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10k Across the Bay – 2017 Race Recap

This was the 2nd year that I wasn’t planning to run the 10k Across the Bay, but ended up running it.  I was supposed to have plans this weekend.  When those plans fell through and my weekend opened up, I started thinking about signing up.  I asked Makayla and Gabby if they would want to join me.  Makayla didn’t want to, but Gabby said she would do it again so I registered us both.  Later that week, Natalee and I decided to pitch in to register Sam as a birthday surprise, although I had to tell her about it to make sure she would want to do it ;o) 

Since Sam and I were both off on Friday, we drove up to the Navy Stadium to pick up our bibs.  We picked up our bibs, bought a parking pass, and picked up our t-shirts.  We didn’t stay at the expo long as neither of us really needed anything.  We both bought some GU’s and then decided to head down the road.  We stopped for lunch and since the weather was absolutely gorgeous, we decided to sit outside and enjoy our food.

We decided on Saturday evening that we would leave at 5:00 a.m.  We weren’t assigned a wave.  Our bibs said “Choose” so we decided to try to get there early.  While I don’t generally enjoy having Daylight Savings Time come to an end, I did enjoy it before the race!  An extra hour of sleep was nice, but 4:30 still came way too early.  Gabby and I got ourselves together and met Sam outside around 5:00.  We had decided to park at the Anne Arundel Fair Grounds again since we had a good experience there last year.  By the time we hit the port-a-pots and got to the race, it was just before the start of Wave 3 so we figured we would take a few pics and jump in Wave 4.  They staged the corrals a little differently this year so we got in line for what we thought was wave 4, but ended up being wave 5. 

At 8:00, our wave started and we were off.  I noticed that there were a LOT of bibs around me that had later waves on them, which was a little disappointing.  I know this is a huge race and probably very difficult to control, but it makes it REALLY hard to get into a good rhythm in a race when you spend the better part of the first mile weaving around walkers.  I’m all for walkers and people of all abilities running races; it’s just hard when they are all starting at the same time.  Sam, Gabby, and I were finally able to settle into a good pace.  We continued together for about a mile and a half.  We were all a little over-dressed.  I had on a lightweight long sleeve shirt with a t-shirt overtop; Sam had on a thicker long sleeve shirt, with a tank underneath; and Gabby had on a lightweight long sleeve shirt.  This was good for the chilly start of the race (around 58 degrees), but once we started running, we heated up pretty fast.  Luckily, the sun wasn’t out or it would have been much worse.  Sam decided to slow down so that she could take off her top layer.  Gabby and I continued on.  thumbnail_36730

The uphill portion of the bridge is so tough!  Gabby hadn’t really “ran” in a LONG time.  She runs occasionally for the drylands portion of her swim practice, but hasn’t really done any distance running in a while so I really didn’t know what to expect from her.  I told her if she was feeling good, she could go ahead and leave me behind, but if she needed to walk, I would walk with her.  Let me just say that I was SO impressed.  23316325_10210142720595772_5236801244320390069_nShe said she was going to stop at mile 3 and then quickly changed her mind when we got to the mile marker.  Somewhere on the downhill portion of the bridge, Sam caught back up to us and then pulled ahead.  At mile marker 4, we did walk and I decided to try my new Marshmallow GU.  As soon as I pulled it out and opened it, Gabby had started running again!  Woah…quick walk break.  Gabby and I continued on.  For me, the mileage after the bridge is always the toughest part, mentally.  You kind of feel like you should be done, but you know you have over a mile to go (and that includes a couple of inclines).

We dug deep and kept running.  We caught up to Sam with less than a half a mile to go.  We all rounded the final turn together and then Gabby took off in a full sprint.  I tried to catch her and when she saw I was gaining on her, she really picked it up.  I was cracking up at her competitive drive.  I sure as heck couldn’t catch her!  She beat me by 2 seconds – lol!

My official time was 1.02.53 / 10:07 pace

Here are our splits according to Map My Run:

Mile 1 – 10:04

Mile 2 – 10:12

Mile 3 – 9:45

Mile 4 – 9:52

Mile 5 – 10:26

Mile 6 – 9:57

Mile .27 – 9:23

Gabby placed 40 out of 277 girls in her age group (10-14).  I placed 349 out of 1787 women in my age group (35-39).  On a side note, when I complete my next race, I’ll be in a new age group.  Iye-yie-yie.

We collected our finisher medals, water, and some snacks and headed to the finish festival.  Unfortunately, the ground was wet and muddy so hanging out didn’t seem very appealing.  We decided to head out relatively early.  We stopped at Applebee’s on the way home for lunch and were home by 2:00. 




Bit by the race bug

I ran two races this past weekend and just signed up for another race last night.  I guess you could say I’m getting the race bug again.  While I’ve continued running since the spring, I haven’t really been running consistently or decided to train for any specific races.  I think it’s time to dust off the old training plan, pick a half marathon and JUST DO IT!  I’ve even had crazy thoughts about running another full marathon.  I am definitely not ready to commit to that level of training at this time, but if I’m feeling good in 4-6 weeks about my progress, I may seriously consider it. 

My last blog update was after my Historic St. Mary’s City Half Marathon.  That race did not go particularly well for me and I definitely felt like I needed a break afterwards.  Since then, this is what I’ve been up to:

I have logged 172 miles since May.  This includes 3 races.  I ran the Clarendon 10K in September.  I didn’t write a recap this year, but you can click here for last year’s recap.  Below are some pictures from this years race.

I also ran my very first trail run on Saturday.  It was the CPCS Running Crab 5k.  It was definitely different than a road race.  I felt like I was running much faster than I was.  I think that is due to the energy you expend while avoiding roots and rocks.  I did enjoy the race though and was happy to receive my first age group medal.  This wasn’t a big race and most of the runners seemed to be kids, but I’ll still take it ;o)

I ran the 10k Across the Bay with Gabby and Sam on Sunday.  I will post a separate race recap about that soon.

In other news, Makayla decided to join the gym with me.  She has also starting running with me (when she doesn’t have too much homework) and has taken Body Pump a few times with me.  Her 1 mile time has already improved significantly so I am hoping she sticks with it.  We have also been doing yoga together on Monday nights at home via YouTube on the living room TV.  Working out has had a great impact on her overall mood and self-confidence.  I love that it means I get to spend more time with her too.

For my upcoming birthday weekend, the family has agreed to participate in a race weekend with me.  I signed the entire family up for the Christmastown 8k at Busch Gardens the first weekend of December.  I am really excited about it.  We will go to Busch Gardens the night before the race and then we will all run the race together and maybe even do some outlet shopping together afterwards.  Last year, the girls and I went, along with my mom, sister, and sister’s boyfriend.  Gabby and I raced, and Makayla tagged along for moral support.  We really enjoyed the race last year so I’m excited that we are all participating this year, along with other members of my family.

Stay tuned for the 10k Across the Bay recap – coming soon!

Historic St. Mary’s City Half Marathon Recap – 4/30/17

I have been questioning my desire to run longer distance races lately.  My hip issues have been bugging me and I just think I need the break.  With that being said, I had just completed my 15th Half Marathon in Delaware and although my hip was sore, I had been considering running the Historic St. Mary’s City Half Marathon the following weekend.  First of all, it’s local for me.  It’s not very often that I get to sleep in my own bed the night before a race and then only drive 20 minutes or so to the start.  2nd, I figured I was already semi-trained.  I might as well knock another one out before taking my break.  But the 3rd and most convincing reason was because I had several running friends who were considering it and we were all kind of in same boat training-wise (i.e not feeling like we are in top running form).  We all decided to sign up on Wednesday night and race it together.  We didn’t want to put any time pressure on ourselves.  We would just run and have fun. 

The weather was a big concern heading into the weekend because the forecast was calling for a very hot and humid day (my weather app even had a cactus on the icon – yikes).  I was pretty nervous about that.  I don’t perform very well in heat/humidity (see Super Hero or Crawlin’ Crab recap) and I hadn’t even run one training run in the heat this year.  Our weather is sporadic and even though we had a few hot days sprinkled in, I hadn’t actually run on those days.  Oh well…no turning back now!!

I didn’t have time to pick up my bib on Saturday, but they were offering packet pickup on Sunday morning before the race.  Sam and I got to the race around 7:00.  It was already pretty humid and the temp was rising!  Since it is a smaller race, there wasn’t even a line at packet pick-up.  Nice!  We put a few items back in my van and headed to the start to find Ashlee at the start.  I also ran into a few other friends who were running.  It’s not the norm to run into so many familiar faces at half marathons so that was really nice.  We found (boy) Sam and headed to the start line.  After a few selfies, it was go-time!

Mile 1 – 3 – Ashlee, (girl) Sam, and I had decided to run intervals.  Initially, we planned to walk every .5 mile, but we were all feeling okay so decided to push the walk breaks to each mile.  We made a loop around the St. Marys College campus and out to Mattapany Road.  It was so nice having the ladies to run with and talk to.


THE HILL – We knew there was a pretty significant hill on the course, so I was mentally prepared.  I hadn’t trained on any hills so I wasn’t quite as prepared physically but am really proud to say we made it through without walking (even though I really, really wanted to).  We passed (boy) Sam on the hill (he was heading back the other direction).  Luckily there was a walk break coming up soon after the hill.  We found the turnaround point around mile 4.25 and were able to head DOWN the same hill.  It was nice to see a few of my runner friends along the way.  We were all very hot by this point.  I ate a Stinger Waffle around mile 5.  We couldn’t wait to find the next water stop!  We filled up our water bottles and poured some water on our heads/necks.  That felt so good.

We ran down a street (out and back) and I remember feeling miserable around mile 8-ish.  I just felt like I was spent.  My hip wasn’t hurting too bad, but my blister on my left foot was hurting pretty bad.  I was so hot and started wondering if I could make the full mile intervals.  We talked about walking at .5 mile intervals when we got to Mile 10.  Fortunately, I felt a little boost of energy during the next mile.   At that point of the race its crazy how you can feel so differently from mile to mile.



The boost of energy didn’t last very long.  We headed through some beautiful neighborhoods and I enjoyed the scenery, but I was feeling pretty exhausted.  We passed our last water stop around mile 11 and I should have refilled my water bottles again but I thought I had enough to finish the race.  I think I ran out by my 12 and that last mile with no water was particularly tough.  We had been lucky enough to have a lot of shade on the route, but one of our turns in that last mile put us directly in the sun with no shade and no water.  I was miserable!! 

We turned into the historic trail and headed for the finish line.  We spotted Sam, Steven, and Gabby, who were at the finish line cheering us on and gave it all we had to get across that finish line!!  Thank Goodness…so glad to be done!!  My official time was 2:30:23/11:29 pace.

Luckily, we were greeted with cold, wet towels at the end and of course, our medals and water.  We found a shaded spot in the grass to sit and talk about the race.  Sam (boy) had rocked it and finished under 2 hours, but we all agreed that the heat, humidity, and hills made for a tough race.  I heard them announce my co-worker finishing and it was her first half marathon!!  Congrats, Sarah!  What a tough first race!  I also heard some of my other runner friends finish.  Jaime came and joined us for a bit while we continued to cool down and enjoy the shade.  Steven and Gabby were nice enough to get my flip flops out of the van for me.  I desperately needed to get those running shoes off and take the pressure off my blister!  After a bit longer, we all decided to head home.  Best part…we were home in 25 minutes!  No 2-4 hour drive after this race!

Here are my splits according to my Garmin:

Mile 1 – 10:24

Mile 2 – 10:47

Mile 3 – 11:05

Mile 4 – 10:32

Mile 5 – 10:44

Mile 6 – 12:27

Mile 7 – 11:03

Mile 8 – 11:37

Mile 9 –11:38

Mile 10 – 11:50

Mile 11 – 12:09

Mile 12 – 12:23

Mile 13 – 12:32

Mile .11 – 9:37

 I’m glad I decided to sign up for this race.  Although my “time” wasn’t the greatest, there was really no reason for me not to run this race.  I really enjoyed running with my friends and it made the miles fly by much faster than they would have without them.  My half marathon season is officially over.  I ran 2 this season and am happy with that.  I’ll probably let my hip heal for a couple of weeks and then get back to shorter runs.  I have my eye on a couple of upcoming 5k’s, so hopefully I’ll be all healed up in time to run those.  As for half marathons, I’m sure I’ll miss them after my break, so we’ll see what the Fall brings 😉

Coastal Delaware Running Festival – Half Marathon Recap

Half Marathon #15 (and race #50) is in the books!  I absolutely loved the Coastal Delaware Running Festival and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a race of pretty much any distance.  They offer a 5k (Saturday), 9k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and the opportunity to run a combination of the 5k and any of the other races on Sunday.  We considered running one of the challenges, but due to Gabby’s swim schedule, we wouldn’t be able to make it in time for the 5k on Saturday.

My mom and Gabby each decided to race the 9k, while I signed up for the half marathon.  I didn’t feel very prepared for this race.  In fact, the longest training run I had completed this season was a 10 miler and it had been several weeks before the race.  I didn’t have any real time expectations going into this one.  I contemplated leaving my Garmin home because sometimes it leads to me making “deals” with myself and taking more walk breaks.  I also considered running with the 2:15 pace group.  Another option that really interested me was run/walk intervals.  After reading an article that a runner friend recently posted on facebook about interval running, I decided to give it a try.  The plan I settled on was to run a mile, walk a minute, and repeat. 

We headed to Dewey Beach after Gabby’s swim practice on Saturday morning.  We decided to go directly to packet pickup when we arrived around 4:00.  To be honest, my first impression was not a good one.  The parking situation appeared to be a nightmare.  As soon as someone pulled out and I started to pull into a “spot”, I got lectured by a grumpy man about how my van would be towed and he wasn’t very helpful in advising me where I could park.  After our near-towing incident in Virginia Beach last year at the Shamrock race, I didn’t want to take any chances.  I decided to go find my hotel first and get checked in first and we would try packet pickup later.  The lady who checked me in at the hotel was wonderful and helped me in regards to parking.  20170422_170410Basically, before Memorial Day you can pretty much park anywhere in Dewey Beach (the signs stated this but between the weather and being stressed out by the grumpy man I hadn’t really noticed).  Fortunately, when we got back to the packet pickup location, the rush was gone and there was plenty of parking.  From there on out, everything was a breeze.  The expo was small, which was expected, due to the small size of the race but it had everything we needed.  I loved the shirts, although they did seem to run a bit small (good news for Gabby who is generally given a shirt she can wear as a nightgown).  We also received a Coastal Delaware Running Festival beer glass.  Nice!

After packet pickup, we decided to drive to the Rehobeth Beach boardwalk to find dinner and look around.  I just love this cute little town.  We carb loaded and then let Gabby get a henna tattoo.  Afterwards, it had started raining again so we decided to go back to the hotel, after a quick shop at the grocery store to pick up breakfast items.  We laid out our running gear and then headed to bed. 

I was still a little concerned about finding parking in the morning so we decided to leave around 6:00 to start the search.  The start and finish were about a mile apart and you could park at either and take the buses that were running back and forth.  We decided to park at the finish line (town of Dewey) and easily found parking.  We sat in the van for a while because it was pretty chilly outside.  Although it was chilly, we were very pleased that there was no precipitation.  The forecast was looking pretty bad up until the night before.  We finally decided to make our way to the bus line, but the buses seemed to be taking forever so we ended up jumping out of line and walking to the start, which was about a mile away.  We had just enough time to hit the port a pots!  When I came out, they announced 17 seconds to the start of the race!  I was in corral 3 so luckily I had a little more time to get lined up, snap a few selfies, and get ready to race!  I contemplated taking my jacket off up until the last minute.  The weather was in the 50’s, overcast, and breezy and I knew I had to run near the ocean for a bit so I decided to leave it on (spoiler alert – mistake).  My mom and Gabby still had a half hour before their 9k started.

Miles 1 – 4: The first few miles felt pretty easy.  Although I didn’t feel like I needed to walk at the mile markers, I decided to stick with my plan and walk for one minute after each mile.  I was feeling pretty good.  I liked how the intervals broke up the run and always gave me a break to look forward to (3 down, 10 to go).  We started at the Delaware Seashore State Park and headed north through Dewey Beach.


Miles 4 – 5: We made our way to Rehobeth Beach and ran along the boardwalk and then continued through the town of Rehobeth (we saw some beautiful houses).  Around mile 4, I was starting to feel like things weren’t going to stay quite as easy as they had been.  At my mile 5 walk break, I decided to eat half of my Stinger waffle. 

Miles 6 – 8: We headed into Gordons Pond Wild Life Area, which was a trail.  The trail had to accommodate runners going both directions, so it was a little narrow, but I didn’t really run into many problems where it was hard to pass.  I was very hot by this point of the race and I could really feel it on my walk breaks.  I thought about wrapping my jacket around my waist but I had my id and credit card in it and really didn’t want to take the extra time to rearrange.  Plus, I hate running with a jacket hanging from my waist.  I finished my Stinger waffle at some point around this time.

Miles 9 – 13.1: After a loop in the park, we headed back down to Rehobeth and crossed the boardwalk again and then headed back to the start via another loop.  I could tell the farthest I had run was 10 miles (and it had been a few weeks) because mile 10 – 13 were very hard for me.  Towards the end of mile 10, I decided to take an early walk break because there was a water stop and walked for .2 of a mile instead of only 1 minute.  I ended up walking again during mile 12 and again in 13.  I even took a quick walk break right around mile 13, even though the finish line was right around the corner.  I was spent! 


I finally made my way across the finish line and saw Gabby and my mom cheering me on. 


I finished in 2:16:51, which was a 10:27 average pace.  Definitely not a PR by a long shot, but I was happy with it, considering my lack of training.  Here are my splits according to my Garmin:

Mile 1 – 9:34

Mile 2 – 9:51

Mile 3 – 9:42

Mile 4 – 9:58

Mile 5 – 9:57

Mile 6 – 10:16

Mile 7 – 10:11

Mile 8 – 10:08

Mile 9 –10:24

Mile 10 – 10:27

Mile 11 – 10:46

Mile 12 – 11:56

Mile 13 – 10:49

Mile .27 – 10:44

I got my medal, my finisher’s trucker hat, and some water and reunited with my mom and Gabby.  Gabby did outstanding once again and placed in her age group.  Her age group prize will be mailed at a later date.  My mom also did amazing, especially considering she hasn’t been able to run as much lately and really didn’t know what to expect.  Congratulation to them!

My clothes were drenched with sweat so we went upstairs to grab my bag so I could at least change into my dry sweatshirt I had brought.  The finisher’s festival was really nice.  There was plenty of space both inside and outside on the beach.  They also provided a full buffet for the runners.  It included BBQ, chicken, pasta, salad, mac & cheese, rolls, and more.  The only drawback is that if you are not a runner, you have to pay to attend the buffet ($24.99 each, I believe).  This was okay for us this year, but if Makayla and Steven would have gone, we probably wouldn’t have attended.  We found a table and chairs inside and ate our lunch and then headed back out to the beach for a little while. 

After cleaning up, we headed back to the boardwalk for a little while.  It was a much nicer day than yesterday, although still a bit breezy.  I got some Thrashers fries and we headed down to the beach, although it was short lived because a flock of seagulls REALLY wanted my fries and chased me off of the beach, which Gabby and my mom thought was hilarious.  For some reason they don’t bother you on the boardwalk but as soon as you hit the beach, they attack!  After finishing our snacks, we did head back out to the beach for a few photo ops and then after a quick stop at the candy store, we were headed home.

I would definitely run this race again!  It’s definitely up there with my favorites and kind of reminded me of the Outer Banks Half Marathon.  I love all of the loot we got, I love the course, I love the small size of the race, and I love the town.  And I almost forgot to mention that you get free downloads of your race photos!  What a great bonus (those suckers can be expensive)!  If you are looking for a half marathon in the Spring on the East Coast, I would highly recommend this race.

March Recap

Sorry I’ve been missing in action so much lately!  Life has continued to fly by and I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I last blogged!  On the fitness front, a few notable things have happened:

  • I signed up for my first half marathon of the year!!  I will be running the Coastal Delaware Half Marathon on April 23rd!  I’m excited and nervous!
  • I signed up for the Hospice 5k!  This is the race that started it all for me and also has a special meaning.  I am excited to run this race on Saturday.
  • Makayla joined me for a Body Pump class!  I was so excited, but unfortunately she did not enjoy it one bit.  I am still holding out hope that she will get bit with the exercise bug and want to join me.  It’s always more fun with friends and family.
  • I “successfully” completed long runs (7, 8, 9, and 10 miler) over the past several Sunday’s.  I had some serious doubt setting in before my 8 miler and ALMOST decided that I was done with long runs.  Then I had a solid run that felt pretty good and decided to keep on moving!  I was able to keep an average pace of 10:12 for the 8 miler and 10:15 for the 9 miler and that included multiple walk breaks.  Then for my 10 miler, I was able to meet up with Sam for 5 of my miles!  And while I was SO excited to have my running buddy back at my side for half of the race, I felt pretty crappy for a lot of the run.  I ended with a 10:39 pace and doubt started setting in again.
  • I am experiencing hip issues (again!).  This time, its my left hip and the symptoms are the same symptoms that I experienced a year and a half ago when I was diagnosed with hip bursitis.  This makes me extremely nervous to continue my training, but I’m so close to the race date, I don’t want to throw in the towel yet.  I have been cutting out some shorter runs and replacing them with other cardio (bike, elliptical) and I think I’m going to skip my long run this weekend.  Again, going to see how I feel.  I have the hospice 5k on Saturday so I am going to wait and see how my hip feels on Saturday night.  I have also started doing some of the exercises that I learned in rehab.

Below are my March totals:

Running: 59.2 Miles

Body Pump: 5 Classes

I am considering going back on the Tone It Up nutrition plan that I did last year, or at least some variation of it.  I remember that it was really time-consuming and I didn’t *love* all of the food, but there were definitely plenty of good recipes as well.  I’d like to start incorporating some of those ideas into my diet again.  They focus on natural foods and also eating 5 smaller meals a day.  It worked for me last year so why not give it another go?  I just have to get in the right mindset.


Hopefully my next blog update will be telling you all about how great the Hospice 5k went and how great my hip is feeling!  Stay tuned…




St. Pat’s 10k Race Recap – 03/05/17

Gabby and I completed our first race of 2017!!!  And BRRRRRRRRR…it was a cold one!  I raced both the 5k and the 10k last year (recap here) so I already knew that I enjoyed this race, but it was very cold last year so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run it again.  I decided to keep an eye on the weather and sign up at the last minute based on the forecast.  Screenshot_20170303-202012Well…I waited until March 1st and the forecast was saying it would be in the 50’s!  Great!!  I talked to Gabby and she said she wanted to run it as well so I went ahead and signed us up.  Lo and Behold…the forecast changed over the next couple of days (our weather has been very unpredictable lately) and we were in for a very cold morning!! 

Gabby and I made sure we had some warm clothes (trying to find as much green as possible) and laid everything out the day before to ensure a smooth race morning.  We hadn’t participated in a race since December, so I was a little paranoid that I was forgetting something. 

We got up bright and early in the morning and hit the road by 6:00. 

The race didn’t start until 9:00, but I wanted to ensure we had plenty of time to find parking and pick up our packets.  Gabby read some of her Ronda Rousey book on the way up the road and I think that helped to motivate her.  We were there with plenty of time to spare so we decided to hang out in the van for a little while.  We were trying to avoid the cold for as long as possible!

We finally decided to head towards the starting area to hit the port a pots and pick up our bibs.  After getting our bibs pinned on (difficult to do with numb fingers), we took some fun photos/videos (can you tell the Ronda Rousey book motivated Gabby?).  

Next, we went over to the starting area to watch the start of the 5k (8:15 start time).  This race is pet friendly so it was fun seeing all the dogs.  We hung out for a while longer and talked about where we would meet back up if we got separated and then I decided to go ahead and check my coat.  Gabby was going to check hers but decided it was too cold so she kept it on.  Finally it was time for us to head to the starting line.  We lined up right around the 10:00/mile corral. 


Time to run!!  I decided not to bring my earbuds since I figured I would be running with Gabby.  The first half a mile or so was a little crowded but we were easily able to run side by side.  Before we hit mile marker one, Gabby was warmed up and ready to come out of her jacket so she took it off and wrapped it around her waist.  The first couple of miles took us beyond the Lincoln Memorial and just past the Kennedy Center before turning around.  20170305_150308I looked at my Garmin and realized we had completed mile 2 in 9:08, which is a little fast for me.  I remember telling Gabby that I needed to slow down a bit but that she could keep going.  We headed back towards the Jefferson Memorial and then made an extra loop down Independence Avenue.  I could see Gabby just ahead of me.  Occasionally, she would take a quick walk break and I would catch up to her.  I kept her in my sights until just beyond mile 5.5.  She said she was heading towards the finish line when the announcer was saying that if you had a goal to finish the 10k in under an hour you had a minute left, and he kept counting it down from there.  She told me she really gave it her all for her last .10 of a mile!!  I could heard the announcer saying the same thing so I wasn’t too far behind her, but I knew I was going to just barely miss the 1 hour mark.  I finished my race and saw Gabby off to the side!  She beat me by 1 minute and 26 seconds.  That girl is amazing!

We got our finishers medals, water, and another picture before heading over to grab my coat and wait for the awards.  I was curious to see if Gabby would place in the race.  We didn’t see many other younger kids in the 10k so I thought she might have a chance.


She did it!!  She placed 2nd in her age group (F11-14).  I was so happy for her! 

Her official time was 58:59 (9:30 min pace) and my official time was 1:00:25 (9:44 min pace).  Below are my splits according to my Garmin watch (GPS was a little off making my time a little faster than official time):

Mile 1 – 9:25

Mile 2 – 9:08

Mile 3 – 9:35

Mile 4 – 9:37

Mile 5 – 9:49

Mile 6 – 9:48

Mile 6.32 – 9:25

We originally contemplated walking around DC for the day, but we just wanted to get out of the cold so we headed home.  20170305_113431Gabby slept most of the way home.  We stopped at Panera Bread for lunch and were home by early afternoon. 

I love that Pacers gives you free photos of the event!  They have posted some of them already, but I am very anxious to see the rest.  I also love the size and route of this race and would definitely do it again.  If only Mother Nature could turn up the heat a little bit for us in the future!

Recent Workout Highlights

Hi there!  I hope you all are having a good weekend!  Our weather continues to be all over the place.  This weekend has been so cold!  I’ll be so glad when the weather is consistently warmer, but it looks like we have a cold week ahead of us.  I just want to be inside my warm, cozy house when its cold outside. 

Below is my workout recap:

Wed, Mar 1st – Rest Day

Thurs, Mar 2nd – 3.5 Treadmill miles total.  20170302_060153I’ve been struggling with finding time to fit everything into my schedule again.  I have not been able to take a lunch at work recently because I am not able to get in until 7:30 (Makayla’s school is out of district so it adds a bit of time in the morning for me to get her to the transfer location, but that’s a whole different story).  Anyway, I decided that maybe I can become a morning runner.  We do have treadmill in our basement and although I really am not fond of it, it will do in a pinch.  So believe it or not, I actually got up and got some miles in before work.  Unfortunately, I ran out of time so I was only able to get 2.5 miles in before work (10:23 pace).  Those miles were a STRUGGLE!  I’m not sure if it was because I was still sleepy or because the house was so hot, but I had a hard time getting through the miles.  Then I still had one more mile to complete after work.  Since I knew I only had a mile to go, I was able to run a little faster (9:09 pace).

Phewww…I barely made it out of that run alive!

Fri, Mar 3rd – Rest Day

Sat, Mar 4th – Body Pump with Sam!  I was very excited to have my workout partner back!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture but I’m hoping we are able to work out together regularly again.  It helps so much to have a workout buddy.  Finding someone who has a similar schedule is tough.

Sun, Mar 5th – St. Pats Day 10k.  Gabby and I ran the Pacers St. Pats Day 10k in Washington DC (race recap coming soon).  Spoiler Alert – Gabby took 2nd place in her age group!!  Woot Woot!


Mon, Mar 6th – Rest Day

Tues, Mar 7th – 4.5 treadmill miles (9:43 pace)

Wed, Mar 8th – Body Pump again with Sam!  It’s a challenging release but I’m already feeling stronger than I was just 2 months ago.

Thurs, Mar 9th – Rest Day.  I usually run on Thursdays, but on weeks when I have off on Friday’s, I’m known to push my run to Friday instead since I have the whole day.  Instead, Sam and I met up for dinner and a drink.  Exercise isn’t the only form of stress relief 😉

Fri, Mar 10th – 4 treadmill miles (9:25 pace).  I get so bored on the treadmill so I found an interval plan that had me sprinting.  I was unable to complete the entire 4 miles based on the plan, but I was still happy with my pace.  It was tough though!!

Sat, Mar 11th – I wasn’t able to attend Body Pump today because I was busy watching Gabby compete in the Maryland Junior Championship Short Course Meet!!  She qualified in 8 different events and was also signed up for two relays!!  She swam 5 events today, and still has to swim 5 events tomorrow.  I’m currently debating about going to the gym to get some sort of strength workout in.  Anything other than the treadmill at the gym is intimidating to me though.  I have some old videos that I could complete at home if I don’t work up the nerve to go to the gym.  I’m hoping to fit something in.  If not, I’ll make sure to take body pump on Monday to make up for today.

I have 7 miles on the schedule tomorrow that I’m a little nervous about.  With the time change and the early morning swim meet, I’m going to be exhausted by the time we get home in the afternoon.  The last time I ran more than 6.2 miles was back in October so we’ll see how it goes.

I still haven’t gotten a handle on my nutrition just yet and that plays such a bigger role in weight management than working out does.  I generally make pretty decent choices during the week and then when the weekends come…anything goes!  I have no self-control!   I’ve considered posting my “My Fitness Pal” summaries on my blog.  Knowing that I’m going to share my food choices with the world (okay…more like my 10 followers) might inspire me to make better choices.  Stay tuned to see if I follow through with that idea!

I hope you all have a good weekend!  Stay warm!

Why Hello there, March!

Goodbye February, Hello March!  We are officially one month closer to SUMMER (my favorite season).  The weather is still having a bit of an identity crisis.  Today’s high was close to 80 degrees, yet we have a chance of a frozen mix on Friday.  Go figure!

Here is a summary of my workouts since my last update:

Tuesday, Feb 21st – Rest Day.

Wednesday, Feb 22nd – Rest Day.  I initially planned to run today, but ended up meeting up with a friend and spending some time catching up.  Sometimes friend therapy is more important than any workout.

Thursday, Feb 23rd – 3.5 Treadmill miles (9:56 pace).

Friday, Feb 24th – Another beautiful day!  Since Steven and I had the day off, we spent the morning walking around Solomon’s Island.  We got about 3 miles in before my middle schooler sent me a text telling me she forgot her lunch.  Oops!  We had to rush home to get it to her during her lunch.

Saturday, Feb 25th – 4 Treadmill miles (9:42 pace).  My running days were a bit messed up this week due to the holiday weekend last week.  But I was determined to get my ‘scheduled’ miles in so I decided to hit the treadmill before my body pump class.  I missed the Wednesday Body Pump class, and my body could tell!  Later in the afternoon, Steven and I headed back over to Solomon’s Island with the girls to walk around and feed the ducks.  It was another beautiful day! 

Sunday, Feb 26th – 5.5 Treadmill miles (9:49 pace). 

Monday, Feb 27th – Rest Day.

Tuesday, Feb 28th – 4 Treadmill miles (9:43 pace).

As far as nutrition is concerned, February was not too kind to me.  Let’s just say I had my fair share of Valentine’s Day treats and Girl Scout Cookies!  My weight was up and down the entire month.  I only managed to lose a total of .5 pound.  I know I can do better than that!  I’d still like to lose about 5 more pounds.  Hopefully March is kinder to me than February was.

February Totals:

Running: 48.5 Miles

Body Pump: 5 classes

Yoga: 1 class

Bike: 4 miles

Spin: 1 class

Looking ahead, I have a lot of miles on the schedule for March (67.7 to be exact)!  I hope to be up to 9 mile long runs by the end of the month. 

And in other running news, there were a couple of familiar faces featured on our local Hospice Race flyer!  Lilee loves the fact that she is “famous”!


QOTD:  What are your March goals?







Springtime in February!

Wow, what a gorgeous weekend we had!  The weather has been really crazy lately, but mostly in a good kind of way (although if you remember, last Friday was FREEZING)!  We enjoyed our long holiday weekend, with weather in the upper 60’s/lower 70’s throughout most of the weekend.  I was definitely ready to get outside and soak up some sun!  Again, I had the itch to get out of the county and do some exploring closer to DC.

I’ll give you more details later, but first let’s recap the rest of my workouts since I last blogged:

Saturday, Feb 11 – Body Pump

Sunday, Feb 12 – 4.5 Treadmill miles (10:10 pace)

Monday, Feb 13 – Rest Day

Tuesday, Feb 14th – 3.5 Treadmill miles (10:27 pace).  This particular run was brutal.  Every year my family celebrates Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped pancakes for dinner.  We all gorged on the pancakes and then Steven dropped Gabby off at swim.  I knew I had to pick her up at 7:30 and if I wanted to make it in time, I knew I had to run on a full belly.  Ughhh.  None of those 3.5 miles were fun, but check out my pancakes Steven and I made!

Wednesday, Feb 15th – Body Pump

Thursday, Feb 16th – 4 Treadmill miles (9:36 pace).  REDEMTION!  After Tuesday’s run, I so needed a good run and I got just that today.  It was the first time in a long time where I felt like I could have kept on running.

Friday, Feb 17th – Rest Day

Saturday, Feb 18th – Body Pump

Sunday, Feb 19th – Family Bike Ride.  Since the forecast was predicting a perfect day AND none of my family had plans AND we all had off the next day for Presidents Day to recover, I decided to convince the whole gang to go bike riding.  And because I can really be a pain in the rump, I took it a step further and decided we should drive approximately 70 minutes away to ride our bikes along the GW Parkway.  I have run 3 races along the GW parkway and am in love with the route so I thought it would be fun.  As a disclaimer, we are not a bike riding family so this was new to all of us.  We basically had to beg, borrow, and steal bikes to even have enough for everyone to ride.  We parked at Belle Haven and headed south towards Mt. Vernon.  My grand plan was to ride all the way down to Mt. Vernon, lock up the bikes, and then take a tour of the mansion to celebrate presidents day (I didn’t tell them that part of my plan…I can only spring so many “ideas” on them at once).  Makayla’s bike turned out to be kind of crappy and she was not enjoying the ride.  After two miles, we decided to turn around and head back to the truck.  Womp womp.  Steven was glad because he found it to be boring (you have to stay single file a lot of the way because the trail is crowded).   

We got back to the truck and fed some ducks and walked a little ways before heading out in the truck.  We did drive down to Mt. Vernon to see where other parking spots are in case Gabby and I decide to come back one day.  I asked if anyone was interested in touring the mansion, but only Gabby was interested so her and I will definitely have to go back.  (Fun Fact – My grandmother and her twin brother were born on George Washington’s birthday, so they were named George (Washington) and Martha (Jane).  The “Jane” part of my first name is after my grandmother.  I tried to convince my kids that it basically means I’m presidential and ‘almost’ related to George Washington – lol!!!).  We spent the rest of the day at the National Harbor.  There was some sort of costume convention going on, which proved to be very entertaining.  So, although my initial idea failed, we still got to walk around a bit, people watch, and enjoy some family time together.  I’d call that a win.

Monday, Feb 20th – I pushed my long run for the week to Monday since we were up the road on Sunday.  The weather was perfect for an outside run so I decided to get 5 miles in.  Its tough to run outside when you are used to the treadmill, but I managed.  I did walk a few times, but I didn’t let myself walk TOO long and still managed to average a 10:03 pace. 

I also joined a weight loss contest sponsored by my company’s wellness committee last week.  It basically runs from Valentine’s Day until St. Patrick’s Day.  I honestly don’t think I’ll win, but it provides a little extra motivation to make healthier eating choices (still difficult for me).

This coming weekend is looking to be yet another beautiful weekend so there is no telling what I’ll get myself and my family into this weekend.  Stay tuned…

QOTD:  Did you get to enjoy the weather this past weekend?  What did you do?


New Workouts

When I am looking for new races, I tend to search for race recaps so that I can get a runners honest perspective of the race.  I find that this is more helpful than any information listed on the race website.  So years ago, these searches led me to some local-ish blogs that I ended up falling in love with and following.  Sometimes I look for recipe ideas, but mostly they provide me a little extra motivation to continue working out when I read them.  When I say they are local-ish, I mean the bloggers live in the DC area.  I do have to admit that I tend to find myself a little jealous of all the workout options that the city has to offer.  It seems there is always some trendy fitness boutique around every corner!  I have a gym membership that I enjoy, but I’d love to have options such as Soul Cycle, Orange Theory, Pure Barre, etc! 

Over the past week or so, I have been very excited to be able to incorporate some new workout experiences into my routine and I have LOVED it!  I am a gal who loves a routine, but a nice break from it every now and then can be exciting!  So without further ado, I’ll recap the last 10 days below:

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Rest Day

Thursday, Feb 2nd – Spin Class at Salt Cycle Studio!  We finally have a boutique style spinning studio in the county and I was fortunate enough to try it for free, thanks to my company and their commitment to promoting physical and mental wellness.  I had tried spinning once or twice before, but it was years ago, so I was basically a newbie.  I really enjoyed this “party-themed” class.  Between the great music selection and the glow in the dark lighting, it was definitely a workout with great energy!  If I can find a way to fit it into my schedule, I’ll definitely go back. 

Friday, Feb 3rd – Ran 3.5 Treadmill Miles (9:50 pace) Steven was laughing at me because I told him about my music routine when I run on the treadmill (since I’m not currently watching anything on Netflix).  I tend to overthink things and when I’m bored and running on the treadmill, I need constant change to keep me going.  So, I have been changing the song every .20 mile and I increase my pace every .5 mile.  Do you have any whacky routines that help you get through a boring workout routine?

Saturday, Feb 4th – Body Pump

Sunday, Feb 5th – Ran 4 Treadmill miles (9:55 pace).  My first 4 miler of the 2017.

Monday, Feb 6th – Yoga at home.  Makayla kept me company, but she decided to sit this week’s yoga session out.

Tuesday, Feb 7th – Ran 3.5 Treadmill miles (9:41 pace).  It was beautiful outside (upper 60’s and Wednesday was 70.  Spoiler alert – these temps did not last)!!!  It would have been a great day for a run outdoors, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a lunch break today and by the time I get home from work, it’s starting to get dark outside.

Wednesday, Feb 8th – Body Pump.  I increased my weights tonight (except bicep track…it’s a doozie!)


Thursday, Feb 9th – Rest Day

Friday, Feb 10th – Ran 3.5 miles in the FREEZING cold!  Steven and I decided to go on an early Valentine’s Day date since we both had the day off and the kids were in school.  We decided it would be fun to go to Georgetown Cupcakes.  I think it has been 2 years since we went and the cupcakes are SO good (fun fact – I won my first dozen through a radio show contest by captioning a photo of Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry).  The last time we went, we talked about how it would be a fun place to run.  So, naturally I decided we should take a run first and then get the cupcakes.  Steven reluctantly agreed.  I think sometimes he wishes he had a normal wife who just wants to go to dinner and a movie – lol!  Unfortunately, the wonderful temperatures from earlier in the week were gone and my van was reading ~30 degrees when we got to DC around 9:45.  With the wind chill, it felt like ~19 degrees.  I think Steven was hoping I’d change my mind about the run portion of our date, but he should know by now that when I get an idea in my head, I’m pretty stubborn about keeping to the plan ;o)

I’m not super familiar with the city, so I looked up some routes online and found that we could easily get to the National mall by foot.  That became the plan.  After finding a restroom and bundling up, we started running.  While running in the city was fun and exciting, its a little hard to get into the groove when you have to keep stopping at crosswalks.  Once we got to the bike path, we didn’t have many more cross walks for a while, but then hit a few more towards the end of our route.  I also stopped once just to make sure we were headed the right way (it almost seemed too easy).  So, our pace wasn’t very fast, but we still enjoyed it.  We were at the Lincoln Memorial at ~1.65 miles so we decided to just keep running along the reflection pool until we reached 2 miles on the GPS.  Our faces and hands were pretty cold along the way (even with gloves), but other than that, we stayed pretty warm during the run.  Once we stopped, the cold really set in, but we decided to brave the elements and walk around for a bit.  We checked out the World War 2 Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Unfortunately, Steven had some major chaffing going on during the first part of our run and it became increasingly painful as we walked around.  The pain seemed to subside a little when we had decided to head back to Georgetown, so we started running back the same route we came from.  We made it ~.80 mile, when the pain became intense again and we decided to walk.  He was even having trouble walking for a while, but we knew we had to get back to my van.  After a while, he decided to push through the pain and we began running again.  I had turned my GPS off when we got to 1 mile so I turned that back on and we ran until it totaled 1.5 total miles for the return trip.  We made it (barely)!!

We finished our date with a stop at the Nike store and a visit to Georgetown Cupcakes (where we purchased 16 cupcakes and I may or may not have eaten 4 today.  Ughhh…I have no will power!).  We decided to head back down the road at that point because we aren’t big shoppers and it was too cold to just walk around.  We stopped for lunch at Chili’s and were back home around 3:30.  All in all, it was a fun date!  I’d definitely love to do it again with Steven when the temps are a little warmer.  I’m also hoping to plan a girls day with some of my running buddies in the Spring!  It’s so nice to have a change of scenery every now and again!