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Run-Filled Weekend!

30 Nov

Happy Friday!!

As you all know, I have been looking forward to the end of the week so badly… and it’s here, hooray! But there is still 5 hours or so between me and the weekend, grrrr. So I have decided to share with you what I have planned for this coming weekend which is filled with lots-o-races. I also have some running of my own set, so I will either finish my own mileage Saturday or Sunday, depending on how Saturday goes.

Saturday…

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I am scheduled to run the Seaford Hot Chocolate 5K on Saturday morning. I have never done a hot chocolate run before (I will be doing another one in December with one of my blends (“blogger” + “friend” = “blend”; term not originated by me, but I have seen across Twitter and have decided to incorporate it into my vocab), Amanda. I have probably mentioned a thousand times how I love chocolate – if not, well, I do. Anyone who knows me I do and that I prefer dark chocolate (plus antioxidants, bonus!). White chocolate is not real chocolate. Don’t try to argue with me on this.  So I am hoping to bust a PR, but we shall see. The hot chocolate is going to be my motivation.

Sunday…

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Sunday I am scheduled to run the Join The Voices 5miler by the New York Road Runners. The only issue is that it is super early, so I may or may not run this race depending on how Saturday’s race goes (plus if I tack on the extra mileage). It’s for a good cause, so I probably will hike up to the city. I’ll keep you posted.

Now that December is upon us (WHAT?!), it’s becoming more cold. And it’s much easier to hit snooze and snuggle deeper under the warmth of one’s comforter. So with that, I present some tips I found on Runner’s World to keep YOU (and ME!) motivated to keep on pounding that pavement:

  • GO EARLY. Two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper says that rather than putting off a run, she’ll head out even earlier than usual when she’s not in the mood to work out. “If I have that extra cup of coffee or I wait an extra half hour, it becomes too torturous,” she says.
  • PAY YOURSELF. Set a price for attaining a certain weekly mileage goal. When you hit it, pay up. Keep your mileage money in a jar, and once it accumulates, buy yourself that new running jacket you’ve been ogling.
  • REMEMBER that you almost always feel better after a run than before it.
  • BRING HOME SOME HARDWARE. Okay, so you’re not going to you may not win the Chicago Marathon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t score a trophy. Find a few small local races where you might be able to compete for the top spots in your age group.
  • DON’T EXPECT EVERY DAY TO BE BETTER than the last. Some days will be slower than others, and some days might even hurt a bit. But as long as you’re on the road, it’s a good day.
  • IF YOU DON’T RUN ROAD RACES, where will you get all your T-shirts? #truth
  • JUST START. If the thought of running your full workout is too much to bear, just suit up to run around the block. Chances are, once you’re outside, you’ll start to feel better and put in at least a few miles.
  • THINK YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO RUN? You can probably make a list longer than this one of things you’re wasting time on today. Cut one of them out and get the run in.
  • A HEALTHY RUNNER IS A HAPPY RUNNER. As soon as you feel like you might be coming down with something, pamper yourself: Eat more healthfully (think lots of fruits and veggies) and get extra rest. A little prevention today means you won’t be debating next week whether you’re too sick to run.
  • LISTENING TO YOUR FEET crunch gravel for an hour can erase a day’s worth of stress.
  • INVEST IN GOOD GEAR. For beginners, this may mean a good pair of running shoes to avoid injuries and technical clothes made of fabric that wicks away moisture and prevents chafing. For others, experimenting with the latest GPS unit or shoe pod can be a fun way to track training progress and stay motivated.

And my absolute favorite: RACE RESULTS STAY ON GOOGLE FOREVER 

(*cough* Paul Ryan *cough*)

Enough rambles from me, lets have three cheers for the weekend! Happy running!

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Let’s Get Dirty!

1 Oct

Sunday was the Merrell’s Down and Dirty Mud Run. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. The last mud run I did was fun but more challenging than I imagined. And it was only a 5K. This time, I was running a 10K – 6.2 miles. I was also battling a cold that has been going around. The night before, I told the hubster that if I wasn’t feeling well the morning of, I would not go. I also told him that if I did feel good the morning of, but felt ill at any point during the race, I would DNF (“Did not finish”) and find a volunteer to escort me back. I wasn’t chancing it. So when I woke up, I was surprised to feel so great, so energetic, and so pumped. Having learned some lessons from the first mud run, we made sure to bring a towel and extra bags. I also made sure to wear my medical bracelet, wear long pants instead of shorts and bring socks I didn’t mind tossing. I also made sure to bring my fuel belt, bring my Gu chomps and bring a bottle of water with Nuun.  I felt like I was overdoing it but I wasn’t sure what lied ahead.

Anyway, once we arrived, I pinned my bib and entered my corral and was super nervous. But once the gun went off, the butterflies disappeared and off I went. I tackled many, many obstacles along the way, including:

  • Slippery Mountain
  • Inflatable Mountain
  • Monkey Crossing
  • Sand Bag Carry
  • Balance Beam
  • Marine Hurdles
  • Cargo Net Climb
  • Not 1, but 2 MUD PITS!
  • Tires
  • Low Crawls and Tunnels
  • High and Low Ladder Walls
  • Wading in the water – the Atlantic no less, and the water was great! I can at least say I made it to the beach this year, ha!
  • And 10 Push-ups!

I had such a great time completing the race and felt great the entire time – not too tired or anything at all! And I made great time – 1:26, considering that I had to wait for some of the obstacles and I had to take a few minutes after the first mud pit to rinse out my eyes since I got dirt and mud in my contacts. After the run, I grabbed a souvenir (a cozy fleece zip) and my veggie burger. I am awaiting official pics, but here are the ones I captured:

Before!

After!!

My shiny medal!

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I highly recommend doing this race if you have the chance to. It was amazing and so much more fun than The Survival Race. The obstacles were better spaced apart and it was mostly flat. It was also better organized (from porta potties, to fluid stations, to mile markers, amount of volunteers, etc.) and that to me means everything! I cannot wait for next year’s event! Next up: Entenmann’s 10K & Staten Island Half, woot-woot!! What did everyone do this weekend? I want to hear!

Three Things Thursday!

27 Sep

Happy almost-end of the week folks. Someone on Twitter said that Thursday should be considered as “Baby Friday” and I like that. I think that kind of mindset will get me through the rest of the day. Usually I dread Thursday because it’s like you just got over the hump and you’re so close to the weekend, but not really.  Anyway, it’s Three Things Thursday! So, let’s get things rolling!

1) I have some pictures to share with you from the 5th Avenue Mile (oh and side note, total PR at 8:38 – birthday wish came true!)

Determined

Crossing the finish line

Done!

2) 

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My second mud run (this time a 10K!) is this coming Sunday. I thought I had a 1/2 Mary on Saturday, but I forgot it was pushed back to later in the year. So that’s kind of a relief. I am really excited! This mud run appears to be more challenging than the first, which believe me, was challenging on its own.

3) And seeing that I just turned 28, I reflected on how far I’ve come and whatnot. I never considered myself an athlete, a runner, an adventurer, and so on and so forth. But I’ve come a long way. So with that, I am throwing it back to when I was 4! Wasn’t I such a ham??

Throwing up kiddie gang signs?!

What are you folks up to this weekend? Any fun races or challenges? Share with me! 🙂

Survival Certified

9 Sep

Happy Sunday folks! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend thus far. Yesterday, I participated in my first ever mud run! I took part in The Survival Race, which is a 5K with various obstacles in the course. I was in the first wave (9:00 A.M.), so I had an early wake up call to head out to Riverhead, which is way out east from where I live on Long Island. After checking in and getting my t-shirt (I wanted to avoid the masses later on), I waited until my wave was called up to the start line.

Let’s recap, shall we? I had no idea what to expect – I knew that mud, climbing, waist high water, and maybe even fire(?!) lied ahead.

I ran through water…

I ran through a mud pit…

I hopped through tires…

I scaled walls and ladders…

I ran on the beach and crawled on the sand…

I crawled through tubes…

I climbed up numerous steep hills…

I scaled down numerous deep hills, and…

I waded/crawled through mud! 

I thought for the last one my husband said “go through,” so I wouldn’t drown in the mud. He said “dive through.” Whoops! The race and the obstacles were a lot of fun but it was challenging. You needed arm strength for most of the events. There was a TON of climbing up extremely steep hills. And then when we had to climb down steep hills. For one down hill, I approached it and said aloud, “oh what sweet hell is this?” to which one of the volunteers remarked, “that is the best line I’ve heard so far!” (Hee!) Anyway, I used the rope to climb down but I lost my footing and slid down on my butt (which was fun) but when I got back up, I still had the momentum going and I flew downward and had to grab onto a tree (which I lost my grip on) and then hang onto the next tree. Someone was behind me and because I whipped back as I was holding onto the tree, he grabbed me.  I don’t know who he was, but I am so thankful he was there. It was definitely scary. I know I also rolled my ankle a few times while running through the woods because of the uneven terrain. But I survived!! I grabbed a banana, my award (a cool dog tag) and a beer afterwards. Meal of champions!

Now, for pictures! 

Before the race!

People gearing up!

Couldn’t wait to cross this!

Being silly

Welcome to the gun show! Hahaha.

Post race with a well earned beer!

Some cuts and scrapes post-race.

My knees took a beating and are all gnarly looking. Oh well – badges of honor. I don’t have a picture of me muddied up because I simply forgot and hit the showers (crazy cold, brr) and changed clothes. But I did take one with the photographers they had post-race, so I will have a picture soon enough! Anyway, if the  Survival Race, Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, or Dirty Girl Mud Run comes to your neck of the woods – DO IT! It was so much fun and cannot wait for my next one on the 29th, woo-hoo!

And if my recap wasn’t enough for you, go check out Gina’s (of BurningBabiFat) recap here.

And if you look at my race schedule, you would see I was supposed to the Bronx 10-miler today. When I woke up, my back was spasming so BADLY (and had been that way post race) that I opted out. Listen to your body people! I didn’t want to risk injuring myself further. So another DNS for me. But I rather DNS, than DNF and be side-lined for a chunk of time. My math: Health > Race.

That’s it from me – what did YOU do this weekend?