What’s up Wednesday?

March 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Happy Birthday Chad! Now we’re in that sweet spot that occurs every year when he is older than me for two months. He’s an old man of 44 now and I’m the hot young trophy wife of 43. Sweet.

I mentioned in my post about our awesome busy weekend that I intended to run 10 miles Saturday morning but ended up being too hung over all day to get it done. Then on Sunday we had morning and afternoon events, so my weekend long run never happened. My “training” for the Sarasota Half Marathon on Sunday has been ludicrous to non-existent. I’ve done a couple double digit runs every other weekend recently.

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(10 miles in Folly Beach on February 16th)

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I’ve also done just a few shorter runs thrown in during the week in between.

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(5 miles over the Misener Bridge on February 20th with some IRunMommies friends)

But some weeks I didn’t do any shorter runs, and doing double digits every other week with nothing in between is not on any recommended half marathon training plan that I’ve ever seen. So I really wanted to get in one last long run before the half marathon next Sunday. Monday morning was gorgeous so after getting the boys off to school I took off intending to do those 10 miles.

One mile in at the St. Raphael’s bridge:

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I actually ran the whole way up to this point (about 1.3 miles actually), which is probably the furthest I’ve run with no walking while “training” for this half marathon. I know I should have done more runs, but I’ve also been worried about stressing out my hip and causing the inflammation to return that caused me so many problems over the past year. I haven’t been following the Whole30 way of eating AT ALL the past few weeks, so I don’t have that going for me either. But luckily with what little running I have been doing, even the weekend warrior double digit runs, my hip hasn’t been in any more pain than the rest of me.

At the Coffee Pot Bayou bridge, about 3 miles in.

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After the first few miles the rest of the run was totally run/walk. I really wanted to try to keep my overall average pace under 15 minutes/mile. The cut-off at Sarasota is four hours, which is an average 18 minute/mile pace.

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As I was running through Vinoy Park I passed the Baby Boot Camp: St. Petersburgers doing their Totally Awesome 80’s workout. Always fun to see friends on a run.

babybootcamp(photo stolen from the Baby Boot Camp: St. Petersburg Facebook page)

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After the loop around Vinoy Park I headed back towards home, stretching it out a bit along Brightwaters through Snell Isle.

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The last few miles were complete torture and my pace got slower and slower with every mile, but I still kept my average under 15 minutes, so I’m hopeful that I won’t get picked up by the SAG wagon in Sarasota.


I was (lovingly) chastised on Twitter by a running coach friend for doing a double digit run so close to race date. I realize this is not ideal. But I’m not really “running” this half marathon. I just want to complete it as my LAST half mary hurrah. I needed to get this distance in one more time just to assuage my anxiety about being able to complete the half within the allowed time. Now I’m fairly confident that I’ll be fine.

Monday night I met up with a few of my Tampa Bay Lady Blogger friends for our quasi-monthly (sort of bi-monthly, or whenever we can get it arranged) book club meeting. This time we read the classic Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. We met up for a quick dinner at Chipotle beforehand and talked about the book a little, then went to the movies to see Oz, the Great and Powerful.

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Rachel of Runners Tales, and me)

I really enjoyed the book. It has many different characters and adventures than appear in the familiar Judy Garland Wizard of Oz movie. Just the novelty of the differences makes it an interesting read. It also has a very “period” feel to me which was cool. Apparently it contains tons of contemporaneous political allegory, but I haven’t done the research. It’s a quick read and Chad is reading it to the boys right now. It’s a free download on Kindle! I’d recommend it if you have never read it. I hadn’t until now.

Overall I thought the movie was pretty good. I can’t resist James Franco’s shit-eating grin. Visually the movie is stunning. It definitely dragged in a few spots and the storyline isn’t the most seamless or compelling ever, but I didn’t hate it. The 3D was awesome, in my opinion. The best part of the evening was hanging out with my friends, though. I never fail to have a good time when I’m with my blogger buddies.

So what else has gone on this week so far?

Here’s a breakfast photo for you…I think this was yesterday.

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I have been trying to limit grains, but I caved in and had whole wheat toast yesterday. Oh well.

Bodypump yesterday:

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Lunch at school with Mack yesterday:

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Actually it was with Mack and some meal worms.

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I didn’t have to volunteer yesterday because Mack had a substitute teacher. But here’s my OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day) anyway:

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Zero effort. Gray jeans, black t-shirt, no make up, hair in pony tail. Mack didn’t care.

One of the reasons that I ended up eating toast for breakfast yesterday was because I didn’t have any carby root vegetables prepared. So I roasted some beets yesterday afternoon.

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I also made potato/leek soup in the crockpot yesterday using this recipe.

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It turned out pretty tasty and we have leftovers for this week plus some to freeze. The boys really liked it.

Last night I went to Restore the Core with Christie of Karna Fitness. This session is in a new location indoors downtown.

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Christie is amazing.

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We planked and bridged and squeezed those balls between all of our limbs for fifty minutes. It’s an amazing class.

Beets for breakfast this morning!

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I was going to go to a new-to-me yoga studio this morning for a 90-minute “yoga sculpt” class, but it was canceled.

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I bought a package of classes during a Cyber Monday deal there that I need to use!

Okay, caught up. Sort of.

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Birthday Bash and Beach Beast

October 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Saturday afternoon I went to a great birthday party for my friend Kimi. Can you guess how old she is?


It was a great party because they had one of these amazing machines…


and because tons of my IRunMommies friends were there.



Kimi is a wonderful, sweet, hilarious person…


and judging from the hundreds (only a slight exaggeration, seriously) of friends who wanted to chip in for some group gift cards…


everybody loves Kimi. Thanks for inviting me to your birthday party Kimi!

On Sunday I faced the beast. The Beach Beast, that is, at the Tradewinds resort on St. Pete Beach.



I got four free passes for this event, thanks to Yelp, so I invited three of my friends to do it with me. Yelp had a booth at the event, so we said, “Hello!” to my Yelp Tampa Bay friends…


and covered ourselves with Yelp stickers to represent.


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Tisha and Nikki are IRunMommies and we also ran into another IRunMommy friend, Dawn, who works for Fit2Run and had been manning their both on Saturday. On Sunday, she and her husband were doing the obstacle run.


It was super hot out there and we were in the very last wave of the two-day event, at 11:30 a.m. We sort of parked ourselves by the water coolers and concentrated on hydrating before our wave started. We heard that there was no water on the course. We also watched the previous wave coming in from the run and scrambling over the final obstacle:


Chad and the boys arrived before the start, and Chad took this picture of somebody doing the jetpack thing that the Tradewinds offers.



The boys want to try that so badly, but you have to be 18 years old.

Finally it was our turn to start. At the very beginning of the race there were just some over/under hurdle obstacles:



Here’s Cal urging us on at the beginning of the run:


Then it was tons of soft sand running (running/walking for me):


The soft sand was brutal to me. I am totally out of shape for running at all, but the soft sand just makes it so much harder. All of the three miles of the race were at the very beginning. We ran south on the beach until we came to a guy in an orange vest, then we turned around and ran north on the beach until we hit the jetties where they are doing beach replenishment at Upham Beach. I totally cut off the corners at both ends. My friends were way ahead of me and I was dying, so when my friends turned around and caught back up to me, I just turned around and stuck with them for a while. Yes, I cheated. Whatever. I was DYING. It was so hot. If they had had water at the turn-arounds, maybe I would have gone all the way to the ends. Whatever. I was doing this for fun people! That’s really the only reason I do anything.

While I was running the boys went swimming at the Tradewinds.


It was so hot on the beach that I think it would have had to be measured in Kelvin units. Even some of my hard-core friends like Dawn and Caricia were walking.


Chad was out there with the boys and got these of me “running”…




I am smiling because I only started running for the camera after I saw him. I definitely walked more than I ran.


Margarita, on the other hand, was doing great on the run and she passed me really early on her way back into the obstacle course.


Close behind her was Tisha…


And then I joined Nikki when she got back to me.


The first part of the race was all the running, the last part was all the obstacles. After doing 5K in the grueling heat, the obstacles seemed insurmountable to me. Chad staked out the first obstacle and got some great shots of Margarita getting over it.



He missed Tisha, but then got Nikki and me approaching the first obstacle…


where both boys met us to give us tips on how to get over the thing after watching tons of people do it.


Nikki did it!



I gave it a try, but after sliding back down the front of the sandy, splintering wood on my forearms, I bailed and walked around. I felt like a total wuss, I promise. Weak ass. The second obstacle was exactly the same and I didn’t even try it.

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Next up were these ladder boxes, where Cal joined into the course.



Various other obstacles (there were a bunch not shown here)…


Me, feeling like I could collapse at any second:







Finally we were at that very last row of vertical walls. This is Nikki and me conferring about the tallest obstacle before we attempted it:


Nikki had no problem.


I had a little boost.




I was really nervous about falling on the way back down.


Finally, the last set of vertical walls. I made it over the first two on my own…


And then I was DONE. I leaned on the next wall trying to regain my senses for a couple of minutes, and just knew I didn’t want to scale those last walls. They should do this race in the winter. I’m just not tough enough for Beach Beast at noon in the summer. But they gave me a medal anyway!


Thanks to Nikki, Margarita, and Tisha for doing Beach Beast with me, and special thanks to Nikki for giving me a ride out to the beach. Thanks to YelpTampaBay for the free entries.


Thanks to my boys for cheering me on and being proud of me even if I didn’t make it over every obstacle.


Thanks to Chad for bringing the boys out to the beach to spectate and for taking lots of great pictures.


I enjoyed Beach Beast, even though it was too tough for me. I definitely think I enjoy the natural adventure runs more than these man-made obstacles (I like when water is involved), and I just have a total phobia of trying to haul my body over a smooth vertical wall. I am not happy about strangers having to boost me (or touch me, pretty much ever). But give me some mud or roots to grab onto and I can get over it.

After we were all done I left with Chad and the boys and we went to Ted Peters Smokehouse for lunch.


Ted Peters is sort of a St. Pete institution.



I got the smoked Mahi lunch plate.


Always delicious, and their smoked fish spread is amazing. We got a pint to bring home and I had it on crackers for lunch today.



I was exhausted all afternoon yesterday. Every joint from my hips down hurt and I’m guessing it was from the sand running/walking. I don’t think I would do another beach race this early in the season. It’s still the dead of summer here, really. It doesn’t cool off at night. It’s 85 degrees after the sun goes down. I was pretty miserable the entire time on the course and was definitely not in good enough shape for it, but I’d still say I had fun. It’s the curse of race/event addiction. You just never get enough. I’ll probably do another one some time. Somebody stop me, please.