New ab workout

I know it has been a while since my last post but I have been busy/sleeping/coughing my head off. I will just try to do a quick overview of my whirlwind weekend.

Friday morning I got up early to head down to the coast for a visit with Chris, we met for lunch at Newk’s and I tried something new: Tomato basil soup, so delicious!

After lunch I drove to the condo and rested for a bit. Chris was meeting his running group to run the bridge that afternoon and I was trying to decide if I felt well enough to run too. I really didn’t feel like driving the 10 miles down the road to meet them so I decided to run 6 miles and meet Chris at work to ride with him to the bridge. Makes a lot of sense right? Anyway, when it was all said and done I ran/walked 9.3 miles.

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After a grocery trip to Walmart and a long hot bath, we watched the new Men in Black movie and then headed to bed.

Neither of us felt up to running a race the next morning so instead we did some marathon shopping or rather nonshopping. We were out for about 5 hours going to different stores and spent a total of $75. That included lunch at Chick-fil-a, I decided to try something different and got the chicken salad sandwich. I like the chicken salad, but didn’t enjoy the bread, it had a sweet taste to it that I don’t typically enjoy in my sandwiches.

I spent the rest of the day/night watching the SEC Championship, my Dawgs gave it a good shot and had me biting my nails down to the very last second.

Needless to say after our long day of shopping, the emotional roller coaster of a game, and coughing my head off nonstop all day, I had no energy left for a run. And that is where my streak ended 😦

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I spent most of the day Sunday coughing uncontrollably and napping on the couch. I guess this sickness finally caught up to me and I was exhausted. I got just enough rest to give me some short lived energy for dinner with Chris and his co-workers at Leo’s Wood Fired Pizza. Chris and I ate here before about a year ago and finally made it back to eat again. I decided to stick with what I had last time and got the Marlyn Monroe. It has chicken, tomatoes, bacon, and ranch, so so good! I only ate half at the restaurant so I didn’t look like a piggy, but I swear I could have polished off the whole thing.

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I woke up this morning still kind of tired, so I have been sitting around all day trying to rest. I did find the one positive to coughing myself into fits of panic for the last two days….sore abs. Yes, apparently all you have to do to get in a great ab workout is to get sick and cough for 2 days straight.

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AthHalf Half Marathon Recap part 2

That’s my Dad in the red jacket taking pictures

As I talked about in part 1 of my half marathon recap, it was very crowded at the start line and it didn’t let up once our timing started after we crossed the line. I was able to start jogging but definitely not going very fast. I started trying to weave through the other runners as much as I could but I wanted to stay on the left side because that was were my Dad was going to be taking pictures. Unfortunately, there were so many people my Dad didn’t see me so I missed photo op #1. 
Since we were basically running around the block, my Dad was able to walk up the street and get some more pictures of us passing. I again tried to stay on the left side so he would see me, while still weaving through as many people as possible. Here is the one pic my Dad was able to snap before I zoomed by.

After I knew the photo ops were done, I started concentrating on keeping a comfortable pace while getting free of most of the crowd. I was feeling really good and keeping an awesome pace of around 8:35 and then after I hit mile 2 my legs just wanted to quit, they felt so tired and I began to question my fueling plan and whether I would be able to finish the race. I told myself to just keep going until mile 3.5, refuel, and then reassess how I was feeling. So I pushed through and got my peanut butter gu followed by some water at mile 4. 

I began to feel better and then we hit a nice long downhill that felt like it lasted for over a mile. This was when the euphoria hit and I felt like I had the biggest smile on my face. I was enjoying every minute of the downhill and felt like I could run forever. Then we got to mile 5 and the uphills started, just a few at first and one big one I powered up but then it felt like we just kept hitting more and more uphills and I started feeling sluggish again. We crossed the timing line at the 10k mark and I realized I had just ran my fastest ever 10k at 54:39. This gave me a nice push when I needed it and I knew I was still on target to meet my goal of finishing under 2 hours. 

Crossing the bridge over Sanford Stadium

At around mile 7 I started recognizing some landmarks from my college days, and realized we were heading towards the apartment building I lived in my junior and senior years. Unfortunately, we had to climb a couple of big hills to get there. By the time we made it to where my apartment was, we were headed down a nice hill. I totally missed the complex as I was concentrating on getting some water at mile 8 and trying not to focus on the pain that was radiating from my right ankle and up the back of my calf.

Heading up the first of the last 3 hills

The course then brought us to the east side of the UGA campus, which has changed so much in the last 9 years. The parking lots I remember are now dorms, but it was nice to be able to run down some of the same roads I walked down all those years ago and see the many changes and that some things are still the same. I refueled again at mile 9.5 and followed it with some water at mile 10. At this point I was ready to be done but I was really enjoying seeing the campus again. 

As I was nearing mile 12 I passed what used to be my dorm my sophomore year and sadly it no longer existed. A new building was going up in its place, this made me a bit sad but that quickly passed as I zoomed down the hill and headed towards the stadium and what would be the final leg of the half marathon. 

I pushed through the last 3 hills and finally headed downhill towards the entrance to Sanford Stadium. This was the part of the race I had waited all morning for! Actually I had been waiting months for this part of the race and it was so much better than I thought it would be. Running a lap around the hedges, being on the jumbotron, not once, but twice…So amazing and the perfect way to end a race. 

After leaving the stadium, it was just that final tenth of mile left and I was making great time. I was even kicking myself for not pushing harder and getting an even better time. So my goals were to set a PR (my first half marathon time was 2 hours 5 minutes and 37 seconds) and to finish under 2 hours. Here are my results:

So there is my recap for the race course. Overall, it was a great course, some of the hills tried to kill my spirit but I made it and I am stronger for it! Stay tuned for part 3 where I will review the finish line set up, post race food, and the race aftermath.   

The hills of Athens
Mile splits

My Happiness

I realize that I am a sporadic blogger. I started blogging to get some of my thoughts in order and to try to discover some insights about my running and my life. However, Some days the thought of sitting down and writing sounds so tedious and I don’t want this to become a chore. I want it to be fun and therapeutic. Instead of forcing a post, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the little things that make me happy and wanted to share some of them. 

1. This delicious pasta dish that my Daddy made for dinner my first night home, and yes I had seconds on the pasta and thirds on the garlic bread.

2. This miniature mason jar I found in my parents cabinet, seriously, it is the cutest thing and is the size of a salt shaker. I am so stealing asking if I can have this.

3. Remembering how much I love running hills! There are not any hilly areas to run where I live and it is so nice to challenge myself when I visit my hometown. 

4. My sweet Bella, she is the sweetest dog you will ever meet and just wants tons of loving. She loves to have her belly scratched.

5. Remembering why I loved growing up in the country and stepping out on the front porch to enjoy all this beauty. 

6. Just starting to see the changing colors of the leaves and enjoying the mild temperatures that fall brings to the South.

7. Getting amazing deals on running clothes from the Under Armor Outlet. Seriously, those shorts were only $5!

8. Knowing I will be visiting the wonderful city of Athens, GA tomorrow, my home for 4 years during my college days. I will always bleed Red and Black!

9. Testing out running in the cooler weather this morning and knowing that I will be able to handle the cold morning for Sundays Half Marathon.

10. This awesome shirt that my wonderful husband sent me. He is just the best and most amazing person ever!

What are some of the things that make you happy?

Anyone jealous of my new shirt?

Are you running a race this weekend? Where?

A little less food and a little more run

Who could resist this face?

So if anyone watched the Georgia vs. South Carolina game yesterday, you know that my team decided to not show up to play. I still love my Alma mater, but that game took away my appetite, so I ended up eating a half peanut butter sandwich around 8:45. The good news about last night was that I wasn’t having any pain in my foot and decided to try it out at the gym this morning.

 
I started my morning at the gym very easy with 35 minutes on the stationary bike, just testing out the foot. Then I did about 8 minutes on the rowing machine and boy were my legs feeling it! I did 15 minutes of weight lifting and then hopped back on the bike for 25 minutes and pushed as hard as my legs would allow. After all that, my foot was still feeling okay so I decided to try out the treadmill. I had some initial pain in my foot as I increased my speed, but it seemed to dissipate the more I ran. I am still experiencing some soreness in my foot but it doesn’t seem to have gotten any worse. Maybe I will be able to run again! 

 Chris, I took this picture for you so you could see my matchiness and make fun of me 🙂 Please ignore the unmade bed.

I checked the avocado I got at the store the other day, and it was finally ripe, so I decided to have my favorite lunch. A turkey, gouda, and avocado wrap with a green pepper and pretzels. I feel like I could never get tired of this tasty meal. 

Now I just need to find the motivation to unpack from the trip to my parents and do some laundry. I’m hoping to try a new dessert recipe later, but we will see if I decide to get up or just sit here for the rest of the day and veg out. 

Crazy animal cookies

It’s college football Saturday again, which means I will be typing in red and black in support of my team…GO DAWGS!!!

 I’ve got my team colors on and I’m ready to root on my Dawgs!
I am currently on day 4 of operation lay in bed all day and rest my hurt foot. I’m starting to go a little stir crazy and I am really itching for a run.
I was lazy last night and made my go to dinner that takes 2 minutes to make. 

That looks like a really well rounded meal huh? Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread, organic tortilla chips, baby carrots, almonds, and my treat of the week: animal cookies.
Speaking of animal cookies, as I was savoring these babies, I began looking at the different animals and became a bit disturbed by what I saw:
Mr. Giraffe here looks like his friends bet him he couldn’t touch his nose to his tail or maybe he has an itch on his bum…I don’t even know what to say about the gorilla over here.
Today my stomach has turned into a bottomless pit, maybe because it is used to the carbo loading for my usual long run Sunday. 

My first lunch consisted of sugar snap peas, sweet potato tortilla chips, almonds, and a pear and gouda grilled cheese sandwich (the idea came from this wonderful blog.)And let me tell you that you need to try this sandwich right now, I had an epic fail while flipping my sandwich but it was still mighty delicious!

I had to include a picture of this yumminess all by itself, really this was an amazing sandwich, go try it now…I’ll wait…   

 

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