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Jingle Run recap (10k) - no photos, because ... life.

Since my mom can't travel to visit us any longer, I am trying to be more intentional about going to visit her as often as I can. Even though we were all just up there for Thanksgiving and we'll all be up there again for Christmas Eve, I needed a visit where it is just me and I don't have to worry about the rest of the family being bored. A week or so ago, I got an email about a Jingle Run going on the same morning I was going to drive up to Indianapolis ... what's that? A race? Sign me up! And since it's more than a 5k but was a fundraiser anyway, I went ahead and registered for the 10k and just planned to drive straight to the packet pick up that morning, run, then head back to Mom's house ... easy peasy.

And then ... winter.

It was so cold on Saturday. I didn't really know what to wear so I brought extras of everything, just in case. I started out wearing one pair of socks, running tights (capris on a normal-height person, hit above the ankle for me), a l…

Fast Freddie's Five Mile race - recap

I love this race. It's not even a race for me but it's a chance to do 5 miles with about 1000 of my closest friends (99.9% of them strangers) on Thanksgiving morning to make room for all the food I am about to ingest/inhale. I didn't even think about taking photos so we're just going to stick with the traditional pre-race selfie while I was in the line for the port-a-potty.

This is my 7th year participating and 5th year running. There's also a 2 mile walk option that goes up the hill from the Floyd County fairgrounds, loops around the lake at Community Park, and then back down. It's not timed but is still a great way to get people out and active on Thanksgiving morning.

The course. It is southern Indiana, so even though it's in town, there are a few hills.
After the marathon, I only ran one time and that was on the treadmill again. I'm pretty sick of that thing ... but it does get me moving when I don't feel like heading outside in the dark. That be…

What's New - December edition

Procrastination is still a top priority and I'm excelling, so there's that. I have a race recap to do and hope to get to before the week's end -- if only for my own benefit in keeping track of what I'm doing.

Just all day? More like all week, month, year ... 
December is here and that's just mind-blowing. I mean, don't blink!

So here's what's new with me, or rather what's on my mind ... (linking up with Kristen at See You in a Porridge)

Birthday - Another year down and I'm still alive. That's good! I must say that 44 was a bad year for me and I sincerely hope that 45 is kinder and gentler.

Yep - this is what the entire year felt like.
November mileage - well, I ran my first marathon (yay!) and did one treadmill trudge a couple weeks later and then a five mile race on Thanksgiving morning ... so I broke 30 miles in November, but barely. We're signing up for a race on New Year's Day to start 2017 off right. Hopefully the weather will be …

I am a Marathoner!

It's taken me a few days to come down off my cloud 26.2 miles in the sky ;) but I thought I should get this out there before I forget anything.

Pre-race -
I had Friday off work for my birthday holiday so I was able to relax that morning (somewhat - I mean, errands and housework are always on the agenda when I'm off work). But Matt also was able to take 1/2 day from work ... so we went to early voting and then loaded up the car to head to Indianapolis.

Hotel -
This is the first time we've stayed at a hotel as opposed to at my parents' house. It was Matt's idea since this would be my first marathon and we wouldn't have to worry about traffic and parking getting to the start line. I made the reservation MONTHS ago and many of the hotels were already sold out ... the closest one I could find that was still downtown was The Columbia Club - very nice and very historic but very weird ... for being sold out that evening, we never saw another guest. We saw "club me…

What's New with You - linkup

Hey hey - trying to link up this time ... so before I forget, this is a LINK UP with Kristen from See You in a Porridge.

October (as has been the norm) literally flew by. Seriously. It started with vacation, which was then interrupted by a hurricane, and then ended with a lovely Halloween evening.
We have a long driveway so Matt moved the firebowl closer to the street so the trick-or-treaters didn't have to walk so far. According to our neighbors who joined us, we had more visitors this year than ever before ... so Matt and CR are already planning on how to make next year's setup bigger and better!
Marathon training continues. In fact ... IT'S THIS WEEKEND. However, today marks the anniversary of my first race and it was the 5k portion of the race I'm doing this weekend. Some high school friends invited me during the summer of 2012 to join them in the half, but I never got around to registering or even training. 2012 was not a good year for me -- my dad had passed away …

The countdown is on ...

Imagine the earworm.
Just a little panic attack as I contemplate that there are now fewer than 10 days till the marathon ...

I've heard so many people complain about the taper period before the race. I have to admit that I'm enjoying it though. Those long runs were getting crazy and our schedule just doesn't have that kind of free time for me to do 3 or 4 hour runs. Heck, this past weekend was going to be so busy that I took a vacation day on Friday to get my 10 miles done in the morning and be able to spend the afternoon with Matt before he went off to job #2.
Also bought an interval timer since I'm worried about my phone dying after 5+ hours. I need it to still have juice in case I want to stop for photo ops or to call 911, whatever. Still holding steady on wanting to finish by 5 1/2 hours ... but I will say that with my pace during the 18 and 20 mile runs, if I pan that out to a 26.2 mile distance, the pace calculator says I'll finish right around 5 hours…

Mid-month update - October

Well ... this month hasn't been going according to plan. And that's OK.

But this was taken October 1st so let's start the month out right, shall we? 

Beach walking, bike-riding, kite-flying ... pretty much heaven, until a hurricane pops in for a visit ...

For the past few years, we've been taking advantage of the fall break in school to go to a friend's condo in South Carolina. We've been so often now that we have our favorite restaurants, favorite thrift stores (unreal what type of items people donate there - brand new, tags still on, clothes, furniture, etc.) and even our favorite grocery store. This year had a bit of a hiccup mid-week, also known as "Hurricane Matthew". Darn him. Nothing like hearing 'mandatory evacuation' to put a damper on vacation. We got out though (leaving with blue skies) and unfortunately, Hilton Head took a direct hit -- so while we actually did think about riding it out, I'm so glad we didn't. Disappointmen…

Indy Women's Half Marathon recap

In summary, rain and puddles. But first ... some anxiety. In short, a good race and one I wouldn't mind adding to my annual race calendar. But because I'm wordy, this isn't a short recap.

For the full recap though, I should start with the few days prior. I was already going to be in Indianapolis for a conference for work (with free pens from vendors!) when I saw that the race would be that following Saturday. I could have driven 100 miles home on Thursday night, back up to Indianapolis on Friday night, and then return home again on Saturday -- but as no one wanted to come cheer me on, I opted to take a vacation day from work on Friday and spend some time with my mom and sister. I'm glad I did but it was a busy time.

Thursday night, mom, sis, and I went downtown for supper to the Greek Islands restaurant. Oh my ... appetizer was flaming cheese (saganaki) and my main course was spinach something (spanakotiropita). The place is authentic Greek and my sister enjoys going. Si…

Overdue training recap ...

Whoa ... been awhile since I posted an update! Although even though there's not much going on, I don't know where the time has gone. School starting, summer break ending, and this heat ... Dear Lord, the HEAT ...

When walking outside literally takes your breath away ... 
So here goes ...
Marathon Training - still staying on target with the Marathoning for Mortals run/walk training plan. The only hiccup so far came the week after I donated blood. I made sure to get that weekend's run in, but donating always takes more out of me than just a pint of life-saving nectar (gross, but there you go). I'm borderline anemic anyway BUT I also found out that running is good for people like me because in some physiological science-y way, running and heavy exercising helps the body make more red blood cells. There's your science for the day. :) But yeah, rebuilding that lost pint while also trying to run during this heat ... I know I skipped a whole day and then cut the next day&#…

Training Tuesday and general recap of life

Marathon Training -- still holding steady with the run 3/walk 2 intervals. I still think it's rather boring BUT it's getting easier. I'm nearly caught up with Downton Abbey, so that counts for something too. It's been too humid to get out and run like I've been meaning to -- we even planned to finally get a run outside this past weekend ... but it called for 7 miles and I didn't want to re-initiate myself to summer-running with a long run. Haven't found anything much to do with cross-training though ... other than walking ... and that doesn't seem like it should count since I already do that M-F at lunchtime. Yay for finally getting up early to run this morning though! Not sure Matt's a big fan of intervals but he stuck with me ... and what's up with no one watering their lawns in the early morning hours any more??
How I felt this morning after finally getting to run outside in more than a month.  Didn't even care about the humidity (too much)…