Bring it 2020. I felt great toward the end of 2019 so I'm looking forward to what I can do this year.
My main goals are to break 2 hours in the half marathon and to break 26mins in the 5K. I'm currently planning on some spring 5Ks and hope to run a fall half (possibly Myrtle Beach again).
Otherwise personally I'd like to drop the rest of the baby weight (and maybe a little more), get stronger with all my weights, and be kinder to myself. This body has done great things and I need to not be so hard on myself all the time.
I'm also hoping to pick up a hobby this year (maybe cross stitch?) we'll see how the year goes.
Happy New Year and Happy New Me!
December 14, 2019 - 3.34mi 38:44
This was also the December Oiselle meetup for the triad region. Vanessa met up with me to run with her dog Luna. The twins were with me in our double stroller... and let's just say the race was interesting haha.
So this "race" is really more of a fun run through a neighborhood to enjoy the lights. There's no real timing so my mileage and time are based off my watch. There are no corrals but runners do go first while walkers are later. There were A LOT of people. Vanessa and I both decided if we did this again we would NOT bring the kids or dog. A lot of dodging to get around people... as many of the 'runners' were actually walkers.
As for the lights- they were really cool. I think I would rather walk around the neighborhood on my own time on a different day. It was hard to enjoy them while dodging people with the stroller. Ha.
But a solid first stroller race for me. The twins seemed to enjoy themselves and watched the whole time. No crying or anything. And despite the hills I felt I ran pretty well!
It was great to see Vanessa and have company as we circled the neighborhood. So while we may skip this race next year, I'm sure we'll find something else fun to do for December fun.
November 28-30, 2019 - Raleigh and Waynesville, NC
We spent Thanksgiving day in Raleigh. First taking on a turkey trot and then enjoying time with family. The twins had fun visiting with everyone and playing with all the toys. We ate a yummy lunch (that they ate some of haha) and then headed back to Greensboro after naptime.
The next day we got up early and drove up to Waynesville for the rest of the weekend. We watched lots of football, visited Boojum, and enjoyed visiting with family.
Enjoy the photos!
November 28, 2019 - Time: 53:58
First big run with our stroller and twins in tow!
This race is pretty hilly - mostly downhill to start and then all uphill to come back. Jon volunteered to push the twins and I hung back with them to help get through the crowds. Plus I had just run Richmond so I was happy to go at a slower pace. :)
It was pretty crowded at the start but once the crowds cleared we were able to maneuver with no problem. One stop to grab a dropped water cup but otherwise we ran the whole time. We ran into my friend Brooklyn prior to race start- she just had a baby in August and was just hoping to finish with a good time- she did great! We also ran into Jon's friends Eric and Alicia while we were out on the course. They ran up behind us - guess we were easy to spot - haha.
Anyway after the uphill climb at the end we finished in a respectable 53:58. First stroller race done! And the twins didn't seem to hate it! Win.
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. :)