Monday, June 27, 2011

10 + 5 = 13.1

The past 2 weekends allowed for a new race and a repeat race. 2 Saturday's ago I ran the Baltimore 10 miler and this past Sunday I ran the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K.

The Baltimore 10 miler is a race I have been looking forward to for almost a year now. It was one of the first races I cheered on the Loopers and I was excited to check this one off my list. However, I was completely unready for this race. I had put in my 2 weeks notice at work so things with life were kinda crazy. I was very thankful that Megan was not really ready either and was willing to take it slow with me. So at 6am Megan and Laura met us at the apt and we headed off to pick up Jen at her parents house. Then we all headed to the Baltimore Zoo parking lot. After a lot of traffic and Laura telling off a parking attendant we were headed to the start.
Once we got to the start and met up with everyone we said goodbye to those that were just cheering and got ready for the race. Megan and I kept up with our intervals for a while but by mile 5 the lack of shade, the heat, and humidity were really getting to us. So we slowed things down a bit. We still ran but we walked the hills (and in Baltimore there are a lot of hills). We did this until about mile 9 where we just walked until we decided to run to the finish line.
Personally, I liked the finishers premium, a fleece vest. I can add it to the rain coat I bought earlier this year at the company sale. I also won a trivia game on Facebook but I never did get my shirt. I've tried contacting them but I don't seem to get a response. So that sucks but the race was still pretty good. We ended up finishing in 2:28:00 (and change) which isn't my best time but given the circumstance is isn't too bad either.

So with as crazy as the 10 miler was, the Baltimore Women's Classic was even better. I signed up for the training group that was supposed to help you prepare to run the entire race without stopping. I had to miss the last training but all it all it was $20 well spent. My only goal for this race was to run the whole thing, no time goal in mind. The other great part to this race was that it was my mom's first race! I am so proud of her for getting out there and walking the whole thing with Katie and Kelly's Mom Pat. I knew I got my willpower from my mom and this proved it.
I ended up running all of the race except the first hill. I started running it but realized if I ran that hill I might not be able to run the whole time. I did finish it in 39:53 which is not a PR but I am proud of my accomplishment.

So now let the Goofy training begin! I have another 5K on Wednesday evening and I need to keep my schedule consistent. So here we go!

Monday, June 6, 2011

A foodie entry

So I do not have a race again until the B10 on June 18th but in an effort to keep up with this I thought some random posts would be fun! I'm a big foodie! I really don't eat much of what I make but I just love cooking, I find it therapeutic! I also love to peruse the internet for awesome food blogs! I've tried a lot from the Pioneer Women, but recently I found, and love, Last week I found their Mint Chocolate Brownies which are A-mazing, check them out and then make them! Earlier this week they posted a yummy looking recipe for Brie stuffed Turkey meatballs. Since I was thinking ahead I can share with everyone my attempt at this.

Ingredients for mine:

• 1 lb ground turkey
• 1 egg (not pictured)
• about 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
• sprinkle of Onion powder
• Brie, divided into small cubes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, and onion powder, into a small mixing bowl. 
Form the ground turkey into small balls and arrange in a baking pan.

Make small indents in the meatballs.
And insert the cubes of Brie into the indent. Then form the meatballs around the brie. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Time to Run for a Dream

Took me a little longer then I wanted to write about this race but here goes.

This is one of the best run races I've done. This was half number 5 for me and half #2 for my half fanatic status! So I am officially half fanatic #1099, but back to the race.

So it ended up being a girls weekend, which was really great. Megan, Laura, Jen and I headed out on Friday morning to Williamsburg, VA. The car ride in itself was a great time. AFter a fund 3 hours we finally reached our destination, the Williamsburg visitors center where the tiny expo was. Hands down, this race was the biggest bang for your buck. With your packet came, a tech shirt, a 3 day pass to Colonial Williamsburg, a pass and food voucher to Bush Gardens, and a slew of coupons and goodies.

We spent the next day and a half enjoying all the Colonial Williamsburg had to offer, mostly eating our way through it. However, we were more then happy to partake in the Olive Garden for a safe carbo-load the night before the race.

The race started at 7:30am on Sunday and by the time we got out there is was already shaping up to be a warm day. Having run a half the week before I had planned on taking this one nice and easy. Thankfully, Megan had the same plan. We started off the race keeping up with Jen and her 2 and 1 intervals. We kept up with her until about mile 3 or 4 before we encouraged her to take off with a new found friend on the course. We were both more then happy to let her go, between the heat and lack of running the week before, we were dying a little. By around mile 8 we realized that we were going faster power walking then we would keeping up with the intervals, so we stopped and walked the last 5 miles.

The race ended up being much hillier then we originally imagined. So between that, the heat, the humidity, and lack of shade, we decided that our goal of getting bling and not puking was a good one. We were happy to see Laura cheering around mile 12 with some new ROTERs. We wanted to stop for a drink but we really wanted to stay in front of the tutu lady. This goal was almost lost so that we could save a life! An older women powering in front of us with a friend of her's all of a sudden went down. Megan and I happened to notice and ran up and grabbed her right before she hit the ground. So our 3:17:00 time was well earned by some fast walking and life saving efforts!! After a little downhill running and some power efforts we were able to get passed the tutu lady who passed us while we were helping the lady. A fun run through the olympic tent and a quick go around the William & Mary stadium track and we were done! Bling in hand.
We headed over to the after race party and it was great! There were gingerbread cookies when you came in, chocolate milk, and pulled pork sandwiches. SO YUMMY!! By far the best race for your buck! Really look forward to doing this race again next year!!

Now onto the B10 and starting up Goofy Training!!