Pretty Muddy Mud Run

2013: The year of running and races

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As I sit here and look back over the year and all that I accomplished, I am trying to think of one word to describe how I feel. I think “proud” is perfect. proud - feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself Yes, that pretty much sums it up….   My last race for the year was before Christmas and as I finish up the year with the hopes of reaching 625 miles logged for the year (I’m at 616 as I post this), I thought it would be a great time to look back at my races for the year. 2013 was definitely the year of running, and my how I changed even from the beginning of the year.   01/12/13 – Glow Run 5K, St. Petersburg, FL  -   44:16 This was a fun run, hubby ran it with me. It was at night in downtown St. Petersburg. I was just at the start of my weight loss journey for the year and I knew I needed to lose weight as I ran this one. But it was fun. Also, I look like Scuba Steve in our picture!   glow run 5k     02/02/13 – Best Damn Race 5K, Safety Harbor, FL  -  39:21 I thoroughly enjoyed running a 5K on my birthday, and what would also be the first of three races in the month of February. It was really cold, but high on my list of favorites for the year. I was thrilled to finish under 40 minutes. Hubby also ran this one with me!   bdr 2013     02/10/13 – Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL -  3:02:53 I had high hopes for this one, after running this event as my first half marathon in 2012. I wanted so much to finish under 3:00 but I had foot pain that slowed down my last 3 miles. I did enjoy it, though, it was neat to come full circle from my first one and to see an improvement on my time. This was also the first race that my friend Corinna and I ran together, and hubby ran the 5K.

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    02/24/13 – Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K, Tampa, FL  -  1:05:58 Another one that I hoped to beat my previous year’s time on, but I did not. I remember the first half was windy but when we turned around, it was HOT. Hubby also ran this one with me, as well as my friend Corinna and her son John Evan. I love Gasparilla!

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    03/17/13 – Sarasota Half Marathon, Sarasota, FL  -  2:48:12    PR!!!!! I registered for this one on a whim simply because of the dolphin medal. I actually registered for it at the Gasparilla Expo, so less than a month before the race. I was already training on the bridges for Iron Girl so I just wanted to give it my best shot and have fun with it. I never ever expected to PR at this race, coming in 12 minutes under the 3:00 mark.   sarasota me medal 2013l     04/14/13 – Iron Girl Half Marathon, Clearwater, FL  -  2:48:32 I was very excited to run this one, practically in my backyard, and on the bridges I trained hard on. I did not let the bridges get the best of me and I gave it my best, finishing just 20 seconds slower than my PR in Sarasota. My friend Corinna also ran this one with me.   iron girl 2013 me corinna     11/24/13 – Women’s Running Series Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL  -  2:23:28    PR!!!!! After not racing over the hot summer, I trained for 15 weeks for this race. I needed serious redemption over it after finishing it in 3:37:11 in 2012 thanks to my sciatica. I knew I could finish it under 3:00 thanks to Sarasota and Iron Girl, but as I trained for it and worked hard on my long runs, I set an optimistic goal of finishing in 02:30. I was thrilled and ecstatic to finish in 2:23:28, a new PR. This was my best run yet. I ran most of it, a nice even pace, and felt great. I didn’t listen to any music, I just focused on running. This half marathon is the one that really made me start thinking seriously about a full marathon.   IMG_3003     11/30/13 – Pretty Muddy Mud Run 5K, Tampa, FL  -  approx. 45:00 (untimed) Another fun run with my friend Corinna. It was a smaller event than last year, but we still had fun running the course together. It was untimed, but we did every obstacle. I was able to climb over the big cargo net much easier than last year. It’s amazing what weight loss can do!   IMG_3306     12/14/13 – Santa’s Twilight 5K, Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL   -   30:56      PR!!!!! This was another night time run on a beautiful evening. Hubby and my friend Corinna also ran this one and it was so much fun. I ran my best time on this one, setting a 5K PR. I definitely see a sub-30:00 5K in my future.

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  What a year! I had hoped to do 10 or 11 races, but it just didn’t work out. So, what’s up for 2014? Stay tuned to find out!   How many races did you do in 2013? Which was your favorite?

Pretty Muddy 2013

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Few things will make me miss my Saturday morning weigh-in at Weight Watchers…. A chance to run through mud with a good friend is one of them. So, yesterday morning, my friend Corinna and I (and her son John Evan) hit the road at 6:15am and drove out to Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland.

The drive out was really pretty. It was a foggy morning but when we could see the sunrise, it was a beautiful orange. I never get tired of a sunrise…

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This year, the event seemed much smaller than the last year when it was out at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, both location and participants. I didn’t notice as many Pretty Muddy signs going into the park or along the course later on. I also didn’t notice a photographer for the event… Check-in was easy, it just took a minute to get our bibs. Their were several vendor booths and YouFit was doing group exercise warm-ups before each wave started. I did not see any food vendors, perhaps they came later it the day. They also had corn hole games set up which seemed to be a hit with the families.

 

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The start line, the first obstacle (bubble tunnel), the finish line, and final mud pit were all visible from here. Since we arrived before it all started, everything wan nice and clean!

 

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Before we started, we had time to take a few pictures…. This would be the last time we would be clean before getting muddy!

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And then it was time to go! I didn’t have my phone with me on the course so I don’t have photos of the obstacles. The first one was the bubble tunnel and then around the bend was the big slide. I was super muddy after the slide, I landed butt first in the mud pit at the bottom. From there on out, it was a mix of running, climbing, crawling, cold water, and mud. The last big obstacle was the big cargo net. This was my one big fear last year, and while I did it, it was hard. This year, I had no fear of it and except for the top where I couldn’t quite figure out where to put my foot to turn around, I pretty much went up and over it like it was nothing.

 

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(Source: Pretty Muddy)

Finally, we crawled through the last mud pit just before the finish line. More mud, more dirt, and more cold water. It was actually quite refreshing!

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It was a fun way to spend the morning. Pretty Muddy last year was the first event that my friend Corinna and I ran together so it was fun to do it again. Since then, we have run other races together and have more coming up.

 

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One huge personal difference this year was how much easier the course and obstacles were for me, after losing almost 30 pounds. I remember running it last year, I was winded as we ran, and any obstacle that required climbing was really a challenge. When I got home yesterday, I pulled up the photos from last year and it was yet another reminder of how far I have come….

 

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Thanks Pretty Muddy for a fun time!

 

NOTE: I received a free entry into Pretty Muddy in exchange for blogging about it and sharing my experience. All opinions are my own.

Goalgetter2013 – How did I do in July?

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Another month has come to an end, and with it another goal. So how did I do in July? My goal for July was to complete an upper body workout three days a week.

 

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I was committed to doing an upper body workout three days a week for the whole month. Because I don’t belong to a gym and I have limited equipment at home, I found this workout on the wonderful world of Pinterest.

 

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This was a fun goal to complete. I did exactly 3 workouts a week, fulfilling my goal. Here are the photos I took at the beginning of July, as I started the workout.

 

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And here are pictures from yesterday. It may not be noticeable in the photo, but I think between the workout and hot yoga, my arms are more defined. Oh and don’t judge… I took these pictures at the end of a very long day. Can you tell?

 

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Are you new to my Goalgetter2013 posts? Here is my progress for the year so far….

 

Would you like to take part in the #goalgetter2013 challenge? It’s pretty simple….

Goals are most successful when broken up into smaller goals! Post a picture on Instagram on the last day of each month to show how you are working toward achieving your goals! Use the hashtag #goalgetter2013.

If you’d like to take part in this challenge and have another way to keep yourself accountable this year, you should definitely join in! Visit the #goalgetter2013 Facebook page today!

For more inspiration, visit these blogs… These are the gals who put this challenge together:

 

How did you do in July? Share!

Goalgetter2013 – July

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Hello July! Another month, another goal… When I decide on a new goal each month, I do my best to pick one that is relevant to what I am doing at that time. High on my list of priorities right now is being – and staying – active. Setting small challenges for myself keeps me motivated.

This month, I decided it’s time to add in an upper body workout. My body has definitely changed with all the running I do, but I would love some definition in my arms. I have always felt like my upper body is much weaker than my lower body. But in the past when I’ve done upper body exercises, my arms look very toned and I love that.

So, my goal for July is to complete an upper body workout at least 3 days a week.

 

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Since I don’t belong to a gym and have limited equipment at home, I went onto Pinterest and researched upper body workouts. There are so many out there and they all look great. I decided on one shared by the fabulous folks at Pretty Muddy and all I need are two sets of dumbbells, which I have! I don’t see any reason I can’t do this workout three days week and hopefully have some definition in my arms by the end of the month. A girl can dream, right?

 

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And so that I have something to compare to, here are some before photos… I can’t wait to see the after photos at the end of the month.

 

ARMS BEFORE July

 

 

Are you new to my Goalgetter2013 posts? Here is my progress for the year so far….

 

Would you like to take part in the #goalgetter2013 challenge? It’s pretty simple….

Goals are most successful when broken up into smaller goals! Post a picture on Instagram on the last day of each month to show how you are working toward achieving your goals! Use the hashtag #goalgetter2013.

If you’d like to take part in this challenge and have another way to keep yourself accountable this year, you should definitely join in! Visit the #goalgetter2013 Facebook page today!

For more inspiration, visit these blogs… These are the gals who put this challenge together:

 

 

Share with me one of your goals for July!

#11in2013 update and I’m a Half Fanatic!

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Here we are, mid-April and my spring race season is officially over. It’s now 90 degrees outside and summer is here. Perfect time to give an update on my #11in2013 update.

 

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At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about the races / runs  I planned to do this year. Nine of them, to be exact, with the a tenth to be determined. #10in2013 because my goal for the year.

It seemed like a challenge, since three of them were in the same month but I was up for it. The day before Gasparilla, I decided to add in one more, the Sarasota Half Marathon, because I couldn’t resist the fabulous medal. When I registered for that one, I changed my goal for the year to #11in2013. And as of this past Sunday, I have 6 of the 11 completed. These four and a half months have been a whirlwind and also brought me a new half marathon PR!

  • 01/12/13 – Glow Run 5K, St. Petersburg, FL – 44:16
  • 02/02/13 – Best Damn Race 5K, Safety Harbor, FL -  39:21
  • 02/10/13 – Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL -  3:02:53
  • 02/24/13 – Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K, Tampa, FL  -  1:05:58
  • 03/17/13 – Sarasota Half Marathon, Sarasota, FL  – 2:48:12     (PR!!!!!)
  • 04/14/13 – Iron Girl Half Marathon, Clearwater, FL  -  2:48:32

Another thing it brought me… Half Fanatic status! When I registered for Sarasota, I realized that three half marathons in 90 days was in my reach and as long as I completed it and Iron Girl, I would qualify. Three half marathons in 64 days, to be exact. I love the challenge of the half marathon distance and I think it may be my favorite race distance. Yes, I am half crazy.

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I was so excited to receive the email with my Half Fanatic number…. You have to love an email that starts like this…

Nanci, at last you have found refuge, a place where you can call home, where the Fanatical can feel Normal again, and once again be treated like a normal human being.

Love it! I am Half Fanatic #3972 (Neptune), which is the lowest level, but still a Half Fanatic nonetheless. I earned that status. And, if I keep it up, maybe one day I’ll work my way up to the next level! Interested in learning more about Half Fanatics? Visit their website!

I am actually sad that all these races are done with and I am anxious for the fall to get here so they will start up again. Here’s what I have planned!

  • 10/05/13 – 15th Annual Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure 5K
  • 11/24/13 – Women’s Running Series Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 11/28/13 – Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, Clearwater, FL
  • 11/30/13 – Pretty Muddy Mud Run 5K, Tampa, FL
  • 12/??/13 – Color Run, St. Petersburg, FL

 

Do you like to plan your races ahead of time or do you just wing it? How many do you plan to do this year?

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