Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer Runfessions

1. I runfess that I actually worry that I may drop my things in the potty at the trail. When I use the facilities there after my run, I am in my full gear (visor on, running pouch on (I've been using the Roo lately), sun glasses on, Ipod on) and I'm worried that something is going to fall off and go ALL the WAY DOWN!

This happened to me before at Princess half marathon last year.  Because Disney races start at O Dark Thirty, it's dark in the port o potties. I decided to bring a key chain flashlight for our little group to use. Yup, I was the one who dropped it in the potty and down it went. Thank goodness i was the last one in our group to use it.

2. I noticed my clothes were getting a little tight so I wanted to lose 5-6 lbs this summer. I tried to cut back on sugar and am proud to say that I did not eat any Sour Patch kids this summer!  Because I do not own a scale I didn't really monitor my progress or lack there of so I just bought new clothes in a larger

3. I put my gym member ship on hiatus for the month of August.  Since it didn't look like I was increasing my mileage like I wanted, I thought perhaps I could do some of the same strength training at home.  Turns out I hadn't been keeping up with it so I will return to the gym in September!

4. At this point in the summer my highest mileage has only been 5 miles....womp, womp. (Hence why I didn't think I needed to go to the gym)

5. Carrying my hand held water bottle is starting to bother me. Because of the heat and humidity I've been carrying it on all my runs this summer. I figured I should get use to it because I'll want to carry it during my half marathon this fall. The problem is it is starting to hurt my shoulder.  This never happened before so I don't know what's up.  Hopefully I can convince my sister to wear her hydration belt during the half and hold my water in there.

What do you have to Runfess this month?  -M

We will be linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Love Run

My friend and I planned to do the Love Run 5K since earlier this summer. This was one of the 5K races that I had on my radar and running it would complete my goal of doing a 5K race each month this summer!  I did Relay for Life 5K in June and the 4th of July 5K in July so it would be only natural that I run this one in August. EXCEPT.....this race did not start till 9 am!!!  In AUGUST! By this time I've been pretty consistent with getting my runs in early and even at 8 am it's so stinkin hot. I just didn't think there was any way I wanted to put myself through this race.  Another downfall was that I knew it was all a trail run  which would definitely impeded my time. So for about a week and a half before, I told my friend I wasn't going to run but I'll come spectate.

Well, Saturday morning came and I was up and out the door by 7:30 am (for my 2 minute drive to the park).  I was having knee pain the day before so I thought I would go do a lap around the park to see how I felt.  I felt great. They had race day registration right there, so I decided to sign up. Because I did same day registration I did not receive a race shirt, but that's okay.

The race took place at Island Park where I often run and walk Baylee, except the race course was not actually in the park at all. It was an ALL cross country terrain course and went all through the woods.  It was a mix of  dirt path and grassy area.  I go to this park all the time so I should have been practicing running this route, but I didn't.

As in any local race around here, it is flooded with students from the cross country and track teams.  These kiddos go out SO fast and I have to remind myself that they are not setting the pace. I need to run my own race!  I did go out a bit too fast in the first mile. My breathing was WAY off and I sounded like one of those little dogs with the pushed in faces that has breathing  It seemed I was the only one wearing headphones so I felt bad for the runners around me who had to listen to me breath!

I shortly settled into a comfortable pace.  I ran the entire time with the exception of a couple steps at the half way point (because running through grass is hard).

By the way, as I was approaching the third mile (that went by the finish line) I saw the first runner come in. He was a high school kid and his time was 19 something!

As I crossed the finish line myself, wouldn't you know that I forgot to stop my Garmin!  Uggh I hate when that happens. I didn't even realize it until I was walking back to my car. Therefore I don't have my official Garmin stats but I did win second place in my age group! So at that point, my time really didn't matter. I was just excited to have placed!

This was my first time placing in any race and I have to say I was glad that they gave out medals instead of a trinket or gift certificate. For a local race, the medals are pretty nice. They are even engraved on the back.  Overall I was really impressed with the organization of this race and they actually had some of the best post race goodies. They had bagels, Nutrigrain bars, bananas. grapes, oranges, baked goods, etc, etc. I had a small bag of grapes and that was it.  When I got home Scott had french toast waiting for me but as usually after a race I can't think of eating too much. I ate it later  that evening.

This weekend is the Color Run at the same park.  I'm not sure if it will be the same course as this race or not. I wasn't planning on running it but I will definitely go to spectate. Who knows, I might end up registering last minute like I did at this race!   -M

Monday, August 22, 2016

Runners Caught In The Act!

I think you would all agree that in this day in age of smart phones and social media, we as a society are taking more pictures than we ever have before.  What a great way to preserve our memories!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly Wrap....Aug 21

It's the weekly wrap again with HoHoRuns and MisSippipiddlin!

So, I feel like over the past few weeks I've finally gotten on a good running schedule. Right now I'm doing Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.  I run in the mornings so to beat the heat and humidity ( which on some days it really doesn't matter because it's still so stinking hot by 7am).

Friday, August 19, 2016

What I learned at Pet Safety Class

Last Saturday I decided to go to a Pet Safety Class that was being offered at my local  Wellness Education Center.  The cost was $25, but I thought it would be well worth it if I could learn some tips that could save my dog's life.  This class was for dog and cat owners alike.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Is it Mental, Physical, or Something else?

When you have a good workout, do you say it was all mental?  All Physical?  Or was it something else?  I recently had an opportunity to try something that would aid me in my runs ( which I admit hadn't been going very well for various reasons).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Do You Collect These Things From Every Race?

Do you race a lot?  If you do, chances are you've acquired a lot of STUFF.   At a typical medium to large size race you can expect to walk away with the following items......

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