Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
When the finish line was in sight, I let her know. This was when she really picked up the pace. Needless to say, she left Bobbie and I in her dust! Look at the picture! Yep! That's me, trying to keep up! She finished 6th place in her age group with a time of 37:12! That's a pretty awesome time for a 9 year old with tiny legs! Can you tell I'm proud!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I was recently given the opportunity to review the Training Log 2011. I am a runner who likes to keep track of what I do, and I would rather do it on paper than online. So, I googled running logs/journals and came across this log that has been around for 28 years. Phil was nice enough to send me two logs - one to review and one to give away. Since it is a log for 2011, I obviously haven't actually used it yet, but I have studied it quite a bit. As for the many things I love about this log: 1. It is predated for the 2011 running year. You don't have to write in the dates; they are already there for you. 2. Unlike the one I'm using right now, it has a place to record the pace of each run, not just the total time. 3. The best part? IT HAS A RACE SECTION FOR EACH WEEK! In the race section, you can record the name of the race, your time, your place in gender, age group, and overall. I love that!
All in all, this log is going to be something I love. It's so very simple, but not at the same time!
Now...onto the giveaway!
Ways to get entries:
1. Mandatory: Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me you already are or have become a new follower. New followers...WELCOME!
2. Visit the Training Log 2011 website HERE and leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about the log.
3. Leave a comment telling me how you keep track of your training right now.
4. Leave a comment telling me the next thing you are training for.
This giveaway will end on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
2. I ran four miles with Bobbie and Katrina tonight. I haven't had much time for anything lately it seems, and it felt so good to get out there and run. I ran six on Saturday and hadn't run since due to a very hectic schedule. Hopefully after this week, that will wind down quite a bit. I miss my running tremendously when I don't have time to do it on a regular basis. I try to get in some bike rides when I can't run, but sometimes that gets put on the back burner also. I am a much easier person to deal with when I don't have to go without my runs, so let's pray that my schedule kinks go away soon!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
So, get this! When we returned home on Sunday, I plugged in my charger and put my Garmin on the charger. I took two days off to recover and had a date today to run with my niece, Gracie. She is training to run her first 5K with me on Thanksgiving Day.
So, I come home after school to get changed. I go to put on my Garmin. I turn it on! I turn it on! I turn it on! IT WON'T TURN ON! IT WON'T CHARGE!
IT WON'T DO ANYTHING!!!
God got me for feeling free without it! He thought he'd just take it away!
So, on the lookout for a new one...any suggestions?
Monday, October 18, 2010
We then went back to the hotel and chilled until our hubbies arrived around 8:30. When they got there, we headed out to dinner to fill ourselves with plenty of carbohydrates. We went to a place called Clifton's Pizza. We had cheesesticks, sandwiches, pasta, and pizza between the six of us. It was absolutely YUMMY! Just what we needed for our pre-race dinner.
My mom, Ruby, myself, and Bobbie.
We went back to the hotel and got all of our things together for the next morning. I laid out all my things, including my birthday shirt! I threw it off as soon as I crossed the start line, but plenty of people got to see it. I have it on in the picture below, with my wonderful husband, Jeremiah. He is such a great supporter!
Below is the video of the start of the race and tossing the birthday shirt away! You see me throw my shirt away and round the bend, and then you catch a glimpse of Bobbie too!
And we're off! The race started at 8:00 a.m. Almost the entire run was along the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a fabulous run! Absolutely gorgeous and 99% flat! Bobbie and I started pretty fast and stayed there together until about mile 4. Then, we separated, but were always in each others sights. We had our pace tattoos on, and until about mile 8, I was well ahead of it. Our 'A' goal was 2:15, our 'B' goal was 2:00 flat. The pace tattoo was for 2:00, so it was okay if I didn't make it. It wasn't my 'A' goal.
At about mile 8, I started to slow down, and at 9 1/2 miles, my Garmin stopped itself and I didn't realize it until about 2 minutes later. The slow down lasted until about mile 10 1/2 - 11. Then, I picked my speed back up and made it back to the finish line at 2:06:06. I met my 'A' goal, but not my 'B' goal, but that's okay. My last 1/2 marathon time was 2:30:07, so I shaved 24 minutes off for this one. I was very excited about that! Crossing the finish line!
Bobbie finished in 2:12! Woo hoo! We both met our goal! Way to go us! And we were even dressed alike! That's a true running buddy!
Below is a video that my husband got of me crossing the finish line! I thought he was just taking a picture. I didn't know he was video taping when I walked up to him. I pose for the picture with my finisher's medal and everything! All in all, a great race! Now...on to the Flying Pig!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This upcoming Sunday is the Louisville Half Marathon that my buddy, Bobbie, and I are running. It's my 30th birthday this Sunday, so I thought 'what better way to not feel thirty?'. Well, run a mini marathon...that will make you feel good about yourself! So, that's what we are doing to celebrate my 30th birthday. Bobbie and I are running, and our lovely husbands and mothers are coming with us to cheer us on!
On to the freedom part...
Being that it is taper week, we decided to do two runs, 3 miles each. DON'T FAINT, BUT I LEFT MY GARMIN AT HOME! For those of you who look at your Garmin every 30 seconds like I do, this is a HUGE change from the norm! And I must say, it was nice!!!
On our first run, I didn't even look at Bobbie's watch, nor did I ask to see it! I didn't even ask about our time when we got back to the car.
Tonight, I asked at the halfway mark what our time was. And I also asked our time when we finished. But...I never once asked what our pace was while we were running. Good for me! I know this sounds trivial, but you fellow runners understand! It's hard to go without it when you're so used to running with it!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I would ever compete in a duathlon...I would have said, "Are you crazy?"
Well, I must be the crazy one because I did it! Not for the competition, but for the experience. The R.J. Corman Duathlon was put in place to benefit the Chrysalis House in Lexington, Kentucky. The Chrysalis House helps single mothers who have substance abuse problems get the therapy they need and to get back on their feet. I have a Masters and Rank One in Counseling, so this is something that is near and dear to my heart. I believe that everyone deserves a second chance, even 3 or 4 chances.
Well, I don't know what made me think I could do this, but I signed up anyway. The race consisted of a 3.1 mile run, a 16 mile bike, and another 3.1 mile run. My first goal was to be able to ride the 16 miles without stopping, so I worked on that first. Then, my next goal was to run the first 5K and be able to get on the bike and ride right after finished the run. This part wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. So, I wasn't worried about the first run at all.
The last step was getting off the bike after riding 16 miles, and then running another 5K. Ladies and gentlemen...there is a reason they call it brick work! :) This was definitely the toughest part for me, and the part I trained for the most. I was really worried about this part, but it turned out okay.
I was very lucky to have a bandwagon of supporters with me along the way. We left the house at 6:15 that morning. Me, my running buddy Bobbie, my sister-in-law Katrina, and Bobbie's mom, Ruby. Ruby calls herself the historian of the group because she always has her camera in tow. We love her for that!
Putting on my front wheel! Can you tell it was freezing?
We get there and no one is allowed in the transition area with me. So, I get my bike ready, lay my GU's out on my towel with my helmet and gloves, and head to the body marking tent. I got my arms and legs marked and headed to chill until the race started.
Getting body markings!
Showing off my ankle chip timer!
The race begins. I finished my first 5K in 27 minutes. But, OH NO! I was about to pee on myself when I finished. I had a 4 minute transition because I had to run to the bathroom. But, oh well!
I got on the bike and started pedaling. I thought Bluegrass Pike was good preparation, but honestly, my bike has never seen hills like it did during this race.
I approached mile 8 and MY CHAIN FELL OFF MY BIKE AND GOT STUCK BETWEEN THE GEARS! Not only were they stuck, but I had to stop in the middle of what I call, "Deliverance"! I didn't know whether to stop or run with my bike. I ran with my bike until a nice man and his wife stopped in their truck to help me. He had to get out his vice grips, but he got my chain back on. All of this made for a slow 1 hour and 15 minute bike ride.
Transitioning to the second 5K! Just got off the bike!
The second 5K obviously was not as fast...30 minutes. So, I ended up with a time of 2:17:45, which wasn't what I was hoping, but it was what I was expecting...so job well done! And, it always feels great to have people there supporting you! Thank you Bobbie, Katrina, and Ruby! You're the best!Crossing the finish line, Bobbie running beside me!
And I ended up with first place in my age group (30-34)! And I'm not even 30 yet!
Here they are, running to see if I need anything!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Here we are with our pig medals!
On top of the 5K, in our half marathon training, it was our weekend to run 10 miles. So, while Mama Ruby went to the festival and shopped around, Bobbie and I (with our trusty Garmin watches), set out to complete 7 more miles on top of the 5K. We finished our 10 miles in a total of about 1 hour and 33 minutes. Well on our way to a sub 2:15 finish at the Louisville Half...maybe even a sub 2:00 finish. Anyone have any good ideas to help us with sub 2:00?
Anyhoo...we had a great time and will definitely be returning to the Pokey Pig 5K for years to come. I am very blessed to have found such an awesome running buddy and friend. Thanks Bobbie!
This weekend, a few of us are competing in the RJ Corman duathlon to benefit the Chrysalis House in Lexington, KY. Keep us in your thoughts as we tackle this stage in our journey!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I went yesterday and rode my bike 12 miles on Bluegrass Pike here in my hometown. For those of you who know it, you know it doesn't lack in hills! :) After biking the 12 miles, I proceeded to get off the bike and run 2 miles. Geez! I've never felt like such a brick in my entire life! My legs were heavy and I felt like I couldn't lift them off the ground. But, I suffered through it and stayed below a 10 minute mile pace. Woo hoo! A 10 minute mile isn't quite as fast as I would like, but after riding the bike, I'll take it!
My bike is in the shop right now...there's nothing wrong with it, just getting some things done to it to make it a little more time efficient. I can't wait to see the difference!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I've only been biking for about two months, so I'm still a little skeptical about the bike. My first real training run was Monday night. I ran the 5K and got right on the bike and rode 10 miles. So, 13.1 miles...8.1 more to go.
It's not a question of if I think I can do it, because I know I can. The question is: Am I going to come in last? I surely hope not. When I registered, I put my target time as 2 hours. I am hoping for less than that.
I have a 15 mile ride planned with Kris on Friday after school, so we'll see how that goes. I'm still a little nervous about riding on the road, especially when there is no shoulder and no bike lane. For those of you from Danville, we are planning on riding Highway 33 on Friday. EEK! I know how I drive on that road, so what does that say about how I feel about riding my bike on that road???
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Anyhoo...just thought all of my fellow bloggies would like to hear about the next venture of running buddies, Sheri and Bobbie. Our first 15K race...this Saturday...Burgin, Kentucky. It's an absolutely beautiful run...and benefits pets! I'll run to help puppies anytime! Wish us luck!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The ALO bra being given away is a Workout Mesh Inset Bra that retails on the ALO website for $34.00. Any person who wins this item will be a very lucky individual. I have one similar, and I love it! Read my review in my older posts. The bra is 90% nylon and 10% spandex. It is a great fit bra with soft details, open mesh area front and back with shiny contrast elastic trim for added style. Sizes available are XS-XL.
1. MANDATORY: Visit the ALO website and view the video about their fall line and leave me a comment about which item you liked best. Click HERE for the video!
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4. Blog about my giveaway.
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THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 AT 11:59 EST!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It also has an area on the front and the back that are strictly mesh, with no real fabric. This makes the bra much more breathable than other bras that I have. This sports bra has quickly become my favorite one to wear, especially on long runs! It's comfortable, cute, and I don't even feel it! The best part about ALO clothing??? It's all green and everything they stand for is GREEN! Visit their Define Your Green site HERE and see what they are all about!
Please visit the ALO website. They have all kinds of cute stuff! CLICK HERE to visit their site!
Monday, August 9, 2010
While I've never had an accident while training, I have come close. I have had a close call both on my feet and on my bike, and I am very relieved to say that my husband's and my mother's phone numbers were right there on my wrist for anyone to find. The picture below shows a close up of my Road ID.
I chose yellow for my Road ID simply because I felt like if someone were having to tend to me while I was hurt, yellow would be an easy color for them to notice. My Road ID has my name, location, husband's phone number, mother's phone number, and a reference to a penicillin allergy, just in case doctors need to know. I feel very safe wearing my Road ID, knowing that someone can get in touch with my family and could save my life.
Not only is the Road ID a great concept, but it's made to be light and virtually weight-free while you wear it. As a runner, I don't like to wear anything that I feel is weighing me down. I don't even know the Road ID is there! It's awesome and could save your life in a heartbeat! They wear them in the Tour de France...you should wear one too! It could honestly SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Visit the Road ID website by clicking HERE: www.roadid.com