monthly miles {april}

We are creeping back into the heat here in Florida and it’s only going to get worse!

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Total miles: 52.48

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Fun places I ran: Disney World! Other than that, just the normal routes in our area.

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Races I ran: Run Disney Dark Side Half Marathon — I am working on a full race recap to come with a lot of pictures!

Favorite running thing this month: REST. As much as I hate to say it, I took a FULL WEEK off this month from running and working out. Following spring break, I was having what I thought to be groin pain. I stopped my first long run of the month after two miles because I didn’t want to push it. I ended up at the chiropractor and he said it was my hip flexor and psoas muscle, as opposed to my groin. Aside from resting, I have been focusing on stretching. I ran my race last weekend and it hurt pretty badly on Monday, but has healed up nicely this week. I definitely will be listening to my body over the next few months. I want to go into marathon training completely healthy!

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Longest run: 13.44 miles

Non-running workouts: I got on the elliptical a few days this month. I say it every month, but now that I don’t have any races on the calendar, I will be doing a lot of strength training in the coming months.

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Next month: I am dedicating the month of May to fundraising for Team RMHC and the Chicago Marathon. If you’d like to donate to a great cause, visit my Team RMCH page!

my weekend in photos

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we kicked off the weekend with crosby’s soccer game on friday night at 6:15pm… the perfect time for three year olds, right? oy.

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kenley’s team play on saturday morning after another game for crosby. her team played great and she scored her first goal of the season!

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crosby loved bulldozing anderson’s cheerios as he dropped them.

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post-soccer shopping and lunch at lucky’s market.

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we headed down to disney on saturday afternoon. the first stop was the expo at wide world of sports to pick up my packet.

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kenley and the storm trooper!

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ready to hit the pool at the caribbean beach resort.

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this morning i ran my first run disney race, the dark side half marathon. it was so fun and i’ll be sharing more pics soon!

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another fun time at the pool today before heading home. we had so much fun playing at disney this weekend.

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we had a busy weekend, it was so fun, but also exhausting!

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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crosby had an egg hunt in his class on friday.

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after an uneventful friday night, i got up early on saturday morning for my first run in a week. ten miles with the girls followed by mimosas!

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we ran errands on saturday then dyed some eggs for easter!

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he was excited!

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we had some friends over on saturday to swim and grill out. we broke out the lime and kenley said “pretend that i’m asleep”.

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the kids had so much fun playing with raynor, though they called him “baby” all night.

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we headed to church this morning to celebrate easter!

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hunting for eggs!

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happy easter!

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we had a great weekend, how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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donuts for dessert on friday after lunch.

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an early 8 miles with the girls on saturday.

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at the fields bright and early!

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crosby’s team improved a lot since last week! he actually went on the field, ran around, and kicked the ball.

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the little monsters played really well!

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kenley played great defense on saturday. she prevented three goals!

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we took advantage of the amazing weather and headed to the park after soccer.

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we saw oklahoma! on saturday night as part of ucf celebrates the arts. it was really good, but really long!

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we headed to seaworld today and passed the wrights on the way there!

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the kids had such a great time playing together.

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seeing the dolphins!

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that little sleeping guy on the rock was killing me, mostly because that’s exactly how i felt at that moment. ha!

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we had another busy weekend! it was fun and the weather was amazing!

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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i started saturday morning at 4:45am for a whopping two mile run. i was having some groin pain, so i figured it was better to be safe than sorry, but it was great seeing these mamas!

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soccer saturdays are underway! crosby had his first game ever. he started out great but as soon as someone kicked the ball away, it all went downhill from there. it was a typical first soccer game with a bunch of three year olds, hilarious.

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the girls cheered on the boys before it was time for their game.

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this pretty much sums it up.

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the little monsters are back in action!

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he was much more content being a spectator.

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kenley played really well! it was a great game.

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from kenley’s game, she and greg went straight to monkey joe’s to celebrate luke’s birthday!

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having so much fun!

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sprinkler fun before jumping in the chilly pool!

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after a busy morning of meal prep, grocery shopping, and a haircut for crosby, we headed down to celebrate hudson’s birthday!

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poor girl wasn’t feeling very well today.

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we had a busy weekend! how was yours?

monthly miles {march}

Another month has come and gone!

Total miles: 67.67 (I couldn’t do that again if I tried)

Fun places I ran: Other than our normal neighborhood routes, I ran in downtown Orlando, Jacksonville, and overlooking the port of Nassau, Bahamas from the Disney Dream!

Races I ran: Best Damn Race half marathon and Gate River Run 15k

Favorite running thing this month: Free race photos! One major perk of the Best Damn Race is that they have free race photos for you to download. I’ve never purchased a race photo because they are usually about $25 per photo. Hopefully more races opt for this perk in the future!

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Longest run: 13.16 miles (BDR half marathon)

Non-running workouts: I was on point this month with my Monday morning non-running workouts at the Y. I did the elliptical every single week this month, which was one of my monthly goals. We didn’t make it to the Y as much this month on the weekends because of my race schedule and spring break, so that’ll be on the list for next month. And also, strength training. I failed miserably at that goal this month.

Next month: I will be running my first Run Disney race!

Gate River Run 15k {race recap}

On March 11th, I ran the 40th Gate River Run 15k in Jacksonville, Florida. Greg and I picked up the kids on Friday afternoon and we headed north. It was our first time in Jacksonville, so I was excited for the kids to stay the night in a hotel and go exploring the next day. We walked over to Jacksonville Landing on Friday night for dinner with the hopes of watching the IU game, but no such luck. We had a good view of the first bridge I would run the next morning.

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Heather had a good view of the second bridge, the green monster, from her hotel room. Yikes.

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The race didn’t start until 8:30am, so I was looking forward to getting up a little bit later on Saturday morning, but no such luck again. Crosby was up several times in the night and we all were up at 5am when he woke up throwing up. Not the best way to start the morning. I considered just going home right then and there, but Greg told me I needed to run. I headed out to meet Heather and Nathan to walk to the race around 6:30am. Considering what I had left Greg with in the hotel room, I was incredibly anxious and jittery leading up to the race.

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We met up with Juliana at Everbank Field (where the Jacksonville Jaguars play) and waited until it was time to get into our waves. I made a rookie mistake when I signed up for the race and entered the non-seeded division putting me in wave 2. Heather planned on starting with me, but they wouldn’t let her into wave 2 since she was seeded in wave 1. I was bummed, but she ended up waiting to start in wave 2 with me.

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There was a lot of down time since we got to the race super early. I was bouncing around like crazy, still very anxious and nervous. I didn’t know the city or the race route and I kept texting Greg to see how Crosby was.

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Wave 1 started around 8:30am including the elite runners. The Gate River Run is the largest 15k in the nation so there were tons of professional runners running the race, which was really cool to witness. Wave 2 moved up and we were ready to start.

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Our first mile was really fast (8:27) but I knew we would slow down a bit moving into the first bridge right after the first mile. I slowly ran up the bridge being careful on the grates of the bridge. We continued on our way and had a solid first 5k before we slowed it down again. The weather was really great when we started but it quickly warmed up.

The middle of the race was really great as we ran through the neighborhoods in Jacksonville. The houses were gorgeous and the spectators were awesome. Each neighborhood had their own little block party. The spectators were having more fun than the runners. They were tossing donut holes to the runners and were offering Jell-o shots, beer, mimosas, and food as we passed. Before heading to the second bridge, several spectators were spraying the runners with a hose.

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Just after mile 7.5, we headed up towards the green monster. My legs were hurting, but the bridge was so steep that it almost felt better to jog up rather than walk. We found Juliana again while we were towards the top of the bridge, so the three of us made our way down towards the finish. The bridge was just as steep coming down and there was a lot of turns since we were coming down the ramp. We had to wind around the stadium to get to the finish. About .2 miles away from the finish, Heather tripped and fell. It was so scary. The road was packed so as I bent down to help her, Juliana immediately started blocking people from running into us. Another nice gentleman stopped to make sure she was also ok. She was able to get up and finish, thankfully, but she was bleeding from her knees and hands. After all of that, I finished with a 1:39:47 which was a PR! It wasn’t the finish I was hoping for, but I’ll take it.

The end of the race was insane. There were people everywhere and the area around the finish line was so small and tight. We met up with Nathan and Heather headed to the medical tent to get cleaned up. We all skipped the after party, which looked just as insane, and I headed back to the hotel to check on everyone.

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Overall, the race is a really good race, but I wish I was able to enjoy it more. I was worried about Crosby the entire time and then worried about Heather after the race was over. We had hoped to explore St. Augustine on the way home, but Crosby got sick the entire morning, so home we went. Both kids napped the whole way home. By that night, I was so physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. It was a long 24 hours. I’m not sure I’ll be back to Jacksonville for the Gate River Run anytime soon, but maybe eventually?