Celebration Half Marathon {Race Recap}

Part two of my double race weekend was on Sunday with the Celebration Half Marathon! I also ran this race last year and absolutely fell in love with it so I knew I wanted to do it in 2016. [Again] I was stressing out about what to wear since it was supposed to be chilly at the start. I decided to stick with shorts, but kept my fleece pants on right up until the race started and I put everything in bag check. This ended up being such a great idea that I may have to use in the future. I stayed nice and toasty until it was time to run.

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Heather and I headed down to Celebration around 5:15am with the hopes of finding a good parking spot, but we ended up having to walk a little bit to get to the downtown area. We met up with the other MRTT moms at the Grand Bohemian Hotel right across the lake from the start line. We took some pictures and made our way over to get ready to start the race.

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The race started and we were on our way. We planned to stick with our 5 minute/45 second intervals since that is what we had been running for the last couple of months. As soon as we got onto the course, I immediately recognized everything and knew what to expect coming up. We ran through the beautiful neighborhoods, on the boardwalks, and around the lakes. In hindsight, we probably started out a little too fast considering we didn’t do much talking, but we were holding a very good pace for the first ten miles or so. We walked through all of the water stops and most of them were timed perfectly with our 45 second walk breaks. Around mile 7, I had an orange slice and it tasted so good that I probably could have eaten 20 of them, but it made me realize how hungry I really was. I didn’t eat nearly enough breakfast so by the end of the race I was starving and couldn’t even think about putting more water into my empty stomach. Lesson learned.

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A little bit after mile 10, Heather started to hit the wall. I’d been there before, I knew exactly how she was feeling. I kept encouraging her to keep moving forward until the end of the race, knowing very well that she probably wanted to punch me in the face, but I figured that was the risk I’d take. I had warned her that the very last part of the race was horrible since we come off the boardwalk and see the finish line, but it is on the opposite side of the lake from where we were. We were so close, yet so far! We crossed the finish line at 2:19:44 which was a PR for Heather and another sub 2:20 race for me!

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She couldn’t help but be a little disappointed in our finish time because she wanted to both of us to get a PR, but I wasn’t disappointed at all. We did great, but also have room for improvement, and I am happy with that!

Official results & pace:

1659 — Kendra Gilbertson — 31 — Orlando — FL — 2:19:44 — 10:40

Finally, it was time for the best part — the after party! We enjoyed great food from all of the restaurants in Celebration, and of course, enjoyed our hard-earned free beers! Greg and the kids came down as well, so I saw them as soon as we crossed the finish line, which always makes a race so much better!

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Until next year, Celebration!

my weekend in photos

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daddy had to work on friday night, so we talked to him before bed!

crosby is slowly getting into his balance bike and is getting better each time he rides it. don’t worry, he’s getting his very own helmet this week too. complete with flames and all.

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the rest of saturday looked like this, so we ran some errands and got tijuana flats for dinner.

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greg and i made a fire on a cool and rainy saturday night and enjoyed watching the hoosiers… until the end of the game, of course.

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sunday morning fort building.

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and pretend camping.

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we made a festive dessert for the big game!

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neither of our teams were playing, but we had a great time eating delicious food and playing with friends.

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crosby was in heaven with all of the new cars, trucks, trains, and construction vehicles at jackson’s house!

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we ended the night watching peyton & the broncos win super bowl 50!

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy February!

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I picked up a couple Raw Threads headbands at the expo last weekend and wore one during my race on Sunday. I have proceeded to wear one every single day since then. They are amazing! So comfy and cute.

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As we go into Super Bowl weekend, I have to share an amazing article from the Indy Star –  In appreciation of Peyton Manning — Go Broncos!

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have to admit I’ve had our house decorated since I took the Christmas decorations down, so we are in the spirit! This week, I shared our Candy-Free Valentines over on Orlando Moms Blog. Go check them out! 

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I have been in love with Amazon Prime for many years now. If I can get it shipped to my house, I will. This article finally gave me the nudge I needed to start using Prime Photos this week. I uploaded all of the photos from my phone which I had been meaning to do for such a long time. Score!

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The winter season of Suits is back!! Last week our cable was out, so we had to catch up this week before we saw any spoilers. If you haven’t started this show, you must! It’s so good!

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Lady Track Shack 5K {Race Recap}

This past weekend marked my first double race weekend. I use the term “race” loosely for the 5K since I didn’t go out there with a true race mentality, knowing that I had a half marathon the next day. However, I didn’t want to miss this race for 2016 because it is one of my favorites. As you may have guessed, this race is only for women and proceeds go to help fund mammograms — awesome! I ran this race last year by myself and got a PR, so this race holds a special place in my heart. This was also Heather’s first MRTT meet up last year…if only we had known each other then!

This year, there was a new location where we had to park in the parking garage, but it allowed us to get a glimpse of the beautiful sunrise. It was pretty cool before the race started, but I warmed up pretty quickly.

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The course was pretty crowded for the first mile, so it took a while to get into a groove. Even though it was only a 5K, I felt like we were running forever. It could have been because I was battling bronchitis and an upper respiratory infection during the week which left me with zero weekday runs. In turn, I was starting to get pretty nervous for the half marathon the next day.

We finished the race, walked through the vendor tents, and got our free food. It was a gorgeous morning! Instead of the tutu, like we got last year, we got an inspirational bracelet from Momentum Jewelry. Heather’s says “Live Joyfully” and mine says “dream big”, and we both thought they were perfect for us. We also got a sweet Raw Threads shirt and a cute medal…just a couple more reasons why this race is the jam!

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Overall, it was a great warm up run for our race on Sunday!

my weekend in photos

friday giggles.

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saturday morning sunrise over orlando before the lady track shack 5k.

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it was a chilly morning, but great weather for a nice and easy 3.1 miles to warm up before sunday.

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saturday afternoon, we headed down to celebration to pick up my race packet for sunday. we found a new park and were pretty much obsessed.

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she climbed and climbed and climbed the entire time we were there.

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swinging with friends!

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crosby’s signature phrase right now “ta-daaaaaaa”!

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this morning, we ran the celebration half-marathon! it was such a great race. greg and the kids came down to celebrate afterwards and we hit up the same park again. the rest of the day was spent lounging and grocery shopping.

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we had a great last weekend of january. how is tomorrow february already?
how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but I definitely cried when I saw the new Imagine the Possibilities Barbie commercial for the first time right before Christmas. I mean, so good. Related, this week, Barbie is getting a new look. So awesome.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Obliterate #CoupleGoals in ‘Africa’ Tribute Video

#CoupleGoals for real. I just love them!

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Last night, Greg was thrilled to be working the Tool concert. He is a huge fan and this is the second time he has seen the band at the arena where he works. Needless to say, he was on cloud 9!

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27 Months

This little man is in full out two year old mode.

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We have had our fair share of time-outs this month, mostly due to throwing things that he shouldn’t be throwing, like toys or his dishes when he’s done with a meal. We have to remind him to use his walking feet and his listening ears. He also has been trying to get away with more and more, which I think is normal for this age. It’s crazy how much you forget about this age once you’ve been past it for two years now. Greg and I have to remind ourselves that we’ve already been through this once before, yet we are still surprised by each new thing.

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One exciting thing this month is that Crosby officially knows all of his colors! I asked about this at his 2 year checkup because I was concerned he may be colorblind because he was so inconsistent with his answers when asked about a color. Our doctor assured me that they wouldn’t be worried about that until after age 3. He was just doing it on his own time because all of a sudden, he knew all of them! He is also getting very good with his letters and can identify most of the alphabet. His vocabulary is continuing to expand every day.

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The transition to the toddler bed is still going… Some nights are good, then he will throw us a curve ball and continue to get out of his bed for a while. Once he is asleep, he sleeps soundly until after 6:30am each day, but it’s just the staying in bed at bedtime that is the challenge. We moved Kenley’s Good Nite Lite to his room, so hopefully the moon will start encouraging him to stay in his bed. In the mornings, he will run out of his room and ask Greg “Daddy, come look!” (at the sun) and then he will ask “is ok to wake up?”.

27 months notes:
Weight – He got weighed yesterday, but I’m not sure what it was. I am guessing around 30 pounds.
Hair – Light brown and in need of a haircut!
Teeth – 16, and who knows when those molars will get here.
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 2T clothes, some 3T pajamas, and size 8 shoes
Diapers – Size 5 disposables
Likes – Choo choo trains, cars, car loaders, construction vehicles; watching the new garbage trucks pick up our garbage; playing with little Legos; food – all the food; Jake and the Neverland Pirates; talking about the (mu)seum and the big, big trains; helping himself to snacks in the pantry; calling any ball a “soccer ball”; peeing in the potty to get an M&M
Dislikes – Getting dressed each morning, staying in his bed at bedtime, using his fork and spoon, getting a time-out