That time I ran my first 50k!

On July 20, 2014 I turned 32 years old. What’s the best way to celebrate a birthday? Running a 50k trail race and becoming an ultra runner. :-)

Jeanette (my partner in crime) and I decided that since we were already trained for the marathon distance, we might as well go to the next step and try a 50k. FYI: trail running is so beautiful but very different from road running. Our pace is significantly slower on the trails and our goal for this race was simply to finish.
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My alarm went off at 3:20 am and it was a little rough getting out of my nice warm bed when the rest of the world was sound asleep. I hit up the local gas station for some much needed caffeine and drove to Jeanette’s house. We then drove an hour to Upper Marlboro, MD to run the Rosaryville 50k. It was a beautiful morning…way cooler than our usual late July temperatures.

The before picture. Frank and Meg joined in on the fun and rocked the 10 miler.

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The 50k was three 10 mile loops and the course was great. It was fun to run in a new place and challenge my body in a way it had never been challenged before.

The Ups and the Downs:

1. The scenery was beautiful.

2. The first 10 miles felt SO LONG and I got really scared that I wouldn’t be able to finish.

3. Animal crackers are my new favorite “fuel”. Stauffer’s brand all the way.

4. The volunteers were awesome and the aid stations were stocked with supplies and food. They were so nice and refilled our water bottles at each stop.

5. Jeanette is an awesome running partner and she keeps me going when I want to stop.

6. Jeanette had an entire aid station sing me happy birthday as I ran in. I really needed a pick me up and it made my day. :-)

7. I fell 3 times… Fall #1: not too bad, just some dirt. Fall #2: bad, so bad, blood, bruises, confidence crushed. Fall #3: rubbed more dirt in my wounds and my right knee was screaming.

8. At around mile 25 I took a cup of what I thought was Gatorade and chugged it. It tasted so wonderful and sugary…because it was Mountain Dew. I loved it.

9. Once Jeanette saw that we could make it under 6 hours, she made it our mission.

10. We finished in 5:55:06 and it felt amazing to be done.

Will we do another one? We might just have one planned for November. :-)

The medal!

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Happy, pretty dry, and still clean after loop 1. :-)

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Before and after pictures.

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Dirty, bloody, bruised, and patched up with Sesame Street Bandaids. :-)

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I spent the rest of my bday heading on vacation, eating McDonalds fries, and enjoying a huge Dairy Queen blizzard. :-)

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50k, we will see you again soon!

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Three things…

1. I’m running my first 50k tomorrow! Here’s hoping to becoming an Ultra runner tomorrow!

2. I had my first Stitch Fix today and I LOVED everything!

3. I’m turning 32 tomorrow (Sunday)!

See you from the finish line!

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If only we didn’t need to sleep.

Vampires (hello Bella and Edward) must get so much done. I LOVE to sleep, but it just seems that life would be easier if our bodies didn’t require so much. My ideal amount of sleep would be 7-8 solid hours…actual amount of sleep 5. Lame sauce. I hope you all are getting enough rest!

My schedule has changed recently and due to a full time job, a long commute, a very active 1 1/2 year old, and solo parenting for most nights of the week…I don’t really have the time I would like to be able to talk to you guys. I hope to get back to regular posting soon!

Here’s what’s happening:

1. Lots of running last weekend…28.5 miles total. 4.5 miles of track work, 10 miles of flat easy running, 14 miles of sweat drenched humid couldn’t be hotter trail miles.

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Our 50k race and my 32nd bday are just days away now!!!

2. Lots of hanging with my favorite girl. :-)

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3. Justin Timberlake concert = so amazing.

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4. 2 more work days until vacation!

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How much sleep do you get each night?

What’s been going on in your life?

Do you have a vacation coming up? Just go on one?

Fun Things Friday!

Happy Friday!!!

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1. It’s only 9 days until my birthday…and my 50k race.

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2. It’s only one week until our family beach vacation. Throwback to July 2013. :-)

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3. Marathon training…again. I really hope I can pull off a BQ in September!

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4. Fresh fruit! I am in LOVE with strawberries. When I was little, my family went to Sizzler on Easter and I would get plates full of just strawberries. Not sure why or how I remember this…

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5. It’s 7-11, so make sure to get your free Slurpee. We don’t have 7-11s where I live…anybody else in the same boat? It’s also “dress like a cow” for a free meal day at Chic Fil A.

Tell me something fun about your Friday!

Slurpee or milkshake?

3 words per picture!

Happy Birthday Marissa!

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Kelly loves steak!

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Ruth Chris Steakhouse

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4th of July!

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Friendly Farms Restaurant!

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Fun pool day!

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Annabelle loves Grandses!

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Working the camera. :-)

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Reading is fun!

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Hot tempo run.

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19 trail miles (3:45 minutes=TOUGH)

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I love dessert!

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Best part of your 4th of July weekend?

Did you dress yourself/kids/dog/husband in patriotic clothing for the 4th?

Fun Things Friday!

TGIF!

1. One of my BFFs (she was my college roommate, Go Tigers!) had her first baby last weekend and I am meeting him this afternoon!

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2. We are having dinner (pizza night!) at another one of my BFFs (friends since 6th grade) house tonight. I haven’t seen her and her beautiful family for way too long, so it will be nice to catch up.

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(Throwback to January 2013)

3. My awesome coworker made my day today. A Grande soy chai was just what I needed this morning.

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4. I made the best dessert this week. Please go buy these Oreos before they stop selling them. :-)

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5. Annabelle learned how to say “Poppy” this week. It’s so darn cute.

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Tell me something fun about your Friday!

What do you normally get from Starbucks?

Trail running and a 50k.

Last Saturday morning, Jeanette and I headed out for a long trail run (on real trails with trees, roots, rocks, streams, etc.) Why are we trail running when we usually stick to roads and flat and easy trails? Well, since we just trained for a marathon and we are in decent shape (we think), we decided to go big and sign up for a 50k trail race! Therefore, one should actually run some trails prior to running over 30 miles on them and we will be trail running for the next few weeks.

Rosaryville 50k on July 20, 2014. This is my 32nd birthday and I can’t think of anything better than running 32 miles with a great friend. :-)

Scenes from our run!

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It was really fun and a big change from road running. With about 2 miles to go, I tripped and landed hard. Thankfully I caught myself with my knees and my left shoulder and I only landed on dirt (no rocks, thankfully). At least I got the whole tripping and falling thing out of the way. :-)

One of many great things about running with Jeanette is that her husband makes us breakfast. Blueberry pancakes and eggs straight from the backyard.

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I also went home with a jar of homemade strawberry jam and homemade applesauce. Yum!

Have you ever tried trail running? Love it or hate it?

What’s the longest distance you have ever run?

Best breakfast you ever had?

Congrats Andrea and Dave!

We attended an absolutely beautiful wedding on Saturday evening and watched two of Chris’ long time friends tie the knot. :-) Fun fact: Chris went to prom with the bride and he wore the same shoes to that prom and her wedding.

The ceremony and reception were held at Richardson Farms. It was a gorgeous setting.

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Releasing 2 white doves.

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Best cocktail hour eats…mini chicken and waffles with a maple glaze. I will not admit how many I ate and I may or may not have chased down the people serving them. :-)

First dance :-)

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Me and my date <3 PS my dress is from The Rage and it is super fun (and comfortable!).

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We had such a great time and we hope the newlyweds are having a wonderful honeymoon!

Fun Things Friday!

1. Cotton candy at work = winning. Thanks, Marissa!

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2. Freshly manicured feet. Yes, I have very tiny toenails.

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3. Yesterday’s healthy meals.

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4. Last night’s dessert. :-)

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5. I’m reuniting with my marathon training buddy and doing a 2 hour trail run tomorrow morning. Can’t wait!

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Tell me something fun about your day!

The kind of person I want to be.

I try to be a good person. I try to be kind, honest, and caring. I try to be nice and cordial with everyone, even if we aren’t the best of friends. I have many great examples (family and friends) of how to treat others and my parents raised me to be a good person.

I also have a few examples of how I DO NOT want to be. Some people are negative and miserable and they go after others to try and spread the misery. Thanks to those people, thank you for showing me how not to treat others. Thank you for helping me to appreciate the other awesome people in my life who lift me up instead of break me down.

I hope you all do something nice for someone today. In the words of a good friend of mine, be a buddy not a bully.

Love, Linda

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