A Look Into My Miles {Global Running Day}

Thanks to Aileen over at Small Steps of Change, I found an awesome link up with Jonesin For A Run for Global Running Day! Here is a look into my miles!

Why do you run?

I run for a lot of reasons. I run to stay in shape. I run because it is a stress reliever for me. I run to get in my steps for the day. I run to get that next PR. I run for the me time and the girl time. I run to show my kids that leading a healthy and active lifestyle is fun and rewarding.

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How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?

I plan to take the kids out for a run tonight after work! We may only get a mile or two, but we’ll be running, which is all that matters.

How many miles have you run so far this year?
Do you have a mileage goal for the year?

Through May 31st I have ran 184.73 miles in 2016. I do not have a mileage goal for the year, but I expect my miles to increase for the rest of the year once training season begins again.

What big events do you have on the race calendar for the rest of the year?

I have several races on the calendar and I plan to add a few more:

Outrunning Autism 10K – July 3rd in Noblesville, IN
U Can Finish 5 Miler & 2 Mile – October 16th at UCF
Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon – October 30th in Port Orange, FL
Space Coast Half Marathon – November 27th in Cocoa, FL

Before I leave for a run, I must have:

My Garmin Forerunner 220! I cannot run without it.

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Do you track your runs? If so, what do you use?

See previous question. I can’t leave the house without my running watch. My watch syncs with the Garmin Connect app on my phone so I keep all of my runs in one place. I also log all of my non-running workouts in Garmin Connect as well so I can see what I’ve done on any given day or week.

Who is your favorite running partner?

My favorite running partner(s) are Greg and the kids! We got in two family runs this weekend and it was awesome. I also love running with Heather, Kayla, and all of the MRTT moms!

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What races have you run so far this year?

Lady Track Shack 5K
Celebration Half Marathon
Best Damn Race 10K
Sarasota First Watch Half Marathon

If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?

Make the decision to start! Whether it’s walking or running, fast or slow, as long as you get started, you’re moving in the right direction. I was never a “runner”, but now I have run ten half marathons and I don’t plan on stopping. Never say never.

Describe your relationship with running in one word.

Necessary.

Happy Global and National Running Day!

my weekend in photos

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after a date night on friday with greg at our favorite place, cooper’s hawk, heather and i ran a quick 10k on saturday morning. we even incorporated a hill repeat to get us ready for our respective races in a couple weeks. i can tell you i am not ready for the bridge that i’m going to have to tackle.

we spent most of the day on saturday outside. it was so gorgeous.

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we’ve started spring cleaning in our house and we’ve been tackling small projects here and there. greg got me this awesome medal rack for valentine’s day so i finally filled it with my medals this weekend!

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after playing at kyler & hudson’s house, we took a walk around the neighborhood for some more fresh air while daddy was at work for the evening.

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sunday morning was our winter mrtt virtual race. we knocked out a 5k with lots of other mamas on a chilly morning.

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we tried a new restaurant for lunch! it was super yummy!

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after nap time for everyone else and paper writing for me, kenley and i headed to caleb’s birthday party to celebrate his leap day birthday!

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meanwhile, the boys were busy building tall, tall towers.

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we had a great weekend with some amazing weather, but it seems like the weekend flew by!
happy leap day!

Summer Safari Virtual 10K {Race Recap}

This summer I have really gotten back into running since Crosby was born. I’m definitely not where I want to be quite yet, but I’m slowly getting there. I’m been pretty good at getting my weekend miles in, but the weekday miles, not so much. Last month, I ran my first 10K and participated in my first virtual race. A virtual race is a “race” that you can run anywhere. There is no specific time or place, you just need to complete the selected distance on your own. Here is a little bit more information on virtual races, if you’re interested. I signed up for the national Moms RUN This Town Summer Safari virtual 10K with my East Orlando chapter. Luckily, I was able to complete my 10K with some other mamas of our chapter.

On race day, there were two groups, the 10K started first, and the 5K group followed. My Garmin was not set to intervals and I didn’t even check beforehand, so it was good I wasn’t planning on running intervals. Heather and I ran together which was great because we chatted the whole time. We took a water break at the 5K stop (3.1 miles) and I thought to myself how nice it would have been if I would have signed up for the 5K. It was HOT. However, we continued. We took another walk and water break at the 5 mile marker where we had to turn around on the trail. There was some shade on the second half of the run, which was helpful, but it was still very hot.

My first 10K is in the books and my first virtual race is in the books. Thanks for running with me @heatherandgib! #MRTT #EOMRTT #runhappy

Even with our short water breaks, I felt very good about my time. By my Garmin, we ran 6.33 miles in 1 hour and 16 minutes, roughly a 12:09 min/mile pace. My goal is to continue to work on my pace, as well as distance in preparation for the OUC Half-Marathon in early December. It’s a good thing I have a couple months to do so!

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In addition to our shiny medal, we also got a sweet swag bag since we have a great chapter leader. I’m happy to have completed my first 10K race and I’m going to look to do other distance races as well. On the other hand, I’m not sure how many virtual races I will do in the future. If there is an option to do a virtual race with a group, like this one, then I would be more up for doing it. I don’t see myself ever completing more than a 5K virtual race on my own. What I love about running races is the race day atmosphere that really gets my adrenaline pumping. Even though I know I will never win (or even place) in any of these races, they are fun!

Now on to the Miracle Miles 15K this weekend! I’m already nervous.