Hotlanta Trip


The trip was a fantastic success.  We had such a great time with all of my friends we went to see!

Friday, Casey and I went to the aquarium, we ended up running too my friend Cassie from Charleston at the very first tank we went to.  The aquarium was pretty awesome, but we didn’t think it lived up to all the hype everyone made about it.  Don’t get me wrong, it was great but so many people told us it was the greatest one in the world, and sorry guys, I’m just not buying it!

aquarium1

aquarium2

After that, we just strolled around Atlanta for a while and had a snack before we headed back to my friends house and we all went for dinner at a place called the Vortex.  I can’t believe I dropped the ball on taking a picture of my burger, it was AMAZING!!  Burger, pepper jack cheese, guacamole = soooo good!

Saturday, we went to the expo to pick up our race packets.  It was a pretty awesome expo, and I discovered my new favorite thing: Bicotti Butter.  I will have to use it sparingly but I am obsessed.

expo

After the expo, we went my a friend of my friends house for an awesome St. Patricks day party.  The weather was great, we sat on the back deck and soaked up some rays, had some drinks and food and hung out.  Later that night, me and my two friends played a few hours of “Hey remember when…” which was great.  I love talking about my years on the beach patrol with people that lived it with me.  Casey was such a trooper through all this, that can get really old from the outside I know, but we just couldn’t stop!

Race Day:

My friend decided to do the 5k because this was going to be her first half and she got really busy and didn’t feel well enough prepared.  This left me in a conundrum.  I hadn’t really prepared to race it, but I know my personality and I was fairly certain that I couldn’t run in a race like this and just go for a jog in the park.

I decided to just run comfortably hard and see how I felt.  At about mile seven I started talking to a guy who asked me what my goal was, I told him I PRed 3 weeks ago with a 1:40ish but I would be happy under 1:45.  He said, “Girl you are more than half way done and on pace for a 1:40, GO FOR IT!”  He split off to do the full and I decided to kick it in…just in time to hit the two miles of steady up hill from 9-11!

My cross country coach in high school taught it to work the uphill and coast down so thats what I did.  Mile 9 was my second fastest split (7:20) other than my last mile.  My butt is sore, trust me!

I finished 7 seconds short of a PR.  WOMP, WOMP!  However, I averaged a faster pace because I accumulated a lot of extra distance since it was so much larger of a race than Folly beach and I had to do a lot of dodging!  I still completely view this as a success.

Top right: my friend Jess finishing!

Top left: my friend Jess finishing!

race statsNow we are just hanging on the couch, recouping from the weekend before getting back to the grind.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

A Little Laugh for Your Wednesday

My computer is going absolutely bonkers, my tracking pad is literally doing whatever it fancies.  It opens stuff up and the mouse runs around, zooms my screens in and out, so my post must be short today.  I am getting it fixed tomorrow (I needed it to study for my test tomorrow).  But rather than leaving everyone with nothing today, I thought you could just look over this gem that was just posted from the weekend…

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Gotta love race photos!  Hope that at least made you smile…HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

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! 😦

Super Bowl Recap

What a strange super bowl!  For a while there when the lights were out I found myself wondering if they were going to have to reschedule it?  Thinking about that now, I realize how ridiculous and not possible that is but holy moly that was weird.

Despite the fact that Casey is pretty bummed about the outcome of the game, it was a great game to watch.  Strangely, even when they were down by four scores, I never really counted the 49ers out of it.  After the lights came back, that game was an absolute fight to the finish.

Now, on the other side of being sad for Casey, I am very happy for Joe Flacco.  I am a University of Delaware alum and was there when he was playing for UD.  So now I can say I went to school with a Superbowl winning, MVP quarterback!  No big deal.  I just hope people will give him some credit at this point, he has been in the playoffs all five years of his career and now has THE ring, so get off his back!!  And he announced he is having a baby, so big day for Joe.

For those of you that only read this for fitness and food, I am sorry about the football explosion that just happened above but you are free for about 6 months from hearing about it.

We had amazing kabobs that Casey, his dad and I assembled and took over to the party.

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They were so awesome and pretty healthy since they are mostly vegetable based with just a little bit of meat (chicken or steak).

They had a HUGE screen (well sheets) to project the game in the back yard while everyone grilled and shucked oysters and hung out outside; and there were more tvs with the game inside!

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Once the game finally concluded, we headed off the long awaited (2 years!) sandwich off between two of our friends!  This was supposed to happen at last year’s Superbowl but one of the contenders is a huge Pats fan, so it had to be postponed.

sandwich off

It was a close call but the sandwich on the bottom ultimately won, but only by one vote.  It had roast beef, pesto, fried eggplant, mozzarella cheese and lettuce and it was phenomenal.  The top sandwich had many meats and by all standards was a manwich.  (Man, sandwich, see what i did there!)  I just thought the flavors were so well melded together in the bottom sandwich and I am always a sucker for pesto.

Now, you can see that the majority of the day yesterday I spent eating, the sweet foods weren’t even included in this post!  Today’s run had to reflect that.  I made a plan that I would run a minimum of 6 miles and set off.  I ended up running 10.68 miles.  I felt great honestly and the weather was perfect.  I averaged a 7:47 mile which is pretty much faster than I have ever done a 10 miler and faster than my half marathon PR pace.  There is a local half marathon that I am toying around with running Saturday, especially after my success today!

Hope everyone else had a great day-after-the-superbowl-workout!!

Have you ever spontaneously signed up for a race just a few days (or the day) before?  If so, how did it go?