Monday, March 30, 2015

A wedding shower and the sweetest nephews


In less than 2 months, the last of my 6 sisters will be getting married. This weekend we had her wedding shower!
I have some uber talented sisters, sister in law, and niece, and they decorated everything in an Italian theme.

My beautiful sister in the blue
Yes, that is my twinnie's cake. Strawberries and champagne flavor. SO good.


Homemade Italian Ice
 My sister from Wisconsin and her hubby and boys were in town. I can't get enough of Bob-Bob (Robert), my nephew. He has these massive cheeks, I could kiss him all day. This precious boy has been through SO much in his short life. Numerous surgeries (and another one in a couple weeks), living in the hospital for many months when he was born, and so much more. Now his adoption is almost final, and he has more love than he can handle. He is such a happy, joyful little boy!


Saturday's long run was supposed to be 20 miles. Due to the business that was my weekend, that didn't happen. All I did was 3 miles.

I'm still seriously considering switching my marathon on the 18th, to the half. But I can't decide for sure. I keep going back and forth, and it's killin me!
I've talked to a couple good friends about it and they both suggest I just do the half...but I don't know! I have to decide in the next couple days.

One last picture. It's been awhile since I've posted one of my sweet Xavi, my new nephew...
That was his expression after my sister told him I wasn't coming to see him that day. Broke my heart!

For the first time, I'm linking up with my sweet friend Tara!

What did you do this weekend?
katie

Monday, March 23, 2015

Railrunner 10 miler recap...The perfect race

Happy Monday!

 How was your weekend? We had a beautiful one! Hopefully Spring is here to stay...

I got to run in 2 races the past few days, and loved every second of them.
The first one was Thursday night, and it was just a 3k. Charity and I ran together with her 5 year old daughter, so there wasn't too much running involved. But it was still a lot of fun.
 I just love seeing all the kiddos running. Someday my kiddo will be right there with them. :)

 Saturday I ran the Railrunner 10 miler. This race is in Nicholasville, about an hour from me. I did it last year and loved it. It's just one of those races I want to do every year.

My time last year was 1:54, so my first goal was to beat that time. But deep down, I knew that might not be possible. My pace has slowed down a lot in the past 6 months (but I am working on getting it back up!), and I honestly thought I would most likely come in after 2 hours. My 2nd goal though, was to beat 2 hours.

The race started at 9, and it was a little chilly, but the sun was out and it was going to warm up to 70.

I use the Runkeeper app as I'm running, because I like hearing her tell me my time and pace after every mile.
Mile 1, then 2, then 3, then 4 were all around 11:15. I was in shock. After every mile, hearing another "your average pace is 11:30", I could not believe it. I thought there was no way!
Then mile 7, 8, 9, my pace was still in the 11's. Then I knew I was going to beat the 2 hour mark. I hadn't been that happy in ages!
Mile 10 was uphill, of course. So, I walked a bit more that mile. I thought for sure this one would be over 12. Nope, still 11:30.

I crossed the finish line at 1:55. I missed a PR by 30 seconds. But that didn't bother me at all. I HAD DONE IT. I did so much better than I was expecting.

Talk about a runner's high after that! I needed this. I needed a GOOD race. I needed this encouragement. I needed to know I can still do this.

 Ok, so maybe the real reason I run this race is the free homemade ice cream.




(Headband from Bondi Band)
This really is the best race I've ever ran. The course is so beautiful, there are flowing streams, and being at a railroad company, you can see a train going through every now and then. We even run a couple miles on the landing strip. We run through a tunnel, over a bridge, gorgeous scenery. I love it!

After the race they have more food then I've ever seen offered at a race. Zaxby's chicken sandwiches, Goetta sliders, bananas, granola bars, of course ice cream. We even got a medal this year!
I am seriously still on a high. I'm still surprised at what my body did. When I expected the worst from it, it gave me the best.
Don't ever doubt yourself and what you're capable of doing!! I'm reminded of that over and over.

Have you ever had a run or race that was 100% perfect?


katie

Monday, March 16, 2015

My 18 mile run

I hope you guys had a great weekend! It was nice here. Other than the flooding and everything a little muddy, at least it was warm.

Saturday was my 18 miler. I was super nervous. I really don't know why. I kept telling myself this was not a race, just a run. But that didn't calm me down much. I guess just the thought of running 18 miles is a little daunting.

I got to the park and drove up to this.

The place I always run was blocked off because of flooding. I knew what that meant. I was going to have to run all my miles on a very small area that wasn't blocked off.

So, I turned around and parked and mentally prepared myself for this. I was going to be running on a 1/2 mile section of the park...for 18 miles.
Yes, I could've tried to find another park, but I'm at comfortable at this one. I thought, hey, I did 16 miles on the treadmill a couple weeks ago, I can do this!

This was my turn around point, where the path disappeared under the water.

I ran for 14 miles. At that point I couldn't do it anymore! That area was hilly, I had gotten rained on once (which felt good), I was wet and muddy. I was done.

 So I walked back to my car. I was very discouraged by my pace, and knowing I wasn't going to finish my 18. I started thinking maybe I'm done with marathons. I mean, 4 marathons in a lifetime isn't bad, right? I begin thinking I need to switch my marathon in 5 weeks to the half instead.
 Then I got on my facebook page. Earlier I had posted about heading out for my 18 miles and how I was nervous. I got so many wonderful, encouraging comments, telling me that I can do this.
 After reading those comments, I KNEW I had to finish. No way was I going to quit.

So I drove around and went into the same park, using a back entrance. And whaddya know, most of it was open! Here I had ran 14 miles on a 1/2 mile path, and if I had just driven around some more, I would've found out a big section of the park was open! Oh well, ya live and learn.

As you can tell, these last 4 miles were more of a shuffle. But I am so happy I finished it, and didn't quit early.

So, how am I feeling now? Glad you asked.
I'm still thinking I don't know if I can do this marathon in 5 weeks! I'm still a little discouraged since this 18 miles was so crappy. Believe me, I know all runs can't be good ones. But this one has just messed with my mind.

Next Saturday I have 14, so that will be easy. Then the following week will be my 20. I will do it, and then decide for sure after that. I think I'd be very disappointed with myself if I don't do the full. I've done the full the last 2 years, it was my very first marathon ever.

This morning I went to spin class and then back to the park (it was dry!) for another 4 miles. This run was much better, it's a beautiful, sunny day, and I was reminded why I love running.

Did you run this weekend?
 
katie

Friday, March 13, 2015

5 Things in My Day

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia for the Friday Five Linkup.
The theme is 5 Things in My Day.

1. Today was a good mail day!
I recently won some Kind bars from the lovely Michelle. I cannot tell you how much I love these bars! I don't think I've had one flavor I didn't like. My favorite is probably the Caramel Almond and Sea Salt, but they're all amazing.

2. I also received my new shoes from JustFab. I want every single pair of shoes they sell. They are so hot! I don't have a lot of heels, simply because I'm already almost 6' tall. When I wear heels I tower over everyone! But I still love them. Now I need to find a place to wear them...
 3. Tonight my church is starting a marriage class. Jeremy and I are facilitating it.
 Isn't it ironic...don't you think, just a little too ironic. (Singing Alanis's song as I typed that)
That's like me teaching a childbirth class. Ha!
But, I guess it's those who have been through hell, screwed up, been forgiven, and have the most messed up lives, who have the best stories. #redemption

4. EVERY time I make potato soup, I accidentally mash the potatoes, as if I'm making mashed potatoes. Seriously, every time! You would think I would remember, but nope.
Mashed potato soup, anyone?
Needless to say, it went down the drain. :(
I should probably stop trying to make potato soup.

5. I just signed up for the Railway 10 miler, in Nicholasville (on March 21). I did it last year, and loved it!
Of course it may be because they have free My Ole Kentucky Home Dinner Train homemade ice cream. I can't usually eat right after a race, but y'all know I can eat ice cream anytime at all.


Tell me one thing about your day!
katie



Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Color Run Shine Tour Giveaway!


     Have you ran The Color Run yet?  I ran it a few years ago, and it was a blast!

2015 is the year of the Shine Tour with all sorts of new sparkly goodies and swag!
They are coming to a lot of cities with an awesome new limited edition Shine Tour Participant Kit that includes a custom race tee, gold finisher’s medal, tricolor headband with silver stitching, brand-new shine packet, and shiny tattoos. Talk about bling with benefits!
 This 5K sparkles like only The Color Run can do. The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. The Color Run is the single largest event series in the United States, having more than tripled their growth, hosting more than 300 events in 50+ countries in 2014!

Look for a unique sparkle zone and killer photo ops on the course. At the finish festival, get ready for confetti cannons, shimmering clouds of color, and more!

 I am giving away two entries to any host city! If you win, you can choose whichever city you would like to run it in. 

You can also use the code MLC143657 to get $5 off your registration fee!

To get you even more pumped up, check out their latest video!


Enter using the Rafflecopter. Winners will be chosen March 19.
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katie

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spinning again!

I am slowly but surely adjusting to life back in KY.
We got TONS of snow over the weekend. It made me sick. That's how much I hate snow. :) I would post a pic of the 18" we got, but I don't really want to see it again.

How about seeing my sweet nephew instead? I hadn't seen him since he was a week old, I missed him like crazy.

 He was telling me I'm his favorite Aunt. Then I found out he tells all my sisters that. He's a ladies man already.
I am in love with that baby! I could not take my eyes or lips off him. I had to make up for missed time.

I have to share this hilarious pic. Milk drunk!

Yesterday I signed up for some more spin classes, and took the first one in the morning. It's probably been 6 months since I've done spin. It was just as amazing as I had remembered. There is nothing better than working out so hard you feel like you just might die.
After that I went on a little run. First run outside in awhile!

6 more weeks until my marathon. I can't believe this will be the first one I've done in a year!
Next Saturday's long run will be 18 miles. It's been a year since that has happened too. Yippee!

Linking up today for Tuesday's on the Run with Erica, Patty and April.
Thursday I'll be running a contest for a free entry to the Color Run, so make sure you come back then!

What's your next race?
Any other spin class fans?













katie

Monday, March 2, 2015

Long treadmill run and a new DietBet game

I got back to KY this weekend, and there is snow everywhere! I was not happy to see that. But I guess they did get about 10" here, so it's going to take awhile for that to melt.
 But hey, it's now March, that means it's almost Spring!

My long run this weekend was a 16 miler. It was freezing in TN, and I just don't run outside when it's that cold. So, off to the treadmill I went!
These are my MUST haves for long runs. Amanda got me hooked on sour gummies, they've gotten me through several marathons. The EFS sports drink is amazing. I used it for the first time when I was training for my 100 mile ultra, and fell in love. I will never use anything else for long runs. (It doesn't hurt my stomach like Gatorade does, and it gives me so much energy and endurance)

16 miles done, baby! The treadmill stops every hour (which drives me crazy, I mean, why??), so that's the reason for all the pics. I love running on the treadmill. I know, that's weird. I just watch tv, get in my zone and go!

My last day in TN was just spent relaxing, and enjoying the peace and quiet for the last time. Then that night I got to meet Meredith, an Instagram friend. Come to find out, last year we both ran the Carmel marathon (her first), and we finished within minutes of eachother. How crazy is that! We had a great time just hanging out and drinking sangria. Making a sweet, new friend was the perfect way to end my month long getaway.

I also ended the month with my most mileage ever! I've been running for a little over 3 years now, and I've never ran this many miles in a month. My goal for this month is at least 100 miles.
Last month I lost 8 lbs. on Abby's DietBet, and I didn't want my weight loss to stop, so Kristy, from Runaway Bridal Planner, and I are teaming up to start another one!
 It starts next Sunday, March 8. We would love for you guys to join us. The buy in is $20, and you will have 1 month to lose 4% of your weight. The winners will get their money back, plus we'll split the pot from those who didn't reach their goal. It was great motivation for me to keep going. I ended up making $40!
 If you'd like to join, sign up here!

Linking up with Tara, at Running N' Reading for her Weekend Update.


What was your running mileage for Feb.?
Did you run or race this weekend?



katie