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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.

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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.

RANdom Thoughts about Stress, Mother’s Day and a Much Needed MNO

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.

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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

Iron Girl Half Marathon 2014 {Recap}

Disclaimer: I was provided with a race entry in exchange for my honest review of my Iron Girl Clearwater experience.  The opinions shared are my own.

Prior to Iron Girl, I came down with a nasty chest congestion related to my allergy-induced asthma.  With difficulty breathing, tightness in my chest and a wet non-productive cough, a forced rest was my only option. Sadly, the congestion forced me to take two weeks off from running.

By Sunday, I still couldn’t breathe and I still continued to cough. During that drive down to Clearwater, I doubted myself and questioned my actions.  “Why am I here? Why am I doing this?” The questions played over and over in my head as I puffed my inhaler. I had trained so hard for this moment; I couldn’t throw in the towel.

In an attempt to motivate myself, I bought myself a new outfit the day before the race. The pink would at least help me look like an Iron Girl when I passed out on the course.

Finding it difficult to move that morning, I arrived in Clearwater about 15 minutes before the start of the race.  Then, like a ironic repeat of Sarasota, I needed a bathroom immediately, but the lines were so long. I spotted one woman forming her own line in front of the porta potty and I waited behind her for the next available one. I may cough the whole way, but at least I would start on time which was a relief in so many ways.

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At the start corral, I found my friend, Leah. It lifted my spirits to see a familiar face in the crowd.

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After the national anthem, we were underway and I spotted Mike with a funny sign, of course.

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We ran through downtown Clearwater and circled around to the Memorial Causeway.  With only a mile into it, I was already experiencing a cough fit.  I simply kept my pace slow and steady. I tried not to push myself.

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By mile two as we headed into Clearwater Beach, I followed the advice of a random road sign and decided to take advantage of all the water stations along the course. With my hacking smoker’s cough, I walked each of the water stations as I rehydrated.

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We ran through the roundabout past Pier 60. It was a gorgeous morning to be on the beach. Just past mile three, we faced the second bridge leading into Sand Key with mile 4 at the top and I coughed the entire climb.

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Once we reached Sand Key Park, I stopped for another water walking break. The volunteers shouted, “You’re looking great!” But I knew this was not my greatest performance.  At least I was ahead of the 2:30 pace group. The next mile and half led us through Sand Key Park, another training route for me.

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After mile 6, we were back on Gulf Blvd when the 2:30 pace group passed me. For a brief moment, I hung my head in disappointment, but I quickly shook it off. This was not my best moment, but I was finishing something that others wouldn’t have even dared to do given the same conditions.

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A little past mile seven, we turned to return back to Coachman Park. With only less than half way to go, I coughed and continued on my way at an even slower pace. At mile 8, we were offered Girl Scout cookies and I couldn’t stomach them. I just wanted to finish.

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The St. Pete Road Runners and Team Psych greeted us at Mile 9 with high fives, big smiles, lots of cheers and cold wet towels. Now that was a treat that hit the spot!

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Feeling refreshing and rejuvenated, I was ready for the Sand Key Bridge that lay ahead.

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On the other side, we were led through the backstreets of Clearwater along Bayway Boulevard and Hamden Drive.  Upon our arrival, anxious and lovely little girls offered us water, but I politely declined. As a wise mom of three children, I chose to pass on the finger water and waited for the next water station.

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At the end of Hamden Drive, we turned the corner with only two miles left to go, which included the final causeway. Even with only short distance left, my body needed longer walking breaks.

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Just after mile 12, we reached the Clearwater Memorial Causeway and I tried my best to run up the steep incline.  I trained on these bridges and yet, I couldn’t find the steam to make it to the top. I felt like I was going backward.

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Finally I reached the top and I posed for a Causeway Kodak moment with the Sandy Key Bridge behind me and a palm tree as my hat.

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A few steps later, I bumped into the Best Damn Race crew.  “We were wondering what happened to you!” Haley said as she hugged me.

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One last loop stood in front of me and the finish line but not before one more photo with a spectator and a sign. Some may call me crazy and mental, but if anything, I am certainly tenacious. Just call me Tenacious D.

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At the bottom of the circular ramp, there was only a quarter mile left to go. Normally, I save a sprint for the finish line, but not this race. With staying steady at a 12:00 mm for the duration of the race, I couldn’t put forth anything faster than a 9:30, my normal race pace. I tried but I just couldn’t push it harder than that.

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13.1 miles

Time 2:35:29
Ave Pace 11:53
Div Pace 133/202
Overall 778/1230

That tiny, little push at the end put me over the edge and I couldn’t catch my breath. I needed help.  Once the medal was placed around my neck, I walked over the medical tent for assistance.  For the first time in my running career, I needed a breathing treatment.  The paramedic advised me to carry my emergency inhaler with me next time, which was some great advice.

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Despite needing help at the end, I am glad I didn’t defer. I trained so hard for this race and its tough course. Although I didn’t earn the time I hoped for and even did worse than last year, I’m glad I didn’t give up. There’s always next year.

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Because I am an Iron Girl.

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Music Monday: (I am) The Walker

rundmt musicmonday1 Music Monday: (I am) The Walker Since I’ve been fighting a chest congestion related to my allergy induced asthma for nearly two weeks, it’s been almost a fortnight since I last ran. On Sunday, I faced Iron Girl Half Marathon with two weeks off from running and a hacking cough.

Running with a wet, barking cough similar in sound to a nasty smoker’s cough certainly wasn’t pretty and probably not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Actually, it’s probably the second dumbest thing I’ve ever done. Remember when I attempted to run a marathon with plantar fasciitis?

But then they don’t call me Tenacious D for nothing! Well, if they don’t call me that, they will once everyone hears how I tried to run an Iron Girl Half Marathon given my mental and physical state.

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Although running with asthma by no means makes me Flo Jo, it does make me a hard core idiot runner. Some runners I know would have deferred given the same situation rather than produce a less than stellar finish time on their personal running record.  Not me; I had to prove to myself that I could do it, even if I passed out trying. Or more likely, wind up in the medical tent for an emergency breathing treatment after crossing the finish line.

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Despite all the training I put into trying to beat those Iron Girl bridges and hoping to PR, none of that mattered when now my only hope was to finish and avoid taking a DNF. With that determination, I coughed the entire 13.1 miles and ran about a 12 minute pace. And at some point, I came to terms to being The Walker, all due to a medal and my pride.

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“Ooh, crazy’s what they think about me
Ain’t gonna stop cause they tell me so”

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Have you ever deferred a race for health reasons and/or injury?

Stay tuned for a full Iron Girl Half Marathon recap tomorrow.

Electrodash 5K {Recap}

Disclosure: Our friends, my daughter and I received Electrodash 5K entries in exchange for my honest review of our experience. The opinions shared are my own.

Electrodash Girl Electrodash 5K {Recap}One of my goals this year was to participate in as many fun runs with my kids as possible. The Electrodash 5K did more than define a fun run, it out-shined many other fun runs that we’ve experienced.

With fun runs, it’s often hard for me to let go of a particular finish time and just run for fun. With the absence of a clock, Electrodash 5K made that easy for me from the start.  I also decided to wear a rainbow neon light-up tutu to really get into the spirit of this particular fun run. The tutu paired well with my Lorna Jane tank and my new running Rynner shoes from The Walking Company.

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As Team Run DMT Neon Runnerds pulled up to the Florida State Fairgrounds, we noticed that many of the inflatables were deflated along the course which seemed odd.  As we approached the packet pick-up, we heard rumors that the fairgrounds had lost power about an hour before we arrived, but thankfully everything was back online now.

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Of course, the power outage caused a delayed start, however, it offered more time for all the Electrodash participants to enjoy the neon dance party.  Honestly, no one seemed to mind the delay, expect for OCD runners like me who are used to a prompt gun start time.  Once again, it was another fun run reminder that official start times do not matter for 5Ks where the main objective is good time, not a finish time.  The overall experience is what matters most.

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Once we connected all our glowing gear, we moved to the arches which represented the start line.  Electronic dancers entertained the crowd to the beat of electronic dance music which boomed through the fairgrounds.  The glowing dancers also commenced the start of the race.

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Allana, her friend, Sofia, Mica and her daughter, Lily, ran ahead as Emmalynn and I just shuffled along. Emmalynn and I would run a bit and take walking breaks as needed. With all the fun neon, glowing props along the course, it seemed like we were encouraged to take lots breaks and take twice as many photographs.

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Although we ran this same course last year at the Color Me Rad, the course had a very different feel in the dark. With several small potholes in the pavement, I had to be careful where my foot landed.  Thank goodness for supportive footwear!

Normally during races, I watch for friends on the course but it was hard to find familiar faces in the dark. It didn’t matter that we didn’t seen anyone including Big Sister because Emmalynn and I were enjoying ourselves immensely.

About a half mile into the race, I needed to use the restroom and Emmalynn loved teasing me about needing to take a potty break.  “Why didn’t you go before the race?”

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At the halfway point, we found another DJ spinning fun electronic tunes. Lots of people stopped for a dancing interlude to enjoy this glowing Kodak moment.

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Honestly, there were so many fun Kodak moments along the course from the glowing globes and jellyfish, neon dancing arches and the neon tree garden.

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Even after the halfway DJ, we ran through multiple dance parties along the course.

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Simultaneous dance parties were definitely the focus of the race.  With all the fun on along the course, Emmalynn and I nearly missed the finish line.  As we ran back through the arches at the start, I mistook the main stage for the finish line.  In the dark, we didn’t even realize we ran past Mica, Lily, Allana and Sofia.

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After the race, we stayed for a little bit so the older girls could dance and Instagram more photos.  By 10:30, I was shattered after a long day at SeaWorld.

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My girls and I definitely found the Electrodash 5K to be a glowing good time.  We’re excited to shine our way at the next fun run!

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RANdom Thoughts from a Runner Who Wears Tutus

Remember how I said I was going to be better about uploading my workouts to the Daily Mile? Ummmm….yeah…that lasted about two months.

*sigh*

Sometimes I run naked without my Garmin and then there’s nothing to upload and sync.  Well much like my running, I’m a bit slow.  I didn’t realize I could add workouts without syncing my Garmin.  I could add ANY workouts, like spinning or lifting weights in Body Pump.  I didn’t think those counted on the Daily Mile because they weren’t technically “miles”.  So there were weeks that I looked like I didn’t work-out when really I did. I SWEAR!

How flaky am I?  Sometimes I think all the running has caused less oxygen to reach my brain.

Hubby is traveling a lot at the moment and therefore, I’ve been spending a bit more time at the YMCA in group fitness classes or on the treadmill, like last week, I showed up to Body Pump in a tutu.

That’s right I lifted weights in a tutu.

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I also ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill in a tutu.

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While some may think this was lame on my part or attention-seeking, I was making a statement in response to the Self Magazine +BS Meter and the runner versus stunner epidemic that seems to rear its ugly head every once in a while.

In case you missed it, SELF Magazine called running in tutus lame. The Editor of SELF Magazine has publicly apologized these remarks, as the magazine should.

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“A racing epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park and all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we’d believe you.”

During my seven years as a runner, I found myself in a community that supported me no matter how slow or fast I ran.  My runner brothers and sisters cheered for my triumphs. They celebrated my slow but steadily growing progress.  They hugged me and high-fived me virtually or in person. They even cried along with me when I had less than stellar runner moments.

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Occasionally through those moments, I wore tutus.  Some I made and some I bought, but no one ever called me lame for wearing them, because everyone who reads this blog or knows me in real life knows I love to run happy.

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I love to be silly.

I sing while I run.

I will perform interpretive dance during speedwork.

I slap hands with spectators along the course.

I cheer for other runners.

I cheer for the very first runner who passes me on the way back to the finish line.

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I will stay and cheer for the very last runner to cross the finish line.

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I snap photos while I run.  In fact, I take way too many photos while I run.  For about six years now, I have been sharing all these tutu-wearing running moments, the highs, the lows and thousands of photos and NO ONE has ever called me lame.

But why would they? I love to run and that’s what it’s all about, just like we learned all those years ago from the Hokey Pokey. Next to running, all I care about is what I am teaching my children and how my actions impact others.

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I teach my children, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it all.”

I teach my children to stand up for themselves and to stand up for what’s right.

I teach them to respect others for all their differences, their quirks and uniqueness.

I teach them that most of life’s moments are celebration worthy, the small successes and the big successes and sometimes wearing a tiara and a tutu just adds a bit more flare and fun.

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Despite our best efforts to celebrate life, unfortunately life can be lame and people can be mean. Sometimes life is challenging but how you face those challenges and hurdles will demonstrate the kind of person you are. It defines your character.

Will you choose to be a name-calling, mean judgmental bully or are will you choose to be supportive of all walks of life?

In the end, every runner has a different journey and story to tell. Some choose to tell it with a bit more flare, like me.

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