A RACE FULL OF FUN AND SURPRISES

The weekend started off with the Ladies Rock Dayton 4 miler with some friends. The three of us are running a half marathon at the end of June, so this was a fun warm up race. 

  

This is a new race and it didn’t disappoint. The swag bag was full of goodies. There were chocolates, a healing salve, useful coupons, drink koozie, a bag, and a nice Brooks race shirt. 

  

The course was on a bike path along the Great Miami River and wound through Carillon Historical Park where it finished. It was about 85 degrees, but there was a nice breeze so it didn’t feel too hot. 

At the finish line we received an awesome beer glass and a drink ticket. 

   

 

The after party was one of the best I have been to. They had a bartender, and a spread of food that included hummus, pretzel chips, donuts, veggies and dip, bagels and cream cheese, cookies, and some great healthy red velvet and cookie dough dips! I forgot to take any pictures of the food, but it was yummy!

They announced the overall top three winners and then the announced the overall Masters winner. Imagine my surprise when they called my name!  I was shocked to be on stage! The prize bag and bouquet of flowers was amazing!

   

 

I ended up finishing 12th overall, 1st overall in the Masters division, 2nd in my age group. How did I end up 2nd in the 40 + Masters age group and still win overall Masters you ask? The overall winner was the 41 year old winner of my age group and you can’t win two prizes! The “old” girls really did ROCK this race!

This was such a fun race and a great time with friends. I can’t wait to run it again next year!

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WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEKS SIXTEEN, SEVENTEEN, AND EIGHTEEN

Oops! I guess I have been slacking on my recaps. Actually I knew I hadn’t posted, I just wasn’t feeling the workouts the last few weeks and writing about it at the time was making me relive a not so great workouts. I guess the whole tapering business messes with my head. It does seem to work well with my body though, but more about that later. 

MONDAY APRIL 13

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 7:26 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 14

Strength and Conditioning

5 miles @ 8:32 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 15

Tabata

6 mile run @ 8:45 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 16

Strengh and Conditioning 

5 mile run @ 8:48 pace

FRIDAY

1 mile run @ 7:53 pace

SATURDAY APRIL 18

7 mile run @ 9:20 pace

SUNDAY APRIL 19

4 mile run @ 8:14 pace

MONDAY APRIL 20

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 8:21 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 21

Strength and Conditioning

4 mile run @ 8:24 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

5 mile run @ 8:43 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 23

Strength and Conditioning

1 mile run @ 8:04 pace

Yoga sculpt. This is a new class at a local studio. It is a great class that I will have to try again now that marathon training is over. It was yoga with weights and a little bit of cardio. It was a great workout. 

FRIDAY APRIL 24

4 mile run @ 8:17 pace

SATURDAY APRIL 25

3 mile run @ 8:32 pace

SUNDAY APRIL 26

8 miles @ 8:48 pace

TAPER TIME!

MONDAY APRIL 27

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 8:01 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 28

3 miles @ 8:33 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29

Tabata

4 mile run @ 8:56 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 30

3 mile run @ 9:02 pace

FRIDAY MAY 1

1 mile run @ 8:12 pace

SATURDAY MAY 2 

1 mile run @ 8:00 pace

SUNDAY MAY 3 

FLYING PIG MARATHON 

26.2 miles @ 9:44 pace (race recap coming soon)

So I guess I actually missed three weeks in there.  

April mileage 148 miles!

May mileage 28 miles

Run streak 130 days

WEEKLY WORKPUT RECAP WEEK FIFTEEN

This week started out much better than last week. I felt pretty good for the most part. By FRIDAY, my cough was back with a vengeance and my weekend runs didn’t go quite as planned. I think that is why I held off on posting this, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get my full last long run in. I have come to realize I am as prepared distance wise as I can be. And I just need to move on. 

MONDAY

No Yogalates today. I was pretty tired today and decided to just sleep in. 

1 mile run outside @ 7:26 pace. This run started out great and then two dogs came running up on me. They looked threatening (to me!) and thanks to 3 wonderful neighbors who came to my rescue as well as a random guy in his car trying to corral the dogs I was able to finally continue on my way. I did encounter the dogs again as I was almost finished with my run, but I was able to divert them. 

TUESDAY

Strength and Conditioning

Courtney subbed for Mike so we actually did Tabata. 

5 mile run outside  @ 8:32 pace. 

WEDNESDAY

Tabata 

Lisa subbed for Courtney and it was a Tabata style class. 

6 mile run outside @ 8:44 pace. 

THURSDAY

Strength and Conditioning

Mike kicked our butt today. 

5 mile run outside @ 8:48 pace. 

FRIDAY

1 mile run outside @ 7:54 pace. 

SATURDAY

I switched my run with Sunday due to impending rain. I had to run late in the afternoon because Alex had a soccer tournament. 

I had 20 planned, a few miles in I decided to change to 12 because I was coughing all day and really congested. I ended up stopping at 7 and made the “call of shame” to Brian to pick me up. 7 miles outside @ 9:21 pace. I ended up doing a breathing treatment afterwards. My body was exhausted. 

SUNDAY

4 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:14 pace. 

Weekly mileage 29 miles

Monthly mileage 82 miles

Yearly mileage 501 miles 

Run Streak 114 days

I was really disappointed in myself for not running my 20 miles, but I know that my health is more important. I also know I have recently done some long runs and I will be fine fitness wise come race day. Here’s to the last two weeks of marathon training!

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEK FOURTEEN

This was a tough week for runs. I have been battling a cough and chest congestion. I almost broke my run streak because I felt so bad, but I made it out every day this week and many days it was only to keep the streak alive. 

MONDAY

Yogalates

1 mile run outside @ 8:24 pace. This was the first of many slow runs due to a tight chest as I ran. 

TUESDAY

Strength and Conditioning

2 mile run outside @ 9:35 pace. This was supposed to be 5 and it was all I could do to get through the 2. 😦

WEDNESDAY

Tabata Lisa subbed today and it was a great class. I did take it easy as there was a lot of cardio ( she did an adapted Tabata and kicked our butts) and my breathing/chest tightness/coughing was still bothering me. 

1 mile run outside @ 8:45 pace. This run was bad all around. I was trying to dodge rain showers and about halfway in it started to rain. I finished about a 1/4 mile from home and was just going to walk because I couldn’t stop coughing. It thundered and started to rain harder, so I jogged the rest of the way home. 

THURSDAY

Strength and Conditioning

1 mile run outside @9:06 pace. 

FRIDAY

1 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:30 pace. Then I napped (all this coughing is wearing me out!) and then went to the Doctor. 

SATURDAY

5 mile run outside @ 8:53 pace. After being pumped full of medicine, I felt ok running today. It was definitely the best I felt all week. I did have one coughing fit during my run that I think shot me into the air in a star jump (at least it was entertaining for the neighbors!)

Yard work for about an hour

SUNDAY

12 miles @ 9:17 pace. I was supposed to run 20 today, but at the advice of my husband and Doctor, I decided to switch my run with next weekend. This was definitely a good choice. I will do my last long run next week and then will be all set to taper after that. 

Weekly mileage 23 miles

Monthly mileage 53 miles 

Yearly mileage 472 miles

Run Streak 107 days

Let’s hope for better running this week!  

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, FRIDAY FAVS APRIL 12th

This has been a tough week for me. We are back at school after a week off for Spring Break. We have had lots of rain which caused some leaking and chaos at school on Tuesday. The worst is that I have been coughing/not feeling great since last Saturday. What I thought was just allergies at first turned into some sort of chest congestion and a cough that was unpredictable and annoying, especially at night. (more on this later). Today is a new day with sunshine and decent temperatures!

FAV#1

APRIL SHOWERS BRING PRETTY FLOWERS

As much as I am not a fan of all the rain we have been having, I do love all the flowers that are starting to bloom. 

  

FAV # 2

CHOOSING OUR FASTPASS + SELECTIONS

This past week we were able to make our Fastpass selections for our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. We have our usual favorites like Thunder, Space, and Splash Mountain. We also have some new (to some family members) as well, such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tower of Terror (I can’t wait for this one!). It will be Eric’s first ride on it and Brian’s second time ever (the first one didn’t go so well ).

  

FAV # 3

HIDDEN MICKEYS

We have some great landscaping in our yard that has the shape of that special guy I love so much!

  

FAV # 4

HOME COOKED MEALS

This week with not feeling great we had lots of leftovers, freezer meals, and even fast food one night. By Thursday I couldn’t take it any more and made this recipe that was delicious!  It was so good!  I can’t wait to make it again. 

  

FAV # 5

NEW FUN BEERS

I ordered this beer that was just calling my name.  I loved it even more when the bottle was put in front of me. It was yummy and now I am on the lookout for it locally. 

   

 

FAV # 6

FINALLY STARTING TO FEEL BETTER!

I went to the Dr. on FRIDAY and have a diagnosis of possibly an infection (antibiotic for that) and asthma (who knew you can develop that as an adult) so I have oral prednisone as well as an inhaler, and allergy meds and nose spray. For someone who is not a big medicine taker this is quite unusual. You gotta do what you gotta do I guess. I am just glad that my Dr. understands my need to be able to continue training for my marathon that is in three weeks and is helping me get better. 

  

Here’s to hoping for a great week of weather and feeling better next week!

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEK THIRTEEN

This week involved a LOT of running! I am really getting geared up for my marathon now. Being on spring break allowed me to do some of my runs/workouts at different times. This is why I long for summer!

MONDAY

Yogalates

20 mile run outside @ 9:07 pace. (My Nike+ app clocked one of my miles ridiculously fast, so after correcting for that I think my pace was really about 9:20.). Not bad!

TUESDAY

I slept in today and took a power pump class. I forgot how hard this class can be, but I love the burn. 

5 mile run @ 8:46 pace. It was super windy!

WEDNESDAY

5 mile run @ 8:44 pace. 

Stennocis at the park with the kids

THURSDAY

Power pump

5 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:37 pace. (It was lightening like crazy, so I opted for an inside run)

FRIDAY

8 mile run on the treadmill (it was rainy). @ 8:23 pace. I wasn’t feeling it today. I took a short break at the halfway point. 

SATURDAY

12 mile run outside @ 9:04 pace. I used my new Garmin and I love it!  

SUNDAY

1 mile run outside after the first egg hunt and before Church. Unfortunately, I didn’t wear my phone and I thought I had my Garmin turned on correctly, but I didn’t, so I don’t know my pace. 

Weekly mileage 56 miles

March mileage 168 miles!

April mileage 31 miles

Yearly mileage 450 miles

Run streak 100 days!!!

HAPPY EASTER!

FRIDAY FAVS APRIL 3rd

This has been a great week! We are on spring break and we have have had decent weather for a few days!  What more can you ask for? Well maybe a trip to Florida where it is really warm!

FAV # 1

Spring temperatures!

This week started out cold!  My runs on Saturday and Sunday were in 20 degree temps. Monday it started to warm up and by Wednesday it actually hit 70 degrees! While I would really prefer temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s, I will take what I can get. 

FAV # 2

Getting outside to enjoy the nice weather!

   

 

This was a little seat that spun around and it was so much fun, but it made me really dizzy!

We have been to the park three times this week. One day I even did my run around the park while the kids played (it was SUPER windy).

  

We even played a game of stennocis (or soccer tennis). We used to play this all the time with Austin, so it was fun to bring it back. 

FAV # 3

Birthday celebrations

I am a fool. An April Fool baby! I like birthdays. I am proud of my age and have never been upset or freaked out by a certain age. I look at it this way, it’s one more year that I get to live it up!

The day started out with a five mile run, then breakfast where the portions are obscene! I couldn’t finish. 

  

We did some shopping where I got this!  I can’t wait to use it. 

  

Then we spent the afternoon at the park and dinner out. 

  

Emma made this for me in art class. 

FAV # 4

Christmas in April?!?!

Way back in October I was being very proactive and ordered a gift for my husband. 

These are some of his favorite rides at Magic Kingdom   

Well, it just arrived yesterday. So much for thinking I was ahead of the game. He does really like it, so I guess it was worth the wait. Now we just have to find a place to hang it. 

My sister and her family are going to be here for the weekend for Easter and we have some fun planned. 

Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Do you look forward to birthdays?