Monday, March 19, 2018

Lucky Charm Race

On Sunday my friend Heather and I ran the Lucky Charm 10K. This race offered both a 5K and a 10K and when Scott found out we were running the 10K he asked whyDo you get the same medal for both? Yes you do, I said! Then why would you run the further distance, he asked.

I can find a 5K around here like every other weekend but there seems to be fewer 10K's offered, especially ones that actually offer a medal.  I'm okay with running a 5K and not receiving a medal, but a 10K distance deserves a medal, don't you think? 

When we got there, that atmosphere was already fun and festive. It was nice seeing everyone dressed in green and some in costumes! As far as the weather, we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to run.

Packet pick up was available starting on Friday but we chose to just pick our stuff up right before the race. I registered for this race back in January and at the time of registration I ordered a size small race shirt. When I picked up my bib and shirt on Sunday, they no longer had any smalls left. How does this happen?  They gave me a medium instead, but turns out that ended up being a mistake in my favor because the shirts ran pretty small and the medium one fit perfect! I actually really love these shirts and the material is SO soft. They are just like the shirts that you get from Gone For A Run. At packet pick up I got to seen Ana and her son!

In real life, this jacket I am wearing (from the Tinkerbell half in California), looked a bit more green ( I knew it wasn't really green-green), but enough that it was a shade of blue green. Of course now that I look at it in this picture, it just looks blue! O well.  I was unsure what the weather was actually going to be like and it was a bit breezy walking to the race from the car, so I kept the jacket on. I decided to race with it on too.  It was a good decision in the beginning because it was a bit chilly running by the water, but after that, keeping it on was a BAD choice!

The 10K race is basically an out and back, running up one side of town and coming back on the other. It is actually a really nice, scenic course. We passed the capitol building on our way. I also saw Ana and her son again on the course cheering for runners! 

I am proud of myself for starting off slow on this race. I usually start off way too fast and then am drained by the last half of the race. But turns out my slow pace just continued. I didn't end up speeding up.  My legs were feeling super tight, but I knew that I would feel this way for the first few miles and then they would loosen up like they normally do on a run.  They didn't end up loosening up till half way through mile 4!   Even though my legs felt better, I did not gain any speed!

At one point in the course we looped through a little park and then made our way down near the water. I am not kidding you when I say a flock of seagulls literally grazed my head. I am NOT a fan of birds to begin with and to have like 50 of them flying right in front of me and over my head was insane.  I was actually trying to get my phone out to take a picture when I saw a professional photographer take a photo of me doing so. I must have looked like a hot mess. Can't wait to see what those race photos look like..haha.  (by the way, I ended up looking back while I was running to get this photo once the seagulls dispersed)

This course was advertised as a flat course, which it mostly was except for two spots. There was a slight hill at the half way mark,  which I sort of did not mind because at that point I was looking forward to the downward portion to hopefully gain some momentum. The second hill was going back up into town after running by the water, which I was kind of wondering how we were getting back up there and figured there was going to be a hill.

I took this picture after the race and realize now that I did not capture the complete incline. It  wasn't a big deal, but just not something I was happy about seeing at the end of mile 5 of a 10K race.

The finish line was up the incline and around the corner.

I was not sick for this race, nor was I injured, yet I earned one of my slowest finish times for a 10K race.  All I can say is I was over dressed and under trained. That's it. There are no excuses. It was a beautiful day and a great course overall.

Afterwards we were treated to green bagels, and cups of Lucky Charms.  There were also Jimmy John sandwiches but the line was too long to wait in and I wanted to go meet my friend.

We then found a seat to watch the the festivities continue with the St. Patrick's day parade. The atmosphere was so festive and fun and it was a great way to spend the afternoon.  I would actually consider this race again in the future.  -M

We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Weekly Wrap....March 18

                                                  Good morning (or good afternoon)

Today is race day for the both of us! I will be running the Lucky Charm 10K later today and Lacey will be running a little race called the L.A Marathon.

Guys, I think both of us have sort of been in a running rut because neither of us really trained like we should have.

I was so excited to have a 10K be the first race of the year for me. I thought it would be a good distance. I wouldn't have to put in the time and dedication that I would for a half marathon (like I did last year), yet something more than a 5K would give me something to work towards.  Like I mentioned previously, I wanted to use this 10K as a "goal race" since I was sick for my 10K last Spring, but I don't think that will happen. In any case, I'm anxious to see how it will go since it will be a "new to me race".

I still got in three (pretty weak) workouts this week.

1) On Sunday I  did 6 Run-walk miles on the trail with my sister. I'm definitely glad we got out and got some miles in.  We treated ourselves to those yummy girl scout flavored coffees and split this mint brownie treat!

2) I did do a mid week strengthening session and actually spent an hour on the treadmill! I decided that since it takes me much longer to run the same distance on the tread than it does outside, that I would just run by time and not distance. I figured it should only take me about an hour to do the 10K on Sunday, so I just stayed on the mill for an hour just to keep my endurance up.

3) My last (sad) workout for the week was a 2 mile walk on the trail with my friend Heather who came to visit. She will also be running the Lucky Charm Race!

What I plan to wear on race day.

Heather and I will be heading out soon to the race and I'm actually excited! It is St. Patrick's day themed (which I have never done a St. Patty's day race before), and there will be festivities and a parade afterwards. The weather is even suppose to be nice, so that's a plus!  Can't wait to share how it goes!   -M

We will be linking up with Holly and Wendy for their weekly wrap!

Friday, March 16, 2018

What people think about me

When I run my favorite routes, I notice that I tend to see the same people day after day. It’s the lady walking her dog, the couple walking together, the middle aged man running, you get the idea. 

Sometimes I wonder if those regulars notice me too.  I mean, I don’t care if they don’t notice me at all and honestly I would prefer to stay under the radar, but if they do notice me running, what do you think they think about me?

   Just for fun, this is what I think they think of me at the park (or on the trail).

1       1.There’s that girl that bops her head when she runs (to the music that of course they can not hear).

         2.  There’s that girl that is breathing heavy (this may be in my own head). 

         3.There’s that girl who always runs with her hair in a messy bun.

        4. There’s that girl that always waves to my dog.

       5. There’s that girl that is eventually going to trip over her own feet because she is not paying attention. (it’s true, I do like to observe my surroundings and pay very little attention to the ground. I need to work on this).

What do you think the regulars on your route would say about you?  -M

Monday, March 12, 2018

Luck of the Runner...2 Races, 2 Cities

This weekend we are both embarking on our first race of the year!  Ironically enough, last year at this time we were doing the same thing.  I was running the NYC Half Marathon and Lacey was running the Shamrock Marathon.  March seems to be a good time of year for the first race of the season because by then we are guaranteed quite a few days of good weather to get those training runs in. 

So what do we have in store for our first races of the year on St. Patrick's day?  Let's take a look...

On Sunday I will be running the Lucky Charm 10K.  I discovered this race last year but I had already committed to running the NYC Half so I put it on my list for 2018.  The weather this winter was certainly not as warm as last year so I'm kind of glad that it's only a 10K that I will be running because I did not train as well as I did last year.  My last 10K was the Hershey 10K last April. To be honest, I was hoping to make that race a "goal race" of mine but I ended up running it with a chest cold so that didn't happen. I did not train to make the Lucky Charm race a "goal race" this year but I do hope to do better than Hershey last year.  -M

Last year at this time I was running the Shamrock Marathon. I've run that race for three years and to tell ya the truth, I'm sort of over it. The weather seems to get worse each year I run it.  This year I wanted to run in better weather. Turns out, I was lucky enough to get invited to run the L.A Marathon! 

I know I haven't talked much about this training cycle, because honestly I do not think it was much of one. This winter was kind of hard to get my runs in.  I took advantage of the nice days we had and did my long runs then and  ran on the treadmill the other days. My highest mileage was only 15 miles. I 'm okay with this because I do not feel any pressure going into this race (Since  I already BQ-ed back in November). 

 I 'm basically doing this race just for the experience and to visit a friend I haven't seen in quite some time!  I never look up the course before a marathon. I guess I just like to be surprised while I'm running it. However, I do obsess about the weather (as do most runners). I saw that it is suppose to be raining all! At least it should be a warm rain.  It will be a quick weekend but I'm going to try to make the best of it while I'm there. -L

Ever sign up for a race, not for the race itself but what it entails such as the travel, experience, people, etc? 

We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekly Wrap...Does Accuracy count?

I’m sure most of you run with a Garmin or other workout tracking device. But how accurate are they?  I am in training for an upcoming marathon (I know I haven’t said much about it) and have been upping my mileage the last few weeks.

Last week between the rain showers I was able to do two back to back long runs. I did 14 miles on Tuesday and my Garmin said I burned 813 calories. The following day I ran 13 miles and my Garmin said I burned 1,163 calories. I will say that day was a bit warmer than the day before, could that be the reason?

 My heart rate was raised more during the run. Even so, it doesn’t sound like it would be that much of a difference. Needless to say my calves were so tight after these runs so I booked a massage the following day.

I have been going to this local massage school. I told her my calves were super tight and to please spend much time on them. I wish she could have spent more on them, but before you know it my hour had past. Why are Massages always the quickest hour? Well she was super sweet and said I do not have any clients next so I can spend some time on your quads…yes please! She did an extra ten minutes and it was lovely. I thanked her again and gave her a big tip. She said not a problem, I like doing runner’s legs.  I’ll have to remember her next time when I book an appointment.

The next few days I enjoyed some recovery while it was rainy outside. Once the rain had stopped I was anxious to get back out there with fresh legs.

 I did 5.5 miles on Sunday (just before it started raining again) and burned 419 calories. It wasn’t too cold out, it was probably in the 40s.  The following day I ran 8 miles and burned 690 calories. It was in the low 50s. I knew the next day was going to be warmer than that day so I was planning on another long run. I decided to do 10 miles. It always makes me feel a sense of accomplishment after runs, especially double digit runs. How many sour patch kids can I have or Girl Scout cookies today?  #Motivation.

I arrived home and synced my Garmin to my phone and I saw I only burned 404 calories. What the heck? The temperature was in the high 50s as well. I thought for sure that this was not accurate. How could this be? I know that I am not burning the average 100 calories per miles but surely I burned more than 400 calories on that long of a run. I thought maybe my Garmin needs updated, but it does do weekly updates so I don’t know what the deal is. Does anyone else feel like their Garmin or other device not as accurate? -L

We will be linking up with Holly and Wendy for their Weekly Wrap!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Oldie but a Goodie!

Can you believe that this month marks five years that we've been authoring this blog?  Who knew that on a random Saturday in March publishing one little blog post could enhance our lives so much?

  And Enhance our lives it did!

Because of our blog we have been exposed to so much more than we ever would have without it.

Throughout the years we've learned so much more about running, blogging, and social media, and have formed relationships that have turned into real life friendships! The list is long.

However, over the years our readership has changed. I would never expect anyone to have read every post we ever published, but there were a few in the beginning that I know didn't get much exposure, because who knew we even had a blog?

We will call these Oldies but Goodies worth the read.

1. Where it all began - This was seriously our first post ever! It actually explains what got us into running in the first place.

2. Lacey's First Marathon -  This was like a three day event and I loved everything about this entire experience.

3. The Boston Marathon Weekend -Triumph and Tragedy

4. When our Labrador visited her favorite amusement park - A must read for pet lovers!

5. Visiting the Running Headquarters-  What a great experience this was!

Have you read any of these posts?
Please tell us what early blog posts of yours we should go back and read! 

Have you seen the March topics for the Friday 5? Check them out HERE. Then stay tuned for what we have in store for April!

Monday, March 5, 2018

1,2,3 The Mill is Good Enough for Me

I will admit that I only started running because I liked participating in races, specifically Disney Races.  I didn't particularly enjoy the training runs and I hated the treadmill, but those were just necessary evils to get me to race day.

Fast forward a few years later and I will tell you that I actually enjoy the training runs. I love being on the trails, at the island, and just being outside. I don't mind running in all sorts of weather (above freezing of course), and I've seen SO many interesting things from being an outdoor runner.

However, since the beginning of the year, I've fallen into a treadmill rut.  I've always hated the treadmill and only used it when necessary but lately I've been choosing the treadmill ON PURPOSE and I am actually enjoying it!

So why the change?

As much as I love getting outside, I love being at home even more.  On days I run outside, I come home from work, change clothes, let Baylee out for a minute, and then leave her again to go run. I hate seeing her sad eyes when I leave.

But when I stay home and run on the mill, she is much happier.

I've learned to enjoy the treadmill at home for the following reasons.

First off, it's so convenient. I obviously don't even have to leave the house.

This means it also saves me time.

Baylee can lay right beside me as I run.

I can multi task. This means I can read my e-books, read blogs, or watch my daily dose of Judge Judy!

Also, I've noticed that when I run indoors, I do more stretching and strength training than I would do when I run outside. I'm at my home gym anyway, so I might as well take the time to lift weights and do my other exercises. Hey, that's one more episode of Judge Judy I get to watch!

I kind of feel bad that I am enjoying the treadmill runs so much. Even on the warmer days I've been choosing the mill over going outside.  I will never convert to being a treadmill runner over an outdoor runner but I am glad that I am at least to the point were I enjoy it. -M

We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Weekly Wrap...March 4!

How is it the 4th of MARCH already?

Sunday was pretty foggy all day and I think it sprinkled on and off. I decided to stay close to home so my sister and I did a two mile loop around my neighborhood and we did a LOT OF HILLS!

On Monday I tried one of the Dunkin Donuts Girl Scout Cookie Frozen Coffees, I got the Peanut Butter Cookie flavor and it was awesome.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about that drink a few more times this  Since I had the drink, I was inspired to run a little longer on Monday.

I ran 6.2 miles.  While on the trail I saw the cutest little dog. It was a Minature Labradoodle. I thought perhaps this breed of dog would make a nice buddy for Baylee if and when we decided to get another dog, but I am partial to a little bit bigger of a dog like retrievers so I don't know about getting a little dog. It's not just me.

Okay, so I suppose you are all just dying to hear how I made out with the Icon Fitness people on Monday when I got home.

I was on hold for 55 minutes. In that time I did my post run stretches, watched three episodes of Judge Judy, and baked three chicken breast in the oven and made a salad.  So, I guess the time wasn't a complete waste.

I had already known that downloading too many workouts could jam things up and cause my treadmill to react. On my end I only saw my three current workouts but on their end, there were more. The customer service rep deleted those on her end and I was able to start fresh.  I had her on the phone while I walked .3 miles and felt bad keeping her hanging on the phone.  It seemed to work fine. So far so good.

After work on Tuesday I came home and rested 10 minutes on the sofa while Baylee and I shared a handful of Animal Crackers. I really didn't feel like going for a run. I felt exhausted from work and over heated (it was hot at work and I had a rough day with the 8th graders). I had a good run on Monday so felt like I earned a rest day. But that darn weather beckoned me to get outside. We don't always have such beautiful weather in February so I needed to take advantage, especially since it looked like it might rain later in the week. 

I made a deal with myself that I would only have to run three miles. I ran around only the paved paths on the island and I felt fine afterwards. Refreshed actually.  I guess it's true, no one ever regrets going for a run.

Wednesday it was also nice but I just wanted to get some quick miles at home so I fired up the treadmill. I didn't even use the ifit program because i wanted to watch Judge Judy instead.

I took Thursday as a rest day but I didn't even rest. I actually spent all afternoon /evening in the kitchen cooking. I made home made potato soup (for later), tomato and basil pasta, salad (for that night), and shortcake for some berries I had. 

We had plans to go out with friends on Friday evening so I fired up the treadmill again to get some quick miles in. I was excited to use the iFit maps.  Let's just say I am continuing to be frustrated with iFit. It is NOT fixed.

The maps were not working properly and the treadmill stopped several times so the incline would calibrate (which never happened before).  I started it over several times and couldn't even get a full mile in without it shutting down.  Since I now know Icon Fitness is not open on Saturdays I called immediately (since it was still during business hours). I could not even get through but now that I think about it, I do know the Verizon towers were down due to some storms in the area. 

This was enough to make me frustrated all weekend! I will NOT be defeated by this iFit program. I have too much time and money invested at this point! Stay tuned as I am sure the saga will continue this week. Oh, for those of you keeping track, I started dealing with this on New Years Day. Will I get it resolved before the official start of Spring? Before Summer?   -M

Have you had the girl scout flavored coffee's yet? (I know I will be cheating on Starbucks with Dunkin for the next few weeks). 

Do you prefer small dogs or medium/large dogs (like retriever size)?  (I say medium/large because I do not mean LARGE dogs like Great Danes or St Bernards. 

We will be linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Extreme Weather Runs

March weather can be so unpredictable.  Kind of reminds me of running races.  No matter how much you prepare, anything unexpected can happen. And the thing we have the least control over is the weather.

We've experience some unexpected weather throughout the years.

When we ran Las Vegas a few years back, I expected to have a pleasantly warm run through the desert among some palm trees. Instead, I will remember this as the coldest race I've ever run. Turns out they were having an unexpected freeze at that time.

A very bundled up Snow White and Pocahontas

Another unexpected cold race was in Florida. That is the LAST place I would have expected to be running one of my coldest races. Turns out the theme of the race was "Frozen". Proof that Mother Nature has a very good sense of humor.

The wettest race I've ever run was The 2016 April Fools race in Atlantic City. This was the first time I've ever run an entire race in the rain. I love this race and running the entire thing on the boardwalk so the rain didn't really bother me while I was running, but it spoiled the post race party because the rain was pretty cold once we were standing still.

The hottest, most humid race hands down is our local 4th of July race. I will complain about how hot and humid this race is every year but truth be told, I look forward to it and will probably run it again this year. I now know that it's not one to be "raced".

During the Shamrock Marathon Lacey was lucky enough to experience ALL kinds of weather on that 26.2 mile journey. There was extreme wind, rain, sleet, and even snow!  The weather for this race has always been terrible. I suppose that is why she says she has no desire to run it again!

And although not during a race, I found my self running through a tornado warning last spring.  Of course I didn't know this at the time. I started my run on the island and as I entered the woods, those tree branches were blowing like nobody's business!  It actually was a little eerie.  As I ran by the water I saw all the waves and the white caps. Thank goodness I was listening to the radio and not my playlist because that is when I heard the tornado warning. Needless to say I finished two miles and got out of there!

What extreme race weather have you experienced?

Be sure to check out the Friday 5 Topics for March and stay tuned for April as we have some surprises in store for those who link up!