Hurricane Holden and Ocean Isle Half

September 9th was the day that we were supposed to run the Holden Beach half.  However,  NC was under a state of emergency due to Hurricane Irma and Holden Beach had to cancel the race.

The race directors are so awesome and they gave many options to the runners so we could still get our shirts and medals.  Ron and I chose to run at home and we had a great run on the greenway.  It actually was a gorgeous day in our neck of the  woods and I heard it was gorgeous as well at the beach.  I understand the decision to cancel the race though because you can never be too careful when it comes to the weather.

Here Ron and I are after our half that day.

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Here I am weeks later after we got our medal and shirts when we ran the last race in the series, Ocean Isle.

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The last race in the series was Ocean Isle on October 7th.  We had a blast.  This time we rented an airB&B and although it was very close to the start and finish and very nice, if I run again, I’d try to get a room right down on the beach.

Here’s a couple of shots of our air B&B:

 

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I ran the race in my very first and only Sparkle Skirt!  I chose the Hiker Chic length and I love it so much.  I have even worn it hiking!  This length is awesome for wearing to the grocery store or to Wally World.  So very comfortable!

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It rained a little the day of the race and that is my only complaint of the skirt.  Since it was longer, it absorbed a good bit of rain and I found myself wringing it out a couple of times.

The series is so fun and in 2018 the medals are even better.  Be sure to go click this link to see them!  I don’t think Ron and I are doing the entire series next year but we may just have to go back to at least one of them.

Here Ron and I are at the beginning of Ocean Isle half.

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We both had great runs.  My official time was 2:32:10.

Here’s the last shirt and the medal:

 

 

And here are all the medals in a row!  So very cool.  I have donated mine already but Ron has all of his!

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Happy Running Friends!

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Sunset Beach Half

Sunset Beach was the 2nd race in the BAM series.  Ron and I ran it on May 20th of this year.

I made a huge mistake and didn’t book our rooms early and I couldn’t find anything decent close to the start/finish.  We ended up staying about 20 minutes away back in Oak Island.

It actually was a great place.  A super cute old school motel.  Come to find out, the owner had been coming to Oak Island his whole life.  He lived in West Virginia but his family vacationed in Oak Island.  When this little motel went up for sale, he jumped at the chance and bought it.  He and his sweet wife have been remodeling it and loving life ever since.

Our room was one that was recently remodeled and was so sweet.

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We loved it.

On the way down on Friday night, Ron and I go hungry before we made it to the beach and ended up stopping at the Mad Boar.  I was nervous at first because it was so busy and fancy and I wondered if we were dressed okay.  We were dressed very casually and that ended up being perfectly acceptable but we didn’t have reservations.  And they were needed!  I have no idea where all these patrons were coming from.  Mad Boar is really in the middle of nowhere.

We lucked out and there was a spot in the bar and we scored a perfect table.  There was even live entertainment.  Double score!

I was determined to fuel correctly and decided to order harvest veggie pasta.  Ron spied the fried pickles and we had to get them.  They were the best fried pickles I’ve ever had.  I only ate a few though.  I swear.  I’d say, no more than 3 bites!

Fast forward to race morning and I had one small banana.  I met my good friends Lisa and Claudia at the start.

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Even with conscious fuel choices, my stomach messed up again near the end of the race.

Thinking back on this, we had just had a Popsicle they were giving out due to the high heat and humidity.  It may have come from so much sugar.  No clue.  Just really, really, frustrated.

My time was 2:40:18.  Not too shabby for such a hot and humid day and having to stop yet again.

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It actually was a great race.  You had to ride a shuttle due to no parking at the start/finish. We got to the shuttle stop super early and the bus was late.  No worries though.  We still got on the 1st shuttle and snapped this photo.  My sis said we looked like the Hulk.  No clue where the green tint came from.

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I absolutely loved the start/finish area.  It was in a park near the Inter-Coastal Waterway and there were gorgeous old shade trees.  Plenty of pizza and beer afterwards.  Ron even drank a few even though there were American lagers.  Normally he won’t touch anything but an IPA.

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Here I am days later with the shirt.  I love it!  The medal is awesome too!

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My medal hanger is full and just like I have been doing lately, I chose to donate this medal to Medals4Mettle

Side note, I’ve been thinking about how my life is changing.  Never say never!

Last year my run club was collecting old medals to give to a Medals 4 Mettle.  They give them to people that are in the hospital or are fighting hard medical battles to help cheer them up. My good friend Connie was giving hers away.  In fact she once commented to me that she ran a race and was excited that you could check a box to not get a medal.  I was floored.  I couldn’t believe that someone wouldn’t want a medal to begin with and then would be willing to give them away to charity.

This year, I totally get it.  I have so many medals and although I enjoy the thrill of getting them, I really am loving donating them.

I’m also giving away some more of my race shirts.  I purged a lot last year when Ron an I first began tidying the Japanese way.  My new rule is it they don’t fit in one drawer, some have to go and go they do.  Straight to Goodwill!

I’m really looking forward to the other 2 beach races in the BAM series.

Happy Running Friends!

Tobacco Road Half Marathon

This post is dedicated to mojitos.   I really am so sorry this race recap is so late.  This half was way back in March of this year.  I’m only posting for posterity’s sake.  Facebook friends, please ignore this post.  This is all old news.  Just trying to get caught up on my blog.  However, you may want to keep reading just a little to hear the best mojito recipe ever!

My sis and her husband went to Cuba recently and they came back bearing gifts of aged Cuban Rum and Cuban cigars.  Rum for me and cigars for Ron.  They had a really great time in Cuba.  Be sure to check out her travel blog.

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The recipe for mojitos that Rosa shared with me was shared with her from the bartenders at Dos Hombre’s Restaurante  – Two Brother’s Bar.

I’ve had a few mojitos at restaurants since having Rosa’s mojitos and they do not compare at all.

What you do is put your sugar in your glass first (about a tablespoon) and then add your mint leaves.  Take a spoon and crush the mint a little.  Rosa used coconut sugar when she first made one for me because that was all she had on hand.  Now I can’t make a true mojito with any other kind of sugar.

Next add a little lemon (or lime) and then a shot of rum.  Top it off with some Sprite or 7-Up and ice.

They are to die for!

We made them again when we had our sister weekend at the yurts.

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So much fun!

Tammy has since sent me some organic mint seeds so we can grow our own mint and never be out of mojito ingredients.  🙂

Anyway, getting back to the race recap for Tobacco Road.

The thing I like most about Tobacco Road is that they give so much back to the community.  The cumulative total since 2010 is up to over three-quarter of a million dollars at $761,000 in charitable giving.

The expo is on the small side but is very well run.  Shirt was great!  I love the v neck but I wasn’t thrilled about the color.  (Sorry, I don’t have a picture of the shirt.  I donated it already.  It was gray and a nice shirt but the minimalist in me makes me give away things that don’t bring me joy.)  The medal was super pretty.  I loved the medal but I don’t have it anymore either.  I’ve already donated it to Medals for Mettle.

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The parking at the race is very limited and you have to purchase a parking pass really early in order to be able to park at the start/finish.  I had to ride the shuttle this year but it was no problem at all.  It was a breeze to park at the satellite facility and the shuttle was warm and cozy.

I made it to the race with plenty of time to spare.

I never know what to wear when the weather is in between.  I knew I’d be on the cold side to start but I also knew I’d warm up pretty fast.

I chose to wear short sleeves and a skirt but I wore my toboggan.  It was perfect at first but then I got warm.  My hair was sweaty and awful at that point so I had to keep it on. Crazy I know but I didn’t want to scare everyone.  LOL

My race went really well for the first few miles.  I was feeling great and keeping a pretty good pace.

Around mile 6 my stomach started feeling funny so I had to stop at a port-a-john. After that I felt great again and really didn’t lose much time at all.

However, around mile 12, my stomach was all messed up again and I had to find another stop.  I had to walk a little.  I lucked out and found a port-a-john at the last water stop.

Lesson learned!  No mojitos before races.  You know, come to think of it now.  I had gotten some Irish soda bread from Great Harvest the Friday before the race.  Oh my goodness.  That bread is so wonderful.  I tried to limit myself but I probably consumed a little too much of this bread leading up to the race.  After 6 years of running you’d think I would have figured out my fueling strategy.

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Even with the 2 stops my time wasn’t so bad.  2:32:51

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I’ll take it.

It was a good race and I had a lot of friends running.  My very good friend Connie, PR’d by 6 minutes!

She was all smiles.

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Right after the race, I got a massage.  It felt good but I was starting to get chilly again.  It was a super windy day.  After that, I got some pizza and one beer and headed back to the shuttle.

I’ll try you again next year Tobacco Road.  Your course is too flat and fast for me to mess up fueling.

Happy Running Friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not a Millennial but I am becoming a Minimalist!

My Facebook friends know that I read the book 29 Gifts last month and I completed a month of giving.

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It came very easy to me and I loved each and every day. The gifts ended up giving back to me. I learned that even though I am a glass half full kind of girl and very giving by nature, by giving with intention it opens my heart to peace and joy beyond compare!

My FB freinds also know that my sis challenged me this month to join her in the Minimalist Game.

My husband Ron and I started on July 8th. Each of us are giving away 8 things on the 8th of July and then 9 things on the 9th of July and so forth. I added it up and when it is all said and done each of us will have either trashed, recycled, given away or sold 496 things each. That’s almost 1000 items!  Last year we read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing so Ron and I do have a head start and have paired down so much already. We are very excited! If you are interested, there is a movie on NetFlix right now that can inspire you.

Well what no one knows yet is what has been happening to me since.

When I sit down at night, Ron is usually already sitting in his Lazyboy and has some History Channel or NatGeo show on.  I often love those shows but sometimes I want to watch the latest episode of Alone or The Pioneer Woman.  Ron is not a fan of either of those but he will watch them with me on occasion.  On Monday night I was all caught up on Alone and PW so when I set down, I asked him if we could switch to Apple TV and watch YouTube videos on minimalism.  Every video we pulled up was good to me but Ron wasn’t in to it at all.  Somehow we ended up on this channel:  Living with Lucie and we proceeded to watch for goodness knows how long!  Lucie is young.  We could be her parents.  I have no idea what in the world compelled us to keep watching but we both loved her!  I asked our 22 year old daughter Lydia about Lucie and she knew her well.  I think Lucie must be a big deal with Millennials.

We watched the video when Lucie didn’t wash her hair for 2 weeks.  We watched when she lived on $50 one week.  (She lives in NYC)  We watched when she went without her phone for 5 days.  We watched when she tried to produce no trash for 5 days.  We watched when she wore the same outfit for 5 days.  And of course, we watched when she tried minimalism for 5 days.

So what do I proceed to do on Tuesday morning? I immediately tried to see if I could go without my phone for 5 days.  I did have a caveat that I could use it only for phone calls and for texts from people that didn’t know I was trying to not use my phone.  I also allowed myself to use it for Audible when I was driving only.

I made it okay through Tuesday.

However, today I have failed.  I was eating lunch in the break-room and I was at a table by myself.  There were 2 young females (I guess you would call them Millennials) that I did not know that were sitting at a table beside me.  The first thing I noticed was that one of them had a cloth napkin in her lap.  I was so impressed and knew this was something that I was going to try to incorporate so I wouldn’t have to waste the company paper towels.  I already do not use the plastic cutlery and bring my own silverware from home.  I even brought an old cutting board from home today to leave at work so I could cut my apple.  (Yay for getting rid of a home item and yay for having something to use to cut my apple on each day and not waste a paper plate!)  I was feeling so good.

However, since I didn’t have my phone, I had to listen in to their conversation.  They proceeded to talk constantly about how much stuff their parents had and how they didn’t want any of it.  I started to feel uncomfortable and I couldn’t take it any longer.  I had to do something!  I reached for my phone and started scrolling.  I challenge you.  Try it!  See if you can sit alone and eat beside other people that are talking and do nothing.

Anyway, due to this conversation I overheard, I’m really going to try and not push my stuff off on Andie and Lydia.  I told my FB freinds that I had to save some cookbooks that I was going through for Andie but I’m really going to try and not give anything else.

What is so sentimental to me, is not to them!

Last year after The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I made a lot of progress.  I took pictures of the girls’ homemade Christmas ornaments that they had made in Girl Scouts and school.  After I photographed them, I gave the ornaments a kiss and put them in the trash.  I thanked the ornaments for the joy they had given me and said goodbye.  (Please don’t think I’m crazy….that is what the book says to do.)  We hadn’t used them in years on the tree and I don’t know why I was hanging on to them for so long.

Anyway, I guess to sum it up.  I’m trying to be more conscious about everything.  I’m trying to use my phone less.  I’m trying to produce less trash.  But someone, please tell me that there is research out there somewhere that says that by not using the paper towels at work and washing my own cloth napkins it s better for the environment.   I’m already wondering if the little bit of dish soap and water I use at work to wash my lunch dishes is better then just bringing my lunch in disposable containers.  It must be.  I hope!  I know my lunches are way healthier than a frozen dinner anyway.

Tonight I’m tackling the VCR tapes and the DVDs.  My biggest number so far that I’ve gotten rid of has been 32 Playdough containers.  I had a big plastic tub filled with small Playdough containers and loads of cookie cutters for my grandchildren.  Since the Playdough was pretty dried out anyway and since the grandchildren have moved so far away, this was  an easy decision.  I kept all the cookie cutters though!  Also, you’ll be proud to know that I trashed the Playdough but I recycled all the little containers.

I think the VCR tapes and the DVDs will out number the Playdough tubs!  So excited!

I know I’m behind on race reports and I have them in my draft mode.  I promise to get them up soon.  I’ve got to do a post on my Slim in 6 video challenge too.  I’m doing pretty good but I haven’t’ been perfect with it.

So long for now!  Happy Running!  Happy Eating!  Happy DeCluttering!  and now Happy using our phones less, and Happy producing less trash!

Make sure you have your stainless steel straw too in your purse!  Go strawless!

Muuuuwah!  xxoo

PS… go check out Lucie and get inspired!

 

 

 

 

Oak Island Marathon

Forgive me for these race recaps being so close together but I’m trying to get them posted before this weekend.  If I don’t I’ll be 3 race recaps behind.  LOL   This grandma is one busy lady!

Oak Island Marathon is part of a race series called The Big A$$ Medal Series.  Again, my good friend Lisa, put me up to this series.  She’s always finding the best races!  The cool thing about the medals are not only are they really big but they all connect together making one Ginormous medal!  Crazy Big!

Here I am all showered up after the run sporting the cool shirt and the medal.  If you like bling, this is the series for you.

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Oak Island was first and was held on February 18th.  It is the only race in the series that has a full marathon option.  The other 3 are all half marathons.  The next race is in May and it will be on Sunset Beach.  Then comes Holden Beach and Ocean Isle in September and October.  Ron and I have never vacationed in this area so we are really excited to get to know the region.

We headed down to Oak Island on Friday and were there in just over 2 hours.  The expo was super little but very well organized.  We were in and out of there in minutes flat.

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For the rest of the series, we may not worry so much about getting the day off on Friday and just head down after work and pick up our bibs the morning of the race.

After the expo, we drove out to the Oak Island Lighthouse.  It is a cute little lighthouse and it is right beside the road.  You can climb it in the summer months but you have to make a reservation.

Next after checking into the hotel we headed out in search of pizza and pasta.   This little gem popped up on Yelp for me and we loved it.  Great pizza.  Great spaghetti.  And great craft beer for Ron.

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Pizza and pasta

It was getting close to dusk by this point and the wind had picked up a bit but we still enjoyed a short walk on the beach.

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Check out Ron doing Tai Chi on the beach!

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The hotel (Holiday Inn Express) had a comfy bed and quite rooms.  My rest was blissful!  Ron slept very well too.

Since I had had such a bad run in Charleston and overheated, even though it was a little cool at the start, I opted for running in a singlet.  I had my new one from Vac & Dash and since I knew it would be quite sunny, it proved to be perfect.

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The only thing I didn’t think of was my headlamp.  Ron told me that the race organizers had told us plenty of times to be ready for the dark start but for some reason, I missed that.  The run in the beginning was through some neighborhoods and I was fearful of tripping in a pot hole or something.  I really wished I had my light.  On the other hand though, I’m glad I didn’t have to carry it with me for the rest of the race.  I like to run with only the bare essentials.  I don’t even like running with my phone.  I’ve got to change this because I love all the pictures that all my friends capture.

Check out this gorgeous sunrise my good friend Jordan shot.

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That was 2 weekends in a row that I ran and got to see the sunrise.  So Pretty!

The first part of the run for me went well again.  I really enjoyed running over the bridge and running to the lighthouse.

Around the half, you run by the finish line area and usually I get down when I hear all the partying knowing I have 13 miles to go.  This time it didn’t bother me.  I kept running and I didn’t really know it at that time but I was slowing down big time.  I felt really good and was in good spirits until around mile 23.  With only 3 miles to go my legs started to buckle under me.  What!  I got really scared and thought I was going to faint or something.  I wasn’t dehydrated and I had had 3 Gus so I should have been fine.  I started walking at this point and must have walked about a quarter of a mile or so.  I sucked it up and before long I saw Ron and my good friend Claudia and her husband.  They ran me in and Claudia handed me a beer and a slice of pizza.  Claudia was so thoughtful to wait on me.  She had finished about an hour before me and had qualified for Boston!  She’s turning 60 this year and is my hero!  I want to be like her when I grow up!  LOL

(Claudia’s husband got a picture of us but I don’t have it yet.  I’ll post as soon as I can.)

 

Here I am at the finish line.  I look happier than I felt!

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Here’s a shot of my other good friend, Jordan and me.  I was right with Jordan at mile 23 but she beat me by 10 minutes over those last 3 miles.

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And here Ron and I are.  Ron had a good half marathon but had to give the after party a thumbs down.  My beer lovin’ husband won’t touch an American lager.  LOL

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Here’s  Ron is coming in!  All smiles!

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I’m really excited for the rest of the series and even though I’m bummed about my 2 recent marathon times, I’m trying to stay positive and see if I can figure out what is going on.  My gut is telling me I’m not running enough.  I love going to Camp Gladiator on MWF and I think it is healthy for me.  I just think if I am going to get faster, I have to get more miles and more fast miles under my feet.  I think I am training myself to run slow.  I’ve got to run fast in my training runs if I  ever am going to run fast in races.  Good news is my LifeTime Fitness Run group is offering a speed class beginning in May.  8 weeks with the awesome Coach Kelly.  I am very excited for this.

Here’s my training calendar leading up to the race.  I had high hopes of doing so much better.

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Here are my splits.  (My Garmin measured it at 26.43)

Splits Distance Time Cumulative Time
1 1 10:35 10:35
2 1 11:28 22:03
3 1 11:39 33:43:00
4 1 11:35 45:18:00
5 1 11:32 56:50:00
6 1 11:40 1:08:30
7 1 11:28 1:19:58
8 1 11:28 1:31:26
9 1 11:41 1:43:06
10 1 11:52 1:54:58
11 1 12:07 2:07:05
12 1 12:36 2:19:42
13 1 12:24 2:32:06
14 1 12:55 2:45:01
15 1 13:18 2:58:18
16 1 12:51 3:11:09
17 1 13:00 3:24:09
18 1 13:09 3:37:18
19 1 13:31 3:50:50
20 1 13:19 4:04:09
21 1 13:33 4:17:42
22 1 14:32 4:32:14
23 1 14:31 4:46:45
24 1 14:59 5:01:43
25 1 16:08 5:17:51
26 1 16:20 5:34:11
27 0.43 09:09.2 5:43:21
Summary 26.43 5:43:21 5:43:21

I’m not giving up on the full distance but I am definitely giving it a rest for a while.  I’ve got the Tobacco Road half coming up this Sunday and then I’ve got the other 3 halfs in the BAM series.  I also am registered for the Kiawah Island half in December.

I am toying with the idea of maybe signing up for the Richmond full in November.  All my running friends tell me it is a great marathon so I might give it a try.

Happy Running Friends!