November 23, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Our November meetup took place in downtown Greensboro at the Greensboro Half Marathon. Vanessa was running the 5K, Hannah was in town from Charlotte running the half, and Rachel and I were out with our cowbells as the cheer squad.
Vanessa rocked the 5K and we saw Hannah twice crushing the half before it started raining. Rachel and I got our cheer on and cowbelled hard for these ladies but then hit the road once the weather turned. It was a fun morning supporting our teammates and all the other runners out there getting it done. Maybe next year I'll sign up for the race!
Fun times as always- looking forward to our next get together!
November 15-17, 2019 - Richmond, VA
I decided to take the train up to Richmond for my half marathon as the twins car needed to stay with them and I didn't feel confident driving Jon's car up, plus timing wise it was just the best option. I had originally booked an AirBNB for myself but then a few weeks ago JJ decided to come join me for the weekend and registered herself for the 8K.
So Friday morning dawned and Jon's dad brought me to the train station. It's been a minute since I've ridden Amtrak so I wasn't sure how it was going to go. But it was fine- I was able to eat my packed lunch with no issue, worked on my computer the entire time, and relaxed as we slowly crept up from Greensboro to Richmond. I had some interesting neighbors but it was fairly uneventful.
I arrived around 2pm to the Richmond suburbs station and thankfully Wynsor was there to pick me up. First stop was to the expo to grab bibs, t-shirts, and see if there was anything else good to get. It was kind of a disappointment. I really wish they had had more of my favorite vendors... but hey at least it kept me from spending any money. Afterwards we headed back downtown so I could check in to my place. It was super cute, pretty random, but cute. It was a small restored carriage house where they rent out the back unit onto airBnB. I dropped off my stuff and we headed to pick up Wynsor's other friends and meet another person out in the suburbs at the Hardywood Brewery. It was beautiful and as much as I wanted a drink, I had told myself to wait until after the race- it was for either celebrations or drowing sorrows. haha.
Afterwards we drove back into the city and they dropped me off at the Oiselle pizza dinner. I caught up with some of the birds I hadn't seen in awhile, and met others, and ate all the delicious thin crust pizza. Conveniently JJ got to town right as I was finishing up and was able to grab me before we headed back our weekend place. Got all unloaded, took my flat runner picture, and then headed to sleep.
Race morning dawned early, ate my usual race morning food, stretched and foam rolled, and got dressed for the day. Full recap coming tomorrow. Afterwards I celebrated in style with a PR bell ring, a Sierra Nevada beer, and all the food. Also it was freezing so my finisher's blanket came in handy. JJ had come back to meet me at the finish after her 8K so we stumbled back up to our place so I could shower and get warm. Then we went around the corner for brunch/lunch at Parette. It was delightful. I had a mimosa (yay celebrations!) and JJ and I caught up on all the things. We went back to our place for a hot minute before walking to the Oiselle Happy Hour about a mile away. Silly me forgot to pack a coat so it was a little brisk but I made it. Of course a couple of beers later and the walk back was just fine :) We hung out with Wynsor and her buddies at the happy hour. It was a lot of fun.
For dinner that night we had a reservation at Tarrant's Cafe. We both ate our weight in pasta and I had one final celebratory beer. Then back to our place to pass out for the night.
Sunday morning we got to sleep in! I haven't slept in IN AGES. It was so nice. We tidied up the place, showered, packed up our stuff and then headed to Perly's around the corner for lunch. We ate AMAZING potato latkes and then I had a huge breakfast sammy. It was delightful. After lunch we officially checked out, and with some time to kill before my train home, headed to the Virginia Fine Arts Musuem. A little bit of culture on our primarily running filled weekend.
Great time had by all! Thanks for a fun weekend Richmond!
November 16, 2019 - Richmond, VA TIME: 2:05:58
Oh man this was such a long time coming. I set my PR for the Half Marathon in 2013. I had trained hard for Disney and then got chewed up for the heat that year, so about 2 months later I tried another half- Nike Women's and crushed it.
Since that day I have tried many times and failed to beat it. In 2017 I trained smartly all winter and spring - but then pulled something in my hip during my spring 5K. I PR'd that race and went on to PR my 10 miler the following weekend. But after that I was hard-cord injured and had to defer my late spring half. Months of PT later, I was finally cleared to run and then BOOM pregnant with twins. Soooooo I have been waiting for this day for a long time.
After the twins were born I started working with Becki Spellman. First to rebuild my core, and then next to train smartly. She got me to a point where I was able to complete my deferred half last October. I did intervals and was so proud of completion 7 months after twins. Then she stuck with me all winter/spring when I was just not into running and my body was NOT cooperating. This past summer she asked me if I was going for any fall races and I told her I was considering Richmond. She made me feel like it was possible. So I registered and committed myself to going all in on training.
I have never had a more successful training cycle than for this race. I worked hard on my speed sessions, took my runs easy when necessary, and lifted weights and did core like never before. I went all in.
And FINALLY FINALLY I did it. I bested that time from 2013 but more than that I proved to myself I could do it. I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
So race recap.
My plan going in was to attempt a sub 2 knowing that I would also be happy if I beat my PR. I started with the 2 hour pacer and hung on as long as I could before settling back in a hard but comfortable place. I took my GU around 4.5mi, drank some water and settled in. I was feeling good until about the park when I started having some issues with numbness in my toes. I slowed back a little and tried to curl them as I ran. Then we hit some decent hills that my body just did not want to go over. My slowest miles were here: 10:20, 10:05. Once we got out of the park, I was continuing to curl my toes from time to time to keep them going but we had some decent downhills so I just kept trying to pick up my speed. I took another GU around 9 miles, more water, and told myself to buckle in until the end. From there I counted down each mile, focusing on the one I was in and completing it just a little faster than the last. I'm pretty sure I had a progression run on the back half of the course. I realized about 2 miles away that if I could just keep going I was going to PR. I teared up a little thinking about how much work I put in and how it was finally paying off.
I sprinted downhill toward the finish, careful not to fall because the steepness is real y'all and finally claimed my new PR of 2:05:58. SO FREAKING HAPPY.
October 31 and November 1, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Halloween ended up being super stormy at night so our neighborhood opted for trick or treating on Friday instead. But earlier in the day I took the twins to Halloween storytime at our local library. We dressed up in our lion costumes and made it there just in time. They got to play with some pumpkins, sing some songs, and listen to some stories. Definitely a fun morning!
Trick or treating the following day was hilarious. At first they didn't understand what to do, and then they tried trading candy, and then they got really upset when it was over and we took away the candy. But boy were the really cute lions! <RAWR>
October 26, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Boy oh boy was this entertaining!
We have a local place called Pigtails and Crewcuts that I had heard good things for first haircuts. They have a little package you can get- with a photo, keychain, and lock of hair. So we showed up on Saturday morning hoping to squeeze in before lunch.
At first the twins were like cool this place has a train set to play with! But once they were seated in their respective car chairs all bets were off.
Luke went first, grabbed the steering wheel, and held on for dear life. Not coming close to cracking a smile the entire time. It was really pretty funny. No tears and he sat completely still but would not smile AT ALL. But the mullet is gone and we barely recognize him.
Graham was next, also concerned, would not grab the wheel but also wouldn't smile. He didn't cry but their were times I thought he might. He sat perfectly still though.
They both did great! And have cut cleaned up haircuts to prove it. :)
October 23, 2019 - Raleigh, NC
First trip to the State Fair! It had been many, many years since I've been to the fair, but we rolled up with my parents and had a blast. We went early in the morning to maximize time there before the crowds.
We bundled up, and did lots of walking around before the rides started up at 10. We had all kinds of treats. The twins were big fans of fudge, cotton candy, hush puppies, you name it. We rode the carousel, big slide, wiggle worm, and mini ferris wheel. Graham loved every ride while Luke was skeptical of each and every one. He basically refused to smile the whole time ha. We walked around the farm exhibits, and the twins loved just walking around and being outside of the stroller.
We stopped for lunch and got some BBQ sandwiches. They loved the fries, while G loved the slaw and L loved the actual bbq. Then I grabbed my last treat- some deep fried oreos- which they liked but had a hard time biting. And we made our way toward the exit. Our last stop was for ice cream. They LOVED the ice cream.
It was a fun first trip to the fair for the twins! Can't wait for next year when they are taller and can ride more rides. :)
October 19, 2019 - Whitsett, NC
After last month's meetup was running based, we decided to make October more of a social affair. We were slightly thwarted by hours changing at the last minute BUT we still had fun at Red Oak Brewery out in Whitsett.
Rachel and I caught up for a bit, and then my neighbor Jen joined us as well. Always a good time talking running and life with my bird ladies.
Our November meetup will be running based with the Greensboro Half weekend- hoping to get a few more people this time around!
October 12, 2019 - Winston-Salem, NC
There are SO many fall festivals/pumpkin farms in the triad that we had a lot to choose from for this year's pumpkin patch adventure. The twins are still pretty young to do anything really at these places so I was so excited to find a free pumpkin farm over in Winston-Salem. (A Oiselle friend from the area clued me in and I'm so glad!).
Hawk's Pumpkin Patch was perfect for us. It was free! You were able to walk around the pumpkins, pick out which one you'd like and pay on the way out. They also had various kinds of flowers, as well as, apples and some decor and treats. The twins absolutely loved it. The ran around and around the pumpkins, not wanting to stop, (or have their picture taken)
There were also little wagons and a tractor that they were particularly interested in. Especially when Jon pulled them around and around. We had a blast and were in and out in under an hour... and did I mention FREE? So great. Thanks Hawk's- we will be back!
September 21, 2019 - Winston-Salem, NC
Rachel and I met up in August to plan out some fun fall events for the Triad NC Volee. A lot of folks live in the triangle area so we're trying to get more people out at our triad events!
First one was at Salem Lake. We met up to do our long runs around the lake. I arrived early to do a loop (7mi) before our meetup since I had 12 to do for the day. Once everyone got together I did another 5 on the heels of some of the fasties in our group! After we all finished up, a few of us headed over to Famous Toastery to grab brunch. Was nice to catch up and meet some other ladies in our area.
Looking forward to October's meetup!
August 30-September 2, 2019 - Waynesville, NC
We drove up to the mountains to see Jon's family for the long weekend. Went for runs/walks at the lake, cooked out on the back deck, had a good time! The twins really liked swinging and running around on the deck. They also got to go to church and played with all the bulletins and hymnals. ha.
And finally the got to apple pick! They didn't know what to make of it but did show off their apples! Always a good time!!