Best Damn Race Orlando 2014 (And another PR!!)

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This past Saturday morning, our alarm went off very early…. At 3am to be exact. hubby and I were headed to Orlando for the Best Damn Race. I was running the half marathon and hubby was running the 10K. I was very excited to take part in this event in a new city.

Since first running the inaugural race in Safety Harbor in 2013, I have been a huge fan of this event. I was even more thrilled when last year, I was selected as a Best Damn Race Ambassador. Seeing it grow and going to another city was a lot of fun. One of the reasons I love this event is because it is put on by a runner, for runners. The race director, Nick, puts his heart and soul into it and it shows.

So, despite the early hour our alarm went off, I was excited to hit the road and run 13.1 miles on a new route. It was still dark when we arrived in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola Park and we picked up our race packets and had time to walk around and visit with others before the race started.

 

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                         The Best Damn Race Director, Nick                       Katy of www.katywidrick.com

 

 

The race started and ended at Lake Eola Park. What a pretty setting it was and on a gorgeous day! It was a crisp 52 degrees when we arrived – perfect weather for running. The sun started to come up just before the 10K started. I saw hubby off and then waited for the half marathon to start 30 minutes later.

 

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Before I knew it, it was time for the half to start, my 8th half marathon. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to listen to music or not, I haven’t in awhile. I decided I definitely didn’t need to, I wanted to enjoy the new-to-me route and the scenery. It’s also fun to listen to other runners.

Since I just ran the Gasparilla 15K and 8K the weekend before and my legs were still tired, I didn’t really have a time goal in mind. I knew I finished in 2:18:59 at Best Damn Race Safety Harbor on February 1st, and it would be great to beat that, but I knew it would be tough. Ultimately, I wanted to finish under 2:30 as a worst case.

The first couple of miles were along cobblestone streets. This can be tricky to run on and I have to pay attention to my footing to make sure I don’t’ twist my foot or step wrong. I ran the first 4 miles without a walk break, feeling great. I grabbed some Gatorade at mile 4 and then took off running again. We rounded the corner and under an overpass and then saw we would run around Lake Underhill. This was a really pretty view and it was neat to see runners as they made their way around it. I should have taken a picture, but at the time I didn’t think about it.

During the run around the lake, I also made my way up to the 2:15 pace group. I couldn’t believe it. I stayed with them for about a mile and then they got ahead of me. I would end up keeping them in my sight the rest of the race but never caught back up to them.

After rounding the lake, we made our way through a residential neighborhood and passed right along side those ahead of us, back tracking. It was here that I saw Meghann (Meals and Miles), Michelle (Crazy Running Legs), and Haley (Running With Diapers). It’s fun to see other runners that you know, wave and say hi, and get a little encouragement.

By this time, I had taken several walk breaks and my legs were killing me. Every bit of the 14.2 miles I ran the weekend before had caught up to me and I was so sore. I knew I had to listen to my body and walk if I needed to. There is no shame in that. Besides, I wanted to be able to finish strong.

Around mile 9, I looked at my watch and did some math to see how far off I would be from my Safety Harbor time. I knew the 2:15 pace group was ahead of me and I had no idea how far behind me the 2:30 pace group was. I was just thankful that they remained behind me the whole time. It was here that I realized, unless I was completely screwing up the math, that I could possibly beat my previous time, even if just by seconds. This helped to light a fire under me and I tried to walk less and run more.

Just after the 10 mile mark, we merged with the 5K runners. I joked with a couple of women running beside me how fresh they all looked compared to us. They were also moving much quicker. This, of course, was a little pick me up and got me moving a little quicker.

The final long stretch along South Street was fun because it was downhill and we could see the skyscrapers. There were spectators along here, and the closer we got to the last two turns, it was louder and louder. Finally, I rounded the last corner and saw the street lined with spectators. The finish line was in view and no matter how many times I’ve run a race, that just never gets old. It is so exciting to see after you’ve been running your heart out for a couple hours.

I also knew by this time that I had definitely beat my last time. I was a little worried by how much though because the mileage on my watch was off. I just hoped that my time was close to the chip time at the end.

I ran across the finish line with all my heart, excited by another PR. There is nothing like that feeling. I hurt, I ached, and I was starving, but I did it. Half marathon #8 was complete and most exciting of all, I would get to ring the PR bell again! I beat my last time by 2 1/2 minutes!

 

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I was also very excited to learn that hubby did awesome on his first every 10k! I was super proud of him and so glad that he took part in this awesome race with me. We were also able to take some great photos on Lake Eola. It could not have been a prettier day…

 

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I am very happy with my time and pace on this one. The first six miles were obviously my best and I knew that. To run in the 9’s is huge for me. It felt comfortable and was not a huge struggle to do it.

 

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I can’t say enough about this event. I will absolutely run it again in 2015. I look forward to seeing it grow and will enjoy running the great courses and enjoying the great perks it offers runners. Thank you Best Damn Race for two wonderful races this year!

Currently | February Edition

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I almost forgot to do my Currently post for this month! Take a couple days away for a shorter month and it just messes me up!

 

Current book:

I have been so busy, I have not had any time to read. But, I did get a couple new YA books the last couple of weeks at book events that I attended with my sister-in-law Jenna. I have met both authors and both are very cool!

THREE book cover        Cinder cover

(source: www.goodreads.com)

 

 

Current music:

Still in a country music mood like last month, but I’ve been listening to Luke Bryan like crazy. If it’s possible to wear out a CD, it will happen with this one. The whole CD is great, every single song. “Drink A Beer” is my favorite song on the CD, but “Play It Again” is a very close second and is also the newest single out. So, basically, I can’t stop listening to it. I hope there is an official video soon! In the meantime, there’s this….

 

 

 

 

Current guilty pleasure:

In January, I posted about dreaming of a new Garmin watch. Hubby, being the wonderful hubby that he is, surprised me with one for my birthday. I love it so much, it’s perfect for all the running I do. It’s so cool!

 

garmin 220

 

 

 

Current drink:

Shameless plug here, but it would have to be Shakeology. I have both Chocolate and Vanilla, and I enjoy both. It has been my breakfast all month and it is very filling. Even better, it’s only 3 WW points before adding any extras such as milk, fruit, peanut butter, etc…

 

shakeology

 

 

 

Current food:

I am still loving power foods and WW Simple Start. Several times this month, I have mad a very simple meal that is perfect for lunch. It heats up quickly and is so full of flavor. I still need to do a post with the recipe, but basically it’s lean ground beef, zucchini, squash, onion, whole grain brown, rice, and Italian diced tomatoes. I love all the colors, too. Food tastes better when it’s pretty.

 

beef rice dish

 

 

 

Current show:

Wahlburgers. No question about it, we’ve been recording it and watching it when it replays. I have always loved Mark Wahlberg (who doesn’t?!), but after watching the show, I think I may like Donnie the best. I love the family dynamic they have and their mom seems like a real character. Have you watched it?

 

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(source: Facebook)

 

 

Current wish list:

I still want to buy all the clothes. The cooler weather is going away, sadly, which means it will be time to buy shorts and tank tops. Last year I wore shorts that I had from a few years prior. This year, I am buying new shorts that will fit the 2014 me.

 

 

 

Current triumphs:

Since I am currently all about races, my most recent triumphs are PRs! On February 1, I ran the Best Damn Race half marathon and finished with a PR of about 4 minutes over my previous time. And just last weekend, I ran the Gasparilla Lime Cactus Challenge which was the 15K and 5K. Having never run a 15K before, it was an instant PR and I was very happy with my time of 1:39:53. And the 8K, I ran in 51: which was 14+ minutes faster than last year. I was surprised at this just because I was pretty sore from the 15K on Saturday, but I managed to pull it off. (and I still have to write up a race recap for it!) It really is true… The best way to be a better runner is to run more.

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Current links:

Athlinksif you are a runner and don’t know about this site, you need to check it out. It’s a great place to keep track of all your races and finish times. I just came across it a few months ago.

Alex and AniI am obsessed with Alex and Ani bracelets and I have to get a couple. I love the look and the style and the motivation of them. Yes, I will buy one. This is the first one that I want…

 

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(source: www.alexandani.com)

 

 

Current needs:

Come May, it’ll be time for another new pair of running shoes. I doubt I’ll be able to find my beloved Brooks Glycerin 10 anymore, so I will have to find a new style. I’m sure I will stick with Brooks, they have worked very well for me ever since I had my gait analysis done back in 2012. I am very curious about the Brooks Transcend. Aren’t they fabulous?

 

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(source: www.brooksrunning.com)

 

 

Current indulgence:

Signing up for my first full marathon, the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach on November 30th of this year. I am still kind of in shock that I am going to run one, but it’s very exciting. I have a lot of of training ahead of me, and my goal will really be just to finish it, and I’m going to do my best to enjoy every single minute of it. Who knows if it will be my one and only full marathon…

 

 

Current outfit:

I bought a couple new running tops and I love them. One is from Old Navy and the other is from Target. I like to run in a tank top, so these are perfect. Both have built-in bras and racer back straps.

 

 

Current excitement:

My Aunt Darlene is coming out in March and I cannot wait to see her. We have such a great time when she visits and we get to play tourist, play Scrabble, and do a lot of laughing. I’m so excited to see her!

 

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Current mood:

Right now I am excited about this weekend and Best Damn Race in Orlando. I am running the half marathon, which will be #8. Hubby is running the 10K, so we will be driving to Orlando dark and early Saturday morning. Can’t wait!

 

What are you currently loving? Share!

Week 3 of T25

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I am a couple days behind on my update thanks to a crazy busy race weekend. There will be a whole other post about that. Right now, I’m catching up on Week 3 of T25…

Last week, I only did T25 three days, but I had to save my legs for the weekend. I was very optimistic in thinking that I could get another workout in on Sunday after my second race, but there was absolutely no chance of that once I finished running.

Here’s how the week played out…

 

Monday

t25 day 15

 

Tuesday

t25 day 16

 

Wednesday

t25 day 17

 

Thursday

Rest

Friday

day 19 plank

 

Saturday

gasparilla 15k done    day 20 plank

Sunday

gasparilla 8k done    day 21 plank

 

 

I know, running isn’t T25, but I worked hard for those medals and had to show them off.  I also made sure to plank everyday, except Thursday. That one slipped past me (and the plank police caught me!).

I am still loving T25. Little by little I am getting better at the workouts. I still modify when I need to and some are still just plain challenging. But it’s a great workout, I sweat my butt off for 25 minutes, and I know it is making me stronger. On Week 3, Speed 1.0 is still my favorite. I wonder if that will change?

The Shakeology is going great. I am expecting my second month’s supply in any time now. I get the chocolate / vanilla combo box. I have several vanilla left in the first box and no chocolate, so clearly I favor the chocolate. But I do enjoy both. This morning, I put pineapple and mango in the vanilla and it was very good. I love those flavors together.

So, Week 4…. I already started out Week 4 by missing the first workout because frankly, I am sore from the weekend. I ran 14.2 miles in two days and I need to give my legs a chance to recover. Especially since this Saturday, I am running half marathon #8. Probably not the best planning on my part, but I love every minute of it. So, this I will likely do three days of workouts this week, nothing on Friday, and then an easier one on Sunday, along with Stretch. That is the plan, hopefully it works out that way.

 

 

How do you handle conflicts in your workout schedule due to scheduling or other physical activities that may prevent you for working out?

 

I m still looking for 5 more people to be a part of my Challenge Group for March. If you are interested, please comment below or email me at crazylifeofmineblog at gmail dot com. If you are interested in fitness, motivation, and support, than I would love to have you as a part of this!

Fear is just a 4-letter word…

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How many times in your life have you not done something because you were afraid? Because you were nervous? I have always been an anxious person. I will what-if the heck out of everything and then some. I worry about problems before they even become problems. And when they don’t become problems, I wonder why I worried so much. I am also the person who needs a Plan B and C in case Plan A doesn’t work. My theory is, if you have a plan, or plans, in place, then you won’t need them.

It’s only been the last year or so that I’ve really started to ignore that “fear” when it rears it’s ugly head. I am not as shy as I used to be and I have more of a “whatever” attitude, and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic, bad way. I mean it more as “it is what it is”.

 

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I deal with customers all day long. I have meetings with new customers and do my best to impress. I have talked in front of board meetings. I have to deal with vendors all days long. I have to make business decisions that I’m not totally comfortable making. But I do it. Do all these things scare me? Do they make me anxious? Yes. But I do it anyway.

So, when I decided that I wanted to run a full marathon, I thought I was crazy. Insane. What the heck was I thinking? Just because I’ve run a half dozen or so half marathons, I all of a sudden think I’m qualified to run a full marathon? Absolutely not. Does it scare me? YES. But, I’m going to do it anyway.

 

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My first half marathon. I was SO sore and it was so hard, but I couldn’t wait to do it again.

 

The reason why is simple…. I cannot stop thinking about it. This is how I gauge how important something is to me. If I have an idea and it passes and I forget about it, then I probably didn’t want to do it. But, if I cannot stop thinking about it, I should do it.

 

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My seventh half marathon, just as exciting as the first.

 

This past Saturday, I registered for my first full marathon. I am going to train for hundreds of miles over five months to run 26.2 miles on November 30, 2014. It’s going to hurt and it’s going to be hard. Is that going to stop me? No. And I’m going to earn this awesome medal when I cross that finish line.

 

Space Coast Marathon 2014 medal

(Source: Space Coast Marathon)

 

Life is too short to be afraid to do things. I don’t want regrets. One day, I won’t be able to run. But today I can. I have to do it while I can. Will it be like when I ran my first half marathon and I knew I had to do it again? I have no idea. It might be a “one and done” thing. But it might not.

All I know is, I have to do it. I have to tackle it. I have to give it my best, train smart, and enjoy the journey along the way. Life is too short not to….

 

**After sharing this post this morning, my sister-in-law commented on it with a wonderful acronym for FEAR. I absolutely love it and decided to add it in here…. This is my new mantra. Thank you, Jenna!

FEAR forget everything and run

 

What have you done that you were afraid of? Have you ever let fear stop you from accomplishing a goal?

Week 2 of T25

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Wow, last week went fast… It was also a lesson in flexibility. I really like sticking to a plan, but I have to remember to be flexible when life happens. It’s better to get a workout done later than not at all. That being said, I was short two workouts for Week 2.

I started out the week not feeling well so I did not workout on Monday. But, Tuesday morning I was feeling better, headache-free, and back at it. I just shifted my workouts back a day. On Wednesday, I worked out in the morning and the afternoon, an unplanned double day. It felt great to get caught back up from missing Monday. On Thursday, hubby and I went out to dinner so I missed my workout. On Friday, I opted to workout in the afternoon, getting home from work early enough to run 2 miles and do a double. This put me within one workout away from being caught up, which I planned to do over the weekend.

On Saturday, I spent much of the late morning and afternoon with hubby at the Spartan Race in Tampa. It was really fun to play spectator and be there to support him. This also meant no workout for me after going out to eat on the way home from the event.

My Sunday turned into an unplanned rest day as well. I woke up exhausted and decided with races on the schedule for the next two weekends, yesterday would be my chance to sleep in and be lazy. I’m not going to lie, it was really nice, but I did feel slightly guilty. I did, however, go grocery shopping and do food prep for the week.

So, I missed one workout and the stretch for Week 2. Still, I am very pleased with how with T25 I did given how my week went. Speed 1.0 is still my favorite. On the more challenging workouts, such as Total Body Circuit, I am still doing many of the modifications. No shame. Modifying is better than not moving! My one regret is that I only got one run in all week long…

 

 

Monday

Rest

Tuesday

day 9 t25 challenge

Wednesday

day 10 t25 challenge    day 10 pt 2 t25 challenge

Thursday

day 11 shakeology

Friday

day 12 t25 challenge

Saturday

Rest

Sunday

Rest

 

As for my Shakeology, I absolutely love it. Especially after my morning workouts, it hits the spot and it super filling. I have a new favorite recipe now… You will want to try this:

  • Chocolate Shakeology
  • 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • Ice

Just blend it all to perfection and enjoy. It’s like a milkshake!

On to Week 3! I hope this week stays on track a little better, but I know regardless I will roll with it and do my best!

 

 

I am enjoying T25 so much, that I have decided to put together my first Challenge Group for March. If you are interested, please comment below or email me at crazylifeofmineblog at gmail dot com. If you would like to be a part of a group of 5 – 6 people interested in fitness, motivation, and support, than I would love to have you as a part of this!

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