Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My First Half Marathon

Well, I did it!!! I ran my first half.  Rock 'n Roll Nashville 2014!!!  The day started rather early, I was up at about 4:30 {not that I slept much the night before} I ate my peanut butter and piece of toast, got dressed and we headed out the door.  I panicked quickly when I realized that I forgot my potty pass that I spent $15 on the night before at the Expo, thank God I really didn't need it.  So I got there said my goodbye's to Millie and my parents and quickly went to my coral.  When I originally signed up over a year ago I wasn't sure what to expect of my speed, I was way off and I could have moved my coral up but I just moved up the morning of the race, I kept moving up during the race until I got up to the 2:30 pacer, I stayed with him for several miles {probably 4} then bid him a farewell and pushed on to the 2:15 pacer.  I stayed there most of the remainder of the race and my official time was 2:18:57.  

During the race, I tried to be conservative.  I started out slower than usual to conserve for the second part of the half {as I learned in training}.  I was feeling really good the first 6 miles, I took some sports beans about mile 6 and walked through the water station.  I have to say, everything I've heard about Nashville is true, they have some hills {I didn't think they were too bad though} and running through the University area, WOW the fraternity brothers, etc. were all out and they were offering fireballs, etc. but NO WATER!!! WTH? Seriously, offer water people!! All in all there were tons of supportive people and great signs too through out the course. 

I was very pleased with where I ended the race.  Overall this was a great first half!!! I'm very pleased with where I ended up.  I can't wait to tackle this race again next year.  In the mean time, I've signed up to run the M-Town series here in Memphis {series of 4 different races, 3- 5k's and one 4-miler}.  I also signed up yesterday as a St. Jude Hero for the December half here in Memphis.  I can't wait to see where the rest of my running journey takes me this year. 

Below is the pictures that were taken by the photographer at the race.  

Happy Tuesday to all.


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Friday, May 2, 2014

5 on Friday

YAY!!! I'm sooo happy it's Friday!! 

One.   I'm finally under pre-pregnancy weight and by under I mean almost 8 lbs. YAY!!! It took 21 months to get that 80, yes 80 lbs off but I did!!! 

Two.   Oh you know, I'm part of the 13.1 club now, yes, I finished my first half marathon last Saturday and besides giving birth to Millie, it was the BEST day of my life!!! 

Three.   Now that the half is over, it's time to up the ante and work on my fitness hardcore, I'm starting T25 again Monday and this time I'll finish it without injury {fingers crossed}.  

Four.  I picked-up my kitchen cabinets yesterday, so operation get my kitchen finished is now in high gear.  Goal to finish the kitchen before June 1st.  I can't wait to have a kitchen again, I don't "like" cooking, but I sure miss it.  It's been very difficult to keep everything flowing without a kitchen, no sink, no dishwasher, no counter-top, NOTHING. 

Five.   It's starting to feel like spring outside, I have a bucket list started of things to with Millie over the summer.  But first, was a Mommy/Daughter pedi and we did that after the half in Nashville last Saturday.  I think my girl is destined to be a "girly girl" just like her Momma.  :) 

Happy weekend Ladies!! 

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