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RANdom Thoughts about a Bridge Run, Some Squats, Speedwork and a Coeur Sports Review

Well, I am sad to report that my Granny Garmin has officially kicked the bucket. At approximately 5:31 this morning, I simply couldn’t revive her. My Granny Garmin is no more!

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Since basically I’m running “naked” with no Garmin, I’ve decided to send her off to Garmin to be revived and refurbished one last time while I look into purchasing a 910 without a heart rate monitor since I already have one. But then, I see stuff like this and I wonder if I should leap into a Polar.

I’ve been hearing a lot about training with a heart rate monitor from my running friends. My runner friend, Flower, wrote about it here. I think it is something I should like to start doing. I can’t seem to get any faster so maybe I need to trainer smarter and slower to become faster.

I kicked off my Chicago Marathon training on Saturday with a nine mile bridge run with the Suncaost Striders. As I mentioned in yesterday’s Music Monday post, I love the challenge of the two Clearwater bridges, even though I begin to regret my decision about halfway into the run. But it’s good to step outside my comfort zone and push myself and that’s exactly what a bridge run does.

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Photo credit to the Suncoast Striders

The Suncoast Striders met at Coachman Park to begin our run with the Clearwater Memorial Causeway. Running along the bridges is so scenic and if I wasn’t cussing the heat and Granny Garmin so and painful death, I might have found some serenity.

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Photo credit to the Suncoast Striders

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We followed that path all the way into Clearwater Beach and then ran the Sand Key bridge to Sand Key park at the foot of the bridge. David set up a water stop for us outside the park. I refueled with some Vega Sport gels and water while posing for a few photos.

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Photo Credit to the Suncoast Striders

Mike is the king of selfies.

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Before setting off on the return trip to Coachman Park, I needed to use the restroom. Cassi, a new to me Strider, ran with me to the restroom in Sand Key Park and then we had a nice little getting to know you run chat leaving the park to head back over Sand Key Bridge. Once we returned to Clearwater Beach, I found myself needing the restroom again. I didn’t want this poor woman waiting on my sorry slow butt, so I old Cassi to go on without me.

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And there it was. I was all alone with about 3 miles left and one more bridge to run in the heat. ACK! Let’s just say some Striders were a little concerned and found me on the bridge. Now, I know what it feels like to be picked up in a race.

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9 miles
Ave Pace 10:30

So the run wasn’t the greatest, but at least I looked cute in my new Coeur Sport Chinese New Year Run Gear.

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When I received the outfit, I immediately loved the bright red color of the shorts and matching floral red and white tank, but it was the feel of the apparel that I really loved.

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Both the Coeur running shorts and tank are made of a silky, soft lightweight wicking material which made the outfit super comfy. I simply had to wear it for my bridge run. Who nine miles could be so comfy?!

And I looked HOT in the heat!

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Stitched inside the shorts are a built-in panty liner and two small pockets perfect for key and sport gels.

choeur pocket RANdom Thoughts about a Bridge Run, Some Squats, Speedwork and a Coeur Sports ReviewI know the running rule is to not wear something new for long runs, but I had to test it out. During long runs, I always chafe inside my thighs and under my arms. I am to report that I didn’t chafe one bit in this outfit. SCORE!

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Honestly, I truly heart Coeur. There are a few more run gear styles to choose from at coeursports.com. I’m also a fan of the black Chevron pattern too.

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As for the rest of my training, I don’t think I looked quite as cute as I did last Saturday. Last Tuesday, I overslept and missed my speedwork and then missed Body Pump because I needed to meet my sister to begin her 40th birthday bonanza. We met for pedicures and then spent the rest of the day drinking, swimming, sunning and paddleboarding with her girlfriends.

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Of course, we clean up for her birthday dinner too.

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The next day, I missed my Body Back workout but my sister and I went for a 5 mile run to celebrate National Running Day. I absolutely loved running along Indian Rocks Beach. I even met some new friends along the way.

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Also on National Running Day, I hosted my first Danny Did Foundation Chicago Marathon Fundraiser, which had a pretty good turnout. Stay tuned for my next fundraiser!

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The next day, I ran 6 miles in my neighborhood. Between Granny Garmin giving me grief and the heat, I was ready to throw in the towel, but I finished some hot sticky, six miles.

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Time ?
Ave Pace – I couldn’t tell you because Granny is dead.

Friday, I finally made it back to Body Back. I tend to modify the exercises by focusing on the form and movement rather than the intensity because the plyometrics stuff really hurts my feet.  I know, I’m such a tender sole. (lol I love puns!) Regardless, I’m still getting a killer workout and noticing a difference.

Later on Friday, I lifted heavy things and did like 1000 more squats at Body Pump. At least this week, my legs didn’t cry. I guess I’m getting used to a gazillion squats.

And speaking of a gazillion squats, have you been doing my #sexylegs workout?  I did them after my speedwork today since I missed my Express body Pump class. Hubby bought a new bike and he’s bike riding is messing with my workout schedule.

As for my speedwork, I had to guesstimate my 400s. Mica, Daffodil and I ran a mile warm-up, 6x400s and a mile cool down.

1 mile warm-up 10:30

Lap 1 – 2:01
Lap 2 – 1:59
Lap 3 – 2:02
Lap 4 – 2:05
Lap 5 – 2:03
Lap 6 – 1:58

1 mile cool down 10:30

Cool down. That makes me laugh. I don’t think I will come down any time soon until I arrive in Chicago this October.

Disclaimer: I received a run gear outfit from Coeur Sports as part of a Fit Approach Sweat Pink campaign. The opinions shared are my own.

Music Monday: On Top of the World

When the Suncoast Striders organized a bridge run, I was so there. I hadn’t run the Clearwater bridges since Iron Girl Half Marathon and I was due for good torturing challenge. Running the Clearwater Memorial Bridge and the Sand Key Causeway is tough and never an easy task in the hotter months.

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For me the Clearwater bridges represent my constant battle with my running. I get ahead and then something causes me to fall back (sickness, injury, hubby’s traveling schedule, ect.) which forces me to move a bit slower than I want.

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No matter what curves life throws at me, all I can do is move forward and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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And it’s a wonderful feeling to have the support of others to cheer you along the way.

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When I push myself and finally reach the top of the bridge, I experience such elation. After struggling through steep climbs, a sense of accomplishment overwhelms me.

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Once I reach the top, I feel like I’m on top of world and nothing can stop me.

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Well, nothing can stop me except for my obsessive need to take photos and selfies.

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Read more about my bridge run and other training runs tomorrow in my RANdom thoughts and Track Tuesday post.

What motivates you to keep moving forward and onward? What music is moving you this week?

Random Thoughts About #SexyLegs, Being Sick and “Overweight”

After the Margarita Festival, I came down with yet another allergy-related illness with swollen lymph nodes nasal drip and a chronic wet cough. It was awful and I’m so fed up with getting sick. It was only less than five weeks ago that I was sick for Iron Girl.

Allan read online that an overproduction on canida yeast can cause severe allergy symptoms. To combat it, I should take a daily probiotc. At this point I’m so sick of being sick, I’ll try anything. I’m also going to look into essential oils and even acupuncture.

Last Friday, I had my annual physical. After being frustrated with my high cholesterol, I switched doctors. The new doctor has a more holistic approach and since so many of my friends and my husband love her, I thought I would check out Dr. Lindsay.

Dr. Lindsay was as adorable as everyone said. She asked me about my family’s healthy history (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, dementia, leukemia, strokes, etc.) and my asthma related allergies. Then, she calculated my BMI for 5’1” and 147 lbs (gulp) which is weird because I only just weighed 141 lbs at Body Back the week before, but I’m blaming it on the gallons of margaritas and mucus in my system.

She made some notes and then dictated my physical and said the dreadful words no one wants to hear, “Patient is overweight.”

Wait. What? Come again. What the…? No way.

According to traditional BMI calculations [(Weight in pounds) / (Height in inches) (Height in inches)] x 703], I am overweight with a 27.8 BMI.

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Here’s the deal.

I lead a very active lifestyle.

I run regularly.

I lift weights.

I spin.

I wear a size 4.

I eat a well-balanced diet of lean meats and low carbs.

So, how in God’s name am I overweight?

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Feeling deflated with a bruised ego, I decided to do some research. A traditional BMI does not take into account my age, my diet and my active lifestyle.

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See, this is what is wrong with society. Beauty magazines, Hollywood and an outdated BMI chart tells us that an emaciated skeleton with no muscle tone who falls within the proper BMI range is “healthy”. Fit people need a better method to measure what is healthy. I am not alone in this call to “Ban Bad BMI Charts” action.  Check out this Men’s Health Article for more insight as to why outdated BMI charts should be banned.

On a happier note, tomorrow (Wednesday) is National Running Day. I plan to honor the days with a run along Indian Rocks Beach after celebrating my sister’s 40th birthday today.

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Due to my allergy related chest infection, I had to take a week off from running and all my workouts. I felt like such a loser, especially since I just started the Body Back sessions. Two Fridays ago, I completed back-to-back workouts with Body Back and Body Pump. After what felt like a gazillion squats, let’s just say my legs were screaming. I love that feeling!

Body Back Random Thoughts About #SexyLegs, Being Sick and OverweightAs part of Body Back, I have to set goals. One of my goals is to remember to eat. This may seem crazy, but sometimes I get caught up with stuff and I skip meals by accident. I need to plan to eat more regularly and journal it all.

My other goal is to cut out cut back on my alcohol consumption and lattes. I’ve already replaced lattes with green tea. Now I just need to minimize my alcohol intake. My liver will thank me. Besides, it’s way too many empty calories anyway.

With the Body Back program, we’re also supposed to add a work-out to our regular routine. I decided to incorporate my sexy legs workout. I created this #SexyLegs workout two years ago and since then, it has been pinned almost 2800 times! Isn’t that CRAZY?! Almost 400 “likes” can’t be wrong, so sexy legs it is this June! If you need a refresher on proper form, view all the instructions, tips and how-to videos here.

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Speaking of Sexy Legs, yesterday I did another circuit spin class which meant more squats. Ouch. Today, I wasn’t quite ready to run with my cough still lingering so I just did my #SexyLegs workout with some crunches, push ups and tricep dips.

Another Colorful Time! My Color Me Rad Recap

Disclosure: As part of a Tampa Bay Bloggers and Color Me Rad partnership, my daughters, friends and a handful of Run DMT fans received Color Me Rad entries in exchange for my honest review. The opinions shared are my own.

My girls and I returned to the Florida State Fairgrounds with friends into tow to share this colorfully RAD time!

With traffic not cooperating on I-75, our friends arrived late; so we joined a later wave. That’s what I love about these fun runs; it’s all about a fun time rather than a finish time.

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Before our RADical start, we snapped a few before photos. The girls and I wore white (It’s a must for the full colorful effect.) and bandannas again to minimize the dust because Emmalynn and I suffer from such bad asthma.

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The “before” shot

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So we joined the 9:45 which was a special memorial wave #run4Megan and #run4colin added for the two teens recently murdered.

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Allana took off with her friends while Emmalynn and I maintained a much slower walking/running pace.

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Like a good coach, I gave Emmalynn a set distance to run to, which is how I learned to run all those years ago. Once we turned the corner around a barn, we came upon the first Color Bomb Squad, purple, Emmalynn’s favorite color.

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Emmalynn and I decided to snap selfies after every Color Bomb Squad.

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Much like last year, it was crazy hot. The sweat combines with the colored corn starch made finger-paint instantly on my body.

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The blue Color Bomb Squad was armed with hoses and the cutest little Color Bomb Cutie. I didn’t want to leave.

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Around the halfway mark, we came upon a water station. Emmalynn and I doubled up on the bottled water and carried one with us as we ran.

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After the yellow color bomb squad, I almost cut the course short by running across the grass instead of following the cones. Emmalynn was not happy about running back to follow the course correctly but I reminded her we were almost finished. “We’d be almost done if you didn’t make us run back!” She hollered at me.

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Luckily, I distracted her with another selfie.

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When we were close to the home stretch, I made Emmalynn run to what I thought was another water station.

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As we drew closer, I realized the Color Bomb Squad was handing out color bombs! We could only grab one each, so Emmalynn and I chose pink and yellow.

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Other runners decided to lie down on the course to be rained on by Color Bombs. I loved the color explosion on the course.

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With less than a quarter mile to the finish, there was one more Color Bomb Squad to run through and one more pink selfie.

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Then, Emmalynn and I finished colorful and strong.

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Allana was waiting at the finish line for us. Like a good big sister and running partner, she cheered and ran through the finish with us. After we ran through the finish, we posed for another seflie, of course.

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For a full visual effect, we posed for a full body after shot, but Emerson, the race director, photo bombed our color bomb shot.

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With the absence of a finish time for this race, our goal was to look like an exploded bag of Skittles. I’d say we certainly reached a new colorful PR for Color Me Rad!

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The “after” shot

RANdom Thoughts About Feeling Invigorated, Vega Sport, Getting My Body Back and Track Tuesday

Hubby’s traveling has taking a hiatus and my training is back on! WOOHOO!  I love when I am able to focus on my training and it is so on like Donkey Kong, folks!

Last Thursday, I met the Striders for a 6 mile tempo run. It started to sprinkle around mile four and I contemplated to quitting early, but I hung in there and finished 6 miles strong. Now, that I’ve committed mentally to get up early and running again regularly on Thursday, my body is fighting me less.

6.2 miles
Time 1:06:04
Ave Pace 10:36
Max Pace 7:53

Friday morning, Little Lion Man and I headed to the YMCA so mommy could lift heavy things. The recent lunge track is a killer, but I know I am building some strong legs.

Daffodil and I planned an eight mile run on Sunday so I slept in on Saturday. When we arrived at the trail on Sunday morning, we were greeted with some cooler weather. If you live above the Florida state line, that may not sound so strange but here in Florida, we never have cool weather in May. The heat humidity hits us pretty hard once the calendar flips to May.

Next to running with Daffodil, the cool air was such a treat on the trail. It’s been ages since Daffodil and I last ran together. With lovely weather and a lovely running partner, it made for perfect Funday Sunday. And we made some good time too!

8 miles
1:24:48
Ave Pace 10:33
Max Pace 8:55

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Since I like to refuel at the halfway point with any longer than 6 miles, I tucked Raspberry Vega Endurance Sport Gel in my fuel belt and refueled around mile 4 before the homestretch. With the summer fast approaching, it is crucial to make sure I’m fueling properly and maintaining my electrolytes. The Vega Endurance Sport Gel really helps with that.

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I love that they are all natural, vegan, full of good for you stuff, like coconut oil and dates. At first, the texture seemed a bit funny and took some getting used to in comparison to some other gels on the market, but that’s how you know it’s real. Coconut oil and dates have texture.

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When I first tried it at the Running for All Children 10K, I really noticed a difference in my performance. I truly believe the Vega Sport Endurance Gel helped me maintain my energy levels to finish the race in the top ten of my age group. But I’m not the only who is noticing a Vega difference. Follow #fuelyourbetter campaign and see how Vega Sport improves other runners’ overall performance. For more #fuelyourbetter inspiration, follow #fuelyourbetter, #vegasport, #vegafueled @VegaTeam on Twitter and Vega_team on Instagram.

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Monday, I stuck to my usual Tabata spin class, but this time I decided to wear my clips to class. Boy, that was big mistake because I couldn’t clip in! I slipped off the pedal and gashed my shin. At least the high-intensity work-out took my mind off the pain of my shin damage.

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This morning began the return of Track Tuesday. Since it has been forever since my last interval training, I wanted to go light with only 4x400s. I know, totally wimpy, but it kicked my butt! Chrissy, Mica, Daffodil and I started with a one mile warm-up, followed by 4 x 400s and then a one mile cool down.

Although I was ready to hit the track, Granny Garmin had other ideas and my dumb, old Garmin wouldn’t cooperate. It only registered half of my first mile and kept shutting off during my sprints. Therefore, the stats I’m sharing are guesstimate.

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1 mile
Time 10:07

Lap 1 – 0.25 – Time 1:45
Ave Pace 7:08

Lap 2 – 0.50 – Time 1:48
Ave Pace 6:35

Lap 3 – 50 – Time 1:57
Ave Pace 7:33

Lap 4 – 0.50 – Time 1:58
Ave Pace 7:29

1.1 mile cool down, Time 10:10

Granny may have petered out, but I felt invigorated and re-energized. Bringing Track Tuesday back into routine is just what I needed!

After sprints, I headed to the YMCA for Leyna’s Express Body Pump class, which is like Body Pump Def Jam because she cracks me up!  Today she told us, “All right! Time for triceps! We need to work those arms and save the chicken wings for the cook-outs this weekend!”

Between Track Tuesday and Body Pump, I was on such a runner’s high.

Now that Track Tuesday is back, it’s time to get my Body Back. Tomorrow, bright and early, I’m heading to Green Locus Yoga for a 6-week long fitness and meal plan with my Fit4Mom and Stroller Strides friend, Regina (@TampaFitMom).

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Body Back is a results-based workout designed for moms who want their body back, whether they just had a baby or their last child was born twenty years ago! Most importantly, it will help women unlock their personal possibilities in an inspiring and powerful environment. Body Back® clients experience targeted high-intensity workouts, inspiration and motivation in every class. When done in conjunction with founder Lisa Druxman’s Mama Wants Her Body Back meal plan and workout DVDs, moms have a surefire combination for success.

What Does Body Back Include?

  • 2 Workouts per week in a small group format
  • Mama Wants Her Body Back Meal Plan and Food Diary
  • Before and after fitness assessments and measurements
  • Online coaching and support
  • Mama Wants Her Body Back workout DVD

The workouts have been clinically proven in a university research study to help moms lose the weight and return to their pre-baby body composition and confidence. Moms all over the country are achieving results that they never dreamed possible.

I’m excited and a little nervous about the Body Back program. I’m excited about the change in my usual fitness routine and a chance to lose the baby belly that won’t go away. (Mind you, my baby will be four in July and I still have to tuck in my tummy.) But, (or would that be butt as in the one I will hopefully lose), I’m nervous about a meal plan because this mother runner loves to eat! Plus, I have so many food allergies that it makes it difficult to stick to strict meal plans. Not to mention, I am dreading to learn that alcohol beverages may not be allowed because mama needs her “mommy juice”.

I’ll find out more tomorrow. Stay tuned to hear how it goes!

Music Monday: Don’t Stop Me Now!

rundmt musicmonday1 Music Monday: Dont Stop Me Now!Have you heard the news? I’m running the Chicago Marathon for charity!

With running NYC in November, I originally decided against registering for the Chicago Marathon lottery when all my friends applied. What were the chances they would all make the lottery? After all, I waited three years to finally the NYC marathon.

As fate would have it, they ALL made the lottery. Every one of my running friends who applied made the 2014 Chicago Marathon selection. When I heard that news, I felt a little pang in my heart because all my marathon friends would be running a fantastic race together and I was missing out.

Oh well. That’s life.

Then, my SIL Kirsten shared a post of Facebook on behalf of the Danny Did Foundation. She encouraged her Facebook runner blogger friends to apply to run for charity to raise money for an organization that had benefited her family.  I saw it as a sign. Danny Did Foundation had helped Meghan and now I could give back to this charity in her name.

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So, I sent an email. Surely they wouldn’t pick me. I don’t have that kind of luck.

Well, I am happy to report I am indeed running to raise money for the Danny Did Foundation! I need to raise $1500 before October 12, the day of the marathon, which is very exciting, scary, nerve-wracking. With a fundraising component added to my usual training, I am definitely taking my marathon training to a whole new level.

This is exactly the inspiration I needed and I am thrilled to do it all for Meghan and the Danny Did Foundation, so that other children living with epilepsy can receive assistance from this incredible organization.

RunDMT Runsfor Meghan Music Monday: Dont Stop Me Now!

After Chicago, I will have three weeks until the New York City Marathon and then Space Coast Marathon four weeks after that. Raising money for a marathon and running three marathons in seven weeks! Don’t Stop Me Now!

I’m a shooting star leaping through the skies
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go go go
There’s no stopping me

I’m burning through the sky yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That’s why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I’m trav’ling at the speed of light
I wanna make a supersonic man out of you

Don’t stop me now
I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball
Don’t stop me now
If you wanna have a good time
Just give me a call

Don’t stop me now (’cause I’m having a good time)
Don’t stop me now (yes I’m having a good time)
I don’t want to stop at all… yeah!

This Music Monday selection was inspired by Meghan. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen is one of Kirsten and Meghan’s favorite songs and since I am running the Chicago Marathon for Meghan, it just seemed like the perfect time to share it.

If you would like to contribute to my fundraising page, please click here.  Thank you for your support!

RANdom Thoughts about Getting My Running Groove Back and Running for All Children Recap

Last Thursday, I returned to running with the Striders again. It felt so good to be back for a Thursday tempo run. Even though I started earlier than the group and ran the first couple of miles by myself, it was so great to see my running friends, squeeze some much needed hugs and smiles out of them and catch up with everyone.

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Photo credit to David Griner, Suncoast Striders

The run wasn’t too shabby either. Not great, but for me it was more about getting back into the routine of running on early Thursday mornings again.

6.21 miles
Time 1:06:37
Ave Pace 10:44
Max Pace 5:35

Friday, Little Lion Man and I went to the Y so I could get my Body Pump on. Since weather has been so sunny and lovely, we splash around in the pool after Mommy’s Pump class.

On Saturday, I registered for the Running For All Children 10K which my friend Leah shared with me. I needed a May race so I could earn my first wedge of the Time of the Seasons Medal.

It was hard to choose between Miles for Moffit or Running for All Children, but in the end I decided to run this race because my niece and my son have received services from All Children’s Hospital. Running this race was my way of giving back to a fantastic facility and hospital staff.

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The small intimate race followed the same course as the inaugural Best Damn Race. As much as I love downtown Safety Harbor, the “hills” are always a shock to my system.

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The start line began at the Safety Harbor Marina and the weather seemed cool at first, but the breeze off the bay fooled us.  Before the start of the race, I sucked down a raspberry Vega Endurance Sport Gel because it matched my outfit I knew I would need the pick me up and the electrolytes in the heat.  I was right about that because once we stared running, it warmed up quite quickly.

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By the time I reached mile one, I decided I would stop at each water station along the course to stay hydrated. At the very first water station, I quickly gulped down some water to keep a decent pace.

Once I hit mile two in the heart of downtown Safety Harbor, I was ready for more water but sadly there wasn’t a water station yet. The next water station didn’t appear until the 2.5 mile mark, the 5K turnaround.  Apparently, a few of the 5K runners missed the 5K turnaround and ran longer. As for me, I didn’t miss any water stations, but I did keep missing Leah even though she snapped several photos of me.

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A “hill” conveniently sprung up at mile three. Although I wasn’t happy to see a hill, I pushed along.

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Just after mile three, we turned to run along a street which led us to a wooded trail.  I was grateful for the shade and the change of scenery.

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Around the 4.5 mile marker, we turned around to head back to Bayshore Blvd. On the return trip, the hill appeared at mile 5. To quote my friend Mica, “Who puts a hill at mile 5?!”

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Once over the hill and after some much need rehydration, I pushed it to the finish line. It wasn’t best 10K great race, but I suffered through some Florida hills and heat for a May race to earn this cute medal handed to me by the cutest beauty queen, who also happened photograph me before the race.

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IMAG1382 RANdom Thoughts about Getting My Running Groove Back and Running for All Children RecapNot to mention I also scored this awesome 25% off coupon for Hooters, because y’all know how much I love my wings! YES!

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To my surprise, I finished in the top ten for my age group…just barely.

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Chip Time 1:04:20
Gun Time 1:04:57
Ave Pace 1:29
Div Place 10/19
Gender Place 48/120
Overall Place 90/183

For a small, hometown race, the post-race party rocked! There was beer, bagels, fruit and my new personal favorite, breakfast pizza. Oh yeah! That little post-race delicacy has inspired me to create my own breakfast pizza very soon.

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By running two races in March, one race in April and this 10K, I will receive my first little slice of the seasons medal.  WOOHOO!

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Since Sunday was Mother’s Day, I opted for a well-deserved day of rest. (Stop by tomorrow to see photos of my Mother’s Day.)  Monday, Little Lion Man and I had a date at the YMCA again. After my spin class, we splashed around at the pool once more and I rejuvenated with some Mamma Chia. (Check out my giveaway here to win some Chia Vitality.)

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Today, I decided it was time to get serious and back into Track Tuesday. Ok, so it wasn’t exactly a track workout or speedwork but more a chance for my body to adjust running on Tuesdays again. And boy, did that feel good!  Although once again it was a less than stellar run, I just loved being back into a running routine again.

4.1 miles
Time 43:47
Ave Pace 10:41
Max Pace 8:52

After the 4 miles, I stopped by the Y for an Express Body Pump Class. My legs felt like rubber bands and I loved it. I think I may rest tomorrow and save my legs for another tempo run with the Striders this Thursday.

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Before kids, probably even before we were married, Allan and I had multiple discussions about traveling related to jobs. Growing up, my dad traveled so much and my sister and I felt the stress it put on my mom. I never wanted that for my kids. Unfortunately, in a global market, companies require their employees to travel more. My family has felt that demand firsthand.

As of late, Allan has been traveling so much forcing me to become a flying solo parent and his absence leaves me with way more than I can handle. I become easily agitated and very irritable. The stress is slowly chipping away at me and I’m losing my energy and spirit.

With a schedule that changes weekly, it’s hard to find a training schedule I can stick to and I find myself running less, which makes me even sadder. Running would definitely help with the stress. My life at the moment reads like a really bad novel. Motherhood of the Stressful Running Pants

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Thankfully, my ankle felt better last Friday so I could fit in some Body Pump and a run. Since it was rainy and icky, I attempted to run three miles on the treadmill with an average pace around 10:30 mm. Not great, but at least I ran.

It rained Saturday, so I went for a make-up run on Sunday with some Striders.

8.1 miles

Time 1:27:11

Ave Pace 10:46

Max Pace 8:48

Yesterday, I hoped to do my usual Monday morning cross-training spin class, but I accidentally attended a cycle circuit training class at the Y. A sub was in for the regular instructor and she mixed in HIIT (high intensity interval training) spin with some conditioning stuff. At first, it was a shock to my system but once I got into the groove, it offered a nice change. We would get our heart rate up on the bike and then do some conditioning exercises off the bikes with weights. I modified some of the exercises because I didn’t want to overdo it. In the end, I really did like the change and my accidental circuit spin class.

With Allan out of town again this morning, I elected to take today as a rest day to catch up on some work.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I have nothing planned. No dinner reservations made. No brunch. Of course, all I really want is happy, healthy (mentally and physically) children and a pedicure and a bottle of Prosecco. Is that too much to ask?

I did make some MNO plans, though because I really do need an escape a break. If you feel the same way and you live local, I would love for you to join me at the AMC Westshore 14 at 8pm to see Moms’ Night Out the movie.

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Here’s a sneak peek of the move.

If you watch to join me, purchase your tickets online and RSVP on my Facebook page here.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

RANdom Thoughts About Run DMT Being MIA, Digital Running Spring Dawn Challenge and a Color Me Rad Giveaway

Hi. Remember me? I’m Denise is Run DMT, the author behind this mom on the run blog. In some running circles, I used to be known as one bad mother runner but lately I’m one really bad runner. Two weeks prior to Iron Girl, I came down with a nasty chest congestion that I hits me every spring. Not being able to breathe forced me to rest and my Iron Girl race was less than stellar, shall we say.

I began to feel a bit better but as fate would have it, last Monday I tripped on a step in my bedroom and thought my foot would make a great pillow to land on. I thought I broke my foot as I sat there crying in disbelief. The pain was unreal.

That was last Monday. The same day as the Boston Marathon and the very same day that every runner on the planet decided to run virtually with Boston, but first I had ice my ankle and pop two ibuprofen first to see if I could even put pressure on it.

I elevated my foot with some frozen peas on my ankle. My foot hurt so bad that the cold burned my ankle. As I anxiously waited for the pain to subside and the swelling to go down, I wondered how I would manage while hubby is out of town if my foot is broken. Could I even walk? How would I drive? Who can I call at 6:00 a.m. to take me to the E.R.?

With no exaggeration, I laid on my couch for 45 minutes as my Little Lion Man patted my back while I sobbed.  When I tried to stand, I could still feel some tenderness, but I could hobble and put pressure on it.  I could at least survive the usual morning routine.

And then, like a dumbass, I dressed in blue and yellow from head to toe…

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…and then headed to a spin class at the YMCA in an attempt to run 2.62 miles on the treadmill to prove how Boston Strong I was.

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Oh yeah, I was sooooo Boston Strong that my foot started to swell again the pain intensified. Sadly, I was forced to take a week off.

Today was the first day I ran since last Monday and I only ran 3 miles to see if my ankle could even handle that. It was a slow, pathetic run, but at least my foot didn’t swell….too much. And later that morning, I went to Body Pump because I’m swell like that.

In all seriousness, there is still some tenderness but it’s nothing too painful, just annoying.  Even more annoying is that fact that I get to a point in my running where I feel strong and confident in my ability and then something stupid like my allergies or a dumb, non-running related injury sets me back. It’s so frustrating.

As I try to return to my former mother runner self, I find myself focusing on future races. With the completion of Iron Girl, I finished two thirds for the first installment of the Digital Running Time of the Seasons Spring Dawn medal.

 

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To earn the pieces for this medal, I needed to run at least one race a month. I haven’t decided on a May race, but I need to find one in order to earn the Spring Dawn Challenge segment. There’s still plenty of time to register and join me in the Digital Running Time of the Season Challenge.

Unfortunately, virtual races or fun runs like the Color Me Rad do not count, but it’s all good because these types of no pressure fun runs are perfect races to share with my kids.

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My girls and I had such a fun time last year, we going for the color bomb again this year and we’ll probably wear white again to experience the full effect of color bombs and color clouds. It’s fun to wear a rainbow like a medal.

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The course will wind through Florida State Fairgrounds again and hopefully they’ll have more of those cool color sprays again. Those were perfect of a hot May day!

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If you want to join my girls and me at the Color Me Rad on May 24, simply leave a comment telling me why you want to run this totally rad fun run with us.  One lucky winner will be selected on Monday May 7th. For addtional entries, follow the Rafflecopter prompts.

Or register here and save 25% with code RUNDMT25.

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For an additional chance to win, join the Tampa Bay Blogger Color Me Rad Twitter party this Thursday at 8pm. Two entries will be given away! Follow @TBbloggers @ColorMeRad5K @denisermt and hashtag #TBBRad.

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Music Monday: Gold and Runners Redefining Boston Strong

rundmt musicmonday1 Music Monday: Gold and Runners Redefining Boston StrongLast Monday, my heart and thoughts were in Boston. I wanted so desperately to be there to cheer for my friends as they demonstrated “Boston Strong” to world, but I couldn’t make it happen.

Instead, I ran 2.62 miles on the treadmill and I cheered from Florida to show my support.  Later that morning as the 118th Boston Marathon played on my TV, I also stayed glued to Facebook to read updates on my friends as they made history.

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From runners to spectators to the friends and family that stood by runners, NBC News reported over one million people visited Boston for last Monday’s marathon and I knew a handful of them.

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Over the past year, I witnessed the astounding athletes in my running circle train their way back to Boston with a few others training to qualify just to prove they could be Boston Strong.

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Not only did these runners exemplify the spirit of a runner, they reflected it great with pride and strength and these remarkable runners did it with the support of friends and family around them and the world cheering for them every step of the way.

Andrea returned to Boston with her two running partners, Melanie and Beka. Even with the infamous Boston bottlenecking, crowds and difficult course, these marathon maniacs redefined Boston Strong by finishing close to their qualifying times.

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With minor runner-related injuries, Marcia and David returned to Boylston Street to claim a finish stolen from them last year.  Though their injuries forced them to finish longer than their normal speedy BQ times, they proved to themselves and the world that nothing will stop the will of runner.

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But the true testament to American pride and the will of a runner came from Meb Keflezighi, the first American male to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 in a finish time of 2:18:57.

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As Meb’s images splashed across social networks and television, and he instantly became a hero and a legend. His victory embodied the soul of this year’s marathon.

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 Last Monday the world cheered for Meb and all these amazing athletes which once again inspired a new breed of runners to take on Boston.

Someday, I’ll be there. I have my own struggles and hurdles to face before I can Boston Qualify. But I hope to one day toe that yellow line and be Boston Strong to earn and my own blue and yellow unicorn.

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Until then, I will continue to train as hard as I can, cheer for others and celebrate in my own blue and yellow Boston Strong way with a bit of gold Presecco while I chase down that dream.

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A mouth made of metal, metal, metal
Pocket full of yellow, yellow
Pocket full of gold
And I hope you find
I hope you find your dream, yeah

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