Monday, January 20, 2014

PF Chang's RNR



Whew!  This race came upon me pretty quickly!!  I remember signing up for it, and thinking I should really "train' for a Half marathon and see how I do!  Keep in mind, I don't actually "train" for the distance, I just go out and run, which leaves me pretty empty and sore after the Half!!  So this one I thought I would at least train and see how well I could actually do!!

Well… being sick for over a month, and finding out I had bronchitis a couple of weeks ago… needless to say, I didn't train for this one either!!  The good thing about this race is that they added a "Mini- Marathon" being short of 6 miles to run…

The Expo was lots of fun… smaller than previous ones, but nonetheless, I LOVE Expos!!  I shopped, and shopped, and realized I had just about everything I really needed!  So a few RNR memento's was about it… grabbed lots of free stuff!  Who doesn't love free stuff??


Went to bed fairly early, and got up the next morning for the race!!  Got there early, as parking is usually a joke, so I parked in the furthest lot, easy to get in and out.  I realized that the start was in a different place as runners were headed in a different direction… I decided I might as well follow the masses… we walked about a mile to the starting line (different than the years before).  I ran into several friends… out of 50,000 runners… who would have thought… jumped in my corral 5 and ready to go!!


Started out a little sluggish… but I knew after mile 2-1/2 I would be making the turn towards the Mini route… or would I?  As I moved I realized it had been a week since I actually laced up, and I was in no shape to run the Half… the split came up rather quickly, but my mind was made up… I made the turn and surprisingly, tears filled my eyes!!  Damn, I wanted to run the Half, but it just wasn't in the cards this year!!  The Mini course was pleasant… less crowded, and much more scenic.  I actually, really enjoyed the morning run after all…

It's always nice to make it to the after party before all the food and free stuff is gone… by the time I usually make it in with my lack of training, most stuff is gone!  So its nice to partake a little just to get a taste of what it would be like…


Headed home, feeling proud to have accomplished the run, not the race I registered for, but did it really matter?  I finished a race, my own race!!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Awesome 80's



Oh, this is such a fun, fun race!!!  I grew up in the 80's and I miss most the big hair and music!!
I have been battling bronchitis and something prior to that which I think developed into bronchitis, so should I have gone out and run this morning??  No!  But I couldn't miss this one!!

Got there early and enjoyed the music and the costumes!!  I hate thinking that my High School Days have now turned into fun costumes, but nevertheless, it was fun to see the "youth" bring back the good old days!!!

Met some Swirlgear gals there too, what a fun experience to see gals you only "meet" on Facebook!!  I love having other Swirlgear gals in the state!!

We warmed up to an awesome DJ, dancing to the music and then we were off… I knew I needed to take it slow and walk… but I was so pumped up, I didn't do the right thing, I took off running, and not sure I looked back until about mile 1!!  At that point I could feel my lungs telling me to shut it down or they will… I slowed it down, and walked for a minute or two, caught my breath and ran a  little more… it wasn't so bad, I just had to run a 3.1… I could do it!!


A couple of times, I felt a little dizzy, and then I thought, this was "FUN RUN" and it wouldn't be any fun to pass out and have others try and figure out what to do with me… but I kept going.  No I didn't pass out or anything, in fact, I didn't even cough once…(until I finished)


Got the medal and took a few pics, and came home!  What an AWESOME day!!  Resting for next weekend, as I have a Half scheduled!!  Hope I can get in some miles…


Hot Chocolate Run Dec 8 2013

I forgot to post about this one, as I seriously have been under the weather since I ran this one…


This was a race I was an Ambassador for every year!!  I just think this race is a fun run, and a pretty calm and even course!  Besides, the swag is pretty awesome too!!

The morning of the run, I woke up with a sever sore throat and heavy head, and ear ache… good grief, I can't run feeling like this… I could barely stand up and get dressed for the COLD morning… I should stay home, I kept saying to myself, but I had a reason to run that morning…

I had a friend that wanted to run a 5K with me, and I suggested running this one with me!  It was her first 5K, and I was so excited to introduce her into my world of running!!  I knew if I didn't show, I would have let her down and that was unacceptable.  So I made my way to the race…


I found her, and helped her pin her bib on her shirt!!  Oh, how fun!  I knew she would love it!  We got in the corral and headed towards the front of the line.  Now, I don't run fast and have no business being in corral A, but I don't like being in the back of any line!  I don't trip anyone up, as I can keep up with the thick crowd, and it eventually thins out and I am good…

I really didn't think I was going to make it 500 yards, but we did and we kept running/walking the route together.  I felt so bad, as I was not being energetic for a first timer, and I so wanted it to be a great experience for her.  We ran it slow, and I think it was a good pace for her, and it was a pace I could talk and help her along.

It was COLD, and the more I ran and talked, the more my throat burned… what the heck was I doing out here??  I looked over and saw my friend somewhat enjoying herself, I forgot about the way I felt for a spilt second…

We did it!! We finished!!!  I was so very proud of my friend for running her first 5K!!




We got our Hot Chocolate bowl and headed home… where I got into bed, and have been SICK ever since… Hahahaha… It was worth it!!
Kelley's first 5K


This didn't even look good...