A Cause I Care About

Last night was one of those nights. I just could NOT get into my run at all.

My stomach didn’t feel right, my calves were ridiculously tight and the wind felt like it was pushing me backwards. We NEVER have wind like that in Fort Lauderdale. It is very much unwelcome!

Oh well, for every bad run there are 100 good runs so I just need to wipe that one from my memory. Since I don’t have much to report on from my run, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about a cause I really care about.

As some of you know I am a donor of Big Cat Rescue (BCR), a sanctuary in Tampa, FL for lions, tigers, bobcats, jaguars and other large cats.

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Today I want to just talk briefly about something that many of you might not know is really bad  - cub petting.

There are many companies out there that will allow the public to pet, pose for pictures with and even swim with lion and tiger cubs.

Some of these companies pretend that the revenue made from these activities goes towards animal conversation, while others just pitch it as a fun activity.

But this petting process is not fun for the poor cubs involved, and what’s really not fun is what happens to these cubs after they become too large to participate in petting activities.

A loophole in US law allows for cubs between the ages of 8 weeks and 12 weeks to be exploited for money. Under the age of 8 weeks the immune system of the cubs is too wear to be handled by the public, and after 12 weeks of age the cubs are deemed to be too dangerous for public handling.

To keep profits up and work around this loophole companies overbreed their big cats to ensure they always have an ample supply of 8-12 week old cubs available for petting. Sometimes the handlers don’t even wait until the cubs are 8 weeks old. Age violations are very common between the Department of Agriculture only has around 100 inspectors who must perform around 4500 inspections on an array of facilities including breeders, safaris, zoos, dealers, auction houses, circuses, etc.

In short, handlers know they can get away with putting younger cubs up for petting.

Here are a few important things to know if you’ve ever considered cub petting:

  • Cubs are torn from their mothers prematurely
  • Cubs are sleep deprived so they can ‘work’ which causes stress on cubs that require long hours of sleep
  • Cubs are often handled at an age where their immune systems are not developed resulting in sickness
  • Females are overbred so that an ample supply of 8-12 week old cubs are always available
  • Inbreeding is common resulting in serious health issues
  • When not in the public eye, cubs are confined in small cages, transported to unfamiliar settings and handled for long periods of time by scores of people to make the most profit – there are no regulations for the size of cages for cubs or adult big cats
  • Cubs are often disciplined with stun guns, drugs or worse
  • Cubs and mothers are often deprived of veterinary care, food, water and clean housing

For example, on www.TigerCubAbuse.com (graphic) you can see some cubs that have gotten sick from mistreatment. “The keepers follow the cubs around wiping diarrhea off the floor and then use the same towel to wipe the cubs’ irritated rear ends and the poor cubs scream in pain.”

Handlers who offer cub petting services are NEVER working with or affiliated with nonprofits or conservation efforts. Ever. Period. However, they do often lie about being affiliated to earn your trust and your money. 

So, what happens to the cute little cubs after they are 12 weeks old? 

Because the cubs have been handled by humans their whole lives they are not suitable for wildlife preserves as they haven’t been taught to hunt or interact with other animals. Because of this the cubs are usually destined for very dim futures.

  • Cubs are sold into the black trade market where they are killed and sold for their parts
  • Cubs are sold to game reserves where they have no method for escape and are hunted daily until they are finally killed
  • Cubs are left behind to starve and die in empty warehouses and other similar places
  • Some cubs are rescued by sanctuaries like Big Cat Rescue, but these organizations receive more requests than they can respond to

The idea for playing with cubs is very enticing for any animal lover, especially one like myself who has a house cat.

However, it’s important to remember that lions, tigers and other big cats are meant to be wild animals. They should have as little human interaction as possible.

For more information about the dangers of cub petting please see these resources:

The Big Cat Handling Crisis Fact Sheet

Why Petting Cubs Leads to Abuse

Stop Cub Petting

What You Need to Know About Playing With Lion Cubs

I hope this post didn’t come off as too preachy. I probably do dozens of things per day that are unintentionally hurting animals or our environment in some way, and I hope if you see me doing something wrong you’ll let me know.

However, here in South Florida we have several handlers who offer such cub petting services and I thought it was important to bring it to your attention in case you see something like this going on in your area.

If you do, you can contact Big Cat Rescue and they can put you in touch with an appropriate contact in your area who may be able to help.

If you made it to the end of this post, Cecil and I thank you for listening!

Have a great weekend! 

I Mustache You Some Questions

I have a food hangover from yesterday’s delicious anniversary dinner! Does that ever happen to you? I just want to lay in bed forever, but that would be wrong so instead I’ll blog! :)

Yesterday Kristen tagged me in the mustache linkup, and who am I to say no to a linkup with such a clever name?

Here we go!

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Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  1. Baby ⟶ Adam
  2. Meow ⟶ Cecil 
  3. Kay ⟶ some old friends from elementary school
  4. Stina ⟶ some old friends from high school

In high school one of my best friends was also named Christina and we were Stina1 and Stina2!

Four jobs I have had:

  1. Beauty Advisor at the Walgreens cosmetic center
  2. Technical writer & usability intern at Citrix Systems
  3. Marketing Manager at ion interactive
  4. Marketing Director at my current job

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

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  1. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  2. Sweet Home Alabama
  3. Homeward Bound (always makes me cry when Shadow comes over the hill)
  4. All of the Harry Potter movies

I honestly don’t watch very many movies more than once. TV series are a different story! I love to re-watch TV series multiple times from beginning to end — Angel, Dollhouse, Gossip Girl, Arrested Development, etc.

Four books I’d recommend:

Here are my four favorite running books!

1. Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (Scott Jurek)

2. My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom and Insights of a Road Racing Icon (Bart Yasso)

3. Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth (Adharanand Finn)

4. Running for the Hansons: An Insider’s Account of the Brooks Sponsored Marathon Training Group Made Famous by Olympian Brian Sell (Sage Canaday)

Four places I have lived:

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  1. Spring Hill, FL
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. North Miami, FL
  4. Fort Lauderdale, FL (the best place to live!)

Four places I have been:

  1. Paris, France
  2. London, England
  3. Cozumel, Mexico
  4. Falmouth, Jamaica

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. This is a tough one because I am currently at home and very content!
  2. TBD

Four things I don’t eat:

Friends not food! :)

Friends not food!

  1. Seafood of any kind (gross)
  2. Brussel sprouts (gross)
  3. Raw carrots (gross)
  4. Spicy things (ow)

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Peanut butter
  2. Beef satay (with peanut sauce)
  3. Gyoza/chicken potstickers
  4. Fuji apples

Four TV shows that I watch:

  1. THE MINDY PROJECT!!!!
  2. New Girl
  3. Workaholics
  4. Football

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

  1. Hopefully getting another new half marathon PR next month
  2. Giving Christmas gifts (I love giving them!)
  3. Having almost two weeks off of work in December
  4. Planning out Adam and my 2015 vacation schedule

Four things I’m always saying:

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  1. Mother clucker (in an attempt to curse less)
  2. Hey, what’s going on? (how I answer my phone for friends)
  3. Okay, so when are we going to _______ (I gotta have a plan!)
  4. I’m going for a run, I’ll be back

Four people I tag:

  1. Meg
  2. Ali
  3. Heather 
  4. Lou 

^ The teacher-runner crew!

What is your favorite book or movie of ALL TIME?

Today is a Special Day!

Guess what showed up in my inbox this week?

This little beauty!

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You know I hung it up on my wall at work right away!

The certificate represents the perfect reminder to just take a deep breath and carry on whenever anything at work starts to bug me!

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I hunt the certificate in its rightful place: near my picture of Adam, Cecil and tin of fancy chocolates. All the important stuff in my life in one spot.

So, you remember on Monday it was 82 degrees on my run? Last night it was 62 degrees! Yep, that arctic blast has finally hit South Florida!

I went for a nice easy run before warming up with a chicken burrito bowl from Chipotle.

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Does anyone else get creeped out by DEAD end signs? I think they should be called something else!

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My body is not made for the cold! It took me 2 miles to warm up and I only had 3 miles on the schedule for the day!

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I love running in the cooler weather, but my calves always feel so tight at first when I run in temps below 80!

Brrrr!

So, a little off topic, but today is a really special day. Today is Adam and my 10 year anniversary of being together! We met when we were both going to the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Not soon after we started seeing each other he moved from Orlando back to South Florida where he’s from.

Long distance relationships don’t work right? Especially when the relationship is between two kids, aged 18 and 20, who live a typical college lifestyle! That’s what the haters said anyway! (hah!)

Let me tell you a long distance relationship can work (temporarily) very easily if you have found your soul mate! As corny as that sounds, it’s really true! Adam and I were long distance for a year before I decided to transfer schools and move down to South Florida too.

♫ Ain’t nothing better, we beat the odds together
I’m glad we didn’t listen, look at what we would be missin’

They said, “I bet they’ll never make it”
But just look at us holding on, still together, still going strong 

♫ You’re still the one I run to, 
The one I belong to,
The one I want for life 

Transferring schools and moving to Miami in 2006 was the best decision I ever made.

I get to be with the love of my life everyday, we adopted a perfect cat, I found a city I’m happy to call home and I get to call the 3X champion Miami Heat my team.

LIFE IS GOOD!

Happy anniversary, Adam!

What is “your song” with your significant other?

What is your favorite song to run to right now?

Priority: Have a Good Time!

My Instagram feed is filled with pictures of snow from friends up north, and I’m down here like, somebody please turn the a/c up!

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Everyone else in the world seems to have barren trees and driveways blanketed in white, while I’ve got palm trees, pink flowers and a cat who loves to sunbathe in the nude. ;)

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Last night I didn’t go running until almost 7:30pm and it was still 82 degrees!

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I tried to channel Kristen up in Bend, OR who recently ran in -1 degree F temps but I don’t think it worked because I still finished my run feeling way overheated!

I got caught at the drawbridge in mile 2 because I guess that’s my new thing.

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Dear Drawbridge, we really need to stop meeting like this!

Last week I didn’t run as much as I should have because Adam and I ended up going up to the Fort Pierce / Port St. Lucie area for a belated birthday getaway. (That’s also why I didn’t blog on Friday.) I didn’t take any pictures (GASP), but I promise it really happened!

I packed my running stuff, but I just never felt like lacing up.

Truthfully, last year for Adam’s birthday we went away for the weekend and I was SO sore and tired from my long run that I was grumpy/complained a lot. I’m sure it wasn’t a pleasant birthday experience, even though Adam would never say anything.

This year I just had to prioritize having a good time!

Life is all about balance right? Missing a couple of runs to spend more quality time with Adam was totally worth it, but this week I’m back in the game and it feels so right!

And I am looking forward to our cold spell later this week… I hear it’s going to be in the low 60s tomorrow night!

Happy Tuesday! :)

What’s the coldest it gets in your area during the winter?

What’s the coldest and temp you’ve ever run in? Hottest?

Getting Caught Up in Finishing Times

You remember how the Fort Lauderdale half I ran last week had some issues with timing? Some of us got caught at a draw bridge and others got caught at a train crossing. The race was kind enough to provide two sets of results – the “official” time and an “unofficial” or adjusted time based on these two factors.

I am not sure how the adjusted time was calculated though because my official time is listed as 3:03:20 and my adjusted time is listed as 3:03:21.

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So basically, instead of subtracting X minutes from my adjusted time they added one second?

I couldn’t help but notice that other people have complained.

Someone on the Facebook Page wrote, “Official time 1:45:41. Unofficial time 1:45:42. Watch time around 1:41.”

Another person wrote, “I had two minutes less on my watch than your official or unofficial time.” 

And a third person wrote, “You do know the unofficial and official are the same right?”

So, the general consensus seems to be that the race times are off by 2-3 minutes, which is what I believe as well since I crossed the finish line in under 3:01 and both of my times are listed at 3:03.

I saw one person comment about the draw bridge and the official response was that people who got stopped at the bridge were running slower than 16 min per mile which is the cutoff time so their times wouldn’t be adjusted, but that would be impossible since at that time I was averaging about 13:25/mile and my finishing time averaged out to 13:45. Even if my time WAS 3:03 there is no way I could have been averaging 16+ min/mile at the bridge and finished in the time I did. Maybe the drawbridge went up twice?

Plus my time WAS adjusted and an extra second was added.

I know I really should not care what some website says about my finishing time, nor should I care about a couple of minutes here or there. It really shouldn’t make a difference…. but it is kind of driving me crazy!

I should be like the person who commented and said, “Wow folks! It was a race for fun. Yes we all take our training seriously but we are not professionals. Get over it and just put an asterisks by it and chalk it up to an unfortunate part of an otherwise great event.”

And the guy who said, “AMAZING EVENT! WHO CARES ABOUT A SMALL HICCUP! ITS ABOUT THE RUN AND THE ATMOSPHERE NOT ABOUT YOUR TIME! YOU STILL GOT A MEDAL RIGHT?”

I want to be like them, and I usually am! I guess the couple of minutes here just matter to me because this was such a big PR race for me. I don’t want to put an asterisk next to it!

Even with a 3:03***** finishing time I still had a huge PR day so I really should not care but … hmmmm!

This is just adding more fuel to the fire for my upcoming half marathons!!!

And just so this post doesn’t seem too negative, I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures from this weekend:

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Can you believe this guy?! :P He’s living the good life!

Have you ever experienced a race timing issue like this before? Or ever had a bit of a grey cloud hang over your PR times?

Half Marathons & Full Marathons on My Mind

You guys, I am already so excited about the Palm Beaches Half. Two nights ago I had a dream about it, and last night I had a great progression run which left me wishing it was THIS WEEKEND!

Speaking of which, I can’t believe I forgot to show you the awesome bib from last weekend’s half.

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I love that the background is of the beach! The medal was a little bit boring though.

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Last year the medal was of the state of Florida which I thought was really cool.

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I’m not familiar with the course at Palm Beaches at all, but the map sort of reminds me of last year’s Fort Laudedale course in that it’s mostly just straight up and down the coast. I love courses like this!

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Obviously, I’m really excited about half marathons right now, but I’ve also got Marathon #2 running through my mind.

In fact, I’m currently on the hunt for a Fall 2015 marathon to register for!

At first I thought I might want to run the Miami Marathon in January 2016, but I realized that:

A.) I don’t want to wait until January to run my next full and

B.) There is the potential that it will be 80+ degrees in January here in Miami which would be killer. It was in the 80s at the end of the Portland Marathon for me and I don’t want to experience that feeling again anytime soon.

My requirements for Marathon #2 are simple:

  • Almost guaranteed cool / cold weather
  • As flat as possible
  • Scenic course

If you have any recommendations, I am all ears!

I know now if I choose a course up north no matter how flat the race is described as it won’t be as flat as I’m used to down here in Florida, and that’s okay. This time I will be sure to train properly for a “flat” course rather than a flat course ; )!

Maybe Chicago? Hmmmmm……

Are you registered for any 2015 races yet? Planning any big races for next year? Which ones? Marathon recommendations are welcome! 

11 Things About Me You Might Not Know (Liebster Award)

Happy Wednesday! Last night I enjoyed a short, breezy run to shake up my legs. Nothing too interesting happened there to blog about BUT I will be coming atcha with some thoughts about the Palm Beaches Half tomorrow!

Yesterday Meg nominated me for a Liebster Award! Thank you, Meg! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I thought I’d give it a go today!

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As part of the Liebster I have to answer the 11 questions Meg gave me and then nominate 11 other bloggers to answer a new set of 11 questions I have written. Here we go!

1. What is your current health related goal?

I really want to get back into a 3-day-a-week strength training routine. I usually run six days a week so my current norm is 1 to 2 days of strength. I need to figure out the best schedule for properly mixing in an extra day!

Maybe someday I can get back to squatting this:

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Actually that left me really sore on running days, so maybe just get back into a solid squatting routine period.

2. What is your biggest irrational fear?

I am scared of the vampire that lives in my closet. And the monster that wants to grab my feet when I get out of bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

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3. Do you enjoy wrapping presents?

Does artfully arranging colorful tissue paper in the cutest bag I can find count as wrapping? Because that is my signature way to give gifts : ).

4. What’s your favorite cross training activity?

Kicking my legs around in the pool on a sunny day with a cold glass of unsweet iced tea. It might not be the most strenuous thing but I like it!

5. If I came to visit you, what would we do?

Run at the beach, of course!
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6. You have 2 weeks off of work and 2 round trip plane tickets ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take?

I would take Adam and probably go to Korea (I was born in Seoul). We have talked about going for a few years but the plane tickets are really expensive!

7. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you during a run or race?

Having to run off the race course and into a Subway to use the bathroom. It was an Emergency with a capital E.

8. Tell me the 3 best days of your life. Or at least the first 3 that pop into your mind.

The first things that popped into my mind:

1. The day I met Adam.

2. The day we adopted our baby cat.

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3. The day I started watching The Mindy Project.

9. Okay, you HAVE to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would you choose and what would you order?

Does Chipotle count as fast food? Isn’t it technically classified as “casual fast?” I would definitely get a chicken or steak burrito bowl!

10. Have you ever met a celebrity?

JOEY FATONE from *NSYNC! It was such a great day in my 15-year-old life!!!!

11. Share a picture of yourself in non-workout clothes! 

Me and Alice the Camel at the Miami Metro Zoo:

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Me being super fashionable in teal tights at Centennial Park in Atlanta:

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And now it’s my turn to nominate other bloggers!

Today I want to nominate a few of the blogs I’ve started following since the last time I did a Liebster: Simple RunnerFairweather RunnerRun, Jenny, RunLily Runs the WorldWhy Mom Runs and Simplify Life!

There are about 10 other blogs I WANT to nominate so if I didn’t name you know I stalk read your blog every day, you are nominated too!

My 11 questions for the nominees:

1. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you choose?
2. If a movie of your life was made, what would the focus be on and who would play you?
3. What is your DREAM job?
4. Describe yourself in just three words!
5. If you could be anyone else for a day who would you be?
6. What item that you don’t already have would you most like to own?
7. If you were a fruit, what type of fruit would you be?
8. If you could break any running world record, which one would you choose?
9. What is the best joke you’ve ever heard?
10. What is your typical morning routine like?
11. What is the most recent movie/book you’ve seen/read?

Seriously though, I have to know, what is your DREAM job???

That Time I Got to Meet Two of My Favorite Pro Athletes

Before I jump into today’s post I just wanted to share my REALLY good news: my tumor is benign!!!! As in the opposite of cancerous! I’m able to just keep an eye on it, and if it changes I’ll have to have it biopsied again, but for now, life goes on! Thank you to everyone for all of your kind words and support while I was waiting for my test results! And now onward…

Yesterday was a rest day for me since I raced on Sunday, so I thought I’d take a minute to catch you up on what happened this weekend besides running a 35 minute Ft. Lauderdale 13.1 course PR (!!!!).

On Friday night Adam and I went to Marlins Park for a tech expo. Adam is thinking about building himself a new computer and wanted to see what cool new things are coming out!

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We got to try an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset.

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The program we got to try was a roller coaster simulation. As soon as you put the headset on you literally feel like you’ve just gotten on a roller coaster ride! Even though I was sitting in a regular chair, I literally felt my stomach turn on each of the drops! It’s so crazy!

And we got to meet Mario Chalmers from the Miami Heat - he was at the event signing autographs!

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Naturally I acted like I meet celebrity athletes all the time and played it totally cool… by literally not saying one word to Rio. I’m pretty sure I just smiled really big and maybe let out a small giggle.

(Hey, it’s not everyday you get to meet a 2X NBA champ who plays for your fave team!)

Luckily on Saturday afternoon Adam and I attended an event for a client of mine and I had a chance to redeem myself. I got to meet Zach Thomas, a retired 7X Pro Bowl linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and this time I managed to squeak a couple of words out!

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Aaaaaaand if you’ll notice I was wearing shorts! This must have been the first time I have worn shorts out of the house in… 9 years?

After trying out a running skirt a few days ago I’ve just been the brave little toaster and have been exposing my legs left and right!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m simultaneously making strides in running and building up my self-confidence. I am sure the two are linked in a very strong way.

Today is not the day for me to deep dive into that though, today is a day where I just want to continue reveling in my half marathon PR *AND* the fact that I got to meet two of my favorite athletes over the weekend.

It was like a dream come true!

Have you ever met your favorite athlete/actor/singer? Did you play it cool? 

If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be and why?

Just a 35 Minute PR, No Big Deal

Yesterday was one of the BEST running days of my life!

Last year the Fort Lauderdale half marathon was my very first half and I really struggled through it. This year I ran a 35 minute course PR and a 24 minute half marathon PR!

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Up until Friday I thought I might be able to hit 2:59 this weekend, but then Saturday our temps skyrocketed back into the mid-80s and I re-adjusted my expectations to “just have fun and see what happens.”

On race morning it was only 72 degrees but 88% humidity! The humidity + sun were a nightmare at first, but then the sun went away and it rained out which was kind of nice. Although, my socks got soaked and I ended up with some XL blisters …but WHO CARES BECAUSE I GOT A MAJOR PR!

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Miles 1 – 4: Wow, it’s really humid, where are all the aid stations? I thought there were supposed to be 11 but so far we’ve only had one! I’m thirsty! My fingers are already swelling up! (I hate when races don’t have enough aid stations!) I wonder if I’ll be able to keep this pace up?

Mile 5 – 8: Yay, we’re almost to the beach! Hey, there’s the road that takes me to my house. Maybe I should run home and get a bottle of water? Nah, that would be ridiculous!

Miles 9 – 12: Last year at this time I was wishing that a car would come out of no where and run me over, this year I’m feeling pretty good! Oh no, I’m going to miss 2:59, but who cares because I’m still going to come in under 3:05 which is pretty awesome!

Mile 13: HALF MARATHON #3 IN THE BOOKS! Oh crap, I think I could have gotten 2:59 if I pushed the last half mile. Oh well, LOOK AT THAT HUGE PR!!!!!

I think this was literally the first time I have ever crossed the finish line of a race and felt truly happy. Normally I’m either exhausted or upset about my time, but yesterday I was ecstatic!

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I’m not missing an arm, I think I had my hand on my hip and I guess it just isn’t visible.

I honestly didn’t realize how close I was to getting 2:59.

At one point I had to stop in the middle of the race because a draw bridge was up (I heard some people got stopped at the train tracks, too)! I have NO IDEA why they closed down the streets but not the waterways! I had paused my Garmin for that but definitely wasted about maybe 2 mins there. I hope they adjust the official times for those incidents whenever they post the results.

Towards the end of the race I wasn’t looking at my Garmin and when I passed the mile 12 marker/time sign I thought I was definitely going to miss 2:59 so I didn’t even try to speed up. Lesson learned: always speed up at the end if you can.

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Oh well, I can’t even be mad about missing my goal time by less than a minute because I’m so happy with my PR! I still have plenty of chances to get it over the next couple of months since this was only race #1 of the Florida Storm Series!

Plus, have I mentioned yet that I got a 35 minute course PR and a 24 minute overall half marathon PR?!!! OMG!

Yesterday really felt like a celebration of my training for the past year. It made all of those summer runs in the 100 degree heat feel SO WORTH IT!

My house ended up being about 2 miles from the starting line and 2 miles from the finishing line, so I walked both ways as my warm up/cool down for a total of 17 miles yesterday. That was by far the most I’ve done in one day since the Portland Marathon which means I sat all afternoon with my legs up on the couch (and with some little dude laying in my lap).

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What was it like not tapering for the half? Not really a big deal. Maybe if I had tapered I would have easily shaved off those 44 seconds, but I’m kind of glad I didn’t taper. I was really relaxed going into this race and mostly was able to view it as just another long run since I treated it like one.

I think going into the race relaxed was key for me. I mean, I’m not sure if I mentioned it but I got a 35 minute course PR and a 24 minute overall half marathon PR!!! 

Now I’m really looking forward to the Palm Beaches Half next month! I’m hoping the weather will be much nicer and I can really focus on shaving off those 44 seconds.

OH and guess what?! I made a new friend on the course who invited me to run the Florida Keys 100-Mile Relay with her running group in May! I’m really excited to get in touch with her and learn more! This may be the only way I’ll ever be able to say I ran in a 100-mile race ; ).

What is your favorite distance to race and why? 

It’s Friday! Let’s Party! (Not Really Because I’m Too Old For That)

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Last night I did a fun five mile loop around the beach and home.

I ran the section of the beach that will lead up to the finish line on Sunday and visualized ripping off my top and revealing this top underneath:

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Unfortunately I never bought that shirt (just saw it on Pinterest) so that fantasy will live inside of my brain until next year ;).

There was a full moon out last night which lit up the beach really nicely. My iPhone photos cannot do it justice, but trust me it was amazing!

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Apparently everyone in the world knew it was a full moon night because the beach was packed with people and their fancy cameras!

I wonder how I can safely attach my DSLR to my body for occasions like this! Maybe Adam needs to let me take the GoPro out running?

AAAAND such a bummer because I hardly ever stop to use the bathroom during a run, but I stopped last night and forgot to pause my Garmin!

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I heard my little watch beep at 15:XX minute mile at one point and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong…. then I realized! HMPH!

Do you pause your Garmin when you stop to use the bathroom? 

- I don’t pause if I want to take a picture, but I do usually try to remember to pause if I use the bathroom or go into a store to buy water.