Apr 20, 2015

Riverside Dash 15k

The Riverside Dash 15k was my first 15k. Kristina found this race which was in Sanford, close to Orlando, and since we were looking for better qualifying times for Wine & Dine, we decided to go for it. Now neither of us had done a 15k yet, so at least we'd get automatic PRs. I'm all about the PRs lately... LOL

We got up early (not that early compared to a RunDisney race), and headed out to Sanford for the race. The start and finish were at a park, and we were lucky to find real bathrooms to go before the race--score!

Kris and I rocked our Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum shirts. I love these, and they are so us! I didn't have time to make a skirt for myself, but I'll have one next time.

There was a trainer doing a warm-up before the race, so we joined in. He was doing some insanity type moves, not gonna say we made it through all of them, but we did some. And then we ran into our friend Anna who was also running the race. She's so awesome, I was happy we ran into her and her hubby, who was also running.

It was a small race, so there were no corrals, but we lined up and started. We ran around Sanford, which was so cute, and small-townish (I know, this big city girl loves the cute towns). And then we got to the Riverside. After about mile 2 we ran alongside the river (I have no idea what river it is) as the sun came up. It was so pretty.

The course was up and back, so eventually we hit the entrance to the Central Florida Zoo, and turned back. The course was pretty flat, no hills, but the road that we ran on is kind of slanted. And that is no fun to run on for an extended time. On the way out the slant was one way, then the other way on the way back. My legs were feeling it.

The volunteers were great in handing out the water, though on this humid day a few more water stations would have been great. There was one little girl at one of the water stations that was so much fun, she was running around telling you to just drop your cup and keep going. She was such a motivator.

Everything was ok, and then once we got back into the town part of Sanford, I was ready to be done. Those last two miles seemed to go on forever. I felt like we'd never get to that finish line. Since it was a small race, as we came around to the finish, they called our names! So cool. Anna was also waiting at the finish line and was able to snap some pictures of us.

The announcer noticed I was from Miami and asked how Miami celebrates, so I had to throw up a 305!

And then finally we were done! A 15K PR in the books. Though, as I told Kris, if we're gonna do 9.3 miles, we might as well have done a half marathon... God, who am I? LOL

And as always, I'm in it for the bling, so here's the bling shot.

Overall, the race was pretty good. It was humid, but I'd felt worse humidity at home in Miami this year already. Luckily, the sun stayed behind some clouds the whole time, and we didn't get the rain that was in the forecast. My legs also held up pretty good, I wore my compression socks to make sure my calves would feel ok, and they did.

Have you ever done a 15k?

Apr 19, 2015

Weekly Workouts 4.13.15 - 4.19.15

This week, I recovered from the 15k last weekend, but I feel like I got back into my groove at the end of the week. I think it was due to the fact that I was able to get an upper body workout in! The weights didn't bother my newly un-braced wrist, but the pushups are still a bit much for me. So no Shaun T workouts just yet, but I'm so happy to get in more upper body work. I'm hoping I can get my arms toned up again. Yay! I also got in 3 runs this week. I'm hoping this is the start of getting back into almost daily workouts.

Monday, 4.13.15: Rest

Tuesday, 4.14.15: 2 mile run

Wednesday, 4.15.15: 3.5 mile run with Kendall Run Club

Thursday, 4.16.15: 21 Day Fix Upper Fix!

Friday, 4.17.15: Rest

Saturday, 4.18.15: 21 Day Fix Dirty 30

Sunday, 4.19.15: 5 mile run

I'm hoping to do a full 21 Day Fix starting tomorrow, so wish me luck!

Apr 12, 2015

Weekly Workouts 4.6.15 - 4.12.15

This week, I really listened to my body, early in the week I needed some stretching, and then got in a lot of foam rolling. My calves have been tight lately, and I wanted to make sure I'd be ok for my race this weekend.

Monday, 4.6.15: 21 Day Fix Pilates Fix

Tuesday, 4.7.15: Turbo Fire Fire 30

Wednesday, 4.8.15: Rest

Thursday, 4.9.15: 30 minute run

Friday, 4.10.15: 21 Day Fix 10 Minute Ab Fix

Saturday, 4.11.15: Rest

Sunday, 4.12.15: Riverside Dash 15k

And it's another PR, well an automatic one, since it was my first 15k. But the Riverside Dash 15k is in the books (recap coming soon).

Apr 5, 2015

Weekly workouts 3.30.15 - 4.5.15

I didn't get in a long run last weekend, but I did manage to get in 3 runs this week! I also had an unexpected rest day thrown in there too, but I think my legs really appreciated it on today's long run.

Monday, 3.30.15: 30 minute run

Tuesday, 3.31.15: Turbo Fire Fire 45

Wednesday, 4.1.15: 30 minute run

Thursday, 4.2.15: REST

Friday, 4.3.15: 21 Day Fix Lower Fix

Saturday, 4.4.15: REST

Sunday, 4.5.15: 10k run

It's getting really hot here in Miami already, so looks like I'll be getting up even earlier to get in my long runs before the sun boils me. Luckily, this week's 10k, was a lot speedier than I thought I would be! Makes me a little more excited for next week's 15k.

Apr 1, 2015

My fave running gear

I'm no running expert, but I do love to run (well, not when I'm actually running, but that's besides the point). I have been getting a lot of questions lately on getting started with running, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite running gear.

(P.S. I'm in no way affiliated with these brands, I just really like them!)

First you gotta get the shoes. It really is all about the shoes. My best advice is to go to a running store and get fitted! I know you don't want to, but just go and do it. They will be able to tell you what the best shoe is for your specific foot and the way you run. I tend to pronate, so I use a stability shoe. The first time I was fitted the Brooks Adrenaline was what felt best to me, and it's become my go-to running shoe. Some find Asics or Mizunos to be the best for them, but trust me, get fitted at your local running store. You'll get a great shoe probably meet some great people too. And after you find your soul-mate shoe, you can look online and find them on sale.

Sports Bra
Obviously, this one is for the ladies. A good sports bra that can keep the girls in check is second to the shoes in my opinion. You gotta find what works for you, but what I like is something that keeps the girls tight and in check. I really like Old Navy Active sports bras (the padded ones will keep you smooth!) and I just tried the VS Sport bras (I like the Incredible and the Standout). They are good for support and not flattening it all out.

The name of the game here is sweat wicking! No regular cotton tees, these tend to weigh tons when they are wet and won't really keep you dry anyways. I love dri-fit/tech tops (cute, snarky, and inspirational sayings are my faves!), and I also have a few long sleeved tops (gotta stay warm and dry when it's cold out!).

Because in real life there is no thigh gap, I like to keep mine covered. I'm also kind short, so I have a lot of capris. Most of my capris are from Old Navy Active. They are cute, inexpensive, and good quality. I always look for ones with a pocket for my key. I also have a few pairs of running shorts, cause Miami can get steamy hot. I need my shorts to be at least 6 inches long, to keep my thighs covered and happy. My faves are from Lululemon, they have TONS of pockets, and don't ride up (and I got them on sale!). Unfortunately, I don't think they make them anymore. I also have 1 pair of running tights for those really cold days. Luckily I had some this year, cause I've had quite a few cold races this year.

I'm a PRO Compression sock girl all the way now. I love their low trainers for when I'm in capris or tights and on super hot days, and their marathon (to-the-knee) socks are great for recovery and on runs too! I started out using some great Mizuno socks that I found at TJ Maxx. You gotta get a sock that works for you, and once you find it, you'll be comfy and blister-free.

I always take my phone on my runs. My phone acts as my entertainment, my timer and my GPS. The apps that I use on my runs are Nike+ Running and IntervalTimer. I also listen to podcasts or books on my runs, I find they keep me more entertained (and not as concentrated on the fact that I don't want to run) than music.

To keep my phone on me during my runs, I had been using an armband, but it started to chafe, and another one I have was just too big for my arm. Now I'm kinda addicted to my Fitletic running belt. It keeps my phone handy, plus I can keep chews in there too. I have one with a bib holder, which is perfect for races.

And I don't know what I did before I discovered Yurbuds. These earbuds are great and don't slip out, even when you're all sweaty, which is key during those long runs.

I'm also a bit of a gadget hog. I have a Fitbit, which I love to keep track of my activity all day. And I also have a Polar Heart Rate Monitor (I have the FT4), to let me know how much I'm really burning on my runs and workouts.

I also like a visor for daytime runs to keep the sun out of my face. I got this one at Target. And I really love the one I got from Sparkle Athletic too.

And that's my favorite running gear for now. I try to keep it all reasonably priced and I know I have way too much of it right now. I feel like I have more running and workout clothes than regular clothes some days.

Do you have running gear you absolutely love? Anything I might have missed?

Mar 29, 2015

Weekly Workouts 3.23.15 - 3.29.15

I got in some good workouts this week. I brought Turbo Fire into the mix, and it's just what I needed to get my upper body working without needing weights or push-ups.

Monday, 3.23.15: Turbo Fire Fire 30

Tuesday, 3.24.15: 21 Day Fix Lower Fix

Wednesday, 3.25.15: 3.75 miles with the Kendall Run Club

Thursday, 3.26.15: Turbo Fire Fire 30

Friday, 3.27.15: REST (travel day)

Saturday, 3.28.15: Massage and walking around Animal Kingdom & Epcot

Sunday, 3.29.15: REST (travel day)

I did take a few days off over the weekend, since I was going to Orlando to hit up the parks and hang with my bestie and her little ones, but I needed a few days off physically and mentally to get back on my game. I'm getting amped up for the 15k in two short weeks!

Mar 23, 2015

Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Part 2

Forgive my lateness in this post, but the wrist situation has made recreational typing not a very appealing option after typing all day at work.

I left off after breakfast. Let me tell you I was so happy they were still making omelettes at the hotel. It hit the spot! We chilled in the room for a bit and I grabbed a shower. The kids and Eddie headed to the house, since they had some Cub Scout event that night, and Kris and I lounged around for a while. Then the hunger hit and we decided to get moving and head to Epcot for dinner. And Pluto welcomed us in.

We had stopped by Italy to get pizza a few months back, and never did, since it was a whole pie, and not just a slice you could order. But we were hungry and needed some carbs, so we headed right there to get our pizza. The pizza was amazing, we ordered the Capricciossa pizza with ham, eggplant, artichokes, and mushrooms. OMG, it was soooo good.

We walked back to Mexico to grab a margarita (we had to!), and then headed back to the hotel to get some shut eye before our 3am wakeup call. The 2nd 3am wakeup for me! We got dressed, and I even managed a half decent Jasmine-esque hairdo.

Then we headed to the buses and saw the HUGE line to get on. The line was long, but we figured, hey everyone else was waiting too. We finally boarded our bus only to get stuck in traffic. It took us about 45 minutes to get the 15 minutes up the road we needed to reach Epcot. By the time we entered, we went to check our bags and then had to rush off to the corrals. Here is the point where I swore off of the Princess Half and declared the Wine & Dine as my favorite half ever. We walked, and walked, and walked, and walked (I'm thinking a mile, if not more) to get to the corrals. It was complete insanity. We weren't even in our corral when the first one went off.

We finally got to our corral, K, and waited for our fireworks. Unfortunately, the Fairy Godmother only sent off the first few corrals. But they gave us the go and we were off on the long road to the Magic Kingdom. We brushed off the craziness of the morning and the lateness, and set out for our goal, pictures! We never really stop for many pics, but we wanted to get a lot this time. And the first one was the biggie, the princes! Aladdin even asked if I trusted him!--just like he asked Jasmine in the movie. The princes were awesome. We got to see John Smith, my guy, Aladdin, Hercules, Flynn Rider, Prince Eric, and Phoebus. I was so happy to see most of the modern princes!

Then we passed the sign and were on our way to the Magic Kingdom. We managed to see another personal fave, Wreck-It Ralph with Vanellope Von Schweetz! We love Ralph, since he was our first Disney race character pic ever, so we had to stop and grab a pic with them.

We ran up and down some killer, steep ramps and finally circled around the back of Space Mountain and headed into the Magic Kingdom.

We came around the back and before we knew it, we were on Main Street, USA. And it was crowded. Like major traffic, but you could see the castle. And that was goal #2 of us doing this race, running through the castle.

Before we got to the castle there was a detour through Tomorrowland, and we met the Space Ranger himself, Buzz Lightyear.

Then it was time. We headed towards Fantasyland and around the back of the castle. This is where the word FAIL doesn't even begin to explain things. The traffic jam that was Main Street was laughable now. It was a terrible slow trudge. They put Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff at the back of the castle welcoming everyone. Now, I love the Frozen peeps, but to put your most popular characters at the most photo-worthy part of the course was a huge mistake. (I was standing still, and not by choice.)

Then we got to walk, well is there something slower than walking?--cause that's what it was, through the castle. I LOVE the inside of the castle. The Cinderella mosaics have always been so magical and wonderful to me. But it was so jam-packed... words just can't explain.


That was as fast as it got. We were pissed that our "running through the castle" experience was that. The official pics of us, are of me and Kris scowling... so not what I imagined. But we managed to get a castle selfie before heading into the hoard.

Next we headed to Frontierland, for a quick bathroom stop (since we didn't get one pre-race), and then we saw Woody. Had to say hi to him, since we already saw Buzz.

As we headed out around the back of the Magic Kingdom, Aurora and Prince Phillip were there waiting by the castle float from the parade. Kris's costume was supposed to be "Aurora-inspired" so we stopped to see her. She was stunning.

Then, we saw them, and they passed us as we waited for Aurora... the dreaded balloon ladies. I gotta say I started freaking out. We got our pic with Aurora and booked it. But there was a problem, this part of the course was super narrow, and there were a lot of walkers, so it was proving really hard to get more distance between us and the balloon ladies.

We ran where we could and picked up the pace on the walking otherwise. It was also getting hot, and we were in sleeves from the cold morning. We both started feeling it. I think we might have needed some more nutrition, since we were out there for 4 1/2 hours before we finished. But we made the trek back to Epcot, taking water and Powerade and shot blocks along the way.

The part of the run through Epcot was very short, but we were glad it was almost over. I was so happy to see another marching band along the way back. Those kids were great and really kept it going! (Plus, it was Kris's HS band rivals, so extra cool for her.) We came around the back of Epcot, which I know full well means the finish line is less than 1 mile away. And right near the end was a gospel choir. They were amazing and hearing that gorgeous music gave that final push.

And there it was at long last, the finish line! It was finally done. We got our character pics, trudged through the castle and made it another 13.1 miles! I couldn't have done it without Kris by my side. My bestie and racing buddy always helps me make it through the races! We got our medals, got pixie dusted and then I was able to pick up my glass slipper! Loved that it was blue. :)

We finished up with our medals, and headed to France in Epcot to get some quiches and croissant. We were tired and hungry and it was so delicious to sit and eat! We also might have had a croissant donut on our way back to the buses, but hey we just had just done a half marathon, we deserved it!

Each race is a totally different experience and I have to say that I was a princess, got my glass slipper, and I'm done. I love the Princess Enchanted 10k, but the half was not my favorite. This is one race that I won't be signing up for again. I was glad I did it and got my slipper, but the experience left much to be desired. I know each year the race is different and you can have so many different experiences, but I'm so glad to have my glass slipper, and now onto other races for me.

And since finishing this race, I've already signed up for 3 more races... a 15k in April, Wine & Dine in November, and the Sarasota Half next March!