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Hot Chocolate 10K

As I sat down this morning to write this blog post, I open up Blogger and realize it’s been a month since  last blogged. It hasn’t been since my virtual 5K in January. YIKES! Well, I’m finally back and with another race recap, my first 10K!!!! Yay me!

It started with packet pick up on Friday, which if you follow me on Instagram, and you should) you saw this picture.

I LOVE how they gave us a headband instead of a t-shirt. It’s different and I like that!
Friday night, I got everything ready. I knew Saturday was going to be chilly but it was supposed to be one of those in between temperatures where you may need long sleeves, you may not. I opted for a lightweight long sleeve, I could pull off if needed with some pants. 
Saturday morning arrived, and it was off to the race. TJ wasn’t running this with me, but the good sport that he was came out to support me, take a few pictures and hang out with the kids. But man oh man, we stepped out the door Saturday morning and it was cold, well colder than we were expecting. But everyone was in jackets and we grabbed a blanket for Jordyn in case it was a little too cold for her. 
As always, were earlier than we needed to be but it gave me a chance to just walk around and relax. The only problem, it was getting windy making it even colder outside. TJ finally convinced me to put Jordyn in the provided child care. Truthfully, I was being cheap frugal and I figured if TJ was there then we didn’t need it, but it was cold so it was the best option. 
After dropping Jordyn off it was time to meet up with the fabulous ladies of my local running group, Moms Run This Town. They have chapters all over the country so if you’re looking for a running group, click on the link and see if they have one near you. And if they don’t, you start it. We had enough time for a quick photo op and then it was time to head outside to the start.
As we wait for the start the winds start picking up, so I put on my new, super cool headband.
And then the moment we all waited for…..GO TIME!

I knew the moment I started, I went out a little too fast, so I did try to slow down but if you’ve ever done a race, you know that the excitement along with all the people around you makes it a little tough to do. 
We got out of the church parking lot, where the race started and the winds began. I knew before we left the house that 22-24 mph winds were expected during the race, but there definitely some gusts that were higher than that. We were all running against the wind with them as ridiculous as they were, it was making this run a definite challenge. 
Not long into the race, I started doubting myself. I was really beginning to wonder if I was going to be able to finish this race, so I kept giving myself some goals and places to reach before I allowed myself a walk break. My left knee was feeling uncomfortable. It wasn’t hurting but definitely wasn’t feeling peachy. At the 2 mile mark, I was feeling a bit better but still like I needed a walk break so I told myself if I can make it to the halfway point then I will allow myself a walk break. And that’s what I did. 
Hitting that halfway point and taking a walk break was what I needed. I knew I could finish the race but it may not be the best time I had seen. Also, this race was an out and back race, so I pretty much didn’t have a choince but to finish at that point. haha! But truthfully, the walk break was huge for me. It allowed me to catch my breath, and take it all in. As hard as it was feeling, I started realizing it wasn’t the run I had ever had. Most of this seemed to be in my head. 
It was then I really started taking in my surroundings and continued running with some walk breaks in between. This race was held in a neighborhood with some gorgeous homes. If I had thought about it, I would have taken pictures of some of these homes, but my mind was not on picture taking. LOL! While house gazing and running, I finally noticed that the winds were starting to die down around Mile 4-4.5. And I was actually starting to get a little warm, but I really didn’t want to carry my long-sleeve shirt, so I said forget it and just kept running. 
When I reached that last mile, my right foot was hurting, but at that point I didn’t have much left, so I wasn’t going to let that stop me unless it was really bad. This was more of a sore feeling. And finally it came time to cross the street and head into the parking lot of the church and to the finish.

As I’m coming in and getting closer, there’s Dylan cheering me on. I just love hos TJ caught us both in the picture.

Goin’ in for the finish!

YAY!!!! I did it!! And that up is because some of those ladies by the finish line are part of the running group.

With the race over, it was time for to receive my medal,
my hot chocolate mug (can you see the little spoon that comes with it? so cute!)
and of course there was hot chocolate and chocolate fondue! I was too busy eating the fruit and sharing with the kids to capture any of that deliciousness, but it was so good!
Despite everything that went on, and the feelings I had of not finishing, when I look back at it, it really wasn’t that bad. My official time was 1:14:10. It wasn’t my best run, but it wasn’t worst by a long shot. I did have a great time and the race was great. 
Oh, and when I stopped my running apps (I use Runkeeper and Nike+) check out what it says for my 5K time!
No complaints there! Something to try and beat or come close to with next month’s 5K with TJ!
Have you had a race that didn’t go as planned as you ran it but when you looked back at it, you realized it wasn’t nearly as bad as you thought it was while running it?
10K, 5K, fitness, half marathon

2014 Races

It’s Friday! Oh, how I love the weekend! As you’re reading this post, I’m finishing up breakfast and trying to get the courage to head out the door and go for a much needed run, especially since I have a race coming up. It’s a very cold morning here in Savannah and I don’t have the proper cold weather gear, so I’m putting together what I have and heading out. Wish me luck.
But speaking of races, in my goals post on Wednesday, I mentioned that I would share my 2014 races, or at least what I plan on running. In the mix, you will find a variety of races, along with a fair amount of virtual races. The virtual races will most likely be done through US Road Running. If you haven’t checked them out, you should. They have tons of virtual races, some that can be done for free (and you can share your time to compare with others) and some that can you pay an entry for to earn a medal. I LOVE these options as they are great motivational tools to keep me and others running. 
So, with further adieu, I present to you my 2014 races!

January

Rails To Trails 5K OR Cooler in Pooler 5K
This is dependent on TJ’s work schedule but I would love to do the Rails To Trails 5K, and stay and help out for the Ultra that is also taking place. 

February

Hot Chocolate 10K
This will be my first 10K and Savannah’s first Hot Chocolate Race. I am pretty pumped about this race. I mean what’s not to love; you have running and the hot chocolate!

March

A Virtual 5K
In an effort to save money I am going to do a few of the free versions of US Road Running’s virtuals. 

April

Big Nasty Mud Run
I won’t lie. This race makes me happy and anxious at the same time. I think this race will be SO much fun and TJ wants to do it with me as a team. It’s safe to say he will be pushing me harder than I probably want to be pushed, but totally worth it.

May

Another virtual 5K
As of right now, there are not a light of race options in Savannah in May, so it made making choosing a virtual race really easy!

June

JCB Mud Run OR a Virtual 5K
This is totally dependent on our budget and what my thoughts of Mud Runs are after the first one, but I’m leaving the virtual 5K option open for this month too.

July

Summer Soaker 5K
Another super fun race and totally necessary for a race in Savannah. Running while getting shot at with water guns…….AWESOME!

August

Another Virtual 5K
Maybe it’s because I’m looking so far in advance, but there are not a lot of summer races here, but again it made it easy for choosing the virtual 5K.

September

Tunnels To Towers 5K
As a former Marine wife and friends to many that are still in the military, first reponders, etc, this race means a lot. Ther was no I could not choose this race this month.

October

My last Virtual 5K
I think the virtual races will be a bit more relaxed than the other races, which is just what I need before my half marathon next month.

November

Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon
Just typing this makes me nervous but excited. I’m still in a little disbelief that I am going to do this, but I do know I can do it if I train hard enough.

December

Enmark Bridge Run
I actually haven’t decided if I want to run the 5K, the 10K or the Double Pump (both the 5K and 10K). Part of this is because I don’t know how I will feel after running the half but also because I know I have time. Registration for it doesn’t even open until June, and I should know by then which I want to do (I hope anyway. lol)
Well that wraps up my race schedule for the year, but this plan is tentative. I could change it depending on number of factors but it’s what I’m shooting for!
What have you planned for 2014? How far in advance do you plan your races?

10K, fitness, goals, Green Living, nutrition, running

August Goals

Wow! Is it August already? This summer is flying by! And this month I have decided to start a monthly post where I share my goals with you! Mostly, I’ll share fitness goals with you, but I’m also going to share a few nutrition goals and sometimes some personal goals as well. Getting them all out there will realy make me accountable for each of these goals. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Fitness Goals

  • Continue with my 10K training.
    • Last month, I started a 10K training plan that will take me right through the end of October, where a Trick or Trot 10K will be held. It will be my first 10K and I’m super excited about it. While I know a lot of people, don’t need training plans for running a 10K, I like following a plan and I think this is the best approach for me. I’m looking to improve my speed while training, so I’m really hoping this will do it. 
  • Cross-train 2 times a week
    • I’m really bad at this. I run, and never do any sort of cross-training on my off days. Not cool, Sabrina, not cool. However, the past two weeks, I went to the aquatic center for a morning swim. I have really enjoyed those swims. I find them relaxing and peaceful. It’s definitely something I want to continue but the cost can add up, so I’m investing in the punch cards (where it’s slightly cheaper and the hours I can go are better). I think adding at least one swim a week with some yoga will be perfect for my cross-training. And who knows, maybe I’ll squeeze in twice a week. And if you know of any really good yoga videos (preferably some inexpensive or free ones), please let me know
  • Strength-train 2-3 times a week
    • This is another area I am awful at. I do not strength train nearly enough, and I know how absolutely important it is. I really need to get with the program and just do it already. For this, I’m thinking I’ll add it after each run, except for my long run.

Nutrition Goals

  • Do a better job with meal planning
    • I typicaly go grocery shopping every Friday or Saturday for the following week, but before I go, I do my best to plan out the meals for the week. While I have beeb doing this for while, I haven’t done the best job I possibly could. I often find myself so busy during the week, that it’s Thursday night or even Friday morning before I sit down to meal plan and by that time, I feel rushed and just pick meals that may not be the healthiest or I pick meals we’ve had a few too many times but I just write them down to get the plan done. This isn’t really a benefit to us. I need to spend more time planning meals so we can try new ones.
  • Prepare our own snacks
    • With Dylan going back to school in less than 2 weeks, my morning routine will go back to including lunch prep. I would like to start including healthier snack options for his lunch, but in order to do that, I need to stop buying conveniece foods and actually make them. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many at once, but if I can make 1-2 a week (3 if I can pick some easy ones), I can get hime set with some good healthy snacks for his lunch, on top of the fruits and veggies he brings.
  • Meal prep for the week
    • This pretty much goes along with the first two goals. If I can meal (and snack) prep on Sundays (or even Saturdays if we have time), then this will make every meal that much easier. It will also be a lot harder to “go grab a pizza” if I already have the meals prepped and ready to cook as much as possible.

Green Goals

I have been working on slowly becoming more green (there will be a post on this), but sometimes it feels slightly overwhelming. Setting a few small goals each month will help be go green in a manageable, non-overwhelming way.
  • Unplugging any electronics we aren’t using
    • In our house, we already turn off all the lights in our house when we leave, or are not in the room. Well everyone, except for TJ. He’s so bad about leaving his “mancave,” aka the garage, light on. But it’s an easy way to begin going green. Another easy way, is to plug any electronics we are not using. Even when your electronics are off and plugged in they are still using energy. One of the best ways to conserve energy is ti simply unplug them. This includes chargers, bedside lamps, hair dryers, Scentsy warmers that are not on, even your coffee pot. This is an area that we really need to work on. It’s so easy but always forgotten. I unplug my phone every morning, but don’t ever think to unplug the charger and put it in my night stand. In fact, I just stopped to go do that now. haha!
  • Finding a green recipe for my dishwashing detergent
    • We will be running of dishwashing detergent, so what better to accomplish this goal then to start researching a good recipe for my own. We already already use homemade green laundry detergent and I love it! I have no doubt that I will find a great green recipe for our dishwashing detergent too. Slowly I will get rid of our chemical-filled cleaning supplies.
  • Use our resuable totes on every shopping trip
    • I already use them every week for grocery shopping, but I often forget when I run to other places like the pharmacy, the mall, Goodwill and even Target. Sometimes when I only need one or two items, I just don’t think about it. I have purchased a lot of these bags but I think I need a few small ones for the small trips too. Maybe I’ll make some! 
I think that just about wraps my August goals. I have such high hopes for these goals that my mind is already racing towards September goals, but I know I need to slow down. 
Do you set goals each month? What are your goals for August?