Friday, April 17, 2015

Fitness Friday...April 17th Edition!

Well it was back to school week for me after a wonderful Spring Break! I came back to a fun's Teacher Appreciation Week at my school! My students lavished me with all kinds of gifts each day! I feel so loved and spoiled!

Monday's blessings!

Tuesday's blessings!

Wednesday's blessings!

Thursday's blessings!

Thursday night my preschool took all of the teachers out to dinner! We went to Stix...a Hibachi restaurant. I made sure to run a little longer that morning so I would have extra calories to eat lol! It was so yummy!

It has been a great week! I can't believe that I only have 4 more weeks of school left until summer break!

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I've had some great runs this week. I also went to my chiropractor, Dr. Justin, about my hip. My hip was out of alignment so he adjusted it. He also did ART on my tight hip flexor and IT Band. He taped me for my half marathon this weekend so hopefully I will have a good race. :-)

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.69 mile run in 13:58 average pace 8:16

  • Sunday- 2.27 mile run in 18:33 average pace 8:11
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.67 mile run in 14:07 average pace 8:27

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:06, 1.68 mile run in 14:13 average pace 8:29

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.68 mile run in 14:02 average pace 8:22

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:05, 2.27 mile run in 18:59 average pace 8:22

My runs were great this week. My hip didn't bother me as much as it did last week. And now that I'm getting treatment from Dr. Justin hopefully the hip will recover quickly. 

This weekend is the Biggest Loser Half Marathon! The weather is looking nasty though. There are thunderstorms in the forecast during the time we are running. Hopefully the rain will hold off!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Biggest Loser Half Training...Taper Week!

Currently training for:
Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon
Disney Glass Slipper Challenge
Seaside Half Marathon
Azalea Trail Run
Crescent City Classic
Biggest Loser Half Marathon

Fiesta of Five Flags 10K

I've had a super busy past few weeks of racing! I've really been in taper mode for about 3 weeks now since my last long run of 10 miles was 3 weeks ago. Then I ran two 10K races the past two weekends. So this weekend I needed to run a little more than 6.2 miles. I opted to run 8-10. My hip has been bothering me and I didn't want to aggravate it too much. So I just told myself if I felt good I'd try for 10. Otherwise I'd just run 8.

Luckily some of my Sole2Soul Sisters had planned a 10 mile run so I decided to run with them. Rain was in the forecast so we played it by ear that morning to see how far we would be able to run. We were hoping the thunderstorms would hold out until we were done.

It was pretty humid. But there was a little breeze so that helped. We started running...and right away I knew I was starting out way too fast. But I kept going. Running fast doesn't bother the hip as much as running a slower pace does.

It was nice to talk to friends that I don't get to run with often. That kept my mind off of the run. But I could already tell it was probably going to be an 8 mile day. I just couldn't get in my groove. I also kept getting a side stitch. And the hip was getting sorer and sorer.

We stopped for water around mile 4. Then we kept pushing on...but I slowed down some. No negative splits this run. Around the 6 mile mark I knew that I just wasn't feeling it and the smart thing to do was to just run 8 miles.

I said goodbye to my friends around mile 6.75 and headed back to my car on my own. started raining at this point too. Luckily it was just a light rain.

It didn't take too long and I reached my 8 miles. I had a short walk back to my car.

It by far wasn't a very good run for me. I struggled both physically (because of my hip) and mentally during this one. But it's done.

I have the Biggest Loser Half Marathon this weekend. I've been kicking butt in my races lately so I know it's ok if this one doesn't go as well. I'm not planning to PR. I'm just planning to finish...hopefully pain free.

This long run doesn't have me feeling very confident...but hopefully that just means the race will be one of those great days for running. My fingers are crossed!

QOTD: How do you deal with bad runs?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Visit to the Florida Caverns State Park!

One of our days this Spring Break we traveled with my husband's parents 2.5 hours away to Marianna, Florida. We went to visit the Florida Caverns! My husband and I visited there 14 years ago on our honeymoon but haven't been back since. I was super excited for my boys to tour the cave! I knew they would love it! Here are some pictures from our cave tour! After the tour we took a 20 minute hike through the Hardwood Forest. We had so much fun!

The boys in front of the statue of the workers that dug out the cave!

Heading down into the cave! It was amazing how the temperature dropped! Inside the cave it is 65 degrees year round!

There was a tiny bat at the entrance of the cave! He was so cute!

We weren't allowed to touch anything in the cave because it damages it. But they did have one stalactite (or stalagmite) that we could touch!

It was a really fun day trip! The boys thought the cave was super cool! And all the adults did too! ;-)

QOTD: Have you ever been inside a cave?



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