Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon Recap.

Hope the sun is shining down your way and you’re having a great Monday! The weather is crazy beautiful in Dallas today. I am loving it! Let’s recap Sunday’s race, shall we?

As some of you know I was so thankful to get the opportunity thanks to Brooks to run the Rock n Roll Dallas half marathon on Sunday. I absolutely love this race and try to run it just about every year! Since completing a few ultras in the last year (50k, then my first 50 miler last May and my first 100 miler this past February) its funny because the 13.1 distance feels kind of short to me now. But that’s perfect because I was able to work on my speed and push the pace a bit!

I made my way to the health and fitness expo on Saturday to pick up my race swag. As always the expo is crazy packed with people so we made our way in and out of there. I am loving the race shirts this year with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in the background. Nice little touch.

Race morning me and my homegirl Tracy hitched a ride with a sweet friend who offered to give us a ride to the race site. I was so very grateful for her friend for giving us the ride because the traffic and parking was crazy. We did a little warm up and of course had a little photoshoot, because that is what runners do.

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We lined up to the start and went our own ways. She is my training buddy but is a tad faster than me so I was off on my own. I turned my music up and was off. Coming off of running the 100 miler just last month I just knew I wanted to push the pace a bit and definitely try for sub 2 hours. I would have been happy with 1:59:59! I honestly did not taper AT ALL for this race. I just love to run and have been doing a lot of it. I got in a total of 67 miles last week, doing a few two a days. So I kind of wanted to test my legs and see how they would do without a taper.

Temps were soaring that day, getting into the 80s. Perfect poolside weather! But not the most ideal for racing. It was crazy humid too and the course is a tad hilly. So I had a few obstacles in my way but I did not give up and fought the heat and humidity. I had several miles well under a 8 minute pace but once we hit the hills at mile 8 combined with the temps I felt like toast. Then the race heads back downhill into downtown and I was able to pick back up where I’d left off with the pace. I honestly did not know how I’d do since I finished this race in 1:54 last year but I totally exceeded my expectations and ran it in under 1:50. Hello, 1:48:23! Course PR for me so I was a happy camper.

Such a fun day overall and I am so thankful for these strong legs for carrying me though. 13.1 number 31 is done.

How was your weekend? Did anyone else run Rock n Roll Dallas?

New 26.2 PR…BMW Dallas Marathon Recap.

Well the spoiler alert in the title says it all…am I right? Anyway, hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I sure did. I gave myself an early Christmas present…a fabulous new marathon PR. Let’s discuss, shall we?

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So the weekend started off pretty mellow. I scaled back the miles last week leading up to Sunday’s race. Friday I did a little shakeout run and then Saturday I rested the legs. Me and my homegirl Tracy went up to the Dallas Marathon expo to pick up our runner swag. I loved the graffiti art on the wall.

Saturday night I laid out my clothes and I was ready to go. Gotta love this shirt. Running wild. That is me indeed.

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Race day! Tracy and I got up extra early, got a ridiculously awesome spot right by the race site in downtown Dallas and then walked around to find our Irving Running Club buddies. Here’s just a few of the crew. We had lots of runners doing the half and full marathons that day.

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I lined up to the start ready to go. Temps were pretty chilly, with a light misty rain and a bit of humidity. Not the most amazing conditions, but not too shabby either. I was loving the chill in the air. The start was really awesome too, they had some fireworks going off, and a few Olympic runners (Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi just to name a few) were there as well. Meb did a little speech and sent us on our way.

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I started off running with my girl Tracy who was going out with guns blazing. One of the things I loved the most about this training season was doing a lot of my training with her. She is a bit of a faster runner so she really pushed me and motivated me to keep up. I’m so thankful for her! I had to pull back a bit because I knew for me I was starting out a bit fast. I reigned it back into a solid pace that I knew I could hold for a while. I also tracked myself so I was getting alerts on my phone on how I was doing, my estimated finish time and etc. The first few miles literally seemed to fly by. I loved seeing my friends and runner family out on this course. Running in my hometown is absolutely the best.

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I clocked my first half at around 1:51 and some change feeling good. And honestly feeling like I could still hold strong through the second half (something I’ve definitely had trouble with in the past). We went through White Rock Lake and over some hills which I also felt strong on. I felt a bit tired around mile 20 but I knew I could push through still and bust that wall down. I took a salted caramel gu and just kept trucking. I also had my hydration pack with plenty of water so I didn’t really stop at many water stops this time, only to take in a few sips of gatorade. Just keep trucking…relentless forward progress…is what I kept saying to myself for most of this run.

I will just say this. I went into this race with the intention to PR. I knew without a shadow of a doubt, despite the weather, and whatever obstacles I would face that day…that it was going to happen for me. Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I believed I was capable of this strong of a race. After a few years, and after my previous fastest time, finally the stars aligned and it was my moment. I wasn’t sure if it would be under 3:50. Honestly, I would have been ecstatic with that time as well! But I flew into that finish line with a solid 3:47 and some change finish. Smiling from ear to ear. I did it. And my goodness…does it feel oh so good.

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There is nothing sweeter than a new marathon PR.

26.2 number 22 complete.

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How was your weekend? Did anyone run the Dallas Marathon or any other fun race? If so…congrats!

2016 Marine Corps Marathon Recap.

Well hi there! Sorry for the race recap delay. I am finally back from my Washington DC getaway! Hope all is well in your world. Let’s do a little marathon race recapping, shall we?

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I had such a marvelous time…so fun getting to see college friends and many friends who I consider more family than anything else. This was my 4th time running this race and my 21st full marathon. It’s actually one of the only marathons I’ve run more than once! I just love the challenge of the course, the marines cheering you on every step of the way, and the organization overall. It is hands down one of the best 26.2 experiences around.

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So since I arrived late on Friday we got up fairly early on Saturday to head to the race expo. I loved the change of expo location…the National Harbor which is absolutely beautiful. I kind of wished I had more time to explore this area but I loved it.

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I grabbed my race number, took some pics with Marines and I was ready to go.

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Sunday funday! Race morning was quite the early morning for me. Since I stayed with a girlfriend who lives right outside of DC she was gracious enough to take me straight to race headquarters to jump on the shuttle for the race. This process was actually much more organized than I thought it would be. Since the Metro rail stations opened late a lot of people had to do the shuttle thing that morning to arrive to the race on time. It actually all really worked out and I preferred this honestly over taking the Metro! It was much faster and security check in was a breeze. I got there about an hour before the start and got a pretty pic of the sunrise and cool flyover before the race.

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We got the ready set go and we were off. It’s usually close to 30,000 who run this race every year and we all kind of start together. So the start was slow and it’s a lot of weaving in and out but eventually the crowds thinned out and I made my way through.

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I definitely had a strategy for this race going in. I wanted to ideally get close to the 4 hour mark this time as I knew my training had been pretty on point this go round. And honestly it has been over 4 years since my injury that I had gone sub 4 so even saying that to people as far as my goal scared the living shit out of me. But that was definitely in the back of my mind for the day. I started off strong with my pace and held on solid for a majority of this race. I fought through a couple of side cramps and random issues but I felt good mentally and physically through about mile 22 or so.

Once I hit Crystal City around miles 22-23 there was a ton of energy which really helped when I was feeling super tired and not into it. Then the race kind of winds back around and we end it with a huge climb on to the finish. The Iwo Jima hill ya’ll…it is nothing to mess with. It’s basically a death march with all of the spectators watching so you kind of have to keep your game face on. Around this time I stopped looking at my watch because I knew I was just tired and super ready to be done. When it was all said and done…I came here and did what I have been wanting to do for over 4 years now. Finished with a freaking sub 4! Hallelujah and thank you baby Jesus. Nearly AN HOUR faster than my last Marine Corps Marathon. Yes, I said an hour. That is not a joke.

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I feel really good about that time and it makes me smile. Considering also the random DC heat wave things went better than expected for sure.

I also have another opportunity to really crush it in December when I run the Dallas Marathon and I am hoping for some cool amazing weather.

26.2 number 21 is a wrap. Mission accomplished.

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Anyone else have some races coming up? Best of luck to those of you racing the NYC Marathon this upcoming weekend!

60 Miles, Cobra 5k and Hottest Half Marathon Recap.

Summer running, brunching and friends…what a marvelous weekend! Let’s recap a bit, shall we? Hope your weekend was fantastic too.

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I decided to do some back to back long-ish running this weekend (including 2 races!) so I started things off with 10 miles early Saturday. I got a good glimpse of the sunrise before heading out to race number 1…a 5k out in Lewisville.

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So my run club was scheduled to do the Cobra Brewing 5k which started right around 9:30 a.m. I got there early, grabbed my race swag and lined up to the start. Nothing like running on some tired legs! My legs were a bit worn out from a strong week of higher mileage so I had no intention of a PR. But my friend Valerie told me she wanted to run under 25 minutes for a personal best so I decided to pace her a bit. I actually have never paced anyone for a 5k so it was kind of tough! Went out way to fast in the beginning but reigned it in and finished solid with a 24:35 time. Not bad for running 10 miles a couple of hours beforehand. 13.1 done for the day.

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I got a sweet mug, some cerveza (totally not a beer gal but one of the concoctions I tried was decent!) and an age group win. Actually…Valerie, myself and Ben all took home 2nd in our perspective groups. Win win. Go team Irving Running Club.

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After the run I took it pretty easy…had dinner with a girlfriend while we watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Hilarious stuff.

Sunday was The Hottest Half marathon day! I actually made a vow to myself after last year that I would NEVER run this race ever again. Well apparently I broke that vow after being peer pressured to run it for fun. HA. This race is always so brutally hot and such a beat down. It’s also usually where I run my worst half marathon times of the calendar year. So as you can imagine I was not super excited to run it but just in time we had a a nice cool down in temps that weekend. So it was around the 70s that morning climbing up to the 80s towards the finish. Not terrible but not amazing running weather either.

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We started about 15 minutes late in typical Mellew fashion (the directors of the race). The course is fairly flat with one steep incline towards mile 11 or so. But I loved the views of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge and we get a nice shot of the skyline on the Trinity Trail.

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There’s also a nice little rocky/trail part that is unpaved which I didn’t love since it slowed my pace down a bit. I had to make up for lost time after we left that portion but for the most part my splits stayed within the 8/9 minute range. I was proud of myself for staying more consistent this time. And way faster than last year’s 2:18 finish. Praise baby Jesus.

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Decent finish especially considering the fact that I ran so many miles this week! My body still felt really good and I attribute that to lots of cross training, massage therapy and TLC lately.

Post race yumminess…brunch at Ascension Coffee.

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And lattes and mimosas for everyone! Heck yes.

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13.1 number 29 is done! I guess I had better run one more half marathon before the end of this year so I can hit 30. Because, why not?

Oh and cheers to a 60 mile running week. I’m all fired up and ready to rock these next few weeks leading up to 26.2 number 21.

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How was your weekend? Have you done a hot & or humid summer race this year?

Fossil Valley Trail Relay Recap.

Well hi there! I am back from my long weekend and ready to recap my trail relay adventure! It was a marvelous 9 hours of running with the Irving Running Club crew. And my first overnight trail race! So I ended up a tad sleep deprived but it was (hashtag) so worth it.

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Since the race was not until Saturday evening, me and a friend got up at our usual run time for a quick shake out run. The sunrise was gorgeous and we got in a few miles so I could go home and take a nice long nap, recharge my batteries and get ready for the evening.

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After a mostly restful day, we made our way out to Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve around 7:30 p.m. to set up shop, lawn chairs and such. The race events didn’t get started until a couple hours later so we did some tailgating with a ton of race snacks and hydration. And of course…mimosas, but we didn’t drink those until we were done running. HA.

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This particular race was such a fun concept, they had a 3, 6 and 9 hour option for all runners. The relay was 9 hours and it was teams of 3. IRC represented out there with a few teams…we roll deep.

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Love my teammates. The IRC breakfast club. I’ve been running with these peeps every morning pretty much at 5:30 a.m. So I thought the team name was quite fitting.

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The course itself was pretty hilly, with a couple of really big climbs but the distance was fairly short. 2.6 mile loops that I got to do a few times throughout the night.

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We all lined up around 10 p.m after the kids fun run. & the gun went off…then the fun began!

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The first few laps were super fun, scampering through the night. It was cool seeing all of the headlamps prancing around on the course. And plus since the loop was fairly short you always saw people ahead or behind you. So for me this was helpful and so were all of the signs on the trail. The race director did an amazing job at keeping us on track! I was just glad I didn’t get lost and didn’t trip or fall the entire time. Success!

Towards the end of the night I got pretty tired but I ended up doing the most laps in my group. 6 total…and with the 3 of us combined we managed to knock out 43 miles in the 9 hour duration. Way to go team!

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I was so proud of the IRC crew for pumping out the miles. The IRC boys took 2nd place with a total of 53 miles. Pretty dang impressive. And a post trail race pic…all sweaty and stinky but high and happy off of trail running endorphins.

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After the run…we had some delicious mimosas and did a little toast to being trail running badasses. Awesomeness.

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Overall I loved the course…it was technical and hard to do over and over but a good time with my teammates! I actually loved the night time running aspect more than I thought I would. Am I becoming a night runner? Haha…definitely not. I’m a morning runner at heart. But it was so fun to change it up and get off the beaten path! I am so proud of myself for getting completely out of my comfort zone. And so thankful I got to do it with such a fantastic group of people. IRC for life!

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And the post race trail run swag…perfection.

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How was your weekend? Have you ever done a crazy overnight race or trail relay before?

RnR San Diego Marathon Recap.

Hey there! This morning I was back on my run game with the Irving Running Club. It felt so good to celebrate 10k Thursday once again! Legs are still a tad sore but overall feeling good after Sunday’s 26.2.

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So I figured today would be a good day to do a little race recappin’! The Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon was super hilly, super humid but also super FUN. Running along the coast, climbing through the neighborhoods and enjoying all of the awesome folks down in Cali. I arrived to town pretty early on Saturday morning, hit the expo and grabbed my race swag. The expo of course was crazy crowded so I tried to get outta there as quick as possible to rest the legs for race day.

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I did a little carb loading at the local pizza spot near my hotel. Fresh tomatoes and basil = the key to my heart.

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Race day! I was super thankful for the hotel shuttle that took us fairly close to the race site. They dropped us off and it was a bit of a walk but the legs were good and warmed up for the start. I lined up to the corrals and was ready to go. Temps were about 60 something degrees, overcast and the breeze coming off of the ocean. I was happy it was not crazy hot like it has been lately in Texas. Basically the weather that morning was close to perfection for running.

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Going into this race I knew we would be doing lots of hill climbing so I decided to just enjoy the ride and try to hold a steady pace with consistent splits. Which for most of the run I was able to do…holding strong in just under a 9:30 pace. The race was rolling hills in the first half and then things got pretty steep at the end. I kept hearing from folks that have done this race that mile 23 was a straight uphill climb on a highway. So I braced myself for that. And boy, they were not joking.

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This was probably the toughest part of the course…and there are no spectators here so it’s all heart. I held on for as long as I could but definitely struggled the most with my pace at this point.

After the beast of highway stretch we go back into the neighborhoods and back into beautiful Balboa Park. It felt good to hit the downhills here and pick up the pace. I finished strong and felt pretty good at the end. Tired…and quads were trashed…but happy and riding that marathon high. 4:12:14 finish…fastest marathon so far this year on a not so easy course.

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I’ve also been seeing my times improve with marathons lately which is really a confidence booster and shows me that I’m definitely capable of possibly another sub 4 in the near future. Stay tuned!

26.2 number 20 is complete! On to the next one.

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The best part of this race…they gave all of the 26.2 finishers sweet jackets!! It was like Christmas morning.

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Oh, and I got to do a ton of exploring after my race! Lots of walking along the beach. Coronado and La Jolla are now my top two favorite places in Cali.

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Mojitos on the beach…definitely the cherry on top.

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Have you ever run a super hilly marathon? When’s your next race?
Tonight…actually. It’s just a 5k though. HA!

Hachie 50, Mama’s Day and Wknd Recap.

Happy Monday to you…hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I am back from my 50 mile adventure and thought I’d recap it a bit today. Honestly I’m not even sure one blog post is going to even do it justice…but I’ll try the best I can.

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I’m still a tad sore but thankfully this morning I was able to get out for an early stroll…we are back to off and on rain the entire week but it’s nice because it cools things off just a bit.

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Alright! So on to the recap. The Hachie 50 started pretty freakin’ early Saturday morning. It was basically pitch black outside so I had my headlamp light on for good measure.

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We lined up and were ready for the gun to go off at 5 a.m.! I actually kind of love the super early starts…I wish more races would do this. This race has a 50 mile option, relay, a 50k and a 26.2 option. The 50 milers and relay folks started off at 5, 50k/26.2 started later, at 7:30 a.m.

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The course was mostly paved, with a little bit of a rocky trail right at the beginning leading out into the park. It was a 10 mile loop that the 50 milers had to complete a total of 5 times. I am a fan of the looped course for sure because you know what to expect and can count down as you go. I also loved that the course was pretty woodsy with lots of trees and shade…that definitely helped us out later on in the day when it got warmer. Temps were close to 85 that day so we really needed all of the shade we could get!

I started off running with a couple of gals, one of them had done the race last year and was back to beat her finish time of 12 hours. Another lady was training for a 100 mile ultra and just using the 50 as a training run. It was cool to chat with them a bit and pick their brain about ultra running and such. After a while we all kind of got split up and ran our own races. As daylight came I was mostly running solo, passing by aid stations, grabbing a banana and sipping on my water/powerade as I kept trucking.

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While I was running a few of my buddies from the Irving Running Club were sending me sweet notes and text messages. I truly appreciated the love.

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Some of them even went on their long runs that same morning and took a shoe pic for me in my honor. We all know I love me some shoe pics. It’s my trademark.

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Anyway, I went on to my 4th loop and here it started getting pretty warm. It was pretty cool to see 40 something miles on my GPS though. Something I’d never seen EVER in my life before! One of the folks on the race caught me feeling good and getting a bit of a second wind despite the heat and humidity.

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I probably ate about 3 honey stinger waffles, some bananas, and GU the entire way. The thing that went down the best were definitely the bananas. It truly is difficult to remember to keep eating/drinking on the run when you are out there running that long but the thing you have to remember to do the most. Every time I got tired or was feeling like I could stop, I just made sure to take another sip of water. I also kept telling myself ‘relentless forward motion’…and tried not to focus too much on my pace or where I was with time. My running slowed down to a shuffle I’d say at about mile 42 or so but I was getting pretty close to the finish so running on nothing but adrenaline. I picked up the pace a bit after the last aid station because I knew I was close to finishing. And well under the 13 hour mark…3 hours early! Finish time 10:16. I can’t begin to express how good it felt to see that finish line. Crazy good! I cried a bit at the end and chatted with the race director who also ran the 50 that day. It was an emotional moment but I did what I came out there to do. I pushed way past my limits and then some. It was an exhilarating feeling. Praying, singing, and fighting my way through it. I did it.

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The true icing on the 50 mile cake…winning 2nd place overall female. I think I will have to put this award in a case with glitter and sparkles in it. Happy happy joy.

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Overall it was a LONG but fun day and I can’t wait to run this one again. Today I can call myself a TRUE ultrarunner. I’ve run 2 ULTRAS before, 50ks. But honestly it doesn’t quite feel real until you run a 50 miler. On to the next!

The rest of Saturday was mostly restful and relaxing…since Sunday was mama’s day I spent the day enjoying some mother/daughter time and we had Pappadeaux for brunch. Frozen drinks and seafood for the win.

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Food never tasted so good! I am just saying.

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Oh yeah, and sleep. Yeah, sleep is pretty amazing too. 

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate your mama on Mama’s Day?

Vineyard Run, Keep Rollin’ and Wknd Recap.

It’s a dreary and rainy Monday over here but I still managed to get some good strength training in and well as an awesome cycle session with my early crew. I actually love teaching spin so early in the morning! Keep rollin’.

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So let’s recap the weekend a bit and also the Vineyard Run!

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Saturday morning I ventured out to Grapevine with my running club for one of my favorite 5ks of the year. The weather was kind of BLAH off and on all weekend but that morning it was fairly cool, cloudy with just a little bit of light drizzling rain. I was so excited because this was the 1st year I brought a whole gang of folks with me! I usually run this race solo, so it was nice to have other friends there to partake in a little running and a little vino.

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As some of you know, next weekend is the Hachie 50 so the Vineyard Run was nothing but a tune up for me. I wanted to just work on some speedwork (after doing so many long runs the past few months, including the Cowtown Ultra as well as the Irving Marathon). I also knew the course would be crazy hilly! The difference in the course this year though was the fact that they reversed the start and finish. So we started out on hills and then finished on a more flat terrain. I actually think I liked the older course better…yeah I am a sucker for a nice hilly finish. Anyway, it was still fun though, I ran strong despite the crazy humidity (close to 90 percent that day) and I placed within the top 10 in my age group out of 108 girls. Official finish time – 25:04.

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The Irving Running Club crew also ran strong that day! One gal in our group actually WON the entire race with a finish time of 19:19. Congrats to Amy!

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After the race we took a few more pics then went over to Rio Mambo for brunch. Migas & taters for the win.

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I spent the rest of Saturday actually getting some stuff done, cleaning up and packing for my big move in less than 2 weeks. I’m so proud of my boxing and labeling skills.

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Sunday morning we went to White Rock Lake for a quick loop, then added on some more solo, for good measure! I completed a total of 15.25 miles, my last long run before my next ultra!! It was pretty sunny and warm that day but I think I got a nice tan.

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Post run yummies…almond milk mocha latte and my first attempt at making avocado toast with an egg on top. Has anyone tried this? It was actually pretty good. Especially with red pepper flakes on top. I am a sucker for some spice.

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How was your weekend? Did you make anything new in the kitchen?

Dash Down Greenville, RnR Dallas Half Marathon and Wknd Recap.

Current mood…haha give me ALL of the coffee! Happy Monday. Hope your day is getting off to a great start! This past weekend was pretty fun filled with all of the running and all of the races.

Let’s recap real quick, shall we?

Saturday morning was the Dash Down Greenville 5k race. I love this race and try to run it every year. This time it just so happened that it fell on the same weekend as Rock n Roll Dallas so I figured I’d rock both races. Plus I always love an excuse to wear my snazzy shamrock compression socks. The race started right around 8:30 a.m. & it was super packed. Folks come out, tailgate…blast their music (drink green beer) and cheer you on the whole entire way. Then after there’s a parade and lots of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans.

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I am getting entirely too old for the shenanigans part so I ran a strong race and then called it a day. I was feeling pretty tired that morning and my legs were feeling the 5 spin classes I taught last week along with training so I’m glad I could pull out this strong 5k time despite not doing much tapering. A few seconds faster than my 5k last weekend too so I was happy about that.

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That afternoon I went to the Dallas Convention Center to the Rock n Roll expo to get my bib and running swag.

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I ran into some friends, did some impulse shopping and came out with this cute Texas RUN shirt. Right up my alley.

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Saturday night…I ventured over to this new Dallas spot for vino before calling it a night. Wine and arugula flatbread with marinated tomatoes…heaven.

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Sunday! Half marathon race day. I took the DART rail/train out to downtown with a few of my Irving Running Club buddies. We lined up at the start all ready to go.

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I’ve run this race 6 times so the course is always familiar to me but this year they changed it up and threw in a bunch of elevation changes. I loved the neighborhoods we got to run through, Deep Ellum and my favorite Bishop Arts District. I also always love running on the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge.

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The course was challenging but it was nice to change it up a bit after running this race so many times. My main goal was to finish in under 2 hours and I did just that.

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13.1 number 28 done! I’m digging the bling. Thank you, RnR.

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Afterwards I ran into some more of my old buddies including my girl Ann! We used to run all of the races together back in the day. She is my true blue runner friend.

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I also randomly ran into this awesome gal at the finish…I always love meeting local blogger peeps in person! She rocked this race and had a slammin’ PR!

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Post run eats…waffle benedict with braised short rib from Ida Claire. Holy cannoli talk about the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. I must do that again soon.

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How was your weekend? Did you run and/or get your brunch on?

16 Miles, The Music Run and Wknd Recap.

Hello there! I am dancing at my desk after drinking coffee and getting the day started right! Hope you all had a marvelous weekend!

Yes, looking a little bit like Ashley from The Real Housewives of Potomac. Minus the wild curly hair.

Let’s do a quick recap…and yes it will be a super quick one. Busy Monday over here.

I am ramping the miles back up once again for a few races coming up this spring…so Saturday I set out for a 16 miler with my Irving Running Club clique. It was also my friend Valerie’s very FIRST 16 mile run! A bunch of us will be running the Irving Marathon, and a couple will be running their first 26.2. So it was great to share some miles with them.

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We had a few bluebonnet sightings…took some pics, stretched it out and drank a couple of mimosas after. It was a good day.

The sun came out a little bit later and I had a 5k to run that night…The Music Run out in Fair Park. Beautiful sunset with the massive ferris wheel.

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This race was sponsored by 24 Hour Fitness, which is the gym that I work for…so I was lucky enough to score a free entry. It was also an untimed/non competitive race which was cool because I wanted to just enjoy it and represent the gym. All for the love of the run. 🙂

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The course goes thru several zones of different genres of music which was fun. I enjoyed the Hip Hop zone of course because they were playing lots of Flo Rida. Haha.

I was so happy because the course was flat and fast and although I ran on some tired legs I felt pretty good the entire way. I still did time myself, and I was able to keep it all under an 8 minute pace which I wasn’t sure if I could do. Woot woot!

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Sunday was a pretty chill day and I was able to sleep in a bit because of daylight savings. I’m usually not very good at sleeping in but my body really needed the wonderful rest! I waited til the afternoon and then did an hour long run with a couple of my buddies.

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Later on I caught up on some tv and watched a little bit of Kocktails with Khloe. Yes…of course, they would spell cocktails with a K. Has anyone seen this show? I actually think she is my favorite Kardashian (if I had to choose one…lol) she is actually pretty funny and makes a decent talk show host. I love my trash tv/mindless guilty pleasures.

How was your weekend? Did you get some long running in?