ll get a review of that up soon!

This was my view the day before the race. My foot had started hurting just a little bit, so I thought maybe I’d try staying off of it.

feet up

The phantom foot pain was in my arch, it started 8 days before the race. I was supposed to run 9 miles, ended up with 4. I was hoping it was just a fluke. It didn’t hurt all that week then started the day before the race.

I laid all my clothes out the night before. I always do this to make sure I have everything. I ended up not wearing the compression socks in the race. My shoes are 1/2 size bigger than I normally get and these socks are thin. My shoes were a little too loose.

Dallas flat mama

When I bought these shoes I purposely bought a 1/2 size bigger because the last pair I bought seemed a little too tight. Now I’m afraid that’s what might be the cause of my foot pain.

Hubby drove me to the race, he dropped me off then he and Ally went to get breakfast. I met up with my group and we took pictures, stretched, used the facilities, twice. I’ve put a lot of miles on the road with these ladies, and about half of them are training to run their first full in New Orleans this month.

Dallas marathon group

This girl is one of my best running friends. She doesn’t let me quit, she also blames me for her speedy pace. I’ll take it.

Me and Alisha

I headed over to my corral to get in my spot, stretch a little more and clear my head.

corral A

The race started at 8:05AM. When I signed up for this race, I had a lofty goal and sometimes life happens and those goals change. I decided to start with the corral I had originally been placed in. I wanted to see what I could do. I started out great, felt good. I was confident I could PR. My foot wasn’t hurting at first.

I did not carry water in this race, I decided to fuel at the water stops instead. I prefer not to have the extra weight while racing. We ran through Highland Park and the fire department there had a huge flag hanging over the street, it was amazing. This is a great course, you see lots of Dallas. Most of it was familiar to me.

I saw John and Ally maybe about mile 4-5, can’t really remember. I handed them my sunglasses. I would not be needing them. The forecast was humid, warm-ish and rain. I was actually relieved at the light rain that came periodically. I was not ready for the downpour that would come later.

I hit a BIG wall at about mile 15. My splits clearly show I started out too fast (rookie mistake) and paid for it later on. I saw John and Ally at 15 and 17 since it was an out and back at White Rock Lake. I stopped at about 16 at the aid station to have my toe wrapped. I was starting to limp from my toes rubbing blisters on each other.

The pain in the arch of my foot came about mile 18 or so. I was pushing through, my pace was slowing, but I would rally from time to time. The course was fun, there were tons of people out cheering but it was rough. I’m not gonna lie.

I was walking a bit at 19 so I stopped to take a picture.

mile 19

My friend Lauren was meeting me at mile 20 to run with me. I have never been happier to see her in my whole life. I’ve only been running with her since summer. She’s my new hero! I was whiny, I was not a good running friend. It was starting to rain. I wanted to quit running all together. That whole wall at 20 that everyone jokes about, it’s real. It’s no joke. Looking back, if I hadn’t started out so fast I probably could’ve pushed through that a lot easier since I had a friend to run with.

Lauren ran as far as she could, right about mile 25.5 and turned around and ran back 6 miles to her car, in the rain. What a trooper. The rest of the girls were waiting at about mile 25.something. Alisha got me as far as she could, one of the girls got this picture. I am seriously telling Alisha I am never, ever, ever running a full marathon again. Like, I may never run again at all. HAHA. She just told me to run.

We kinda look like rock stars here.

Dallas mile 26

It rained off and on the last 5-6 miles. Then it poured. I retrieved my medal and gear check bag in the pouring rain. Now I’m getting cold. Thankfully the Dallas convention center has covered roads all around it. Everyone was hiding under there. I called John and he was able to find me pretty quick. I changed clothes in the car. Something I never thought I’d do, but I was cold and wet. We got lunch and headed home. I did get a 9 minute PR, I’ll take it.

We got our 2013 medals after completing the 2014 race.

Dallas marathon medals

Marathons are no joke. You don’t go into them lightly. Most people can’t just get out and run 26.2 miles without months of training. It’s a hard race, even if your only goal is to cross the finish line standing up. I don’t walk away from a full marathon feeling good. I feel defeated. It’s weird, I wish I could explain it.

This is a good race, it’s not as flat as I’ve been led to believe. Chances are I’d run the half again. Not sure about the full.

Happy running!

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

Marathon Monday: training update

Well, it’s 8 days post-marathon #2. I’m feeling good except when I try to make my legs run. It feels like I’m wearing ankle weights. I managed to get 17 miles in last week but worked hard for every mile. I have marathon #3 coming up in New Orleans January 25 and I need to decide if I can get recovered and ready for it. I’m going to go with the “less is more” approach.

marathon training

Training last week:

Monday: Rest day, went and sat in the sauna and hot tub at the gym.

Tuesday Rest day

Wednesday: 3 miles

Thursday: 4 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 10 miles

Sunday: Rest day

10 miles

I’m going to the gym tomorrow instead of track and will try running again Wednesday morning for our annual Christmas Eve run.

I signed Ally and I up for the Hot Chocolate 15k in February. It’ll be her first 15k so I have to get her trained while training for New Orleans. She will start track season in February as well.

My Influenster #FrostyVoxBox came in this weekend. It’s packed with lots of goodies, I can’t wait to try them out!

Frosty Vox Box

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy this week!

Happy running,

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

2014: My year in racing {link-up}

Thanks to Montana over at Pretty Lil Mudder for hosting this link up!

  2014- My year in racing

Here is my run down of racing this year!

  • Most Scenic Course: Dallas Marathon, this course went all over Dallas. There was always something to see. Lots of pretty houses, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, Highland Park Fire Station had a flag flying over the street, it was amazing to see! I’ll get the re-cap up soon.
  • Best Expo: Dallas Marathon. Lots of exhibitors, lots of freebies plus I found a great pair of Sunglasses and snagged a FlipBelt.

Dallas expo

  • Best Post-Race Food & Beverages: Cowtown. They had the usual but also had soup and ice cream.
  • Best Swag: Cowtown. I got 3 shirts and 2 medals for 2 days of running.
  • Most Unique Medal: Cowtown. It’s a 3 year series, all buckles.
  • Favorite Race Shirt: DRC Half (Dallas Running Club). It’s long sleeve, tech and bright pink.
  • Favorite Overall Race: I guess DRC Half. As far as races go, they were all well run, good courses, but DRC now holds my PR. It was during a rough time and I needed that race and needed to know that I could do it.
  • Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc): Dallas Marathon
  • Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing: Patriot Half, I fought real hard to just finish this one. Set out to make this my first 1:50 half but it became about finishing on my feet. That was a rough day. You can find the recap here.
I had a lot of races this year, lots of goals. Some of them a little lofty (ie. marathon goal). It’s ok to have lofty goals, but I also needed a realistic goal. I accomplished a lot this year, had some set backs, but am pushing through.

New Orleans Rock N Roll is January 26, 2015. It will be my first race of 2015. Other than that I don’t have much I’m registered for. I need to make some decisions about what to run next year.

Be sure and check out the other bloggers list, you might find your next race!

Jeanette: Fit In Louisville (http://www.fitinlouisville.blogspot.com)
Amy: Running Escapades (http://runningescapades.com)
Melanie: Runner Girl in a Rocking World (http://runnergirlinarockingworld.com)
Erika: MCMMamaRuns (http://mcmmamaruns.com)
Krystal: The Runner Within (http://therunnerwithin.com)
Tamsyn: Fat Girl to Ironman (http://fatgirltoironman.co.uk)
Erin: Love for Running (http://loveforrunning.com)
Sammy: Peace Love & Ice Cream (http://peaceandloveandicecream.com)
Kelly: Miles to Go (http://miles-to-go.org)
Sue: This Mama Runs for Cupcakes (http://thismamarunsforcupcakes.com)
Lara: Uptite Mamas (http://uptitemamas.com)
Kristin: Kristin’s 5k (http://www.kristins5k.blogspot.com)
Montana: Pretty Lil Mudder (http://prettylilmudder.com)

You can link up your racing recap for the year until Sunday!

 

Happy running!

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Marathon Monday: training update

SIX MORE DAYS!! And there’s no ice in the forecast, so I’m getting excited!

marathon training

Sunday: Gym day, elliptical, abs, upper body weights, sauna

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Gym day, legs, abs, sauna and elliptical

Thursday: 5 miles, all hills, uphill both ways. :)

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 4 miles

Saturday was supposed to be 9 miles, but I got 2 miles in and my foot had been hurting with every step. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk so I turned around. It seems fine today, going to try running tomorrow. I wore shoes on Friday with no support or cushion at all, so I’m hoping that’s the culprit. It’s happened before.

This week is all about eating good, drinking lots of water and resting. I’ll get some miles in, but nothing crazy.

The group I run with had our Christmas party last night, it was so fun. We exchange gifts, I got a new water bottle and some gels and chews. We had so much food, you can tell we are runners. It also looks like we haven’t eaten in a month.  Every counter space in my kitchen was covered in food.

Food

This is my friend Summer, she blogs at Cut the Grain.

Me and Summer

Ally rode in the Christmas parade this weekend on the 4-H float. I didn’t get any Christmas shopping done this weekend, we had 3 parties to go to. This was a whirlwind weekend. Next weekend I have nothing to do but run 26.2 miles!

In case you missed it last week, I updated my marathon playlist!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Are you done shopping?

Any races left for the month?

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