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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gulf Coast Half Marathon on Pensacola Beach...AND A NEW PR!!!!

13.1 miles/2:24:37
Average pace- 11:02

13.32 miles/2:24:39
Average pace- 10:52

On the way to the race this morning, we stopped at McDonald's for a bathroom break and guess who I ran into?  My Aunt Cathy and Uncle George!!!  Aunt Cathy was running the race today too and I was hoping to see her!  Never thought I'd run into her at the same potty stop lol!  Of course, I had to have a picture with her!

Here are a few pre race pictures!

Paige, me, and Christina!

Me and Paigey and our "every race" picture together!
Sole2Soul Sisters ready to run 13.1!
Lisa (my friend from DailyMile...LOVE this girl), me, and Paige!  SO glad we got to see Lisa and her hubby Jeremy before the race!
I was sooo happy to see Tamara!!!  I graduated high school with her and haven't seen her since.  She contacted me on Facebook a few months ago about running and this was her first half today!  She did great!!!
And here are a few more of my friends from DailyMile!  Some of them I don't know but I met Steve for the first time yesterday at packet pick-up!  He's the man on the end right of the picture!  Super sweet and encouraging guy!

I went into this race not expecting much...I was just going to have fun running.  The weather was hot, humid, and very windy at the start so I knew it would be a little difficult with all of those factors.  The first 3 miles were typical for me...couldn't find my groove.  But once I warmed up I felt amazing!!!  I just ran the way I felt...slowed down when I wanted and sped up when I wanted.  I never hit a wall and never had to walk.  Well, that apparently worked pretty well for me because I PRed by about 3 minutes!!!!!  I am sooo excited!!!!  I said at the start that this was not a race to PR at due to the weather...and then I proved myself wrong lol! 

It was great seeing so many people that I haven't seen in forever or have just met for the first time...Lisa, Jeremy, Steve, Tamara, Coby, and my Aunt Cathy and Uncle George!!!  That is one of the best things about a smaller race...usually you find your people! 

Here's some of us after the race!

We are proud of our medals!!!  It's all about the bling you know!  ;-)

I love this race series!  They have super unique medals...they serve as bottle openers!

And the shirt is always super cute too!  It's not a tech shirt but is really soft!

Now I'm going to bask in my accomplishment with my four year old boy is pretty proud of his momma...he's been wearing my medal ever since I got home!  :-)

Thursday, April 12, 2012


3.11 miles/30:17
Average pace- 9:45

What a fabulous run! It was hot but there was a cool breeze that helped so much! This was one of those runs where I felt like I was flying and could run forever! LOVE those kind of runs! 13.1 on 9th half marathon!!! And...I am so excited about the Disney World Marathon in January 2013!  Now I have to plan my outfit lol!  :-)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Second Full Marathon?

So....I get a text today from my friend Paige saying Sally (another friend) has convinced her to run a marathon with her (it will be Sally's first full and Paige's third full).  Paige tells me I have to do it you know where the marathon is????  IN DISNEY WORLD!!!!  Do these girls know me or what?  I LOVE Disney races!!!  26.2 miles in the most magical place in the world?  How could I say no?  So yes...I am officially registered for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon in January!!!  Whoop whoop!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


3.11 miles/31:34
Average pace- 10:09

It's been 4 days since I've ran! I was ready to get out there! The run felt pretty good...although short runs are not my favorite. My hip doesn't seem to be getting any worse but I am going to take a full two weeks off from running after the half on Sunday. I'm sure my body needs some recovery time from the marathon AND this half. Excited about my ninth half marathon on Sunday!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday Run!

11 miles/2:02:18
Average pace- 11:07

What a gorgeous morning for a run! Perfect weather...temps were in the 50's! The moon was full and beautiful and the sunrise was gorgeous! God's love and grace were shown all around me this morning! SO thankful for His sacrifice for me! My hips have started to hurt after my past few runs. :-( I am thinking it is time for new shoes...I've hit 300 miles on these and usually around that time I start getting aches and pains. Time to head to the running store! I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Got Chocolate Milk?

I'm a Chocolate Milk Refuel Team REFUEL finalist! Vote for me to get sponsored, win training gear, and the chance to star in a "got chocolate milk?" ad! Sweet!

Remember how I told you about making a video for Chocolate Milk Refuel's Team Refuel at the Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Expo in this post? Well, the videos are up and voting has begun!!! You can vote for me once a day until the last day of April...please, pretty please with chocolate milk on top, VOTE for me EVERY DAY!!!

Here's the link to my video (don't laugh's a lot of pressure to say something on camera) and where you can vote once a day!!!  You can watch my video below but you MUST go to the link to vote!  Thanks so much!!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Run With the Girls!

3.5 miles/37:24
Average pace- 10:40

Paige and Sarah met me for a run this afternoon! It was nice having someone to talk to and not running by myself! I've missed my girl time during my runs! Now I'm headed out with Paige to Book Club...our friend Stephanie who moved away a few months ago is back in town and will be there! Yay!



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