Turkey Day fun

Hello everyone! I am sorry for the absence (ha, if any of you have TRULY been missing me then good- missed you too 😉 ) but I was really, really enjoying my mini vacay and the time away from the computer and social media was a nice break. Very refreshing 🙂

I hope everyone had an amazing Turkey Day! I know I did, it was a good time with my family and I got to see Drew too which is aways a positive side of holidays with both of our jobs being at schools= nice breaks! (Fun fact: I even had yesterday off because in Pennsylvania, it was the first day of rifle season for hunting deer….haha yes. seriously.)

So anyways my Thanksgiving day started out with an extremely cold Turkey Trot 5k starting at my old elementary school! It was a brutal 27 degrees when we were headed there. My dad also went to the race with me.

Here we are racing 😉 (no sorry this was staged on my street- but still a fun picture!) Thanks mom!

The race was a good one and ended up being a really beautiful day out, you know, after you were numb, ha. The race unfortunately had a slight hiccup for me with another stupid side stitch at around the 2nd mile. UGH. one of those stabbed in the side gotta walk type of side stitch. Of course. I haven’t had a side stitch in all of my runs but of course it happens now. TYPICAL. Oh well. I still finished 26:51 so not too bad or far off my last. But soooo over the side stitches.

After this I was ready for turkey and lots of it! I helped my mom make a sweet potato casserole and and we had our pies ready for after!

I made the apple and mom made pumpkin! The apple turned out pretty well if I do say so myself 🙂 with ice cream of course!

Over the weekend I got to spend some quality time with Drew and took advantage of online shopping from the comfort of home. Perfect. No going out on Black Friday for this girl!

By Friday though, I was feeling some aches and pains in my knee and feet (as I so called “obnoxiously” pointed out to Drew…I mean I can’t help he’s an athletic trainer and is supposed to heal me, RIGHT!?) So I took the entire 2 days of no exercies besides walking around a little. It was the best decision I made for sure because yesterday I felt good and I had a nice run and tabata workout with squats, burpees, and sit ups and felt great! I’m definitely trying to take it easy right now and slowly build up my runs to get a nice base and lately I’ve been happy not going much over 3 miles, and doing some strength circuits in my basement.  I’m already starting to see improvement with my times in running so I’m pretty excited and trying to not overdo it! 🙂 woo!

  • How was your Thanksgiving Day?
  • Did you do Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping? I did and got some good deals admittedly for myself but some presents too 🙂
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4 Diamonds 5k Recap

Hello everyone- hope you are awake on this Monday morning- who am I kidding- I’m still half asleep. This is a given. Why are mornings so hard???

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Well Saturday morning I ranu a 5k that was a part of my mom’s school that she teaches at fundraiser. It raised money for the 4 diamonds Foundation for pediatric cancer. My mom was participating with a group at her school called Sole Sisters (similiar to Girls on the Run), and my Dad and I were running in it.

Unfortunately no pictures were taken by myself.. oops. Completely forgot and was a bad blogger on that one, but it being a local race everyone there was someone I knew somehow and by the time you stopped and talked to everyone it was pretty much time to start the race. So anyways- the race was pretty much flat and fast, with no major inclines like my last 5k!

From the last 5k..before the incline of death.

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It was a quite a chilly start that morning, cloudy and around 40 degrees. I was in my cold weather tights, long sleeve shirt and Oiselle singlet of course. One thing I knew about this 5k was the fact that I definitely started my first mile way to fast for myself. I didn’t run with my phone or anything besides a watch and there weren’t any mile markers until you reached the 2nd mile, so I didn’t know where I was at anyways. between miles approx 1-2 we went up a slight incline, nothing major but I felt myself hit that wall where I said something like, “Oh, s***! That was way to fast.”whoops! I felt myself slow down and bit and catch my breath a little more and finally was able to shake it off and feel like I could move again. At mile 2 the volunteer was yelling out the time and I was at 17:07 which was a decent time and doing the math I could probably get a time I would be happy with. The run turned back at this point and I would finish where I started. Even better was the fact that the rest of the race was downhill! Me LIKE 😉

I felt good at this point and even caught a Sole Sisters participant with half and mile left and I told her we could run together and finish it out..that is until she left me in the dust! haha once she started cruising I told her to keep going. Speedy little gal she was!

My final time for this which is not official and I am not positive was 26:40 when I crossed the line. A whole minute faster than my last (although that was a tougher course)….but I’ll take it! 🙂 did i mention my dad ran a speedy 23:30!? that man is unbelievable… I did not get my running skills from him apparently haha. The 5k being what it was, a benefit for cancer- wasn’t as serious as most. There wasn’t even chip timing! It was a good old fashioned 5k, check this out!

This is the old fashioned “timing system” 🙂

All and all a great even and I’ll keep running and working on it. Btw wore the beloved Brooks for the first time in a race and LOVED them! My calves may be a bit sore from getting used to them and being flat but I really like how responsive they are. I definitely recommend them!

  • Do/have you start(ed) out too fast in races too?
  • How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap

Helloooo! I hope you’re all well! I, as much as I love fall…when the season changes like this my sinuses and allergies go haywire. so that’s me now. I wouldn’t say “I’m sick” butttt I don’t feel great.

Anyways…as I said yesterday Drew and I got to spend some time together this weekend. YAY!

I wasn’t the only one excited Drew came to visit!

 

I caught this moment in the act. Izzy especially loves if you give her space to cuddle next to you!

Saturday we did a brick workout to help prepare us for the race on Saturday! We all have been crazy busy and training for all us hasn’t been top priority (with both our new jobs and routines) we decided to squeeze it all together 🙂

 

 

Obviously preparing and very serious. Also I look very tall. I am not.

We did about 10 miles followed by a mile run. We threw some kettle bell squats and swings in there and called it a night. Hey- that’s obviously how we enjoy on Saturdays- we are so cool. 🙂 I felt good during the training…I was pushing it cause I was obviously behind and trying to catch Drew the entire time. (Kinda competitive, what can I say). I feel like my training throughout the summer will keep me in the race even if my recent training hasn’t been as serious. I definitely wasn’t on the bike as much last year and I held my own! I am just hoping to beat my time from last year.

 

Sunday I had field hockey all day so Drew came along to watch and support moi of course! Somehow on the way home we decided pizza was needed and found a place called Iggies in Baltimore for some great pizza. Very organic and natural- I’ll take it.

 

Their pizza names were ones we couldn’t really say but very different than the usual so it was pretty cool. We asked for pepperoni and the girl told us it wasn’t exactly pepperoni but better..she was right! No clue what it was called however…

 

So if you are ever in Baltimore- Iggies is a great place to go!

  • What did you do this weekend?

So…you want to ride a bike?

Helloooooo everyone! Wednesday woooo! Today I’m going to enlighten you.. get ready 🙂

For you today I have a semi-recycled post on tips for Starting to bike! I wrote this as a guest post for someone, but really wanted to share it with all of you too! As you know I am an avid biker and I wanted to share with you some tips and pointers for anyone thinking about getting into the sport. I’ve done 3 duathlons (run, bike, run) starting last fall and have been recently upping my bike mileage this summer. I have really fallen in love with the feeling on the bike. You can read more about my love for biking here. Without further ado- here are my tips on getting on the bike!

Tip 1: Get/Use a bike that fits you. A bike too big or too small is going to feel terrible! Getting one that fits is going to benefit you so much. There are many options: hybrid bikes, fitness bike, or a road bike. Go with what feels comfortable. A local bike shop should be able to assist you with what type of style biking you are looking to do. More recreational biking I would say go with a hybrid which is a normal style bike you typically see or fitness bikes which are similar to road bikes but have flat handlebars. They are also a good option if you want to be a bit speedier because they’re lighter than a hybrid. Road bikes are what you will see during road races and have the curving handlebars allowing you to use the “drops” to be more aerodynamic. Great for triathlons and duathlons because they are speedy! Craig’s List is also a great place to find a used bike that may be a great started bike for you. (You might want to take along someone who knows stuff about bikes..just so they can tell you if it’s worth it!)

My road bike

Tip 2: Safety First

Helmets are a MUST! Make sure you get one that’s up-to-date and that it fits properly. Gloves can also come in handy and you should also check out a light that may help to make you more visible on the road. I purchased a Nathan brand light that I’ve clipped to my seat pack, but can also work on the back of your shirt. $8 to keep me safe? Worth it!

Anything that makes your more visible will help to make you safer on the road. Also, look up your state laws on biking for reference. Technically bikes are required to follow the same traffic rules as a car so that means stopping at stop signs, red lights…etc. Don’t assume that cars see you, and be hyper-aware of your surroundings. Hand signals are also useful to communicate with cars. A RoadID is a great thing to have on you, or some other form of identification/emergency numbers and you might also want to carry your cellphone in a  plastic baggy in case of emergencies out on the road! (They HAPPEN. and usually at your furthest point out!) That also being said..flat tires happen. Local bike shops usually have clinics on bike maintenance or if you stop by most are very willing to help and show you.

Cute & Functional RoadID! (purple of course)

Tip 3: Look the part

Like I mentioned before, helmets are a must. Also, bike shorts, bike shorts, bike shorts. They are going to help your comfort level so much while getting used to your saddle. You may think you don’t need them, but trust me you don’t want to feel the soreness after a long ride the next day. Gloves can help reduce the pressure of your handlebars on your hands. Long rides tend to put pressure on your nerves and then you have numb hands..in turn making it hard to move or brake for that matter. Bike jerseys are a great option to wear while riding because they have pockets in the back to hold any nutrition you may want to bring, cell phone, or ID/Wallet. Look for great bike products at Nashbar.

Tip 4: Build your endurance

If you haven’t been biking in years…start out slow, you’ll remember how hard it is on your legs! Start out doing 20-30 minute rides 3-4 times a week. After this is comfortable for you start going out for longer periods of time. If you have a smart phone you can download apps like Map My Ride or Strava that can help you find bike routes around your home! These will also keep track of mileage and speed. It’s also great to look for groups through a local bike shop that may go out together a couple times a week.

Tip 5: Biking is a gateway sport

Buying a bike can lead you into so many different hobbies and races. Not to mention it’s a great way to get to work (if you can do it safely!). There are many charity/century ride events around the country that you can do with a group or even family. Not to mention all the road races and duathlons/triathlons you can find. If interested check out Tri Find. It’s such a fun time to participate in any of these races. I was blown away by the camaraderie after the events and it keeps me coming back to them!

Me in my first du! Can’t believe it’s almost been a year!

 

This all being said- get out there on those wheels!!!!

  • Did you learn anything new from this post about biking? Hope I could shed some light on the sport for you!
  • Would you ever do a duathlon/triathlon?
  • Bikers- any tips I missed??

Weekend Recap: Pro Cyclists and not-so-pro Golfing

This weekend consisted of going to a Pro Bike Race in Philadelphia with Drew and his dad, and trying to teach Drew how to golf..i’ll start from the begging…

Sunday morning, I got up in the weeeeee hours to make it to Drew’s by 8:30ish so we could head on down the road to a trail that would take us into the center of Philadelphia to watch the race.

Drew got us ready and we set out for the trail ride into the city for the race I’m not sure where we started..not too familiar with the area but we were about 13 miles from Philly from what I’m told.

I don’t have any pics from the trail, but it was pretty cool! Shaded. It was also rocky so I had borrowed Drew’s mom’s hybrid bike because mine would have had flat tires in like 30 seconds of touching the trail. This bike was still comfy and light so it worked 🙂 There were some climbs in the trail, but nothing too bad. It was Sunday however, and very crowded and the beginning was a 5k race cleaning up…so it was a quite fun dodging people, animals…small children. Don’t worry I only hit a few..;) joking, I swear.

The Pro Cycling Men were to start at 10:45am and the women started 10 minutes later. We just missed the beginning of the race but as we were riding in to the Philadelphia Art Museum (a good spot to watch the race) the cyclists came by so a few times we stopped along the trail to watch.

I was literally just in awe of these guys. They are going SO. Fast. Um wait why am I surprised? They are Pro’s after all! but it really is just captivating to watch them! From what Drew was saying the men on average are going anywhere from 25-30 mph! With hills involved! I average 18.5 mph during my first race… On a completely flat course! Craziness! Their legs were so massive!

You may know this but theirs a ton of strategy involved in cycling. You have teams and they have different positions.. Such as a climber (little light person who can get up hills), the sprinter, (usually the person with big,massive quads who is fast as hell at the end, this person doesn’t do a whole lot during the entire race just to save their legs and be able to sprint to the finish), and the workhorses, who help their team to the front by doing most of the peddling the entire time.

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The women were also fun to watch! Girl
Power, duh! It is slightly nerve wracking to watch them all bike so close together, I could barely dodge people on the trail, let alone be in a pack of 50 people trying to bike!

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This was a really huge event for the city. Drew’s dad said he heard there would be something like 300,000 people in the city that day and I believe it!

We got a free cow bell! Yes!!

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And free water ice!

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We didn’t stay to watch the end (it lasted about 4 and a half hours) so we turned around and headed back… Good thing we did when we did because right at the end we got rained on a little bit! All and all it was about a 26 mile round trip and my legs were TIRED from the run the day before and then the ride. (My legs were so happy to be off yesterday!)

When we got back we went and played a little golf since Drew just found a set at a pawn shop and got them. We went to the driving range and then played a 9 hole chip ‘n putt course that was really fun! Can’t say we were good… 😉

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And guess who won?? That’s right- ME 🙂 that’s alright I told Drew he has cycling and I have golf 🙂

That was my fun weekend! And today it was back to reality and working. Fun, fun!

How was all of your weekends? Anything exciting. Have any of you ever watched a bike race?

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