Dog Walking, Running, and a Race

Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope you all had a great week!  This was week two after my marathon and it was pretty laid back.  I had a 5K on Saturday, so I made sure to get in a few runs.  But, I didn’t pressure myself to do it.  I want to get back to where I want to run and am running because I enjoy it.  Towards the end of training I was dreading runs, and honestly didn’t want to do them.  I had to force myself to put my shoes on and get out the door.  This week I felt so much better about them.  I am also trying to build up Jake’s mileage.  I want him to be able to run 3 miles with me.  But, I don’t want to overdo it.  He’s pretty good about going 2 miles if it’s not too hot.  And, since I wasn’t running enormous amounts of miles, I had a lot more energy for other workouts.  Here’s what my week looked like. more “Dog Walking, Running, and a Race”

Halloween Weekend Recap

Hello!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was really, really busy!  So, this is going to be a long post, because I have so much to share! 

Friday, I got to dress up for work.  I was a Rockford Peach from the movie A League of Their Own.  I love this costume and have wanted to be this for the last three years!  So, I was really excited to get to wear it this year!

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It rained all day Friday!! So now, this is what I have to drive on, since they still aren’t working to fix my road! 

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Jeremy took my car Friday afternoon to get new tires on it.  He’s really good at making sure everything is always working right.  While he was gone, I packed up all of our stuff.  I had three bags!  One for my running stuff, one with my costume, and one for the rest of our things!  We looked like we were going somewhere for a week instead of just one night. 

When Jeremy got back Friday afternoon, we loaded the car and headed to Norman.  We decided to go stay with our cousins so that way we would already be there for the race Saturday morning.  It was raining really hard, so it took us a little longer to get there.  We ran by Pizza Shuttle and grabbed some dinner.  Jeremy got a pizza and wings, and I had spaghetti. It doesn’t look very good, but it was delicious!

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I always eat pasta the night before a race.  We took our dinner over to our cousin’s house to eat.  I was greeted with this cuteness! 

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Then, we all settled in to watch a movie.  I had a good snuggle buddy!

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We watched San Andreas.  I really like The Rock, but this movie is pretty cheesy! (But I liked it)  It has a good storyline, but the special effects are awful and some of the events are completely ridiculous, and totally unrealistic.  We were all in bed by 10. I was so tired, I went straight to sleep.  I was actually surprised I made it through the movie without falling asleep.    

We had an extremely busy day Saturday!  We got up that morning and went to the race.  You can read all about it here.  When we left the race, we headed to a wrestling tournament.  Jeremy’s cousin, C was wrestling and we made it just in time to watch his first match. He won 10-0!! 

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When he was done with his first match, I headed back to their house to shower.  Halloween Weekend Run and Live Happy (14)While I was waiting to be picked up to go to C’s football game, I tried to use the foam roller on my leg, but the puppies weren’t having it! They laid and rolled all over me!

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Jeremy and his aunt and uncle picked me up and we ran to Taco Casa for lunch. 

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I was starving by this time! I had a crispy taco and a soft taco.  I ended up just eating the inside of the soft taco and not the tortilla.  I also had a few bites of Jeremy’s chilada.  It was like an enchilada, except it was made with a flour tortilla.  I just didn’t like their flour tortillas very much.  Then we shared some cinnamon chips, and they were delicious!

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After lunch we went to the football game. It was freezing!! The wind was frigid and it was blowing right in our face.  It was colder than it had been that morning.  We all huddled together under blankets while we watched the game.  

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When the game was over, I rode back to the house with our cousin M.  She just got her driver’s license and got a sweet Jeep!!  Our cousins were having a Halloween party, so we helped her mom with all the prep. M made green jello and put it in a brain mold.  I was in charge of the tortilla soup.

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I also made corn muffins to go with the chili.

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And, I made gluten free honey corn muffins.

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Two of Jeremy’s aunts came in and helped us get everything set up. They were expecting a bunch of people, so they had a ton of food!  They had chili, beans, tortilla soup, and cheese dip. 

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They also had hot dogs, all the stuff for frito chili pies, and tons of different chips and popcorn. 

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There was also pumpkin spice salsa and pumpkin seed chips.  It was definitely an interesting flavor, something that would probably be an acquired taste.  I didn’t think the salsa tasted like pumpkin.  It was more like nutmeg.  It was odd. 

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The guests brought the desserts, and there were tons of caramel apples, chocolate apples, and some cute Halloween cookies.  Jeremy tried the cookies and said they were like pure sugar! 

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While we were getting everything set up, I tried some of M’s Advocare Spark.  I was already worn out from waking up so early, so I knew I would need some energy.  I was not a huge fan of the flavor. I think I could get used to it, and it did give a lot of energy, but I think I like the Herbalife Lift Off better.  I may try the Spark again when I run out of Lift Offs. 

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Around 6, people started showing up.  C’s football team and their parents and siblings came. After they ate, they all headed out to trick or treat. Once they left, we ate dinner.  I had a hot dog and some apple slices with caramel. 

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Jeremy and I stayed to hand out candy. We never have trick or treaters at our house so I was really eager to see all of them!  We actually handed out cheese balls and popcorn. 

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The kids were thrilled about the popcorn!  There was a constant flow of trick or treaters for a couple of hours.

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The little kids were absolutely adorable! There was one little girl, probably around 2 years old, that was dressed as a Cabbage Patch kid. She was definitely the cutest one I saw all night! I wish I would have taken her picture.  This little princess was really cute too!Halloween Weekend Run and Live Happy (29)

 

We also had 3 grown women come to the door.  No costumes, no kids. I could not believe it!! I kept looking for their kids, I thought maybe they had babies in strollers, but there weren’t any.  I’m pretty sure that when you are over 40, you are too old to go trick or treating.  Jeremy figured up that we had over 300 kids come to the door! We had a blast handing out treats! Halloween Weekend Run and Live Happy (1)
After the treats were gone, we hung around and talked for awhile.  I love getting to hang out with our cousins.  We are all so busy, so we don’t get to do it as often as we would like. 

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We left late and got home around 11:30 and went straight to bed! 

Sunday we rested.

Just kidding! 
We forgot to set our clocks back, so we got up earlier than we had planned to.  But that’s okay, because we got a lot done.  When I got up, my body felt so tired and my legs were a little sore.  Once we got up, we went grocery shopping, unpacked from the weekend, and did a ton of laundry! 

Since it was November 1st, that meant that the Pile on the Miles Challenge started! 

I hope you all joined me.  If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late.  You can join here.  The point of this challenge is to get you active during the holiday season.  My goal for this month is to walk or run for at least 30 minutes every day.  I went for a 30 minute walk to kick off the challenge!  After that, we went hunting. 

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We saw one little buck, a doe and a baby.

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I don’t know what the deal is because always before there’s at least 10 does that come in to eat every night.  This year we have hardly seen any! 

 After hunting, we went home and finally rested while we watched the Royals win the World Series! 

What did you do this weekend?

Monster Dash Race Recap

I had so much fun at the race this weekend!  I am so glad I decided to run it!

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It’s a ritual for me to have pasta the night before any race.  So, I had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner Friday night.  Then, I was in bed by 10:00, and went right to sleep. 

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I woke up at 4:30 on Saturday morning.  I had my alarm set for 6:30, but I couldn’t go back to sleep. I just laid there wide awake so I finally got up at 6:00. Around 6:30 I had a banana and an Herbalife lift off. I’m always wide awake on race days, but that lift off gave me an extra boost of energy! 

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I had checked the weather every day last week to see what the temperature would be on race day.  Every day is said 64 degrees.  For some of the week it was showing a small chance of rain, but by Friday, there was no chance of rain at all!  I made sure to pack warm and cool clothes, just in case.  Saturday morning when I got up, I checked my weather app again.  It showed 62 degrees and partly cloudy at the race start time.  So, I threw on my shorts, t-shirt, and tall socks. 

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Good thing I thought to grab a jacket!  When we got there at 8:15, it was misting and the wind was blowing, and it was only 52 degrees.  It was so cold!!  I picked up my packet, which consisted of my bib and a t-shirt.  

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Then we sat in the car until about 8:45.  I went over to the start line, and at 8:50, they had instructors from Jazzercise warm us up. 

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I was so cold, and did not feel like doing aerobics, but I did, so I wouldn’t be miserable during the race. 

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At 9:00, the gun went off. 

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I love this course because it is so flat and the scenery is beautiful.  You run through the campus of the University of Oklahoma. I started out fast, and felt great.  It was misting, but not bad, and once I started running, I wasn’t that cold.  I even debated taking off my jacket.  But, after mile 1, we turned a corner and we were running directly into the chilly wind.  It was blowing hard, and it also started misting really heavily.  I tried to run faster on this mile to get out of the wind, but that just made it harder for me to breathe.  I slowed down and made it through mile 2.  I was almost there and was ready to finish! Sometime during the last mile, I got a sharp pain in my leg. I stopped to walk for a second and it quit. I started running again and was able to finish without any more pain.  As I came around the corner and the finish line came into view, I got so excited! I was looking for Jeremy because he’s always waiting for me at the end.  That is the best feeling in the world to see him there waiting on me and looking so proud! I ran across that line beaming!

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I am so happy that I was able to it! It may not seem like that big of a deal, but when you’ve been off for 6-7 months and the doctor tells you that it could be a “sport ending” injury, it is a HUGE deal! 
Going in to this race, I was trying not to worry about my time. That is really hard for me since I am so competitive.  But, I knew that since I have been off for so long, that I wouldn’t be able to run like I was. So, my only goal was to finish.  I finished in 29:54! I am thrilled that I did it in under 30 minutes! And, I placed 6th in my age group.  That is a big deal too because my age group is always the biggest and it is really hard to place that high! I didn’t get a medal, but I had a lot of fun and am really happy that I ran it!
There was right under 300 people that ran the race.  There wasn’t a whole lot dressed up. I did see several women in tutus, and one in a hula skirt.  There was also a girl dressed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland. I started next to a girl who was wearing a red onesie. 

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And then there was this guy!

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Now I’m going to start looking for another race. I think I’ll stick with 5ks for a while and work on slowly building my mileage back up. 

Running Bucket List

I was inspired by Amy and Gideon over at Brits Run Disney to make a bucket list of races I want to do.  I have thought about this some before, but it never occurred to me to write it down.  Thanks guys! 

Here is my Running Bucket List: 

Nike Women’s Half Marathon

This is the race that I absolutely want to do the most!  I like that it is a race for only women.  Plus, I think it would be awesome to get a Tiffany’s necklace at the end of a race! 

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Las Vegas Rock and Roll 

I’ve never been to Vegas, and this would be the perfect way to see the strip for the first time! All of the Rock and Roll races that I have read about seem like so much fun, but I think I would enjoy Vegas the most. And, the medal is really cool!

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Disney Princess Half Marathon 

There’s really not much to say about this one other than I just really want to run at the most magical place on Earth!  I really can’t imagine anything that sounds like more fun than this!

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Bermuda Half Marathon 

I am all about the Caribbean, so this would be a good excuse to go on a mini vacation.  But, not only is this race a half marathon, they also have a Bermuda Triangle challenge.  3 races in 3 days – Friday night is a mile, Saturday morning is a 10k, and Sunday morning is the half marathon.  This would not only be a running challenge, but also a fun location.  You run right next to the ocean, so I’m sure the scenery will be beautiful. 

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Kauai Half Marathon 

Surely you can see a pattern here.  I’m all about the beach and running at the beach just makes it that much better!  This course is also next to the ocean so I can only imagine how beautiful it would be when the sun is just coming up. 

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Someday I will do these races!

In other running news, I have run three times this week with very minimal pain.  I was able to run 3 miles without pain, and only a little bit of soreness afterwards.   I’m thinking that is a good sign, and I will continue to take it easy and slowly add more miles.  

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What’s on your running bucket list?

Racing Accomplishments

I did something this year that I am beyond proud of, and I want to share.  I ran my first half marathon!  Not only did I do that, but I ran a second one a month later!!  I never thought that this was something that I would ever be able to do.  Running a half marathon was something that I had been thinking about doing.  I was up to running 10 miles easy usually once a week, so I kept thinking “what’s   more miles?”  But, like I was with my first race, I was scared.  I was scared that I would fail, or that I wouldn’t finish, or that I wouldn’t have a good time.  I was at my runner friend’s house one day and she had a half marathon training calendar lying on her table.  We started talking about it and she said she was thinking about it to.  After looking at the calendar, I decided that I could do it!  I talked to my husband about it and he told me sign up, so I did.  I really started training hard because I really wanted to make sure that I could finish.  We went through 12 weeks of training.  It made it a lot easier when I had someone doing it with me that could hold me accountable and also just to talk to about the weekly training runs.  I went into this race with no expectations except just to finish.  I didn’t care about my time or what I placed.

At the starting line, I had a quick moment of panic and thought “what the heck am I doing this for??”  But, once we started it was really fun.  I loved seeing all of the spectators lining the roads and the funny signs.  I was feeling really good and never got tired.  I carried a GU gel with me and I think I ate this around mile 7.  I was physically and mentally ready for this race, and it showed.  I finished in 2:05:15, and I never had to stop and walk.  I was so PUMPED!!  I wanted to do more!  I had already signed up for the next half marathon in a month, so I went right back home to training again.

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Before that race, I had started noticing that my shin was really hurting while I was running.  I tried icing it but that didn’t really help.  Then it went from hurting just when I was running to hurting all the time.  Of course I’m stubborn so I didn’t go to see a doctor.  I just figured it was a really bad shin splint.  I figured that all a doctor would tell me would be to quit running.  So, I toughed it out until after the next race.  ( I know, it was stupid!)

The next race was fun and even more entertaining than the first.  This one had ten times more people running, and it was the biggest race I had ever run.  There were spectators lining all of the streets and they were awesome!  But, this race was all mental for me.  I know that I was physically ready for this race.  I could easily run the miles.  But, I was not mentally ready for it and I don’t know why.  I worried about my leg the whole time and I kept using that as an excuse to stop and walk.  Yes, it hurt, but I had been running on it for a month.  My body just didn’t seem to want to do what it was supposed to.  I was really frustrated with myself because I know I was ready, I just couldn’t do it.  I had gone into this race wanting to finish around 2 hours.  I finished in 2:13.  I am glad I did it, and I am proud that I finished.  I guess everyone has bad days and bad runs, and this was just one of those for me.  This was something that I got to share with my dad(he ran too) and I am so happy for that.

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After this race, I took some time off to let my leg heal.  I took off the entire month of May.  I walked some, but I didn’t run at all.  I started in June just running a mile or two at a time and seeing how my leg would hold up.  I didn’t push it, but I didn’t run any more than 3 miles.

My husband and my dad decided that I need to run the 4th of July race.  I HATE the course for the 5k, so I decided that if I did it, I would run the 10k.  My dad was going to do the 10k and he wanted us to do it together.  I had not run more than 3 miles since the half marathon, so I really didn’t know if I could do it, but I signed up anyways.  This was the first 10k I had done, and I enjoyed it!  I finished in right at an hour, so I thought that was pretty good for not really being ready for it.  My leg was still bothering me, so I ended up taking off the whole rest of the month.

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I have now started back this week running and I will post more about how it’s going later.