Bad Dog 5k for Ronald McDonald House and a Weekend Recap

Last year this was a fun but wet run. It was also the run where I realized it would be best for me to finally get my foot/ankle looked at because it hurt every time I did any form of running on it so I had to walk most of it. Luckily, my running buddy for that race was cool with me doing just that! Thank you Brigitte! The picture below is from 2015’s Bad Dog 5k which happened on May 16th. Look at baby Reagan!

This year (and going forward) the race is going to be on the 4th Saturday in April. The weather was absolutely perfect! It was around 60 degrees at the start of the race. And slowly warmed up during my walk about downtown.

Saturday morning was a little rough to get going. This is the first race I’ve done from our new home and although I knew the drive would be longer I don’t think my brain and body wanted to cooperate with me getting there as early as I like to do. It was a full on mind game even getting to the race. Before getting on the interstate, I had convinced myself to go back home and go back to bed at least 3 times and 4 times (at least) talked myself out of it. I arrived downtown and got to Handy Park about 10 minutes before race start and even had time for pictures. I had just finished eating some type of breakfast bar as this photo was taken which I’m thinking is why I look so weird.

The race itself was fun! I took my time because I wasn’t feeling 100% until about mile 2. And that’s when I had to take some full-on stops to let traffic get through. I didn’t even try running this race because I didn’t think it would be the best idea. Especially since Jensen (the baby) discovered that my bladder makes for an excellent trampoline around mile 1.  Afterwards, I felt really good. Tired but good and hungry. So I took a selfie and went to go get some Hardee’s breakfast.

Later on that day, I went to the Southern Hot Wing Festival via the tickets that came with my race entry and discovered after walking and fighting through the crowd that I was too tired and too hot to really be down there. Luckily, Tristan and our friend Daniel weren’t feeling the place as well so we left, grabbed some snow cones, some crawfish, and started working on getting things together for the baby’s room.

Yay for baby crib! Now to start painting and organizing! Not pictured is the really amazing dresser my parents bought.

On Sunday, we went to the Grizzlies’ final game of the season and it was bittersweet but I was so glad we were able to go!

Semmes-Murphey 5k: the pregnant experience

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This past weekend I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and participate in the 1st Semmes-Murphey 5k. I looked at where the race would be held and figured it would be a great spot for the first race of me being super pregnant, since technically the Jingle Bell 5k in December I was only 4 weeks pregnant and didn’t know that I was actually pregnant. Sometime in the middle of the night before this race, baby decided that everything that was currently in my stomach needed to exit. I woke up the morning of the race still determined to participate even though I knew running would be next to out of the question.

By the time the race actually started I figured I might give running a good college try.

That was dumb.

But I kept trying to run for at least the first 2 miles off and on. It was like my legs, hips, and shins forgot all the times we had done this running and hell walking thing before. I would do good for a few minutes and then I could hear this little voice tell me if I kept going I would throw up. We’ve all had this voice from time to time. It used to come to me in my early 20s when I would contemplate doing another round of shots or something along those lines. Whenever I would have to slow down from running, I felt like I had taken on a snail’s pace in order to get back to normal.  At that point, I told myself that as long as I fully finished without getting sick I was a full-on winner for this race, no matter what the time said. Honestly, the time was bad but not as bad as it could have been and definitely not as bad as it would have been if I didn’t participate.

Now that I have my energy levels returning back to me, I know I need to start adding exercise back into my life. Not only for physical health but for mental health as well. Plus I seriously miss it. I just wonder what were some other mommies’ favorite exercises while pregnant?

Cooper Young 4 Miler Recap

One of my all-time favorite races was this past Friday.  And it was definitely one to remember!

The weather was much warmer than last year and was also the first year where my training had been very nonexistent. Although I walked nearly every day for almost 2 weeks, I couldn’t remember the last time that I was able to do some running.

Susan, Christine, and I arrived early to the start line to get some pictures made with Daniela.

Reagan even got dressed up for the event:

Susan and I did our pre-race selfie as usual:

And before we knew it, it was time to line up.  We didn’t actually cross the start line until nearly 6 minutes into the race.

We started off with a run but as always I forgot the first bit of this race is uphill and my lack of running/training started hitting me full force.  I stopped before I wanted to and my calves didn’t want to cooperate with anything and felt hard as bricks.  Susan was hurting from a boot camp class the day before and needed to run more to work out the burn so she went ahead of me.

As my calves loosened up, I started running more and found people in the crowd that I wanted to make sure I finished before which always helps.

Around 1.5 miles I drank an almost full solo cup of rum punch and at might 2.75 I did 2 jello shots.  After the shots my stomach protested a second when it was time to run so I had to let those settle.  This is about the time I realized how strong both “drinks” were and felt a bit tipsy. After mile 3, I saw an actual toga party:

The house right after this one always has cheese and fruit so I grabbed a couple of pieces and went on my way.  I felt like my legs were made to fly and started doing a light run to save some energy for the home stretch.

Mile 4 was my favorite mile.  I felt the runner’s high and like I could do 2-3 more afterwards.  It was a totally different feeling from mile 1 where I thought I should quit running and never sign up for a race again.

Normally, the food at the CY 4 miler is nearing gone by the time I get to it because I’m not fast.  But they send out a survey every year and last year I complained and was furious.

This year, they had pork sliders from Central BBQ at the finish line (I gave it to my husband because my stomach does not do well with pulled pork), there was plenty of pizza, beer (Memphis Made’s Mile 5 was excellent!), and other snacks available which was awesome!

There was even Popsicles from MemPops available for purchase at the finish line. Reagan really liked her’s:

This is still my favorite race and is typically my last one of the racing season because of scheduling.  I’m hoping to fit one or 2 more in before the end of the year though so fingers crossed.

So, here’s to 2 blog posts in one day!

Here’s the cool shirt I bought at the CY Fest the next day! I bought an XL but totally should have gotten a large. I did one wash in hot water but I think it needs about 2 more to be just right.

Bluff City 10k Recap

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Rough. Tough. Nasty. Finished.

Those are the top 4 words that come to mind about the Bluff City 10k. The day started off really pretty slightly overcast which was going to make for a nice cool run.  However mother nature is a finicky bitch so a thunderstorm decided to interfere with it all.

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A trash can actually started floating away.  I tried to get an accurate picture for how nasty it was and this is the best I could do.

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I ran into this lady while it was coming down and it reminded me why I wanted to do this 10k.  Chris is the Research and Program Impact Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.  One of the most important aspects of running these races is the impact that happens with the organizations that they support. Working in nonprofit, I know how much this support means.  And I love doing things that support those that I care for that are also doing good works.

The race started late, 8:20 which was enough time for two things to happen.  My muscles cooled off and I had pumped myself back up for the race.  Then I started to freak out.  I was running with a new running belt, a new phone, and it was raining.  It was a full on steady rain.  I didn’t want to kill my brand new phone but I also am recovering from injuries and didn’t want to be without my phone in case something happened. It was too late to turn back so I just went.

Everything was feeling nice and good.  I had a steady pace.  Going up the hill of Madison, about to hit McLean I felt my leg muscles start cramping.  They had gone cold from the wait.  Even the walk to the starting point hadn’t warmed them up as I had hoped.  It happened right at the one mile marker.  So mile 2, as is usually the case with me, was my slowest and was making me question everything I had ever done in my life.

Mile 2 was a complete bitch to me. My left calf was a rock and my foot felt like it had been smashed, my right ankle was hurting so bad my foot was going numb and I couldn’t feel my calf muscle.  I wanted to never run again and was writing this blog post in my head about how this race was going to be the end of my running career.

And then I met a lady. Actually this lady right here.

She just happened to be in one of my post race pictures and it made me think of what we accomplished. We walked a good bit of mile 2 talking about how we were hurting.  I did 6 miles last week and she did 8 but we were both ready to call it quits.  I pumped her up and she kept me going.  At mile marker 3 I was ready to go again.

I decided then to use every downhill as a way to gain my speed back at that point. I saw someone in a bright yellow shirt that looked like she was doing some interval running so it became my mission to stay up with her.  Miles 3 and 4 were significantly better than mile 2.  Around mile 5 I started talking to the lady and the bright yellow shirt and found out she was using me as her pace person much like I was using her.  We decided to finish the race together that day and encourage one another to keep it going.

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Mile 5 was my fastest mile of the day.  This is also where I became so hungry that I started burping.  This is never a good feeling.

My GPS said that the race was 6.65 miles.  And that last half mile felt like the longest trek I had ever made.  Part of it I know had to do with hunger.  Like unreasonable hunger and all the food places down Madison starting up for the day.  I know from now on I will need some form of food in my little pouch when I’m going these long distances in the morning.  I finished the race at 1:43:44 according to my app.  The chip has me finishing nearly a minute after this and after the person I crossed the finish line with which is annoying.  But I finished it and made a few new running friends along the way.

And I got a medal!

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This may now be my favorite post-race selfie.

I also earned this badge through my fitbit charge hr by the end of the race:

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And I fully enjoyed eating this when I finally made it home:

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Fitness Devices

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Right now I’m shopping for a new fitness device.  I’m super torn between what to get.  Last night I thought I had totally made up my mind about getting the Fitbit Charge and now I’m debating getting the Fitbit Charge HR which was just released today but only in black and if I get that I really want it in plum because I’m a brat like that.  I only what the regular Fitbit Charge in slate as well.  Not to mention, it is at Target right now and I can use my red card to get 5% off.

I already have a heart rate monitor (HRM) that can be a bitch to use at sometimes.  Example, yesterday doing PiYo it kept losing signal in certain moves.  When it loses signal, it beeps at you signally it is not working correctly.  It also beeps when you are below the burning zone or if you are working too hard so when it beeps I feel compelled to check it to make sure that my heart isn’t going to explode from my chest.  I have also had the chest strap fall off during runs (both with and without the dogs) and come undone during kickboxing which makes for an awkward scene.

Decisions, decisions…

What is your favorite workout accessory? Do you have a favorite device, or is it shoes, clothing, a friend?

Days 19-21 and another fun weekend

Knowing this was my last weekend of doing this 21 Day Fix, I tried my best to keep things going although I did have some moments of lapsing due to schedule changes and not feeling 100%.  

Day 19 (Friday, August 22nd)

I took my lovely little hatch to get some basic maintenance done on Friday and used this time to get some food and get in a little exercise.  

Breakfast: coffee with creamer, water, and a Lox Bagel on an everything bagel from Einstein Bros.  I was kind of shocked at the calorie content of this for breakfast but wasn’t too upset with it.  I definitely will get this on a bagel thin going forward though.  This really helped with the seafood craving I’ve had all week though. I then walked a total of a mile up and down Poplar while waiting for my car to finish.  

Lunch:  Asian Dirty Rice.  I’ve determined that I like this way better than the meatballs.  Mainly because it only takes a total of 15 minutes to make!  

Dinner:  This is where things got a bit rough.  Tristan had to fix his little brother’s phone so we ran out to his parents house before going to our evening plans.  Because of this, we got something quick, easy, convenient to eat.  McDonald’s.  I had a quarter pounder with cheese with a few of Tristan’s fries and some Dr. Pepper.  It was good and the grease really hit the spot.

Snacks: I had a small flour tortilla with some salsa and some granola.  

Day 20 (Saturday August 23rd)  

Breakfast: I made actual OMELETS! Drinkingly at 3 am, our buddy Andrew showed me his Alton Brown method of making omelets just using the egg.  So after doing the Hit and Run 5k with Adair and burning 859 calories on a stomach loaded with Monster Zero because I had around an hour and half a sleep, I made Tristan an bacon and cheese omelet and I had a taco omelet.  I used left over turkey taco meat, some cheese, and a little bit of hot sauce and it was AMAZING!!!  I also had 2 cups of coffee with some creamer.  

The Hit and Run 5k was absolutely amazing and taught me a lot about things that I need to work on in my workouts.  Balance is a huge area for me.  However, PiYo and kickboxing have definitely improved these areas for me, there is always room for more improvement.  This was one of the funnest 5ks I’ve done and can definitely see why my sister in-law loves them so.  Doing this, I hit my knee, twisted an ankle, and broke a fingernail (the picture below has the nail) but it was all worth it.  I’m definitely going to look into doing more of these!  

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Lunch:  So this was an awkward lunch day.  We went to Tristan’s parents house to do his birthday thing since we were out of town last weekend.  I had 3 of his mother’s amazing homemade chicken nuggets, some cheese dip and some chips, a slice of Boston cream pie (a Caulfield must for birthdays), goat cheese and crackers, and 2 ciders.  I also had a couple of bites of Tristan’s hot dog at Costco. 

Dinner: We went over to Andrew and Susan’s house for a pork butt. Although my stomach can sometimes handle pork bacon and ribs (only if they are Andrew’s, weirdly enough), it still does not tolerate pork butt.  Knowing this, I grabbed a portobello to throw some BBQ flavors on.  I also had some fresh squash and zucchini.  I threw the squash, zucchini, and portobello on a sandwich with 2 different styles of BBQ sauce and it was amazing.  After trying a mustard base sauce a few months ago at Whole Foods, I’ve wanted some more and have become slightly obsessed.  While waiting on everything we snacked on chips and french onion dip along with some amazing strawberries that we picked up at Costco.  

Day 21 (Sunday, August 24th) 

I woke up Sunday to an allergy attack which is never a fun way to wake up and always puts me in a mood because although I planned to go for a run, I couldn’t because I couldn’t get a good deep breath for over 2 hours.  Coffee along with the inhaler actually helped to level it out but I just felt tired and achy all over. 

Breakfast: 1 fried egg and some bacon along with of course coffee.

Lunch: I got creative because my turkey deli meat went bad so I made a grilled cheese pizza sandwich.  I subbed the turkey for pepperonis and it was amazing and will be eaten again.  

Dinner:  Jalapeno popper chicken made with jalapenos, cream cheese, shredded cheese, slap your momma spices, and some garlic powder.  I also made garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.  Cream cheese is not on the fix information stuff but the husband asked for it specifically so I made it. I hadn’t originally planned on eating the potatoes but they smelled so amazing I just had to have a little bit so I had 1/2 cup.  

Other than the allergy attack, Sunday was the ideal lazy day.  I was able to go to the grocery store by myself and make a meal plan that consists of chicken Caesar salad made with Bolthouse Farms Caesar Parmiganio yogurt dressing for dinner on Monday night.  We watched the Simpsons marathon on FXX, put headlamps on the dogs, and Tristan drafted his Fantasy Football league. We also watched the series finale of True Blood which was interesting and in the end satisfying.  I’m glad the show is off the air now.  I haven’t even read the last installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series because I heard how the last book ends and how awful it was written so I’m saving it for a rainy, nothing better to do day.  PhotoGrid_1408933923844 

just in case you were wondering what Roxi and Kouki look like with headlamps on  🙂 

I hope everyone has an awesome week!

Thanks for reading my lazy 21 day fix postings.  After Labor Day, I will do another challenge for this where I hit it a bit harder and hopefully without the influence of steroids so that I can see how I truly do.  

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Getting Started

Last year, I started a new life of fitness and it has taken me to some amazing places and fortified some amazing friendships along the way.  Since June 28, 2013, I have lost 30 pounds and over 30 inches off my body.  It is an amazing feeling!  Although, I have weighed less in the past than I do now, I know that I am in much better health and can only get stronger from here.

Starting next week, August 4th, I am taking my fitness steps even further and committing to a solid training program for a half-marathon in October.  In doing so, I also put together a form of the 21 Day Fix that Beachbody offers.  Through Pinterest, I have the basics of this program and since I’m not fully ready to spend $75 on tupperware and an eating program just yet I figured this would be a good start.

There are other adventures going on right now as well.  My husband and I are planning on buying a house this fall/winter, we are working towards starting a little family all our own, and will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary in October. So along side the fitness journey posts, there may also be some happy, crazy family posts as well.