Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Friday...October 24th Edition!

It's Friday!!! Today at school (work) we are having our Fall Festival! I get to have some fall fun with my sweet 4 year olds! It should be a busy but great day!

Tonight I have a 5K race! I'm running the Trick or Trot 5K! The whole family is going with me since they will have lots of fun fall activities for the boys. This will be the first 5K race I have done in a really long time! Hopefully it will be lots of fun!

Then Saturday morning I'm running the Turkey Trot 5K! I know what you're thinking...two 5K races in one weekend? Craziness! This race the whole family is going to also because we do it every year with the Cub Scouts. Only the hubby and my boys are doing the fun run instead of the 5K. Andria is also running this race so we will get to run together! Yay! One of our Sole2Soul Sisters, Susanne, designed a turkey shirt for us to wear at this race too. It's not the traditional turkey colors but it's still pretty cute! And of course we have cute socks to match! ;-)

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I kept right on streaking this week even though my legs were really really sore from last Sunday's sub 2 half marathon! But I took it easier this week. I'm also not going to run a long run this week to give my legs a little more recovery time. Then next week it's back to training...this time for the St. Jude Memphis Half!

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:15, 2.27 mile run in 18:50 average pace 8:18

  • Saturday- 2.25 mile run in 19:43 average pace 8:45
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:35, 2.05 mile run in 17:49 average pace 8:41

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:15, 3.11 mile run in 26:24 average pace 8:29

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.50 mile run in 12:46 average pace 8:31

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:30, 1.51 mile run in 12:30 average pace 8:18

All of my runs went great this week. My legs were really sore though. They weren't too bad on Monday but towards the end of the day they got worse. And Tuesday I was pretty sore too! Running so fast at that race made me sore but it was sooo worth it! ;-)

My eating was good this week. I indulged some after my race on Sunday but I earned those calories so I didn't feel guilty about it! I've stayed within my maintaining number of calories all week and the scale has stayed the same. That's a win in my book!

Speaking of weight loss....I'm also hosting another DietBet starting October 27th...Road Runner Girl's Fall Into Shape DietBet! I hope you will join the game! It is such a fun way to lose weight!!! And winning money AND losing weight is awesome!!!

I'm pretty excited about my two races this weekend! It should be fun! Saturday is my sister's birthday and I get to babysit my niece Ella while she goes out and celebrates! I can't wait!!! I hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Good luck to all my friends running the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend!!! I'll be cheering you on!!!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week? Who is racing this weekend?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Road Runner Girl's September Slim Down DietBet Recap!

I hosted my second DietBet game last month! Not only did I host it but I also played along! I only had a few more pounds to lose to make it to my goal weight and I knew the DietBet would be just the motivation I needed! It was a success! Playing the DietBet pushed me to reach my goal weight! :-)

Because it was so much fun I am hosting another DietBet starting Monday, October 27th! The holidays are coming up and if you're like me you want to look and feel great when you spend time with your family! I hope you will join me for Road Runner Girl's Fall Into Shape DietBet!!!

To refresh your memory, here's how DietBet works:

1) Join a game. You can join my game HERE!
2) The pot grows as players join
3) Whoever hits the goal splits the pot!

Sounds easy, right? The game I'm hosting is a 4 week game with a goal to lose 4%. You start out with a bet of $25. During official weigh in time (October 25th-26th) you will submit two digital pictures to the DietBetter referees. One picture will be a head to toe shot of you standing on the scale in airport security attire (that's light indoor clothing with no shoes, belt, hat, outerwear, pocketbook, watches or accessories and empty pockets).  The second picture will be a close up of your official weight on the scale with a piece of paper in the shot showing the word of the day (will be distributed by Dietbetter at the time of the weigh in and serve as an official timestamp). No one will see your weight or pictures except the Dietbetter Referees.

At the end of the game you will have a final weigh in (with photo proof). If you made the 4% split the pot with the other players that also made the goal! It's a win win situation! You win by losing weight AND you win by earning some money! The more players that play...the bigger the pot!

Sounds fun right? I promise you it is!!! And the game is over November 24th...just in time for that Thanksgiving feast! 

I told you I had fun playing didn't I? Well here's how it went for me. I started the game with my official weigh in photos. 

To win the DietBet I needed to lose 4% in 28 days...or 4.8 pounds. The weight I needed to be at the end of the game in order to win was 115.1. 

So for the next few weeks I did what I was doing already...counted my calories using My Fitness Pal. I ran. And I checked in on my DietBet page every day to see how all the other players were doing. We commented on each other's posts and encouraged and motivated each other. It was great! I could weigh-in as much as I wanted (they weren't official weigh-ins so I didn't have to submit photos) to see my progress. 

Was it tough? Well yes. Dieting IS tough. But when you have money on the line it makes you even more motivated. And I had all the other players in the game that I felt like I couldn't let down. 

The 28 days FLEW by! Before I knew it it was time to do my last weigh-in to determine if I had won. I was so nervous stepping on that scale. And on the first weigh in day...I was OVER by a pound! I was so upset! I had just weighed a few days before and I was under by a pound! I got really nervous but knew I could weigh in one more day. So the next morning I weighed again....and there it was! My winning weight of 114.4!!!! Whew!!! I'm not sure what happened the day before...water weight? Maybe I was swollen for some reason? I have no clue! 

But I did it!!! I lost 5.5 pounds during the DietBet! And the best part...I won $50!!!! Pretty awesome!!!

Because it was such a blast I was super excited to get asked to host another DietBet! I LOVE encouraging and motivating others in their weight loss journey so I'm super excited to host again!!!

I hope you will join my Road Runner Girl's Fall Into Shape DietBet!!!! Sign up to play TODAY!!!

QOTD: Have you ever played a DietBet game? Are you going to join my game?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gulf Coast Half Marathon Recap!

Be sure to read all about packet pickup and my day in Mandeville!

I slept really well the night before this race. I usually don't sleep well so I was really thankful! When the alarm went off at 4:45 AM I was ready to wake up! It's always fun getting ready for a race with friends. Everyone was in good spirits!

We left our hotel and stopped to meet some of our sisters so they could follow us to the race. It was quite chilly at this time. The temperature was in the mid 50's. I knew it would be perfect for running!

We met our friends and then we were on our way. This race starts in Fontainebleau State Park. There is only one entrance so traffic can get very backed up. One year we barely made it to the start line on time because of the traffic. So each year since we are sure to leave in plenty of time in case we get caught in traffic. This year there was a little traffic but it moved very quickly. We found our parking spot (which was pretty close to the finish line..yay) and then headed to the port a potties lol!

Since we were there fairly early the line was pretty short. It was still totally dark outside but the race area was well lit up thankfully. We found all our other Sole2Soul Sisters and took our group picture. There was a ton of us!

And of course we had a silly picture too!

My friend Katrina who moved to Auburn this past summer also came to this race! I last saw her in Talladega but it was so good to see her again!

Before long it was 7:00 and time to start! There aren't corrals for this race. You basically start in suggested pace areas. All my sisters were in the back. I told them we should move forward but they didn't want to. I didn't worry too much about it because I knew it really didn't matter when I crossed the start line since I had a timing chip.

In my head I had 3 goals for this race. Goal 1 was to finish in under 2 hours. Goal 2 was to beat my previous PR of 2:02:40. Goal 3 was to finish under 2:10.

I didn't think sub 2 would happen. I wasn't even sure I would be able to beat my previous PR since I felt so amazing that race. But I knew I should be able to come in under 2:10. I told myself I was going to just run the way my body felt. And that's what I did.

The first 2-3 miles I had to weave in and out of people. That was a disadvantage of starting in the back. We weren't even a half a mile in and people were already starting to walk which was frustrating because several just stopped right in front of me.

Mile 1 was in the state park. Then we turned onto the highway at mile 2. Mile 3 we turned into a neighborhood. That is one thing about Mandeville. There are some gorgeous homes there and along the race course!

When we reached mile 4 the crowd was starting to thin out some. I was no longer having to weave and I was in my groove. Then came my favorite part of this course at mile 5...running beside Lake Pontchartrain! It is always gorgeous by the water and the homes are beautiful!

I quickly snapped this picture but didn't know how it was going to turn out since I wasn't going to stop running! I think it came out pretty good!

Around mile 6 we turned into another neighborhood. I remembered this part of the course was where you went into the neighborhood, came out onto a main road, turned around, and then reentered the neighborhood. I was hoping I would see some of my sisters on the opposite side but I only saw 2...Gina and Cindy.

Finally I made it out of the neighborhood maze and I was at mile 7. I knew we would be passing by Varsity Sports where we picked up our packet around mile 8.5. They do a water stop and it's always really fun. Sure enough...they were all dressed up like superheroes! So fun! I grabbed a quick cup of water. I had been alternating water and Gatorade at every other water stop. That is one thing this race never lacks...water stops! There are plenty of them!

Around mile 9.5 we turned onto the bike path that would lead us back into the state park. This part of the race in the past has always been very mental for me. I usually end up walking some. But not this time. I kept on going. I reached mile 10 and looked down at my Garmin. I knew then that I had a shot to finish in under 2 hours. But it would be close. I started praying. I really really wanted that sub 2. Was this my day?

I thought about how proud Andy would be and how proud my friends would be. I wanted it. I could taste it. I kept telling myself to fight for it. Because yes....I was getting tired. But I knew I could do it. I just had to fight!

Mile 11 came and then we turned off the bike path and entered the state park about mile 11.5. I was so close! I reached mile 12 and looked at my Garmin. That's when I knew I was going to do it. I just couldn't stop. I had to keep going. I couldn't slow down.

There is a curve in the road and then a straight shot to the finish line. I was looking for that curve. I got close and could hear the race director, Mike, calling out the names of the people finishing. I reached the curve, I turned, and I could see the finish line.

I remember seeing a spectator on the right side of the road. He yelled at me that I was almost there, to keep pushing, to pick it up because I only had about a minute to come in under 2. I thought to myself that he must have been a runner because he knew the exact words to say to make me speed up!

And there it finish line! And the clock had a time under 2 hours! I remember Mike saying, "Here's one of our friends, Mindy Bobe from Alabama...Road Runner Girl!" It was great hearing that as I crossed the line!

I looked down at my watch and there it was....1:57:26! Not only had I come in under 2 hours but I had 2 minutes to spare!

I got really emotional from that point. I was crying as they handed me my medal. I couldn't hold back the tears. But no one was there to see it. All my friends were still out on the race course. I walked away from the finish line and noise so that I could call Andy. But he didn't answer. I HAD to call someone! I knew Paige was still running but I also knew she would answer. So I called her and tearfully told her I had done it! I had come in under 2 hours! Her scream of excitement was amazing! She said she was proud of me and she would see me soon. She was at mile 9. Then I called Andria (my friend that I've been training with and running all my long runs with who couldn't be there for this race). Andria told me she was going to run a half marathon up and down her street that morning starting at the same time my race started. I figured she would still be running but I hoped she would answer. She did! She was so happy for me! She was at mile 11.5 and told me she would text me when she was finished. She did and had run her 13.1 miles in 2:18! She did about 26 laps up and down her street to reach 13.1 miles...amazing!!!

I took a post race selfie with my race bling! And of course I had to get a picture of my Garmin!

I grabbed an orange slice to refuel. I really wanted my lowfat chocolate milk but they didn't have any. And I had forgotten my cooler with mine in the hotel room.

I headed back towards the finish area and went to see the race director Mike. He gave me a hug and a huge fist bump for my PR!

I also got my official time and placement printed out. My official time was 1:57:24!!!!

Not long after that Gina texted me that she was finished and I met her. She had PRed too with a time of 2:06!!! She took a picture of me with my bling while we waited on our friends to finish.

About an hour later our friends starting coming in. Several of them had run with Lacey...who was 8 months pregnant! It was so awesome seeing her and her hubby come into the finish surrounded by friends!

We all met up at the end for our finisher group picture (minus a few unfortunately).

And I had to get a picture with the best roomies EVER!!! I had so much fun with Paige, Donna, and Susanne!!!

And one last finisher shot of the sub 2 girl!!!

We said goodbye to most of our friends and then me, Paige, Donna, and Susanne all headed towards the post race party! They had music and several vendors there. They had someone cooking hamburgers and pasta salad. There was definitely enough food but I wasn't quite hungry yet. They also had free massages (you may remember I participated in this last year). And there was a place set up with foam rollers so you could roll out those sore muscles. We all took advantage of that!

Then we headed to Paige's mom's house for a quick visit. Then back to the hotel for showers. That shower felt so good! And our hotel had free complimentary coffee that tasted amazing!

We checked out of the hotel and set out to find a place to eat. We were all starving by this point! We stopped at Zea's Rotisserie Grill. The hostess was kind enough to take a picture of all of us in our race shirts and medals!

I think my body was craving protein and salt. I ordered the Kobe Beef Hamburger and french fries. It was amazing!!!

Our super sweet server convinced us to order dessert. We ordered the sweet potato bread pudding to share. It was DIVINE!

We then headed back home. The car ride was full of more laughter! I kept telling everyone I had run a sub 2 half marathon...and of course the great friends that they are...they kept saying, "Really? That's awesome! Congratulations!" And the song of the weekend was..."Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift! We had some pretty awesome dance moves to that song by the time the weekend was over! ;-)

This race was amazing! This was my 4th time running it so I knew what to expect but there were some added perks this year. Everyone got a finisher glass at the end since the series has been running for 5 years. They added some games at the after party. They had officers directing traffic when you were leaving the state park (traffic has always been a nightmare after the race in the past). And my favorite...FREE DIGITAL PHOTOS!!!! The photos haven't all been uploaded yet but when they are I will be sure to post! I can't wait to see them! And I LOVE that they are free!!!

Should you run this race? You'd be crazy not to! Knowing this was my 4th year running it should tell you it's a great race! I'll definitely be back next year!

Oh...and did I tell you? I ran a sub 2 half marathon on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

QOTD: Do you get emotional when you cross the finish line?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Day in Mandeville, LA!

This past weekend I ran the Gulf Coast Half Marathon in Mandeville, Louisiana! I left Saturday morning with my roomies to drive the 2 hours to Mandeville! We were so excited!

The car ride consisted of a ton of laughs, stories, and loud music! It's so much fun being with girlfriends! Before we knew it we arrived in Mandeville. We headed to Varsity Sports to pick up our race packet. Every year we see this huge inflatable pumpkin that is our landmark for the road to turn on. :-)

I love the packet pickup for this race! It's not a huge expo but it's held in a running store that always has great sales that weekend. And yes...I bought something! I got a super cute running shirt (a Nike one for $15) and a cute gray chevron headband! :-)

As soon as we walked into the store we saw the course map for the race! Paige and I have both run this race 3 times before so we knew the route pretty well! It's a great route!

After some shopping we finally headed outside to the backyard to pick up our packets. There were a few vendors out there but not a ton. And they had free coffee and even some snacks! We didn't partake though because we were planning on eating lunch out.

And this race is never complete until you get your picture with Joe Relaxo!

After packet pickup it was time for some lunch! We walked a few houses down to a local restaurant called The Broken Egg Cafe.

It was such a nice day out so we decided to sit outside on the porch. This was a decision we later regretted because our shady spot turned into a sunny one and we got so hot! But the food was good...although they messed up my order. I order something called Simply Fish which was a grilled fish with a side salad and steamed veggies. When they brought out my order it was a different fish entree. But they insisted it was the simply fish. I remembered reading about the entree I got on the talked about redfish topped with a cream sauce with shrimp, sausage, and crawfish on top of a piece of bread. Sounds yummy but I knew it would be loaded with calories. So I wanted the simple grilled fish. Well I ended up just eating it because they insisted it was the simply fish...although when I got my receipt to pay it said redfish. :-( It was good but not really what I wanted. And I only ate half of it since I knew it was loaded in calories. And I only ate a bite of the bread. Oh well...I WAS running a half marathon the next day!

After lunch we had to find a snowball stand! You can't come to Louisiana and not have a snowball! We were worried they would all be closed for the season but we got lucky and found one! And it was so yummy! I got the strawberry shortcake one!

After our snowballs we headed to check into our hotel. We had a really nice room! We all unpacked and relaxed for a bit. Then we decided to visit the Goodwill store that we saw on the way in so we could find throw away jackets for race morning. The temps were supposed to be in the 50's and while that's perfect running weather it is cold for standing around before the race!

I found the perfect throw away...a black velour jacket! And it only cost me $5.42! ;-)

Then we headed to a grocery store to buy some bananas for race morning. And then it was time to meet the 17 other Sole2Soul Sisters that had traveled to this race. We met at Mellow Mushroom for pizza! Oh yes...I was thrilled everyone chose pizza for our pre-race meal since that's my tradition! I'd like to tell you I took a picture of my pizza but I failed to do so. It came out and I devoured it lol! It was so good!

After dinner me and my roomies took a trip to Wal-Mart. Paige forgot her armband for her phone and one of our friends told her she got hers there. We found one that fit and then it was back to the hotel.

We all made sure we had everything ready for the next day. And I, of course, posted my Flat Road Runner Girl for you all to see!

After some more girl talk and giggles, it was lights out!

Stay tuned for my race recap! :-)

QOTD: Do you like to go on race trips with friends or family?



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