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 menu...it 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?

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Weekly Chase #94!

Hey y'all!!! I had an amazing weekend! In case you missed it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...I PRed yesterday!!!! I got my sub 2 half marathon!!! My official time was 1:57:24!!! Yes I am on cloud nine!!!! It was such a fun weekend with my girls....and the PR topped the cake!!! Thanks so much for all your words of encouragement and congratulations yesterday!!!

Now it's time for another Weekly Chase! I'm ready to tell you all about my goals for this week! I hope you will link up your own goals with me too! And feel free to use the badge below in your post too! You can grab the badge HERE! :-)

Road Runner Girl

Here are my goals from last week!

  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yes!!! The #RRGRunStreak is still going strong!
  • Goal #2: Roll and stretch daily. Yes!
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Yes! The scale hasn't changed!
  • Goal #4: Fuel and hydrate for my race. Yes! I drank my water and definitely carbed up well!
  • Goal #5: Pack for my race weekend. Yes! I got this done on Friday!

Here are the goals I'm working on this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Yes I'm still going to run today even though I ran my half yesterday. I'm just going to try to run a little easier. I'm still loving the streak!

Goal #2: Roll and stretch daily. I especially need this after that fast half I ran!

Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. I LOVE the size I am now and want to stay that way! I still need to hold myself accountable for the food choices I make.

Goal #4: Plan dinners for the week. I always do better when my meals are planned. Otherwise I get lazy and want to eat out or grab something quick. 

That's my plan for this week! I hope you do great with your goals this week!!!

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Runner Spotlights #108

Hey everyone! I am running my 25th half marathon this morning!!! Hopefully I am running fast and strong and having an awesome race! ;-)

It's time for another runner spotlight...my favorite time of the week! I love reading other runners' stories about their running journey! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please email me at mindy@roadrunnergirl.com! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be spotlighted...you just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Bri from Run Lift Yoga! She is a very well rounded athlete...she does a lot more than just run! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!

Name: Bri Wilson
State: BC - Canada

When and why did you start running? 
I've always been into hiking, biking and going to the gym, but I used to hate running. I was always last in track and field and despised having to do any sort of running for gym class in high school. But about seven years ago, when I heard a friend talk about training for a half marathon, I decided to see if I could run that distance. I have no idea why, since I hated running. But he made it sound like fun.

I started with 1 km and got winded, wondering to myself why I thought I could do this. But slowly, each week, I ran for another kilometre. And another. Within a year I was up to 20 km, and signed up for my first race, a half marathon. After that, I was hooked.

What is your favorite race and race distance? 
I will always have a special place in my heart for the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon here on Vancouver Island. It’s at sea level, the scenery is beautiful (it’s along the ocean), and the route is just steps from my front door, which makes it convenient to train for. I’m doing the full marathon at this race this year to attempt to qualify for Boston (my third time running the full), but the half marathon is definitely my favorite distance. It’s long enough to be challenging, but short enough that you can push yourself a bit.

What is your race day routine? 
I’m usually up about 3-4 hours before the race, and have breakfast (oatmeal with goji berries, blueberries and plain Greek yyogurt with coffee right away. Then I hang out for a bit, get all my gear on (Garmin, compression socks if it’s longer than 15km, Oiselle roga shorts, whatever tank top I feel like sporting for that race, Brooks PureFlow shoes) and head to the starting line about 15-20 minutes before the start. I usually do a light jog and dynamic warm-up before the gun goes off.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear? 
Can’t run without shoes! I've been running in Brooks PureFlow shoes for the last few years (since they first came out). Best shoes I've ever had; perfect for my flat feet.

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running? 
I eat a whole foods plants based diet, and increase my carb intake slightly when I get into high mileage marathon training (about 300-350 grams a day). I should probably take iron supplements, but I don’t like them. I try to get as much iron as I can from food. Otherwise there isn't anything special I take that’s different from my normal diet.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running? 
That I should have been strength training and fixing my running form from the start -- I would have prevented lots of injuries and pain in that first year if I did! I got a coach after a year of running who helped me a lot in that regard. I've gotten stronger, faster and haven’t been injured in two years thanks to lifting weights and training smarter.

What is your fondest running memory? 
Crossing the finish line after 11 hours of running at the Squamish 50K trail ultra. I thought I wasn't going to make it before the cut off. That was the hardest race I've ever done, and I had never been so happy to see people again after 11 hours alone in the wilds of the BC mountains. My boyfriend was standing there waiting for me at the finish line and handed me a bottle of champagne. All I wanted to do was take my shoes off and stuff a burger into my mouth. 

What is one thing that most people do not know about you? 
Even though I’m a certified strength coach, I don’t like team sports. I’m so uncoordinated, and am not a natural athlete at all. It’s taken me almost eight year of running to get to the fitness level I’m at now. I went from a 4:36 marathon time to a 3:41 -- I think anything is possible with enough hard work and dedication. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I just launched my personal training business, Koru Personal Training, and will be offering online coaching, marathon training programs and nutrition plans.

Here are all the different ways you can connect with Bri!

Thanks for sharing with us Bri!!!

QOTD: Who raced this weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fitness Friday...October 17th Edition!

2 days till race day!!! I'm excited about my race...and a girls weekend!!! This week seemed to drag by...I think because I'm so excited! ;-)

I ran all my runs in new shoes this week and it really made a difference! Yay for new shoes...and lock laces! :-)

I did get to go on our weekly coffee date with my sister. And on Thursday both my boys had a field trip...to the same place! They went to see the play, "Beauty and the Beast." One of Hayden's classmates was a wolf in the play so it was awesome getting to see her perform!

Now it's Fitness Friday time! I'm excited to tell you all about my runs this week! I tried to take it easy this week since I have my half marathon on Sunday. I only ran one 5K this week when usually I run at least 2.

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:31, 2.50 mile run in 20:52 average pace 8:20

  • Sunday- 2.51 mile run in 20:26 average pace 8:09 And my hubby got up with me and ran a mile!!!
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:10, 2.25 mile run in 18:56 average pace 8:25

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:15, 2.25 mile run in 19:11 average pace 8:31

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:30, 2.26 mile run in 18:57 average pace 8:23 (And I woke up to a dead Garmin on this morning even though it was fully charged when I went to bed. Grrr!)

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:15, 3.12 mile run in 26:06 average pace 8:23

The running went pretty good this week. Sunday and Monday my legs felt pretty tired. The runs themselves were great but afterwards my legs felt tired the rest of the day. Maybe they were just getting used to the new shoes? Luckily they got better as the week went on.

My eating was great this week! I'm still having a hard time eating as many calories as needed to maintain. My body has gotten used to eating the amount needed for weight loss so it's hard to eat more. But I'm working on it. 

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 super excited about my half marathon this weekend! I don't really have a goal...just to run the way my body feels. I eventually want to run a sub 2 half (since I was so close in Talladega) but I didn't train for that for this race so I doubt it will happen. Hopefully I will run strong and fast though! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Taper Run!

Currently training for: 
Gulf Coast Half Marathon Mandeville (use code ROADRUNNERGIRL for $20 off!)
St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon
Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (use code ROADRUNNERGIRL for $10 off the full and half and ROADRUNNERGIRL10k for $5 off the 10K!)
Disney Glass Slipper Challenge
Seaside Half Marathon

This past weekend it was taper time! My next half marathon is on Sunday!!! So on the schedule was an 8 mile run. Andria and I decided to run on our own again. We also ran the same route as last week but turned around sooner. We just love that route and wanted to run it again!

But the weather wasn't as nice this time. It was hot! The temps were back in the high 70's and the humidity was 100%! It made this run tough!

The first few miles flew by! We had lots to talk about and minimal traffic. Before we knew it we had made it to our first water stop. We both almost drank that entire bottle since it was so hot!

Before long we made it to mile 4. We turned around and that's when I started to notice that my legs seemed really tired. I guess the humidity was starting to take a toll.

But lucky for us....someone had left some motivation on the sidewalk! That helped me forget about my tired legs and that I was struggling.

That helped us make it to our last water stop. We then had only 2 miles to go! I could tell I started to pick up speed around this point. My legs no longer felt tired. There was also a breeze along this stretch of road that helped!

The last mile I don't think Andria and I said a word to each other. We had left the safety of the sidewalk (there weren't any) and were running on the side of the road. The traffic had picked up immensely so we were both just concentrating on watching the cars. It's funny how some cars are so nice and go way around you where others don't.  :-(

Finally after what seemed like forever we reached 8 miles! This run seemed so much tougher than even the 12 miler we ran a few weeks ago! After looking at my Garmin some of that was explained. We had been running a pretty fast pace! And the heat and humidity didn't help.

I'm always thankful that I have a running partner that runs the same pace as me! Andria is awesome!!! I only wish she was running the race with me this next weekend. I'll be there with friends but none of them are my pace so I'll be running the race on my own. Hopefully I will run good!

After the run I went inside and had my low fat chocolate milk! Soooo good! I have a feeling they won't have chocolate milk at the end of the race so I will have a cooler in my car with some waiting! :-)

QOTD: Have your legs ever felt really tired during a long run? Did it ease up later in the run?



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