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2017…. Back in the Saddle

Seems like just yesterday I was racing IRONMAN, Texas, even though that was almost two years ago. Life threw me a few curve balls through 2015 and 2016, but I am excited to be back in a healthy, active lifestyle and racing again.

I kicked off 2017 with the Big Beach Marathon in Alabama on January 29, 2017. The Big Beach Marathon was the first marathon I ever actually considering quitting. Mile 22 was the infamous mile in which I reached into my FlipBelt, grabbed my phone and texted for a pick up. I got no response from the other end so I kept trudging along. By mile 23 I was upset that I still didn’t get a response and bargained with myself that if I made it to mile 24 that I would go ahead and finish. I ended up finishing. The Big Beach Marathon was indeed my slowest finish time ever, but every once in awhile a humbling experience like that reminds us to be grateful that we can even get out there and complete 26.2 miles.

 

I followed up the Big Beach Marathon with the Tallahassee Half Marathon a week later. The hilly and beautiful winding course was a welcome change of scenery. I ran the Tallahassee Half Marathon with a friend/coach and catching up on life for 13.1 miles always makes those miles go by a little faster.

 

A few other exciting notes for 2017…. I am honored to be representing Complete Nutrition as a Complete Nutrition Tallahassee Athlete for 2017 and a social media influencer for Rose City Triathlon Club. Looking forward to sharing training, travels, adventures, and races this year!

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HALF FANATIC Application

Half FanaticsMy love of running began in the late 1990’s, but it wasn’t until 2011 that I ran my first 5k. Admittedly, it had been a few years since I had run regularly and getting through more than one mile was more than challenging. On top of that, I was also nursing my youngest, who was eight months old at the time.

My finish time would not have passed an Army physical fitness test, but I was overjoyed just to finish. I walked away from this event with a renewed passion for running. Four months later, I found myself in a regular running routine and often surfing the internet looking for local races.

Since May 2011, I have run several 5ks, 10ks, four half marathons, and one full marathon. I have run races with my kids in a double jogging stroller, I have raced dressed up, and I have raced on hot days and races where it was pouring rain. Currently, my favorite distance is half marathon.

More than a year ago, I had a few friends tell me about Half Fanatics and told me to apply.  I finally got around to getting my membership application in this week and am anxiously awaiting my Half Fanatics member number. I have qualified for the first level- Neptune (one moon). Am I already looking at races so that I can move up to the next level in the Half Fanatic hierarchy? Of course I am!

Are you half-marathon crazy? Click here to learn more!

 

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Hospice Half Marathon Race Recap

Hospice Half Hospice Half Marathon

UNOFFICIAL FINISH TIME: 2:06:07

OUCH! Yes, this may be one of my slowest times ever, but I am quite proud of myself for running through 9 miles of pain. My right IT band flared up at mile 4, and running up and down hills for the next another 9 miles only aggravated it further. I wore my ever so cute Nathan hydration (insert sarcasm here) belt so I would not have to stop at water stations, this proved to be a smart idea. Had I stopped and walked, there is no way I could have gotten my right leg to start moving again.

A running club member who came out to run in the Color Dash (which I had hoped to join her in) was on a school bus with other Color Dashers at the 9 mile mark. She saw me running by and stuck her head out of the window to cheer me on. I was inspired to keep pounding the pavement and finish the HM.

Per my Garmin, my performance by mile:

1 – 8:37

2 – 8:44

3 – 9:09

4 – 9:08

5 – 9:06

6 – 9:27

7 – 9:03

8 – 9:43

9 – 10:05

10 – 10:14

11 – 10:27

12 – 10:30

13 – 10:49

13.1 – 1:00 (10:02 pace)

Valdosta Hospice Half Marathon Playlist

Below is my playlist for tomorrow’s half marathon. There are several tried and true songs which I always run to and a few new ones that I pulled from the archives. Since I have a tendency to start every run too fast (who doesn’t do that???), I am attempting to bump all the slower songs to the first 6.55 miles. I am also hoping to still have enough enough energy to run in the 5k Color Dash afterward – Hospice Half & Dewey Color Dash

Hospice Half Marathon

  1. Shiver – Chris Velan
  2. Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
  3. Sweet Dreams  – Eurythmics Sweet Dreams
  4. Breaking the Girl –  Anna Nalick
  5. Home – Phillip Phillips
  6. Crash – The Primitives
  7. The Zephyr – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Seespot
  9. Some Nights – Fun
  10.   I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  11.   Touching My Body – Danity Kane
  12.   Just A Girl – No Doubt
  13.   Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
  14.   Dance Again (feat. Pitbull) – Jennifer Lopez
  15.   Hips Don’t Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) –  Shakira
  16.   I’m Running Right Through The World – The Toasters
  17.   Move Your Feet – JUNIOR SENIOR
  18.   The Cause – NoFX
  19.   Keep On Running – Dance Hall Crashers
  20.   Break Me Out – The Rescues
  21.   Little Lion Man -Mumford & Sons
  22.   Drunk Sincerity -Bad Religion
  23.   Trees – Marty Casey & Lovehammers
  24.   Come Join Us – Bad Religion
  25.   If You Don’t, Don’t – Jimmy Eat World
  26.   Hazy Shade Of Winter (Purple Haze Mix) – The Bangles
  27.   The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
  28.   One (Your Name) [feat. Pharrell] – Swedish House Mafia
  29.   Chasing the Sun – The Wanted
  30.   Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine Lungs
  31.   California (Hustle and Flow) – Social Distortion
  32.   Basket Case – Green Day
  33.   Don’t Wanna Behave – Dance Hall Crashers
  34.   Live And Let Dance – The Untouchables
  35.   Take a Walk – Passion Pit
  36.   Lose Yourself – Eminem
  37.   Ring Of Fire – Social Distortion