Sunday, September 18, 2016

Indy Women's Half Marathon Recap

Saturday I ran my 23rd half marathon, The Indy Women's half. This was my 3rd year running this race.

I had been stalking the weather for this race for awhile, and it looked like it was going to be exactly the same as last year- thunderstorms. I was praying it wouldn't get cancelled again though!

Jeremy and I headed to Indianapolis around noon on Friday. We stayed at the Marriot East, which was about 15 minutes from the start line. Before I get started on the recap, I have to tell you about this hotel.
 So, Jeremy is a little crazy sometimes. Ok, maybe more than just sometimes. ;)

 He goes into the hotel to check us in, and as the girl behind the counter, named Ebony, is looking up his name, he starts singing some Chaka Khan...Tell me something good...
 She says "well, you just earned an upgrade to the presidential suite"
What? Woohoo! We went from a regular room to the presidential suite, just like that!

Then a little bit later another guy who works there called the room and asked if we were going to be in there for the next few minutes, he had something for us. He then brings us up a fruit basket! (It also had several different granola bars in it.)

It gets better.
Jeremy had to run out to the store, so he picked up a Starbucks giftcard for Ebony just as a little thank you. When he gives it to her, she's trying to hold back tears...wait for it...she says "well, that just earned your name on the breakfast list". She was giving us the breakfast buffet, at no charge, normally $21.95! (Btw, they let him fix a plate to save for me to have after the race.) He told her of course she had no way of knowing this, but last weekend was our 10 year anniversary, and the next day, Saturday, was his birthday!

It gets better.
We then go to check out of the hotel Saturday afternoon, and the manager just happened to be in the lobby. Jeremy told him thank you, how excellent everything was, how awesome the employees were, and what a great time we had.
Then HE said "I want you guys to have lunch on me".
What??!! He gave us a free meal at their restaurant, the Skylight Bistro.

I can't tell you how amazing this burger tasted after my race!

It was absolutely amazing! They just went out of their way to treat us like royalty, for absolutely no reason. There is nowhere else I will stay when I'm in Indy from now on!

Ok, now to the race.
We get to the expo, and the first face I see is my girl Kim. I think I see her at every single race!

I woke up at 5:30, and an hour later Jeremy dropped me off at the Sheraton, near the start line. Surprisingly, it wasn't raining when I got there, although it was very wet.

The first few miles were dry, then around mile 3, the rain started again. This time in a torrential downpour. It lasted for about 8 miles. The last couple miles were just a few sprinkles here and there.

It seems like every race I run, it is raining. Not even kidding! It's so funny.
It honestly doesn't bother me though. Maybe I'm just used to it? When it's cold and raining, that's not fun. But a warm rain doesn't bother me. It definitely keeps me cool!

I did come close to wiping out a couple times though. Quite a few of the roads were horrible! Lots of potholes. When it's pouring rain, and there is a lot of standing water, it's easy to step into a pothole unknowingly!

Something happened to me that I had never experienced before. Right around mile 3, I get to the intersection, and the police officer isn't stopping traffic!! He's kinda just standing there, not doing anything! There was a lot of unhappy women, let me tell ya.
 As I got closer, the women just started putting their hands out, trying to stop it themselves. Thankfully the cars stopped for us.

Then that happened to me AGAIN at mile 11! I didn't pay attention to the street names, so I don't know if it was the same intersection or not.
 A few girls had stopped, and another lady and myself said we're not stopping!! So we got the cars to slow down and then stop. All while the cop is just standing there like he's clueless.

Other than that, this was an excellent race, as always! The volunteers were so amazing, standing out in the rain, cheering us on.

One thing I did wrong: I only brought one gel with me. I usually bring 2 for my half's. It was stated that there would be gel's on the course in 2 places, so I took it for granted that there would be. But... there were no gel's on course.
 I could really tell my body was missing that extra energy that it's used to.
Lesson learned, you and only you are responsible for your fueling. If there is some on course, great. But don't count on that, always be prepared.

Finally, after a very soggy run, I crossed the finish line in 2:38.
I promise, one of these days I'm going to get a PR of under 2:22. It will happen!

That is my average time for half's, so I was happy the rain didn't slow me down!
As soon as I finished I heard someone calling my name, and it was my precious friend Elizabeth. We met through my blog, and even though we've ran several of the same races, we hadn't been able to meet, until now. It was so great to finally meet her! (I know she hates pictures, so I didn't ask for one. ;))

The birthday man picked me up after the race, and we went back to our presidential suite. :)

At the finish line we got a food goody bag. How cool is that!

I love, love, love this race, and hopefully will do it for many years to come. Just please let us have good weather next time!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's time to race again!

Happy Friday!

 Yesterday I went on my first job interview. (I have a couple more next week) This was for a 911 operator position. It went great, and seems like a job that I would love!

Of course interviews are always nerve wracking, so I brought my running clothes with me. My plan was to find a park nearby so I could go for a run. Turns out there was one within walking distance of the office. And it was beautiful!

I'm always shocked when my pace is under 12 minute miles. I had never ran at this park before, but it was super hilly, I thought for sure I would be very slow!

I took a few days off running because I've been doing Beachbody videos every day. I switch it up, and do a different one every day.
  Because of that, my whole lower half has been SO sore. Hundreds of squats and lunges (ok, ok that might be a slight exaggeration) makes for very sore quads, hamstrings and booty! Doing those always make one of my knees hurt too. So, I took a few days off doing anything at all. But my goal is still 100 miles this month.

 Today Jeremy and I are headed to Indianapolis for the Indy Women's Half!! My last race (half or full) was in May, so I'm dying to race again.

This is one of my very favorite races, and will be my 3rd year running it. Although last year I didn't get to run the whole thing, since they cancelled it because of lightning.
 And of course, Saturday's weather looks exactly the same as last year's...thunderstorms!

I've already decided that no matter what, I'm not stopping until I finish 13.1 miles.

Here's to half #23!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

5 things Friday

Happy Friday! (How can it be Friday already??)

5 things from my week!

1. This weekend I made some No Bake Energy Bites. You guys. They are so good. I entered the ingredients into MFP, and only 36 calories each! You should really make some.

2. I took my Dad out for his birthday. I realized this is the first time he and I have ever gone out on a father daughter date, probably since I was 13. I see him and talk to him often, but rarely get him all to myself. This will change!! I am so blessed to have such a great dad.

3. When Jeremy and I were in TN last weekend, he took me to the Tennessee Valley Winery. I got some blackberry, and wild cherry wine. Pretty sure they are the best wine I've ever had. So good.

4. I got to babysit my favorite girls. They had to put their dog down the day I was there. It was so incredibly sad. Charlotte is only 5, and this was the first time she's ever experienced death of any kind. Watching her tell him goodbye just broke my heart in a million pieces.
 I tried to cheer her up with snapchat. It worked. :)

5. Today is my 10 year anniversary! We're going on a little getaway this weekend.

10 mile run this morning, since I won't be running this weekend. Still plan on making it to 100 again this month!

 Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Brunch, cake, and running the Greenway

I hope you all had a good Labor Day. My 3 day weekend was great!

My Friday started off with welcoming home my youngest sister and her husband, who have been in Zimbabwe for 4 months. I just felt like a piece of my heart was missing when she was gone. We are SO happy she's home!
All of us sisters had a get together brunch. Sister time is the best!

My precious Lyla

My Mimosa bar!

My oldest sister and sweet baby Hank

Lyla, Kristin and Xavi
Friday night my fam got together for dinner, and my twinnie made a couple of her incredible, famous cakes. Key lime, and lemon raspberry cake.

Saturday Jeremy and I went to Cleveland, TN to visit a friend of ours. She took us on a tour of the very small town, and her huge university. (Lee)
 Sunday morning I ran 8 miles on the Greenway. It was really beautiful. Again, I'm so jealous of people who have places like this to run, right out their back door! It was flat, paved, some of it went through the woods, it was great. Perfect weather too.

I fell in love with her dog Boomer. He's in the final stages of congestive heart failure, so doesn't have much longer to live. (So sad) She's had him for 14 years.
 I have never seen a more cuddly dog. He is seriously like a little human. He just wants to be held, rocked and loved, it's so cute. She's definitely making sure his final days are happy.

And that was my weekend! Tell me about yours!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 Things Friday

How can it even be September already? I'm happy about it, I love Fall, but wow.'s 5 things from my week!

1. If you follow me on social media, you already know about this one. 2 months in a row of 100 miles! I'm so excited!!
 I really hope no one thinks I'm bragging. Knowwhatimean?
It's just something I never thought I could do. Proving to myself that I can do this, encourages and motivates me to try harder, and to know that I can do other 'hard' things.
 Plus I want others to know if I can do it, you can too! My plan is to do this for the rest of the year.

2. I got to babysit my precious baby girl again. (She's the one I nannied for) I haven't spent time with her in almost 3 months, and she's changed so much. She's walking now, and she's not chunky anymore! She used to be the cutest round baby ever. Now she's the cutest baby ever.
I think it took her awhile to 'remember' me, but I'm pretty sure she did eventually. Gahhh, I adore her.

 3. As I mentioned before, my youngest sister and her hubby are coming home from Zimbabwe after being there for 4 months. This morning all of us sisters are getting together for brunch. I cannot wait to see her. Pretty sure none of us will ever let her leave again.
 My WI sister is also coming down to welcome her home. It's gonna be great!
It was pretty cool tracking her plane on her 16 hour flight home.

 4. It is time for some new shoes! All my running lately has done these in. (See that hole?) I don't keep track of my shoe mileage, but I'm pretty sure I'm way past due.
 I'll definitely stick with the Brooks Pure line. I've tried lots of running shoes, and always come back to these.

5. I'm still job searching. In the meantime, I've been getting so many calls from people needing babysitters. I guess everyone knows I've done that for 10 years, and when they hear I don't anymore, they call me anyway! So I've been taking some babysitting jobs here and there. 

 In a couple weeks I have an interview for a 911 dispatch job. I desperately want that job! I've heard from several people that it's stressful and I'll have to start out on 3rd shift (yuk). But I think at the same time, it would be exciting and interesting! Definitely not boring. And I don't want boring.
  I'm seriously considering going back to school in the Fall for criminal justice, so it would kind of all fit in there together.
 We shall see!

This weekend Jeremy and I are going to Cleveland, TN to visit a friend of ours. (A girl who used to be in the youth group, and is now in college) I haven't seen her in 3 years, and she was always my favorite teenager, so it'll be fun to see her again. Of course I already have a place picked out there to run on Sunday too!

What are your Labor Day plans?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Running goals and some new workouts

My running goal for the month of August was 105 miles. I believe I'm going to end with 100 though. Which still makes me super happy.
When I got home from Chicago, I was sick for about a week and a half (head cold/sinus stuff), so that stopped me from running as much as I had planned on.

Saturday's run was 5 miles. I had been planning on 10, but I just couldn't get out of bed early enough. I got to the park around 8, and it was already miserably hot. I had to stop several times just to drink my water, wipe the sweat out of my eyes and try to breathe!

I've always said I would rather run in this heat than in the winter snow, but I think I may be changing my mind on that...

I ran by this awesome door on someone's fence. The owner must be a runner too!

Have you guys heard of  Beachbody on Demand? I just found out about it this weekend. You can stream BB videos, for around $12 a month. But you get a free 30 day trial to try it out.
 I am SO excited about it. I have lots of workout dvd's, but I'm tired of them all, so this way I'll get to try some new ones! (Don't worry, I'm not a coach trying to sell anything.)

I think I'm going to start with Hammer and Chisel
This week my job search continues. I hope to hear back from some places I've already sent my resume to. This girl needs a job!

Thursday will be the highlight of my week. My little sister will be returning from Zimbabwe! She and her hubby went there 4 months ago. I can't wait to see her again.

Have a wonderful week!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A good for the soul run!

My Saturday run was amazing! It's been a few weeks since I've done a long run, and I sure have missed them. It was peaceful and quiet, with an off and on rain. It was just what I needed, one of those good for the soul runs.
 My running goal this month is 105 miles. I have 38 to go.

My twinnie's hubby (Kristin's dad) had a welcome home party for her. It was great to see my family again!
After spending 24/7 for 6 weeks with them both, I've been missing them like crazy this week. Thankfully they only live 10 minutes away from me.

Now that I'm back, I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my life. Kinda crazy at almost 39 years old! Kind of depressing.

Here's the mumbo jumbo that's been going on.
I have to find a job. What do I even want to do? What I want to do, I can't do because I have no degree. Should I go back to school for 4 years? Sure, that sounds fun. But wait, if I do that I will never have a baby. But wait, my husband doesn't want one anyway. What am I gonna do about that? Why did I not realize how important education was 20 years ago? Oh, I thought I would be a stay at home mom, like my mom. Why didn't I realize life doesn't go how you planned it? What should I do. Well, I can be a nanny again. Ha! No thank you. All I really want is to be a mom. I wish I could go back in time. But I can't. So I have to start now. Start what? I have absolutely no clue.

And there you have 30 seconds in Katie's brain. Fun, huh? This is why I run. :)

I did get to spend a few hours with my favorite 5 year old ever. (This is the girl I nannied since she was 6 weeks old)
 I also got to see her baby sister, who I adored. It's heartbreaking that now she just looks at me, and no longer recognizes me. (It's only been 2.5 months!) Gahhh.

This morning I have a phone interview with a bank, and then lunch later with a sweet friend.
Have a happy Monday!!