monthly miles {february}

February has already come and gone! Here is a quick recap of my monthly miles.

Total miles: 46.06 — It was definitely a light month thanks to a round of antibiotics due to bronchitis.

Fun places I ran: All of my runs this month were at our usual spots, either starting at the YMCA or at Starbucks. I also ran on the treadmill at the Y more this month which is fun when there is someone to run with!

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Races I ran: No races this month!

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Favorite running thing this month: The first thing is my LED running light. This was free in my swag bag from the Celebration half marathon and I really love it! There is no brand name on it so I am assuming it’s a generic light used for promotional purposes, but it gets the job done. I wear it around my ankle for our early morning runs. The other thing is podcasts! I listened to more podcasts this month thanks to my treadmill runs. I am still loving I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein and a new favorite is Ali on the Run.

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Longest run: 8 miles on two separate Saturdays. I opted to stop after 8 miles instead of doing 10 miles one of those days and my body thanked me later.

Non-running workouts: PIYO! I finally got back to piyo this past Saturday and I am so happy. I have missed it tremendously! I also got in several workouts on the elliptical at the Y, which was nice. Update on last month’s goals: I failed miserably at keeping up with BBG. I just couldn’t really get into it. I started out really strong with the plank a day challenge for February but quickly got sidelined thanks to the days of coughing. I started it back up afterwards, but didn’t ever get back to doing planks daily.

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Next month: I am looking forward to a lot of fun miles in March in different places. I have two races and we are going away for spring break so I’ll have a lot to report back on at the end of the month.

Happy running!

my weekend in photos

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i met the girls early on saturday morning for a chatty eight mile run.

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we followed it up with piyo at the y.

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this boy needed a haircut in the worst way. what a difference a fresh cut makes! side note, he hit the turf head first on the playground on friday, thus the turf burn on his forehead

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we hit up the park on saturday afternoon to meet some of crosby’s friends. crosby insisted on playing in the water but soon got out because he was “freezing”.

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so happy to see his friends outside of school.

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greg and i got out of the house on saturday for a shopping and dinner date.

after church, we celebrated caleb’s 5th birthday!

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a late afternoon bike ride to enjoy the amazing weather.

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we had a crazy busy weekend and it’s not slowing down any time soon.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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our little climber was standing on a chair until his face met the rug. oy.

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friday night we had so much fun celebrating lindsey’s birthday!

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an early 8 miles with the girls on saturday.

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post-nap snuggles, just because.

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park time on saturday!

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post-church park time on sunday.

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the kids were off on monday so they had a super fun, action-packed day with daddy.

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fun at the science center!

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they had 4 rivers for lunch, then the best donuts in central florida from donut king!

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we had a good weekend. kenley came down with strep, but recovered very quickly. greg and the kids had a three day weekend!

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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the friday night family movie was finding dory!

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the girls.

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i was forced to take the week off from running thanks to this little thing called bronchitis, so i was happy to go to the y on saturday morning. it was a struggle though.

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we celebrated caelyn’s birthday on saturday with mini bowling. kenley said they were the smallest bowling balls she’s ever seen!

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little brothers unite.

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after the party, we saw the lego batman movie! we all gave it two thumbs up. it was super cute.

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we stopped by a new park on the way home…and then again on sunday!

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twins!

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he made a foot rest in the cart so he could relax while we shopped at sam’s club. he was in rare form today.

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we had a great weekend and knocked out our second birthday party of the month.

how was your weekend?

Celebration Half Marathon {race recap}

The second race in my double race weekend last month was the Celebration half marathon in Celebration, Florida. This was my third time running this race so I knew what to expect going into Sunday’s race. I was really looking forward to the post-race festivities. What I did not expect was the cold and rainy forecast.

Thankfully, Heather picked us up a lightweight rain jacket to wear during the race, but I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of running 13.1 miles in a rain jacket. Once we got to Celebration, we sat in the car for as long as possible before heading to the start line. As we got out of the car, I knew the rain jacket was the only option.

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The race was underway and we were off. Heather and I were focused during most of the race and didn’t talk much. The first six miles were really great and we averaged around 9:45 minutes per mile. Between miles 7 and 9, we hit the wooden boardwalks on the course. I knew these miles would be slower especially since the boardwalks were wet. My only concern at that point was to not fall.

The rest of the miles were around 10:30 minutes per mile with exception of mile 12 which was our slowest mile. Throughout the race, we ran through a nice little drizzle, but towards the end of the race, it was really raining. I was definitely ready to be done by that point and so did Heather. I kept encouraging Heather to keep running and to not walk. For the last half of a mile, we could see the finish line from the other side of the lake, but we were still so far away.

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Our official time was 2:14.30 which was a PR for Heather! As soon as we finished, I put on my fleece pants and changed into a dry shirt.

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We headed over to the after party for some good food and drinks! It did not disappoint, but it was short lived because the rain continued to fall and we were all freezing. I think that I shivered for a good two hours after the race.

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Aside from the rain, it was a great race and a great double race weekend!

my weekend in photos

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easy, breezy friday morning run with the girls.

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saturday morning play time.

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we celebrated kyler’s fifth birthday with bowling and pizza!

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the kids had a great time bowling!

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heather and nathan invited us to the chef’s gala at epcot on saturday night. we had such a great time getting dressed up and getting out of the house. i wore the kendra jumpsuit by diane von furstenberg compliments of rent the runway. based on the name alone, i couldn’t pass it up. i loved it and it fit so well.

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enjoying all the food and all the drinks.

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my favorite dish of the night.

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chef mickey made an appearance!

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kenley helped greg make appetizers for the super bowl while i did some meal prep for the week. it was very serious business.

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play time at the park. crosby loving on baby lincoln. he’s obsessed!

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we had a great weekend but it went by way too fast, how was yours?

Lady Track Shack 5k {race recap}

My double race weekend started with one of my favorite races, the Lady Track Shack 5k. This year was even more special because Kenley came with me to run the race. I told her a couple months ago that we were going to run an all girl race so naturally she has been talking about it ever since. She even would tell Greg and Crosby that they couldn’t go because it was only for girls.

The night before the race, she got up at least twice asking if it was time to get up yet. She was so excited! We left before the sun came up and headed down to Loch Haven Park to meet up with some friends before the start of the race. Kenley was excited to see Livie, Michelle’s daughter, was there.

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This was my first time ever running a race with a stroller and it will likely be my last. We had to start at the very back of the race, the very back. The whole first half of the race was spent bobbing in and out of the walkers trying to actually run the race, all while trying my hardest not to run into anyone with the stroller. Kenley asked the whole first mile if she could get out and run with the girls. Just after the first mile, when it opened up just a bit, she hopped out and was on her way.

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She was good about getting back in the stroller when she needed a break. I had to tell her a few times to slow down and to make sure she stayed next to Livie so she could pace herself.

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As we passed Track Shack, the DJ said into the microphone that she must be the youngest runner on the course. She hopped in and out a few more times and cheered Livie on from the stroller while she was resting. The last quarter of a mile, I pushed her to run the rest of the race. We kept telling the girls that the donuts were waiting for us at the finish line, which they were, Krispy Kreme!

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We finished in 39:23 based on our chip. You can see that we crossed the start line a good three minutes after the clock started since we were in the very back.

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We had such a good time and saw so many other mamas after the race. Kenley had a blast playing with Livie, who ended up placing third in her age group! Kenley is already talking about running the whole race next year.

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You can also see my past race recaps for the Lady Track Shack 5K from 2015 and 2016.