Monday, May 27, 2013

Runner's World Summer Challenge #RWRunStreak

39 days of running from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Sign me up.  I am going to run at least one mile  everyday from now until Labor Day! It will be hard in this heat, but I am excited because I have always wanted to do a running streak.

I am pretty excited about this because this is my first "streak."  Today I did three miles, but it had a hill in it so it counts as a "super 3-miler" to someone from flat land.  I ran the bridge and it was PACKED. Mental note to self: never run the bridge on a holiday/ Saturday!

There are still a few more hours in the day if anybody wants to join me!  :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My Pet Peeve

I saw this on YouTube and it explains all of the frustrating things in life perfectly.

Thank you Buzz Feed!

My running pet peeves include:

1. Getting a gumball/ rock stuck in the bottom of my Mizunos.

2. Forgetting something for a race.

What are yours?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Favorite Things Friday

1. Stacy's Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips- they bring a flavor party to my mouth! YUM!  You should try them out some time because they are definitely one of my favorite snack foods.

2. Pita Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus- both were on sale this week at Harris Teeter, so of course I had to buy some.  It is so good!

3. Chobani Flips- I had my first one this week.  It was the Key Lime Crumble, and it tasted just like Key Lime Pie.  I can't wait to try the others because I have heard that the almond and chocolate one is very good.

4. Long Days- morning and evening runs in the light!!!

5. Nuun- I got my first box today, and it is perfect.  I was so excited that I drank my first bottle while swimming/ running today only 15 minutes after I received the box.  I ordered pink lemonade, and it is yummy without being overly sweet so I can drink it while I am working out and not want to gag.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Diva's Half-Marathon Recap

So I decided it is time to post this because all of the other bloggers have their race recaps up from last weekend, so I should finish mine from the 28th of April.

I ran the Diva's Half-Marathon in North Myrtle Beach.  I went up to Myrtle Beach on Saturday afternoon (the race was on Sunday).  Saturday I went to go get my packet at the expo.  The expo was mediocre.   It was well organized, but it was small.  I guess I am just spoiled by the Bridge Run expo in my hometown so other expos seem like a disappointment.  I got my packet, walked around for a few minutes, but then I left to go visit a couple of stores at the outlets and then go get some pasta.

So they had a bit of a shirt problem.  The shirts were supposed to be women's sizes, but they ended up being more like kids sizes.  I got a small because I was worried about how small the women's sizes would be, and it barely covers my belly button and it is quite tight.  Luckily, they had a system to get the shirts replaced and I should be getting mine in a few weeks.
My bib.

I woke up race morning late so we rushed to the start line (not a good way to start a race morning).  I did not have time to stretch so I felt that at mile 4.  The entire race was tight which I think was primarily because of me forgetting the night before, and then not having enough time race morning.  I learned that stretching during a race takes up a lot of valuable minutes.  No good.  I also woke up not feeling much better from the nasty cold I had been suffering all week.  I tried to keep a positive attitude on race morning, but between being late and sick, I wasn't expecting much out of the race.

Miles 1-6 were okay.  It was just running.  Nothing too exciting.  The course wasn't too exciting and I knew I had a long race ahead of me.

Miles 7-9 were where things got tough.  I really felt the effects of not properly stretching and I also had some nutrition issues.

Mile 10 was rough.  I was definitely starting to get sore.  That was not good.  I also became extremely unmotivated and was just searching for my parents just to get some sort of motivation.  I definitely started to feel the effects of being sick- I could barely breath through my nose and my energy was zapped.  I think I need to work on my nutrition strategy some too.  Any suggestions?
I don't really remember where that was, but I am pretty sure that was a fake smile.

Miles 11-13 felt sooooo long.  There was nothing I could seem to do to make them go by faster.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, I finished in 2:18:56.  I was disappointed in my time after spending so much time and effort to prepare for it only to be sick on race day, but at the end of the day I am still proud that I finished my second half-marathon.  I have a lot of races ahead of me.  I am super excited about Kiawah.  

Overall, I would recommend this race to someone who lives close and just wants to do a run on a flat and fast course, but there wasn't really anything too exciting.  One thing that I loved about this race was the enthusiastic spectators.  There were a lot of people with really funny signs that made me laugh even through my mile 10 crash.  One thing that I didn't like so much is that the 5K runners and walkers shared the course for part of it, and at the time I was hitting the part of the course that we shared, there were a lot of 5K walkers and half-marathon runners in a relatively small area.

I better go to sleep so I can wake up to run a 5K tomorrow.  I don't really have any expectations for it.  It is mostly just a race to gauge where my current 5K time is to set a goal for the fall, but I do love races- big and small, long and short.  They are what keeps me running- even the ones that I didn't do well in give me motivation to do better in the next race.

Race Recap Roundup on Runners Luck

Monday, May 6, 2013

Upcoming Races

This weekend I am going to run a 5K to try to get a base time for my goal 5K in the fall.   I have not run a 5K in a year and a half so I really need an idea of how fast I can run a 5K.  I am hoping to run a fast 5K in the fall to improve my speed (in hopes of a sub 2:00 half).  I have no idea where to even start with speed-work, but thankfully I am a subscriber to Runner's World.

My summer training plans are to keep my running going (especially building a good long-run base), and to complete lots of cross-training in the pool to try and beat the heat!
My fall training plans are to train for my sub 2:00 half-marathon finish.  I will be attempting speed-work (ugh) and of course- lots of miles (yea)!

This fall I am going to attempt to run a speedy 5K.  I have been focusing on distance for a long time, and I am excited to see how fast I can run when I actually train for speed.

I am officially registered for the Kiawah Half-Marathon in December.  I am super excited about this because I am sure that the seven months I have to train for this are going to go well and I will finally have a sub 2:00 finish!

Race recap tomorrow for the Diva's Half-Marathon in Myrtle Beach!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This is an absolutely delicious recipe for a dinner that I had a couple of weeks ago.  I saw this on Pinterest and I just had to try it.  They are Philly-Cheesesteak inspired bell peppers stuffed with provolone, roast beef, and mushrooms.  Yum!

Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Bell Peppers

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Run for Boston

So this week has been crazy, but good news for y'all: I have scheduled posts for this week! As in, they are in the little scheduler feature that Blogspot has!

On Sunday, April 21st, I did the Charleston Run for Boston.  It was an amazing event that was very uniting.  Runners from all over the tri-county area came out.  It all started with the organizer doing a group run with some of her friends, and it turned out to have (600-1000?) runners running it.  It was crazy awesome.  Of course I forgot to bring my phone to take pictures, but luckily some of the organizers of the Charleston Marathon were able to take some pictures.

The organizer talking to the runners before the race.

Runners finishing the race.  Most everybody that finished stayed at the finish line until every single person finished the run.

Runners cheering on finishers at the finish.

The course was a 5K, but I had an 8 mile run scheduled so I ran 4 miles right before the start, the race, and a mile after the race.  Great run!