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Monday, September 30, 2013

Nashville Women's Half Marathon Recap

This was my 2nd year running the Nashville Women's Half. It was my very first half last year, this is where I became addicted to running!

Julie and I went down Friday evening. First we went to the expo to get our goody bags. And of course get our picture taken! (My sign was Julie's brilliant idea!)
The goody bag was nice, but as always, the tech shirt was WAY too small. I ordered a L, but it was the size of a small. That was the main complaint of everyone.

After that we went to the 'world famous' Wildhorse Saloon. When we first walked in , it was all older people. We laughed about it, but decided to stay. After awhile it started to fill up with people our age though!

Live music and line dancing!


 We walked around downtown for a bit before heading back to the hotel so we could get some sleep.
 5 a.m. came very early! 

 I had made plans to meet up with another blogger and a facebook friend who were also running. I was so excited about meeting them! Jen blogs at Dare, Run, Share and is SUCH an inspiration. She started running a couple years ago, and set a goal to run a half marathon before she turned 40. She lost 50 lbs., and ran her first half last year. This coming up weekend she's running Disney's Tower of Terror 10 miler. She's amazing!
With Jen
 I also got to meet Jenny at Running 4 me. She's also an inspirational lady who has lost 35 lbs., been able to go off her blood pressure pills, and has changed her life through running! She's a super fast runner and got a 13 minute PR at this half!! Totally awesome!!
With Jenny

 My only goal was to beat my time from last year. I was secretly hoping for a 2:20, but for some reason I doubted that would happen. Maybe if it was a flat course, I would've been more hopeful.
 I had forgotten how hilly it was though. It seemed like constant hills! But it was a pretty course. I love Nashville!

 I took my first GU at mile 5 and then again at mile 10. There were a lot of water/gatorade stops, which was very nice. I really felt great throughout the race. Around miles 11 and 12 I had to remind myself that I ran 20 last weekend, so I can do this!! But like I said, THOSE HILLS! 

 The crowd support was wonderful. It seems like there were people all along the course cheering us on and little kiddos giving high fives. We even ran passed a house that had a bluegrass band playing on their front porch. That was so cool!!

My finish time was 2:38. Which is 4 minutes faster than last year. I should've done a lot better, but it is what it is, and I'm learning not to be disappointed with my times!
 Julie did SO good too. This was her first half and her goal was to finish in under 3 hours, and she did it!
I had an amazing time. I loved hanging out with Julie and getting to know her better! She's one of those people you just automatically feel comfortable with. She's fun, keeps you laughing and knows how to get me out of my comfort zone. (Ahem...Coyote Ugly. Which we didn't stay at for long!)

And check out this bling! I only have 6 medals, but this is by far my favorite. It weighs about 5 lbs. too! ;)
 I don't remember what I was laughing at, and I honestly don't like this picture- but it perfectly describes my weekend. Happy and fun!

How was your weekend? Did you run or race?


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Greecie Girl Headband Winners and the Nashville Womens Half Marathon

Good Morning!

  Congrats to the winners of my Greecie Girl Headband giveaway, Teresa, at Fit in Woodbine and Mia D'Albora! 

 Tomorrow Julie and I leave for Nasvhille to run the Womens Half Marathon on Saturday! I can't wait!! It will be #5 for me. This is a special race because it was my very first half marathon last year. Read about it here! I love reading back on that and just seeing how far I've come. At that time I couldn't imagine ever running a marathon, and now I'm getting ready to run my 2nd marathon, and I have 2 more scheduled after that! I also have a goal to run an ultra next Spring...100 miles. Crazy, yes. But I also thought running 26.2 was crazy. Anything is possible! My friend Jen, from Dare Run Share is running it too, and I can't wait to meet her! 
This awesome bling will be mine!! It'll definitely be my coolest medal ever!

I'm still counting down the days until Chicago!! 16 days! I never thought it would get here. I know it'll be the experience of a lifetime.

 Can you still donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charity, who I'm running for? I'm so glad you asked. You certainly can! I have a little over 2 weeks to raise $600. Not freaking out at all. Not one bit. Please go here to donate. Thank you!! 

Are you racing or running this weekend?



Monday, September 23, 2013

Last long run before Chicago!!

I really cannot believe that in less than 3 weeks I will be running the Chicago Marathon! It just seems so unreal!
Honestly, my training this time around has been horrible! I usually always get my long runs in on Saturday's, but during the week they're NOT what they're supposed to be! Lately I've been running once or twice during the week, maybe a total of 6-7 miles. That's so embarrassing to admit. 
 I absolutely adore running, but life just seems so busy and I really haven't been making it a priority. I hate that! I think subconsciously I also have it in my mind that I've ran a marathon before, so I'm good. That's terrible, don't follow my example! :)

  Saturday I ran 20 miles. It was wonderful!! The weather was so perfect. It was one of those times I felt like I could've ran forever.
I got started around 8 am. It had rained all night and even as I was driving to the park, it was raining. But right when I got there and ready to start, the rain stopped. Yay! I was going to run in the rain if I had to, but I'm glad I didn't have to.

 I took a couple GU's with me and some powerade and lots of water. I carry my handheld water bottle with me, but go past my car a few times during my run, so I always stop and refill. 
  I felt SO good! The last few miles were a little tiring, but not too bad at all. It's amazing how the weather effects me. I remember the last 20 miler I did a few weeks ago, it was incredibly hot and I was only able to do 15 outside (finished up on my treadmill), and seriously thought I would pass out. But this time I could've done a full marathon. It was cool, with a nice breeze.

 The only bad thing was my phone decided to go crazy on me. Stupid Siri kept interrupting my music, then it would start randomly calling people. It was awful! Because of all that craziness, the battery died way too soon. I ran the last 6 miles with no music. Talk about torture!!

  I was a little sore afterwards, but not bad at all. I try not to get down about my pace. But to be honest, I hate it. Hate it!! I really hope I'm faster than that in Chicago. I would love to finish in under 5 hours. 

  Saturday night I relaxed by our first fire of the season. So relaxing.
Yesterday was my cute stepson's 14th birthday, so we went to Mammaw's for cake and ice cream.

And then finally this cutie patootie. My sister (who lives in WI) sent this picture of Rainor after his bath. If I need a laugh, I just look at this. After Chicago I'm going to stay with them a couple days. I can't wait!
Do you ever feel like you need a weekend to relax from your weekend? Yea, that's how I feel. 

I only have a few more weeks to bug you guys about this (thank God! I HATE asking for money), but I am still over $600 away from reaching my goal of $1000 for the Ronald McDonald Charity House, whom I will be running for. Please help! Any amount is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
 Visit my fundraising page here!

What did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Greecie Girl Headband Review and Giveaway!

Good morning lovelies!

  I recently heard about Greecie Girl Headbands and the lovely creator, Mary, was willing to let me do a review and giveaway for 2 of them!!

  I received the gray and white Chevron and the Pretty Paisley headbands. I LOVE headbands, although my collection is very small. The only other headbands I have tried are the Bondi Bands, and I did not have a good experience with those. They slipped right out of my hair as I was running.
 So, I was very excited to try these. They are so pretty and I love all the funky colors!
 I love that Mary is also a marathoner, so she knows exactly what we need. They're made with spandex/lycra and wicking material.

I wore my Pretty Paisley headband on my 20 mile run and it was PERFECT! It didn't slip out or give me a headache.

Then I wore my gray and white Chevron to spin class! Again, perfect. Including no sweat in my eyes, which always drives me cray cray!

Of course these aren't only for running, they can be used for any activity.
Check out her Etsy Store and her facebook page for more styles. You will love them!! They're a great price at only $10 (plus $2 shipping), and on Saturday's she has a $5 headband too.

  Here are the one's she's giving away to 2 lucky readers!
Floral and Paisley

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Monday, September 16, 2013

St. Louis in Pictures

This weekend my honey and I went to St. Louis. Neither of us had been there before. We had a great time!! That does mean that I didn't get my long run in though. But I'm not going to stress out about it, sometimes life happens, and being together this weekend was more important!
Here's a few pics! (Ok, more than a few ;))

Going up in the arch was awesome!! The views were amazing.


Toasted Ravioli was created and popularized in St. Louis.
Unbelievably delicious!!
Not real sure about this one! Very interesting though.

Olympic Marathon Man

Park surrounding the Arch.
I would love to run here!

We saw hundreds of Color Runner's!
Getting ready to watch the movie on
how the Arch was built. Very impressive!
I didn't get a very good picture of this, but the letters spelled out "Lauren will you marry me?"
It was under the arch. SO creative!!

 I haven't traveled the world or anything, but I think St. Louis is definitely the most architecturally impressive city I've ever seen! I loved it! I will run a marathon here someday.

QOTD: Have you been to St. Louis?
What did you do this weekend?

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