Sunday, April 22, 2018

Disney Dark Side Challenge Weekend

I am seriously exhausted y'all, so for now on just going to leave you with some pics...

















Thursday, April 19, 2018

Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Expo

I've just spent the morning at the expo for the Dark Side Challenge and my inner nerd is so happy! I'm about to hit the park, although I haven't decided which one, so I'm going with pics...















And tomorrow's Flat Mama...



Bring on the 5k!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Packing for Disney Star Wars Weekend

The time has finally come, I fly south tomorrow afternoon for Star Wars Race Weekend! I've probably done a dozen posts about what I pack when I travel for a race, but here I go again, anyway!



I pack each race outfit in a ziploc bag. This makes it easy to prep the night before, which means more time in the parks!



I also pack my gear for race day: Amphipod vest, Knockaround sunglasses, CTM band for recovery, as well as little things like lip balm, pjuractive etc.



I also throw in a pair of Oofos for walking around after the race.
This all goes in my checked bag.
What's even more important is what goes in my carry on.



Y'all, never pack your shoes in your checked bag. If it gets lost, your race is over. I also pack at least one race outfit in there.



Also in my carry on... my waivers, Magic Band, etc, plus a few fluffy books to read in the airport and on the plane.

I still have to switch over to a vacation purse, one that is small and lightweight for the parks.
Another trick I have for traveling to Disney is gift cards. I hate carrying cash around, so I stock up on gift cards, and assign them jobs. Ones for dinner, one for the expo, one for shopping...



I'm hoping I haven't forgotten anything! I'm sure I will add some things as the night goes on!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Charlotte Racefest 10k Recap

Today was my first race back after my strained tendon, so I was definitely a little nervous. Racefest is a very hilly race, which is rough on my foot, so I decided to be super careful and not push too hard!



I picked up my bib at Dick's Sporting Goods on Friday and prepped my flat mama and my gear.





My running club was meeting up before the race for a group photo. First, I had a great surprise waiting for me!



Christie, who ran with my group last year, and is a dear friend, was waiting at the meetup! She moved to Myrtle Beach in the Fall, so it was a huge surprise!



We lined up after the group photo and did some dynamic stretching. Of course , while we waited, we had a few more photo opps...





The race began and my little group stuck to our intervals throughout. The course is beautiful, but hilly, and it was warm and humid at the start. It definitely effected our pace, and we took extra walk breaks when we needed to.



The half marathon had a time limit, so the entourage was behind us by mile 3. We ignored them and continued on our merry way, sticking to a comfy pace.



We had a nice surprise at mile 5.5 or so, Christie was waiting with Twizzlers and a fun sign, exactly what we needed after the last big hill kicked our butts.



We finished strong, and collected our bling and our food. Zoe's Kitchen really hooked us up!





I'm so proud of Elizabeth and Akila, they worked really hard all season and pushed through on the hills and in the crazy humidity! I look forward to the new season and Marine Corps Marathon Training!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Flat Mama Friday RaceFest 10k edition

I'm not gonna lie, y'all, I'm terrified about tomorrow! This will be my longest run since I started back after my injury, and it's hilly!
I will be taking it easy and running with the awesome ladies I coached this season. Racefest is our goal race, and there will be about 30 or so peeps from my running club there. It's a fun way to end the season.
So, Flat Mama time!



I will be testing out the Amphipod for the longest distance yet, and this will be my first run with my Knockaround sunglasses. Keep an eye out for reviews in the near future! I'll be bringing them both to Disney as well.



The swag was meh. The shirt is pretty heavy for a race that will take place in Southern Spring, 60 degrees at the start and 88% humidity. Everything else is advertisements, nothing exciting.
They will have great food and drinks afterwards, though, so it will all even out!

Are you racing this weekend? Will you watch the Boston Marathon on Monday?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Training Update

This past week wasn't quite as impressive as the week before, I'm not gonna lie. I travelled Friday to Sunday and it definitely put a cramp in my workouts!

Thursday was a coaching day, 3 miles at the Greenway. There was some tenderness in my right ankle (older injury) which freaked me out but it turns out I'm just out of shape, and it was temporary. I'm loving the new Asics, they feel great on my feet!



Friday I flew to NJ for my daughter's engagement party. I was planning to walk the airport to get my steps, since I joined a Step Bet, but it was a gazillion degrees so I skipped it. I sat and read instead, handy since there was a delay.



I did walk that night though, and got my steps in. My watch started to die and I realized I forgot to bring a charger. I still needed one more day, and I panicked. Luckily my bro has the same Fitbit and he brought his charger to the engagement party. Which was...

Saturday was the engagement party. I would have had a ton of steps if my watch wasn't charging over by our table!



We met up with friends afterwards and it was a great day!

Sunday we toured the venue for the wedding. So sad that my baby is getting married, but the venue was amazing!
I flew home and got my steps in front of the TV. It took over an hour! So thankful to my brother for saving my butt, and my $40 StepBet!

Monday I walked for an hour and did some challenge exercises. Squats, lunges, and other torturous things.



Tuesday was speed work. We met up at the track for 3 miles and I tried my new Amphipod for the first time. I'm looking forward to racing with this badboy, it's super comfy and has tons of pockets!



I ended the "week" with Body Pump. It's still kicking my butt, so I'm leaving the weights the same for a little longer!



Oh, and there's this...



Zoiks! That's not scary at all!
What was your favorite workout this week?