A Little Beauty in the Darkness

After once again being glued to the news all morning, my mind needed a break from the horrifying news.  I set out on a run logging charity miles for the Wounded Warrior Project and the fallen police officer Sean Collier.

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After a week of so much sadness and pain, I ran past a front yard of colorful beauty.  It helped me remember the world isn’t a terrible place, just a place where terrible things happen.  We just need to stand strong in the face of adversity and prove that we can do all things if we stand together.

Aftermath: How Can We Help?

The day after tragedies like what have occurred in Boston has always been the hardest for me to stomach.  It doesn’t seem right that some people’s lives have been so drastically altered yet I got up and went about my day just like any other.  I always feel such a helpless feeling on this day.  I just want to help but have no idea how.

Runner’s world magazine has been posting ideas to show your support which I perused to see what I could do from Charleston.

Runners World: Boston Running Community Bands Together

Facebook Group: 137 by May 15th

Log your Charity Miles for: Achilles International or Wounded Warrior Project

Charleston Residents:  Charleston Runs for Boston

So I put in a few miles for Achilles before going to hot yoga which was probably the best way for me to channel my energy today.  I dedicated my practice at the beginning to the victims yesterday and had the most calming, strong, productive practice I have ever had in yoga. I poured my heart and soul into my efforts today, having a purpose made it so much more meaningful.

If anyone else knows any good ways to get involved, please share them.  The more people that know, the more can make the difference.

Wear your blue and gold tomorrow during your run to show your support!!

Scarlett went Running!!

Today was a huge day for two reasons:

Reason 1: my little puppy girl joined me on our very first run today!!

Pre-run!

Pre-run!

She made it 2 miles and then I dropped her off at home and finished my run.  She was a little uncertain about what was going on for the first half mile or so but then fell into a pretty good pace with me after that.  She was averaging 8:15 which is not too shabby for a first run, especially since she was kinda all over the place so she was probably really going faster than that!  We decided to log charitymiles.org with ASPCA today in honor of our first run together!

I thought this would mean she would pass out and be good the rest of the time, but no such luck!  Guess that means I have to take her further next time.

Reason 2:  NEW SHOES!

Left: Brooks Adrenaline GTSRight: Asics Gel Neo33

Left: Brooks Adrenaline GTS
Right: Asics Gel Neo33

This is always a bitter sweet day.  My Brooks were AWESOME!  The carried me through two marathons and a half and all the training in between.  Which means it was absolutely time for new ones.  I would recommend these to anyone that like a normal running shoe.  These are a little wide, but they are very supportive and cushiony.  They are a traditional running shoe which is usually what I lean toward.  The shoe is a little heavier than most people would prefer to run distance in but I have not had any luck with light weight sneakers: two different pairs injured me 😦

Today went well in my new shoes but only time will tell.  These were an Amazon deal of the day and I did some research on them and they seemed perfect for me and were an awesome price (I think like $40).  So I ordered them and put them in the closet knowing they would be next up.  They are good looking sneakers so even if by some chance they don’t work out for running, I can just wear them around for school and work and what not.  I don’t anticipate this being the case since I have run in Asics very similar to these before and I have custom orthodics to help moderate any possible issues I could have with shoes.

So despite the excessive rain in Charleston, today was a great day with my pup and my new kicks!

Save the Light Half Marathon

So sorry I have been MIA for a few days!  This has been a crazy busy weekend, especially with my impromptu half marathon.

The race was awesome.  It was a flat course, with good weather and just a slight bit of wind.  A few girls from my class were doing it as well which made it even more fun.

Post Race Glee

Post Race Glee

One of the girls ran this as her first half marathon and finished second female, seventh overall with a time of 1:28:something.  I was so astounded by her!

I actually was able to do really well too!  I ran a 1:40:24ish (official results haven’t been posted, this is watch time) which is over four minutes faster than my PR!!  I couldn’t have asked for any more, but more came.  I won my age group!  I am not sure how I did overall or how I ranked in female finishers but I update as soon as results come out.

First Place Painting Award

First Place Painting Award

I also did some advertising for Charitymiles.org during the race.  It was a strange motivator (selfishly) that I didn’t know it would be.  Every time I was able to pass someone I kept thinking to myself “Thats one more person that knows about charity miles.”  I also logged 13.33 charity miles during the race!

Charitymiles.org

Charitymiles.org

It was so fun running with a group.  There was a 2 mile out and back on part of the course which I usually hate but it was great for us all to get to see each other mid race and cheer one another on.  We all went out for an awesome breakfast at a great local restaurant called Lost Dog Cafe.  SOOOOOO GOOD!  Celebratory Mimosas were had.

My playlist for yesterday’s race (which reminds me I never made shared my one for the Charleston Marathon, I promise I will) looked like this:

  • Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
  • My Hero by Foo Fighters
  • Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
  • Buttons by The Weeks
  • Strange Clouds by B.o.B ft Lil Wayne
  • Feel So Close by Calvin Harris
  • The Figher by Gym Class Heros
  • Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding
  • Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson
  • I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
  • Knock Out by Lil Wayne
  • What Doesn’t Kill You by Kelly Clarkson
  • Wild Ones by Flo Rida ft. Sia
  • Red by Taylor Swift
  • I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
  • Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson
  • Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
  • Ass Back Home by Gym Class Heros
  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye by Train
  • Manhattan by Kings of Leon
  • Frontier City by Kings of Leon
  • Ragoo by Kings of Leon
  • Under the Sheets (Chiddy Bang Remix) by Ellie Goulding
  • Heart of a Champion by Nelly
  • Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by P!nk
  • Close by Rascal Flatts
  • This Everyday Love by Rascal Flatts
  • Don’t Leave Me by Blink 182
  • Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional
  • Remember the Name by Fort Minor

I always make my playlist like 15 minutes longer than I am projecting to make sure I don’t end up music-less should anything throw me off pace.

I am soooo glad I ended up racing yesterday.  It was awesome to do a half after three marathons in a row, for me it was so much less mental!  Signing up for a race at the last minute didn’t prove to be a problem at all, if anything it may have taken some of the pressure off of racing that I usually get when I am anticipating it for so long.

Hope everyone that raced this weekend had an awesome experience, and everyone else had good runs and great weekends.

PS. I feel lost without football this Sunday! 😦

Train for Charity

Almost all races you do have some cause they are supporting, whether you know about it or not.  But races can be expensive and the amount of money that actually goes to the charity is usually not anywhere close to the registration fee.  (Not that I don’t love racing, I am all about races but they do add up).

Im so super excited about an ap I learned about today on Kelly and Michael.  Its called Charity Miles.  With this ap, you turn it on while you run/walk/bike and for every mile you go, a certain amount of money (between 10 and 25 cents) per mile is donated to whatever charity you choose.  There are soooo many to pick from too and the beautiful thing is you can do a different one for every workout if you so choose.

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I immediately downloaded the ap and it is sooo easy to use.  You just choose your charity and hit start when you begin.  I chose Partnership for a Healtheir America which supports ending childhood obesity.  I am so bummed I didn’t know about this when I was in the heat of marathon training pulling 50+ miles a week.    Talk about even more motivation to get your butt on the road.  

Click here for link to Charity Miles website

In other news, Scarlett got her spay today.  She is pretty lethargic but seems to be doing well, poor girl.

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I love her ears in this picture! 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone!