Where did that speed come from?!

Good morning and happy Thursday!

Thursday?! Already?! Seriously, where did the week go?

I have been having a GREAT week, both at work and with my training. I slacked off a bit last week, but felt rejuvenated coming into this week, and I think it shows.

Unfortunately my bestest little running buddy has been dealing with an ankle/calf issue that has hindered her training a bit this week. 

Last night she felt good, so hoping that continues to be the case.

Tuesday night’s tempo session was interesting to say the least. I don’t know what happened, but I was on fire. I was FLYING (for me). 

 
And even more exciting… I was able to carry on a conversation the entire time, I did NOT walk, and my legs could still function the next day. 😉
Check out these splits!  

 

After my lightning fast tempo session (hey, it’s my blog, if I wanna be The Flash, I’m gonna be The Flash) and my crazy hectic (read: up and about) work day, I was nervous coming into the Fun Run yesterday. 

I did a 2 mile warmup and for the life of me could not get myself to slow down that first mile. It felt like I was barely trudging along, but my pace was crazy for a warmup. I was finally able to reign it in for the second mile.

After a short break, it was Fun Run time! Mandy made it out and was able to run all three miles. Yay!!! We took it nice and easy though.

 
I’ve been making sure to get in lots of foam rolling, but need to get better about icing my knees.
Question of the day 

How has your training been going?

Merry Christmas and some awesome speedwork training

Good morning and happy Friday!

And…Merry Christmas!

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We’ll be going over to my parents house to spend the holiday with them. My baby sister flew in Wednesday and will be here for the next week and a half. So excited to spend time with her!

My family came out for the Ugly Sweater Fun Run on Wednesday. And, even dad was feeling a bit festive.

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I still don’t understand it, but Florida has yet to get the memo that it is December and Santa does not like to travel where it is warm.

It was a HOT run!

I spent my Christmas Eve finishing up some last minute shopping, and then met some of the training group out at Fit2Run for speedwork.

Our normal speedwork session was cancelled because the mall was closing early, but Coach Kirsten still wanted everyone to get in their mile repeats.

She’s out of town for the holiday, but I think she’ll be proud of our dedication. Coach Greg was nice enough to volunteer his time to run with us.

It was a lot of fun! But, boy was it hot. I had 2 x 1 mile repeats on the schedule. Last month I crushed my goals, and was hoping to do that once again.

And, I did. My first mile was 8:51, and my second was 9:06. Boom! It was humid, and muggy, and all-around hot, but it felt good. I didn’t know I could run a mile in under 9 minutes! Love seeing little bits of improvement.

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I then spent some much needed time with my foam roller.

I hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

Question of the day

What are you most looking forward to this weekend?

Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

I hope you have been having a GREAT weekend! My weekend has been awesome and exhausting! But, before I can sleep, we have a ReCUP to get to.

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Friday Night

Friday was our company holiday party. I try to keep my work life separate from my non-work life, but I will say that I am in charge of the planning and had been doing so since about April. Everything came together much more than I could have hoped for, and everyone had a blast.

Afterwards, the Boy and I went to grab a bite to eat with Kim and Rocco. We opted for the Brandon Ale House and I had a plate of medium-garlic zingers atop a bed of loaded fries. Not at all healthy, but oh so good.

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We got home at 2:00AM! My body can no longer handle 2:00AM! That just hurts! I went to bed almost immediately.

Saturday

And, was up by 7:00 to volunteer as a water girl for the Girls on the Run- Tampa 5k.

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After having danced the previous night away, I was sore and tired, but I am so so happy that I agreed to volunteer. Girls on the Run is a tremendous organization bringing light to what I feel is an often overlooked sport for young kids (especially girls).

All of the girls did such an awesome job! And, I especially love that all of the participants wear a #1 bib.

I even made a new friend…

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On the way out, we stopped by the Noosa yogurt booth where we scored big time- because Mandy is awesome and makes friends everywhere she goes.

Noosa is the best!

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I took a nice long nap once I got home, and then the Boy and I headed out to run a few errands. Since we were in the area, a stop at Jeremiah’s was a MUST. Lemon/vanilla gelati = YUM!

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The remainder of our Saturday night was spent at home watching episodes of The Office and snacking on this surprisingly tasty treat…

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Sunday

Once again, I was up super early! Lisa and I planned a date to cheerlead the Holiday Halfathon! We met up at 6, and headed over to Madeira Beach to wish all of the Fit2Run runners good luck!

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My running buddy Don was totally in BEASTMODE…

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The race seemed very well organized, and just the right size. It started at the Madeira Beach City Hall. There were no start waves; everyone just kind of got where they felt they should be. The walkers were released about 15 minutes prior to the runners.

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After all of our runners were off, Lisa and I headed over to the mile 9 water stop. By the looks of the course map, this appeared to be a prime spot for spectating because it was easy to get to and offered ample parking.

The mile 9 Christmas cheerleaders quickly got into character. 😉

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Within no time the elites were whizzing by…

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And Santa too…

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Having never been a spectator at a race before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But, it was so much fun! I loved it! It was so exciting to see and cheer everyone and, and I think our enthusiasm was much appreciated!

We hung out at mile 9 for quite some time, and then headed over to the finish line once the 2:15 pace group passed.

The race was a point-to-point ending at Taylor Park in Largo. It took us forever to find a spot to park there, but we just rolled down the windows and continued our cheering.

Everyone did such a great job; I’m so proud of all the runners especially the Fit2Run finishers! Woohoo!

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Oh, and my buddy Don (from earlier) PR’ed with a 2:02. Yeah!!

Lisa and I hung out for awhile chatting and snapping pics. By time we headed out we were starved, and decided we’d just find somewhere along the way. I quickly spotted a Chick-Fil-A, asked Lisa if she was good with that, pulled a U-turn, parked, got out of the car, and started walking up when we were told by a couple girls sitting outside that it’s Sunday…and they are closed.

Yeah, that totally happened! I know they are closed on Sundays; I was convinced it was Saturday. Whoops!

So, Panera won the lunch battle by default.

For dinner, the Boy and I met up with my family for some Crazy cafe. It had been too long since our last trip to Crazy Cafe and I was starting to have withdrawals. Sushi and hibachi- it just doesn’t get any better.

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And now, I’m pooped and must sleep.

Have a great night!

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?