It’s here, it’s here…

After learning six months ago that I was selected…

Today was the day for the start of my 16 week Chicago Marathon training!!

I am using a Marathon Rookie hybrid plan.  I have used this plan for the two marathons that I have ran and love that I am only running 4 days a week!!

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Goals:  Follow the plan, remain injury free, and FINISH the Chicago Marathon!!

I plan to use Sunday as a REST/RESET day.  I hope to use the day to enjoy some of the summer with family, prep my meals for the week, prepare for the upcoming training week, and NO Social Media (we’ll see how this plays out)!!

Speaking of food prep, I’ll share this week’s menu with you…

Instant Pot HB Eggs and Baked Bacon

Instant Pot Chicken Breast – The saute breast 3-4 minutes on each side, remove from pot and place on trivet, add 1 cup of water to pot, return chicken breast to pot on trivet, cook on poultry setting for 10 minutes, natural release for 5 minutes, remove from pot, let stand 10 minutes before slicing.  I use salt, pepper and whatever other seasoning I feel like adding!!

Add asparagus, broccoli, and riced cauliflower.  I also have been prepping smoothie packs for an Anti-Imflamatory Smoothie.

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I’ll check in next week with how Week 1 training went…

What are you training for??  Do you have any Instant Pot recipes to share??  What is your favorite smoothie recipe??

Trying to Play Catch-Up!!

Hello Faithful Followers, it has been THREE  months since my last post!!

No, I did not fall off the face of the Earth, but… I have been running… ALOT!!  I have been trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog, if I even want to do this blog!!!  Soooooo, here is my attempt to quickly catch up on the last 5 1/2 months (because I have not recapped any races that I’ve ran this year) and get ready to start marathon training, which by the way I plan to share along with other life happenings!!  Cuz after all, there is more to life than running!!!

January – 2 Events / 3  2 Races

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I was going to get to run a race on my Birthday…until weather happened!!  Our WDW Half Marathon was cancelled due to weather and we were able to defer to the Wind and Dine Half Marathon in November.

 

 

 

Later in the month, we went back to Louisiana to our favorite race weekend…The Louisiana Marathon.  This year we ran the Quarter Note and Half Marathon.  We also picked up our Beach to Bayou Challenge medals for completing a Gulf Coast Mississippi and Louisiana race distance!!

We love running in LA, we were able to visit with so many friends this year and hope to do so again in 2018!!

February – 3 Events / 6 Races

The first weekend of the month we took on the Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15k and RnR New Orleans!!  First up was the DBR 15k…

Then we were in the car and headed to NOLA for Sunday’s Half Marathon…

Later that month, we headed to Tampa for our second year running the Gasparilla Ultra Challenge… 15k / 5k / 13.1 / 8k!!

March – 3 Events / 3 Races

We ventured to Tennessee for the Chattanooga Half Marathon

back to Florida for Rock n’ Fly

and back to Louisiana for The Best Damn Race!!

April – 1 Event / 1 Race

It was back to Tennessee for the RnR Nashville!!

May – 2 Events / 2 Races

Slowing things down a little with the Fit2Fight 10k in Dothan, Alabama…

and the Graffiti Bridge 5k in Pensacola, Florida!!

June – 3 Events / 3 Races

Anchors Away 6k…

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ECJWC SuperHero 5k… to be run 17 June, but I want to get this posted so I’m not waiting until Saturday for pictures!!  You can see it all on my IG account!!

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The first half the year has been a whirlwind and it doesn’t look to slow down in the second half!!  We have enjoyed meeting so many fellow runners during our travels and hope to continue to meet so many more this fall/winter!!   Chicago Marathon training starts next week and …

A Vegas Wedding in July!!!

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Join me for a Run to Margaritaville …

Join me for the 2nd Annual Run to Margaritaville Pensacola Beach on October 29, 2017 and run along the Gulf Coast.  Use code FINSUP5 durning registration.

You can read my recap of the Inaugural running of Run to Margaitaville Pensacola Beach here.

 

 

Disney didn’t cancel my birthday!!

Sometime back in 2016, the BF gifted me with a WDW Half Marathon registration since it fell on my birthday. Fast forward to January 2017 and we’re headed to Walt Disney World!! It looks to be all set for a great weekend with my two favorite guys, my son and the BF!!

On our drive we were greeted with a gorgeous sunrise and later a stop for cawfee.

After a little over 5 hour drive, we arrive…

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Its’s straight to the Expo and Runner Relations!! A few weeks prior, I was unable to sign my waiver and after calling runDisney they said to go to Runner Relations and they would take care of the error…I was not alone, apparently around 200 other runners had the same issue.

We find Runner Relations…AND the line, for us, 1.5 hr wait!! Once we were able to speak to a volunteer, she was able to fix the system that would allow me to have a waiver to sign. The system had 2 Rick Delahayas, the only difference between the 2 was the shirt size!! The volunteer updated my information and said we were good to go to get our bibs.

Soooo, I find my bib number in the book and it is assigned to Rick Delahaya!! I asked that volunteer if that meant MY name wasn’t on the bib which confused her and led me to explain what happened with my waiver. She handed me my bib and it had Rick’s name on it…come on it’s my BIRTHDAY race!! Then it has corral P on the bib!! We had submitted a 2:30 projected finish time and apparently this was included in the mess up with the waiver. That volunteer directed me back to Runner Relations for corral issues!!

Back to Runner Relations for another 1 hr wait to find out that it doesn’t matter if you submit a time for corral assignment, they can exercise the right to put you wherever they want…touché!! This volunteer told the BF that it was basically his fault, that he should’ve had not registered me, things get messed up when you do that. This was not what I had expected and caught me completely off guard, I was a little upset that my bib didn’t have my name on it AND that we would now start in the last corral…this would not be the last disappointment for this race.

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We walked through the expo in disappointment and really didn’t look at much. We did end up with a t-shirt, a hat and a few GU. We grabbed a cup of pretzel bite to hold us over til dinner and we were off to check into our room.

 

 

 

 

Dinner was a Raglan Road in Disney Springs. This is a favorite place when in Orlando, we’ve never had a bad meal.

While at dinner we had received a weather alert from runDisney, they were monitoring a system that was pushing through from the west. Shortly, after the first alert we received the RACE CANCELLED alert, potential for lightning in the area…WAAA!! WAAA!! And there it is, the triple header of my weekend. I was just getting over the disappointment from the Expo over a bowl of bread pudding when finding out I wouldn’t be running at all hits me…

On to Saturday morning…

We slept in til around 6:30, since there was no 2:30a wake-up call…plus, it’s my BIRTHDAY!! Of course we looked out the windows and could see that it had rained, but currently there was no adverse weather to be seen. We decided to put on the runners and get a few miles in before going to breakfast and then the parks!!

Our first 5 miles were pretty uneventful. We would pass and wave at several groups putting in their miles since they were doing either Dopey or Goofy. During our last two miles the sky turned black, the wind picked up and the clouds emptied out on us!! We took cover in a parking garage and after thinking it was all clear, we ended up under cover at a shuttle bus stop. Once the rain let up, we made it back to the room having put in around 6.5 miles. That was enough for me…I wanted to celebrate my BIRTHDAY!!

We started at WDW Magic Kingdom and went straight for the Nutella Waffle!! The Boy got something else, but was eyeing my waffle!! We rode a few rides, ate more park food, spoke to Mary Poppins about her Penguins, and then headed to Epcot!!

 

 

We had a FastPass+ for Soarin’ and it was delightful!! They have updated the scenes to iconic places around the world…LOVED IT!! Of course we had cawfee, it was quite chilly and headed to the World Showcase for dinner at Tutto Italia Ristorante in Italy.

 

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After dinner the plan was to head back to Magic Kingdom for the fireworks, but we were chilled to the bone and just ready to get warm.  Did I mention that with the weather that had moved through, it brought a cold front and our thin Florida jackets were no match for the wind and cold!!  So it was back to the room to warm up and plan for tomorrow!!

On Sunday THEY ride Everest…

It was a 10 o’clock show for us at Animal Kingdom for our last day at Disney.  We were able to see and cheer for some of the runners passing through the park, mile 13 was just outside of Everest… Go Runner Go!!  The Boy and the BF rode the coaster twice…once in the middle car (you can see the NIKE swoosh) and once in the FRONT car!!

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We made a loop around the park and got our candied pecans and headed for the car for the drive home…

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In the weeks to come we emailed and phoned disney several times.  We finally received a link that allowed us to transfer to the WDW Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November.

However…still no medal in the mail!!!  When/If we receive our medals we will run 13.1 miles with our Disney bibs and proudly display our medal!!

The Best of 2016…in running!!

In random order…

Louisiana Marathon – This was my second marathon and although I didn’t verbalize a goal for this race, I had one in my head!!  I mainly wanted to get through this one without any injury issues.  In 2015, I started having hip/knee issues around mile 18 that caused me to walk run until around mile 24 when the advil that someone at an aid tent gave me kicked in.

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Anyway, back to 2016…We were trucking along and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that we may make it in under 5 hrs, that would be a little over 13 minute PR from 2015.  Well, Ricky G. started having foot issues around mile 22 and at mile 24 we watched the 5:00 hr pacer pace us like we were standing still.  But that was okay, we were still doing better than 2015, so much so that we stopped and took all sorts of photos before entering the finishing chute and…and official finish time of 5:00:03!!!  If I wouldn’t have had to have one more photo with the capital in the background, we could’ve been sub 5 hr!!

 

Oh well, should’ve, could’ve, would’ve!!  We still had fun and I had a PR!!

Read about it here…

And here…

Gasparilla – This had been a few years coming and I loved, loved, loved it!!  4 races…2 days…30.4 miles…5 medals!!

I loved that there were 14k+ in the 5k, actually a little frustrating because there was no break away unless you were a seeded runner.

The medal from the Half and the Challenge are my favs!!  Come on, Pirate Skulls!!

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Read about our weekend here…

And Part 2 here…

Checker tail – This was a last minute add to the April calendar, but it was in my backyard so it was a must do!!  Not to mention, I kind of like these challenges!!

Taking place on Tyndall AFB, the challenge offered a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon over 3 days…you pick your poison!!  I loved that this race was a non travel race, an early morning maybe, but it was a 15 minute drive from my house!!

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Read about it here…

Amish Country – This was my overall FAVORITE race of 2016!! Not only was it in my home state of Ohio, but my family would be at the start and finish, plus the race swag was like no other!!

There were hills for days, but the course was gorgeous and the support was fabulous!!

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Read about it here…

MS Gulf Coast – This was out last race for 2016 and it did not disappoint!!  It was the inaugural year, but the race directors also put on The Louisiana Marathon (see above) and they know how to put on a race!!

This run is no kidding along the MS Gulf Coast until about mile 11, then you get to see a little bit of the back streets.  We had so much fun meeting up with IG runners/friends, running and hanging out that we didn’t want this weekend to end.

Plus we wore really cool hats!!!

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Read about it here…

Maybe you’ll find a recap or two to add to your 2017 race calendar??!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

MS Gulf Coast Half Marathon

Well, I’ve waited long enough and don’t want the last race of 2016 hanging over me as I start 2017…

First off, we had been watching this race since registration opened back in March, but we we had already scheduled a race for December and were actually ambassadors for said race when it suddenly cancelled in September due to low registration??!!  Ummmm, whatever, okay that just opened December up and guess what we did??  Registered for the MS Gulf Coast Half Marathon in Biloxi, MS.

Bonus…this race was being run by the same people that put on the Louisiana Marathon and since we keep going back for that one, this had to be a great race!!  And since we’ll be running The Half at the Louisiana Marathon, we’ll get the Saaa-Weeeet extra Beach-to-Bayou medal!!!  Winning!!

We headed towards Biloxi on Saturday morning, looking to make packet pick up around noon.  We made the expo and bought a few momentos to remind of our travels…trucker hat, cawfee mug and a charm!!

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As we were strolling the isles collecting all the info on all the races to run, I got a text from Tricia asking if there was food at the expo!!  There wasn’t but they were on their way and we were going to grab lunch together!! I had met Tricia the week prior at the Panama City Beach Half Marathon and I was looking forward to spending more time with her.

Well, of all places we ate at Raising Cane’s!!  I usually don’t have to eat at Cane’s until our trip to Baton Rouge, but guess what…there was one in Mississippi!!  I must say we hit it off with Tricia and her husband, Greg.  It was like we had known each other for YEARS!!  It amazes me how following someone on Instagram can lead to great conversations and friendships.

After lunch we headed to check in at our hotel, the Beau Rivage!!  It was all fancy and stuff, decked out for the holidays.

We spent some time checking out the rest of the place too…

And then a sunset before dinner…

Dinner was with Valerie and her family… We had just ran the Pensacola Half Marathon together, so it was going to be nice getting to chat with her again so soon!!

Now, it’s what you all have been waiting for…RACE DAY!!!  

We were posing’ and picturing’ all over the lobby before heading to the conventions center to catch our shuttle to the start line!!

I texted our girl Erica as we were headed out and crazy enough we found her in the convention center parking lot.  I started calling out her name when I got out of the car and…she answered!!  We hugged, chatted and boarded the bus for the start line around 6a.

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It was a chilly 39 degrees at race start and we were loving our mylar blankets, however we had to ditch them as we moved to the start line. We got to meet up with everyone (Tricia and Valerie said they found us by our antlers!!) before we all ran our own race and would meet up at the finish!!

The run was ALL along the beach!!! It was pretty much a straight run down until around mile 11.  And yes, we took a picture with the Mississippi sign…ICONIC!!

We ran a little more and ran into our IG friend Jonathan around mile 4.  He is a Half Fanatic and he is chasing the Sun!!  Good Luck Jonathan!!  I don’t even know where I’m at in Half Fanatics, I know my number is 7708!!  Of course a mile 5 shot and then…the tooth incident!!  If you follow us on IG, you know about the tooth…if not…here you go… The Shark shot was about mile 9 and we were ready for fresh gum, I go a packin’.  Well, it was a little hard from the cold temps and when Ricky G bit down on it he had a CROWN fall out (I have a picture!!)  It took a minute and a few cuss words but we worked through it and as you can see below…mile 10!!!

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Not long after mile 10 they took us off of Hwy 90 and put us on a less travelled road to get us to the stadium.  Apparently, we were ready to be done because I can’t find any pictures from these few miles.  I remember passing by a cemetery, the guy in the crazy suit at the hydration station, the shuttle buses lined up to shuttle runners back to the convention center, AND…that turn taking us away from the stadium and out about a half mile to turn us around and bring us to the finish!!  It was great hearing the announcer and the cheers, then it all faded as made a left turn, but…after that turn around we were headed back to those cheers and  a finish line!!  And how special to have someone capture us waving to our  FANS!!!  Actually, we spotted our beloved InstaFam and was happy to see them.

Medals in hand, we were off to hang with everyone for a little while before heading out.

And what about the FREE race pictures…

and the Medal Monday shot…

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We totally enjoyed this run, however…next year we will Uber to the start shuttles instead of trying to fight the traffic with the lane closures for the runners to fetch the car and get back before check out!!

Next up…WDW Half Marathon in January 2017!!