Tuesday, February 28, 2012

4.5 Miles with the Sole2Soul Sisters!!!

Stats-
4.58 miles/51:58
Average pace- 11:21

Another training run with the 5K to 10K group! These ladies amaze me more and more at every run! They ROCKED those 4.5 miles tonight! I'm so blessed to be a part of helping them achieve their goals!!! AND...5 days until my FIRST FULL MARATHON!!!!! :-)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Marathon Training Week 15...Disney Princess Half Marathon!!!

Stats-
13.1 miles/3:11:36
Average pace- 14:37
Average MOVING pace (per Garmin)- 11:28

Running this race was a super surprise for me! I wasn't planning on running it (although I really wanted to) because it was the weekend before my marathon. My mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and aunt-in-law were all running it again this year. One of the girls that was going with them cancelled and they had an extra ticket to the parks and asked me if I wanted to go. Um...of COURSE I wanted to go!!! It ended up being icing on the cake when I was able to run the race AND go to Disney World! And the next best part...I got to run the entire race with my good friend Stephanie who had moved to Chattanooga 2 months ago! We had a blast! I needed to take it easy since my training only called for 8 miles this weekend. We ran slow, stopped at almost every character stop for pictures, and just had a blast!!! It was amazing! The only down sides were having to weave in and out of all the walkers and the long lines to get your picture taken with the characters. Last year, I was in corral A so I didn't have to weave through walkers or wait in any lines. But that's ok...it was still the BEST RACE EVER!!! So blessed that I got to run it again this year!!! :-)

Here are all the pictures!!!

Me and my sister-in-law Katie right before we left our room to catch the bus to the start line (at 3:30 AM)!


Ready to RUN!!!


Loved this sign telling us where to go (how long we had to walk) after we got off the buses!


Me and Stephanie in our corral before the race started!!!


About to enter The Magic Kingdom!!!


Running through Cinderella's castle is one of the best parts of this race!!!


Alice in Wonderland Crew!


Prince Charming!


The Princess and the Frog!


Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Sawyer's favorite!


Beauty and the Beast and Gaston!


Pocahontas!


Love that I got to run this race with Stephanie!!!  Miss her so much!


All the princes!!!


Pirates!!!  Jack Sparrow of course!


We did it!!!  Not my best time for a half but the most fun I've ever had in a race!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

WiNdY 3!

Stats-
3.1 miles/32:08
Average pace- 10:20

Where did that wind come from??? Despite the wind, I had a great run! One of those runs where you just feel it the whole time and realize why you love it so much! Yay! Now I'm ready to relax on the couch and watch American Idol!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

4 Miles with the Sole2Soul Sisters 5K to 10K Group

Stats-
4 miles/45:28
Average pace- 11:22

Tonight I ran with the Sole2Soul Sisters that are training for a 10K! They had to run 4 miles and they all did AWESOME! I ran with Donna tonight! She was an awesome lady! She just turned 50 years old and is out there running! So proud of her! It is amazing how these ladies bless me so much! And I'm also able to get a good run in too!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Marathon Training Week 14...10 Leisurely Miles!

Stats-
10 miles/1:57:27
Average pace- 11:44

This was my last double digit run before the marathon!  I can't believe I will be running 26.2 in two weeks!!!  The run was a little different today because we ran in the afternoon instead of the early morning like I'm used to.  The first few miles were yucky but then the rest of the run was great!  We decided to just take our time and run at a relaxing pace.  So glad we did...the run turned out to be very enjoyable!  At the end, we walked 1.5 miles back to the car to cool down...really enjoyed that! 

Me at the halfway mark!  It was hot today...see the lovely beads of sweat on my forehead? Lol!


Now...ready to enjoy the weekend!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Solo 3!

Stats-
3.11 miles/32:31
Average pace- 10:28

A solo run it was for me tonight...because I decided I want to sleep in tomorrow morning instead of getting up before dawn to run with the girls. Yeah I know...lazy! But at least I got my run done tonight! It was pretty boring without my girls to talk to but I got it done. Now ready to relax the night away!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Marathon Training Week 13...22 Miles and Last Long Run!

Stats-
22 miles/4:07:19
Average pace- 11:14
Yeah...you definitely don't look pretty after running 22 miles!!!

This was my last long run before the marathon...it's taper time now baby! The weather was cold and really really windy. We had to run against the wind most of the route and that was pretty taxing. I did good though...I ran the entire time but those last 3 miles were slow, steady, and super tough. Not to mention...I had to go to the bathroom those last 3 miles so that was not fun. I am super tired and at this point am unsure how I'm going to go another 4.2 miles. But I'm just gonna have faith that God will pull me through and get me to that finish line! We had tons of ladies running with us this morning...they jumped in at various miles along the route and that really helps to have a new face show up! So blessed to have these awesome ladies in my life! Leah...my friend from Pace drove over last night to run with us this morning! It was so great to have her here!!! She did awesome! Here's Katrina, Leah, and me after our 22!

Now...my congratulations present to myself is The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD!!! Headed to the store to grab my copy now! :-)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hills + New Route = Not So Bad Hills!!!

Stats-
3.11 miles/31:53
Average pace- 10:15

I love running new routes!!! This one was completely new...the neighborhood is hilly and so we've always stayed away from it lol! Actually, it wasn't as hilly as we thought...and the hills we did encounter were not as bad as we thought they'd be. And overall...the run was just great! I haven't had a great 3 mile run in a long time! So happy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sole2Soul Sisters 5K to 10K Group...Week 1

Stats-
3 miles/37:12
Average pace- 12:23

We started training some of our couch to 5kers tonight who wanted to keep going! These ladies are such a blessing! I am looking forward to getting to know them all and help them accomplish their 10K goal! I ran with Melissa tonight...she did AWESOME and ran the entire 3 miles! I am so proud of these amazing women!!! The next 7 weeks are going to be fun!!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Marathon Training Week 12...10 Miles Down By the Bay!

Stats-
10 miles/1:49:50
Average pace- 10:59

While driving to meet everyone to run, it was pouring down rain. Luckily, the rain stopped and we ran rain free!!! It was a great run but super dark the first half. One of our girls fell...she tripped over a reflector in the road and got beat up pretty bad. She's ok but scared us all! Love these early morning runs but when it's so dark it can be dangerous. 4 more weeks until my first marathon!!! 22 miler next week and then taper time.  I'm so excited!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Foggy 3 on Groundhog Day!

Stats-
3 miles/31:10
Average pace- 10:23

After all the rain we had yesterday, I guess it was inevitable that today's run would be foggy...and muggy...and wet. Ugh! The run was good but the weather was not. But...it's done! And according to the groundhog...6 more weeks of winter. I guess that's ok since this winter hasn't been very wintery lol!



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