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Texas 10 Series, Katy race recap!

Happy November y’all!
October ended and November began with rain! And lots of it!  At least we didn’t have a hurricane this weekend like we did last weekend!
Anyways, I actually took advantage of daylight savings time and I went to bed early.  Well really early so I could get up at 4:15am on Sunday!
I first woke up at 2 and was all ready to wake up! I mean, it was 5 solid hours of sleep! More than I usually get.  I was able to fall back asleep for almost 2 hours.  Now we are talking! 7 hours of sleep! Yahoo!!!  I got all ready and waited for my ride!

I was doing the race with 2 awesome ladies I met through MRTT.  Kala was so sweet and offered to pick me up and drive!  She arrived a little after 5 and we headed to pick up Charissa.  It was a little bit of a hike down to to the race and we also needed to hit up a Starbucks on the way.  We did a little detour to get some coffee and made it to the race site at 6:15.  It was perfect timing! Right after we parked tons of cars came pouring in!  Kala quickly went and picked up our race packets!

When it was close to race time we headed for one last bathroom break and then the start line.  The sky was NOT looking good!  This pic doesn’t really do justice!  It was sprinkling at the time but it looked like the sky was about to open up and POUR!
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We had all signed up to run the 10 mile race but I had already made a decision that I was going for the 5 mile race due my hip issues.
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Everyone lined up for the start and they played the National Anthem.
Then it was go time.  Since I am a slower runner I stayed at the back of the pack.  I said bye to Charissa and Kala and we were off.
The first mile was alright.  I was trying to get my music to work correctly.  I had put my phone in my SPI belt under my shirt to help protect it from the rain. So trying to get to my phone while running and dodging people was oh so fun.  I finally got it on and tried to find my rhythm.  I could feel my hip slightly start to tighten up and I reminded myself I am here to just have fun and finish.
Mile 2 I felt like I started to find my groove a little bit.  I was running in the midst of several running groups. We were all doing run/walk intervals and would pass each other back and forth.  It was sprinkling lightly but nothing too bad.  My music was going and my intervals were pretty consistent.  I tried using my HRM for pacing but it wasn’t reading my HR correct.  It was fluttering between 70-84 BPM.  I know I have a good, strong heart, but when I am running my HR is in the 150s! So that was a bust (Note to self: Get HRM fixed ASAP)!!
When I got to the start of mile 3 I really felt my hip tighten a lot!  Ugh, I really was hoping to keep my interval pacing up for the whole race.  I slowed down a little and walked a little more.  As evidence of my pace for that mile, it was slower than I had been going.
When I saw the mile 3 sign I new I was going to make it with my intervals.  I kept putting one foot in front of the other and turned the music up just a bit.  I knew I was off for my time goal but that is ok!
As I was running a group of ladies passed me (once again) and one was encouraging the others to keep going.  A different lady slowed down and told her group that she was going to take it easy.  No one was going to care about her race time when she was gone from this earth and that she wanted to enjoy the run.  It reminded me to refocus my mind and just be grateful that I can do this!
When I broke my foot in college and had to have surgery to repair it, spend 10 weeks in a wheel chair and even longer in a cast I didn’t know this would be possible again.  And when my dr told me that I wouldn’t run again, I was pretty crushed.  So here I am, many thousands of miles later and I am running.  No matter how fast or slow I am, I am still defying the odds!
Mile 5 felt pretty good!  I knew the end was in sight and even if I had to walk, I was less than 20 min from the finish line!  I kept on trucking.  I chatted with a girl a few times when we were in the same place on our intervals.  Part of me wanted to run with her, but I was also really anxious to be finished.  The wind was picking up and I could feel the rain starting to fall harder.  I kept trucking along and I realized the finish line was just around the corner.
One thing I do well is finish races strong! And that is what I did! I was in a bit of pain, and was tired but I dug down deep and crushed the finish!!!  I am not a fast runner by ANY means, but an 8:11 min/mi pace to the finish was pretty good for me!
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Overall it was a so-so race.  The course wasn’t too bad, but not very wide. I had to dodge walkers a lot when I was running.  I don’t know if others know it is common to pull off to the side when you are walking during the race.
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Anyways, I found my girls who also had a rough 3rd mile! Man, something about that mile!
We headed to the car and not long after we were driving home did the rain POUR down!  We were thankful we were finished!
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We did it!
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Thank you Kala and Charissa for a fun day!  Hope the weather and my hip are both better next time!

After I arrived home from the race it was time for an ice bath and a nap!
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Another Wild Workout Wednesday!

Hello once again!  I know, 2 posts in 1 days, that isn’t something that I get to do much these days.
It is Wednesday and time for a workout report.  I realized late last night that I never did made an official plan for this last week, but it ended up working out ok.
Since my hip has been giving me issues I have been trying to focus on stretching more and using my lovely foam roller.  The other night I was done and the Hubs came to see what I was doing.  The foam roller had turned into a pillow and I was just laying on the floor.  He asked me what in the world I was doing. “Oh, just foam rolling!” Ha, he knew better and encouraged me to get back at it!

Last week we lost another family member, so things got a little off track.  Add in the hurricane, a LONG dr appt and visiting a friend in the hospital, and I am glad I actually got in a few workouts!
Speaking of the dr appt, overall it was ok.  He asked a lot of questions and took a LOT of blood! So hopefully I will get some answers soon!  I am sure there are still issues with my thyroid, and not that I want there to be any other issues, but there needs to be something else going on as to why I can not lose weight!  It has become really frustrating! Who am I kidding, it has been a frustration for a LONG time.  I am proud of myself for keeping on the right path and working out and eating healthy meals.  Even years into recovery it is tempting to shut down and not eat.  But I KNOW that is not the right thing to do, nor will it do anything to change myself for the better!

What I have been up to!
Thursday- Walk & foam roll
Friday- Walk and stretches
Saturday- Body pump, walk and stretches.  And a free Shower! Haha

 

Sunday- More walk and stretches
Monday- Body pump and stretches
Tuesday- 4.5 miles on the elliptical, .5 mile walk to/from the park with the kids, an hour of zumba and some stretches.  No wonder my legs are tired and sore today!
Wednesday- Zumba tonight and 20-30 min elliptical


What I am planning for this next week!
Thursday- Try to walk/jog 3-4 miles
Friday- Piyo and 2 miles
Saturday- Body Pump or rest & LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Sunday- Race- was supposed to do the 10 miles, but I am sticking with the 5 for now.  If some miracle happens and I am up for it, I will do the 10. Plus LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Monday- Body Pump and volleyball
Tuesday- Zumba


I am joining Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness and  Nicole from Fitful Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday!

What do you do when you are sore?  Have you signed up for a longer race but then weren’t ready? What did you do?

See you again soon for another Workout Wednesday!

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Woodlands Marathon Relay recap

Just realized this did not post!  Oops! So here is a little recap from my last race 😉

Since my last race of 2014 I have felt like a bit of a running failure.  I know I am not alone when it comes to having hiccups with fitness and running.  In November and December I finally felt like I was getting my running groove back.  Then my back had a few issues which caused my hips to go whacky and boom, running was slow and painful again. And having to drop out of my last half at mile 7 was really frustrating.

I didn’t run for a few weeks.  I tried to elliptical but even that was painful at first.  After a few weeks I finally was able to elliptical and then a few slow runs.  My plans to get faster again were out the window.  The pain was slowly getting better, so I was/am thankful for that.

Before all the horrid hip issues I decided to be part of a local race, but was not sure which distance I wanted to run.  After the hip flare up I decided the half was a no-go.  I ended up deciding to do the marathon relay.  I gathered a few friends and we made the most of it!

Race day came and I really was not sure what to think.  My hip was feeling so so, but mentally I was really not feeling it.  The weather was cold (for TX) and rainy and not exactly my ideal running weather.
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I am glad I was part of a team or I am sure I would have spent the morning in bed.

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Our team gathered at the start line to cheer off our first teammate!  IMG_8098 IMG_8102
Jamie was off and Brandon, Stacie and I headed to the first exchange point!
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Jamie ran a first great leg and then it was time for Stacie to run! And run she did!
While Stacie ran, Brandon and I took Jamie back to her car, got some gas and coffee.  Then headed to the next exchange point.  I was starting to get nervous about running.  According to the race information my leg was 6.65 miles.  So I made myself suck it up and realized I was going to finish my leg no matter what!

We met up with Stacie at mile 13.1 and I was off.  As soon as I started running it began to rain.  I chugged along for a few miles and felt ok.  It was a bit strange to see mile markers for 15, 16, 17 as I have never run that far in my life.  From the front you could see my bib as a marathon relay member, but from the back no one could tell.  I had a lot of people come up behind me and tell me it was awesome what I was doing and how inspiring I was to them!  All I could say was thanks.  They had run 15 miles and I was on mile 2, so of course I had fresh legs, but they didn’t realize that.

The reason I picked leg 3 was that it ran by the park the Hubs and I were married at!  Sadly though I did not see it while running.  The rain and the cold had me distracted.
At one point when I was starting to feel tired I saw someone waving and cheering while looking at me.  I was positive they were cheering for someone else, but no one was around me.  It was one of my friends I met through the gym!  It was SO sweet of her to come out and cheer me on, especially in the yucky weather! (THANK YOU ANNE!!!)  After we said hello and a quick hug I was off again. And then I started crying!  The emotions of running again and having such wonderful friends to run with me AND cheer me on just hit!  I was around mile 18 on the course (mile 5 for me) and people in their cars rolled down windows and clapped and cheered.  So many emotions!

As I approached where the next exchange point was supposed to be I started to get excited and happy!  I was so close.  My hip was a little tight but overall feeling pretty good.  I turned a corner and it was supposed to be the exchange and no one was there!!  I thought maybe my GPS was off, but then I saw the official race mile markers and realized that no, I was indeed at the right mileage…and no exchange!  I had sped up quite a bit but then slowed down when I realized I did not know where the exchange was or how much further I would have to run!
I texted my team but they were not sure how far they were from me.  Blah, that was for sure really frustrating.  I had to walk a little since the sprinting had irritated my hip.
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About a mile later I ended up finally seeing the exchange!  YAY! It was a fabulous sight to see!
So even though I was not thrilled be have run 7.45 miles vs 6.65 miles, I think it was good for me to see my body can still handle more than 7 miles, and my mental game also received a boost.

Stacie and I headed back to the finish line and waited for Brandon!  He had a great run and we were able to run the last .10 miles and cross the finish line together!  They announced my name as we crossed since my bib was the only visible one 🙂
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After we finished we walked a little bit and had some lunch.
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Before we started the race my goal was to just finish.  I was hoping we could keep it under 5 hours for the marathon.  Since I was the slowest runner (and the longest leg) I was not sure if we were going to make it!  But…
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Yay 🙂

Got some good steps in for the day, and was thankful for Epsom salts and essential oils to ease my sore muscles.
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A BIG thank you again to Jamie, Brandon and Stacie for rocking the marathon relay with me!
Can’t wait till next year when we tackle the half 😉

Have you ever participated in a marathon relay?  Or any relay event?

PS, Don’t forget to check out the current giveaway!!!

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Ten for Texas race recap Race 23 of 33 for 2014

Well, if you saw my race schedule, you know that the last few weeks have been busy for me with training and racing!  The last few weekends the races have been pretty good, and I have been plodding along.  Last week when I realized my FIRST ever 10 mile race was coming up I did a little FREAK OUT!  I don’t know what the deal is, but I have had this fear of racing 10 miles (which seems a little nutty since I have done half marathons).  I attempted a 10 miler back in April with the Cherry Blossom race, but lack or training took me back to the 5k. I had not run more than 5 miles since April, so this seemed a little nerve racking.
Last week I did a few short runs, and then on Wed I pulled out a 7 miler.  It was super slow pace because the middle 4 miles I ended up meeting a friend and we walked a bit.  I knew deep down it was in me, but would it come out on race day?? I was a little nervous.

Early Saturday morning I was up after only a few hours of sleep.
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It started out as a bit of a muggy morning, but the sunrise was beautiful! 🙂
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I found a place to park and headed to the bathroom before I went to the start line.
I managed to find my friend Shauna in the large crowd!
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And we were off!
The first 3 miles were humid but I managed to keep a decent walk/run pace.  Right around mile 4 the air cooled down and a light misty rain started!  It felt really amazing!
Around mile 5 I started to feel a uncomfortable feeling on 4th toe on my right foot.  I was really hoping it was not a blister starting to form, but sadly it was.  I stopped a few times to try and rearrange my sock to help it.  After a few times I realized that nothing was going to fix it, and I needed to suck it up and just run.  About mile 5.75 the course did a turn around and I headed back basically the same way I just came!
Mile 6 and 7 went ok but I started to get a bit dehydrated.  The sun started to come out again and it started to get a bit hot.  I chatted with a few other women along the way and we kept encouraging each other! There were also really amazing supporters along the course!!
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When I hit mile 8 I figured I realized that it would be close, but I *MIGHT* be able to beat the goal I set for myself.  At mile 9 I knew it would be SOOO close!  I was really starting to feel tight in my legs, my fingers were swollen, and my shirt was soaked in sweat/rain.
As I closed into the finish line I got a little more excited.  My friend Shauna and her family were there cheering me on.  I saw the finish line and I went for it and finished strong!!!
And I made it 16 seconds under my goal!!! Add on that this was my first 10 mile race meant an automatic PR! 🙂 YAY!
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I finally got another medal.  (My last few races I did not get any).
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The post race food was pretty good.  I had my first doughnut in AGES and it was darn good!

It felt really good to have this race under my belt.
It also felt good to have a weekend off of racing!  I spent the last few days at the NEDA conference, and I will be posting about that soon! So much great information that I am still trying to process!

I hope everyone is well!

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

C.R.A.Z.Y.

The past few days have been a bit of a crazy blur!!! I am trying to slow down and catch my breath before my next busy weekend!!
Friday was a long day, did my normal day with the twins, and then had another childcare gig that lasted till 1am!  That did not leave me much time to sleep before my FIRST 10 mile race (recap coming soon!!)!
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Got up at 6 on Saturday to head to the race!  I am so glad it was a local race and I did not have to drive far!  Finished the race in 16 seconds under my goal and headed back home. IMG_1904
Showered, and took a short nap before I was off to a beautiful baby shower!
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After the shower I was off to another childcare gig that was an overnight job!
We had a ton of fun playing outside, making art for mommy and daddy, huge bubble bath, nail painting and movie watching!  Then we all crashed to sleep!

As soon as I left on Sunday I went home to shower and got ready to meet some friends for lunch who were in from out of town for a wedding!  Straight from there I had a nail/wax appt and then I headed to church for our Dave Ramsey Finance class!! IMG_1947
On the way home I got groceries and gas!

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Did some housework/cooking and collapsed into bed!

How was YOUR weekend?

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

MADD Dash 5k

A little over 9 weeks ago, my sweet workout buddy Dy asked me to help train her for a 5k!! I of course jumped at the chance!! It was still pretty hot here in Houston, so we did our first few workouts inside on the treadmill!
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Dy was a trooper and pushed through even when she wanted to give up.  Over the next few weeks we did more and more time on the treadmill.  Then one evening after a body pump class I told her we were going to run outside!! Her face was priceless and she was really nervous.  We did a little 20 min walk/jog with our other friend Anne and they rocked it!!
Over the next few weeks we did a combo of running, body pump and piyo classes!

This past week we did a 5k practice run which I doubled as my Run for Bling virtual 5k!!
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We also did body pump, piyo and some running drills!  Dy rocked it along with our other gym buddies Anne and Steph!
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We are silly 🙂

Saturday morning was GORGEOUS!  Actually a little chilly than what we have been used to!
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We met at the race location, got our packets and bibs and were ready to rock and roll!
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They had a nice opening ceremony where they announced the teams and individuals who raised the most money.  We all said the Pledge of Allegiance and it was go time!

The course was an out and back loop through a local neighborhood.  It was a nice path filled with trees and spots of sunshine and shade.  We started off running for a few min and then got into our 3:1 pace groove.  We picked up a few other ladies along the way who were also doing the same pace. It was nice to have a little group to run with since I normally do all my races alone.  Made the time go by much faster!!! Overall it was a great little course.  Only issue we had was traffic when we had to cross a main street.  The police were out there, but we had to wait a bit both times we crossed it.  Also they did not have a real water station.  The course map showed there would be 2 different water stations.  Around mile 2.25 they had a few volunteers handing out large bottles of water.  It was nice that they were cold, but they were hard to run with.  We saw many bottles thrown down along the course soon after that.  Kinda a bummer, and I really hope someone was able to go back and pick them up.  Hate to see so much litter and wasted water.
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Mile 2- 14:57
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As we got closer to the finish line Dy and I ran together and decided to finish at the same time.
All the hard work paid off and we had a strong finish!
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I am SOOO very proud of Dy AND Anne who rocked the race! Dy has officially declared herself and runner and now wants to do a 5k each month!  She has even agreed to let me train her for a 10k and a HALF!!! I am so excited and happy 🙂
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The run/walk sponsored the MADD organization!  The teams raised over $50,000 which I think is pretty incredible!
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Way to go again ladies!! So proud of you and honored to coach you through this 5k process!

Dad’s Day 5k

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend celebrating.  Whether you were celebrating your dad or another male father figure/role model I hope it was great!
Saturday morning I got up early (again) after only a few hours of sleep.  I literally rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth and threw on my race clothes.  As I walked out to my car it already felt like it was going to be a hot day…

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I headed downtown for my 15th race of 2014! It was a little bit of a drive, but the traffic was light so I made it down with no issues.  I also found parking right away which I am so shocked about!

I found the packet pick up, got my bib, pins and t-shirt and went back to my car.  I got my bib & timing chip on and put away everything I did not need, and took my essentials with me.  I have not used this kind of timing chip in a long time!!! Brought back some memories of the first time I had a timing chip I could keep!
The shirt is super cute!  It will look great in my quilt one day!
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The opening ceremonies opened with a small choir singing the National Anthem.  They did a fine job.  They also had a few people talk about the cause this race was supporting, prostate cancer research!  The most touching speaker was the widow of the man who founded the race.  She was so thankful and appreciative of all the work that was being made.

Next it was time for the kids 1k!  They were adorable and did really well!

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After the kids race, all the adults lined up for the 5k and the 3k.   The heat was already coming on strong and I almost wished I had signed up for the 3k!
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And we were off.  The race was all on 1 road near downtown.  It was an out and back loop.  The first mile I felt ok, but knew I was going to be slower than last weekend.  Pace: 12:52

Mile 2 was even slower.  The sun was just hot.  I could feel my hands start to swell, and the only thing I could think about was how I needed to not pass out like I did in the AZ half a few years back! Pace: 13:56

Mile 3 was ROUGH!  Just when I thought I might be able to pull off a time close to last week, I choked on water and had a coughing fit.  Ended up having to stop running or walking for a min before I felt ok to at least walk.  Pace:15:11

Even though it hot, and I was exhausted, I finished strong! Pace: 12:35

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I was very thankful to cross the finish line!  I headed over to the post-race party, grabbed some water and goodies.  They had a nice little band playing.  They had a good set up for the post race food, and a small tent with the race results.
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Overall I felt the race was very organized.  If I am around next year it is a race that I will consider doing again! Only downside besides the heat was no race bling except for the kids and the super fast runners (top 3 in age groups and top male and female).
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Did you race this weekend? Tell me about it?
How is the weather for you?

XO
Esthe
-Chocolate Runner Girl-