Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fitbloggin Novel

Disclaimer: This is long.  It rivals any race report I’ve ever written. I’m a story teller. I like to put all the memories down on “paper”, so to speak.  For those of you who are new here (hi! *waving), you have been warned. 

Okay, so here’s the post that you’ve all been waiting for. I need to give another shout-out to the awesomsauce (thanks, thea, for that word) that is The Sisterhood. Because they not only helped finance my trip, via the giveaway they had last fall, but they opened their arms to me back in their beginning. They also went along with my lovely idea of doing Team In Training. Through that experience I had made friends that are some of my best. And I got to spend 2-1/2 days with most of them.

I flew out Thursday taking an early afternoon flight which arrived at BWI at 10:40 pm. The amazing Jen picked me up at the airport…a little later than planned due to some crazy weather and getting lost at the last minute. We found out way down to the Inner Harbor and our hotel, which was beautiful (and somehow didn’t get a picture of it). My girls were all in the lounge waiting for Jen and I and I may have actually “squeeeed” when I saw all these amazing women in one spot. Thanks, Bari, for waiting up for me! 

We hit the hay at about 130 (I didn’t fall asleep until closer to 2 – keep in mind 2 is only 11 pm for me). But we were getting up at 6 for the 7 am Fitbloggin’ 5k.

Ooh! Wait! I forgot all about the tutu making! ChristieO is a tutu girl. I’m not sure how it happened but all of a sudden it seemed like everyone was making tutus. Even Thea. My partner in non-girliness. I think I may have tweeted something along the lines of “WTF?!? Who *are* you?”. It turns out she made a deal with Christy; Christy was going to wear her daughter’s tutu and Thea would make her own. Turns out Christy forgot the tutu. The look on Thea’s face was priceless. An arrangement was met. Can you tell what christy did to make a make-shift tutu?

So back to Friday and the 5k. No one had really talked about who was running with who. We just sorta all took off. I ended up running most of the way with ChristieO and Christy. I hadn’t run since my speed work on Monday and it felt so good to really use those muscles. I used runkeeper but I’m not sure how accurate it was. But at one point ChristieO’s garmin said we were all running 8:30 mm! Sweet! It was a beautiful morning aside from the lingering humidity from the previous day’s rain. 

 Colleen, me, ChristieO, Lisa, and Thea

After eating a fabulous breakfast of Uncle Sam cereal and Eggland’s Best hard-boiled eggs and grabbing some coffee, I headed back up to the room to shower. In hindsight that was kind of dumb. I participated in the kettleball demo and walked away with a free DVD from a drawing they had. I had never tried a kettleball before and could totally feel my muscles. After that I headed over to MizFit’s Ugi demo. She had enough resistance bands for everyone to take home and showed us a short strength routine using the bands. Then she talked about the Ugi. To me it looked like a great big hackysack! Essentially it’s a leather weighted large ball that you can use for a variety of strength exercises. I did dips and pushups on it and that was *hard*. 

 After that session I left fitbloggin and headed around the corner to the HQ of Connections Academy, the school the girls go to, which I’m on my state’s board. I truly love these people. They are awesome. I enjoy working with them and they enjoy a little banter, which is also fun. I also scored an awesome canvas zippered bag from them which I needed because of all the awesome swag we got from fitbloggin and the sponsors who were there. I will definitely talk about the awesome swag as I try out stuff I’ve never used before and report back to everyone. 

 After lunch we tried to make some dinner reservations for the 15-20 or so that were in our group. Yeah. Trying doing that on the weekend of graduations and The Preakness. Big ol fat fail. We ended walking to Whole Foods buying dinner and drinks and taking it all back to the lobby/lounge of the hotel. We settled in. 

 Oh. Minor detail. We weren’t the only conference going on at the hotel. There were firemen. Lots of firemen. 

 After eating and drinking, we were invaded by firemen. And Andrea Metcalf. She’s pretty rockin’ if I do say so myself. Some how, and really don’t ask me how, but there was some trash talk going on. Christy and I ended up dropping and doing pushups. No fireman was willing. And then the concept of one-arm pushups came up. Andrea assured me that even though I had never done them before, that I could do it. Guess what?!? I didn’t get down really low but I did effin’ ONE-ARM PUSHUPS!! (and yes, I’m going to post this picture AGAIN!)

The evening ended with me, Thea, Bari, Audrey, MEL, and Lisa talking with a few of the firefighters from Jacksonville, FL. We laughed. A lot. 

 And then it was time for bed…or rather way past bedtime.

 Saturday was filled with more awesome. But honestly it’s kind of a blur. In full disclosure mode, I’m not a crowd person. I like being in situations like conferences, but I get overwhelmed with the noise and the people and OMG! I need a break! So Saturday during the sessions I was pretty mellow. I was watching everyone tweeting the sessions, but I just didn’t have it in me to do much more than focus on the panelists – who were amazing. 

 The one session that I went to that really stood out for me was on intuitive eating. The first time I heard this phrase was from Karena. For me it happened all on it’s own. I had nothing to do with “choosing” it. It chose me. But I wanted to hear what panelists had to say. I have a hard time defining how I reached this point. I didn’t hear anything new to me, but I felt I had to contribute since I’m in that place. So I shared. I told I how I reached my happy place with intuitive eating. In doing so, I hope I helped someone in that room feel more comfortable with the idea. And I had the best laugh there regarding “two fingers” and Kit-Kats. And #endscene.

The only problem with having so many amazing people around you is that you want to spend quality time with all of them. And it’s near impossible to do that. When it came time for dinner, there was some indecision about where to go…and we had about 20 in our group. Thank God for JulieJulie. She headed us down to Fell’s Point and we ended up at Bertha Eats Mussels, where I had the most amazing crab cake and crab/macarnoi salad. It was to die for. On the way there, Bari and I saw a gelato place and decided we needed to save room for dessert. Thanks to Mary’s recommendation, we ended up at The Cat’s Eye Pub/Bar? There was live music and almost free booze. Not sure how it all happened, but almost free booze is good. 🙂 Not everyone went out after dinner, but decent group of us had a good time. There was dancing, there was booze. Let’s call that good. Alrighty then, moving on.

A quick aside: remember that anti-social overwhelmed feeling I had? I almost convinced Bari to join  me for a quiet dinner across the street at a tapas place. The thought, at that moment in time, of sitting down with *all* these other people (that I know and love) made me want to run and hide.  Dinner was good though. I’m glad I joined the crowd despite my initial reservations. 

Sunday morning came way too fast. Bari and I were catching the shuttle back to the airport together at the early time of 7 a.m. My alarm went off after too few hours of sleep and I began trying to shove the remaining swag into my too-small-bags. I had to leave a few things behind. I hope Thea or April – who drove – took the stuff home and it didn’t go to waste. Before getting on the shuttle I headed over to Starbucks for much needed coffee and yogurt parfait. Yum. It was exactly what my stomach needed. And off for the airport we went. The only thing that sucks about flying Southwest is they usually have their own wing of a terminal and so I was dropped off first and had to leave Bari behind. Boo! But aren’t we cute after a night of not enough sleep, too much booze, and sadness of having to go our separate ways? 

My flight home was long and uneventful. I had two stops but no plane changes. I slept on the second leg of the trip and felt much better.

It’s been good to be back home, but I miss – like heart-achingly miss – my friends, new and old, that I got to spend time with in Baltimore. Fitbloggin’ was an amazing experience. It’s one that I know I can’t convey into words. But if you have the chance to go to Fitbloggin’12, without a doubt, go. It is worth the money. You will not regret the bonds that can be created through this mighty, amazing, wonderful world of blogging and twitter.  So thank you, Roni.  Thank you for brainstorming and creating FitBloggin’.  It was, well, AMAZING.


Picture courtesy of Fitbloggin photographer extraordinaire Carrie D.


Posted by on May 25, 2011 in fitness, running


May Your Way – Fitbloggin Style

May Your Way Challenge
It’s hard to believe another week has gone by.  But here I sit ready to tell you all about my week as part of this challenge.  Last week I told you all that I skipped my Tuesday run and was planning on running those miles last Wednesday.  Instead? I took a break. My week was so insane trying to get life taken care that for the first time in I don’t know how long, I didn’t follow my training schedule.  I have to admit it was a little scary.  Having a plan and sticking to it is what I do.  It’s my thang.  So *not* following it to a T last week…sorta makes me feel uneasy.

But the good news is that I ran with the amazing ChristieO and Christy on Friday in Baltimore for the Fitbloggin 5K.  My time seems a little slow for what RunKeeper said my distance was and how hard we were pushing, but it was a good solid run.

I have stayed on top of my pushups.  I even did my scheduled day of pushups in the hotel on Friday afternoon.  And if you haven’t seen the picture in the post below this one, it’s one of my biggest brags of all time.  Go check it out.  I *might* be a bit egotistical about the whole thing.  But that’s a rare feeling for me, so I’m going with it.

Monday was my first day back into normal life and I hopped on that treadmill for some speed work and loved every second of it.  And yesterday I did the same, though I shortened my run by a mile because there was just not enough time in my day yesterday.

I do want to add that last Friday at Fitbloggin, it was a day of exercise.  I got to try out kettleballs in one of the sessions and also the Ugi ball.  Pushups from your toes on the Ugi?  Harder than I thought possible.  So hard, in fact, that I couldn’t do it.  I had to drop down to my knees.

And then there were the probably 20 pushups I did with the whole clap thing in the middle.  I’ll just thank Lisa’s margaritas for that inspiration.

At this time in two weeks I will on the road and headed to Albuquerque.  I’m getting nervous about the lack of running I will be able to do over that 5-week period.  (Not to mention I haven’t even begun to pack.  I may be in denial).

I haven’t written down in my exercise log what I’m doing while on the road.  My goal is to at least do pushups on the days that I’m actually driving.  On the days I’m not driving, I need to be doing at least 30 minutes of NTC.

My eating hasn’t been fabulous, but it hasn’t been horrible.  Now if we are talking *drinking*, that’s a whole other ball of wax.  See above regarding Lisa’s awesome margaritas on Friday and then doing something that I *never* do, going to bars on Saturday night.

But I feel like I’m back on track.  My runs are done.  My pushups are done.  Today is NTC day.  Last night was tworkout day.

I’m not too keen on this week’s Sister Says though.  I did my “never done it before” stuff at Fitbloggin.  Can that count? Please?

So all in all, I’m doing fabulous.  I’m proud of where I’m at right now.  I’m proud that my motivation is coming back (hopefully not just in time to lose it on the road).

So let’s hear it for May! One week left, folks.  Let’s make it the best last week of May ever!!

(also? fitbloggin recap coming soon.  I’m still working on it!)


Posted by on May 25, 2011 in fitness, running


Fitbloggin’11 = Awesome

I can’t decide if I’m going to do one long-ass post about the whole weekend or try to break it up by days.  I’ll keep you posted (posted. Heh. Get it? – yes, I’m a goober.)  But in the mean time, I will leave you with the biggest brag I have.  This *almost* feels as good as running the 26.2.  Almost.

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in fitness


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May My Way – Check-In #3

May Your Way Challenge
Here we are.  Week 3.  And In 27 hours I will be out the door and on my way to Baltimore for Fitbloggin’11.  I am so excited for many reasons.  I’ve been to conferences before but never one related to blogging.  So I’m excited to experience the networking, the friendships, the learning.  Everything.  (It doesn’t hurt at all that I get to see/meet some of my favorite people.)

This last week has been hard.  Hard emotionally.  Hard physically.  I’ve been hitting my goals pretty much head on, except that I didn’t get my run in yesterday, but I’m hoping to hop on the treadmill this afternoon.  I did change my speed work that I had planned for Monday and made it a bit easier.  I was crunched for time and my focus was elsewhere, but I got it done.

I’ve been getting my pushups in and my NTC workouts.  I’ve been alternating days, so I’m working my upper body every day.  I restarted week 4 of 100 pushup challenge and started in column one.  I’m not necessarily pushing myself quite as hard on them, but the NTC “shoulder ripper” workout *burns*.  The good news is that I can do 4-1/2 pull-ups with my palms facing in and I’ve almost got 2 with my palms facing out.  Pull-ups are hard!! I’m so proud that I’ve gotten strong enough to do them.

Want to hear some awesome news? My brother and his girlfriend are going to do Tough Mudder! Unfortunately they can’t make Saturday, so they will be participating on Sunday.  I’m so excited for them!  It’s amusing though.  When we were talking about it yesterday, he said the part that makes him the most nervous is the 10 miles.  I’m quite positive that the 10 miles is going to be hard, but I can handle the physical drain of the run/hike, it’s the obstacles that I will have mental blocks with.  I will succeed though.  I’m determined to get that bright orange headband and wear it with pride!!

I’ve been sucking on water intake and mix that with crazy weather and my allergies flaring and I’m not feeling all that fabulous.  I aim to rectify the situation this week.  Especially if I’m going to be working on lack of sleep and a few extra drinks this weekend while in Baltimore.  And as sad as this is, I didn’t even aim for the 5 fruits and veggies a day.  I get 3-4 on average every day, and I just didn’t have it in me to make the effort to specifically count.

With regards to the Mantras? I have been doing *A LOT* of “just breathing” over my days.  I’ve been fairly successful given the craziness of life lately.

So here’s to this week being successful in following my goals.  That means I’m going to be accomplishing some NTC workouts from the hotel and dropping and doing my pushups in the middle of sessions on Saturday.  Just warning you!


Posted by on May 18, 2011 in running


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May Your Way – Checkin #2

May Your Way Challenge
Wow. Why do these weeks just seem to be flying by? It amazes me and scares me the older I get.  But I had a decent week.  So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

1.  My runs? They are happening.  Just like they should.  I ran Thursday on the treadmill.  I had planned 5 miles for Saturday but my middle girl was making her first communion mixed with spontaneous company for the weekend, so I decided to take ChristieO up on her “Try (tri) it Thursday” and did my 5 miles on Friday morning before the normal date with the pool during my oldest girl’s swim lesson.  I swam 400 meters.  And it was hard after that 5 miles.  That 5 miles in the sun and warmth.  That 5 miles where I got 3 phone calls from my family (who knew I was running) which made me stop because they never call when I’m on a run.  They weren’t important calls, but I stopped and took them.  I ran Monday doing an awesome speed work drill of 3×800 m and averaged a 7:30 mm pace!!  So proud of that one.  I also ran 4 miles yesterday.  I’m sorta being a stickler on my runs right now.  I will be on the road for almost 5 weeks starting on June 5th and I know I won’t be running regularly (which makes me sad), so I’m trying to really push myself now so I won’t regress too far when I start running consistently in July.

2.  Pushups and NTC abs and arm burners.  Check and check.  And my arms? They are lookin’ good! When I was dropping my gymnast off on Monday, I decided I’d try a pullup.  I don’t remember trying a pullup since elementary school.  I did 3.  Yesterday I did 4.  Woot!  Tough Mudder here I come!!

3.  Road trip training.  I think I have found a couple good cross training type workouts on NTC that would be good for the road.  Lots of cardio and strength.  I picked two.  One is called “Get Strong-Beginner-Full Action” and the other “Get Strong-Intermediate-Drill Sergeant”.  I’m putting them down here so hopfully I remember which ones I thought would be good.  I’m still going to be doing pushups, but while on the road I’m going to aim for 30 pushups a day.

4.  I haven’t signed up for the Bizz Johnson half marathon that I talked about last week.  There’s been a lot going on lately and I just haven’t had a chance to discuss it with T.  Maybe this week.

I did not achieve or come close to the 64 ounces of water a day, but I did get to hop on the twitter “Happy Hour” last Thursday night during Big Bang Theory.  And I did the same thing with the Sister Chat on the hood Monday night.  I did participate in the Tworkout last night, but the only one who “saw” me was April.  Twitter was being a b**** on my phone and I wasn’t home, so I texted with April and did the exercises anyway.

Also? I haven’t checked in at the hood on the “30 minutes every day in May” but I’ve been keeping up with it.  Between my runs and the 30 minutes of NTC on the off days, I’m there.  I’m tired, but I’m there.

I hope everyone had a good week.  I’m sorry I haven’t been blog hopping.  I apologize.  Family life has been pretty crazy lately and I’ve barely had time to get my posts done.  But I love you all and keep on keeping on!!  You can do this! You are worth the effort to be a healthier you!


Posted by on May 11, 2011 in running


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May Your (my) Way – Check in #1

May Your Way Challenge

Yay for the first check-in!!  It’s only been a couple of days but I have to say I’m meeting my goals and boy are my arms tired! No really!  Between the pushups and the NTC arms and the Tworkout last night, I’m hurting! But it’s a good hurt.  Though it does make me scared for doing my NTC workouts for today…which is the only thing I have on tap in the way of exercise.

In regards to my goals.

1. I have one run under my belt for the week and two more planned.

2. I’ve been working on the pushups and the NTC arm burner – and my arms burn.  IJS.

3.  I’ve been looking through the workouts on NTC to see what would be best, but I haven’t yet had the time to sit down with my travel schedule and see how it’s all going to play out.  Also? Please say a little prayer that my work doesn’t get my account up and running on the internet.  If they do, I will be working while on the road, and I’m worried about getting those couple of hours in amongst all the driving and fun and exercising I will have to be doing.  (Then again, we could use the money, so I’m so conflicted about this work thing!)

4.  I’m rethinking doing the wine country half marathon that I mentioned before.  That would include travel and money isn’t growing on trees.  I know there’s a relatively local one that’s sort of a trail run and I’ve heard it’s really pretty.  I need to find the name of that one and look into it.

I did join the group on the Hood that is going for 30 minutes of exercise for every day this month.  So far, so good.  I also participated in the first 15 minutes or so of the Sisterhood Chat on Monday and the Tworkout last night.  I’m hoping to tweet a bit with Happy Hour tomorrow night.  But they scheduled it during The Big Bang Theory.  Which is the only show I watch, and I live in the 1990s and don’t have a DVR in order to record.  So I’ll probably be around during commercials between 8-8:30.

Oh! I almost forgot! Water! I’ve been doing really well on water.  Though 64 is a lot of water for me.  If I drink that much for more than a day or two, I start to dry out as I’m flushing too much water through my system.  I’m going to aim for 48 of actual water.

Can’t wait to check in next week! Hopefully I’ll be past the soreness and moving on to getting stronger.


Posted by on May 4, 2011 in running


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Rock n River 1/2 Mary

This race has been on the books for me since last year.  This was my “prep” half mary for the TNT half in San Diego last June.  I PR’d this course last year by smoking every single other half I’ve done.  I finished last year’s in 2:07:10.  This year? 2:05:59.

But here’s the story.  Because it was a fabulous day.  Months ago I told Beki she should come run this race with me.  It’s cheap for a half – only $45.  She ended up registering.  Then since Ashley lives a couple hours away, I mentioned that she should join us.  And she did.  So not only did I get to PR this race, I got to do it with mah girls.  They were both originally planning on coming out Saturday, but I convinced them they should come out Friday.  So Friday evening a couple hours a part Ashley and Beki showed up at my house.  I was so excited that they were finally here.  That race weekend was here.  I’ve needed a race desperately.  I know what 13.1 feels like.  But since running Disney in January I’ve had a difficult time really pushing myself on my long runs.

After a late-ish evening up chatting, we hit the hay.  Saturday mornings are always a little crazy between all the kid stuff we have going on.  Luckily my parents were helping out on some of the picking up so we could head to Reno to pick up our race packets.  Plus, I have a truck.  It seats 5.  Me, my 3 kids, and Beki and Ashley wouldn’t all fit.  T had drill, so using him for help was out.  While at the expo, Bari tweeted that we had yet to take a picture of the three of us.

My middle girl was excited to be in the picture too!

My number!

Oh! Beki and I also threw our names into a raffle for a free group entry fee for the inaugural Napa Ragnar Relay.  After our names were thrown in, I decided I should ask the date.  It just so happens its the 16th and 17th of September.  Uhm, I’m signed up for Tough Mudder on the 17th.  Does that mean I’ve just jinxed it and now one of us will get picked?

So after expo-ing it, where we got a pink race shirt, (seriously? Pink? Why pink, people? I don’t like pink!) we headed over to the main running store in Reno to see if they had something warm for Beki to wear as she was feeling awfully cold for our spring days here in Northern Nevada.  After torturing Sass, we headed home where I picked up the kids from my parents house, came home, and made some spaghetti sauce for our dinner.  We went to bed later than we probably should have for the 4:30 wake-up call, and I had the worst time falling asleep.  I know I saw 11:30 if not 12:00 on the clock.  When my alarm went off at 4:30, I cringed but dragged myself out of bed.

I got up, ate my normal breakfast of Frosted Mini-Wheats and a cup of coffee figuring I had a couple hours before the race actually started and could get lots of bathroom breaks in if needed.  At 5:30 we headed out the door.  It was exciting to be driving up to Reno with Beki and Ashley.  Honestly? I didn’t know how the run would go with all three of us.  We never really talked about sticking together and we never really said what our goals were to each other.  I would have loved to have run the whole way with one or both of them, but I knew that I didn’t want to be held back if I was feeling awesome and I knew if I had a crappy run, I wouldn’t want to hold either one of them back if I had a crappy run either.

We got to downtown Reno around 6:20 and made the short walk to the start line and snapped a few pictures pre race.

This was an attempt to get all of us in the picture with the Reno arch behind us. 

Didn’t quite work.

So the race.  There were so many more people this year than last year.  The good part? They had chip timing.  The bad part? Because they did chip timing, they didn’t, for some weird reason, have a clock at the start/finish line.  This annoyed the heck out of me when I was coming in to the finish line.  I like to watch the clock and really push myself.

Anyway, the gun went off and it took 20 seconds for everyone to get going so we could break into a trot and start running.  I don’t mind this so  much as it makes me start slowly for the first mile and I don’t go out too fast.  For the first mile or so Ashley and I were side by side.  I didn’t remember when Beki disappeared from my sights.  I was feeling pretty good and cruising along.  After a bit, Ashley pulled away and I followed her from about 30 feet back for quite a while.  I was carrying nuun and some honey stinger chews and around mile 4 I thought I probably should take something.  I sipped at my nuun and took a couple of chews but about 10 minutes later I was regretting it.  My stomach just felt weird.  Luckily nothing came of it.  Around mile 4.5 mile I caught up to Beki.  It surprised me that she was ahead of me, I for sure thought she was behind me somewhere.  Come to find out she hates the crowdedness at the beginning of a race and took off fast to get to a point where the crowds began to dissipate.   We ended up shadowing each other until around mile 11.5.

But back to my race.  It’s weird to run the same race twice because what you remember from the first time you run a race to the second time is different.  I remembered the path, but I was trying to think back to how I felt at different points in the race last year.  I remembered the exact spot my ankle flipped out on me and I slowed down.  And I remember the conversations I had in my head last year about wondering whether I should finish the race or drop out because I didn’t want to hurt myself so I couldn’t run in San Diego.  This time? I wasn’t worried about hurting myself.  My next planned race isn’t until September, and then it’s Tough Mudder, not actually a race.  So I was willing to push through some of the fatigue and discomfort I was having.  Ever since training for Disney I’ve had issues with my piriformis (deep muscle in your butt) on the right.  Around mile 11 I started to feel the twinges.  And I ignored them and pressed on.  I was definitely tired by this point.  I stopped to walk and get a drink around mile 12 knowing that I was so close to the finish, but I took 10 seconds for that.  As I was getting my drink a group of ladies ran past me and one said “you’re almost there, keep going!” She was being supportive but it annoyed me at that point.  I finally saw the final turn and just kept putting one foot in front of the next.  I was mulling the idea of my final sprint to the finish line.  Would I have enough to give?

I remember that final stretch being shorter, so with one lady about 10 yards in front of me, and a group of about 5 ladies 10 yards in front of her, I knew that I couldn’t push too fast or I wouldn’t have enough to make it to the finish line.  So when I was about 2 blocks from the finish line, I started to pick up my pace.  Could I hold out?  Damn, my piriformis hurts! I can do this.  Can I do this?  The last 100 yards I was in a full out sprint and passed at least 4 of the runners in front of me.  When I was about 20 yards from the finish line I heard someone call out from the sidelines, “Way to kick it!”  And that made me smile.

At this point I didn’t want to stop running.  I have the hardest time with going from running so fast to the crowd at the finish line which makes me come to a complete stop.  So after I got my medal I went and grabbed an apple, granola bar, and a bottle of water and headed over to our meeting point.  Both Ashley and Beki were there.  I hadn’t seen Beki pass me after she fell back at mile 11.5, so I was just figured that I was so in my own head that I didn’t see her pass.

It turned out we all crossed the finish line within 2-1/2 minutes of each other.  I am so proud of my girls.  They both came from basically sea level and RAWKED this race.  I PR’d it by 1:11.  Which I am thrilled with.  I pushed and was rewarded.

So here I sit today, worn out and happy.  A little sore, but not painful.  *Nothing* like how I felt after Disney.  I’m still amazed by what training does for you.  This 13.1 at an average pace of 9:40 m/m was hard.  I ran Disney at an average pace of 11:00 m/m.  Training is amazing.  There is no way I could comfortably go out and run 18-20 miles today.  But I know that if I train properly for a race, I will finish and feel good – relatively speaking.  There is a phrase in the running world (probably in the tri world too) that you have to “trust your training”.  There are no truer words spoken.

This will be an annual run for me.  It’s close and it’s cheap.  I hope next year Ashley and Beki will come back out and join me again for it.  And anyone else who wants to come is more than welcome too!


Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Uncategorized