Wednesday, September 28, 2011


"Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance, and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back."

I took my first Pilates class at the gym last night as a substitute for Yoga since Yoga wasn't offered at a time I could go and I'm going to have to say I'm hooked!

I was pretty skeptical about the whole ordeal because I've never taken a class before and I was curious to see how it differed from yoga. I set up my mat and stretched out a bit since I was still pretty sore from Sports Conditioning the night before. The teacher came in and was annoyingly positive, pretty, and skinny with abs of pure steel.

Ok, she wasn't annoying, she was actually really sweet and knowledgeable and I was kind of jealous of her!

Anyway - the class started with 20 minutes of straight core work. I was already hurting from yesterday so this was not an easy task, but I managed to power through. We then worked through some side, back, and stomach stretches, which I won't lie, I felt a little silly doing even though they all felt really good. Everything we did seemed to work my abs (core) which is a big part of Pilates so I'm going to hope/assume I was doing the positions correctly.

Even though the class was only 45 minutes long and we barely moved from the floor I felt like I got just as good of an ab workout as I would have going to the abs class. I even felt as stretched out and limber as I did after a good yoga class.

I really enjoyed myself and the class last night and wouldn't be surprised if I started going on a regular basis! Yay Pilates!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I think it's about time....

I take my iron suppliments again.

That big sucker right below my knee cap is from falling during sprints at Sports Conditioning (AKA do sprints, sit-ups, and push-ups for an hour) at the gym last night, the other is fairly old and maybe from the Oktoberfest over the weekend? Might be just from being clumsy and walking into things in general.

PS - 18 days till the 10k and I don't feel prepared in the slightest.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Boo! Run For Life 10k

So much for giving myself a month off training before the 15k in December! Yesterday afternoon I signed up for the Boo! Run For Life 10k that is Oct 16th.

This basically happened when I signed up for the race...pretend Jake is me and Heath is the act of signing up for races...

This race just so happens to be the weekend after my birthday weekend that I am spending in Nashville, TN with 2 of my very best girlfriends. Blugh. I can assure you that no running will actually get done that weekend and lots of drinking/country line dancing will. Somehow, between right now and a few weeks I have to get back to 6 mi.

I just ran 13.1, it can't be THAT hard, right?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Want to see something gross?

Pretty nasty, right? Yeah, I can assure you it doesn't feel so good either. That super black one started to bruise immediately after the 1/2 marathon and was only made worse by people stepping on my feet at the bar last night.

I've never seen, let alone HAD, a bruised toe/toenail before. As intriguing as it is I'd kind of rather it go back to normal so I can paint my toenails again.

Monday, September 5, 2011

VA Beach Rock N' Roll Half Marathon

The half marathon has come and gone in an insant and it's BIZZARE that it's over! I had such a fantastsic long weekend it's so weird that it's done and I don't feel like I have to spend 90 percent of my week training. I can go to happy hour tomorrow and not feel bad about it! Yay!

The weekend started off with Joey and Marisa meeting at my house at 9am to start the long 3.5 hour journey to VA Beach. We had quite the trip eating sour patch kids, drinking coffee, playing Would You Rather, and eating Subway on the curb of a rest stop.

Once we finally made it to VA Beach we had to stop off at the Convention Center Expo to pick up our race packets/swag bags and get sucked into signing up for more races and buying running clothes. We didn't end up staying long because we wanted to check into the hotel and hit the beach as soon as possible.

We stayed at The Sandcastle hotel, a lovely little hotel right on the beach with rooms that looked like the red light district.

Roxxxxannnneeeee, you don't have to put on the red liiiighttt!

It had a great view of the beach and the boardwalk, but we ended up spending the majority of the afternoon laying on the beach and meeting up with Marisa's friend Scott and his room mate, Bobby. We hung out with them for a while and then Joey, Marisa, and I went back to the room to shower and get ready for dinner with Scott, Bobby, John, and Lauren. After looking for somewhere to eat for over an hour that didn't have a 2 hour wait we ended up at a bar/restaraunt called Calypso that was basically begging us to get drunk. Of course with having to get up at 5am the next morning, no one was going to drink so it was extra torture to have all the tables around us being served drinks. Dinner ended up taking FOREVER and was a total disapointment, but the company was good...when we weren't ready to gauge eachothers eyes out because we were all so hungry. After dinner ended around 10pm, and we stopped for icecream on the way home at Ben & Jerrys, we bid eachother farewell until 6am the next morning.

The alarm blared at 5am, which I'm sure you know isn't anyones favorite time of day by ANY stretch of the imagination. The 3 of us preceded to mope around the room getting ready and caught the shuttle to the Convention Center.

Marisa, Joey, & I

We hung out around the starting line with thousands of other runners until we had to bid farewell and head to our seperate corrals. I headed over to corral 14, hoping to run into my room mate, Megan, and of course immediately as I saw her I FLUNG myself onto her in a huge anxious and nervous bear hug. We hung out in the corral and slowly crept our way to the starting line every 2 minutes as other waves begun their 13.1 mile journey. Ours didn't start until 7:30am. I shockingly didn't get nervous until about 5 minutes before we started. Our corral was having too much fun being called serious drinkers with a running problem! It made me laugh a lot because it's pretty spot on.

Then the whistle blew and we were on our way.

I was shocked how easy the first 3 miles felt on my body. I was way too high on adrenaline. Spectators were cheering left and right and runners were screaming and cheering for eachother. I think I had the biggest s*** eating grin on my face the whole time. We ran up and over a bridge around mile 2 or 3, then mile 4 passed, then 5 and 6. Once 6 hit I kept telling myself it was all a race to the finish line from here! By this point the people in corral 1 were already at mile 11 and I could see them running past us slow-pokes. It didn't phase me in the slightest. I felt great passing people who were walking and I wasn't yet. Mile 7 was up ahead and I could see it! LAND HO!! Marisa and I would say.

I had already taken a Espresso Love Gu before the race and stopped a few times for water along the way and was feeling pretty good.

Around mile 8 my body started to really feel it. My legs were shaking and I was huffing and puffing, but I was still moving. That silly blue fish from Finding Nemo was in my head chanting just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming! Before I knew it I was coming up on mile 10 and REALLY hurting. My knee was REALLY unhappy with me and I had to stop and walk for a few seconds. I think it was around there I ran into Megan and what a sight for sore eyes! We ran/walked together for the next .5 miles before she took off ahead of me. I had about 2.5 miles to go before the finish line and I was determined to get there!

I'm not going to lie, I might have been shuffling a little bit. Ok, maybe a lotta bit! I was hurting. My knee was wobbly and painful and my legs felt like dead weights, but I was NOT going to let that stop me. Those last 2.5 miles were the toughest miles I've run in my whole running career. ESPECIALLY having to run up that bridge again. Did I say run? I may or may not have actually walked up the hill and then run the 2 miles back.

The last .5 miles was down the boardwalk and you could see the finish line the WHOLE TIME. It was somewhat torture, but I had to keep reminding myself that every step I took was a step towards the end.

And then it was over.

2 hours - 29 minutes - 44 seconds.

Four plus months spent training and it was done. I grabbed a water bottle and downed it in about 30 seconds. Then I grabbed a banana, a granola bar, and a Cytomax, and tried not to pass out. I grabbed my medal, choked back tears...and vomit, and lurched toward my posse waiting on the beach.

Everyone was hurting a bit, but proud of everyone else for finishing! I was the last one to finish and the only one not willing to walk back to the MGD tent to claim my free beer because I felt like I was going to lose my breakfast all over the beach. We sat on the beach gaining back some strength before heading back to our respective hotels for showers and naps and meeting at the bar.

Marisa, Scott, Bobby, Me, Joey

We relaxed the rest of the weekend away with some drinks, live music, good food, and lots of groaning from the mornings festivities - and after a lovely brunch this morning we all headed on our way home.

I'm SO proud to say I've finished and super proud of everyone who ran it (Marisa, Joey, Scott, Bobby, John & Lauren, Megan & Ari, and Sara). GREAT job everyone!

Now on to the next one...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

3 days to go

So, I just finished my last run before the race. Not going to lie, I wish it felt a lot better, but it could have felt a lot worse! I ran 3 today on the TM and 3.5 yesterday on the W&OD trail with Sara and Sunday I'm just going to wing it and hope for the best! I'm going to spend the rest of the night relaxing on the couch with an icepack strapped to my knee.
This has been a long time coming and I'm thrilled to get it over with (that sounds worse then I meant it...), rest up, and get on to the next race!

This will probably be the last post before the race, but I'm sure I will report afterwards on time and how it went! Again, wish me luckkkk!