Category Archives: Pre-Race

I Found True GRIT in Central Park.

My family and I are in NYC on vacation.  The day we arrived we did a CrossFit workout at the Black Box.  You don’t have to do anything but show up 10 minutes early.  Thought we were doing “Barbie” but ended up doing a BUNCH of deadlifts!  Had a great workout!  Michael and this other guy(I never got his name..) were EXCELLENT instructors.  The gym was 3 floors up in an old building.  Nothing fancy, just perfect!  My afterbash was in Bryant Park with a red wine sangria.

Later, we went to Hershey.  I bought dark chocolate kisses thinking they would be healthier, but my hand keeps finding itself in my son’s reese minitures bag!!!

I found true GRIT the next morning while running with my husband in Central Park.  It made that perfect crunchy sound under my shoes with each stride I took.  I love that sound.  Running behind Stephen always sucks but the first mile didn’t suck as much since I was in CENTRAL PARK!!!  Seeing so many people out there just being healthy was a sight to see.  There are some great rolling hills.  It was a beautiful run!

A few hours later we HOOFED it from Times Square to Canal Street in Chinatown.  We took the subway back thank goodness!  Thank you Mr(s). subway inventor!!!

Heading to a Yankees game this evening and plan to consume hotdogs and beer! (All gluten free!!! yea right!)  Tomorrow, we will all do the Rugged Maniac in Brooklyn and head to Coney Island to rinse off in the ocean.  I have never been to Coney Island but I have heard mixed reviews.  Looking forward to it and a Nathan’s hotdog!

Finally, we will visit the Guggenheim and the 9/11 Memorial on our last day.

Any other suggestions????

Whatever we do, I am sure it will be fun and involve walking!

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Girls against the Boys!

So tomorrow it is going down! Where Amy’s hands part the water, Connie’s rubber meets the road, and my feet hit the pavement.  The Shelby Sprint Triathlon at Shelby City Park starts at 8am and our Girl Team “Runs in the Family!” will face the Boy Team “Waldrep to the 3rd Power!”  for the 2nd annual local triathlon.  The three generation team consists of Ben, the swimming grandson, Benny, the cycling grandfather, and Stephen, the running dad.  Last year the boys team took first with the girls in a close 2nd in the relay division.  This year Team “Are We There Yet”, with Robin, Victoria, and Missy, will add some friendly but stiff competition!

Here is a quick summary from the event website:

Shelby Sprint

The Shelby Sprint Triathlon takes place at the Shelby City Park in Shelby, NC, also known as the City of Pleasant Living. The Shelby City Park holds a fantastic outdoor 10 lane Olympic size overflow swimming pool, where participants will snake their way down the pool only swimming one direction in each lane. The transition area is located a mere 50 meters away on the front lawn of the Park, allowing excellent spectator vantage points.

The 20 kilometer ‘lollipop course’ on the bike takes participants into uptown Shelby where they immediately turn out of town onto rolling hills. The participants will then circle back and head back towards town. The 5K run portion is nearly completely flat, and is run on some of the most scenic streets in uptown Shelby, passing the Courthouse and many other 100+ year old homes. This event will definitely become an instant favorite with its beautiful outdoor pool and beautiful scenery.

 

Good luck to all who participate!

 

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Anyone can do crossfit…

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If you want to do CrossFit, you can! I know the lifting part and some of the exercises can be intimidating.  But, do you realize there are modifications for everything???  Your heart will beat as much as the next person’s.  What is stopping you?

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MUD RUN!

If you haven’t completed a mud run then you are missing out on a lot of fun. Find one near you and sign up for it with a group of friends or your family. And definitely carpool. Riding together is sooooo much fun!

Carpool!!!

I completed a 2nd mud run this past weekend with my husband, son, and a group of 10 friends. A friend told me about a groupon, so I saved about $40 per person! The run was called the Warrior Dash. It was a blast and was very similar to the Rugged Maniac race I did a couple of years ago!

Clean Warriors!

We climbed up/over/down/under/around/through so many obstacles. At one point, we were submerged to our necks in a mud pit. At the end we were face down crawling under barbed wire in 2 feet of thick mud to the finish line. The water hose party was hilarious. The Warrior Dash post race party was probably one of the best I have attended. I love how people get pumped up and dressed up for this type of race.

newlyweds before

newlyweds after

Shower time!

Checklist of what to take to a mud run:

  • 1-2 heavy duty trash bags
  • throw away running shoes
  • ball cap
  • croc sandals
  • change of clothes
  • large beach towel for “deck changing”
  • photo ID for beer garden
  • camera phone (leave in bag!)
  • good attitude

Have FUN in the MUD!

ride home..
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Course Map?….Not this a.m..

Note to self…

Look at course map before running a race.

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I needed one of these signs this morning!!!

Yep…ran a different route than the other runners this morning at the local “Race for  the Cure”..  Dodged holes running through a field with my buddy.  Two other runners followed us.  Bless their hearts!  I guess we just looked like we knew where we were going!  I love when crap like that happens!!!  Added some mileage but beautiful run!  Awesome race for a GREAT cause!

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I teach, therefore, I drink…and run.

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All independently of course.  Although, this morning while I was running the Clifford’s 5k race for abused animals, I thought that if I licked my sweaty arm that I could enjoy the previous night’s glass of cabernet again.   Pshaw…did I say, “glass”?  I meant bottle… A group of my teacher friends and I get together on Fridays at the beautiful Owl’s Eye Vineyard.  Above is a picture of the aftermath. I used to drink the night before a race and brag that it helped me run faster…sadly, it doesn’t work that way anymore.  I think I am going to stay in tonight and chill.  My body is requesting some reprieve.  Tomorrow, I may swim a little…
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Running with someone faster than you…

So, I mentioned in an earlier post to not fret the hills.  Well, now, I am giving similar advice when you have that date with “the faster girl”.  First of all, that run is going to be good for BOTH of you.  Yes, you may be pushed a little harder than usual, and that first mile may suck a little more. But, you are getting more conditioned mentally and physically by it.  You also need to realize that she is getting a recovery run that she probably needs.  Running with your “old faithful” partner is awesome. I enjoy these runs most of all. But never be intimidated by running with someone faster.   The more often you do it, the faster you will become.   And those recovery runs may turn out to be “speed work” for that faster girl.   😉

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Pre-race day at Lake Lure

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Prettiest lake I have ever seen.

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