#100milesinMarch update

Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of March (a little over, but I was on travel the beginning of this week). I figured I’d better check in on my progress with the #100milesinMarch challenge.

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I am happy to report that I have logged 73 miles so far this month. SEVENTY-THREE MILES!! I’m averaging about 30 miles a week. That’s a huge step up for me. I’ve got some of the  normal aches and pains, mostly in the form of achy knees but I’m feeling pretty great for the most part. I’m taking care of my knees by foam rolling, stretching, and anti-inflammatory meds when needed. My endurance has greatly improved. I feel like a 6 miler is a warm up. Ha! And I’ve actually lost a couple of pounds as an added bonus. But, I’m also hungry ALL OF THE TIME. It’s difficult to not grab a huge hamburger and fries and shove it into my mouth every day (well, OK, I did that ONE day). I’m getting excited for my race on Saturday! I think this challenge has kept me focused and helped prepare me for my first post-baby half marathon.

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Weekend Recap – Half training, DST & spring-like weather!

Hello Spring Weather!! It was such a gorgeous weekend. The sun was shining. The birds were singing. And I was running! I had to take advantage and get out there and enjoy the beautiful sunlight. We’re supposed to have rain ALL WEEK LONG. Ugh.

I am super proud of myself though. I got out and ran this week. I RAN! I logged 30 miles! That’s the longest run week I’ve had in a long, long, long time (like over a year I think). I’m sore and a little achy, but not too bad actually. I’m pleasantly surprised. I definitely need to stretch and have a date with the foam roller this afternoon. That’s 30 miles toward the #100milesinMarch so far!

I took Baby Z-peat out for a slow and easy 4 on Saturday afternoon to shake the legs out in preparation for my long run on Sunday.

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We took our time waking up on Sunday and were hurting a bit due to cranky baby (up every couple of hours) and Daylight Savings Time. I have a love/hate relationship with Daylight Savings Time. I love that I have an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day to play with the boys and run, but I hate the loss of an hour and the impact it has on our bodies. It always take us about a week to adjust to the new schedule. I wish we would honestly just pick one time and stick with it.

I was a nervous wreck going into the 10 on Sunday. I don’t know why. Well, I do. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I’m running the Blue Angels Rock N Fly Half in two weeks. I don’t want to embarrass myself and completely bonk it. I know I won’t. I know I’ll finish it just fine. But there’s still that little voice in my head that nags at me. I really have to work on that self deprecation.

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We started it out slow and easy. My goal was a negative split on this run. I wanted to take the first half very slow and easy and then pick up the pace on the second half. I knew I’d be running on tired legs and that’s just what I wanted. It actually went really well. It took a couple of miles for my legs to loosen up and feel warmed up but then I just kept plugging away. I was feeling really good at mile 6 and knew I could finish with ease. In fact, I easily had 3 more miles left in me. I needed this run to build my confidence for the race. I’m super excited about the race now. It won’t be my best, but it’s a great start to getting back into racing again.

wpid-img_20150308_141744.pngI’m hoping the rain will hold off enough today to allow me to get a 3 mile walk in with the boys. I don’t plan to run today. My legs need a rest. Then back to training on Tuesday. I’m going to try and get a 12 miler in sometime this week. Whew. No rest for the weary or anyone training for a race. 🙂

Make it a great week everyone!

Chick-fil-a Race Series 10k Race Recap

I first noticed the information for the Chick-fil-A Race Series race in our local Chick-fil-A. Having a picky eating 3 year old, we hit up Chick-fil-A at least once a week. He loves their nuggets and fruit and indoor play area. I thought it would be a fun event for the whole family. I signed us up for the 10k. And then I learned that on top of the normal age group awards there was a Spirit Award for best costume. I am ALLLLL about some fun race costumes. It. Was. On.

I made a bee line to JoAnn’s for a ton of bulk felt in Chick-fil-A colors and set about my plan. Mr. Z and I would be cows, Little Z a chicken nugget, and Baby Z-peat a waffle fry. I was even going to decorate the stroller as a take out bag. Friday afternoon I got to sewing and gluing (felt glue is amazing stuff). I stayed up until 11:00 the night before but I got it all done. We were one Chick-fil-A spirited family. I was determined to get that prize!

Even the jogging stroller got a makeover!

Even the jogging stroller got a makeover!

Our little waffle fry.

Our little waffle fry.

Our crazy weather meant, of course, a cold front moved in the night before. We got up at 6:00 a.m. to start getting dressed and it was 34*! Ack! So we layered upon layered up. We got the whole family dressed, the stroller loaded and we were ready to roll!

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We got to the race and found our way to the start area. They had water and bananas available for everyone at the start. We filled out the spirit cards with our bib numbers at the Spirit tent and made our way to the start line. We met up with our friend Denise and her family there. The 10k racers were going first with the 5k folks starting about 10 minutes after us. We made sure the kids were super bundled up and we were off.

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The course took us on the back roads around several neighborhoods and rural parts in the area. It was actually very pretty. There were wonderful race volunteers at the turns pointing us in the right direction along with well marked signs. They cheered us on at each turn. We got a mile in and were feeling good when Little Z’s iPad app got stuck and he wanted something to drink. I got the iPad fixed, got him his water, and we were able to start running again. We were in this race for the fun of it, so I wasn’t too concerned with pace.

Around mile 4 the course took us by some construction they were doing on a back road. And the crew was actually working on a Saturday. Oh no. Two huge dump trucks were trying to maneuver out of the construction site onto the nearby road. Luckily it was a small race and the trucks didn’t have to go far before they were clear of runners.

We were feeling really good and actually keeping a pretty good pace. We were on pace to knock off several minutes from last weekend’s 10k! We rounded the corner and saw the police lights signaling the turn into the finish line. Little Z loved the police lights! We sprinted it in to the finish and the Chick-fil-A cows were there giving everyone high fives and handing out little cows. It was so cute!

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Little Z LOVED his little cow.

They had warm coffee and chicken biscuits waiting for all the runners. Ohh they tasted so, so good on that cold, cold day.

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They also had bouncy houses set up for the kids across the parking lot. But it was so cold that Little Z really wanted nothing to do with them. They weren’t handing out medals at this race except for the overall and age group awards. They had medals for each of these categories three deep. I’m not fast by any means, so I had no expectation of getting one but I can still ogle the bling!

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They had a cute finishers backdrop set up across the finish line for people to take pictures after the race. We were able to snap a Z Family picture in all of our costumed fabulousness.

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And Little Z was infatuated with the big cows. He was following them around, wanted pictures with them, giving them high fives.

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He even wanted to “shake his booty” with the cows. He got his dance on with the big one. It was hilarious. He had everyone in stitches.

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It was time to start calling the awards. They got to each of our age groups and shocker upon shocker we each won third place in our age group! Whohoo!

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Everyone was starting to leave and they still hadn’t called the Spirit Awards. I walked up to the award tent to ask if they were going to do those today or if it worked differently. She looked at me, grinned and said, “We’re just about to announce them. DO NOT LEAVE!” Ummm…OK.

They announced the third place winner. Then the second place winner. Then the overall Spirit Award winner….ME!! OMG! OMG! I was so excited!! She said it was the cow ears that put me over the top. HA!

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I won a huge stuffed Chick-fil-A cow and a coffee mug filled with free Chick-fil-A vouchers. I’m going to be a Chick-fil-A eating fool!! We had such a fun time at the race. Ok, here’s the break down:

Pros:

  • GREAT food after the race
  • Nice race distances for everyone and every ability: 1 mile, 5k, and 10k
  • Course was fun
  • Bouncy houses were a nice touch for kids – just wish it were warmer
  • Good age group medals, three deep for each race.
  • The Spirit Award contest added an extra element of fun to the race.
  • The race shirts were really nice – red tech t-shirts.

Cons:

  • I wish, wish, wish races would hand out medals for everyone in the 1 mile fun run. You don’t know how much it makes these kids light up to get a medal (no matter how cheap and chintzy) when they cross that finish line.
  • They were handing out Chick-fil-A biscuits, coffee, water and bananas but then wanted to charge $1.50 for a cookie. It was kind of odd to me.

Overall it was a great race and we had a really good time. We would definitely be back to run this one again if it’s offered near us.

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100 Miles in March

dji_kidilly_march_cIt’s finally March and that means the weather is starting to get pretty here again! That just spurs me to start running more. I love 100 miles challenges. I did this a couple of years ago (pre-second pregnancy) and I swear it helped train me to a PR in the fall. So, here goes for March!

I’m shooting for ‪#‎100milesinMarch‬ this month and I know several people who are in it with me. If you’re interested here’s how it works: Try to log 100 miles in March via running, walking, elliptical, cycling, rowing, swimming,…whatever. Cycling miles divide by 2 (e.g. 10 miles = 5 miles toward the 100). Swimming miles you double (e.g. 1 mile swim = 2 miles toward the 100). All other miles are one for one. I will post my mileage updates here and on Twitter as I accumulate mine. If you tag your mileage updates with #100milesinMarch on Twitter and Facebook I can find you easier and encourage the CRAP out of you and give you virtual high fives! So let’s get logging and get moving!!

If you want to following along with us you can find my mileage updates on my facebook page here or on twitter here.