Thursday, March 26, 2015

Georgia Peach Jam half recap

Since this happened a couple of weeks ago -

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I figured now was as good of a time as ever to post my recap (since I didn’t quite get around to doing it last year)

When I first heard about the race, it appealed to me for three main reasons – 1) it’s where I do all of my long runs, 2) it’s about 10 minutes from my house, and 3) it’s 95% flat.  Those are good reasons, right?

On race morning, I underestimated how long it would take me to get ready and make it to Fowler Park, so i was running a bit behind.  Luckily, my BRF Brandi came to the rescue and picked up my bib and shirt for me.  Whew!  I won’t be doing that again this year.  I had enough time to run back to the car to put my shirt in, pin my bib on, and make my way to the starting line.  I saw my Sweat Pink sister, Brooke, before the race and we wished each other luck.

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It was a cool, drizzly day, which was both a good and bad thing.  It was nice to keep the temperature low and the bicyclist off the greenway (they informed runners beforehand that they could not close it to the public), but quite a bit of the greenway is a wooden boardwalk, which gets slick when it’s wet.  I knew I had to be careful along the course.

Finally, it was go time.  Ramona, Brandi and myself started together but quickly broke off to run our own race.  I felt confident at the beginning but as cramps set in, that confidence slowly began to fade.  I ended up walking a lot and wanted nothing more but to finish.  It was an out and back so I saw my friends on their way back to the finish. 

I befriended a woman towards the end and we finished the race together.  It was a tough race for me but I was happy to have finished it.

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Can ya tell all three of us love our PRO Compression socks and KT Tape?  I posted this on Instagram and KT Tape reposted it.  We were famous! (At least for a day)

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Once we finished, we headed over to Dutch Monkey Doughnuts to refuel.  I don’t have any pictures of our selections because we were so hungry we scarfed them down quick!  It’s always fun to unwind with my running friends after a race is over.

After our brunch, I ran over to get some steaks for dinner and had to grab an Orange Crush.  We joked that the shirt looked like the Orange Crush logo…what do you think?

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I’m looking forward to running the race again in just a few weeks, and hope that I get a good do-over!

What’s your favorite thing to do after a race?

Until next time,

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wine and Dine – Expo Day!

 

I love runDisney expos, don’t you?

They always have fantastic vendors, great speakers….and limited official race merchandise.  I informed the hubby that we would be up early to get to the expo as soon as it opens so that I would have a chance to get what I wanted before they sold out.  We grabbed a pastry from the food court before getting in line for the bus.

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Hey…there’s no pretty way to eat a flaky cherry pastry :)

We jumped in line for the bus and were joined by my friend, Meghan, and her hubby and daughter.  Soon, we were off to the ESPN Wide World of Sports!

The last time I did a runDisney race at Walt Disney World was the 2013 Princess half marathon.  That year, the Braves spring training interfered with the race weekend, so it was held in the ballroom at Coronado Springs.  I was looking forward to checking out the WWoS for the first time.

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Meg had gotten to the expo a little before us and was holding one of the race jackets for me, so I hurried over to the official merchandise area while hubby grabbed a beer :)  Earlier in the week the Disney Parks Blog had posted a sample of some of the items that would be available for sale during the expo, so I already had a mental checklist in my head of what I was going to get.  Luckily, I was in and out of the area pretty quick!  I got to say a quick hi to my friend Kimberly while shopping around, too!  I got the race jacket, an “I Did It” shirt, a medal pin, a magnet, and the Vinylmation medal (which they no longer sell).  On the right is the race shirt, my bib, after party wristband, $10 Disney gift card, and a coaster.

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We walked by the runDisney booth to check out the hardware I would be earning the next night! (This was my favorite side)

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Shortly after I stopped by the Sparkle Athletic booth to say hi to Kelly from According to Kelly!  She’s such a sweetheart and it’s always great to see her at the expos

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We checked out a few of my favorite vendors, including Sparkly Soul headbands and Lasting Commemoratives to get my Wine and Dine bookmark, before heading over to the Fieldhouse to pick up my bib! 

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After getting my bib, we went BACK over to the Jostens Center so I could pick up my race shirt.  We did one more lap around the expo before heading out.

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runDisney posted earlier in the day that they had an area set up where you could get your picture taken and superimposed into another picture just by following them on Instagram.  Since I’ve been following them for quite some time and I absolutely loved the picture they were using to superimpose you into, we made one final stop before leaving the expo (I’m supposed to look like I’m running but I think I kind of failed)

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Next stop after dropping my purchases off at the hotel…EPCOT!

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What’s your favorite part of an expo?

Until next time,

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Workouts : March 16-22

Had some good, solid workouts this week!  That paired with some themed days at the gym and my first real run since the Atlanta half marathon back in November made for a great week!

Monday, March 16

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Tuesday, March 17
Since today was St. Patrick’s day, we were all encouraged to wear green (of course!)  I had a friend in town for work and I managed to drag her to the gym with me.  I think she’s finally done cursing my name, but she said she enjoyed the workout!

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Wednesday, March 18
Rest day

Thursday, March 19
Today was deemed “Crazy Sock Day” in honor of me, since I always wear a pair of my PRO Compression socks to class!  I think I’ve worn just about every pair I own, so I decided to go mismatched today

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Friday, March 20
I’m not saying this to make up excuses, but I honestly think my heart rate monitor was malfunctioning.  I would be booking it on the treadmill and my heart rate would go down instead of up.  Regardless, I was putting in my time in the gym which is better than sitting at home doing nothing, right?

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Saturday, March 21
More issues with my heart rate monitor.  We had a lot of exercises that required us to be on the floor, and for whatever reason my body/heart rate monitor don’t like that, so my numbers always seem to drop.  Hopefully we can figure out what’s going on with it.  I’m such a numbers person when it comes to OTF and I hate seeing so much in the blue…more green and orange please!

After I got home from the gym, I parked by the pool and did a mile run…my first real run since I ran the Atlanta half marathon (recap coming soon).  With a little peer pressure I registered for half marathon #13 and, since it’s in 5 weeks, I figured I should probably put some miles in on the pavement.  I did 2 miles at the gym and did one more once I got home.  I didn’t think it was too shabby for it being my first run in close to 5 months!

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Later that evening I met up with some awesome friends for dinner.  They were running the Georgia Publix half marathon the next morning and needed to carbload.  I seriously regretted not registering for this year as it has a fantastic course with so much support along the way.  I’m contemplating signing up during the blitz for next year’s race so I don’t miss out!  Love these ladies!

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Sunday, March 22
Rest day

Overall I was pleased with my workouts and I’m actually looking forward to getting out and running again this week :)

What’s your favorite way to carbload before a race?

Until next time,

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Workouts: March 8-15

I forgot to post my workouts last week…oops!!  With hurting my back last Sunday (March 1), I took Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday off.  I got back in the gym Thursday with a couple of modified workouts, and Friday and Saturday I was back to the full thing :)  It felt good to be back!

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Rest day

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Had a great workout today!  Hit my goals with no problem

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Didn’t quite hit my 12 minutes in the orange/red zone, but I was super close.  When we transition over to the weight room my heart rate really tends to drop into the blue and green and it’s hard to get it back up.

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Today was a fun day at the gym.  My OTF studio designated certain “theme” days through the month, and today was “Superhero vs Villains” day.  I chose to be Raphael from the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” :)  (I did not work out with the face mask on…it was super irritating…and the shirt was a heavy cotton, which was not fun to get sweaty in!)

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Got super frustrated with my numbers tonight.  But…at least I was at the gym instead of sitting at home, right?

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SO CLOSE!  The weight room killed my heart rate again.  For whatever reason my monitor seems to pull away from my body when I lay on my back, and we had a lot of exercises that required us to be on our backs.

March 13-15
Rest days – I went to the mountains for a relaxing weekend

My OTF studio has a couple of themed days this week that I’m excited about and I can’t wait to participate!

Oh…so…I may have tripped and signed up for a half marathon on a whim.  When my friend, Ramona, texted me that there were only 5 spots left in the Georgia Peach Jam half marathon, I threw my hands up and said “What the hell” and registered.  That gives me 5 weeks to get back into running.  I had planned to run when I got home from the mountains last night, but I got home later than I had anticipated, so I will get a couple in this week as well as running on the treadmill during my OTF sessions.  Oy!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Until next time,

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Weekly Workouts : 2.23 - 3.1

Totally forgot to post this yesterday.  I had a decent week in the gym at Orangetheory Fitness this week -


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Rest Day

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During the last block in the weight room during Sunday's class, I pulled a muscle in my back doing the sit ups to cross punches.  I tried to do what I could for the rest of the class but when you hurt your lower back it's nearly impossible to do very much.  I did what I could and still managed to get my 12 minutes in the orange.  All the time in the blue was when I couldn't work out anymore.  I'm resting my back and hoping to be back in the gym Thursday, but we will see!

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wine and Dine Trip – Day 1

Yay!!!  The day that I waited for for close to a year had finally come!  We were jet setting to the Happiest Place on Earth – Walt Disney World!

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I was so incredibly excited :)  We hadn’t been to Disney World since 2013 when I ran my very first half marathon, the Princess half, but we didn’t get to play in the parks since we had just returned from spending 2 weeks in Hawai’i…our last time in the parks was 2008 on a family vacation.  Needless to say I was ready!

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Since it was part of my 2013 Christmas gift, we flew down to get us there quicker :)  We hopped on board Disney’s Magical Express and waited impatiently to arrive

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We’re here!!  We got to our hotel, checked in, and headed to Downtown Disney for a late lunch and to meet up with my friend, Meg!  We met on social media in the past year and were finally getting to meet in person :)  We enjoyed a corn dog lunch from the Fantasy Fare food truck (highly recommend!)

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After doing a little shopping for some new Alex + Ani arm candy…

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We had a drink at the bar behind Cookes of Dublin (can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called), and then hopped a bus to the Polynesian Resort for dinner at the Kona Cafe!

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This trip we decided to try some new to us restaurants and I’d heard good things, and it did not disappoint!  I had to have a Lapu Lapu, and my NY strip was tasty.  The hubby enjoyed his lamb chops and the swiss chard was AMAZING!  Meg had the noodle bowl and said it was very good.  For dessert I had the chocolate lava cake and hubby had a pineapple upside down cake.  AND they brought me a birthday cupcake, too! (We got it to go since we were so full)

After dinner we headed back to our respected resorts, but not before snapping a picture with Meg

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We had a busy day the next day – hitting up the expo and then off to Epcot!

How do you spend your first day at Disney?

Until next time,

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