Thursday, July 20, 2017

Better late then never: Summer Solstice 5k

In June I ran the inaugural Summer Solstice 5k put on by the local high schools cross country boosters. It took place at the local state park (Moraine State park here in western Pennsylvania).

Moraine


This race took place on Wednesday June 21st at 7pm. It was a hot evening but I was excited for a race that took place in the cooler part of day.(Although not much cooler)
getting excited!

The turnout was awesome, especially since it was the first time this race was held. Over 100 runners! A bunch of my family members did this race, and so did my BRF! It was a fun way for us to all get together and cheer each other on. Most of my nieces even ended up placing in their age groups, and the nieces and nephews that didn't run did a great job of cheering us into the finish. Although, I asked my 2 year old niece how I did at the end and she said I should run faster soooooo, I think she has coaching in her future.

I think this is my favorite race tshirt ever! Oh, and my BRF designed it!


The course took us around the south shore loop in the park and it was a beautiful night to take in the sights. By the end of it the heat got to me and I was just ready to be done.

South Shore view of Lake Arthur


My finishing time was 25:07 & 1st in my age group(18-29)
I was hoping for sub 25 but by the end the heat got to me and I was on the verge of throwing up! I ended up walking through the finish line and dry heaving behind a van. Luckily, I didn't have anything in my stomach to let go of (I was really off with fueling before an evening race) but it was still not a fun ending to the race.

New bling from the race!


So, I still have my eyes set on a sub 25 minute 5k. I'm hoping this summer I can reach it!

What is your 5k PR?

Are you planning on racing short & fast this summer, or are you training for a fall marathon?


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Day trip: Cook Forest State Park

Posting 2 days in a row?! Who am I?!


Any who, Eric and I both had the day off yesterday so we decided to go to our favorite place on earth! Cook Forest State Park!


We left home around 9am and got to the park around 10:30. A lot of people that go to the park like to canoe/kayak down the Clarion river, but Eric and I prefer to go on tubes and just float down slowly!


We found a good spot to get in and I dropped him off with our tubes and water and then I drove about 1 1/2 miles down stream and parked our truck. Once I got the truck parked I ran the 1 1/2 miles back to Eric and the tubes so that we could start our ride!

I actually ran it pretty fast, I was super motivated to reach him and enjoy my favorite outdoor activity!

Once we were in the water all our worries drifted away and we just enjoyed all the beauty of God's creation.

It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to reach our stop. We got out of the water and as Eric went to climb up a couple rocks to get to the road and we heard a growl! A GROWL! So I was following him but I backed up and looked at the rocks and a raccoon was in between rocks hissing and growling!! YIKES. Needless to say I did not go up the same path as my husband!

Once we were out and away from the nutty raccoon we got dried off and changed and went to our favorite little bar/restaurant for a late lunch.

They have a pet Emu!

Once we got home I did a few chores then went to a friends house for a fire, it was the perfect weather to be out around the fire and we stayed up way too late talking.

All in all it was a fun day to get out and have have an adventure!


Monday, June 12, 2017

What is a good way to kick off summer? A WEDDING



How are you all handling the start of summer?

Personally I love summer all except one thing.....the HEAT! I just don't do well when the temps starts rising. I wish I could soak in some sunshine and enjoy it but my body just can't handle it. In fact, on our honeymoon, I got so overheated I had to get a shot of and anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine due to my body's heat rash outbreak. Not cool.

This summer though, we are off to a really fun start! My best friend since 1997(woah) got MARRIED!!! And I was a bridesmaid! Calley and I ran XC together throughout school and when I got off the running train after graduation, she pushed harder and has done marathons, qualified for Boston, and completed an Ironman! She has big goals and she goes hard after them.

I got to meet a bunch of really cool girls through this wedding too! A girl named Lindsey who kicks butt at triathlons, Michelle who has done multiple Ironmans and is going to do an ultra-Ironman, and a whole bunch of other really awesome ladies!

I had my hair and makeup professionally done! (I didn't even get that treatment for my own wedding!)
They had a photo booth at this wedding(check the picture above) with props and a bike and a Polaroid camera! I loved it! Eric and I took a couple of really fun pics together :)

We stayed on that dance floor till very late into the evening! Eric and I always have a good time on the dance floor and I think that's one of the reasons we get each other.

All of us dancing fools! 
All in all it was a really really great weekend and a beautiful wedding between two people who could not be any better fit for each other!

Congratulations Calley & Daniel! I wish you many many happy years to come 💓

How do you handle the heat during the summer?
I have to limit my time outside

Have you ever been a bridesmaid/groomsman?
Once a flower girl, once a bride, twice a bridesmaid

What is your favorite song to dance to at a wedding?
lets get it started-black eyed peas-it's easy to get down to!

Hope your summer is starting out with lots of fun & adventure!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Why do they call it the windy city?

Hello all!

I went to Chicago this past weekend for my BFF(of 20 years) bachelorette party!

She lived in Chicago for a few years and loves it, she also still has friends there, so she decided that for her last unmarried hurrah that's the city she wants to visit!

I had never been to Chicago so I was really excited! I was also nervous because it was the longest I'd been away from Eric since we've been married! I'm sappy....don't judge.

So we arrived on Friday afternoon grabbed some lunch then headed over to our hotel to make sure we were there as everyone started arriving from all over the country!

Everyone got in, we had a drink and ordered in some authentic Chicago deep dish pizza, and it was wonderful.

Saturday we got up early and the bachelorette, her friend(who is a triathlete), and I went for a 4 mile run along the river.

Running is the best way to see a city!


That was one beautiful run.
Those views. Wow.
I had to stop at the American Girl store! I had Samantha, and I LOVED her.

Later in the day we went out for lunch, and then had an architecture boat tour!

It was wonderful! Our tour guide was amazing
 They don't call it the windy city because of wind-it's because of the windbag politicians that got the world's fair located to Chicago instead of NYC!!!!
After the tour we did a nice walking tour of the city and we got to see a lot of popular spots!

These legs were huge!

Spitting faces, It was hot and kids were loving running around in the fountain

The bean(cloud gate)

Woah!

This was cool! Lots of Prom go-ers were taking pictures here ❤
We went out to dinner at a fancy restaurant and then grabbed drinks at a bar, we then went to a club and danced till nearly 3am!!

Then Sunday happened....

Everyone packed up✔
Brunch✔
Get on train to go to the airport✔
Get pick pocketed and have credit card company contact you to see if you authorized a purchase✔

That's right. Someone stole my wallet on the way to the airport.
I had a flight in less than 2 hours and I had no money OR photo ID.

It's all good. I shut down both my debit and credit cards. I spoke with security as soon as I got in the airport, and I did make it on my flight (I had a checkbook with name and address, and I had a letter with my name and address, TSA also was thorough).

All in all I'd say it was a fabulous weekend with old and new friends and what happened at the end well, oh well, things happen. I will not let one bad person ruin my opinion of a whole fun weekend!

Have you ever been to Chicago?
Ever been pick pocketed?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I guess I like short courses

Yesterday I ran a very small local 5k at my old high school. My mother told me about it a week or so ago(she works at the high school) and I thought it sounded like a fun event!



They held a "pump and run", so you can lift (weights depended on your weight and age) and then run, and the number of reps you did took time of your 5k finish. they had the option to pump and run, just lift, or just run. I chose just to run, I had to rush there right after work and I wasn't even sure I'd get there on time. My mom also did the 5k!

My old high school!

It was fun to see a few familiar faces at my alma mater!

The rockets!
The course ended up being a little short but I was still happy with my pace! I was also just happy to be out having fun with my mom!


Overall it was a really fun event and I'm glad I got to go and spend some time with my mother!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Switching it up

As you all know, I mean if you've read my blog up to this point, is that I trained for and ran a half marathon. It required consistency and a lot of hard work and very long training runs.
It was so rewarding and empowering to actually complete a half and see the reward of lots of hard work.
Truth be told, I didn't love it though. I've heard that people finish them then want to do another one or even a full marathon.
But I don't.
I mean maybe in a year or so I'll consider another half. But not now.

That doesn't mean I don't love running or racing, I just don't love that distance.

So, what do I want to do?
I want to get faster
I want to get stronger
I want a sub-25 min 5k
I want a sub-50 min 10k

And I think I can do it!

So I found a new training plan. It has plenty of track workouts, tempo runs, and not quite as long longer runs. I've started doing strength workouts 2-3x's a week and plan on doing more.

I don't have a specific race in mind yet but there are plenty to choose from throughout spring and summer so I'll figure it out soon.

In other news I've started sewing my own running skirts for this upcoming spring/summer season. I plan to wear them for training and racing. I just can't pass up a nice sugar skull pattern. Even one of my tattoo's is a sugar skull!!!


How has your week been?

Any races coming up?

What is your favorite pattern?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What I do if I'm not running

Since my half marathon I've been taking a few more rest days and non running days than I had been. I don't think it's bad to take a small break after a big experience. And don't worry I have a plan for future running/racing that I'm starting on Monday, but more on that later.

So, what do I do when I'm not sticking to a training plan for a specific race? Well, I'm still running, but only 3 or 4 times a week. I'm taking 2 full rest days. And I've been doing strength workouts 2-3 times a week.

I've been a fan of Beachbody workouts for awhile now and my 2 favorites are piyo and 21 day fix. Lately I've been into the 21 day fix workouts.



Monday I did the upper fix

Today I did the Pilates fix



I love them because it's difficult while doing them but not enough to kill me. BUT I wake up the next day and I know I got a great workout from how sore specific areas are.

I know I've been needing to do more strength training for a long time now but I put it off cause I honestly don't love it. But during the half marathon around mile 10 I noticed my body feeling weak and my form getting worse and I'm pretty sure it's because my core wasn't strong enough to keep me upright for that distance at that pace! Uh oh!

Lesson learned.

The hard way, of course.

What do you do for strength training?

Do you enjoy it?

Let me know what you think about adding strength to a running plan!