Flying Pirate Half Marathon: Arrrrgh you ready to run 13.1 in the rain?

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On our way into Outer Banks we stopped at Dunkin Donuts to grab some bagels for our pre-half marathon breakfast.

The hotel had a continental breakfast, but we needed to be out of the hotel by 5:15, and the breakfast didn’t open until 5:30. Thankfully, they had the 24/7 coffee machines in the lobby, so we were able to grab some coffee to go w/ our bagels.

We were out of the room, and in the car by 5:20. We decided that we would park at the finish and then take a shuttle to the start line – Here is what I learned about point-to-point courses …. I don’t like them. They freak me out. The thought of being driven somewhere, dropped off, and the only way back is to run – it’s just crazy. I know that to some people, there is nothing normal about running 13.1 miles, regardless of the course – but I think I prefer big loop courses, or out and back. (I know, I’m weird)

I was really quite anxious about this race; It started raining on Saturday night and there was a 100% chance of rain for all day Sunday. This was the forecast for several days leading up to the race. I was crossing my finger (& toes) that the forecast would change – but no such luck.

We were dropped off at the race start around 6ish and we stood under an awning for about 45 minutes. They called for corral A at 6:45; we lined up, someone sang the National Anthem, and then we were off at 7 o’clock on the dot…. in the rain. Not just a mist – it was legit raining.

When we planned this trip, we decided that we would just run this half with no real goal in mind. No PR’s, no pace goals, just running. That never works, does it? Some where between Newport News & Outer Banks we decided that we could possibly get Jenny that sub 1:50 she has been lusting after.

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The first few miles were a little tough – My quads were sore, and I was worrying that I wouldn’t be able to pace Jenny to a sub 1:50… I don’t know exactly how she was feeling, but I know that at mile 6 we had a talk, regrouped, then we bagged the sub 1:50 idea and decided to just enjoy the rest of the race. I didn’t bring my iPod because of the rain, so I just hung out and took in all the scenery, and tried to enjoy(?) the rain.

I took a gel at mile 6 – It was a GU chocolate outrage (or something like that) .. I forgot my gels in the car so I had to hope that the gels that were supposed to be on the course made it out there. I’ve never taken the chocolate gu before, or any GU brand gel, so I wasn’t sure how my stomach would do – but what choice did I have? I train with gels, so I didn’t think it would be the best idea to skip them.

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We also started to walk through the water stops – As far as I remember, there was only water every 3 miles – You really need to get all the water in your mouth when there isn’t another water stop for 3 miles – The most effective way to do this, is to stop and slow down through the water stop.

At mile 8.something we ran around the Wright Brothers Memorial – There were some super gigantic hills leading up to the memorial and I made sure to confirm with Jenny before the race that we would NOT be running up those hills.

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At mile 10 we entered the woods – Thankfully Jenny was aware that this portion of the race was coming so it wasn’t such a shock to the ol’ legs –

The next 2 miles were up & down a muddy trail. The only good thing about the rain was that it made the trail packed instead of loose dirt/sand.

There was a lot of puddle dodging going on, and I was a little nervous how my ankle would handle the uneven terrain.

At mile 12 we went up a big biotch of a hill and into a different section of the woods – The trail went from mud to a wooded(mulch?) path. There were a lot of hills, so many hillzzzzz.

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Thank you miles 10 – 13 .. as if soaking wet shoes wasn’t enough – mud covered shoes just adds to the fun.

(Note: stuffing shoes w/ newspaper is a highly effective way to dry them out.)

There was one final, ridiculous hill before the finish – That hill whooped our butt – (It’s not that the hills were particularly steep, it’s just that they were back to back to back) – Then it was all downhill (literally) from there. The downhill was so insanely steep, I couldn’t have stopped running if I wanted to. (I wonder how many people fell down that hill?!)

I crossed the finish line in 1:58:13.

Hands in the air, screaming the whole way.

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I know this is getting long: sorry.

After we crossed the finish line they had those foil blanket things – This is only the 2nd race I’ve been to where they had them, and I’ve never been so happy to see a foil blanket thing in my life.

I love it when races hand out water RIGHT at the finish – I hate having to walk 1/2 mile for water – yes I just ran 13 miles, so another 1/2 mile won’t kill me, but I’m freakin’ thirsty, I want water now, not in 15 minutes. rawr.

So they had water, which was great – we went over to have our picture taken w/ some pirates, and to get our results… my time said 21:58:58 ..yeah, apparently it took me almost an entire day to do 13.1 …

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There was supposed to be a post-race party, but the rain pretty much cancelled those plans. We walked over to where the party was supposed to be, hung out under an awning for a few minutes, then decided we were freezing and wanted to go take showers and eat.

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We are still in our soaking wet clothes & shoes in this picture… obviously pictures took priority over changing into dry clothes =/

Once we were showered, and geared up in our compression socks we headed over to Stack em’ High – a great little breakfast joint that Jenny had went to several years ago w/ her Hubs.

When we got there the line was out the door, which did not make me to happy, but Jenny promised that it would go quickly.

It’s kind of like a buffet, only not. You can get things off the buffet, or you can order specific things off the menu – you get your drink (COFFEEEEE for me!!!) from the buffet line, then sit at your table and the server brings out your food.

I had the BEST veggie omelet I’ve ever tasted – and I eat veggie omelets after every single race. That freakin’ omelet was SOOOOO good. Maybe it was because I was starving, but oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about tasty that omelet was!  It was also really reasonably priced. A veggie omelet, two pieces of toast, grits & coffee was about $9 –

I think that about wraps up this post – Since it was raining on Sunday we didn’t do any sight seeing. We went up to Duck, and went into some shops there, but the rain was really wearing on us so we headed back to the hotel and laid around for most of the afternoon – It was really a much needed break from all the go, go, go, go, go we had been doing since Thursday.

Monday was spent in the car; There was a lot of frustration, and yelling (not at each other) going on as we drove the 5 hours from Outer Banks to DC…Then we sat in the airport for 3 hours… I think it’s safe to say that we were more than ready to get home.

We had a great trip, but it was exhausting!

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Next stop: 5:30pm traffic out of D.C

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Our original plan was to leave D.C around 330ish – but then we found out we could park in the Hyatt parking lot until 6, so we decided to see everything we wanted to see and we’d leave whenever, just as long as we were out of the parking lot by 6.

We rushed through the Holocaust Museum – not because we were short on time, but because by time we got to the Holocaust Museum, we were done. Running 8 miles, then walking who knows how many more had pushed us over the edge of done-dom.

Unfortunately, leaving so late meant we’d sit in traffic on & off for the next several hours. It’s approximately 2 hours from D.C to Newport News – we managed to make it a 4hr trip, go us!
We finally checked into the Marriott (City Center) around 9ish . We changed into our swimsuits and hit the hot tub – the glorious hot tub. We were hoping the Hyatt in DC would have a hot tub, but no such luck! I couldn’t wait to soak my tired legs!

Our hotel was about 5 minutes from the race start, and we had an 8am start time so this meant we got to “sleep in” a little. We got up at 5:30, and headed to starbucks for breakfast & coffee. I think one of the most challenging things about traveling for a race is pre-race breakfast. Usually, I pack my own toaster, but that would have taken up to much room in my suitcase.  The starbucks opened at 6, so we ate a bagel, drank some coffee, then headed over to the race to pick up our bibs.

This was a super small race. I think there were about 100 people in the 8k. I was a little anxious because I had some weird tightness in my left ankle (I rolled my ankle while we were running around DC on friday and it had felt off ever since). I was also anxious because, how the heck do you pace an 8k?  My current 5k PR is a 23:02, which is a 7:24. I was thinking I’d shoot for a 7:30 – That sounded reasonable (sort of). On top of my ankle, and not knowing how to pace, my legs were exhausted. I was exhausted. and it was humid as heck. yuck

We lined up towards the front & at 8:10 we were off – The first mile was a struggle. My legs felt like lead, despite doing a short warm up run. I was struggling to hold a 7:45, so I thought a 7:30 was definitely not going to happen. Then, out of no where, my legs woke up and I passed 2 girls going up a hill. I swear I felt my legs come alive, it was the most bizarre feeling. They were like, “Hey, hey girl, here we are, let’s do this.”

The next 4 miles were relatively uneventful. The two girls I passed never caught up with me (phew) and I only got passed by one guy. There was a girl ahead of me who got a cramp in the last mile – for some reason I didn’t try very hard to pass her – I should have. She got 2nd overall, and I got 3rd. darnit. …. Jenny crossed a few minutes after me and said her watch showed the course was short – I checked my watch, and it also showed a short course. The 8k is 4.97 miles, but our watches showed 4.88 & 4.87 – It’s to much of a coincidence that we both cut the course short by almost the same exact distance – It’s not a certified course, and I really don’t care – I’m just pointing it out in advance so when you see my splits you aren’t like WTF, that’s not even 4.97 miles, jerk.

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I’m aware that the elevation isn’t really all that impressive. But I run at 0ft elevation, with a 4ft elevation change…and that is because the driveways are elevated around here… That last hill was a bit of a doozy – It was fun going down, but when I got to the top I had to slow down and catch my breath.
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Cue::: I’m sexy and I know it::
(note: I didn’t run in my compression socks – I had them in the car and put them on after the race)

I won’t bore you with the post-race details: showered,checked out of our hotel, ate lunch w/ Jenny’s cousin, then hit the road to Outer Banks.


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Outer Banks, NC

We’re FINALLY here!

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We arrived in Outer Banks sometime Saturday afternoon – I truly don’t know what time it was – We headed straight to the expo to pick up our race packets. I was also in search of a hat. There was 100% chance of rain predicted for Sunday, and I didn’t pack a hat.

Of course, they sold the last hat literally a few seconds before we asked if they had any hats.

We walked around the expo for a few minutes, but didn’t really see anything that we couldn’t live without, so we left and headed to check into our third, and final hotel.

We were incredibly spoiled this trip – We didn’t pay for the Hyatt or the Marriott due to some very gracious people in our lives – so when we got to the Quality Inn it was kind of like, ehhhh.  (we paid for the Quality Inn..which is why it was not as fancy as the other 2 hotels)..The one great thing about the hotel: They had coffee machines in the lobby that were accessible 24/7.. oh, and I guess the 2nd great thing was that the hotel was on the beach !! We didn’t have a beach view room, but we could see the beach when we walked out into the hall – good enough, and significantly cheaper than ocean view.

We put our swimsuits on and headed for the beach for a little time in the sun. It was pretty windy on the beach, but tolerable. It was SO nice to be out of the car, and just relaxing. The whole trip was go, go, go, go, go, go – we really needed a little bit of downtime to just chill out.

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If you notice that beach buggy in the 1st row, middle picture ; we rode in that!!!! The guy saw me taking a picture, and he came back down and said, “the penalty for taking picture of my buggy is that you have to go for a ride.”

I practically jumped in the back of that beach buggy! What a fun ride!
The first picture, first row, is me & jenny sitting in the back of the buggy.

We didn’t stay on the beach for more than an hour – the wind was getting cold and we needed to figure out where we wanted to go for dinner – another downside of travelling for a race (and changing hotels 3 times in 3 cities)…eating out for every single meal. ugh. I was dying for some home made food by time I got home – (I don’t know how Chris eats out 3 meals a day, 5 days a week – what a bummer.)

We headed down to Nags Head for dinner at Stone Oven Pizza – It was mediocre at best. I got the Zesty Garden Pizza – it was fine. Nothing to brag about – I doubt that I’d make a point to go back to Stone Oven, but it served it’s purpose. The best part of dinner was meeting up with a friend that I graduated with. Her family came to Outer Banks for the weekend, so we made plans to have dinner together. It was fun to take a little trip down memory lane, and reminisce about all the horrible math classes we had to endure.

After dinner we made a stop at TJ maxx so I could find a hat then headed back to the hotel to crash.

Up next: Flying Pirate Half Marathon Recap.

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We’re HERE !!

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Thursday morning started bright & early – Jenny & I planned on meeting at my Mom’s house around 8:15, so we could leave for the airport at 8:30.

This meant that I had to get up at 4:30, and leave by 7. No, it doesn’t take me THAT long to get ready, but on days when we know the puppies will be in their crates for an extended period of time, we try to wake up extra early and let them have some extra time out of their crates and a few extra trips outside. (I’ve heard dogs don’t know how long they’ve been in their crate, but even if they don’t I always feel guilty when they have to stay in there longer than normal).

My Mom dropped us off at the airport curb around 9:15, and we were officially on our way to Washington, D.C. – first stop was to check our bags – what a dang rip off to have to pay $25 to check a bag, yuck. After forking over my credit card, Jenny & I headed to security – We were lucky enough to get brought into the employee line, which meant no nakey scanners this time !!

At 11 we boarded our plane – We arrived in DC 20 minutes earlier than scheduled at 1:20 !!!!

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After what seemed like a super long walk, we made it to the Dollar Car shuttle that would take us to the rental car place. $139 in extra fees later we finally loaded everything up into our Nissan Altima and hit the road for Arlington.

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We were really THAT excited!
We’ve been planning this trip for about 2.5 months!

 

DSCN1702-1Our plans for Thursday included seeing the National Police Memorial Wall, Georgetown Cupcakes, and meeting up with Karen for dinner.

After we checked into our hotel (Hyatt in Arlington) we walked across the street to the Rosslyn Metro (wow.that thing is crazy).

We took it over to DC to the National Police Memorial Wall. Jenny wanted to get a few etchings of some Officers who have been killed in the line of duty over the last few years. It’s so crazy how peaceful the Memorial was – It’s literally at the top of the escalator for one of the metro stops, yet it was so tranquil there – It was really lovely. We were able to find 3 of the Officers – unfortunately, two of the names we were looking for won’t be unveiled until May

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One of the lions at the entrance to the Memorial – it’s okay to be jealous of my picture taking skills with a timer …..

Next up was Georgetown Cupcakes, which required us to get back on the metro and take it over to the Foggy Bottom –GWU stop + a 1 mile walk. whew. I didn’t wear good walking shoes, which I did not discover until we were headed back to the metro from GT Cupcakes… lesson learned. don’t bother wearing anything other than running shoes. to much walking.

We hurried back over to Arlington so that we could meet up with Karen for dinner at a delicious Mexican joint called, Quajillo Grill – This place was just up the hill from our hotel on Wilson Blvd in Arlington. Man OH Man, the food was good. They brought us some chips & salsa – I just ate chips, the salsa was a little to spicy for me. I also got a mango mojito, and a chicken burrito. None of which I took pictures of, because let’s be honest – You don’t need pictures of every meal I ate. You’d probably be disgusted by the amount of food, and you’d probably quit reading, and then you would wonder how come I don’t weigh 500lbs.

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again w/ my awesome self-timer picture taking skillzzz


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Friday morning we woke up sort of early so that we could run a few miles around The Mall – After looking at several maps we couldn’t quite figure out how to get from our hotel to The Mall without running on what looked like a major road; we took the metro from Rosslyn to Arlington National Cemetery (one stop) and then started our run near the cemetery.

(you’re welcome for that picture)

 

 

 

 

We had plans to run about 6 miles and see as many of the monuments as we could during that 6 miles.

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Well, 6 miles turned into 8 (1:14:30), which left us getting back to the hotel later than we anticipated, but it worked out well since we saw all the major monuments that were on our list.

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Don’t mind that little loop at the end before we went back over the bridge – We apparently missed a turn to go back up to the bridge – we ended up having to run past the bridge, up a grassy hill then back towards the bridge.

 

Collages are the best way to add a lot of pictures with out having a picture overload (imo).

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I’m trying hard not to drag this out – Our days were jam packed full of stuff, and I’m sure you’d be bored to death if I went into detail about every single thing.

In addition to seeing all the Monuments, we also decided we wanted to see three museums.
National Museum of American History
Holocaust Museum &
Crime & Punishment Museum

We managed to fit it all in.

whew.

plus a stop at a food truck for lunch.

The only pictures I have from the museums are the ones I took on my phone w/ Instagram – I left my camera card in my computer in the room (like an idiot) so I wasn’t able to take any pictures w/ my Nikon.

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After a really long day of running & walking, we headed back to Arlington to pick up the car for a 2hr (turned 4hr) drive to Newport News, VA.

More about NPN tomorrow!

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a flag display in the Museum of American History

We’re HERE !!

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Thursday morning started bright & early – Jenny & I planned on meeting at my Mom’s house around 8:15, so we could leave for the airport at 8:30.

This meant that I had to get up at 4:30, and leave by 7. No, it doesn’t take me THAT long to get ready, but on days when we know the puppies will be in their crates for an extended period of time, we try to wake up extra early and let them have some extra time out of their crates and a few extra trips outside. (I’ve heard dogs don’t know how long they’ve been in their crate, but even if they don’t I always feel guilty when they have to stay in there longer than normal).

My Mom dropped us off at the airport curb around 9:15, and we were officially on our way to Washington, D.C. – first stop was to check our bags – what a dang rip off to have to pay $25 to check a bag, yuck. After forking over my credit card, Jenny & I headed to security – We were lucky enough to get brought into the employee line, which meant no nakey scanners this time !!

At 11 we boarded our plane – We arrived in DC 20 minutes earlier than scheduled at 1:20 !!!!

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After what seemed like a super long walk, we made it to the Dollar Car shuttle that would take us to the rental car place. $139 in extra fees later we finally loaded everything up into our Nissan Altima and hit the road for Arlington.

DC arrive
We were really THAT excited!
We’ve been planning this trip for about 2.5 months!

 

DSCN1702-1Our plans for Thursday included seeing the National Police Memorial Wall, Georgetown Cupcakes, and meeting up with Karen for dinner.

After we checked into our hotel (Hyatt in Arlington) we walked across the street to the Rosslyn Metro (wow.that thing is crazy).

We took it over to DC to the National Police Memorial Wall. Jenny wanted to get a few etchings of some Officers who have been killed in the line of duty over the last few years. It’s so crazy how peaceful the Memorial was – It’s literally at the top of the escalator for one of the metro stops, yet it was so tranquil there – It was really lovely. We were able to find 3 of the Officers – unfortunately, two of the names we were looking for won’t be unveiled until May

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One of the lions at the entrance to the Memorial – it’s okay to be jealous of my picture taking skills with a timer …..

Next up was Georgetown Cupcakes, which required us to get back on the metro and take it over to the Foggy Bottom –GWU stop + a 1 mile walk. whew. I didn’t wear good walking shoes, which I did not discover until we were headed back to the metro from GT Cupcakes… lesson learned. don’t bother wearing anything other than running shoes. to much walking.

We hurried back over to Arlington so that we could meet up with Karen for dinner at a delicious Mexican joint called, Quajillo Grill – This place was just up the hill from our hotel on Wilson Blvd in Arlington. Man OH Man, the food was good. They brought us some chips & salsa – I just ate chips, the salsa was a little to spicy for me. I also got a mango mojito, and a chicken burrito. None of which I took pictures of, because let’s be honest – You don’t need pictures of every meal I ate. You’d probably be disgusted by the amount of food, and you’d probably quit reading, and then you would wonder how come I don’t weigh 500lbs.

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again w/ my awesome self-timer picture taking skillzzz


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Friday morning we woke up sort of early so that we could run a few miles around The Mall – After looking at several maps we couldn’t quite figure out how to get from our hotel to The Mall without running on what looked like a major road; we took the metro from Rosslyn to Arlington National Cemetery (one stop) and then started our run near the cemetery.

(you’re welcome for that picture)

 

 

 

 

We had plans to run about 6 miles and see as many of the monuments as we could during that 6 miles.

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Well, 6 miles turned into 8 (1:14:30), which left us getting back to the hotel later than we anticipated, but it worked out well since we saw all the major monuments that were on our list.

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Don’t mind that little loop at the end before we went back over the bridge – We apparently missed a turn to go back up to the bridge – we ended up having to run past the bridge, up a grassy hill then back towards the bridge.

 

Collages are the best way to add a lot of pictures with out having a picture overload (imo).

DC Collage 1

I’m trying hard not to drag this out – Our days were jam packed full of stuff, and I’m sure you’d be bored to death if I went into detail about every single thing.

In addition to seeing all the Monuments, we also decided we wanted to see three museums.
National Museum of American History
Holocaust Museum &
Crime & Punishment Museum

We managed to fit it all in.

whew.

plus a stop at a food truck for lunch.

The only pictures I have from the museums are the ones I took on my phone w/ Instagram – I left my camera card in my computer in the room (like an idiot) so I wasn’t able to take any pictures w/ my Nikon.

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After a really long day of running & walking, we headed back to Arlington to pick up the car for a 2hr (turned 4hr) drive to Newport News, VA.

More about NPN tomorrow!

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a flag display in the Museum of American History

i need a nap

We survived.

1 District
2 states
1700 miles flown
26.2 miles ran
530 miles driven
1 beach buggy ride

(this picture is actually of us in the back of the beach buggy)

We’re back. and still friends (as far as I know) ..

Sorry, i’m not sorry for the lack of posting while we were gone.
I’ll get back to posting tonight.
Lots to say. I’ll try to keep it short.

running & reading

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 Run: 3mi, 26:33, 8:51/avg

Ugh. I have tried to like my Brooks Pure Cadence, but I just can’t. They are so uncomfortable –

My Adrenalines are already packed, so I decided I would just wear my pure cadence. bad idea. I felt like I was running with someone else’s legs today. It was so bizarre. I feel guilty for not liking the shoes; they were $120, which is $25 more than I’ve ever paid for any other pair of running shoes.

I also feel like I should like them because minimalist shoes seem to be the newest running fad right now. Everyone is coming out with their own line of minimalist shoe – I see them everywhere. Even the pure cadence are out in several different colors – they are so pretty, but they are so not for me. I guess I have a $120 closet ornament ….


This week is kind of a light week running wise; Jenny & I head up to DC on Thursday for a few days of fun: We are planning on a 6ish mile run on Friday morning – we found a route on  mapmyrun that goes around the monuments. image

That’s actually only 3 miles, but we are starting some place different and plan on tacking on some extra miles – but you get the idea.

Then Saturday we are running a 8k in Virginia & Sunday we are running the Flying Pirate Half Marathon. That’s 24 miles in 3 days – which is nothing if you’re SR, but I’m not, and 24 miles in 3 days is kind of a lot. I’m taking it easy this week in preparation for this weekend – plus we will be walking a lot around DC … good thing, because I’m fully prepared to eat a cupcake or three from Georgetown Cupcake!

Other things we plan on doing while in DC:

Museum of Crime & Punishment (we got a livingsocial deal)
Museum of American History
Holocaust Museum (if we have time)
Dinner w/ Karen on Thursday night

I think that’s all we have on our list for now: We are only there for about 24 hours, and then we head down to Newport News, VA!

This trip is going to be a blast, I can’t wait!

 


imageI used to spend a lot of time reading books – I LOVE to read – I used to spend hours cuddled up in our recliner, under a blanket reading until the wee hours of the morning. Then I discovered blogs, and reading regular books has kind of taken a back seat to reading blogs.

But lately, blogs haven’t been doing it for me.

I finished Lipstick Jungle last night – I’m really not great at writing book reviews; so I’ll just say this. It was a decent book. I watched the TV series first, and there were quite a few differences – I definitely liked the book version better than the TV series version – isn’t that how it always works out? The book is better than the movie?

 

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I saw this book on Jenny’s coffee table months ago, picked it up, read the inside cover, thought it sounded interesting but didn’t think about it again until today.

Miraculously my local library had the book on the shelves so I swung by there after work and picked it up. I got home around 5 and started the book right away. I read for about 2 hours – went running at 7, read the book while eating cereal for dinner and finished it around 8:30.

This was a fantastic book. The story is about Glen, his wife Liz & their daughter Sara. Glen picked his daughter up from school one day, and on their way home they encounter a driver driving erratically, not once, but twice. The second time, Glen swerves at the driver to scare him into slowing down – instead, the vehicles flips, and the driver is killed – Glen doesn’t divulge the whole truth to the Police after the accident. He doesn’t think Sara, who was in the backseat, saw anything – The story takes us through the 2 years following the accident; the demise of his marriage; and whether or not Sara really knows the truth.

Obviously I really enjoyed this book – It’s a reminder that a hasty decision can change our lives forever.

 

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I also picked up this book, Sister by Rosamund Lupton, which I plan to start in just a few minutes after I hit publish on this post.

Here is the description of the book from Amazon,

“When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.Bee is certain that Tess didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered.  Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess’s apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister’s life–and all its secrets.Though her family and the police see a grieving sister in denial, unwilling to accept the facts, Bee uncovers the affair Tess was having with a married man and the pregnancy that resulted, and her difficultly with a stalker who may have crossed the line when Tess refused his advances. Tess was also participating in an experimental medical trial that might have gone very wrong.  As a determined Bee gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder–and an obsession that may cost Bee her own life.”

please believe me

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(It’s not your eyes, the picture really is blurry. We were runnin’ so far Aaron’s camera couldn’t focus!)

 

I love Saturday morning long runs – This morning, on my way to Starkey Park, I was thinking “how did I get here?” “When did I start enjoying getting up at the butt crack of dawn to run 10+ miles on a Saturday morning?”

Sometimes it’s fun to reflect over the last few years – for me I haven’t always been a runner so thinking about how far I’ve come in the last 2.5 years is pretty awesome.

This morning was like all Saturday mornings, woke up early, ate breakfast, surfed the web while I ate, drank coffee, and hoped my stomach would cooperate before leaving the house.

At 6:48 I headed out for my 10 miler. I started a little late so I played chase with JM & Chris for the first 2 miles. I finally caught JM, and we caught up to Chris a few minutes later. Whew – I hadn’t intended on running the first 2 miles so hard, but it worked out okay.

We stopped for water at 2.something – I planning on running around an 8:10-8:15 – We had some cooler weather this morning, and the humidity wasn’t AS bad, so I thought that was a pretty attainable pace.

I felt strong, and my breathing was good. Oh, and my calf finally quit hurting. Thursday night when I went to bed my right leg was aching. When I woke up Friday morning it was still aching and proceeded to ache for the entire day. After work Chris rolled it with The Stick for me – holy crap, that was excruciating. It actually felt worse after he rolled it. I debated back and forth whether or not I should do my long run. I taped my knee, and told myself that if my calf was still aching in the morning that I would skip my run. Thankfully, when I woke up, no pain. No pain with walking, and no pain with calf stretches. CURED.

I took a gel at the 4.something water stop, said bye to everyone that was turning around and continued out with my new running friend Katie (she is fast!)  Mile 5 was 7:55, and that’s the last real split that I have (so sad).

We stopped at 5.something for a quick water stop – I think I stopped my watch here and then forgot to turn it back on. I’m really not sure what happened. All I know is that when I looked to see what mile we were at (somewhere around 9.5ish?) my watch said we were still at 5.88 (crap!)

I was pissed – I knew I was having probably the best 10 miler of my life and now I had no proof. gosh dang! Every time I looked at my watch, to check the pace (obviously I wasn’t checking the distance) we were way under 8.. like 7:30-7:40. I swear.  — I feel like no one will believe me because I have no splits to prove it – but really, we were running faster than I usually run. I was talking, but it was labored for sure. Sentences took a lot longer.

It felt really great to run fast and hard. When we made it back to the parking lot I was pouring sweat. man, that run felt so good. whhhheeee I love running!

The only thing I know for sure is that I started my watch at 6:48am, and we hit the parking lot at 8:14. 1hr 26 minutes – I’d probably take off about 6 or 7 minutes for water stops… I know, kind of a long time, but I looked at past runs, and that’s about average.. so I’m thinking about 1:19 – 1:20, which is about an 8:00/avg. Sounds right. Feels right. I’m going with it.

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Gotta go! Headed to the Lakeland Mudhole …. yeah.

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Goin’ out w/ my boots on
yeah – that picture is from tonight.
I’ve had those boots since 2002ish.
don’t judge.

let’s call it a wash, and start over next week

Oh MY, my runs this week have been something else.

Thursday was supposed to be a 6 mile tempo run. I’m really good at doing the warm up & the first mile, after that it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. 

Yesterday the smoke in the air was awful. My lungs were not happy. I know I can maintain a 7:XX pace for 4 miles, but it wasn’t happening yesterday. image

Fire in Jacksonville blowing smoke all over the state. Isn’t that delightful?

I had to stop a few times on my run to catch my breath. Even slowing down my pace didn’t help, I had to stop, bend over, and catch my breath. It was really rather pathetic.

My iPod was also dead, so that made my run even more fun; hearing myself struggle to breath, and listening to my heart beat so hard it wanted to jump out of my chest. yah. fun times.

I’m so over this week. I really hope Saturday’s 10 miler is more successful. I have plans to run a nice and strong pace  – Let’s hope the wind quits blowing, and the smoke goes away.

Oh, speaking of wind blowing – I had a really super headwind on the way back in on Thursday.. Seriously, this just isn’t my week.  /wah
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Gotta be mentally tough. That’s what I need to work on this summer. Not everyone run, or every week is going to be a fun and successful week. That doesn’t mean I’m not capable – just having an off week (I hope).

 

And now, because I’ve been such a whiney peach all week: I’ll leave you with a few things that made me laugh:

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Lookin’ at you snowbird.

 

 

 

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Have you seen this tumblr : Texts from Hilary

I’m not a Hilary Clinton fan, but this site had me laughing for a couple of minutes – check it out, it’s pretty funny.

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday

let’s call it a wash, and start over next week

Oh MY, my runs this week have been something else.

Thursday was supposed to be a 6 mile tempo run. I’m really good at doing the warm up & the first mile, after that it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. 

Yesterday the smoke in the air was awful. My lungs were not happy. I know I can maintain a 7:XX pace for 4 miles, but it wasn’t happening yesterday. image

Fire in Jacksonville blowing smoke all over the state. Isn’t that delightful?

I had to stop a few times on my run to catch my breath. Even slowing down my pace didn’t help, I had to stop, bend over, and catch my breath. It was really rather pathetic.

My iPod was also dead, so that made my run even more fun; hearing myself struggle to breath, and listening to my heart beat so hard it wanted to jump out of my chest. yah. fun times.

I’m so over this week. I really hope Saturday’s 10 miler is more successful. I have plans to run a nice and strong pace  – Let’s hope the wind quits blowing, and the smoke goes away.

Oh, speaking of wind blowing – I had a really super headwind on the way back in on Thursday.. Seriously, this just isn’t my week.  /wah
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Gotta be mentally tough. That’s what I need to work on this summer. Not everyone run, or every week is going to be a fun and successful week. That doesn’t mean I’m not capable – just having an off week (I hope).

 

And now, because I’ve been such a whiney peach all week: I’ll leave you with a few things that made me laugh:

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Lookin’ at you snowbird.

 

 

 

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Have you seen this tumblr : Texts from Hilary

I’m not a Hilary Clinton fan, but this site had me laughing for a couple of minutes – check it out, it’s pretty funny.

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday

First & Last

Have you seen this picture floating around pinterest? If you’re not on pinterest, lucky you- (what a time suck)
It’s a lie. Yesterday I went out for a run, and I hated every single second of it. I actually wished I just would have stayed home. Or at least stayed in my neighborhood. Or not eaten so much before I went out to run. Ugh.

I pass by this trail every day on my way home, but I’ve never bothered to see how long it is. I always just assumed it was a mile, which isn’t long enough for me to drive back to after going home from work.

I discovered that it’s 2.5 miles long, which really isn’t great, but it’s longer than the sidewalk in my ‘hood, so I thought i’d give it a shot.

I went home after work, ate entirely to many snacks, then headed back to the trail around 6:30. I had really great intentions of doing an interval workout. Really, I was going to do it. I had my game face on, and I was ready to suffer.

and suffering is what I did.

Every snack I ate before running was beating up my stomach. I felt so horrible. I was mentally scolding myself for being such an idiot. WHY did I have to have to eat that jalapeno mozzarella cheese? WHYYYYY?

The run out wasn’t so bad. I mean, it definitely could have been better, but I managed my warm up and 2 intervals. The turn around flat out killed me.

I was running directly into the sun, and into a 13mph headwind. (up hill in the snow both ways)

I gave up on the intervals on the way back. I reset my watch and just ran back. I’ll try intervals another day – at home, in my neighborhood. I won’t be returning to that trail.

Not really horrible splits, but not super awesome either.

I hate it when one bad run makes me question my ability. I was legit wondering if I could actually run a marathon. What would I do If I was at mile 10 and started having a horrible race? 16 miles left to suffer through. Uhm, pass. I thought, “how bad do I actually want to run a full?”

I’m still waiting on the answer to that one.

 enough whining.

Onto more pleasant things:

1. 6 more working days until Jenny & I jet off to Washington DC, Newport News VA, & Outerbanks, NC (woohoo!)

2. I’m currently reading Lipstick Jungle – I love a little trashy reading once in a while
– I watched the show on Hulu last week

3. I’m obsessed w/ the show In Plain Sight – to bad Hulu doesn’t offer the current season.

4. The weather in DC is going to be awesome. I can hardly wait to wear jeans & sweaters!

5. I’m sad race season is over – I’m worried about what I’m going to do between now & marathon training.

6. writing posts from the wordpress page is way more difficult than it should be. I love livewriter.

Anything you’d like to whine about? Feel free:

Insert whine here _____________________________