Race weekend, a great snack, and bath time.

I’m running the Baltimore 10 Miler this Saturday and to be honest, I’m a little nervous.  I haven’t done a lot of running since my marathon back in May and my knee is still being bothersome.  The course is a bit challenging (read hilly!) and the weather has turned hot and humid…I have not adapted to the humidity yet this year.  However, the race was a blast last year and I’m running with a bunch of friends and I am just going to hope for the best.  🙂


I decided it would be a great idea to take a new class during my lunch break today.  What class did I take?  Kick It.  This class was a high intensity kick-boxing class and I left nice and sweaty.  I have a feeling I’m going to wake up pretty sore tomorrow…

Once I got back to my desk, I couldn’t wait to eat my lunch.  I had leftover grilled chicken (cooked on a charcoal grill=so good) and pasta salad (from a box=so good).  I also chopped up the Mini Babybel cheese and mixed it in.


A few hours later, I was starving and reached for this Kashi bar.  For someone with a ginormous sweet tooth, this really hits the spot.  Best of all, it’s healthy and tastes great!


After a long day at work and a long commute home, I didn’t have much energy to cook dinner.  The solution…Eat Fresh!  Yup, Subway for the win.  Just in case you were wondering, I had turkey and ham on wheat with spinach, tomatoes, and onions.


Annabelle didn’t really seem like she needed a bath tonight, but when her normal bath time rolled around she kept pointing to the stairs and crying.  I finally understood what she wanted and she started giggling as soon as we reached the stairs.  I think the real reason she likes to take a bath is so that she can run around nude afterwards.  😉


She definitely keeps us on our toes, but I love her to the moon and back.


Charcoal or gas grill?

What does your perfect running weather look like?

How do you get a toddler to properly brush her teeth?



Race week!

My next race, the Rehoboth Half Marathon, is this Saturday! I’m really excited to spend a weekend at the beach with my family, minus Chris :-(, and hopefully get a PR. I’m shooting for under 1:45. I’m nervous already.

Now that race week is here, I need to be smart about my workouts so I’m ready to rock on Saturday. Here are my workout plans for this week:

Stair climber, rowing machine, plank

6.3 mile run at 7:52 pace with negative splits. 2:45 plank.

Spin class!

Easy 5 mile run

Rest and carbo load with pizza!

Race day!!!
Today’s Eats!

I didn’t really eat dinner last night (unless you count fro yo as dinner), so I woke up starving. The solution…cinnamon raisin swirl bagel with maple almond butter.

I also had a banana before I did my lunchtime run.

Pumpkin ravioli in a butter sage sauce. Yum!

Yogurt covered raisins.

Salad with grilled chicken, marinated mushrooms, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and pancetta.

You will just have to imagine the homemade brownie sundae I had for dessert. For my standards, it was actually pretty small. 🙂

Since no post is complete without a picture of Annabelle…


How was your Tuesday?
Anybody else racing this weekend?

Zooma Race Recap!

Saturday started bright and early…5 am.  I woke up, pumped, got dressed, and ate half of a Garukabar and a banana.  I also went down to the lobby and got a complimentary cup of coffee.

We started walking to the start line at about 6 am.  Both the half marathon and the 10k started at the Navy-Marine Core Memorial Stadium.


Before the race


The Zooma race started promptly at 7 am…while I was still in the port-a-potty line.  I jumped in around the 2:30 minute pace group and I knew it was going to be tough to make it around everyone.  Ideally, I would have liked to start between the 1:40 and 1:50 groups.

It was pretty hot and humid and I felt the heat almost immediately.  However, I actually prefer running in the heat over super cold temperatures because my hips and joints do not like to cold.  I was able to slowly but surely make my way past the pace groups…I was really trying to catch the 1:50 group.  I ran the first 6 miles in 00:46:38 with a pace of 07:47 min/mil.  I was super happy with this pace…amazed in fact.  🙂

At every water stop but the first one, I grabbed some water but only took small sips.  I took a gel around mile 7.5 and I was ready to tackle the last few miles.  I made friends with another woman and we paced each other up the hills.  It was fun (and challenging) to want to keep up with somebody else.  In previous races I have often found someone with a nice pace and tried to always keep them in sight.  On Saturday, I actually pulled ahead of my new friend during mile 12.  I really felt pretty good the entire race…except for my feet.  I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be pretty when I took my shoes of later.

During the last mile I passed the 1:50 minute pacer and I crossed the finish line in 01:48:27 with an overall pace of 08:17.  I placed 14th out 183 women in the 30-34 age group.

Post race picture…although this was not a PR (I ran a 01:46:57 two years ago), it was my personal best since having Annabelle :).


This race did not give out medals but we received a necklace, a yoga mat, and a water bottle instead.


Each participant also got a “lunch box” that included chicken salad or hummus, crackers, carrots, and an apple.

Photo from Tina…She is one of my favorite bloggers and I tried to find her and say hi…no luck though.

I was very hot and my feet were screaming, so we walked back to the hotel.  I showered and we packed up to head home.  I really would have loved to stay and hang out in Annapolis for the day, but Chris had to work in the evening.

On the way home we stopped for breakfast.  I ordered 2 eggs over easy, home fries, and an everything bagel.  I always have a weird “hunger” after running…I usually have an upset runners stomach mixed with an OMG I’m so hungry stomach.


My mom watched Annabelle while we were gone and I was happy to see that she was appropriately dressed for the occasion.



It was a really fun race, I am super happy with my time, and I can’t wait to see how I can improve for the next race.

13.1…it wasn’t pretty but I did it.

Yesterday morning started bright and early (and chilly…it was still 32 degrees when we started running) with a brutal glorious half marathon.  It really was a beautiful morning.


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The race was Nikia’s Nippy Nor’easter Half Marathon and Relay and the proceeds went to the organization “Back on my Feet.”

Mission, Vision, and Philosophy

Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national non-profit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they seem themselves so they can make real change that results in employment and independent living.

Since this race was pretty cheap and the proceeds go to a good cause, the swag bag was just a reusable grocery bag with chapstick, some coupons, and these awesome headbands.

Great pic, huh?



The race started with .63 miles of rolling hills until we got onto the NCR Trail.  Once we hit the trail, we went 5.92 miles north and then turned back around.  Since the race was pretty small, everyone spread out within a few minutes and it was a very pleasant run.  There were 3 aid stations and since it was an out and back course, we passed each station twice.  They had water, Gatorade, and Gatorade energy chews.  I had the orange flavor…they were pretty tasty, provided a boost of energy, and they didn’t get all stuck in my teeth like some similar products have ;-P.


Added bonus…beautiful scenery.


I felt pretty strong for the first half of the race.  Everything was feeling pretty good and I felt confident.  However, at about mile 7 I felt my body saying, “why are we running this far, you didn’t train for this!”  The good news is that nothing hurt, like injury hurt, I just had the normal aches and pains that go along with running 13 miles.  I went into it as a run to get some miles under my belt and I did not want to worry about the time.  However, when I crossed the finish line I was disappointed at the time.  I just have to think about it like this…


I’m happy to report that my blister-prone feet did just fine the Brooks Pure Flow 2’s and my legs and body feel fine today…aside from normal soreness.


The post-race snacks included apples, oranges, pretzels, bagels with peanut butter/cream cheese, water, and Gatorade.  I enjoyed half of a bagel with peanut butter (the bagel was pretty hard due to cold temp!) and I took an apple for the road.

Me, Frank, Meg, and Frank’s dog Buddy.  Meg placed first in the 20-29 age group and Buddy was the first K-9 finisher!

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It was a fun race and I am glad that I decided to run it…and I’m trying not to be too hard on myself about my pace.  Time to look forward to my next race which is next weekend :).