Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Running With The Girls March Challenge

In January, I hosted a DietBet weight loss challenge.  Of course if I'm going to host an event on my blog, I'm definitely going to participate.  I thought the challenge was a lot of fun and enjoyed chatting with my participants on the discussion board.  Although, I didn't "win", I came close (within a pound).  This time, I'm determined to meet my goal.  I've got to, my mileage is going to increase with marathon training and I usually drop a few pounds while training for marathons.  Here's hoping I meet my goal this time!!!

The challenge runs from March 4 - 31.  

It's really simple - 
  • pay the $10 bet fee via paypal or credit card to DietBet
  • weigh in 3/2 - 3/3, DietBet will give you a code word that you'll need to have written on paper and in your "weight verification picture" 
  • share the challenge with your friends - the more people in our challenge, the higher the pot, the better for you in the end when you meet your goal of losing your 4%
  • over the course of the 4 weeks, share your successes/stresses on DietBet on our challenge message board.  this part is not mandatory at all - but the sense of community when working towards the same goal does help in weight loss!  
  • at the end, do a final weigh out.  
  • if you lose your 4%, you'll be asked to verify your weight and then all the winners will split the pot.  
Are you in?  Sign up here!  

Already in another challenge?  No worries.  DietBet lets you join up to 5 challenges at a time.  While I'm hosting my challenge, I'll also be involved in another challenge.  

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Designer Whey Review

4 weeks into marathon training (again), and I'm more than excited that I've been able to fuel and recover with Designer Whey.   My body has been on the finicky side before when training for marathon, which has lead me to be rather picky about what I put into my body when I'm putting in the work and the miles.    

I drink water all day long.  I've blogged about this before, that I drink nearly a gallon of water every single day.  When I can add some flavor to the water and protein, and only 50 calories, I'm sold.  The little packets make this easy to just toss into my school bag or gym bag and go.  I even tried out the Protein 2Go with my SodaStream.  Be warned, there was quite a bit of extra fizz, but after waiting a long, long time for the fizz to go down, the flavor was amazing.  I now have a fun new way to enjoy my Protein2Go with my SodaStream.

Now, this is when I am not happy to have a marathon-training husband, because the day after I received my Designer Whey goodies, he decided to wake me up to tell me how incredible the Vanilla Shake was.  Really?  First, he stole my shake.  Second, he had to wake me up?  Not fair!   The next morning I grabbed my Chocolate Shake and took it to school with me.  I was not allowing him to get the last shake.  I'm glad I did.  The shake was amazing.  But I had to see what I was missing with the Vanilla Shake, so I went online to see if Designer Whey was sold anywhere in my area.  I was beyond ecstatic to see that my local Rite Aid sold them, so I had to make an emergency trip there and luckily they had one 4-pack left, so I bought it immediately.  And I'm happy I did.  The vanilla shake is amazing as well.  And it is only 100 calories.  

Designer Whey's protein bars were quite tasty.   While they are only 170 calories and have 10 grams of protein, these bars were packed with tons of flavor and definitely provided me with a great mid-day snack at school.  I enjoyed tearing into one of these bars just before a hard run, knowing I was going to need the energy for those killer mid-week speed workouts of the Hanson Marathon plan.  

I was sent Designer Whey's  French Vanilla and White Chocolate protein powders.  The protein powder is packed with 18 grams of premium natural 100% whey protein and only 100 calories per scoop. I immediately fell in love with the White Chocolate.   Both flavors are amazingly smooth and are very easy to add to my favorite recipes.  I've made pancakes with both flavors and I've made quite a few tasty smoothies.  

If you'd like to try out Designer Whey, you should check out the Designer Whey starter kit.  It comes with Designer Whey French Vanilla Premium Whey Protein Powder, Designer Whey Peanut Butter Crunch Protein Bar, Designer Whey Caramel Chocolate Crunch Protein Bar, Designer Whey Triple Chocolate Crunch Protein Bar, Designer Whey Premium Isolate Protein 2GO Drink Mix Lemonade Packet, Designer Whey Premium Whey Isolate Protein 2GO Drink Mix Mixed Berry Packet, and Designer Whey Premium Whey Isolate Protein 2GO Drink Mix Tropical Orange Packet all for $20.13.  That's a heck of a deal.  

To find out more information about Designer Whey, find them and like/follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+.

Disclamier:  I was provided Designer Whey for the purpose of a review through FitFluential.  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.  

Friday, February 22, 2013

It's More Than Just The Plan

Training in general requires so much more than a plan.  For me, it's about making healthy choices with my eating, taking vitamins and supplements, proper hydration and getting enough rest.

I try my best to make healthy choices most of the time.  I do have my faults - like chips and pizza.  But for the most part, I consider myself to be fairly healthy eater.  One easy way to add a punch of healthy food to your diet is to enjoy a smoothie.  I do enjoy protein smoothies for breakfast or post workout.  Something about them is incredibly satisfying and refreshing.  My most favorite smoothies have spinach, banana, protein power, almond milk and chia seeds.  Talk about a glass of goodness.  If there is ever any left in the blender, I cannot bear to dump it out.  Never ever waste a yummy smoothie.

Our bodies need water to operate.  It's really that simple.  I have found I feel best when I'm well hydrated and that means as close to a gallon of water a day.   Where ever I go, I usually have a water bottle close by.   My latest obsession has been my new SodaStream.  I just bought one mostly because my bff recently got one and she loves it.  She knows I love seltzer water, so she suggested it to me.  Now I cannot get enough of making my own seltzer waters.

VITAMINS for myself and the kids!  
I take vitamins daily and so do my kids.  They love vitamins.  Especially if they get to pick them out and they are gummy vitamins.

Making sure I get plenty of rest is important not only for me, but for everyone around me.  If I don't enough sleep, I tend to not be a happy person.  The same goes for just about anyone I know.  We really focus on making sure we all get plenty of sleep.  A well rested body is a healthier and happier body.  Most recently I was having difficulty getting to sleep at night.  I asked my physician for suggestions, and she recommended I look into melatonin.  What I like about it is that it is non-habit forming, and it's just enough to help me fall asleep.  

It's no secret, I'm incredibly busy.  Marathon training, working full time, two kids and a husband who is also marathon training.  I don't always have time to drive to the various stores to get what I need.  I am an internet shopper for sure.  And when I find an online store that has a great deal, I stick with them.  Swanson Vitamins is an incredible source for vitamins, healthy foods, and other great products.  I recently received my first order from Swanson Vitamins and I was more than pleased. The prices are incredible and there are many products to choose from.

I was thrilled to get more chia seeds and coconut oil for myself.  Adding chia seeds to my smoothies and granola is a favorite of mine.  In addition, I am hooked on coconut oil for baking, cooking and now putting it in my hair.  It makes it extra smooth.  In addition, I got some melatonin to help me sleep at night and then I was able to get some vitamins for the kids.  They are usually a bit sad when a package comes for me and there is nothing in it for them.  So this time, they were quite pleased to have something for them, even if it was vitamins!

Disclaimer:  I was sent the above products free for review from Swanson Vitamins.  All opinions are 100% my own.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Firmoo Review

A few weeks back I was contacted by the folks at Firmoo to review a pair of glasses.  I don't wear glasses, but Ward does.  He was just looking into getting new glasses, so this opportunity just seemed perfect.

Firmoo is an online company that sells frames and lenses for men and women, in prescription and non-prescription, and sunglasses as well.  They have a wide variety frames, colors and sizes to choose from as well.

Because it's better if you hear the review from the person who actually is enjoying the glasses, I thought you'd enjoy a little video from the famous, Mr. Running With The Girls, otherwise, known as Ward.

Ward was impressed with the ease of ordering his glasses.  Inputting his prescription information was easy to do.  He has been quite happy with his glasses.

Honestly, I like his glasses.  When we first met, he had some that were similar and I thought he was pretty hot wearing them.  Although, I think he should have tried out the virtual try-on tool, but they are just a little bit too wide for his incredibly narrow face.   Next time he orders some glasses, he is going to use the tool.   And yes, he is going to order more glasses.  He has already picked out several pairs he likes and at the prices Firmoo has, we can definitely afford it.

The virtual try-on tool at Firmoo -
so easy to use, you can even upload your own photo.  
From Firmoo:

The old opinion that glasses are only necessities for people with vision problems has already gone. Glasses are increasingly becoming a fad and must-have accessories for  celebs and fashionistas. Everyday we can spot millions of non prescription glasses wearers and we are constantly fascinated by many noted film stars’ signature non prescription glasses.They instantly upgrade your look of modern,sexy, vintage or geek by wearing different styles of frames.
Any hot glasses/sunglasses /goggles frames you want can be found on Firmoo, and all are available for both prescription lenses and non-prescription lenses. Are you desperate to have a new look? Now here is the chance, Firmoo has launched a First Pair Free Program to people  worldwide. You will absolutely fall in love with the excellent quality, affordable prices, fashionable designs, fast delivery and the good service after trying them with paying shipping only! You even can get a refund/exchange if you are not satisfied with them. It's totally Risk free, so why not have a try? 

Are you interested in getting some glasses?  Firmoo has a program that offers your first pair for free.  Just head over to their link and check it out.

Disclaimer:  Ward was sent a pair of glasses for the purpose of a review.  All opinions expressed in this post and vlog are 100% our own.  

Monday, February 18, 2013

2 Virtual Races

I love when I can combine my training runs and virtual races and I was able to do just that!

Yesterday was my scheduled 10 miler for marathon training - but it was also my friend, Leslie's, Kickin' Asphalt Cupid Virtual 5k.   I fully know that 10 miles is not a 5k, but running more is always better.  Right?

If you are ever looking for a race you never need to go far.  Just check out Kickin' Asphalt.  Those girls  have a ton of virtual races lined up.  

Then today I was able to run Rachelle's Virtual 5k today for her Grandma's 96th birthday!  I had 6 easy miles on the schedule - again, not a 5k, but a run is a run!  

Today, the wind was brutal again and the "real feel" was -5F.  I wasn't about to run outside when I have a treadmill calling my name, so I woke up the husband and made him go to the gym with me.  Part of me felt a bit bad because he had just gotten home at 9pm last night from a brutally windy/cold 16 miler with the guys.

The guys started out at Joe's house, came to our house for water and fuel, then ran back to Joe's house  - there were reports of 50 mph wind gusts in Augusta.  I'm thankful it wasn't me out there running!  

While he was tired, he actually took me up on the offer because he did have 6 easy miles on the schedule today (just like me!)

Running on the treadmill today was perfect.  Not only did I not have to brave the brutal wind, I got to run with Ward, in a tank top, in front of a fan, while watching tv.  I also got to talk to Ward and that was fabulous.  I also realized that I can really force myself to slow down for recovery runs on the treadmill.  I succeeded in slowing down - 6 miles in 57:51!  Woo hoo!  

Have you done any virtual races?  I have a few more to do.  

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Marathon Training - Third Times a Charm

13 more weeks until Sugarloaf!  At times I feel like "bring it!" and other moments I'm thinking "oh crap, why am I doing another marathon?"

So how is training going?  Well, I'm only 3 weeks into my Hanson plan and I'm feeling pretty good.  I was a bit nervous that I wasn't going to be able to handle this intense plan, but somehow I'm doing it (so far!).  

This week has been a weird weather week - but then again, it's winter, in Maine, so all weeks are weird.  Last weekend we had more than 2 feet dumped on us, then we had a few days of 40F+ days, and then more snow yesterday and today.  I did get outside three times this week for some great running with Pepper and in my new Saucony Virratas.   Review coming soon - but I can tell you after 4 runs in them, they are feeling awesome!

6 miles on a glorious sunny, spring-like day in my new Virratas

What was I nervous about with Hanson plan? 
1.  Running 6 days a week.  I know, a lot of people do it, but I've gotten quite comfortable with running 5 days and resting 2 days.  Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone was intimidating, but somehow I'm surviving.  I can only hope that I feel this good in the weeks to come.

2.  Long, speed runs, mid-week.  Right now my mid-week speed runs are about 7 miles, so they are doable.  Soon, they begin to increase to 10 milers.  I am sure I have the ability to do them, it's the time factor that makes me nervous.

I did love that this week's long run was 10 miles.  Yes.  I can definitely handle that!
Poor Jill and Stacy had 14 to do today.  I kind of felt bad for them.  

What do I love about the plan?   
I am loving how easy it is to read and actually understand my plan.  The hardest part was picking my marathon goal time, but once I chose that (after hounding Ward for a few days) - my pacing for long runs, easy runs, tempo runs, speed and strength runs are laid out for me.  Right now I'm having a hard time actually slowing down to my suggested "easy" pacing of 9:39 - 10:21, but as the intensity and mileage increases, maybe I won't have that "issue" anymore.  

How is my training meshing with Best Body Bootcamp?  Right now it's getting a little harder to fit in strength training after or before a run and now that I run 6 days, it's even harder.  I did miss a day this past week.  I felt bad, but I needed to listen to my body.

However, I did replace that missed day with some body love with a 2 hour Yin Yoga w/ Foam Rolling workshop at Freeport Yoga Company yesterday.   I didn't take any pictures of yoga, but I did take a picture of the absolutely adorable hooks Terry has.   I really want these in my house.  Aren't they freaking adorable?

Back to the actual yoga class.  Stacy and I went together.  And Stacy summed it up perfectly "it hurt so good".   I've foam rolled at home, but never in a class, with an instructor guiding me and explaining it to me.   I've never rolled out my quads and my back and boy do I need to concentrate on them.  Tears came to my eyes. Seriously.  And the slow, deep stretches of yin yoga - perfect!  I need to make this a monthly goal.  And if I can't do that - I have to at least get to another session before Sugarloaf.  My body will thank me.

How's the weather in your part of the country?  How's your training going?  What shoes are you liking right now?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

StrideBox Winner Announcement

Happy Valentine's Day!  

I know you've been waiting for this moment......  

Lucky #11 won the March StrideBox.  

Hiker Mom - please email me at 
runningwiththegirls @ gmail DOT com 
so I can get your information to StrideBox!  


My family loves peanut butter.  They would be perfectly happy if I served them pb and j's or pb and fluff to them for every meal.  Actually, that was Tucker's school lunch every single day in kindergarten.  You get the idea.  We love peanut butter.  

The best thing about nut butters is that they are incredibly versatile. I put them on my toast, on bananas, on waffles, pancakes, in yogurt, in smoothies, on brownies, on ice cream.   When I was introduced to NuttZo, I was amazed at how much better this nut butter is than any other nut butter I've ever tried.  And believe me, I've tried quite a few in my time. 

If you enjoy a nut butter but with an added crunch, you will love NuttZo for the flavor.  But you are getting so much more out of NuttZo than just incredible flavor.  You're also getting a mouthful of Omega 3s.  It is also 100% organic and is packed with peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds.  

NuttZo was created through a mother's love for her children in her quest for highly nutritious foods for her adopted children who were nutrient deficient.  Her words describe it best: 
     "As we walked outside the orphanage in the Ukraine, getting acquainted with our 3 1/2 year old son Gregory, fifteen pairs of eyes would crowd the windows looking out at us.  Those eyes followed our every move.  I see their faces crowding the windows looking out at us as if it just happened yesterday.  In 2005, we returned to the Ukraine to adopt Matthew, who was 1 1/2 years old.  More eyes watched us as we repeated the routine at a different orphanage.  Their eyes never left us.  The need to help those beautiful children haunted us and the idea of Project Left Behind (PLB) started to germinate."  - Danielle Deitz-LiVolsi, NuttZo Founder & CEO

This beautiful story behind the creation of NuttZo only makes it better.  Not only is it incredibly healthy for you, it was created with love.  

I've enjoyed trying out NuttZo for the past week.  It's flavor is amazing and it's so easy to just add to what you eat already.  My favorite ways to enjoy NuttZo was topped on my pancakes and on my banana. 

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Disclamier:  I was provided a jar of NuttZo for the purpose of a review through FitFluential.  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.  

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Good to the CORE

Eating healthy on the go shouldn't be a challenge.   Every weekend I spend time prepping for my lunches for the week so I have something healthy and easy to grab in the morning on my way out the door for work.   Sometimes the husband will take one of my prepped lunches and will completely throw off my week.  Last week he did that, twice.  I was not impressed.  But then these delicious meals made by CORE foods came in the mail, so what could have been an issue was no longer.  

Initially, I thought, "no way are these bars, that are the size of my hand, are going to fill me up."  So on the first day, I brought additional snacks with me "just in case".  I am pleased to let you know that I didn't reach for one of those additional snacks.  I felt completely satisfied eating the CORE Defender Meal for my lunch. 

If you pay attention to calories, the Defender Meals were 350 calories and 400 calories.  Most of my Sunday prepped meals are around the 400 calorie mark, sometimes a little more.   So there wasn't much of a difference there at all.  

In terms of the taste, these bars were not sweet at all.  Which I liked.  Something about eating something sweet for a meal just doesn't seem right to me. Essentially, the meals were like eating a large oatmeal bar.  I liked that the directions said to drink two glasses of water afterwards as well.  Which is never a problem for me, as I drink water all day long.  

I'm kind of sad I ate all three meals already.  I would love to have more of these in the refrigerator or freezer to just grab for road trips or when I don't have a lunch for school.  They taste good and are very good for you, so why not?  I'd say it's a no brainer for sure.  

Some facts about CORE foods
  • CORE foods makes fresh, portable food.  
  • They are 100% vegan, gluten free and raw.  
  • CORE foods ingredients: whole oats, nuts, raisins, flax, and spices.  
  • Defender meals are perishable.  They last 6 months when frozen, 1 month when refrigerated, and 1 week on the go.  
  • They thaw quickly - only takes about 10 minutes from the time you take it out of the freezer.  

Core background: 

"On a quest to get to the bottom of human nutrition, our founder Corey Rennell trained with elite athletes, researched the biology of food and lived with 12 tribes from around the world. Remarkably, he discovered the most profound and consistent things we know about nutrition are REALLY SIMPLE. At CORE, we apply this enduring wisdom to make convenient, healthy, food. Inspired by the inherent reciprocity of the traditional people Corey lived with, CORE Foods is a not-for-profit B Corporation, with 100% of profit being reinvested in food, community, and the planet. We believe that healthy food is a human right and we strive to separate food from profit in the way we do business." Source

If you would like to get $5 off your online order for COREfoods, go to their facebook page here and then enter for your chance to win a free case (worth $40). 

Disclaimer:  I was sent three Defender Meals for the purpose of a review and was not compensated.  All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.  

Saturday, February 9, 2013

StrideBox Review (+giveaway)

I was recently contacted by the folks at StrideBox to review what they had to offer.   I do like the idea of a monthly subscription especially for runners, so of course I said yes!

What exactly is StrideBox?  
StrideBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers running accessories and nutritional products.  

What did I get?  
A pretty awesome variety of products.  GU Chomps, Honey Stinger, Hammer Bar and Fizz, Skratch Hydration Mix, Mazamabar Energy Bar, Locklaces, Doctor Hoy's Natural Pain Relief Gel, On the Go towels (for men), and a StrideBox collapsible water bottle.  

All of this for only $15?   Definitely a great deal.  

I had everything sitting out for the picture, then Ward walked by and said "oohhh, what can I have?" Seriously?  He's going to take my stuff, again?  He can have the men's On The Go towels.  I don't think I'll share anything else with him.  Sometimes having a running husband is a pain because he likes the same stuff I do!

A monthly subscription costs $15.  While I didn't go an break down the cost of each item, I definitely think this box is well worth the cost and each item in there is useful for me.  I've tried other monthly subscriptions and this one seems more tailored to things a runner really likes.

Do you want your chance to win your own box?  StrideBox has offered one of my awesome readers a chance to win one of their March boxes.

To enter - "like" StrideBox on facebook or twitter and leave a comment below on my blog telling me what YOU would like to see in StrideBox.   That's it!

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, 2/13/13 at midnight.  I will choose a winner via and post the winner on the blog on Thursday, 2/14/13.  

Disclaimer: I was sent a StrideBox free to review but was in no other way compensated for this post.  

Friday, February 8, 2013

Kyle's Krusade

Run Wiki is hosting a virtual race called Kyle's Krusade.  She organized a virtual race to raise money to help out Kyle and his family.   You should read about Kyle's story here.    He's a 6 year old fighting for his life against the battle of cancer.  For only a $10 donation (or more if you'd like), you are helping out a sweet little boy and his family.

On Wednesday I was feeling sore and tired.  I didn't really want to run.  But I had already planned it in my head that it was going to be the day I ran for Kyle.  Because I stand by my commitments, I ran.  Untimed.  It was a thoughtful run.  I thought about this little boy I've never met and the difficulties they are going through.  I realized that all of my "problems" combined could never compare to their difficulties.  I cried.  I felt selfish for ever feeling bad for myself.  Then I felt grateful for my own children and the joy they bring to my life and how lost I would feel without them in my life.   I prayed many times for Kyle and his family during that run and then for all families going through difficult times.

If you haven't registered for this virtual race yet and want to, there is still time.  The virtual race runs from February 1st through the 16th and the link is right here.

Thank you, Lisa, for organizing this race and opening it up to the running community.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Midwinter Classic Recap Time

Sunday morning was the Cape Elizabeth Midwinter Classic 10 mile race.   Ward and I drove down to race together that morning.  It was chilly and I didn't know what to wear for a top - and that stressed me out.  I had lots of options but couldn't make up my mind - so I brought them all with me - and then talked about over analyzed the weather with Ward the entire way to Cape Elizabeth.  Poor guy.

I knew what I was wearing on the bottom -

my new Mushas with my Sweat Pink laces and Schwings
& some fun Target clearance knee highs

I knew what I was wearing on my head -

Since I drove to Maine Running Company to pick up the bib #s - I thought I'd treat myself to this fun skull cap.
Dorky picture - but I do LOVE my new hat!  Izzy apparently does too since she's eyeing it up in the backseat.  

And I had my lucky bib # - 77 - my birth year.  Sure to be good luck for me!!!

At least I was all set there!  

When I saw the girls, I talked it over with them (because I'm obsessed) and I came to the conclusion that two shirts was the way to go.   Okay.  

Then I realized I left my RooSport in Ward's car!  The worst part is that he was out on a warm up run and I couldn't find his keys in his bag.  Ugh.  So I may have panicked a little.  In the midst of my panic - I finally got to meet my blogging friend, Jen, in real life.  She was so sweet.  I promise the next time I meet her - I won't be in panic mode.  In the craziness in the parking lot, I also saw Michelle.  I love that I saw my blogging friends when I was having a meltdown.

Jen @ Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood
photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos

Michelle from Average Girl Doing Average Things
Photo Courtesy of Maine Running Photos
Then I needed to get my bag of clothes to Stacy's car because Ward had to work right after the race and I was going to drive back with the girls.  Because it's been a cruddy, muddy winter season, Stacy's stickers were covered with mud and I didn't recognize her car immediately.  What I loser friend I am.  When I finally found her car - I had to pee.  Again. The race was starting any minute and I wasn't about to sprint to the school to pee inside, so Stacy blocked me (on 1 side) with her car door.   But she also took a picture of me after the deed was done.  

Caught!  The best part was only a few moment later some guy came running along the fence.
 I wonder if he saw my bare bum?  

The girls and I headed over to the starting line - wished each other luck and then went to our spots where we felt comfortable.  Ward came out of no where and decided that he was going to keep warm by hugging me - which was all good with me.  I was warm too.  Normally he doesn't hang out with me at the start of a race, so I liked this little change.  Jen was a little jealous she didn't have a cuddle buddy though.  

Soon enough the race started and Ward ditched me in no time.    I got my music going and started to just go with it.  I remembered the start of the race being easier, so I decided that I was going to take advantage of the downhills and cruise through them.  Ward always tells me the downhills are free, so I tried to take that advice and just opened up as I flew down them.   My first five miles were pretty rocking - 7:17, 7:58, 7:47, 7:46, 8:01. 

photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos
I ate some honey stingers around mile 5, not because I needed to, but because I thought I should.   The hills were starting to come and then the wind hit and I started to lose my momentum.  Then around mile 7 Andy cruised by me.  I was so jealous he passed me, but he definitely deserved a better time because I knew he was working much harder on hills than I have recently.  I did keep him in my sights for the rest of the race.   

About 1.5 miles left of the race, I saw Danielle and Sarah standing on the side of the road - cheering me on.  Their cheering definitely helped me get through the next 1/2 mile or so until I saw Ward coming back for me.  I can always rely on him to come back and save me when I need it.  When I saw him I was hurting.  I wanted to stop.  I was exhausted.  But he said all of the right things and got me to get over the hill.  I actually turned off my iPod this time (normally I don't) so I could hear him because this time I really wanted to hear what he was saying.  He helped me get my breathing back under control and helped with arms.  As we entered the school parking lot, he got me to the last curve and then told me to give it everything I had left, and so I did.   Miles 6-10:  8:12, 8:07, 8:11, 8:09, 7:58.   Not horrible, but I know I lost steam and probably went out too fast in the beginning.  Considering the hills and the fact I've been doing a bulk of my runs on the treadmill - I still call these miles a huge success.

My finishing time was 1:19:47.  Last year's time was 1:24 and change and I just wanted to beat that and was secretly hoping for 1:20:00.  Goal met!  

Ward came back and paced me to the end.  Love that man.  

After I crossed the finish line, I congratulated Andy on a great race.  Then I found Ward, got his keys so he could head off to work, and then I hung out around the finish line to cheer everyone else on.  I got to see DM friend, Jim again.  He is just so darn nice.  Then I saw Sarah and Danielle.  Danielle has got to one of the cutest pregnant ladies I've ever seen. Well, Sarah was a pretty cute pregnant lady too.

photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos

photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos

Stacy, Karen, & Andy (spectating)
photo courtesy of Maine Running Photos

When all the girls finished the race, we headed inside for some much needed food and water.  By then we were all pretty cold.  We spotted Amy and her husband over on the side - so I stopped over to see her for a few moments and we got our picture taken.  Thank goodness she had her phone with her because mine was in Stacy's car still.  I introduced her to Mizuno-guy, Seth. And then we headed home.

photo op with Amy of Running Escapades
I didn't realize until later on that Ward actually won his age group.  If I had known, I would have stayed for the awards and gotten his prize for him.  Fortunately, he'll be able to pick up his award later this week.

myself, Carrie, Jill, Stacy, and Karen

Of course we had to have a group picture of us before leaving the race.  We are all absolutely freezing right here and could not wait to get the heat pumping in the car and some warm clothes on!  

Mizuno + Schwings = Race Day Fun!

In all the craziness of meeting new friends, hanging with current friends, and making new friends, somehow I missed seeing my pal, Sara.  She and her man decided that it would be a great idea to do 10 miles before the 10 mile race.  Now that is dedication - sticking with the plan.

I just cannot wait until the weather is warmer and I can race in a skirt and tank top again.  Until then, I'll just have to keep layering up and wearing my cool new hat!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

'twas the night before a race

And the girls got together for some carb loading and fun. 

And we unleashed 9 kids into Stacy's house.  I'm surprised the house is still standing!  

we are down a kiddo here - Carrie's littlest one was actually napping through all of the craziness!

And my shoes are ready to go.  The more obnoxious looking, the faster I'll be tomorrow.  Right?

And I have a great shirt to wear after I run that race!   

Happy Saturday night!  I'm heading to bed.   I found my Garmin and iPod - so they are both charging and getting ready for the big day tomorrow!