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Virginia is for Lovers 14k Recap- Splits, Swag and After Party!

Good morning lovelies! Thank you to everyone for all of your congratulations and well wishes on my last post- it means a lot 🙂
Isn’t the medal from the race lovely? I was looking at my splits yesterday on garmie and though the course was 8.67 miles, we ended up running 8.73. Definitely a PDR for me! 🙂 I feel somewhat lost now that I’m not following a training schedule. I’m probably going to work on my 5k time until I start training for the half in June, but that’s a story for another post. The splits were as follows:

Garmin Total- 8.73 mi/1:29:09/10:12 mi average

  • Mile 1- 10:34/mi
  • Mile 2- 10:19/mi
  • Mile 3- 10:14/mi
  • Mile 4-10:08/mi
  • Mile 5-10:20/mi
  • Mile 6-10:04/mi
  • Mile 7-10:30/mi- you can tell that I was battling the elements here. It was so windy!
  • Mile 8- 10:10/mi
  • last .73- 6:46- average 9:17/mi

Max Pace 7.8 mph during the last .73 🙂

Thoughts on my splits: It would have been nice to have negative splits, but overall I am happy with my performance. I was trying maintain a slower pace in the beginning in order to not tire myself out. At one point Bri told me to stop worrying about the garmin and to just run! I felt really strong and often looked down to see my pace hovering around 9:40/miles. When I saw this I forced myself to slow down. I think my pace slowed on mile 5 because I was distracted by all of the great signs. Mile 7 was definitely the worst. That was when the snow was coming down pretty hard and the wind was whipping! Bri definitely pushed me to finish hard at the end. The last mile or so was the only point when I felt truly exerted. Now that I know I have built up some endurance, I am going to work on really challenging myself speedwise in the future. To me, this means running consistently at a 9:00/mi pace 🙂

At the finish line, we were handed our medals, a flower (females) and this drink coozy:

The phrase “Run Passionately” was everywhere throughout the race. It is even written down the side of our long sleeve tech shirts. Which, by the way, flipping rock- see for yourselves:

Super cute, right? I didn’t wear the tech tee the day of the race, as Bri seems to think that you can’t wear the shirt until you’ve run the race, and I tend to agree with him. Do you feel the same way, or is it not really a big deal to you?
After the race, we headed into the large tent for the after race festivities. It was WARM (which was awesome) and the band was playing music.
Bri immediately headed out to the car to grab our wallets. There were booths selling race gear and of course, I couldn’t resist. I have a bit of a coffee mug addiction so purchasing this was a definite: I also purchased a long sleeve navy cotton tee that I didn’t get a chance to photograph. It’s very cute though!

We were stoked to find out that every person wearing a race bib was entitled to two free yuengling beers and food from Moe’s. I love Moe’s, so this was awesome (even though it was only 10 in the morning)!

The pic is dark, but I’m enjoying my free yuengling. I only had a few sips, being that what I really wanted was WATER! Bri and I both got burritos and nachos. I didn’t eat much of it, but I still thought it was cool! We mingled about for a bit, roaming around all of the vendor booths and listening to music. The Rock ‘n Roll VB peeps were there, so I picked up information to register. If you register for the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n Roll Half before March 31 (I think) using the code “Boardwalk” you get a discount on your registration fee. Sweet!

At this point, my left knee was killing me, so we called it a day, headed back to the car and went to the Exchange to pick up Season 5 of The Office. 🙂 Bri was very embarrassed because I insisted on wearing my medal in the store. Haha 🙂

So, there you have it. All in all a fantastic race, cold weather and all! Thank you for following along with me. I can’t wait for next year!

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Virginia is for Lovers Race Recap

Happy (day after) Valentine’s Day! I hope that everyone had a great day surrounded by people you care about. Bri and I started off the day right with brunch at this local restaurant on the water. You can’t go wrong with $2.50 mimosas and $3.25 bloody marys! So let’s get to this race recap, shall we?

I had been checking the weather for the past week to determine what gear I should bring down with me to VB. The temps were looking chilly so I brought all of my upstate running duds with me, just in case. I am glad that I did! I checked on Friday evening before the race and they were predicting snow, with temps of 19*! Accordingly, I wore my running tights, fleece pants, coldgear compression top, under armour tshirt, lululemon sport jacket, gloves, hood (!!!) and fleece headband.
The race was set to start at 8 A.M. It was approximately 20 minutes away so we left the house around 6:30. Bri had picked up our race packets on Thursday, which was fantastic. I was already pinned and chipped up! The sun was still rising so there was still a sliver of darkness. It definitely made me feel hardcore to think that I was going to be running almost nine miles before a lot of people had awakened to start their weekend!

All geared up!

The race took place around the VB Ampitheater, so there was more than enough parking. We parked and headed over to a large tent, where all of the pre-race festivities were taking place. The tent was awesome because it was nice and warm! There were a ton of vendors, a band warming up, and overall just an excited, happy vibe. There were three ways to participate in the race: the 14k (8.67 mi), a 1.4 mile fun run or a 14k relay, where one partner ran 4 miles and the other partner ran 4.67 miles. Those partners that were running the tail end of the relay were taken to the transfer point via a shuttle provided by the race.
This was the long line of porta potties provided for the runners. I am glad that we got to the race early, because there was a huge line 20 minutes prior to the race. I had to force myself to use them, as I didn’t want to encounter any “issues” during the race. Speaking of, I didn’t see any porta potties along the race, although I know the information packet indicated that they were out there somewhere. I did see a girl run towards the trees around mile 3. Bummer, but it happens!

Everyone started heading outside around 10 of eight, when we were informed that the race was going to be starting 15 minutes late because of traffic issues. The directors wanted to ensure that everyone who signed up for the race would have the ability to participate, which I thought was nice.

There was a ton of Valentine’s Day related regalia inside the race tent, so we used the extra time wisely and took some goofy pictures. I was really excited!
At 8:10 everyone lined up at the start. There were a lot of couples, some with some really cute tshirts. Bri told me that if I designed a tshirt like that for him to wear he wouldn’t wear it, but he totally would 😉 The horn sounded, and we just kind of stood there- getting to the starting mat was kind of slow going. There were approximately 3,000 runners and, with no corrals, it took a bit to get situated. Once we crossed the start line (I think it took around two minutes) we were good to go.
Miles 1-3 literally flew by. My foot felt great, but I was trying not to think about it. It was freeezing! There was a DJ playing tunes and shouting encouraging things at the runners, which was pretty cool. Around mile 2, I heard a girl say to someone she was running with “only four more miles ’til cupcakes.” lol, whatever it takes to get you motivated! There was a water station at mile 1.5, which we just skipped.
Throughout the whole race there were super cute Valentine’s Day/love related signs posted. There were signs saying “I love you” in different languages, quotes from romantic movies, conversation hearts, random love facts- they were all on the course! It was very entertaining.
Approaching mile 4 were signs (very well marked) for the relay race handoff. This didn’t interfere with the actual race at all, as those who were switching off had to veer to a parking lot on the left. It was very well done. We then ran past a water station (which we skipped) and encountered Lover’s Lane. Lover’s Lane was this super cute part of the race where signs that friends or relatives had purchased to display for the runners. The ones that stick out in my mind were “Jen, forever isn’t long enough” and “Christopher, congrats on one year of running!” So cute! At this point, there was another DJ playing music.
This is the entrance into “Lover’s Lane.” I’m running in all black. Don’t mind bri’s finger 😉
After Lover’s Lane we hit mile five and ran around a bunch of sports fields- I think Bri said they were for field hockey. Which would make sense since we ran past this mayjuh looking field hockey training facility. At this point I noticed that there were indoor bathrooms available! I didn’t have to use them, thankfully, but if I had I would have been grateful for that. I took one shot block at mile 5.5.

As we approached mile six, we knew we were coming close to the cupcakes. It was an out and back course, although it wasn’t too bad because there was no definitive turn around spot. I decided that I didn’t want a cupcake, as I didn’t know the effect it would have on my stomach and I had just taken a shot block. Bri was not deterred and grabbed a cupcake. They were bite size and looked really good! Most people stopped to grab one and walk while eating it. There was a water station at mile 6.5. At first I didn’t think I needed to stop but there were enough tables to convince me. I grabbed a cup, walked for about five seconds to drink it, threw it out in one of the many trash bins placed out (loved that!) and continued about our merry way. There were more signs posted, like “the first recorded death by chocolate occured in 1276.” Fun stuff

At mile 7, it started to get ridiculous windy and snowy. I was not a fan of the wind. I could tell by my splits that the weather slowed me down, but I was excited to almost finish. To distract myself, I took another shot block at mile 7.5. I’m glad I did, because it gave me a burst of energy, just in time to tackle the sole hill on the course at mile 8. We had to run into and through the ampitheater, which was cool but the hill was not a fun surprise.

Bri was motivating me the whole time, but he really kicked it up during the last mile. He could tell that my energy was starting to flag. He is an awesome running buddy! I was so excited to see this:

Yay! We crossed the finish line and I was immediately handed a flower, cute medal, and drink coozy. I’m so discombobulated after the race that I’m just staring off to the side- LOL.

A race volunteer offered to take a photo of Bri and me, which was super nice. We went to this hanging fabric thing to take a race photo in front of it. I was having a tough time walking- my left knee was killing me for whatever reason.
I’m going to cut this post short, as I’ve been traveling all day and need to get to sleep! I’ll be back tomorrow with my splits, the review of the after-race festivites and photos of all my swag! I’ll be back to reading and commenting on your blogs tomorrow- I’ve missed everyone!


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Virginia is for Lovers 14-Complete!

Happy weekend bloggies! We completed the Virginia is for Lovers 14k today during snowy, windy weather (it’s colder in VB than upstate!) Chip time: 1:29:05 (10:13/mi)

Full race recap to come tomorrow!

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Two Days and a Swollen Arch

Happy Thursday friends! I am happy to say that the wedding invitations are in the mail… finally! Not without a hitch though. I get to the post office yesterday to mail out the 130 invites. The post office worker takes one look at them and says “you don’t have enough postage on these.” Ummmm, wtf, I had them weighed on Monday! He asked me which post office I went to to weigh them and when I told him he called them a bunch of idiots and said that they didn’t check to see if the invites would fit through this thin slot thingy (technical term). Apparently, the bow on the invitations made them just thick enough to require an extra twenty cents worth of postage. So there I sat at the post office, placing two ugly ten cent stamps on 130 invites. I was so annoyed with the dang things that I was just throwing them in the box to be mailed. It probably didn’t help that I hadn’t eaten lunch yet and my blood sugar was getting low. But yay, they are done! Now the RSVPs can start flowing in and the real fun can begin (seating charts… shudder).

Thanks for all of the well wishes about the kidney issue. My doc said that the ultrasound revealed healthy kidneys so he is befuddles as to why red/white blood cells were showing up. I have to go back next week to get retested and if there is still no answer, I may have to go to a urologist. Weird. My back pain is no longer so I’m thinking it was just a fluke. My cholesterol is super low! I’m so excited- diet and exercise really does work, y’all (I have to practice my southern-ness, I’m crossing the Mason-Dixon line tomorrow). Three years ago my cholesterol was 210, with my bad cholesterol at 140 (bad bad bad). Now, I am within the healthy ranges- total cholesterol of 171, with my bad cholesterol at 99- yippee!!

It’s finally here:
The big race is on Saturday at 8 am! Bri is picking up our race packets tonight. I am so excited! The race is sold out, with 3000 runners running. Hopefully my foot will hold up. I wrote earlier this week about foot pain I’ve been having. I ran two miles on Tuesday to test out the foot. The run was great, but after I stopped running it really hurt. I’m glad I ran though because I was able to pinpoint the pain- my left arch was swollen! I’m glad it isn’t a bone or anything but still, it was pretty painful! I have very high arches so that probably has something to do with it. After the race I am going to go buy inserts and new shoes (I’m due for new ones, I think) and hopefully that will remedy the issue. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

My mileage has definitely tapered down this week, as I want to have fresh legs for the race and don’t want to irritate my arch. It is driving me nutso! I feel like I’m being lazy because I’ve only run two miles thus far this week. I was tempted to wake up early this morning to jump on the elliptical to get some cardio in but I told myself to stop being a crazy person. My foot needs rest! Do you find it mentally hard to ease up on the cardio when your body needs the rest?

I completed a quickie strength workout last night. I first put myself through a self-guided yoga workout for about 15 minutes- lots of downward dogs, high pushups, warriors and half moons. I then did the following:

-3 sets of 20 bridge ups
-3 sets of 20 donkey kicks (per leg)
-25 stability ball jacknifes
-20 stability ball hand to foot ball pass
-10 pushups

I was going to do day 3, week 1 of the 100 pushups workout but my chest was still screaming from my strength workout the other day. I’ll get to that tonight. How are my pushuppers doing? 🙂

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week. I’ll be back soon with a recap of the race and a guest post from Bri!

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Back in Business

Well I definitely fell off of the blogging wagon for a while, not that anyone likely noticed, haha. Anyway, I spend a lot of time reading healthy living blogs and thinking about my new “lifestyle”, so I’m going to give the blog the old college try and continue posting.
I’ll have a lot to write about, since I am starting my training program for the Virginia is for Lovers 14K that is on February 14, 2010 (one day before our engagement anniversary!) I am super excited to run it and know that I can do it, as long as I don’t run into any IT band issues!
I’m also spending New Year’s in Virginia Beach with Brian and we are going to run the Hair of the Dog 5k on New Year’s Day morning. We are crazy party animals I tell ya. Good times! I’m hoping that I can beat my previous 5k PR of 31:50.
I’ll probably try to post some of my outfits of the day, since I have been trying to be more creative in my “business attire” wear.
And now, some miscellaneous pics of what I’ve been up to these past few months…

Crossings 5k Run, September 27 2009

Me, Shannon and Christina at Christina’s 27th Birthday Celebration

Attended Bri’s Promotion to Lieutenant

Christina (right) and I at Jingle Bell 5k… 10 degrees… brrr
Happy Friday everyone!

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