Tuesday, June 2, 2015

River Run for Hope 10k recap

Since I registered for the Disneyland half marathon a little late, I panicked a bit since I hadn't run a 10k race since the 2014 Peachtree Road Race.  When I entered my finish time on the runDisney proof of time page, I was not pleased with my estimated finish time for the half.  I started looking frantically for a 10k race that I was in town for and thought I was out of luck...

...until I saw a post in one of my Facebook running groups.  There was a 10k race on Saturday , May 30th!  Talk about getting one in just in the nick of time!  I immediately signed up, hoping for the best for the race.

Race day came, and I woke up with a very unhappy stomach.  I was not feeling very confident about the race, but I knew it was my last chance, and even if I shaved off a couple of minutes from my proof of time, it would be better than what I already have, right?

The race was in Roswell, GA and started and ended at a Catholic church.  The race benefits the work of the Ghana Friendship Project's work.  It helps to supply medical and health care supplies, educational material and clothing to the people of Ghana.

Getting to the race was super easy.  I arrived at around 6:30 and had plenty of time to grab my bib and shirt, walk back to my car to get ready, and get to the finish line.  I kind of liked that I didn't have a lot of time to stand around.  I went to the race solo so I took some time to give myself a little pep talk (and a couple of pictures)

The race started promptly at 7 a.m. and we were off!  The weather was perfect....low 60s and overcast.  The humidity was a little high but the cool temperatures helped.  I wasn't able to find my interval timer the night before so I depended on my Garmin to tell me when to run and walk.  As the race started I skipped over the intervals until I got away from the crowd.  Mile 1 felt pretty good.  During mile 2 I started to struggle mentally and actually considered cutting my race short and making the turnoff for the 5k course.

But I didn't.

I pushed through and kept going.  Mile 2 I slowed down a bit, but really picked it up the rest of the race.  We ran for about a mile on a dirt road, which my knees enjoyed.  At this point in the race I started to make it a goal to pick people off in front of me.  Each time I passed the person in front of me I aimed to pass the next.  During mile 4, I realized that I could actually PR my 10k time.  I kept with my intervals and was shocked at the average pace per mile each time.  As we came up on the finish line I really kicked it into gear.  There was a nice little downhill toward the finish line and I sprinted toward it.  When I stopped my watch, I was at 1:16:55...a new PR!  I haven't PRed a 10k in over 2 years, so I was absolutely ecstatic with myself.

I grabbed a bottle of water and saw runners with freeze pops, so I scoped them out at the refreshment table and snagged an orange one.  So tasty after the race!

I was shocked when I looked at my splits....with the exception of mile 2, I had all negative splits!  Usually I get slower as the race goes on, but to run faster?  Go me!  When I got home I immediately entered my new proof of time into the runDisney website and was much happier with their estimated finish time for me.

I have to give so much credit to my trainers at Orangetheory Fitness.  I haven't run outside much lately...the only runs I've been doing have been on the treadmill during our workouts.  My workouts have really helped build my endurance and got me here.  I really got back my love of running during this race and I am already looking forward to meeting up with some friends on Saturday morning and getting some more miles in.

If you're looking for a great 10k race, I highly recommend the River Run for Hope.  Flat, fast course and it supports a great organization.  I'll definitely put this race on my calendar to run again.

92 days until Disneyland!!

Until next time,

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jet Setting Away!

I am off to Tampa tonight for a belated anniversary trip with the hubby.  We celebrated 6 years of marriage on April 25th!

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It’s been close to 20 years since I’ve been to Tampa so I’m looking forward to it! :)  I’ll get the chance to see some of my runDisney friends, take an Orangetheory Fitness class, relax on the beach and some other fun stuff! 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  See ya when I get back!

Until next time,

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Feel the Oo” Oofos Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos at no cost to me; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

One of the best feelings a runner can have is peeling off their shoes and socks after a long run.  It can also be unpleasant when your feet and legs are screaming “What did you just do to me?!?!”

Enter Oofos.


I’ve had a few friends who own a pair and RAVE about them.  I’m not one to skimp on a pair of flip flops but I didn’t understand what the hype was about Oofos.  When asked to review them it was the perfect opportunity for me to check them out.

The Oofos technology is fairly simple -  it’s powered by Oofoam and their patented footbed design.  Oofos offers amazing impact absorption, superior arch support, and they’re super comfortable.  I am not exaggerating when i say it feels like you’re walking on air!

Oofos comes in many different colors and styles -


For myself, I chose the Oofos Original – this style comes in 11 different colors for women (sorry guys…only 3 color choices for you).  I went with a standard black because I knew it would be a more versatile color for me, but I LOVE the fuchsia and aqua colors!

I must admit that when I first put them on, I felt a little off balance.  I’m not used to wearing a flip flop with a little height (my standard footwear usually consists of my flip flops or my running shoes).  After a few wears I got used to it and really enjoy wearing them!  I slid them on after I finished the Georgia Peach Jam half and wore them for the rest of the day….even wore them to work the Monday after the race since my shins were still a bit sore.


I now find myself wearing my Oofos when I’m around the house or out running errands.  They will always travel with me for a race weekend….I definitely see them making my way into my suitcase for the Disneyland half marathon weekend.  Lots of walking in the parks and running a race?  I think my feet will thank me!

Check out their website here and find a local retailer so you can see what the hype is all about!

What do you wear after a race or workout for comfort?

Until next time,

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Magical Day

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know that I participated in runDisney’s 2013 Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare.


I wasn’t planning on running at Disneyland again until 2017 for the 5th anniversary of the Dumbo Double Dare as well as the Disneyland 10k, but a couple of things fell in place, the stars aligned, and now…

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I am all signed up run the 10th anniversary of the Disneyland half marathon!!! I’ll just be running the half and I am 100% okay with that.  I have some amazing roommates/running friends that I’ll be staying with and we are going to have a fantastic girls weekend!  We’ll kick off the weekend with a trip to the expo and later that night head to Disneyland for a 10th anniversary party hosted by runDisney!  Friday and Saturday we’ll be playing in the parks and hanging out (I’ll be cheering for the 10k), and Sunday we’ll run the half and celebrate with one last trip into the parks before heading home.  It will be a whirlwind trip but a terrific one.

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Another thing that makes this trip even more epic is that this year is the 60th anniversary of Disneyland!

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The castle will be decked out in jewels, they have a special parade at Disneyland as well as a new “World of Color” show at Disney’s California Adventure, and so much more!

I am so incredibly excited and am already starting to plan the weekend with my friends.  Hmm…now I need an idea for a costume!

Will you be running any races during the Disneyland half weekend?  Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekly Workouts : April 27 – May 3

This was a tough week for me.  I’m not quite sure what the deal is, but I could NOT get my heart rate high enough to get into the orange zone for the recommended time.  I’m such a numbers person when it comes to the gym and I got so frustrated with myself.

Monday, April 27
Took an extra rest day

Tuesday, April 28
Could NOT stay out of the blue in the weight room!!

Wednesday, April 29
Rest day

Thursday, April 30

Friday, May 1
Today hit me hard.  I tried mixing inclines in with my speed on the treadmill, tried power walking at a 12-15% incline…nothing I did seemed to get my heart rate up.  Less time in the blue zone was good, but I NEED THAT ORANGE!

Saturday & Sunday, May 2-3
I decided to take the weekend off and collect myself. 

I know not every workout is going to be a good one.  They often times push us harder to get to where we want or need to be.  This coming week will be a short workout week for me again as the hubby and I are going away for a long weekend to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary :)  BUT…I do have plans to take an OTF class at one of their studios near our hotel, and I look forward to it!

How do you pick yourself up after a not so great workout?

Until next time,

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekly Workouts : April 20-26

I know, I know…I totally forgot to post my workouts from the week before.  They were pretty uneventful…went to OTF for 2 days and then ran a half marathon (recap to come later this week).  So here’s what I did this past week -

Monday, April 20
Rest day…shins were sore from the Georgia Peach Jam half on Saturday

Tuesday, April 21
Back at it at OTF Cumming!

Wednesday, April 22
Rest Day

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

Saturday, April 25
Ran the Boulder Dash 5k this morning!

Sunday, April 26
I had a really hard time getting into the orange zone, as you can see.  A combination of tired legs, not eating before class, and a couple of other issues factored into this.  I now know what I need to do next time :)

I hope everyone had a great week of workouts.  Keep at it! :)

Until next time,

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekly Workouts : April 6-12

After my mini meltdown last week and a relaxing weekend at the cabin, I came back into the gym on Monday ready to work!  Coach Fox made sure to keep an eye on me and give me that little extra push when I needed it, and it paid off :)

Monday, April 6

Came into class tonight and KILLED the workout!  I felt great the whole way through and was extremely happy to see these numbers

Tuesday, April 7

So the graph didn’t come in on this email, but as you can see I hit my splat points for this night.  Coach DJ was the trainer tonight and does a great job encouraging and, at the same time, pushing us just enough.

Wednesday, April 8
Rest day

Thursday, April 9

Another great workout tonight!

Friday, April 10

Nothing like starting the weekend off with a good workout.  (I wish I could remember everything we did in these but my mind goes blank)

Saturday, April 11

Woke up and got to the gym for a workout before heading down to Atlanta for a friend’s bachelorette party.  I may have even sported my new InknBurn lace tank!  I love it and it’s super cute both for working out and for a night on the town

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Sunday, April 12

Rest day.  I stayed downtown on Saturday night with the bachelorette party and then had my first Uber experience over to Piedmont Park to meet up with the hubby and some friends for the Dogwood Festival.  It was fun to walk around, check out the vendors and eat some tasty food….my jalapeno corn dog was amazing :)

This week is a light week in the gym for me since I have the Georgia Peach Jam half on Saturday.  So far the forecast is calling for rain.  It kind of rained on this race last year and I haven’t run in the rain since the runDisney Wine and Dine half marathon back in November (that recap is coming soon!) so fingers crossed it holds off for us!

Until next time,

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