Archive | Running RSS feed for this section

Chase The Sun ULTRA

23 Aug

I just signed up for the Chase The Sun ULTRA next month…..T- MINUS 29 days to train for a 12 hour Ultra race….OMG….

The END. 

 

#Run4AReason548328_10201835716323153_383146682_n

Advertisements

My 1st Full Marathon Experience

27 Apr

The Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013

My Very 1st Marathon!!!

If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you know that running the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY just a couple weeks before my first full marathon kinda scared the piss out of me. I managed to spit out 3 awesome half marathons in the month of March. I was in somewhat training mode i guess you can say. Nat and i started training a little early for this race, but we were dedicated. By the time February rolled around, wouldn’t you know it, LIFE got a little in the way. Vacations, schedules not lining up….anything. My mileage slacked and my last long run of 18 miles was literally the beginning of February. We did meet up and run lots after that, but not a good long run once a week like you are supposed to do….heck our long runs consisted of like 7 miles at a time for the most part, besides any half marathons i did.

Running in KY got the best of me, i am super sad to say it too….i LOVED that course, wish i would have taken it all in a little bit more, but it made me so incredibly nervous for the BlueRidge marathon. Every training run we did, i complained to Nat that it was impossible, we couldn’t do it, there is no way my legs will carry me that far…EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING.

Now I LOVE planning for a race…my new fave thing to do. Get matching shirts for everyone, make sure we have a meet up spot before and after. This race was completely different. I didn’t want to even think about what i was going to wear for a 26 mile run, i didn’t care. I kept my mind SO far from this race, and i am now completely regretting it!!

On to the week OF

I completely made my whole family join me for this trip. Nat and her family have a place up in the mountains in the Roanoke area. They were all kind enough to let us set up camp in one of the bedrooms. It was a full house!! 7 adults, and 4 children. I think everyone had a great time tho, gotta love good company. My husband, London and I left thursday afternoon and started our 7 hour journey to the hills. Friday we did our little touristy stuff and took London to the Museum of Transportation, and we went to the mall. It of course rained all day, so we had to find stuff to do inside. I made my way to the Expo right when it opened at 3pm. That place was PACKED….i somehow only signed up for the half marathon, and never noticed until Thursday, so i contacted Pete (the blueridge run organizer) and he told me to come to the expo and find him and he would fix it. When i got there, the line was wrapping around the building so i just started wandering around. I somehow managed to make my way in ahead of all those people up the exit stairs and got my bib, transfered it out for a full and left before anyone moved downstairs..(oops) The expo was simple, Foot Levelers had a pretty good set up with noise makers and bags, but other than that, there were no vendors. I kinda liked it that way, but i have read a lot of reviews stating that was the only downfall.  After the expo we had plans to meet up with Jacy, Joel, and Shelli for dinner at the Olive Garden to carb up. Luckily there was actually no wait, we were able to get in and out in a decent amount of time. Once we got back to the house, Nat and I organized what little i did bring to wear, pinned our bibs on our shirts, re-laced some shoes, packed our belts with GU’s and went to bed.

Race Morning

We woke up at 5AM to start getting ready. I just really wanted to make sure we got down there without hitting too much traffic. Well, we definitely had enough time, there was a free little parking lot with plenty of spots for us to choose right down the road from the start! We went to the City Market building which they had open for us, since it was a bit chilly outside!! SO GLAD that place was open!! We did our group shot with Jacy, Kelli, Nat, Shelli, and myself. (too bad we didn’t have matching shirts 😦 Once it got time we headed to the start. Me and Nat stayed right at the end of the pack. Once we were able to go, we just paced ourselves. I am actually kind of amazed at just how quickly the time did go by for us.

Mile 1: was ok, just kinda made our way through the city, then found us a little (hehe) hill to climb up, still weeding out people. Mile 3: Our break off point.

Break off for the Full marathon at mile 3

Break off for the Full marathon at mile 3

Most races have you break off a bit down like mile 10, so if you know you CAN”T do the full marathon, you can go the half route. NO OPTION HERE. Which was good. Mile 5-9: The first BIG BIG BIG mountain!! This mountain had us climb about 800 feet up then 800 feet down. This portion was actually the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is actually the spot where we saw the very first full marathoner coming back down. While we were barely at 5 miles yet, this man was flying back by us at his mile 10.5 (he ended up coming in second just over 2 hours and 30 minutes) It was here that we made some running friends. One man was on his second marathon for the day, he did the double, 52.4 miles in one day….on that course. Another we were talking with had just ran Boston the weekend before, he crossed the finish line 3 minutes before the bomb went off.  Mile 11-15: This mountain had something in store for us that i didn’t even know about!!! Mill Mountain has a huge star that you can see from Roanoke at night all lit up. Well WE just ran up to it!!! That was such a memorable moment for me during this whole race!! What was even better was thinking about how much London loved seeing that while we were driving the night before, now i was standing under it! We took some awesome pictures here, view of the city from the start and a view of the star from the city….so cool.

The Star on top of Mill Mountain

The Star on top of Mill Mountain

103_2962

Top of Mill Mountain

Top of Mill Mountain

Mile 17-20: THESE HILLS ARE INSANE!!!! So, if you ever hear anyone by chance say “oh i ran up Peakwood” go ahead and tell them that you are sorry!! In a short little 1.5 miles we climbed almost 500 feet. You think, “oh but its only 1.5 miles” HA it is the 1.5 miles AT miles 17, 18 & 19 that you have to CLIMB up. There was absolutely NO running this part. If you were running, whatever…you probably won that damn race. I think the worst part was the volunteers/spectators saying “last hill just up the road!!” we heard that SO MANY times!! Once we did get up to the top, we had cornhole, bloody mary’s, mimosas, all offered up, but i just couldn’t do it. Except the cornhole, Nat played cornhole a few rounds!!

Nat playing cornhole at the top of Peakwood

Nat playing cornhole at the top of Peakwood

103_2954The top was mile 19 and we finally got to start going back downhill, but my darn ankle/shin was hurting to run down. I was so scared that it would turn into a stress fracture or something, i just walked most of it!! I couldn’t chance it.

Mile 20!!

Mile 20!!

Mile 21-24: Once we made it down that mountain, it was all neighborhood twists and turns to go. We ran through some of the most beautiful houses i have ever seen on this route!! They were huge, well landscaped, just beautiful. With some really awesome Cherry Blossoms, which looked like big clouds of awesomeness, i just wanted to make a bed out of them on the sidewalk. I have never seen a prettier tree in my entire life. Sound delusional yet??? Mile 23 was THE LONGEST MILE EVER. Looking back at my garmin, it was one of my faster miles. I don’t know HOW. I swear that mile went on for hours. That must have been my wall. At this point it was actually pretty warm, the sun was beating down on us. We were passing lots of runners we have pretty much been keeping up with this whole time. Well not passing, but the route was so curvy, we could run past the same people over and over, while they were ahead of us. Mile 25-26.1: Once we hit that, we knew we were in the home stretch. Here we were running literally on the highway in town, over some bridges, (the bridge i knew we had to get to by the 6 hour mark, MADE IT) We came up to that last 100 yards and could see the finish, i started to cry…yep…i definitely held that back as hard as i could. As soon as i saw my husband there with my baby girl GOSH…teary eyed just thinking about it again. Nat’s little girl started running with us and ran with us into the finish. Super emotional. I am just so glad, even tho i know my husband supports me with running, his idea of a good time is NOT standing at a finish line for an hour waiting for us to cross over the finish. But i am glad that for any of them to be seen by them, it was this one. Mile 26.2: “Coming into the finish Katie Futch and Natalie all the way from GEORGIA!!!!!”

Coming over the finish line

Coming over the finish line

It was so cool to hear that coming over the finish line. I put my hand over my heart for Boston when i crossed, I finished that one for Boston, for those that didn’t get to. We got our bling,

My medal, my beautiful medal

My medal, my beautiful medal

which to be honest, i LOVE, but i am also glad they didn’t have some kind of “big reveal” of it…I had to WAIT to finish to see what this medal looked like. It was almost like having a baby, and not know what you are having. Seriously…Oh and the fitbit reading for 26.2 miles is about 55,000 steps.

I just finished Americas TOUGHEST road MARATHON!!!

#8 in the WORLD

We all did pictures

FINISHED!!

FINISHED!!

Me and my medal :-)

Me and my medal 🙂

then did a celebration lunch at Cheddars, with a beer, then went home to RELAX. I got down on the floor to plug my phone in and the next thing i remember was waking up to London taking my (well her) blankie off me. Sunday morning we got up and headed out the door to make the most out of our trip. We stopped off near Charlotte SC at the Discovery Kids Zone, so fun for London!! Then met up whit a friend from there and played at Plaza Fiesta, a HUGE indoor jungle gym thing that my poor legs got to climb.

So altogether, it was an amazing trip, one that i wish i wasn’t so scared of in the first place. BUT it’s too late for that, at least now i know, do not let your fear of the unknown rule you. Give it all you have, & prove yourself wrong.

Museum of transportation

Museum of transportation

103_2858

Some back to the future for ya!!

Some back to the future for ya!!

Staring at the little train land

Staring at the little train land

Dinner at Olive Garden

Dinner at Olive Garden

Morning of the run

Morning of the run

Photo Op with MRTT

Photo Op with MRTT

Start line

Start line

Getting set to go

Getting set to go

Mile 1

Mile 1

103_2923

Break off for the Full marathon at mile 3

Break off for the Full marathon at mile 3

It was a really really far drop

It was a really really far drop

Roanoke Mountains

Roanoke Mountains

103_2933 103_2936 103_2937

Super pretty!!

Super pretty!!

103_2940

Top of Mill Mountain

Top of Mill Mountain

The Star on top of Mill Mountain

The Star on top of Mill Mountain

KCCO!!

KCCO!!

103_2951

We were totally rocking at this point!!

We were totally rocking at this point!!

103_2954

Nat playing cornhole at the top of Peakwood

Nat playing cornhole at the top of Peakwood

THAT was peakwood

THAT was peakwood

Mile 20!!

Mile 20!!

Had to stop for beast mode!

Had to stop for beast mode!

The star on Mill Mountain from Roanoke.

The star on Mill Mountain from Roanoke.

103_2962

Photo Bomb!!

Photo Bomb!!

Coming over the finish line

Coming over the finish line

Morning before the start

Morning before the start

Me and my medal :-)

Me and my medal 🙂

Still in the first few miles here.

Still in the first few miles here.

Coming back down from Mill Mountain

Coming back down from Mill Mountain

Bracelets we got at the expo

Bracelets we got at the expo

My bib and shirt!!

My bib and shirt!!

My medal, my beautiful medal

My medal, my beautiful medal

This was us coming Up mill mountain

This was us coming Up mill mountain

Run The Bluegrass Half Marathon

9 Apr

The Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013

The third and final of my 3 half marathons in one month

This race was…well AMAZING. It was a huge eye opener….you will understand why shortly. I was lucky enough to get a discount coupon code to this race. Missy won the $50 off code and knew she wouldn’t be able to travel to KY, so she asked the only person she knew crazy enough to drive 650 miles to run for 13…ME. Of course i accepted…a half marathon for only $25, plus hotel, plus gas, plus food, plus…..well you get it, i pretty much spend more than i would if i would have just paid for a local half marathon. But who cares, its all in the experience right!?!?  Doesn’t matter, i had 2 girls to carpool with from MRTT, plus a hotel split 3 ways, comes out to be practically nothing.

Kim, Megan and I headed out on Thursday evening to start our 9 hour voyage up to Lexington, KY!! I have been to A LOT of states in my life, but KY is not one of them…I don’t think i have ever even driven through it before. We were in for a treat though.  I had another MRTT chapter leader willing to take her entire day out to show us around Lexington for the day on Friday. We drove around and saw horses, went to the Keenland Race course, tried local food, took a tour of a brewery and  learned about the history. She did a fabulous job for us!! And i didn’t have to drive, so i took TONS of pictures. We also got to drive the course we were going to be running the next day. I think that scared the crap out of me more than anything. Haha, yeah, i did the GA half, and there were hills, but NOT like these hills.  These hills were more on the “rolling” hills side of the hill spectrum. Rolling right on up to the sky and back down again. over and over and over and over again. I totally psyched myself out and thought they were no big deal…no big deal at all.

Race DAY. We all dressed in our awesome matching shirts. We took the “Run the bluegrass” logo and made it our own. 20130324_183205With everyone together in the same shirt, we looked awesome, people were jealous, i could see it in their faces. lol, not really, but i loved it. Thats all that matters. 103_2737We got pictures at the start line and then made our way to the corrals. Once we started the first thing we saw was a hill. So we get up that hill, and im all like “cool, i can handle that” then we get to go down the hill, and i think “cool, i like that too” then about 25 humungus hills later, i am all like “IS THIS ROAD EVER GOING TO EVEN OUT!!!!!!!” It never did. Hill after hill after hill of on going hills. (we didn’t drive the ENTIRE course the day before, just part of it, so i didn’t really know how the whole thing looked) They had plenty of water and energy along the route, which like i have said before, is a must!! The course was beautiful, we ran by fields of horses, old barns, chickens…i wish i would have stopped and enjoyed it a little better. That darn race got the best of me and when i started to run, i just took off!! Thing is the pictures did the hills and scenery no justice!! i got just a few.

Man, i tell ya, that run took something outta me….pretty much my soul was left out there on those hills. i got to the finish, in good enough time mind you, 2:27. i must have been pushing myself pretty darn hard over those hills to get done faster than i did the Rock n Roll Savannah, on FLAT land. I got done, found my little spot on the ground and waited for the other ladies to finish up. Took my pictures of my medal and my Garmin, and looked to see how many steps i took with my new Fitbit, and noticed i lost it. came off during the run at some point…darn it, i only had that sucker for a little over a week. As i sat there waiting, i notice my headache coming on that i noticed starting at mile 10…that was when i realized i didn’t pop an Excedrin first thing to keep it from coming on at all….and i didn’t have any with me to kill it before it got worse. We shot a nice after pic of the 3 of us, and it was time to head out!! we had a checkout time we needed to meet at the hotel!734016_371693932944271_1247158622_n

By the time we dodged traffic out of the race arena and got back to the hotel, i had a full force migrane and was laid out on the bed. We literally had 23 minutes for 3 of us to shower, get dressed and get out of the hotel by 2:00. AND we did it. YES, 3 women took showers, dressed and packed in 23 minutes. It can be done folks!! At that point i was handing over the keys because i couldn’t even see or think straight because of my head. By the time we got to the next gas station, about 10 minutes down the road, i new immediately i needed to puke, that was the only thing that would ease this pounding head. So i did, and i napped for a good hour, and when i woke up, i was good as new!! I drove the last 6 hours home through the crazy carolina mountains. Those roads are much creepier at night, very pretty during the day though!! I was glad to be home. And glad my 3rd half marathon was done this month. I did it!! and my wall of medals at home is looking pretty darn sweet!!

Just for comparison, see the elevation gain of the last 3 halves i did.

Elevation Gain

Elevation Gain

Now notice, the 30’s, the 400’s, even close to the 700’s….Well the next ones i am doing on April 20th, that is in the 3500’s!!!! OMG, what have i done!!! i keep really really getting nervous about that race now that i have actually ran some REAL hills…Blue Ridge Parkway, here we come,,,reluctantly.

And enjoy ALL the pictures from our trip!!

20130329_133754 20130329_133926 20130329_205724 20130330_090816 20130330_095824 20130330_101851 20130330_115240 20130330_115446 20130330_12210620130329_145758 20130329_152335 20130329_152658 20130329_152825 20130329_153554 20130329_153614 20130329_154053 IMG_6878 IMG_6879 IMG_6884 IMG_6886 IMG_6898 IMG_6908 IMG_6911 IMG_6916 IMG_6941 IMG_6944 IMG_6976 IMG_7023 IMG_7045 IMG_7067 IMG_7068

Palmetto Bluff Inaugural Half Marathon

6 Apr

The Date: Sunday, March 10, 2013

The first of my 3 half marathons in one month, some were very last minute.

I was really excited for this race!! Although i have been feeling really guilty with how often i have been racing lately, and the money that needed to be spent, i looked for a kind soul to help pay my way into this race. I honestly wasn’t REALLY expecting anyone to jump up and down to help out, but to my surprise, many people offered up the entry fee to this race!! One of the sweet ladies that i work out with at bootcamp offered to pay, and i immediately felt bad for asking and denied her payment. But it was too late, she just signed me up and i was all registered and everything. It was really so awesome to have someone do that for me. I just love all the people in my life.

Anyways ON to the recap!!!

I stayed at my sisters house the night before this race because, well she lives super close, and that would allow me to sleep in, and i had an automatic awesome sitter for London while i ran. Worked out. (thanks) I got up drove to the bluff, and waited in my CAR…it was freezing out!!!  There were lots of MRTT members running this race and we all were pretty much there sitting in our car with the heaters on, talking over FB. Luckily, being the first race ever here, it was nice and small…so our cars were literally parked at the start and finish, no need to stand out in the cold for hours on end. Once it got to be time i got out and found all my ladies…Jacy and I made up matching shirts a few nights before, so we would match like we did at he race for Donna. Had to rep MRTT again!!

Our sparkle shirts.

Our sparkle shirts.

the back of the shirt.

the back of the shirt.

We did pictures and tried to find everyone and then we were at the start and ready to go!

They started the race, i started my Garmin, and i just kinda stuck with Jacy. She is faster than i am, but i thought, hey i at least will try to keep up with her as long as i can, that way i have a running buddy for most of the time. Well darnit, i did pretty good, i stayed with her all the way up until mile 10, then i was like ummmmm….im right behind you, just keep going. It didn’t take her long to be WAY ahead of me. In just 3 short miles she finished like 4 minutes before i did.

Back to the course. It was just beautiful!! I really enjoyed the race support out there as well. Palmetto Bluff is this little gated town. It has a little convenience store, a restaurant, and some little shops, a HUGE tree house, and then just acres and acres of beautiful houses and huge trees. The course was FLAT. It was one of those courses that you run, and come up to this itty bitty incline and it feels like you are climbing a mountain because you are just used to flat.

Every single person i was out there with PR’d. Of course my Garmin only read out 12.8 miles….so technically it was a bit short. BUT even if it was a full 13.1 course, everyone would have PR’d. I was tracking my run and keeping track of how fast i needed to go that last mile to make sure i get in under 2 hours and 10 minutes. I came in at 2:07:08 for 12.8 miles. That was a MASSIVE PR for me. my last half i did was in 2:35. i took nearly 30 minutes off my time!! AND the medal was amazing!! So far, it is my favorite medal that i have gotten, and the biggest!! love me some bling!

My beautiful new medal!!

My beautiful new medal!!

Enjoy the pictures!!

My race bib says "i love you"

My race bib says “i love you”

Jacy and I

Jacy and I

Girls with our medals

Girls with our medals

Cheer squad!! Tina and Missy were out there cheering us on at mile 10

Cheer squad!! Tina and Missy were out there cheering us on at mile 10

My time

My time

My beautiful new medal!!

My beautiful new medal!!

Found Dawn in the parking lot too!!

Found Dawn in the parking lot too!!

Caught up with Kelli in the parking lot

Caught up with Kelli in the parking lot

MRTT strong!!

MRTT strong!!

getting ready to start

getting ready to start

Looking "sexy" haha

Looking “sexy” haha

at the start

at the start

just tried getting the water view here....

just tried getting the water view here….

mile 5. The signs were all nice.

mile 5. The signs were all nice.

After the race with our medals

After the race with our medals

3 of us at the finish line

3 of us at the finish line

Jacy and her husband Joel

Jacy and her husband Joel

Our sparkle shirts.

Our sparkle shirts.

this was my time and elevation gain.

this was my time and elevation gain.

26.2 With Donna Marathon Relay

18 Mar

So Jacy was ever so kind in sharing her race entry that she won with a few of us from MRTT!!! She could have chosen to run the entire 13 or 26 miles all by herself, but instead she wanted to have company!! And i am so glad she wanted our company! The marathon relay was split up into 5 different legs to cover the full 26.2 miles. We had 5 different people to do all the legs, but one leg kept having stability issues, one girl was injured so she had to give up her spot, then the girl who took her place ended up getting into an accident just days before the race so she couldn’t race either. Guess who got to fill that spot?! ME 🙂 Jacy knew i needed to get my training miles in, so she offered up 2 of the legs to me, which totalled 10.5 miles legs 3 & 4.

Jacy and I left for Jacksonville and went to the expo. We got to finally meet up with a few MRTT mamas that are from the FL area chapters, that was FUN. We all went out to dinner together at Carabbas. Jacy and I went back to the hotel and caught up over a glass of wine in the lounge, then waited for Ashton to come in. We laid out our flat mama’s. Jacy made up matching designs for all of us to wear. we looked like Dunkin Donuts sponsored us, totally unintentional.

Come race day and OMG COLD. so we are in Florida….it is just NOT supposed to be this cold. I swear i got frostbite….It’s hard doing the relay in the cold because you have hours before you even need to run and get to warm up, so you just freeze, and we did. Ashton was first leg, and they had to delay the start because traffic getting to the race venue, well, it was just dead stop traffic. Miles and miles of cars not moving an inch. I was able to talk with a few other girls who were still waiting in the traffic while i was waiting in the freezing cold for them to get there. finally at the start Ashton took off doing her 6 mile leg. We had to take shuttels to the stop where we hand off the baton, so Pat took shuttle 2 to her stop, Jacy and i waited in the car with the heater on, for a little while. I had it timed out so i knew when i needed to leave to get to my position to get the baton from pat when she finished up her 3.75 mile leg. I was there waiting for her at my stop and she came rolling up and handed off the baton and i was OFF. Leg 3 was 6.75 miles, and when i came up to the baton hand off spot, i got to just keep going since i was doing 2 legs. The next leg was 3.5 miles. The scenery of the 2 legs were so pretty!! all the houses we passed reminded me of the beach housees in Rhode Island groing up. Of course i was bundled too from the freezing weather in the morning, so around mile 4 i was warmed up and i had to strip. I was completely loaded down with STUFF….anyways, once i got done with my 2 legs it was finally Jacy’s turn!! i mean she has been waiting for hours to get to run, im sure she is frozen solid by now…Her family was there and was able to get a cool shot of us handing off the baton and her taking off to finish up her 6.2 mile leg. i took the shuttle to the finish line and met up with Ashton. I had to get my medal since i didn’t get it on the run when i finished my leg. I got my beer and free food and we waited for Jacy. She came in super fierce at the end!!

And that about sums it up. Add another medal to my wall, cross off – do a marathon relay, from the list, add something new to the list. What should i set out for next?? Maybe i should get through my first FULL marathon before i add anything else.6552_10200613582010559_919699518_n

13109_10200615725744151_1917454424_n 13110_10151290769773587_775617238_n 16497_10200615727224188_1131132527_n 64750_606911799334434_1725707341_n 69267_606911829334431_941505205_n 69584_10200624807731195_1469658390_n 149984_10200615726544171_1524379784_n 285303_10200624808491214_953585699_n 382208_10200615351574797_805659492_n 482474_10200613581410544_1796106736_n 485318_10200618030561770_1710141736_n 528028_10151228624201580_912850401_n 535552_10200615726784177_497832445_n 560026_10200770203836399_1033998043_n 560092_10200615726224163_80432066_n 560498_10151294059218587_1000453565_n 598590_10200615727544196_1749678459_n

A LOT of Damn Miles

3 Feb

So this post is gonna be a 2 in 1, that way its one less post, and i don’t really have to flood the inboxes of the poor souls that follow me!!

For the year of 2012 i ran 545 miles

For the month of January 2013 i ran a total of 107 miles.

For the first week of February, i ran the furthest i have ever ran at 18 miles in 3:57:09

So here is how it went. At the beginning of the year i signed up for a challenge on FB to run either 500 or 1000 miles for the year, since last year i made it to 545, i figured, heck why not double it, i can do that. So i took off running at the beginning of the year, pushing out 30+ miles a week for the first few weeks. Then wouldn’t you know it, life got in the way, week 3 i managed to squeeze out only 12 miles. What a bummer. And  it is funny to say that, there were some months last year that i didn’t even get 12 miles in for the entire month…i was doing 10x that now. So i ended my first month with 107 miles and only 893 left to go for the year. I also managed to push out 2 PDR’s during that month, first 14 miles, then the following week i did 15. And if you didn’t notice, it was the very first time i reached and passed 100 miles in one month. Picture 44

 

Skip to February 3rd and i had an 18 mile training run i need to do. I run best with a partner, and that partner is none other than my BRF(best running friend) Natalie. She was leaving to go on vacation after our scheduled 18, and i am scheduled to leave and go on my own vacation 3 days later, along with other stuff going on, we wouldn’t see each other for 2 weeks!! If we didn’t do this run TODAY, it wasn’t getting done, so 5AM came, i drove into Savannah and we started our journey to 18 miles. At this point of our training i can run 10 miles without any issues…its pretty “easy” compared to how it used to make me feel. Today was just a off day i guess because by mile 7 my body was aching in ways it only feels when i get to mile 14+. This started early and i had no Excedrine or anything for help. Our loop was 9 miles, so i had to keep on going if i wanted to make it back to my car. once we ran our lap around Forsyth we were at mile 12 and i was like lets just get to 13 and call it quits…at mile 12.5 i got my second wind and looked back at Nat and said “i have this, i just need to keep on going” she chimed in with “go im right behind you” so we took off once again so that we would HAVE to run BACK to the car, you know how tempting that car can be passing it over and over again. We ran our little hearts out for that last 5 miles, well, im sure if anyone was walking they would have passed us, but we didn’t freaking stop, until the last half mile, we walked that, with the shoes OFF. My car was exactly at mile 18, we measured that out pretty darn good!! Done, done and done….until the next one….

 

Thanksgiving Day Goodness!!!

24 Nov

Turkey Trot

I woke up bright and early this morning to get myself all set to run in our Turkey Trot here in Savannah GA, to help benefit the United Way. This is the first race i ever ran in back in 2010, back then it was a 5K, this year they bumped it up to a 4 mile race. Good for me!! i like the longer distances!! My group of people involved 14 of my family members!! I showed up and immediately went over to write our name down on the “largest group” list and noticed ours was the biggest SO FAR….i just let it be, didn’t really want to stress over it. (although i did hear someone say “oh man, looks like Katie is going to win!!)

We all stood around and chatted in the sun while we waited for the lineup at the start. It was a bit chilly out. Although i am used to running in the cold, we usually just get started, so we warm up quick, this time we had to stand around for a half hour before starting to get warmed up. We got lined up and listened to the National Anthem, and before you knew it we were OFF!

The Start

I started out kinda close to the front, i hate being in peoples way, but i also hate other people being in my way. The bobbing and weaving takes a toll on a runner. At one point i saw a opening on the grass along side all the walkers and i took off. I heard someone behind me doing the same, i didn’t look back, i just ran. My phone chimed in at mile one telling me my pace and it was in the 8’s, the LOW 8’s…WHAT?!?!?! I don’t run that fast. Jeanine asked me when we were lining up if i was going for time, i said yes, i want to finish this 4 miles in under 40 minutes….with a low 8 min/mile pace, i knew i was going to get it.

I kept thinking in my head as i was going, “just go fast now, that way the last couple miles if you have to go super slow, you can”  So i did, then i go to mile 2 and i was feeling really good. Sticking behind this skinny little girl who was running like she didn’t have a care in the world, no sweat, her legs looked like they were barely moving…i just kept thinking “don’t lose her” By mile 3 my phone said i was still in the 8’s. Did my 5k in 26 minutes (PR by 2 minutes) I figured i am more than half way done, if i keep up this fast little pace i have here i will be done in NO time, just 8 more minutes and i will be at the finish line! So i gunned it….i just went for it. Picked up my pace even more and then there was the finish. I picked it up a little too much, too early. I slowed it down until i was right at the end. I sped up and crossed the finish, I’m positive it was with that miserable look on my face too. I can take kinda-cute pictures when i run easy, but that is the last thing on my brain when im shooting for a PR!! I saw the clock as i crossed the finish 34:52. 34:53. 34:54……FASTER i thought, FASTER do NOT let that hit 35 minutes!! I crossed it at the 34:57 mark WHEW, i made it.

New PR!!!

I stopped my MapMyRun and it was at 34:52!!! Holy COW, that was so amazing. I was so happy. Not too far behind me was Linda and then Devin, then my Dad. I actually came in first out of everyone i was there with!! I went and checked out my results as they posted them at the finish line bulletin board, 34:36. 16/81 in my age group.

My 5 fasted runs

Largest Family Award!

Everyone crossed the line, my Mom, My Dad, a couple aunts, my uncle, cousins, and a friend. We all stuck around to wait for the awards, i was really hoping to get that biggest group/family award!! 3 years ago, this was my first race and there were only 4 of us who did it together!

2010 Turkey Trot

Last year we had 10, and this year we bumped it up to 14!  They called our name! WE WON i was so excited. We all had to go up to the front and we got our picture taken. (hopefully they will post them soon) As we were leaving we heard from across the park that we won the biggest family too!! I signed us up for the biggest family, and when i went back to see if anyone else had a bigger group, i saw my name was gone, so my aunt put us back on. Apparently there were 2 different pages, one for the biggest group, and one for the biggest family. LOL, we got them both. I have to go pick up our prize in a few days. Apparently they forgot it, so i don’t even know what it is!! the suspense is killing me!

I got home to find out i also won a contest i entered on Facebook to win a handheld from InknBurn!!! Ended up having just a good day overall. Breakfast and dinner with the WHOLE family. I think we did a head count of 43 people, 15 cars, 3 turkey’s, 4 different kinds of potato salad….I could keep going, but you get the point.

Savannah Rock N Roll Half Marathon Recap

5 Nov

Time to check another half off the list!!!! Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon series came to Savannah for the second year. There were less people, but it was MUCH better organized than last year!! Overall this run was a GREAT experience. I had such a great time with everyone. And for once getting to hang out with people who did their first marathon, it is just priceless!!! It wasn’t just a race for me, this was a few weeks of gearing up, with Moms RUN This Town, and organizing dinner, to setting up the tent at the finish line. Having a group of ladies (and a few men) who ALL support each other is so rewarding! I will just do a small timeline of events that have taken place over the last few weeks.

Poster Making

If was Jenn’s idea, but we got supplies together to make posters for all the MRTTers, and others who we knew were running in the race. We got pizza and snacks(beer) set up camp and started making posters. We listed everyone’s names and made a few personalized. The day before the race Jenn and I went around the route and posted the signs in random places.

I slammed my hand twice and threw the hammer out of my hand and smacked it into my knee…..it wasn’t safe for me to be doing this job….who put me up to this!!!!

The Shirts

I offered up some shirts that Pam had made up for her chapter to wear, and i thought it would be great to have some for all the MRTT girls to have. Kinda like a big united group, so let the shirt making begin!!! OMG, haha, didn’t know what i was getting myself into!! So the shirts were REALLY cute, but it was also my first REAL experience with cutting LOTS of stuff with my Silhouette. I finally made myself a sign to stick on it to remind me that the letters need to be in REVERSE when i cut them out for the iron on vinyl. I mean i do know this, but when you sitting here playing and cutting, you just kinda forget…and you waste a TON of vinyl, that is not even cheap to begin with. 

Expo

I got out of work early on Thursday to go up to the race expo. It was very nicely set up!! They had LOTS of stuff i wanted to buy….too bad this is just a bad time of the year for us financially. BUT Christmas is coming!!! LOL, i know what i am asking for!! I got my shirt, my goodie bag and walked around for a while. Saw a few familiar faces and talked for a bit. Picked up the parking pass and that was it. Easy peasy.

Pasta Dinner

Months ago, i offered up to do a pasta dinner the night before the race. You know,,,carb loading….I wasn’t sure how many people would join, but the closer the event came, the more nervous i got about a lot of people possibly coming!!! haha. It all worked out wonderfully though. Jacy made some of her delish italian wedding soup, my mother in law made the pasta sauce, i made the salad and pasta. My parents offered up their house, (mine just isn’t big enough to fit a lot of people in it comfortably) We had a lot of people come by!! I am just so happy about my MRTT family. Last year it was my Aunt and me, now its us 2 and everyone else too!!! I just love that no matter where i go, i see someone i know now, and they are always a MRTT member!! Oh and Pam The “Mother” of Moms RUN This Town came in for the marathon!!! I have known her for about 4 years but only via the internet, so it was so nice to finally meet her!!! Seriously just an awesome person!! She should move to Savannah. (Even though she had a panic attack driving here!!)

My Race Outfit

I knew if i tried picking out what i was going to wear too early in advance, that it would change about 30 times, so i waited until 2 day before to figure all that out!! I wanted to be bright, but darker colors make me look thinner….these are all important things when trying to figure out what you are going to be seen in, and all the pictures you know you are going to be in throughout the race!! i opted for this!!

Front and Back

SOOOOOOO many people commented on my shirt!! Hahaha, i had people i could hear behind me yelling JUST DO IT EVEN IF YOU SUCK!!! usually they did it while i was in walking mode….guess that says something. Then the spectators were calling me a Bad Ass as i was coming up on them!!

Morning of

We had to wake up at 4AM to get parked downtown by 6AM. My sister met Pam and I at the ride share, we picked up Nat and got there with minutes to spare!! Luckily my sister had her big ass Denali, we had so much stuff to bring down to the park, Pam’s accord just wasn’t cutting it!! Once we got everyone and everything unloaded and to the pitch black park, we started setting up. We had a nice security guard hold a flashlight for us for a good hour while we pitched the tent, set up coolers, made posters, and got ready to RUN. He almost got in trouble by his supervisor, they came over to yell at him for doing nothing until we saved him. He seriously was helping a TON we would have been blind without the flashlight!!

Group shot before

Making Posters!!

The RACE

So the park is actually a little over a mile to the start, so before we even started our marathon, we jogged/walked a mile. Good warmup…ahem…..my legs were already aching by the time i got to the start from standing for the last 4 hours already!!! haha.We made our way to corral 16, found Jenn and Dawn. Saw Ginger and got some pictures. 

It took about 20 minutes from the start for our corral to get up to the start line. We were so pumped though!!! That countdown started for us and we were OFF!!! Nat, Dawn and I were together for the first mile or so, Dawn is a little speedy, so we lost her. We let Jenn just do her thing, i mean she did have 26 to do,,,,hmmm too much!! HA. Nat and I stuck together until mile 8. We had a great first 5k, 10:15 pace, every split after that just got worse and worse!! lol, but its not all about the numbers!!! 

My husband was standing at mile 6 at Abercorn and Liberty with his boss waiting for me!! This is the first race he has actually come out to see. He made his way to another point, but i can’t remember which mile that was. There were so many signs out to read, i saw the ones we put out the day prior, and they looked pitiful!!! haha, they didn’t hold up all that well. The race support and people were amazing!! I think there were more out last year, but it seriously is so motivating to have all these random people out there cheering you on!  The last few miles i was on my own!!! The whole reason i MADE Nat sign up for this race was because i knew those last few miles were killer, and she totally keeps me going!! She had business i just couldn’t stand around and wait for!!! haha. Sometimes being a woman sucks…NOW that all her business is out there….on to the

Finish

I came up to the last bend and my sister jumped in and started running with me!!! She was video taping me, i need to see that video!!! it will get added when i get it!. i did get a good coming up to the end picture

Almost DONE

I had her tell me when the finish was, thats when i sprint it out, it was perfect!! i am a ground watcher, other wise i trip….i swear every time i look up, i trip on something, so i usually don’t see the finish until its too late!! i like to know that i can better my time by at least a little, but if i start too early i bonk out. In this last mile i had some leg spasms, kinda freaked me out!! At one point my leg almost gave out. When i sped up for the finish the same thing happened, i actually had to slow dow a little! Darn it, my time could have been in the 2:38’s instead of 2:39’s!! Oh right, they are just numbers!! Gotta remember that! I made it over the finish line and got swarmed with my medal, and drinks and food…it’s like it started with the boring stuff then at every stop the food and drinks got better!!! in a matter of seconds i had, 1 bottle of water, 1 bottle gatorade, 1 fruit cup, 2 chocolate milks, 1 granola bar, 1 bagel, and a spoon. Good thing the medal was around my neck, i would have had to leave it behind!!!

The After Party

I made my way over to the MRTT tent ALLLLLLLLL the way across the park. HA so glad we had that tent there. We had EVERYTHING, including the largest support group, which was the BEST. I sat down and immediately took my shoes off. Drank my 2 bottles of chocolate milk and waited for the others to come in!! The weather couldn’t have been better!! It seriously was so nice, if you were cold, go stand in the sun, if the sun was too hot, go sit in the shade. We had lots of mommas come by the tent to say hi and hang out for a little while. It was great to meet so many MRTT members from all over who came here!! I even met some from my chapter that i have yet to meet up with. Looking forward to running with more people in the future, and i think we will get a few other members because of the tent. We had a few giveaways to do so it brought people in. We had a blast, i don’t think the event could have gone smoother. It was much less crowded than last year, but in a good way. Last year was pure gridlock and the shuttles were no good. Of course i had nothing to do with the shuttles, so i don’t really know how they performed, but all in all, GREAT race!!!

What’s Next??

Well since you asked!!!!  Before this half, i was thinking about doing a whole marathon….then immediately after this half i said SCREW THAT!!!!! But it is only one day since that and i am already considering it again….SOOOO i guess its ON! I have the Blue Ridge Marathon in April AKA TOP 15 of the worlds toughest marathons!!! which gives me PLENTY of time to train, the only thing is….we don’t have hills. The Blue Ridge has an overall incline of 7,000ft over the course of the full marathon…..what do you think?? I’m thinking GAME ON BITCHES. So now that it’s out there, i guess there is no turning back. I once again have a crew of ladies doing it, the support system rocks, so i think i can, i think i can…

Enjoy some pictures

I Refuse To Quit!

18 Oct

image

So when i first read this quote, i read it all wrong!!! In my head, it was more like, “I want to inspire people, And because of that I refuse to quit”, as in, i can’t quit if i want to help everyone else too, in return, you all actually inspire me. I have been reading this quote for 3 days just like that, until today, i SLOWED down and read it, and realized it said that i want someone to tell me that THEY refused to quit because of me….Either way, i have heard it from many already, and THAT is what keeps me going every day!!

Just thought i would share!!! I love all my other mother runners, and not so mothers, or women for that matter. All of you out there that keep going and want to get started because of all my annoying FB posts 🙂 If it works for even one person, i’m gonna keep doing it!!

Oh and stay tuned for Saturday!! I will be posting about my free entries to the Color Vibe, Get 20% off with a special MRTT discount code: MOMSRUNSAVANNAH (until end of day 10/31).  Also one for the Blue Ridge Marathon and half. Gotta get those things going if i plan to give any away!! 

P.S.  Also, if you register for the Color Vibe, please be sure to enter charity code: CHILDRENMUMC when registering to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center! A portion of the proceeds will go to this charity.
I also have the discount code to the  right --->
for the color in motion 5k in Jacksonville FL. For my non 
GA members!! I will be doing both of them!

Busy Busy Busy…to include getting a couple race entries/discounts…

10 Oct

Oh My Gosh…..I swear i have bean NON STOP for what seems like weeks now….my brain has been in no way shape or form, ready to sit and write out anything of importance, even though i DO have some great news!!!

Now if my brain would just remember those cool things……

OH right, a little race known as Americas toughest road marathon that takes place somewhere up in the Blue Ridge Mountains…..A very colorful run to hit Savannah (shhhhhh no ones knows about this one yet) oh and a fun little Turkey Day 4 miler.

All these are going to be giveaways in the upcoming posts that i have to sit down and write. As hard as it has been for me to just sit down and write about that fact that i plan to write about those has got to tell you something!!

So what is so new these last few weeks…lets see…I got my Silhouette Cameo!!! Perfect for making specific shirts for chapter members at discounted prices….and i am super excited about the shirts we plan to wear for the Rock N Roll on November 3rd i think i can squeeze in a little pic of the draw up here. I am actually really excited for all the other MRTT chapters who will be coming into Savannah to run this run!! So many people i have never met, and one i have known for years but never met!! Yep it’s Pam, MRTT creator herself coming down from Newnan GA.

I have been running up a storm!! let me see i will post a picture of my miles for the last few weeks…or months. idk, either way you can see how much it as increased over the last 2 months!!

Check out last months miles!!

Sunday funday 10 miler +

Sunday we had a MRTTmeetup to do 10 miles downtown starting at Fleet Feet all the way to bay and back, with a few turns in between. We had 9 people show!!! I hope everyone had a good time at least!! I know everyone is at different paces, but the point is to just get out there, you never what kind of new friendships you might make, and find running buddies who are your speed!

Coming down the bridge!!

This morning i did another bridge run this time with Jenn and Natalie, Nat is the bridge virgin no more!! She did awesome, shoot we all did!! I can’t believe how incredibly easy much better i have gotten with these hills!! Of course the temperature drop of about 20 degrees over the last 24 hours was kind of a breath of fresh air!! I got to test out my warmer clothing for running! Usually you see me trying to find the lightest weight outfit, today i was in layers…and it’s a good thing too because those layers were coming off!

See….Priceless Face!!

The Medal!!

The KRTT Medals came in today too!!! I am so excited for london to have her first medal….we are to log all her miles for the month of October, and all of the kids across the US will have accumulated mileage, with boys VS girls. The medals are seriously too cute!! and she is sooo excited to have it…was i supposed to wait until the end of the month???? HAHA, i get more excited about seeing her face over something so cool that i can’t control the wait process.

So we are both sitting here with a medal around our necks…hey gotta put them to good use right!! I can’t wait until the Winter Runnerland Virtual coming up in January!! More details to come on that one soon!!

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

Nadeau - Blog With a Soul

Just another WordPress.com site

Savannah & Beyond

Real Estate Photography

Running With Rehse

From start to finish, the journey to my first marathon.

I Heart Running

Vegan, Marathon Runner, Running A Marathon In All 50 States While Chasing A Sub 3 Marathon

The Matt Walsh Blog

Absolute Truths (and alpaca grooming tips)

Tambra Means - gingermantra

"Never compare your beginning to someone else's middle" - jon acuff

Rambling Mom

wandering through life...

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

How My World Runs

My adventures in life and running!

How My World Runs

My adventures in running and a healthy life. Learning as I go!

HayleyHobsonBlog.com

Please note my new Blog address above.....

LocalSportsReviews.com (coming soon)

Sporting Local Athlete Reviews & Listings

Running "Beast Mode"!!!

The impossible is possible.....

natalielong30's Blog

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this WordPress.com site

Savannah Moms RUN This Town

A Free Running Club For Moms of the 2 or 4 legged

The Lambent Life

Living Simply, Simply Living.

%d bloggers like this: