Yes, We Did!

Originally posted on Live, Laugh, Love, Repeat.

Live, Laugh, Love, Repeat!

Time certainly is going by quickly!  In fact, I didn’t even have a post for the month of May. 😦  So, what were we busy doing in May?  Running races, of course!  Running and fitness has become part of our daily routine.  You know what they say, the family that runs together, stays together…I’m sure you heard that saying!

Matt & I ran two marathons (yes, we did!) and Maddie crushed a 1/2 marathon and established a new personal record (yes, she did!).

Our first race was in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.  After the long and cold, cold, winter weather we seriously couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather on race day. While I loathe the training for a marathon, Pittsburgh will definitely be a repeat race, whether it’s a full marathon or a half marathon.

Here’s a breakdown of the stats for each of us:

Maddie's Stats Maddie’s Stats

Amy's Stats Amy’s…

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Here We Go Again!

What girl wouldn’t love another piece of Tiffany jewelry or a pair of extra special Nike sneakers?

Well, good news was in the air last week.  I am excited to share that once again I will have the opportunity to participate in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C.  It will be my first “big” race for 2014.  And, what makes this race extra special is that my daughter will be running it too along with my best running buddy, Holly!

You can read about my race in 2013 here.

Nike Half 2014

Nike Half 2014

We Run DC Race Recap: Thirteen Highlights of 13.1 Miles

Highlight #1

The City:  On April 27, 2013 , I traveled with my family and friends to participate in the inaugural Nike Women 1/2 Marathon in Washington, DC.

My Family

My Family

My Friends

My Friends

Highlight #2

The Hotel:  Upon arrival we checked into our lovely hotel: The Mayflower Renaissance Marriott in Washington, DC.

Renaissance Mayflower

Renaissance Mayflower

Highlight #3

The Excitement:  After we checked into our hotel we headed to the expo to pick up my race packet.  I had my picture taken and found my name on the We Run DC Wall of Fame.

The Expo

The Expo

We Run DC Wall of Fame!

We Run DC
Wall of Fame!

Highlight #4

My Race Outfit:  Oh yes, I planned my running outfit oh so carefully! And, I was anxious to lay it out the night before the big race.

Since the race is sponsored by Nike and Tiffany & Co., of course I wore Nike gear that was Tiffany blue!

Looking Good on Race Day!

Looking Good on Race Day!

Highlight #5

Mother Nature:  The weather was absolutely perfect for race day. I couldn’t have asked for a better day!

The Starting Line 6:45 AM

The Starting Line
6:45 AM

Highlight #6

Running Buddies:  In order to participate in the race, your name was randomly selected using a lottery system.  Holly and I were both selected and had the opportunity to run yet another race together!

Best Running Buddies!

Best Running Buddies

Highlight #7

Running Celebrities:  We were so close to the starting line that we  got to see Shalane Flanagan!

Shalane Flanagan

Shalane Flanagan

Highlight #8

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.!!!!   I successfully ran another 1/2 marathon under two hours!  I was pleased to see that out of 15,000+ runners I was the 2,036th runner to cross the finish line and for my age group I came in 130th!  🙂

NWM 1/2 Marathon Stats

NWM 1/2 Marathon Stats

Highlight #8

Bling!  Speaking of the finish line, my “race medal” by Tiffany & Co. was there waiting for me.  Who wouldn’t be excited when they see the silver platter filled with those special blue boxes!

Crossing the Finish Line in Style!

Crossing the Finish Line in Style!

Highlight #9

Oh, la, la…the necklace!

Race Necklace

Race Necklace

Race Necklace

Race Necklace

Highlight #10

Meeting New Friends:  I finally got to meet my new friend and fellow blogger, Susan!  She crossed the finish line about six minutes before me and we were able to meet each other for the first time after the race.

Amy & Susan

Amy & Susan

Highlight #11

Celebrating Holly’s new 1/2 marathon PR!  We both ran the race in less than 2 hours and were anxious to have our picture taken together.

Post Run Smiles!

Post Run Smiles!

Highlight #12

Shopping:  After the race we went shopping at the Nike store in Georgetown.  The employees were so nice to all of the 1/2 marathon runners!

Nike Georgetown

Nike Georgetown

Highlight #13

Last but not least…the sneakers!!!!  I think this is by far my biggest highlight of the race!  When we went to the Nike store I purchased my very own Tiffany Blue Nike commemorative sneakers.

Yes, they have white ribbon laces. Yes, they have two silver charms on the laces. Yes, they have the date of the race on the tongue. Yes, I feel special when I wear them…I mean who wouldn’t if they had the opportunity to ~Run DC~

Oh So Pretty!

Oh So Pretty!

Run DC

We Run DC

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and a wonderful race.  I hope I get invited back next year!

Welcome March!

Week #4 of my training for the Nike Woman’s Marathon Half in DC is now complete.  Overall, I had a very successful week.  I was able to get in three sessions of strength training and all four of my training runs.  Two of the runs were on the treadmill, but the other two were outside.  Here are the stats for my outside runs:

Saturday 4 Miler

Saturday 4 Miler

Sunday 7 Miler

Sunday 7 Miler

The cold temperatures for my seven miler were killing me, but I knew I couldn’t complete seven miles on the dreadmill treadmill…so outside I went.  By the completion of mile #1, believe it or not, I was completely warmed up!  Needless to say, I was quite pleased with both of my outside runs this weekend. 🙂

While I am running I am always thinking about how I am going to reward myself for my efforts, and today I decided my reward would be a smoothie made in the Vitamix.

Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast Smoothie

I never measure any of the ingredients when I make a smoothie, but I can share the ingredients:

Wyman’s frozen blueberries

a whole cored pear with skin

Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed meal

Chobani vanilla yogurt

Orange juice

It was the perfect treat after an intense week of working out!

I hope you had a awesome weekend!

Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

Workout Wednesday {1/30/13}

Whoo hoo!!!! There are just *FOUR* more days until I officially begin my training for the Nike Woman’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC.  I am actually looking forward to the training because it will get me back into a more formal exercise routine.  Currently, I am focusing on strength training, but I hope to be able to continue with the strength training as I complete my weekly runs. A balancing act it will be, but I’m up for the challenge!

For strength training I am attending Les Mills classes: BODYPUMP and CXWORX.  If I am not at the gym, you can find me in my basement hating and loving my kettlebell workout.

Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebell Workout

I started with the 5 lb. weight and the 20 minute workout and I am proud to say that I have graduated to the 10 lb. weight and the 45 minute workout.  We also have a 15 lb. kettlebell in our basement, but it will be awhile before I can swing that bad boy around without killing myself! Pink Runner has been begging me to try her Pop Pilates DVD but I haven’t gotten up the courage to give it a whirl…just yet anyway!

In between my strength training and the depressing winter weather, I have slipped in a few runs.  My last run was on Sunday when I completed just over 5 miles.

5.16 Miles

5.16 Miles

I have a race on Saturday, so I hope I can get out there at least two more times.  I know that if I don’t, Saturday’s race will definitely KICK. MY. BUTT!

Happy Running!

Happing Racing!

Thanks for Visiting My Blog! 🙂

Race Day?

So, today was to be a race day, and I was to run a 5k with Matt and our local Road Runner’s club.  Yes, oh yes, I can give you the excuses for why it didn’t happen, but I won’t.  Just know that it didn’t happen…and I do feel a bit (just a bit) guilty!  I did, however, run in my neighborhood to make up for my missed race :).    Here’s how it panned out:

Race Day Run?

Race Day Run?

There is no doubt about it, I am one who thrives on a routine and structure.  That’s why I am a bit excited to begin my 1/2 marathon training in two weeks.  And, I am super excited to be running in Washington D.C. for the Nike Woman’s Half with Pink Runner.

Nike 13.1

Nike 13.1

Pink Runner takes good care of me and she devised the training plan we will be using for the upcoming race.  Doesn’t look too bad!

nwmplan

Well, I have two more weeks to dabble around with an unstructured running schedule. I’ll continue to run a few times and do some cross training.  Shhhhh! I even have a 5 miler race scheduled in two weeks too! 🙂

Happy Running!

Happy Racing!

1/2 Marathon Recap 2012: Q & A Style

Q: Was this your first 1/2 marathon?

A:  It is actually my second.  Check out my post called  What a Difference a Year Makes to see my recap of the Baltimore Running Festival 2011.

Q: Did you follow a training plan?

A:  I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 training plan.  For the most part I stuck to it.  I never skipped a long run, but I did drop a few mid-week runs (Exercise Log) and I did get in a Runner’s Rut from time to time.  I wish I could have kept up with my cross-training, but I was super happy that I ran completely injury free, unlike my 1/2 marathon last year!

After the race,
My feet were still attached!
My legs still worked!
Yay!

Q: How many runners were in the race?

A:  There were a total of 10,229 runners in the 1/2 marathon.  I was the 2,048th runner to cross the finish line.  In my age group there were 597 runners and I was the 65th runner to cross the finish line for that category.

Q: Did you have a goal you wanted to reach?

A: Yes, my goal was to run the 1/2 marathon in two hours and run injury free.  I knew in order to reach that goal I could not run slower than a 9:09 pace.  A 9:09 pace was certainly attainable, but I wasn’t sure if I could maintain it for 13.1 miles.  To my surprise, I  surpassed my goal.  Here are my mile splits:

Race Stats

Q:  Did you run the race with any friends?

A:  My hubby ran the full marathon, so I partially trained with him.  I did all my long runs with a new running buddy and we started the race together.  However, it was so CROWDED that we got separated at about mile two.

I also met a friendly runner during the race. I chatted with her at the beginning of the race and we were shocked how CROWDED it was.  I think we were actually quite unnerved.  I saw her several times throughout the race up until about mile marker eight, but then I didn’t see her until we were in the home stretch on Eutaw Street.   When I saw her I told her it was time to wrap this up…LET’S GO!  We crossed the finish line just second apart.  Later I found out she was barking on my heals and following me on those miles when I thought she disappeared.  She was so sweet and thanked me for pacing her through the race.  The marathon photographers got a fantastic shot of us chatting on that home stretch, but I couldn’t pull the trigger on purchasing that photo, $$$$, not yet anyway!

Post Race
Me & My Hubby

My Training Buddy
Yes, it was cold before the race!

My New Friendly Running Pal!

Q: Did you win anything in this race?

A:  Funny you should ask me that!  A few days before race day, I was talking with four of my students about the race and explaining to them what a 1/2 marathon is.  One of them chimed in and asked me if I thought I would come in first place.  Oh my!  I just had to laugh!  🙂   No, I was not going to come in first place and win $25,000, but in my eyes everyone who ran the race was a winner.  I did, however, receive an awesome medal and flowers from my hubby.

Everyone’s a Winner!

Flowers from the Hubby

Q: Do you have another race scheduled in the future?

A:  That depends who you ask.  Pink Runner has been bullying me politely asking me to join her for a 1/2 marathon in December. I’ll keep you posted on that!  I am thinking that I may possibly like to run the Turkey Trot 5k in November. I am mentally exhausted, so right now I am looking forward to a break.

Q:  Did you learn any life lessons because of the race?

A:  At the beginning of the race I saw a spectator holding a sign that said:

“Pain Is Temporary

But

Pride Lasts Forever”

Yep, that about sums it up.  I pushed through and finished proud.  It was a great day for a run!

My Weekend in Numbers

Homecoming Weekend: Friday, October 12, 2012  

  • Homecoming football game: Central 54, South Western 13.  Yay Panthers!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Woke up at 4:45 am
  • Drove 60 miles to the Baltimore Running Festival
  • At 8:00 am, watched my hubby start his 26.2 mile marathon with 3,020 runners

Baltimore Running Festival
2012

  • At 9:45 am, joined 10,207  runners to get in place to run 13.1 miles

Me & My Running Buddy

  • Ran 13.1 miles in 1:54:05 at an 8:42 pace!
  • Congratulated my hubby on his 26.2 mile personal record of 4:13!
  • Drove 60 miles home
  • At 3:45 pm stepped into Rockin’ Mom mode and joined 2 great kids for 1 great Homecoming celebration

Two Great Kids
One Great Night

Sunday, October 14, 2012

  • Read 50+  pages of Gone Girl
  • Did 5 loads of laundry
  • Watched the Ravens win:  Baltimore Ravens 31, Dallas Cowboys 29

Way to Go, Ravens!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Stay tuned for my race recap!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Almost There

This Sunday will mark the last long run of my 1/2 marathon training.  Currently, I am in week 11 of my 12 week training program.  The program I am following is the Hal Higdon Novice 2 plan and it has worked splendidly for me, although I did drop a few mid-week runs over the last few weeks.  Needless to say, it has been a challenge for me to keep up with my cross training too.  I can’t remember when the last time was that I went to the gym (check out my Fitness Log)! I am missing Body Pump and CX Worx.

I have been running alone, with my hubby, and my running pal, Sandy.  I even had an impromptu run with Pink Runner for two miles last Sunday! 🙂 I think it is really beneficial to switch it up a bit.  Tonight was a 3.1 mile solo run. Hot and humid once again, but I was pleasantly surprised with my results. I LOVE when I run negative splits! Seriously, I LOVE it!

1/2 Marathon Training Run

This could possibly be due to the fact that I purchased new music.  Unfortunately, I needed to purchase a new iPod too.  If you remember my post a few weeks ago, 1/2 Marathon Must Haves! My Top Ten List, my iPod was from 2007.  For whatever reason, that old sucker decided it didn’t want to sync anymore.  Whatever, I truly didn’t feel like wrestling with it, so I bought a new one.

Tiny Blue iPod Shuffle

Then I loaded these songs onto the Tiny Blue iPod Shuffle:

New Running Playlist

The music really motivates me just to start my run, and once I’m going it pushes me right through to the end.  Speaking of the end, I am almost there because next week at this time all the training runs will be complete.  I will be carb loading and trying to calm my pre-race jitters.  I’m almost there, I’m almost there, I’m almost there!

Hold your head up high

Don’t be fool

You’re the thoughest guy

Stay smart be cool

Do the best you can…