Time Flys

It’s amazing how quickly time goes by.  It seems the older I get, the quicker things go.  Each year seems to go by faster than the last and each day/week is the same way.  I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post on here.  I have a ton of posts started and I need to set them up to post, but time just got away from me.  Before I jumped into those though, I just wanted to pop in with something a little more relevant and updated.

Tomorrow we are running the Get to the Green run (5k/10k) in Five Points.  This was the very first 5k I ever did.  I had high hopes for this to be my sub 30min 5k.  That is not going to happen though.  Training has been tough with everything else going on in life and I’ve been fighting a nagging injury in my left arch that kept me down a bit.  I’m hoping I’ve figured it out though.  I removed my inserts and put back in the factory inserts this week.  *Knock on wood*..my foot didn’t hurt after my last run.  Keeping my fingers crossed though.  That said, I’m planning to take Yota.  Maybe he’ll pull me fast enough to get a decent time.  Andy is doing the 10k (actually kind of jealous he is doing the longer distance).  This year both races get a finishers medal which is new and I’m really excited about adding some more hardware to our bib/medal holder.

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

On another running related note: Today, we signed up for our first half marathon and entered a lottery for our first full marathon.  We signed up for the Palmetto Half (which is in exactly one month..crazy I know, but I think I can make it work) and entered the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I’m way geeked out about both events and am super pumped to train and accomplish them.

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Also, I’m doing a #30daysofYota photo a day project on my instagram.  If you don’t already follow me, head over and follow me: https://instagram.com/blonde_designer/

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There is so much more I want to share, but I have to get some other posts out first before sharing those details..and NO I am NOT pregnant (I know there are those of you thinking that).  Until next time!

Weekly Update

Hey Everyone! I’m dropping in quickly. I had all intentions of catching up on race recaps and posting one tonight..but I have just hit a wall tonight. We were out of town and outside for most of the weekend, I think I’m fighting off a sinus infection (can’t I just be healthy for once), and I’m scheduled to get up early tomorrow for an 8 mile run. So this is going to be a quick one and then I’ll get back to race recaps tomorrow.

Last week I did a little over 7 miles on Monday and they were a hard 7 miles. It was my first long run since the Ray Tanner 12k and it hurt. Mentally I felt good, but physically my body felt every step. I made it through though and am glad I did it. Tuesday I did my second RPM (spin) class and loved it. I love the way I feel after a spin class. I’m taking them to get used to riding again and get used to using my new shoes for the bike. Currently when I try to ride the bike in the neighborhood, I am scared to DEATH! I don’t know why..but something about trying to hold my balance, being so high up, and being so wobbly just makes me so uneasy. So I am doing spin on Tuesdays and then doing practice rides around the neighborhood on Wednesdays. It’s hilarious (and SCARY!) because sometimes when I need to turn, my arms just lock up and I can’t turn. I’m also trying to get used to getting started and stopping..needless to say it has been interesting.
Thursday we were out of town and I ran 2.37 miles at the race track we were at near Atlanta. I was planning to do more, but after doing this hill…
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…followed by about 5 more “rolling” hills…I was hurting and headed back for base. I was supposed to do a hill work out Saturday, but with feeling like crud and already feeling like I had done a hill workout of sorts..it didn’t happen. It wasn’t a great workout week, but it wasn’t completely awful. I’ll take it. Alright..I’m headed to bed..I’ll catch up with everyone later. Good night!

Running Updates

So in the past few weeks, my running has been on a weird roller coaster.  I’ll just go week by week of giving total miles and then any comments I have about that week.

September 1 – September 7

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 6.2 Miles – Blythewood Labor Day Run
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 6.2 Miles

After having a frustrating race…I took the rest of the week off.  Mentally I was beat and needed to get out of that slump to get motivated to run again.  It was a dark time that we

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September 8 – September 14

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 6.99 Miles – Outside Run
Tuesday: 3.63 Miles – Outside Run
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7.14 Miles – Outside Run

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 17.8 Miles

This week was better, but I was still struggling to get to my 7 miles.  Whether it was time or motivation..either way…I was struggling  Saturday morning we had to leave the house early.  I was determined to get a decent run in though.  I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go and I allowed myself to leave it open so that I didn’t put the added stress on myself.  Secretly I wanted to hit the 7 mile mark, but I wasn’t ready to commit and tell anyone that was how far I was going.  I went out and did it though and my pace was really good.  Up to that point, my average pace for the longer runs was 11/mile or above.  This run was a 10:18 pace.  It was just really nice out and the run seemed to come easy.

September 15 – September 21

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 6.2 Miles – Run to Irmo – Dam Run

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 6.2 Miles

I don’t remember what happened or what was going on this week that made it so I didn’t run all week.  It’s just the way it worked out.  However, we did do the Dam Run that Saturday and it went

better than my first 10k.  I’ll recap more on that soon.

September 22 – September 28

Sunday: 3.7 Miles – City Run
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 2.91 Miles – Recovery Run
Saturday: Rest

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 6.61 Miles

After the Dam Run we got cleaned up and drove to Charlotte to hop a plan to Pittsburgh.  I’ll post more on this experience and this trip soon.  The first morning we were in Pittsburgh, Andy and I got up and went for a short sightseeing run.  The pace was awful..but there was a lot of walking and stopping to see sights.  It was fun, but I was also coming down with an awful cold so it was starting to feel a little miserable.  That cold fed into the rest of the week.  I had the most awful congestion, felt feverish at times, achy, and just overall sneezing, coughing, etc.  I felt like death.  I didn’t start feeling remotely better until Thursday evening..so that’s why I attempted a run Friday morning.  My body wasn’t ready and I turned around sooner than planned.  It did help in getting stuff up and out of my chest though..so that’s a win.

September 29 – October 5

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 7.29 Miles – Outside Run
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 8.01 Miles – Outside Run
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3.1 Miles – Palmetto Health 5k

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 18.4 Miles

This was an awesome week.  From having 2 down weeks basically, I was ready to get up and run…and run I did.  I ran Monday’s run at a 11:14 pace and Wednesday’s run at a 10:58 pace.  They both felt good and left me feeling strong afterwards.  Saturday we did a 5k with a friend of ours and I had a great race! I’ll recap it soon, but it was just full of all kinds of positive things.  I can’t wait to recap that one.  Saturday we also spent the day working on our new lot though, hauling trees and bricks.  By Sunday I was done and my legs were toast…I really needed a pair of compression socks for that day.

October 6 – October 12

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7.5 Miles – Ray Tanner 12k

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 7.5 Miles

I was planning to get one more long run in before the 12k, but when we were working on our new lot the Saturday before, I pulled a muscle in my lower back.  There were times through the week that I couldn’t walk hardly.  I was really worried about running the race.  I just kept applying ice and heat, having Andy massage my back, and doing gentle stretches and exercises to encourage the healing process.  I finally made the decision mid week that I was just going to go do my best and deal with the consequences after the race.  This was supposed to be my big race for the season, the race I have been training for, I wasn’t going to let this pulled muscle keep me from starting.  I’m really glad I didn’t because that race was AWESOME! I’ll recap it soon.

So that’s the running catchup.  I’m taking this week to work a new training plan.  The plan I had only took me to the Ray Tanner 12k.  However, there is a half I’m eyeing in December.  Once I can work a plan and do my research..we’ll see how realistic it is.  I’m ready to get running again.  After a great race, the bug has taken hold and my body want’s to get back out there.  I’m trying to give it a few days to rest though and trying to take a few days for my back to really heal.

2013 runs this far

I’ve included a screenshot of my 2013 running chart from map my run.  I am happy at the amount I’ve increased my running this year and I can’t wait to take it further. I will be back with regularly scheduled running updates next weekend.

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Feed the Need 5k – Race Recap

So we have officially done our first race out of state.  This past weekend we went to visit my in-laws in Marietta, OH. It’s literally the first exit of I77 once you enter Ohio.  A few weeks ago we decided we were going to make this trip and when we did so, we thought we’d check around and see if there were any races that weekend.  Turns out there was a 5k/10k  about an hour and a half north in Coshocton, OH and the funny part is that we actually have very close family friends that live in Coshocton.  So we signed up (me for the 5k and Andy for the 10k) and packed up our running shoes for our first out of state race.

I didn’t think ahead and realize how little sleep we were going to get this weekend though.  Friday afternoon we got off work at 6.  We hurried home and grabbed the dog (thankfully we already packed and loaded the car) and then proceeded to drive the 7 hour trip to Ohio.  With a couple of potty stops for the dog and a subway stop for dinner, we finally made it to my in-laws about 1:30am.  After unpacking and prepping for the run in the morning, we got in bed around 2.  The alarm was set for 5 and I was looking forward to a hard 3 hours of rest.  Roughly 5 minutes before the alarm was supposed to go out, Yota woke me up asking to go outside.  Really! I know it’s only 5 minutes..but on so little sleep, 5 minutes is very precious!

So we got up, showered and dressed.  By 5:30 I was upstairs in the kitchen (Andy’s parents have a split level home with the kitchen being on the main floor, 3 bedrooms on the top floor, our bedroom & the living room on the level below the kitchen, and the basement being the lowest level)…so anyway I was upstairs in the kitchen about 5:30.  I made a quick piece of toast with a dark chocolate peanut butter spread and grabbed a starbucks iced coffee (love these lately, taste so good, light on the calories and on the stomach).  We all hopped in the car and got on the road.  Much thanks goes out to Andy’s dad for getting up early and driving us all to Coshocton and props to both of his parents for braving dark thirty to come watch us race.  Andy, myself, and Yota all piled into the backseat and snuggled in for the next hour and half. I scarfed my toast and then mentally prepped for the run.  We had an 8am start and I needed to make sure that mentally I was going to be prepared.

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I was already skeptical about doing well in this race because of the lack of sleep, the fact that my legs still felt tired despite having so many rest days, and that I would be running with Yota.  So I didn’t get my hopes up.  Oh I still had goals of course.  Just no hope of meeting them.  My best 5k thus far was a 33:28 and I really just wanted to get a sub 33.

About 20 minutes before we got to the race, I ate a banana for my fuel.  Toast and a banana may seem to be a bit much for a 5k, but my body is always starving in the am.  If I only ate the toast, I would be keeling over in starvation by mid race at the latest. So banana it was..besides I basically had to split it with Yota.  That dog is a nut for a banana (and apparently Skittles as well).

When we got there, I asked Andy’s dad if he would take Yota (and encourage him to use the bathroom) while Andy and I went to packet pickup.  Thankfully we were there early enough that the line wasn’t long yet.  We grabbed our bibs, tshirts, and the free american flag they were handing out and headed back to the car to get prepped.  As we were getting prepped, our friends Bryan & Jen showed up along with their daughter Alyssa.  Bryan and Jen were running as well.

As we started getting closer to start time, I took Yota (who still hadn’t used the bathroom) and we moved closer to the starting line.  It was a very small race in comparison to the races we do in Columbia, but it was still a nice group of people.  The weather was PERFECT.  I think it was right around 60 degrees with ZERO humidity.  I never really took into account how much the humidity in SC sucks until I ran a race without any humidity…it was bliss.

The horn sounded and we were off.  Unfortunately, Andy and  didn’t have signal in Coshocton, so our tracking programs weren’t working.  So we swapped phones with his parents (who thankfully both have iphones), logged into our mapmyrun accounts, and then loaded up a workout station on Pandora.  It wasn’t horrible for a last minute freak out moment.  However, at the start..everything worked easily and therefore Yota and I could just get started.  He was extremely excited.  He didn’t bark a ton like he did at See Spot Run, but he did jump up and down a lot.  He just loves to run and he REALLY loves to run with a bunch of people.

I’m not going to be able to relay the course very well because I was lost when I was on it.  About the only thing I remember is a hill that came out of no where and a very sharp left turn (I think everyone said this was at 5 points).  About half a mile in, Yota decided that now would be the most opportune time to use the bathroom..so he stopped right in front of me in the middle of the road and I basically had to leap frog over him to avoid tripping.  Thankfully I still had doggy bags hooked to his leash, unfortunately it was the lost one.  I prayed the whole time that he wouldn’t have to go again.  Thankfully he didn’t.

So, post Yota bathroom stop..we are just moving along.  Right before the race, Andy and I signed up for the MVP part of MapMyRun and it includes coaching.  So basically, every 2 minutes, this woman can tell you what your pace is and if you’re going to slow or too fast based on the goal pace you set.  My goal pace was a 10:30.  After the bathroom stop, I started getting feedback from her… we were currently doing an 8 something pace.  I mentally told Yota that we were going to have to dial it back a notch or else I wasn’t going to make it.  He didn’t listen.  So we took walk breaks instead on this race.  We would sprint at his 8 something pace (I swear Andy programmed this in him) and then we would like for a short period so I could catch my breath.  We went at this for the rest of the race pretty much.  I still didn’t have any high hopes of getting a PR…I was just enjoying my run with my dog at this point.  I vaguely remember hearing my times at each mile from my app, and the race organizers forgot the time clocks for each mile..so it felt like I was running a little blind.

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My goal for this race was to run a sub 33 (my best was a 33:28) and my uber goal was to do a 32:33.  Like I said before though..I felt like it just wasn’t the day for that.  So, Yota and I are running and I have no idea where I am on this course or where in relation to the finish I am, but we start running down this long road and I see my father in law way down at the end taking pictures.  I figure we have to be close to the finish if he’s on the course.  So..I make a promise to not walk anymore of the race and Yota and I start putting in the final kick of the race.  We come to the end of that street and there is another man there who yells something at me.  So I rip out an earbud and give him the universal look of “can you repeat that please”.  He yells a time… 32 minutes.  As I hear this and round the corner at the same time..I can see the finish line..I didn’t know it was so close..holy cow..I can actually meet my goal and PR this thing.  As I cross the line I’m pretty sure it says like 32:20something.  I’m way excited at this point.  That did not feel like a PR race.  At All. I’ll take it though.

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I hand off Yota to the inlaws for a minute so I can catch my breath.  I grab some water and then we take Yota over to a water bowl while we wait for Andy.  I ended up taking Yota back because he was just way too excited about the other people and other dogs.   Now that I was done with my run, we could then use my father in laws phone (that I was using on the run) to track Andy on the course.  That was a really cool feature.  This way, we knew when to expect him.  He had already come by of course and I later learned that he saw the clock at his 5k point and would have had an awesome 5k time as well.  Despite that, he was doing the 10k..so he got to do the course twice.  I believe he wanted to finish in under an hour and when he came across the finish line, it was in the 54s.  That was so exciting.  We talked later about how easy the course felt and how good the race felt.  It just seemed to come easy that day.  Our official times came in at 54:42 for Andy and 32:17 for me.

Once we visited for a bit after the race, we got back in the car to head back to Marietta.  It was nice to have already run so that we could enjoy our weekend and pig out without guilt.  Someone was knocked out on the way home.

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Weekly Running Update

Hello everyone!

After some gentle pushing by the hubby..I’m writing this post tonight.  I don’t know that I’m really up for it.  I got a tooth pulled today and was feeling great while I was still numb..but the numbness is starting to wear off and the pain pill opportunities can’t come quick enough.  My gum is insanely sore and tender!

Anywho..let’s get into last week’s running.

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 5 Miles – Treadmill Run
Tuesday: 2.09 Miles Outside Run – 1 Mile Stationary Bike
Wednesday: Stretch Day
Thursday: 4.05 Miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Rest Day

Weekly Mileage Goals: 11 Miles

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 11.14 Miles – 1 Biking Mile

So it was a much better week this week.  I think re-evaluating my running plan and setting goals that are closer to my running ability helped me push past the uncomfortable level and gave my body time to rest as well.  Completing my goals this week was much better on my self esteem and my confidence.  Foam rolling and incorporating a true stretch day in my week was very helpful as well.

This coming week will be a little different because Andy and I are running the Hot Summers Night 5k on Saturday night.  I can’t wait because this will be the first 5k since I got serious about running and I’m anxious to see how I do.  Hopefully I come back next week with a great running week and a successful race.

So how is everyone else doing..I know a lot of people are in the process of training for other races.  It seems like race season is upon us..at least for us anyway.  We have a race about every 2 – 3 weeks from here until the middle of October.  We just signed up for a random 5k/10k in Coshocton, OH for August 17th.  We are going to be visiting Andy’s parents that weekend in Marietta, OH and this is about 2 – 2.5 hours north of where they live.  So why not get up uber early to go run a race in a different state?!  I’ll be doing the 5k and Andy will be doing the 10k.  We are also contemplating the Columbia Half in December…but I’m a little nervous.  That’s a big jump from where I am now and that little nagging voice in me says I will be pushing too hard, but the optimist in me says I have time to train still and that I can do it.  It might not be my best time possible, but just being able to finish will be awesome for me for my first ever half.  We’re getting way ahead of ourselves though.  I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll talk to you guys later.

Weekly Running Update

Good evening everyone! So this is several days late, but..better late than never..right? Anywho..this week wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.  I was thissss close to my goal mileage, but alas…I didn’t make it completely.  So here it goes…

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 2.5 Mile Outside Run
Tuesday: 4 Mile Treadmill Run
Wednesday: 3.18 Mile Outside Run
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 5 Mile Treadmill Run
Saturday: Rest Day

Weekly Mileage Goals: 16 Miles

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 14.6 Miles

Not to already get into this week..but it’s not starting off good.  I am supposed to run 24 miles this week and so far I’ve done 1.5 : (   

I’m trying to find the balance between upping my mileage, running more, pushing harder, and not overtraining.  I can’t ever seem to get fresh legs..or back.  Everything is always really sore and lately my lower back has been killing me.  I’m trying different stretches and icing, but nothing seems to be working.  I’m just not sure if I really should rest and take more than a day or two off or if it will work itself out.  I REALLY don’t want to lose the training time, but I also don’t want to seriously injure myself.  Any suggestions?  

I’m hoping I can keep training without injury so that I can do all of the races I’ve already signed up for this fall.  So what about you…any weekly goals you are trying to meet? I’d love to hear from you guys! 

Have a great week! 

 

Born in the U.S.A. Race Recap

I feel like I’m writing about July 4th forever! This should be the last post reflecting on that day though.  Sorry for taking so long to get this out…just so much to write and not enough time.

So..this will be my first race recap and I’m not really sure how to do this..so I apologize if it turns out that I’m just rambling.  Here it goes…

The race was on July 4th (Thursday) and start time was 7:43 am.  So the idea was to get in bed early and get plenty of sleep…oh you know what they say about good intentions..

Leading up to this race, I was on recovery rest for 2 days because my heel/foot/ankle had been killing me.  Like killing me to the point of it hurt to just walk normal..not even count running.  So we get to Wednesday night and I’m starting to doubt how my race will go. I ice it for a while, take advil and hope for the best.  On top of that though, we were in the process of packing and loading the car for a cookout/picnic the next day at James Island County Park.  We wanted to loaded and ready to go so that after the run, we could get cleaned up and then head straight down.  After lots of packing and a Walmart trip..we finally got settled around 10:45ish…getting in bed about 11:30.  That seems like reasonable time and it really is..I just hate going to bed later than 11 if I have to get up before 7 the next morning…am I alone in this or does anyone else prefer to get at least 6.5 – 7 hours of sleep? Especially before a race.

So the next morning I got up about 6:15..fed the dog and hopped in for a quick shower.  Normally before I run, I just brush my teeth, hair, and wipe my face down again…but I just wanted to feel a little more awake this morning.  Anywho..we got dressed and ready and headed down to Forest Drive.  The race took place in Forest Acres just off Trenholm and Forest Dr.  It was nice to have a run in the northeastish basically. On the way down I ate a banana (I have to eat something before a run), took some advil, and really just hoped for the best.  We got there shortly after 7 and did a very quick and easy warmup.  So far so good…nothing hurting..feeling looseish..okay..this could be good.

Before the Run

Before the Run

As we get closer to gun time..everyone starts lining up at the start.  Andy and I have differing opinions on the start.  He would prefer to be in the front so that he doesn’t have to run around a lot of people.  However, I’m a slow runner and would much prefer to line up towards the back so that I don’t get completely run over at the start.  He’s a good hubby though and stays in the back with me at the start.  So..we are all lined up..they are saying something over the loud speaker, but I can’t hear a word..and all of a sudden we’re going.  The first obstacle in this race is just that..an obstacle.  It started in what looks like an abandoned parking lot and in the midst of dodging people we find ourselves also dodging potholes and water puddles…it’s an interesting start.   However, we then make the right turn onto Trenholm Rd.

Trenholm is nice because even though it’s a hill..it’s not very steep and it is very gradual..and we were only on it for 4 tenths of a mile..can’t beat that.  My only complaint is that it felt like we were coned off to a single lane of running on Trenholm.  I guess they couldn’t get the road closed in that area for even a short period of time.  The scary part was when you’re running near the cones (and the median) and a police officer starts driving up the median to keep people in the cones.  I was pretty oblivious that he was there until all of a sudden he was beside me and beeping his siren at people ahead that were out of the cones..scared the living daylights out of me! Too often lately cars are scaring me on runs…I’ve got to be more aware.

So from Trenholm we veer right on Spring Lake Road.  This was nice because there was a lot of trees and shade.  We also got to run alongside the golf course and that provided nice scenery.  About half way down this road, we hit the 1 mile mark and I’m still running (woohoo..I don’t think I’ve successfully run the first mile all year)..another celebration when I realize that I’m under my goal pace for a sub 46 time.  About 1.2 miles I finally give in and walk a little…it was bound to happend.  Right about the time we get to the 2nd dam on Overcreek Rd, I am ready for some water.  However, I’m still excited because my second mile is coming in under pace! From there..the walksies took on a life of their own.  So I decided to make the rest of the race a speed workout of sorts.  I would run hard and fast for about a minute to 2 minutes..then walk for 30-60 seconds.  I did this most of the remainder of the race.  This “flat and fast” course sure did have some hills though.  I don’t think I will ever forget the hill at the corner of Overcreek and Lakeshore..I ran up it, walked the peak..and then jogged down it.  That was brutal…there was also a hill near the end that could have been a little flatter IMO.

Mile 2

Mile 2

Once I got to about 4 tenths of a mile to go..I started light jogging to maintain consistent movement and with about 2 tenths of a mile left, I really started to step on the gas.  The last bit was a steep downhill and I tried to take full advantage of that hill.  Finally I made it across the finish line and about died.  Andy found me (he always finishes ahead of me) and handed me a water bottle.  I’m sure my face was hilarious because as soon as he handed it to me I looked at him with a glare and shock..the water was lukewarm..what happened to the cold water people!

Finish Line

Finish Line

After a few minutes of stretching and catching my breath, we grabbed food (fruit and donuts) and started to compare races.  Andy finished with an official gun time in the 41s and my official gun time was 47:05.  Not a sub 46, but my mapmyrun also said that I ran 4.17 miles..not just 4.  I remember hearing a sub 46 though at the 4 mile mark on my app.  So I was still excited.  I’m so proud of Andy too because he ran the entire thing without walking.  I can’t wait to get to that point one day.

Overall it was a great run and I think it will definately get added to our yearly runs.  I was super excited because this was the first run all year that I actually felt prepared for and like I could finally put my training to use.  I can’t wait for the Hot Summers Night 5k in August.  I’m hoping to run that race without walking at all.  Wish me luck!

So how about you?  Did you run on July 4th?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!