Hot Chocolate 15k Recap

I did it. I finished the Hot Chocolate 15k in under 2 hours.

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the banana was great – I didn’t eat any of the chocolate

I have to say I was mentally prepared to stand in the cold for 30-45 minutes from my corrals official start time as I did last year but this year it moved faster and I started 10 minutes after the 7:45am start time. Could it be because I was in corral N this year instead of corral Q? That might be the reason entirely. 🙂

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it was a bit chilly outside

I had a great breakfast of PB, banana and 2 cliff shot blocks. I should have taken 3 as I about died at mile 8. I’ll get to that later. James and the boys dropped me off around 7am. I hit the port-a-potty and did some light stretching and before I knew it we were moving to the start line.

Mile by Mile

Mile 1 – 11:29 – went by SUPER DUPER FAST. Like seriously, I was booking it and trying to talk myself into moving slower but that didn’t happen

Mile 2 – 11:09 – was faster than mile 1. Clearly I was on adrenalin and the excitement of the race

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nike+ i love this app

Mile 3 – 11:17 – finally I started to get into a grove and just run my race

Mile 4 – 11:35 – this is when I got extra happy because I clocked this mile just 1 minute slower than last year’s Hot Chocolate 5k. It felt great to know that my weight loss and training paid off 🙂

Mile 5 – 11:52 – by this point we had been running on S. Michigan for so long that I know longer knew where I was, so I was taking in the sites and trying not to zone out to my music. I made a BOMB playlist.

Mile 6 – 11:41 – another exciting moment. I clocked my 10k time 3 minutes faster than the Chicago 10k race I ran in August

Mile 7 – 11:49 – at this point, we had crossed over Lake Shore Drive and were headed to the Arie Crown Theater. Back into territory that I knew. I also, started to get tired and I popped a Cliff Shot Block. I should have taken 3 instead of 2 in the morning and I also should have popped the other 3 Shots around the half way point or mile 5. Lesson learned.

Mile 8 – 12:02 – I’m not even going to lie. I was over the race at this point. We were entering into Museum Campus area and I never thought we’d make it to Columbus Drive.

Mile 9 – 12:36 – Can anyone tell me why the last mile always feels like 3 miles?? Seriously. I felt like I was running forever. When I saw the finish line I booked it. Raised my arms & gave a big smile because the race was finally over.

BOOM. SMASHED ANOTHER GOAL and it feels so GOOD! I think I might stay at this distance for awhile. Yes, I could have gone longer if I had to but I was so glad I didn’t have too.

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minutes after crossing the finishing line

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headed to get my finishers mug

I’ll be putting together my race schedule for the 2015 race season soon. If you have any races you’ve loved let me know so I can check them out. I’m hoping to tackle an obstacle race with the hubs and possibly a half marathon. 🙂

~ Challenge yourself friends

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Training Weeks 7 & On …

This post will suffice for the remainder of my training. The hubs started traveling again for work at the beginning of this month, which meant I had to alter my training schedule a bit. Sadly, I’m not running in the mornings anymore since it’s just me & my 2 boys during the week. Instead, I’ve been hitting up my T25 dvd’s hard-core, even doubling up on days that aren’t Friday. I like my fit self! 🙂

On Saturday’s or Sunday’s I’ve been logging miles. Week 7 was a nice 5 mile run. Week 8 I managed 3.1 in the rain and this Saturday, week 7 was an easy 7 miles. I’m hoping to get in another 9 mile run this Saturday so I can have two 9 mile runs under my belt before race day. This time last year I wouldn’t have thought I ‘d be logging this many miles in one run, but I’m so glad I am.

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Training Weeks 5 & 6 Pictorial

Hey Hey Hey!!!! So week 5 was great! I hit my mile goals and felt great with all of my runs!!!

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Week 5

Week 6 on the other hand was a bit different. I woke up too late on Tuesday to do the full 7 miles so I did a portion and then on Friday it just didn’t happen. I think the idea of having to run 4 miles and then 9 miles on Saturday got in my head. Running for me truly is a mind over matter game and I let my mind get to me. Nonetheless, the week was productive.

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Week 6

Weeks 7 & 8 are coming shortly. I can’t believe how fast the Hot Chocolate 15k is approaching.

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NRC + Wk 4 Training Recap

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Brooks Ravenna5

This post is well over do…

YAYAYAYA! I finally have new running shoes. It only took some knee pain in my right knee to get me to go to the store. 🙂 Nonetheless I have new sneakers and they fit and feel so great. I ventured over to Naperville Running Company on my lunch break to get fitted. I hadn’t been fitted for shoes since 2011 and that’s a serious shame. The look on the sales associate face when I told her that, was priceless. I promptly followed with, “but I’ve only been running/training seriously since May of this year”. To my surprise, sneakers have a shelf-life y’all. Did you know that? Basically after a year of being on your “shelf” and worn moderately the cushion in the shoe starts to wear. Hence why, they say you should get new shoes every year or every 300 – 500 miles. After we chatted for a bit about my exercise regimen and how many miles I run per week. I took off my sandals and proceeded to walk 10 or so paces away from her and then back. After that she asked if I had a brand preference, I’m really glad I said, no. 🙂

She brought out 4 pairs of shoes: 1) Nike Lunarglide (newest version), 2) Saucony, 3) Mizuno and 4) Brooks Revenna5. I tried on the Nike’s on my left foot and the Mizuno’s on the right. The Nike’s were heavy and bulky and the Mizuno’s felt lighter so I switched my left foot to the Saucony’s and they felt better than the Mizuno’s so I switched my right foot to the Brooks and DING DING DING!!!!

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Me running – see the slight point to the right on my right foot

The Brooks felt secure and light, like I was walking on a cloud.  I put both pair of Brooks Ravenna5’s on and headed over to the treadmill. I started running for literally 15-30 seconds and the sales associate asked if my knee pain was in my right knee. I said, yes and asked her how she knew. She stopped the treadmill and proceeded to run the tape back to show me exactly how I run. My left foot lands in straight line and doesn’t pronate much. My right foot lands pointed slightly to the right. I also found out that pronating is very normal and everyone does it. I over-pronate a little, which means I need a shoe with more stability in the heel.

After my much needed lesson, we talked race supplements since, my training is calling for runs longer than 6 miles. To my surprise I picked up the Cliff shot blocks. They are like gummies and I’m not a gummy person at all but they tasted good and didn’t get stuck in my teeth. I will be trying a few others in the near future as I don’t think energy gummies is a good idea in my house with a 4 year old, who sometimes sneaks his treats before asking for one. 🙂

Now on to my Week 4 training. I only missed 1 workout due to knee pain and I didn’t want to chance a full blown injury so I waited to run until I had my new shoes. Wednesday’s run I did on the treadmill during lunch because it was raining that morning and probably a good idea. Friday and  Saturday, I hit the streets and felt great during my longest run EVER, of 8 miles early Saturday morning. I was OMG proud of my self for keeping somewhat of a consistent pace and running the entire 8 miles. I was able to get in 2 yoga sessions and 1 cross-training session with my KB Scorcher Series as well.

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Week 4 – Complete

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Accomplishment #smashinggoals

Have you ever been to a running store to get fit for sneakers? How did you like it? 

15k Training: Week 3

I finished week 3 and I’m feeling OK. I started getting some stiffness/soreness in my right knee which I think is related to my running shoes. I’ve had them since 2011. Don’t judge me. LOL Back then I wasn’t training nor exercising, let alone running consistently. Now, that exercise and running has become a part of my life I’m going to have to get some new running shoes soon (most likely today), so that this knee issue doesn’t turn into an injury.

Week 3 was Build A Base week. I like how each week you are setting out and accomplishing a small goal that will lead to the ultimate goal of your race. All of my runs were in the morning some before 6am. 🙂 I really enjoy morning runs & workouts. I killed my long run on Saturday, a comfortable pace, 6 mile run. It felt great to be able to run non-stop. Next week is an 8 mile run. I’ll have to see how my knees are doing but I’m sure I’ll be good to do a nice run/walk pace if need be.

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Week 3 Recap

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This weeks motivation

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Kettlebell Kickboxing POWER – cross-training