It’s almost my birthday….

and I want to give YOU presents!

Wait..whattt? yep, you heard me, as a tiny celebration I want to give one of my ย lucky readers a little goody bag of some of my favorite things! Friday will be my 24th birthdayย (really!? how did that happen??)ย and I want to celebrate it with you guys too…even if it’s on the internet!

Why? Because I love every one of you that keep coming back to read my ramblings. It’s also a 6 month anniversary of me starting my blog- so I figured it was fitting enough.

What’s in this bag, you ask??

Well, for starters you will be the owner of:

  • a shiny new gunmental sparkle BIC band (SO CUTE!)
  • ย Sweat Pink Shoe Laces (SCORE!)
  • Sharkies (cause they’re delicious!)
  • PB 2
  • Andddd the best: Oiselle Coupon for 10% off and a sweet tattoo!

And WHO knows..there might possiby be some other goodies in there. You never know what I might find! ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything in it will be something I love and hopefully you will love too!

It’s my way of a giant thank you and a fun thing to do. I want to start 24 off right by sharing with all of you. (And no Drew- you may not enter this!)

To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to celebrate your birthday!
  • Tweet : ” @KatieeAnd is giving away her favorite things to celebrate her birthday! You can enter too!” and include the link to my blog! Leave a comment telling me you did so.
  • Follow me on Twitter: @KatieeAnd (Leave a comment)
  • Follow me ย on Instagram:ย @KatieeAnd (Leave a comment)

The winner will be announced on Friday- good luck to all of you! ๐Ÿ™‚


Hagerstown Duathlon Recap

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday morning I woke up at the crack of dawn to drive an hour with my dad to Hagerstown, Maryland to compete in a duathlon. Way back in April I did the same duathlon and this happened to be the second of their series for the it was the exact same course I did before.

My dad and I had waited to register for this race race the day of so we couldn’t kind of decide last minute if we wanted to bail or not. I won’t lie- it was FREEZING but the cold I can handle..there was no rain in the forecast so we decided to just do it. Waking up was tough because of course it was about 34 degrees out and the first frost was on the ground. A little early don’t you think October!!? I mean really now.

Anyways- by the time we got down there it was about 38 degrees, but one of those days you could tell would be freezing in the morning but would warm up later on. Deciding what to wear was difficult because I hate getting hot and not being able to peel layers off. I finally just decided to wear a long sleeved tech tee, underneath my bike jersey (no tri top today- too cold) and put a thermal bike jacket on over top. Bike shorts and my purple compression sleeves were also a go to. I honestly just prayed it would work and went with it…

Prior to the race I had coffee, 2 pieces of toast ,and a half hour before the start I had a peanut butter gu – my favorite of course!

I’m happy to say, I felt great before this race which was really exciting. My legs felt good even though I had run and done a lot of spin classes that week. I hoped I hadn’t overdone it, but my body seemed ready to go. I was just hoping to hold off any side stitch issues that have been bugging me lately.

I was at the start line when I realized I had let my watch at home. Crap. With all the layers I hadn’t even thought about putting that on. Now it’s no fancy watch but I like to just have the time running so I can see where I’m at. I figured oh well- seeing the clock at transition and on my bike computer was the best it was going to get.

The two mile run I was definitely very cautious because of the side stitches. Lo and behold I made it to mile one without a stitch…so I picked it up from there and finished the 2 miles. i had no idea what time i had finished in because the clock was running from a previous 5k that started before hand so I just grabbed my stuff put my shoes on and threw off my thermal jacket because I was very warmed up at this point.

I grabbed my bike and took off toward the bike exit. I clipped in with success (YES!) and took off. This course was a big 10 mile loop on the roads around the park. This course was slightly scary because the roads were not closed and at some points there were cars close to you. Thankfully MOST of the time there was a decent size shoulder on the roads but sometimes the shoulder turned into a turning lane (yikes). This course was slight rolling hills- nothing crazy but different than the last duathlon which was a straight flat out and back. I enjoy loops far better than the straight out and back. (It’s kind of discouraging when you see the super fast people already turning around passing you and you’re like ffff i have so much longer- but that’s just me haha)

The worst part about the bike ride was that you forget how it’s going to be so much colder on there..the crosswind was tough at some points on the road where it was open. I felt good on the bike quads weren’t tiring and so I pushed it as much as I could. I try to do this just for the fact that I know my runs are my weakest part so it’s all out on the bike to make up for that time.

Finally I made it back into the park to dismount (success again- yes!) and I ran into the transition the best I could.

My body was completely numb from the torso done not even lying. Running in to change my shoes was probably hilarious if you were watching because I could barely feel my fingers to undo my shoes and get my running shoes back on. Unbuckling my helmet was not an easy task either.

Anyways, once that was done I took one last drink of gatorade and took off on the 5k course that started out like the 2 mile run. I loved this run because it wound through a littler trail between trees and wasn’t boring like the beach run.

However, not gonna lie- the first mile was terrible. My whole body was numb, my legs were tired and in the mode where they feel like they’re a thousand pounds. I finally loosened up after the first mile and when I hit the turn around point on this run I decided I felt good and felt like I could bring the pace up more to hopefully kick it in hard. The moment I was able to see the final turn and straightaway to the finish I kicked it in as much as I could.

When I saw the time coming across the line I was excited because I thought it had beat my previous time for this course! I was completely exhausted so I”m glad to know that I did the best I could that day. BOOM.

Final time: 1:24.01 Beating the previous time by 30 seconds!

Post race carb fest- (Already at the donut WHOOPS!)

Even better yet- checking the results I finished 2nd out of 6 in my age group! YES medal and podium time!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ( I look like a GIANT!)


  • How was your weekend?

High Five Friday

Another High Five Friday Post, thanks to the lovely Meg ๐Ÿ™‚

Also sorry for my lack of posts this week- we just had to get our internet fixed (it was out from Tuesday- yesterday boo).

I really love this because they’re so fun and motivating. And who doesn’t like to give themselves a big ol’ high five?

I’m giving myself a high five for getting up and going to morning spin class at 5:45am Tuesday and Thursday this week to get my butt kicked! I hope it’s the last bit of good training that I needed to do well tomorrow at my duathlon! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m doing the Hagerstown Duathlon tomorrow morning with my dad! Drew couldn’t make it up because it would be a crazy expensive weekend for him. I will miss him being there, that’s for sure… anyways we have an early morning wake up and about an hour drive down there. It’s going to be COLD. SUPER cold. (A “freeze watch” is issued for the morning… awesome) I don’t even know what to wear that will work for the run and bike portion. It’s going to get interesting…that’s for sure. I hate peeling layers off- putting them back on and so forth… sorry for the whining- I just hate being cold!

This race is the 2nd of the year. I did the first one way back in April..seems like FOREVER ago! You can read about that race here…(ps this was my early blogger days and a little funny for me to read now! haha)I’m glad this time I know the course. The runs are both through a nice little community park with tiny hills- nothing big. The bike course is relatively flat also, but is not on closed off roads which was a little scary the last time around. You’d be riding on the edge of the road and all of a sudden it would turn into a turning lane…AH! Very happy to know what’s up this time!

My main goal for this race is to get through the run with no pain. I did an easy 2.2 miler today to see how the body held up and it felt alright. Although it wasn’t at my race pace I hope that it might shake out any cramping that wants to happen. (One can hope- right?)

  • Why are you giving yourself a high five this week?
  • What are you doing this weekend?

Weekend: Dewey Beach Goes Pink 5k

Hello everyone, I hope all of YOU have off today. I do not. ugh 6 hours of work training here I come.

Anyways- I had a great weekend, and got to visit Drew! This is only the second time I’ve been to his new place since he moves there so it was fun to explore around there some more.

On a whim- I checked out what was happening around the area where he lives and found out there was a 5k not too far away, begged Drew to take me (warm up for the race next week, of course) and he agreed.

It was the Dewey Beach Goes Pink 5k benefitting the local Breast Cancer Research fund. Bonus of live music, free drinks, food…It was basically like a big block party- I’m in!

I wore my Oiselle “Dream Big” tee and Roga shorts!

Unfortunately, once again…this race didn’t go very well. I was feeling great and was hit hard with side stitches again, about 7:30 mins into it close to being done with mile 1 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Not. Happy.

My personal Athletic Trainer (Drew) decided that probably I need to be running more (not on the treadmill which is where it’s been being done lately for lack of light and time) could be the reason that my muscles start to ache on my side and then get the dreaded knife to my sides.

My cheerleader!

I was really upset when this happened again, because ONCE AGAIN I felt awesome running- didn’t feel out of shape, I was at a nice pace I could keep steady. When those hit me I tried to walk it off- stretch, massage my side and calm my breathing- but nothing worked. I hope to get it together this week because I would really like to do well this coming weekend at my duathlon!

ANYWAYS- Other factors of the race were that, it was a nice flat course through residential streets so no traffic and the neightbors even came out to cheer us on. One nice man even set up his hose in the drive way so that it misted us as we ran by- so nice! (Did I mention this race started at noon and it was 78 degrees and very sunny out…no? well it was!) Really though- the race was awesome and was for such a great cause. The atmosphere was very friendly. We got some great food after and some drinks as well ๐Ÿ™‚

It was so beautiful out that Drew and I got to spend a little time at the beach too! We explored Assateague Island which isn’t far from Drew’s house. This is the place where there are actually wild ponies on the side of the road in the low water at any given time. We saw two on our way out.

So HA stupid side cramp- you’ve been erased by time at the beach in OCTOBER!

We then spent the night doing outlet shopping and walking on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD. And so photo booth fun ๐Ÿ™‚

We are naturals at posing- obviously. ย 

  • How was your weekend? Anyone else race?

High Five Friday!

Ah my frist High Five Friday! I’ve been wanting to put this thing together for a while now, because Meg really make me want to pass on high fives to all of you wonderful people! ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I am giving myself a high five for completing my 4th duathlon! We all know it didn’t go that well for me, but I did complete it and am already moving on to the next one!

And now I’m gonna give out my high fives all over the place!

To Meg: for creating High Five Friday, and to her for being featured at her school for being a leader! Girl you display fine quality leadership skills through your blog and I bet even more in person! Way to go ๐Ÿ™‚ Go read more about her here.ย 

Meg and her parents- photo courtesy of Meg ๐Ÿ™‚

To Alex: for not taking herself to seriously when she talks about her grandma ways, baking skills, and the fact that she doesn’t think her food is pretty. Her hilarious sarcasm and point of view makes me love her more each time I read her blog! Her little reminders on things we all think make my day! ๐Ÿ™‚

To Megan for celebrating her “Runniversary!” This girl rocks and has seriously accomplished SO MUCH in a year. She inspired me to look back on my own year and see what I’ve accomplished.

Photo courtesy of Megan

To Jessie for her awesome week of running! And her reminder that it’s the little things in life ๐Ÿ™‚

To Heidi for a successful move into her house AND its her birthday today! Happy birthday and high five!

To Nikki for mixing it up and going to Zumba for the first time in a while! It’s always fun to do something new!

  • And lastly- High fives to all of you for reading…and PLEASE share with me why you are giving YOURSELF a high five this week ๐Ÿ™‚