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O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon Recap 2018

I made the decision to run the Charleston Marathon just six weeks before the race. I have never signed up and decided to run a marathon on this short of timeframe. I had gotten sick just before the St. Jude Marathon in December and wanted some redemption. Maybe that is just the excuse I will stick with. The Charleston Marathon raises money for Engaging Creative Minds (ECM), a non-profit that helps students.

I love and hate January marathons. I always think they are a great idea and the training will help me stay focused through the holidays and keep me away from all the sweets. Never seems to be the case. I tend to be diligent about getting my long runs in but skip the short weekday runs and eat all the tasty treats anyway. Which means I start January off dreading the first marathon of the year.

After running the St. Jude marathon in early December, I did the Spartan Beast in central Florida the following weekend. I was doing none of the following as I counted down the days to Charleston: diligently stretching, taking care of my body, and getting enough rest. On top of traveling 21 days in December, I also had to be mom, work my day job, meet deadlines for my PhD class, and deal with persistent plantar fasciitis in my right foot which has led to tightening in my right hip and IT band pain in my left knee due to compensating… Anyhow…. none of that was going to stop me.

Friday – Travel Day

Woke up Friday morning to rain in Tallahassee. So, had to pack the car in the rain, and drive seven fun hours in the rain. Of course I made horrible gas station food choices all day and did not focus on hydrating. Luckily, the rain came the day before race day. We made it to the Expo about 5:00pm. The Charleston Marathon usually boasts about 5,000 runners every year and this year those numbers were broken down: 800 5k racers, 3,000 half marathoners, and 1,000 marathoners. Though a small race by marathon standards, the Expo was amazing. O2 Fitness printed all the names of the registrants on a fabric wall, which was placed at the entrance of the Expo. My girls had a blast finding my name. The Expo included over 20 vendors, including free apples, a booth for kids to make custom race signs, a picture zone, free coffee, local shoe stores, official race merchandise, local artists, and more food. I would consider this a smaller race by marathon standards, and their Expo was awesome and made it feel like a much bigger race. Continue reading

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“Love the Pain, Inc.” — What is that?

On a recent trip home, aka the somewhat quarterly Tallahassee to Los Angeles trip, my girls and I were asked what our “Love the Pain” trucker hats were about, which we are always very ready to talk about. For my six and eight year old, their response is simply, “it is swim-bike-run, that’s what we do.” For me, it’s that and so much more. It’s about my Angelino roots that connects my skate/surf/snow roots to my East Coast running and triathlon life. Needless to say, I am stoked to give a little shoutout to this small and super awesome company!

In their own words, Love The Pain is not just a brand, its a lifestyle.  For those who give it their all in exchange for a few seconds of extreme satisfaction.
Love The Pain is committed to endurance sports and its amazing athletes.  Our Products are designed and crafted in Los Angeles, CA.” 

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Love the Pain also offers team slots on Team Mojo as well as an ambassador program. I am stoked to give a shoutout to some awesome Team Mojo Athletes and ambassadors! Check them out on Instagram (and.. hint, hint…. some will hook you up with a discount code so you can grab some of your own #LTPEndurance gear)!

  1. Robin @simplerobin
  2. Mike @kingofthelake
  3. Alisha @starlithvn
  4. Rick  @royer6
  5. Kieran @iron_kieran

Baby Jogger XC Summit Double Giveaway (CLOSED)

Congrats to the winner, Carrie Bruce Smith, on winning the Baby Jogger XC Summit Double Stroller!

Congrats to Brittany Blocker on winning a complimentary entry to the Marzuq  Shriners 5k on May 13th! 

Update 4/9/2017: I was honored to be able to pass my stroller on to another family. After reading through the comments I was touched by so many moms and friends and family members of moms. I wish I could provide strollers to each of you!

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Complete Nutrition Tallahassee and Marzuq Shriners 5k. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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The time has come to part with my Baby Jogger stroller. My girls are now six and eight years old and have been running their own races the past couple of years. I held on to our jogging stroller and kept it in storage because it meant so much to me. There were many journeys, miles, several 5ks and 10ks raced with this awesome stroller.

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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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ENERGY GELS GALORE GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

Winner: Sadie B.

What is THAT? Have you ever been asked that question as you whip out what looks like a super-sized ketchup packet, tear it open and squirt something colorful with the texture of honey into your mouth? If you answered “yes,” then my guess is you have been introduced to the world of energy gels!

My first energy gel experience took place while on a summer bike ride a few years ago. About 20 miles into a bike ride, I whipped out an Espresso flavored Gu Energy Gel. I was not prepared for what I was in for….. warm, flavorful, and gooey!

Here’s where I get to show I’m not as young as I once was…. back in my Army days, we used to use honey packets before a timed physical fitness test or during long workouts. Honey packets either came in the form of a ketchup packet or what looked like a straw (similar to Pixie Sticks candy).

You will often find energy gels in goody bags for local road races – everything from 5ks to marathons, at local cycling events, and triathlons. I have even seen endurance belts designed to accommodate up to six gels at a time. While watching Ironman Kona (from my living room couch of course), I saw one triathlete tape over ten Gu packets onto her bike frame. Energy gels are indeed going to stick around (pun intended).

Energy Gel Giveaway includes:

Gu Energy Gel – Salted Caramel
Gu Energy Gel –   Salted Watermelon
Gu Energy Gel – Root Beer
Mud Energy – Chocolate Truffle Rage
Accel Gel – Vanilla
2nd Surge – Pina Colada

Gel Giveaway

Leave a comment below answering: What is your favorite energy gel brand and flavor?

 

  Click on the link to enter!

ENERGY GELS GALORE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway ends 9/26

Mondays… Running & Raindrops

I love to run on Monday mornings. There is something cleansing about starting the week off with a Monday morning run that just puts my heart and head in the right place. Today was not one of those “soul cleansing” type of runs. I was almost hit by two distracted drivers, got way too close to a giant spider web and a spider the size of my palm (I don’t think they were Halloween decorations), and had to make two potty stops, all of which slowed down my run tremendously. All these things started to put me in a less than grateful mood.

Then, in my last half mile I began to feel raindrops, which led to a light rainfall. I could have gotten upset at the fact I would be soaking wet by the time I got home or that the rain was breaking in my new running shoes way faster than I had planned, but I could not help but smile and enjoy it. I could almost hear the Bambi song playing in my head…”drip, drip, drop, little April shower, beating a tune as you fall all around,”….. yes, I know how cheesy that sounds. I could not help but feel that the big guy above let those drops fall just for me and those drops fell on me to wash away the negativity that was just beginning to build from a  less than pleasant run. I relished those last few minutes as I ran in the rain and was momentarily reminded of what it was like to be a kid playing in the rain. Several people drove past me and I cannot imagine what they might have been thinking.

When was the last time you had a moment where you smiled for no reason, where you just enjoyed the moment you were in, and couldn’t help but smile?

I hope you all have a beautiful Monday and a beautiful week!

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Run 2 Remember 10k Recap

Moultrie Run Finish

OFFICIAL FINISH TIME: 52:41

PLACE: 9/17, 1st overall female

Last minute decision = First place finish… imagine that… 

On Thursday, I was asked if I was interested in racing the Run 2 Remember on Saturday, August 2, 2014. I said “sure,” and was thinking in the back of my mind, “sure, you won’t remember you asked me.” Knowing I had a long bike ride the day before, I wasn’t thinking about running a hard race the next day…. However, a 5:30 am Saturday morning test message reminded me that this race thing was happening. I spent the next 20 minutes fumbling in the dark for running clothes, shoes, hat, sunglasses, iPod, Flipbelt, food, and car keys. Continue reading

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