Arbutus Firecracker 10k Recap

My Fourth of July weekend started with the Arbutus Firecracker 10k which I wrote about briefly here. Leading up to the race I was a mixture of nervous and excited. I was excited to get out and run again after a brief hiatus, but I was nervous about how the race would go since I hadn’t trained at all.

To begin with, it was the first time I had done this race, it was a really fun and well put together race. I loved the shirt that I got for participating and had I been better prepared to run 6.2 miles it would have been the perfect way to kick off Independence Day. I definitely will be doing this race in years to come.

Having said that, the race was ROUGH. I hadn’t properly prepared  and I was recovering from an injury. While I knew that I would have to stop and walk at times it didn’t make it any easier. Before I even started the race my ankle was hurting. The ankle I sprained is the same ankle that I broke back in 2005 and it loves to act up before and after storms. As luck would have it Maryland was having several storms up to the morning of the race.

I was able to run the first mile and a half pretty easily and I was feeling good, but I finally had to give in and walk. That’s when things started going downhill. Right before I reached the third mile marker all I really felt like doing was collapsing and crying. I don’t know if it was the exhaustion, the fact that my ankle was bothering me, the adrenaline pumping through me, or the fact that I simply didn’t want to keep running (or all of it combined) but I’ve never felt so emotional during a run before.

If the race had been a 5k I think it would have been perfect, unfortunately for me, I had to keep going. by the fifth mile my ankle was really acting up and I resigned myself to having to walk the rest of the race until the finish line, save a final push so I would at least cross the finish while running. I was convinced that with the amount of walking I did my time would be somewhere around 1:30 or 1:40. But when I crossed the finish line the timer read 1:14:33. I confess I did a double take. I figured I read it wrong and it actually said 2:14:33. I’m actually extremely happy with the time, it’s only a little slower than my regular time and the fact that I’m able to stay so close to it is a very good feeling.

I have to say, as difficult as the race was the only thing getting me through it was the encouragement throughout the race. For most of the race there were very few runners surrounding me so it’s easy to get discouraged. The race ran through the residential community of Arbutus and there were so many people in lawn chairs outside of their houses cheering on the runners as they went by. I don’t know that it was any more encouragement than I’ve gotten at other races, but I definitely needed it more than I have at other races.

After the race my boyfriend and I went to Baltimore to see the fireworks on a friend’s rooftop deck. I sat as long as possible (my legs were killing me!) and I enjoyed a slice of the key lime pie I made for the party as well as so much other food. It was delicious and so worth it. All in all I don’t know that I could have asked for a better fourth of July weekend!

Fireworks over the Baltimore Harbor
Fireworks over the Baltimore Harbor

How was your Fourth? Share it in the comments below!

Non Scale Victory Friday/Happy July Fourth!

Happy Fourth of July! It also happens to be a Friday, which means it’s also Non-Scale Victory Friday! I started the day off at the Arbutus Firecracker 10k. As a whole, I loved the race. It was so well organized and it was great running through the Arbutus community and seeing everyone in their yards cheering everyone on. I did not, however, love running a 10k after I have only run one week in the past month. It was ROUGH, but I’m glad I did it.

So anyways today I only have one Non-Scale Victory; I finished the Arbutus Firecracker 10k! Trust me I had moments where I was doubting whether I’d be able to cross the finish line, I had to keep stopping and walking and at times just wanted to give up. Once I reached the 6 mile marker I thought there was no way that my time would be below 1:30 or 1:40, but it was! The race wasn’t timed but the timer at the finish line read 1:14:33 when I crossed. Not bad at all considering how many times I had to stop and walk, and it’s not far off from my best 10k time. So I’m pleased with my results, go me!

I’ll write more about the race in the next post but for now that’s it. I’m excited to go celebrate the Fourth with my boyfriend and some friends. I even made a key lime pie that I’m hoping is as delicious as it looks!

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YUMMM!!!

 

I hope everyone has a terrific Fourth and feel free to share your non-scale victories in the comments below!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

It’s (Almost) Race Time!

It’s been almost two weeks since I sprained my ankle in Baltimore on the run with my friend, and I have the Firecracker 10K in Arbutus, MD coming up tomorrow morning. To say I’m nervous would be an understatement.

After walking around with a brace on my foot all last week and taking a break from running to allow it to heal it finally felt better by Sunday. So on Monday evening I gave running a go. After work I dressed in my running clothes and went to the park. I decided that even though physically I could probably go at my normal pace, my ankle probably still couldn’t.

I decided my best bet would be to run a quarter mile and then walk a quarter mile for the 2.5 mile loop that I take. Well I’m glad I did! It was an easy workout, but by the time I finished my ankle had started slightly irritating me. I haven’t run since Monday, since I figured it still needed a little more time to heal.

I’m still excited to run/walk in the race tomorrow! I even painted my nails in celebration!

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Realistically, I’ll probably end up walking about half of the race, and I’m more than okay with that. I’m going to listen to my body and all I’m going to worry about is having fun and making sure I don’t re-injure myself. Then it will be off to cookouts with friends and fireworks, sounds like a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July to me!

Non Scale Victory Friday!

It’s been a busy week, both at work and in my personal life all starting with spraining my ankle on Saturday meaning I missed my race on Sunday Morning. I was disappointed for sure as I talked about here, but my boyfriend made up for it. Tuesday night, I went to his house after work and he surprised me with a rose, to make up for the rose I didn’t get when I would have crossed the finish line.

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Definitely helped my disappointment in missing my race!

 

Anyways on to Non-Scale Victory Fridays. As always share your non scale victories in the comments below! Let’s celebrate those healthy habits!

  1. I met up with a friend for an early morning Saturday run and brunch with a close friend in Baltimore.
  2. My ankle is feeling better! After a week of rest it doesn’t hurt and isn’t swelling. I’m hoping by Monday I’ll be able to ease back into running again, just in time for the Arbutus Firecracker 10k on the fourth.
  3. I was so productive! I didn’t realize how much of my evening gets eaten up by running after work. I had so much time to cook, relax and stretch. Now I know why I could get so much done when I wasn’t working out!
  4. I haven’t lost my motivation to run! This is huge, if you don’t remember I had an unexpected week off of running due to my schedule a couple weeks ago. So, in the last 3 weeks I’ve only been able to run one week. It would be easy for me to lose my momentum and become lazy, but I’m ready to get back out there on Monday!

That’s all for now, have a great weekend, and share your victories below!

Non Scale Victory Friday!

It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Time for the non-scale victories of the week. So without further ado:

  1. I got out and ran on Monday and Tuesday after an entire week off from running last week, despite the heat it was great to get out and run.
  2. I tried a new recipe on Monday! I made pizza with a yuca root in the dough. Don’t know what a yuca root is? Well it looks like this:
My boyfriend said I can always be trusted to find the weirdest items when grocery shopping
My boyfriend said I can always be trusted to find the weirdest items when grocery shopping

And my pizza looked like this:

Brussels sprout and broccoli white on the left. Chicken and artichoke on the right.
Brussels sprout and broccoli white on the left. Chicken and artichoke on the right.

And it was delicious! I got the recipe from this amazing blog here!

  1. After making delicious, healthy pizza I met up with a friend on Wednesday for delicious, greasy, unhealthy pizza. I got pepperoni, I enjoyed every bite and I didn’t feel bad about it at all. Yay for not feeling guilty for the occasional indulgence.
  2. Made plans with a friend to go running on Saturday morning in Baltimore followed by brunch. I HATE running in the morning, but I’m excited to start Saturday off early and healthy, not to mention the girl time!

That’s all for me! Enjoy your weekends, and as always share your non scale victories in the comments below!

It’s HOT But I’m Still Running!

After not getting to run at all last week I was so excited to get back into my routine this week. Yeah, you heard me right, I was excited. A year ago, I would have been excited about the week off from running, and that week off would have completely derailed my routine. In fact, I was often looking for excuses as to why I couldn’t run or workout.

“I am so behind on my TV shows! It would be irresponsible not to catch up!”

“My roommates want to get frozen yogurt? It would be rude to decline the invitation, roommate bonding time is important!”

I know I’m not the only one that has tried similar “excuses.” Don’t get me wrong, the mini running vacation was nice last week, and there was one day that I could have gone running but I chose to stay in and cook as I had run out of food. Still I missed running.

Let me repeat that: I MISSED running. I don’t think I realized how much I missed it until yesterday. Monday was rough. I went in to the run knowing it would be more of a run walk, but in case anyone in Maryland hasn’t noticed, it is HOT outside. My run walk turned into more of a walk run. I had forgotten how much the heat can affect you and I certainly hadn’t hydrated enough. Still being outside and moving is better than nothing and I didn’t let it discourage me.

Yesterday, however, was great! I didn’t reach my goal of running five miles because at 2.5 miles I felt exhausted and I was genuinely nervous about heat exhaustion. I had to sit down after my run before I stretched out. Still, I ran the entire 2.5 miles, and I’m not stressed about not getting the distance in, I have some time before my 10k on July 4th.

After my run, literally the only thing I could think about was frozen yogurt, my favorite summertime treat. So despite trying to watch my sugar intake I decided it was worth it and treated myself to some fro yo. I did forgo my usual candy toppings and stuck with just fruit. It was delicious, perfect, and cooled me right off!

Post run fro-yo selfie. It was delicious!
This is the face of someone who is excited for fro-yo!

Here’s to not letting one week off ruin a healthy lifestyle!

Non Scale Victory Friday

This was one of those weeks that felt like it would never end, and yet at the same time I can’t believe it’s already Friday! I was so busy and things just got away from me. Proof, I didn’t go running once this week. I don’t usually let this happen but from realizing on Monday I had left my only sports bra at my boyfriend’s place, to having plans after work every other night of the week there didn’t end up being time. I’m just going to tell myself the universe was trying to tell me that if I ran this week then I would have injured myself or been struck by lightning. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Enough talk! Onto the Non-Scale Victories!

  1. Stopped procrastinating and finally registered for the Baltimore Women’s Classic on June 22nd. This was the first race I ever ran and I’m super excited to do it for a second year in a row!
  2. I had to stay late at work yesterday so I could attend orientation for graduate school (How scary/exciting/nerve wracking/I forgot how to study!) and I planned ahead and packed a healthy dinner so I wouldn’t starve. I’ve developed a habit of packing lunch, but I always seem to forget to pack enough for dinner for the few moments I need it!
  3. Despite not being able to run this week I ate so healthily! Lots of fruits and vegetables. LOTS of fruits! It’s strawberry season, my favorite and they’re so sweet! The cashier at the grocery store remarked after ringing up my 2 pounds of strawberries, 16 ounces of blackberries and pint of blueberries “I would be healthy if I ate all that!”

Anyways that’s all for now! Don’t forget to share your personal NSVs below! I love reading them!

 

Non Scale Victory Friday!

It’s Non-Scale Victory Friday! I had a lot of positive things happen this week. You can find the first Non-Scale Victory Friday here, and so without further ado!

  1. I went shopping last night after my run and bought so many whole foods and then proceeded to cook most of it into healthy meals for the upcoming week. My fingers still smell like garlic this morning!
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My grocery haul for the week. So yummy!
  1. I ran the ZOOM Annapolis 10k on Saturday! I already wrote about that, but the bit thing was that I classified the race as “fun!” I was talking about it to my boyfriend after and he stopped me and said “Do you realize you’ve never described running as ‘fun’ before?” He’s right too! So yay for running being fun!
  2. My church had their annual Greek Festival this past weekend. After jet skiing I was starving so I stopped by and got some food. Once there I was craving french fries much more than usual (I think it was the salt). I bought a serving of them and enjoyed about ten, and then I stopped! I LOVE french fries, they are easily one of my favorite foods, but so unhealthy, so I try to avoid them. Still I’m so glad that I didn’t deny myself a craving, I let myself thoroughly enjoy every unhealthy bite, and then, most importantly, stopped when I’d had enough.
  3. I was so sore on Monday after running, jet skiing, and water skiing the previous Saturday, but I still managed to go for a short two mile run! After those two miles I had to stop though. My legs were so mad at me!

What were your non-scale victories this week? Share them in the comments below, and have a great weekend!

Racing, Wine, and Fun in the Sun!

It was a busy weekend! Like I mentioned in my previous post I ran the Zooma Annapolis 10k This was my first year running this race and my second 10k overall. I was nervous but definitely excited. A friend of mine had recommended the race previously this year and it didn’t take much convincing. The sell? It has great swag and free wine! Two of my favorite things and it didn’t disappoint.

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Before Zooma selfie!
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It may be early for a Saturday, but I’m ready to run!

The race went through downtown Annapolis, right by the water. It was the perfect weather and such a great course. I had been slacking on my running in the weeks prior so I was most happy that I was able to complete the course without stopping to walk. My time wasn’t anything spectacular, but I didn’t run any slower than I normally do so I was more than happy with my results.

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Post-race wine and fun!

Once I finished I enjoyed my post-race wine with friends and then got ready for some water fun! My boyfriend and I had some friends join us for jet skiing and it was just what I needed after my race. It was the perfect way to spend time with friends and welcome the start of summer!

Along with all the fun activities, I also had some very encouraging realizations throughout the day. The first was finding out that I need to go swimsuit shopping. I had brought two options to go jet skiing in and since last year both have become too big! I made do for Saturday, but I’m going to have to make my way to the store for a new swimsuit in the near future. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to shopping for one though, swimsuit shopping is like torture for me. I can’t be the only person who feels this way…

I also tried my hand at water skiing for the second time on Saturday. Last year was my first attempt. and while I enjoyed it, I was barely able to get out of the water. While I still wasn’t able to do very much in the way of actually skiing, I was able to get out of the water and ride for a half a second before crashing straight into the water extremely graceful like. More importantly, it was considerably easier to do than it had been last year! My boyfriend thinks since I’ve been working out consistently I’ve gotten stronger, which makes it easier to do and I agree. Now it’s just a matter of finding my balance, which could be hard.  If there’s one thing I’m severely lacking in, it’s balance. I’ve been known to trip and fall while standing in place. Still it’s encouraging to see my progress in ways that don’t focus on the way I look.

As exhausting as Saturday was (I woke up at 5 am and didn’t fall asleep until 11!) it was the perfect way to usher in the summer months. I can’t wait to run in even more races and hopefully by August I’ll be water skiing like a pro!