In March, I ran one of my favorite races, the Best Damn Race 10k. This was my fourth BDR race and the third time running the 10k after switching to the half marathon last year. The race this year was just as good as it was in previous years. The weather was crisp and cool, but I decided to run in my tank top and save my long sleeve for after the race.
As we got started, it was really crowded so the group broke up a bit. I ran with Amanda for a little bit in the first mile, then found Cristina in the second mile. I ran the first two miles straight through until we caught up with Heather and Tracy. For the last four miles, we switched to intervals. The intervals were so nice. I was pushing myself on the runs and enjoying the recovery on the walks. We ran, walked, and chatted the rest of the way.
We finished in 1:02.09 which is not a personal record, but I felt really good about my finish time. This was my first race since the marathon and coming back from my injury. I finished with a runners high, which I hadn’t felt in a while. I remember how much I like racing (and running, to be honest). I am excited to continue running, recovering, and getting faster this summer.
As usual, the after party did not disappoint. We all enjoyed bloody mary’s and each other’s company until we had to leave for the Smile Mile.
It was such a fun morning! See ya next year, BDR!
On Saturday, Kenley ran her first Smile Mile! The races were broken down by age and gender, so she ran with the other six year old girls. She ran representing her school, TLE, which had the third most runners out there on Saturday!
We were excited to see her head out of the corral. She did a good job hanging towards the back of the pack at first to avoid the chaos. In the race prior, several six year old boys got trampled out there!
We didn’t get to see her run the mile so we headed over to the finish line to wait for her to come in. She came in jogging, looking all confused about why we were cheering for her, in just under 11 minutes!
It was so fun to see several of her friends out there running! The weather was also amazing. It was a great morning of running.
We’re already looking forward to the Smile Mile next year!
The last weekend of January was the Lady Track Shack 5k! This is one of my favorite races and I have ran it for the last four years (I had to look back on the blog in order to fact check that statement). This year was extra special though because it was Kenley’s first 5k! Last year, she ran some of it, jumping in and out of the stroller, but this year there was no stroller! Kenley was excited about the race, but also very excited to see her friend Livie.
We didn’t do any official “training” so I had very low expectations. I knew she would need some encouragement along the way and that there would certainly be walking breaks. I was hoping we would finish under one hour, only because we were heading down to Magic Kingdom afterwards.
Kenley ran almost the entire first mile before we needed to stop and walk. She asked for water many times leading up to the first water stop, so I will remember to run with a water bottle next year. There were times during the race where we would “run to the stop sign” then we would take a walk break.
Towards the end of the race there was more walking (and whimpering), but there were so many encouraging women along the way cheering for her. It was seriously amazing!
She finished the race running and we came in at 44:13! She did such a great job and I am so proud of her for getting out there and running her first 5k!
She earned that medal!
Thanks to the Orlando Track Shack for another amazing race! We’re already looking forward to next year!
Total miles: 43.37 miles — I started off the month really strong, but ended the month with a sore calf, yet again.
Fun places I ran: Sarasota, along the beach, along with the normal spots in our neighborhoods. Thank goodness for several cold runs this month!
Races I ran: No races this month.
Favorite running thing this month: My brand-spanking new 26.2 tattoo.
Longest run: 8 miles, though it should have been more.
Non-running workouts: The elliptical, boot camp, and piyo at Y as well as stand up paddle boarding in Sarasota.
Next month: I am registered for the Celebration half marathon and the Lady Track Shack 5k. Kenley will also be running the 5k, so I am excited to run it with her.
2017 was a great running year… here’s to 2018!
November was a light month of running for me.
Total miles: 35.54
Fun places I ran: I only ran the usual places this month in our neighborhood and around UCF.
Races I ran: No races aside from the Bolt for the Heart 5k virtual race that I still need to complete!
Favorite running thing this month: Nothing really sticks out this month.
Longest run: 6 miles, on two different occasions.
Non-running workouts: Boot camp and piyo at the Y!
Next month: I will actually start running again next month in preparation for the Celebration half marathon in January!
After running the biggest race of my life, running took a backseat to all of the other fun activities we had this month.
Total miles: 50.8
Fun places I ran: Chicago! This will go down as the best place I ran all year.
Races I ran: The 40th anniversary of the Chicago Marathon.
Favorite running thing this month: The Lululemon Train Times 6″ Short. These shorts got me through a lot of long runs and a marathon. I wore the black ones on race day.
Longest run: 26.2 miles and I earned the title of marathoner.
Non-running workouts: I went to piyo and boot camp this month. I really have missed piyo and I hope to make it to class more through the end of the year. I did boot camp for the first time this past weekend and I really liked it! The class went by quickly and it was a great variety of strength and cardio. I also did the stand up paddle board while we were in Mexico which I loved.
Next month: My next race is the Celebration half marathon in January, so I’ll continue running and training for that race over the next month. My long runs will decrease significantly from what I’ve been doing the last four months, so I am looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to running for fun and not being tied down to a training plan.
This was the last full month of marathon training and a weird month altogether with Irma arriving right in the middle of it. Nonetheless, here are the details…
Total miles: 124.74
Fun places I ran: Sarasota, Oviedo, and east Orlando… routes that included stops at McDonald’s because that became our thing during training the last three months.
Races I ran: No races!
Favorite running thing this month: My Trigger Point Foam Roller has been one of my favorite things this month. I’ve had some calf pain the last two weeks so this thing hasn’t left my side. I’ve even taken it to work a few days to roll during lunch. It’ll also be making the trip to Chicago with me.
Longest run: My longest run of the month and of my life was 22 miles! Overall, it was a good run, but it was sunny and hot when we ended.
Non-running workouts: I scaled back on my cross training this month. I did the spin bike, as well as some strength training with free weights.
Next month: The Chicago Marathon next weekend! After the race, I’ll be enjoying easy, fun runs for a little while.