This Just happened….

Sorry I’ve been slacking on the posts. It’s been a crazy week. Getting back from my second half in 8 days 🙂 So I started looking into a few things. I’d been seeing these “Half Fanatics” on Instagram and a number after it. So I did a little research and there are definitely some crazy folks out there. http://www.halffanatics.com is the website. And the lowest to qualify and be considered a Half Fanatic is 2 half marathons in 16 days. 😳 I started thinking (this can be dangerous) that I totally just did that. So I’ve been sitting on this knowledge. I would visit the page every so often, more like every day, wondering if I was crazy enough to join this group. Well last night I bit the bullet and signed up. I’m at the Neptune level and I’m now a Half Fanatic.

I never imagined that when I started running this is where my journey would take me. I never thought that I would run in and finish 2 half marathons in just over a week. Let alone  run a marathon and complete a triathlon and training for my second marathon. I proud of myself for being on this continued journey. It’s always a great journey even though I curse myself when I’m training and continually ask why I sign up for these events and lotteries and races. It’s the end result and that bling and satisfaction that you just completed the run.

So here’s to the crazies! Come join me 🙂

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VA Beach Shamrock Half 2015 Round Up

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At the Expo

Half number 8 completed 8 days after half number 7 🙂 Such an accomplishment! The VA Beach Half was great! I would definitely run this race again. I would make a long weekend out of the event as well. The expo was fun, and definitely not crowded. We arrived Thursday night and we were able to get settled in and make it to the expo on Friday mid afternoon. One of the members of the group was going through the expo and race experience for the first time. So he was like a kid in the candy shop. It was easy to get our bibs and then head to the shirts. No lines at this point. J&A Racing had several items for sale which was great and reasonably priced. I got a new tank top to run in this spring and summer. Then we were able to mosey around the expo and visit a few other booths and get some freebie items.

Saturday came around and it was so nice out. It was still a bit chilly but there wasn’t a rain drop in site. Saturday we walked around Norfolk and got to visit some great sites after some lunch. It was a heavy walking day but not as much as Sunday was going to be. We got to visit some of the ships and see the dry docks. I would love to go back and visit and enjoy all that Norfolk has to offer. Obviously with the race the next day, it was an early night and I got about 6 hours of sleep so that wasn’t bad.

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The Course

Sunday was an early day waking up at 4:30am. YIKES! Who decides to wake up that early on a Sunday?! Well this group did. We had breakfast, got ready for the race, in our race day attire. I had a plot twist for my outfit since it was cooler than I thought it would be. I wore a gray tank top with my gray pullover and of course my sparkle skirt, visor and rainbow socks. My feet were acting up from the day before so I taped them up and brought Advil with me. Before we knew it we were headed to the race start line. I was in corral 4 so that wasn’t bad. I was able to start strong. I stuck with my 4 minute run/1 minute walk ratio. I find it so much easier to concentrate on those 4 minutes versus how many miles I have left. I think this will help with my marathon training and running the NYC Marathon. You don’t realize how fast that 1 minute walk goes by.

Major respect to this guy!

Major respect to this guy!

I finished in 2 hours 28 minutes. It was nice to finish. Definitely not my fastest time but for not really training, I’ll certainly take it. My sister and her boyfriend had a friend running his first marathon down there so we went and cleaned up and then headed back to the finish line and finish line party. It was nice. My feet still hurt so I didn’t venture into the sand too much. I stayed on terra firma so I could get off my feet and sit. The after party was awesome and hope that when I run this race again, I’ll be able to be out on the sand and not dealing with the pain of my feet. It was chilly out and I didn’t bring a sweatshirt but they gave us towels at the finish line so I was able to stay warmer than if I hadn’t had that. Before long we were sitting in a restaurant and having some food before we left to go back to where we were staying to venture home.

When I do this race again, I would get up early Friday morning and venture down to VA

The bling!

The bling!

Beach and stay until Monday so I could have a leisurely weekend and didn’t have to rush back to go back to work. I would even consider going down Friday night. The only downside would be the possible crowds at the expo on Saturday. But overall I would definitely run this race. The on course support was amazing. The water and gatorade was every 1.5 miles and the gu was offered at mile 5 or so. That came quick since it’s usually offered at mile 9 during a half marathon course. It was great and the last few tenths of a mile on the boardwalk was great. It was good spectator watching and cheering us on as we finished. It was great.

Neptune where the finish line was located!

Neptune where the finish line was located!

I hope you all had a great weekend and great start to your week!

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Sand Sculpture

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of spring and my mom is dealing with SNOW! Oh my! I just happen to be in southern VA for the VA Beach Shamrock half. It’s my second half in 8 days! WOW! I’m off to the convention center today to do packet pick up and then walk around and see what’s going on. Hopefully the rain goes away quickly today. It’s suppose to be perfect race weather. So that will be good and will be less rainy than the DC Rock and Roll. The outfit will be the same as last weekend but with rainbow socks. Another fun time for sure.

Here’s to a Friday with less rain and great weather! Happy Spring!🌸🌹🌷🌻

Cheers!☔️

2015 Rock n’ Roll Half Round Up

I FINISHED! And I finished faster than what I did last year! Double Yay! But let me start from the beginning 🙂

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My bib!

I woke up at 3:40am is…so not my intention. My alarm was set for 4:11am and I wanted those extra minutes to sleep. But to no avail. I got out of bed around 4:20am so I could get myself ready and make some coffee. Eat something and psych myself up for this run. I kept looking at the weather to see if we might get a reprieve from the impending rain. I got my things together to go pick up my running buddy. My mom even sent me a text at 4:55am to wish me good luck! She rocks!

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My Outfit!

We got to the metro and loaded up. It wasn’t long before we were headed into Washington, DC for this half marathon. We got into DC and it was still raining. BOO! It wasn’t too cold, but still chilly. I heard from K and he wished me good luck! It  was so awesome to have his support even during his busy weekend! It wasn’t long before the race began and I felt good. I was running 4 minutes and walking a minute and I was able to keep this up for a good wile. Through mile 6. Then the hill came! Mile 6 has this huge hill and I’m not going to lie…I walked up the hill and then had to walk some more to get my muscles back. I did a round later and was back running. It wasn’t bad. The rain kept me cool and around mile 8 I saw the racing Presidents from the Nationals. So cool to see them all out supporting us and taking pictures with us. I couldn’t help but stop and take a picture.  I stopped to walk and sent the picture to K and my mom. K responded and asked me if I was really running. Just wait until I do Disney Wine and Dine in 2016 with M 😉 I won’t be running too much and taking all the pictures I can!

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Me and the Racing Presidents!

At this point my legs were starting to fight me. I hadn’t trained properly and got a run in here and there, dealt with plantar fasciitis and some sickness. This is where I knew I was only doing 13.1 miles and kept going. I felt bad because my BRF was ahead of me and I didn’t want to keep her waiting long. So I kept it up as much as I could. Around mile 12 my phone starts ringing. I had my headphones in and accepted the call. It was my BRF and she just finished. I had maybe 10-11 minutes left of the race and would be finished soon. She was awesome! Before I knew it they were telling us the marathoners were to continue on the right and the half marathoners were to move to the left to finish. It was fantastic. I was almost done!

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The bling!

I came around the bend and was on my way to finishing. YAY! The finish line is in sight. It was all I could do to keep my feet moving. I crossed the finish like and smiled. I did it! 2 hours and 35 minutes later! I did it in the rain and cold and wet feet. There was a back up to getting out medals and there were some great military people there handing everything out. So glad to see them and be able to thank them for their service. I got my picture taken and headed off to find my BRF and another friend who had just finished her first half marathon.  Go R!!! You rocked it. My other friend M was running her first marathon and finished in 5 hours and 17 minutes! She was a rock star! It was just a year or 2 ago that she was saying that she hated running! That’s 2 people I’ve converted! Who’s next 🙂

Little did we know we were standing feet apart when I called them to tell them where I was. So funny how in a crowd you can be feet apart and not know it. We made our way back to the metro for the ride back to VA and warmth and the car. It was SOOOO COLD! We shivered the entire way home and it was all we could do to make it into the car and turn the heat on full blast warm!

It was great and we certainly enjoyed the race. The cold an shivering not so much. The race was marked very well and the spectators were amazing to be out there in the cold and rain with us. I’ll definitely run this again but I would have to make the conscious decision to make sure I trained better. It was a great day in all and can’t wait to go to VA Beach next weekend for another half marathon! Woohoo! Be prepared for Sister pics! It’s been awhile since we’ve run in the same event.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Cheers!

Snowy Thursday! So let me share my race outfits for March!

I’m lucky today and get to spend my day at home with the snow that is falling outside. My office closing with inclement weather is a rare occasion. So I get to spend my day in the warmth of my own home. Yay me!

image1So with that being said, and with getting into the TCS NYC Marathon still sinking in, I thought I would share my DC Rock and Roll half marathon and my VA Beach Shamrock half marathon outfits! Of course there’s sparkle involved and I can’t wait to run.

Ok, so I haven’t quite decided which race legs I’m going to wear. It’s quite possible I wear one for one race and other set for the other half. The visor, arm warmers, skirt and race legs all came from Sparkle Athletic. Go Team Sparkle! The tank top I got off Etsy from RainDancerClothing. Both shipped very quickly and were here in my hands in plenty of time. It’s going to be so much fun to be wearing these outfits.

I can’t wait to run next weekend in the DC Rock and Roll half marathon with my BRF. I was sick and still ran this race last year. I’m getting sick now (oh no) and i’m trying to beat it before next weekend rolls around. It wasn’t my best half marathon time by any means last year and so this year I just hope to finish faster than I did last year. It’s a great race and a great course. You get to see things in DC that you don’t always see. The race this year will be like interval training and so it will be a different type of race for me and more like a training run. I’m not looking forward to the hill at mile 6 getting off Rock Creek Parkway.  That’s one killer hill!

The following week I’ll be down in VA Beach running the Shamrock Half. Who ever thought that running another 13.1 miles after just finishing one 8 days before was a good idea never told me. That would be my smart planning! HAHA It will be a challenge and one that I’m ready to take on! I’m super excited to be traveling to VA Beach area. I’ve never been down to that city and I’m looking forward to seeing a different part of Virginia. Any suggestions for places to eat? My sister, her boyfriend and one of his friends along with myself are all going down to run. I’m sure I’ll post pictures on Instagram while I’m there and share some here when I get back from the trip. I’m looking forward to another half under my belt.

Here’s to staying warm today! Cheers!

Happy March!

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I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday! It is yucky here with sleet, snow and ice. It is going to be a busy month for me with 2 half marathons and a trip to VA Beach. I can’t wait! I hope my feet don’t mind too much and that the plantar fasciitis stays away. I’m going to start lifting more and so I’m hoping that with the cross training I’ll be able to get faster and have a decent 10 miler time in April.

Enjoy your Sunday! I hope it’s been a great start to March for you so far!

February Goals Check In

Hello!

I can’t believe that it’s already the last day of the month! How incredible and it seems like February just started. February was a busy month for me and so therefore the running took a back seat. So March will be for getting back on track and starting to work out again. I only completed 47.4 miles this month.  BOOO!! But yes 47 is better than 0. And 70.52 for 2015 all together! Far from the 1000 that I would like by December 31, 2015.

SO….because of that, and because of March means spring, I’m going to do the 100 mile challenge for March. That averages out to 3.22 miles per day. I have 2 half marathons this month (yes I have a plan for those that I’ll share next week) and some long runs leading up to the 2 halfs, that are 8 days apart.  I even got my outfit put together (I’ll share that too) and it’s probably the first time that I’ve planned an outfit this far out. I’m super excited about it. And yes more sparkle included.

I hope you were able to reach your goals for February, and if not, that’s ok too. Lets hit 100 miles together in March! Who’s with me??