2016 End of the Year Race Recap

Welcome to my 2016 End of the Year Race Recap!!

Can you believe this year has come and  almost gone?  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and could spend it with love ones and friends.

I ran seven races total this year and all of them had a great cause.  Running these races for special charities helps me find the motivation to complete the race and the inspiration to continue signing up for more races.

Shamrock Commit to Prevent Child Abuse, 5K (March 5th)

The goal of this race was to raise 10,000 dollars for the prevention of child abuse.            Total Time: 41:20

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Pacing for Pieces 5K (March 12th)

This is my second time running this race.  It’s for a great cause, a race to raise money for Autism Research and Support.   Total Time: 41:47

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Diva Myrtle Beach Half Marathon (May 1st)

This was my second half marathon.  It was a very hot day in Myrtle Beach on this day.  This was a fun race and I will be running in the 5K next year.  This race is to sponsor Breast Cancer.  The Breast Cancer Charities of America (iGoPink) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. iGoPink’s central focus is to educate, empower and encourage all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.  Join iGoPink as they press forward in the fight against breast cancer!  YOU can help make a difference in the lives of women and patients who are battling breast cancer.   This is a race that is done in many different states.  Check out the web site and sign up for one of the events TODAY!! http://www.runli
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  Total Time: 3:49

National Trails Day 5K (June)

This was a repeat race for me.  I enjoy participating in this race because this is the running trail that I use for my race training.  It was another hot day so I was struggling towards the end of the race.  This race is for the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day which is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June.   http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/general-information-national-trails-day/   Total Time: 46

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Morning News Forget Me Not 5k Color Run (August 20th)

This was an inaugural race and my first color run.  The race was to help raise money to help fund Alzheimer research.  Total Time: 45:04

Disney Wine & Dine 10K – Inaugural (November)  presented by MISFIT

This runDisney event was a race through Epcot, Disney Boardwalk and backlot.  This was my third runDisney race and my first 10K through Disney.  There is plenty to see along the course, Disney entertainment, characters to take photos with and spectacular scenery.

5K Split: 46:45    Total Time: 2:11

Florence Turkey Trot 5K (November 24, 2016)

A race I have always wanted to do was the Turkey Trot.  Why not burn off some calories the morning of Thanksgiving.   Total Time: 46:07

Hope you enjoyed my race recap for this year.  Two of my top goals in 2017 will be to increase my speed and get healthy (lose weight).   I am not going to sign up for another race until I can get my speed up.  I am not going to be doing a runDisney race in 2017.  Instead I will be training to do a runDisney challenge for 2018.  February 24th & 25th of 2018 I am planning on running in the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  This will be this runDisney race event 10th year anniversary.    These races will start/finish in Epcot.  This will be a 19.3-mile adventure held over two days.  On Saturday, February 24th, I will run in the Disney Enchanted 10K, followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday, February 25th.   When you complete both races, you will be awarded the Glass Slipper Challenge medal in addition to the Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.  I realize that this will get a big challenge but one that I am willing to work towards.

Please continue to follow my blog to track my progress and feel free to comment with any feedback or suggestions.

Happy running!!!

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Race Recovery

Let’s talk about race recovery.

I don’t know about you but after a long race I feel so exhausted yet exhilarated after I cross that finish line.  Even though I want to just crash and relax I know this is the last think you should do.  Just keep moving!!  You have pushed those leg muscles so hard you need to slowly cool them down and do a light jog or slow walk to prevent cramping.

Hydration!! Hydration!! Hydration!!  I can recall one time I forgot to drink water after a race and ended up with the worse cramps in my legs.  I promised myself I would never forget to hydrate after a race.  You also want to replenish those electrolytes, so maybe grabbing a sport drink, juice or even coconut water would be great.

Stretch those muscles!  This is something I really need to work on myself.  I am the worse for not stretching before or after a run and I eventually pay for it or end up having a terrible race time.  The more thoroughly you stretch after a race, the easier it will be to get out of bed the next day.   Don’t forget to ice down injuries if needed.

Feeling hungry?  Of course you are, you just burned off more than 1,500 calories running that half marathon.  It’s time to refuel.  Most all races have one of my favorite fruits bananas, but also may have bagels and sports bars.  Be sure to grab some of these treats and refuel that body.

Once you have retuned back home/hotel and after you have taken a refreshing shower/bath its finally time to relax.   You then may want to use your foam roller to reduce muscle soreness.  Spend some time on the parts that hurt the most, like your calves, quads or hamstrings.  The deep-tissue massage of a foam roller speeds healing by drawing blood flow to damaged muscles.  Always remember to hydrate afterwards.

Now I am defiantly not one to ask when you should start back your long runs.  It’s been two weeks since the Diva Half Marathon and I have only been walking a few miles at a time.  I do want to start running a little this week.

Happy running and recovery!!

DIVA Half Marathon Recap

Happy Tuesday!!!

Myrtle Beach – DIVA Half Marathon Recap:

I am officially a DIVA runner!!  I crossed the finish line and received my Diva medal in the Diva Half Marathon this past weekend.

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Fuzzy pink boas, tiaras, tutus, shirtless firemen with abs of steel, bubbly champagne and thousands of race DIVA’s.  These are just some of the words I can use to describe my experience this weekend.

 

It all started with the Health & Fitness Boutique on Saturday. This is where the packet pick-up was and 40+ exhibitors showcasing the latest in women’s trends, designs, and apparel.  These race expos are always free and open to the public.  After getting my bib, shirt, tutu and race bag I explored the many vendors.  There was a lot of good vendors at the expo.  Some of my favorite finds were an Official DIVA tank top that I wore during the race made by Greenlayer, a beltless running pocket to hold my phone made by Roosport.  Both worked great during my run on Sunday.  I had been wanting to order some headbands from Hippie Runner.com and I lucked up and saw them at the expo.  There headbands were 5 for $20.  Goodnessknows gave some free snack bars that were a tasty treat.

 

RACE DAY: Sunday, May 1, 2016

I work up around 5:45 AM and got ready.  As my husband drove me to the race I ate a banana and a hard boil egg. My husband dropped me off at the starting line around 6:50 AM.  I was able to see the 5K race start and wave and cheer on some of my gym friends as they started the race.  Then it was time for the half marathon runners to line up for at 7:15 AM start.  As I stood there waiting to start I was able to meet one of my Facebook group members.

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This was the 2nd biggest race I have done and once the race began it took 2-3 minutes to even cross the start line.  Once I did it was still rather congested but I hung in there and dodged and weaved my way through the slower pace runners.

The weather was not that bad, but we were praying for a breeze towards the end of the race.  I started with the run/walk intervals for the first 4-6 miles.  The first 4 miles were a good pace at 14 minute and I completed them in an hour.  It wasn’t until the 5th mile I started feeling it and started to notice I was walking more than I was running. On mile 6 my toe started to hurt, I was not sure if it was a toe nail or what.  I was determined I was not going to stop, I just kept going and running when I could.  After a while I could not feel the pain as much.  Then around mile 8 the back of my knees started to hurt and then I just started a steady walking pace.  I was still determined I was going to finish but I could not stop walking nor start running.  There were a few small hills/inclines on the course and I had not really trained for those.  A lot of ladies around me were walking so I felt if I could stay with them I thought I could make it and not be swept if that was possible for this race.  One thing I really did like about this race was all of the water/Gatorade stops they had.  I took advantage of every stop and sometime took one of each.  There were a lot of spectators and volunteers along the course cheering the runners on.  As those final miles counted down, the spectators began their shouts of “ONLY A FEW MORE MILES” and “ALMOST THERE!”  I was so happy to finally see mile 12, I knew I was almost there.  On the last mile my husband had given me a call because he thought I would have already made it to the finish line by now.  I told him I was on the last mile and was making it as fast as my legs could go.  My poor legs were spent and I could not go any faster.  Somewhere on the last mile near the finish line volunteers handed racers pink fuzzy boas and a little tiara.  As I started to approach the finish line I started a slow jog and a few of my gym friends were off to the side cheering me on.  That gave me that little extra strength I needed to make it to that finish line.   My husband was right there waiting for me at the end of the race.  He gave me a big hug and in his encouraging loving way said now you know what you need to work on. 

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I don’t know that I can say this was the toughest race I have done; Disney might have been just a little bit tougher.  I think the main factor in this race was I did not have a running partner.  A friend at the beach signed up with me to participate in the race but at the last minute she said she was not prepared and did not race.  I think I will be focusing more on my speed and just sign up to do more 5K races.  Right now the only race I have signed up for is the Wine and Dine 10K in November.  I won’t say I’m not going to do another Half Marathon but it won’t probably be for a while.

Well there you go, hope you enjoyed my recap on the race.  My next blog will be about race recovery.  If your thinking about doing a Diva Half/5K don’t forget to join my Facebook group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/runlikeadivarunners/

 

 

 

Diva Half Training Week 13

 

So the countdown is on, only 18 more days before the Diva Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach.  So I am really trying to build up some miles before the big day.

Thursday, April 7th – 5.02 Miles

Saturday, April 9th – 5.04 Miles

Sunday, April 10th – 8.05 Miles

On Sunday I started the run wearing compression socks but starting getting calf cramps and stopped to pull the socks down to my ankles.   I don’t know if the compression socks have become too tight for me to wear or what the issue may be.  So I am going to spend the next couple of weeks trying out different options.  If you have experience with wearing compression socks or calf sleeves, please share on the comments.

Great news, I was able to obtain a race registration through a travel company on the runDisney site and now I am officially going to be running in the Wine and Dine 10K in November.

More great news, we got tickets to see Guns and Roses in July.  The concert will be in Orlando, FL, and we are going to be staying for the weekend.  To see friends and may either be going to a Disney park or Universal Studios.

This is going to be a short blog this week.  Just a few updates from last week and hopefully more progress this week.

Don’t forget to leave a comment!!!  Have a great week!!!  🙂

 

Diva Half In Training – Week 11&12

Happy Wednesday!!  There has been a lot going on this past week.  Run…Fun..Run!!!

Tuesday was my big workout day last week.  Started a new Kettlebell routine in class and stayed afterwards for run club.  We ran over a bridge for about a 1.5 mile run.  It didn’t do too bad but I am defiantly not a hill climber.   IMG_20160330_221445

I’m the girl in the black Nike cap on the right in the picture above.

I rested for the rest of the week because I knew we were going to down to the beach for the weekend and I wanted to try to get my 10 miles in on Saturday.   So Saturday came and it looked really cloudy and I knew it was supposed to rain but the forecast said not until around 3 PM.   So I started my run around 10:00 AM.    It was wonderful weather to go for a long run, not to hot and a light drizzle rain here and there.  My husband passed me in his truck on mile 3 and we started texting back and forth what the weather was looking like up ahead.   I made it almost to my half way point and it stared to down pour.   I quickly called my husband to the rescue.    Oh well I’ll have to try it again this weekend.  I do realize if it is down pouring at the Diva race I will have to continue.

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Saturday afternoon we went to a Local Brew Local Groove event that our friend and his band was playing at the House of Blues.   We had a great time with friends!

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We didn’t stay out to late because we knew we had to get up early to head back home for Easter at my Dad’s house.  Since we were at the beach and did not have to cook anything we really didn’t have the traditional Easter meal we usually do.  Not even one single egg to eat, and this did kind of disappoint me.   My little nephew was there so we did have a little egg hunt and an Easter Piñata for him to hit.

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So what has been going on this week.  I have only 4 ½ weeks left before the Diva Half Marathon.    I did run/walk 4 miles’ yesterday and I will try to continue with the required miles this week.  I booked my room for the Diva Half Marathon weekend today.  We could have stayed with our friend Kevin but I know I will need my rest the night before the race and I would not be able to do that at his house.  The hotel we are staying at is really nice they have a down stairs beach bar and a night club.

So now to some disappointing race news.  Yesterday, March 29th was the sign up for runDisney’s Wine and Dine.  I was unable to obtain a race entry for the 10K race and my family was able to (Sister and Niece.)  I have been trying to look at other ways I can get a race entry at this point.   That weekend also happens to be my 10th year wedding anniversary.  I have wanted to share Disney with my husband for so long and I think this would be so perfect.    I will keep you updated if I am able to obtain a race entry.

So my training for the rest of the week looks like this.

Thursday – 5 Miles

Saturday – 5 Miles

Sunday – 10 Miles (I’m behind it’s supposed to be 12 miles)

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!

Diva Half Marathon Training – Week 10

 

Happy Monday!!  I am a little over half way with my training. Only 9 more weeks of training before race day!!!  I’m filled with mixed emotions, I’m excited and scared at the same time.   Even though have been training better than the last half marathon I still am way off my training course.   This weekend I did get 5 miles in on Saturday at the beach.   I thought I was going to get 10 miles in on Sunday but it rained all day.

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The only day I went to the gym last week was on Wednesday’s HITT IT class.   It was another tough treadmill run with hills and on top of the hills our instructor had a nice little leg routine afterwards.  My hips hurt for two days after this workout.

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Our friend that lives at beach was out of town so we stayed at his place to take care of his animals and enjoy a fun weekend at the beach.  Friday night we enjoyed wings/pizza and some karaoke at Broadway at the Beach.  On Saturday we took our baby Chico on the beach to run around, did some shopping and ate a couple of our favorite places.  I stayed with my training on Saturday and completed 5 miles.  I really enjoy running at the beach because there are so much distractions along the way I don’t think about my long run.  The weather was great but it did get hot a couple of times out of the shade.  This made me think of how hot it will be at the beach in May for my half marathon.

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To reward myself we went to LandShark to enjoy some Margaritaville drinks.  On Sunday, the first day of spring, I had planned on staying with my training and completing 10 miles. I had it all mapped out and then comes the rain.  ALL day!!  The picture above with Olaf is exactly the way the first day of spring felt at the beach.  Cold!!!

We needed to get some tickets for an event at the House of Blues for this coming weekend and we ended up staying for Gospel Brunch.  This was a surprising treat for us, not only the food was great with 55 items on the buffet but also the entertainment was great.   I would highly recommend trying it if you have a HOB in your area that has the Gospel brunch.

I only have 40 more days before the Diva Half Marathon!!!

Goals:

  • Staying on track with the Runkeeper training.
  • Eating heathier foods – Thinking about starting the 21-day fix with Beach Body.
  • Drink more water!!

Diva Half Marathon Training – Week 9

Diva Half Marathon Training – Week 9

Hello, hope everyone has started the week to a good start.  I like to get my blog post out by Monday’s but I was really tired yesterday and completely forgot.  I have been trying to catch up with my lack of sleep from this weekend.  I have to keep telling myself I am not as young as I once was and staying up till 5:00 AM in the morning and then only getting 4 hours of sleep is not going to work for me anymore.

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – Kettle Bell Class

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Wednesday –  HITT Class – I thought I could have died.  This class was so hard last week.  You should really try this treadmill interval routine, it’s a tough one.

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Thursday – Rest Day – No exercise but I did treat myself to a make – up session at our local Belk’s store.

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Friday – Rest Day

Saturday – Pacing for Pieces 5K –  This 5k was to raise money for autism.   I kept at 12-minute mile for the first two miles but then dropped down to a 13 – minute mile for the last mile. I thought I was pushing so hard only to find out that I was at almost the exact same finish speed as last week’s 5k.   Now I know what I need to work on, my speed and staying at a steady pace.   I felt during this race I was running more than I have in previous races.

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Saturday night was my husband’s birthday bash at our favorite bar in town.  We had one of our favorite bands come out and play.   Everyone had such a great time but I was already tired from the 5K earlier that morning and we didn’t get home that night until 4 AM and I did not go to sleep until 5 AM.   Of course only getting 4 hours of sleep that day I did not feel like doing much of anything let alone go out for run.  (Per the training I was supposed to have completed a 9 mile run Sunday.)

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These last two weeks I have been slacking on my half marathon training due to the 5K’s I’ve been running on Saturday’s.  There is another 5k/10k race this weekend but I am not going to participate in this race because I really do need to focus more on my long runs for now.  At this point I should have already completed a 9 mile run but yet I have only completed one 7 mile run.  It’s time for me to get back on track!!!

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I got a bigger rack to display my medals and a cool sign from Hobby Lobby on Monday.  Time to fill this rack up!!!

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