Weekly run-down

Guess how many miles I ran last week? Zero.

It was a planned rest week and the good Lord agreed when he sent the ice, snow, rain and plummeting temperatures. I did make it to the gym. (some)

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Sunday: Rain, then the ice moved in.

Monday: Ice.

Tuesday: Still ice. I did go to work for about 4 hours.

Wednesday: Gym day. It snowed, but was melted by early afternoon.

Thursday: Maybe it rained? Still no sunshine.

Friday: Gym before work. Then the snow moved in, walked to the park, went sledding, walked back.

Saturday: Gym day. I did actually run 2 miles on the treadmill, then abs, weights, sauna.

Did some Netflix binge watching, made cookies, cleaned house. Apparently when the sun is gone, I want to eat. A friend said yesterday it’s because the fridge was the only thing that had a light the last week. We were drawn to it.

Here’s Ally scraping ice off the sidewalk at my office. We paid her. :)

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I’m not sure what Molly was thinking about all the snow!

Molly in the snow.

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I was surprised when we got to the park to see how many kids had real sleds. In Texas. We used a rubbermaid lid. Apparently I need to order a sled when they go on clearance. Ya know, just in case Texas gets snow once every 3 years. :)

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What’s the weather like where you are?

Are you ready for it to warm up?

What are you training for? I have Rock N’ Roll Dallas coming up March 22!

Happy running,

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

Marathon playlist

With the Dallas Marathon 10 days away, it’s time to update the playlist and get my iPod ready to go!

Marathon playlist

I have lots of different music and this is just a sampling of some of my current favorites. Some are new and some are just “new to me”.  I don’t normally listen to music when I run, unless I’m alone. But I always have it when I race, since I usually don’t have a race partner. Mostly with just one ear bud in. But I have a feeling about mile 22 I’ll have both in, blasted as loud as I can stand it.

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Do you have any suggestions?

What’s in your playlist?

Do you even listen to music when you race?

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Weekly re-cap

Another week closer to summer! I’m sorry I’m counting down the days. So ready for 6th grade to be done. Ready to not have so much in our schedule. (is that even possible?)

Ally had 2 games this week and she pitched her first whole game. I couldn’t be prouder! This week was also her 6th grade track meet. She came in 2nd place in her heat in the 200 meter race and her relay team got 2nd place in the 4×100.

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I got a new Influenster Box this week too. It has lots of goodies in it, it’s a sport themed box. Can’t wait to try this stuff out!

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Weekly training recap2

This week training was a little lighter. I’ve been feeling an ache in my left ankle and thinking it may be tendonitis. Some runner friends suggested a few different stretches and convinced me to take a few days off. So, no long run for me this weekend.

Training this week:

Sunday: 4 miles with Allyson, average 9:36 pace per mile

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 2 mile warm-up, 8×400 with 400 rest, workout target pace between 1:45 and 1:50.

Wednesday: Gym day with abs, legs and the sauna

Thursday: My first tempo run, 8 miles total with 2 mile warm-up, 2 miles sub 8, 1 mile recovery, 2 miles sub 8, 1 mile cool down, over all pace 8:26 per mile

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Rest day

I will more than likely hit the gym sometime this weekend, but I think no running until at least Tuesday, maybe longer. I’m icing and stretching and rolling every muscle in my legs. I have a half in 10 days, with a PR in mind for it. I’ve been training for it and have a pacer. I’m really looking forward to it so I will rest now to be able to run later.

Ally is running a half marathon relay the same day. Her leg is 5.5 miles. It’s the furthest she’s raced. We did run/walk a 10k last year but that was not a good day. Things went south quick and she and I both prefer not to count that day. There are a few hills involved but since it’s here in our town, we can train the course. We ran 4 miles last Sunday and I hope to be able to do that again with her this week.

Did you workout today?

Anyone racing or running long?

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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!

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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.

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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

Race recap: the (not) Too Hot to Handle!

Sunday was my first 15k race, the (not) Too Hot to Handle! By it’s name it should have been a warm and humid race. We had this crazy cold front come through Saturday which brought rain and cooler temps. It was welcomed with open arms!

This also means that next year’s Too Hot to Handle time probably won’t be as good!

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My Flat Mama for race day!

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I set two alarms, I’m always afraid I’ll sleep through one of them. The race started at 7:30, it was about 30 minutes from our house but we had no idea how busy the parking would be so we headed out early. I’m glad we did. We literally got a parking spot 5 minutes from the start/finish line. The race was capped at about 4000 runners but it didn’t feel crazy crowded.

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They had a 5k and 15k option. I was running the 15k and Ally the 5k. They had the 15k racers line up first. We were off on time. It felt mostly flat but there were a few obvious hills. When I got home and looked at the data is was very much up and down the whole way. The race is on the trail along the lake. There were a few bikers trailing along but the traffic wasn’t bad. It’s an out and back course which I actually liked this time, I could tell when I was close to the end!

It started drizzling before the race started, but I think the rain didn’t actually start until about mile 4. It was a light rain and very welcome! I actually kinda enjoyed it. Right after I finished the heavier rain started, I’m not sure I would have liked that!

It was a tough race, I ran it fast (for me). I pushed myself. But I’m very happy with my results! Ally had several hills in her 5k, which she isn’t used to running. She ended up with 27:45 and placed 7th in 10-14 year olds. I’m proud of her!

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Here are some of my running and training buds before the race!

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After the race we went and grabbed breakfast tacos and yes, donuts. Some very, very yummy donuts!

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It was a great experience and I think I will run it again. Even though I’m sure I’ll never get a repeat of this weather in July!

Ever run a race in the rain? Like or dislike it?

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Training and week in pictures!

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This coming to an end, which means my stay-cation is almost over! I don’t want to think about it, but it’s looming over me now. I go back on Tuesday. Ally leaves for church camp Monday, she is super excited.

Training this week:

Sunday: 2 mile run, 10:03 pace

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 4 miles, speed work, 8:23 pace

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: 4 miles, 10:11 pace

Friday: Swim

Saturday: Gym workout (weights, elliptical, bike, abs)

Started out the week with 2 miles with Ally and Molly before church Sunday.

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A little unplanned speed work on Tuesday!

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We ate some good (and not so good) food this week. Here’s one of the better meals we had!

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Despicable Me 2. We love those little minions!

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Visited the Perot Museum.

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Ally and I after 4 miles Thursday.

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I had a great week spending time with the family, just hanging out together. I slept in a few days until 7:30 or 8 and it’s been nice! Going to be hard to get back to 5AM runs next week.

Ally and I race tomorrow, Too Hot to Handle in Dallas. She’s running a 5k, me a 15k. I’ll give a recap later. I did notice it’s supposed to be cooler tomorrow and I’m very excited about that!

Have a great weekend.  Did you workout today?

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Patriot Half and a shiny PR!

I DID IT! I got my sub-2 hour half marathon! As I’m writing this, I’m still waiting on official results but it should be between 1:57 and 1:58. I could not be happier!

This race marks the 1 year anniversary of my first half marathon and will always hold a special place in my heart. Last year I ran it and knew maybe 5 people on the course~ my friend that I started running with, Alisha and the MRTT chapter leader, Jessica. We had just met. This year I was proud to be wearing a Rockwall Running Club race team shirt and be surrounded by countless new friends and running buddies!

It’s such an awesome experience to see and run with friends in a race! The ones that weren’t running were cheering us on and taking pictures.

Had a yummy dinner the night before with these awesome ladies I’ve been training with for months!

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The weather was cloudy and a light wind at the start, we started promptly at 7:45 AM. I lined up with the 2 hour pace team hoping to keep them in sight and see if I could pass them near the finish. I’m so glad this was a local race that I could train the route each weekend. It’s such a tough course and very hilly. The humidity didn’t help either!

This is about Mile 3.

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I run with a iFitness fuel belt with 2 bottles and this race was the first ever where I had to fill my bottles at several water stops. I think I did pretty well staying hydrated. I had a great pace team and they started us out a little under the 9 minute per mile pace to allow some extra cushion for the hills that would slow us down. I was feeling great, got to mile 4 and saw my BFF and her daughter there with signs! I was so happy to see them there!

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Before I saw them again at mile 8, we had run some of the hardest miles of the course! I was able to pass the pace team a little after mile 8. I figured if I could stay in front of them I had cushion. Miles 10-11 are on a very long, hilly stretch of road and when we turned onto that road it was like hitting a brick wall, the wind was insane!

Mile 9

Mile 9

I had to walk at about mile 11 ish for a few seconds to catch my breath, my heart rate was up there and I was getting very warm. I’m kinda mad because I think it cost me a sub 1:57 finish, but I’ll get over it since my goal was 1:59:59!

I turned the last corner and one of my very dear friends and wonderful training partner was there and she ran me in the last 1/4 of a mile. She cheered me and told me I could do this and tried to get me to go faster (LOL). All I wanted to do was stop. Our MRTT chapter leader got this great photo of Alisha running me in, unfortunately I’m behind the girl in the maroon shirt! I am grateful to Alisha for that last 1/4 mile!

Finish

The clock was changing to 1:57 when I crossed, so I’m anxious to see the time! I crossed and grabbed hold of my husband, so I wouldn’t just collapse! Found out Ally beat her time from last year’s 5k! So proud of how far she’s come in the last year. I waited for all my friends to cross, got myself stretched and adjusted by our wonderful sports chiropractor. I think that will make a difference for me tomorrow, I can already tell I’m not as sore as I normally am. With the exception of one toe~it always gets angry with me after 13 miles!

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My watch time shows 1:58 but I realized I un-paused it. (oops)

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 Here are mine and Ally’s bibs and medals!

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 Me and Ally post-race.

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We hung out for a little while then headed to grab lunch. I was getting hungry but couldn’t make a decision so we ended up at Chili’s. Got home and showered and took a nice nap. I kinda miss not grilling and hanging out with friends this year, we will have to plan ahead next year and be ready. This day went way too fast!

This morning gun time shows 1:57:03! (YAY!!)

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