Friday, November 22, 2013

Running the Women's Half Marathon & Middle Half

So, I am wayyyyy behind on blogging about my races. It seems training takes up a lot of time. ;) And work, yes work. Must work to support my running addiction right?!

So, lets get to it. Up first, the Women's Half Marathon.

This was my second time running the Women's Half in Nashville. I do believe, so far that it is simply the best half I have ran. The expo is awesome, the people are amazing and the medal is the bomb. I believe the medal was the main reason I signed up on whim last year. This year, I was totally more prepared for it. My goal was to finish in 2:45. I really wasn't wanting to push too hard because this was just a warm up before the Middle Half that I would be running in 2 weeks. However, the start of the race ended up changing that. ;) I ended up finishing in 2:47! So I was pretty close to hitting my goal.

Here are a few snaps from the day......
Ready to runnnnnn

At the start line

Crossing the finish line..

These crack me up....

And now for the recap of the Middle Half......

This was the first time running this one, but I loved it. It's totally flat, so its super easy to get a PR in this race. My goal going in was 2:30, Sherry and I even got with a pace group so we wouldn't start out to fast. Sherry ended up hurting her knee and couldn't run much so I went on. I ended up finishing in 2:45, a new PR even if it is just 2 minutes. After crossing I went to catch up with Sherry at the last part of the race to cheer her on. 

Here are a few snaps from the day... 

Beautiful Sunrise before the Race
Here we gooooooo

Ray caught up to us while riding his bike.

Wooot Wooot!

Bless her. 

A few heroes had my back... 

Until the next race...... 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Running at Night

Never did I think I would like running at night, but I had my first night race. Normally during training, Sherry and I are done right when it is just starting to get dark. The Downtown after Dark 5k was awesome. The route, well it was all shades of jacked up. Turning here and there is normal but this was the first time I've ever turned around on a hill. Not at the bottom of the hill, right in the hill. I ended up beating my previous 5k race time. Woot Woot!!! Finished in 34:37! The final hill before the finish line was rough. Totally wanted to stop and walked but pushed myself to go till the end. I have no idea where the burst of energy came from but my legs felt like jello.

Here are a few snaps...

Friday, August 2, 2013

Run, Roll, Stroll 5k | Virtual Run

I am a little bit behind on writing about my running. So its time to catch up...

I was super excited about this race, it was my first virtual race. I love Operation Ward 57 and their sister non profit Honor, Courage, Commitment. They both do so much for our Wounded Heroes. Only thing about this race, it was too far away for me to get to. Being a runner and wanting to help these amazing people out, I suggested doing a virtual race as well. Those who couldn't make it could do their own run at the same time everyone else at the race does. Booyah! They did it! Honor, Courage, Commitment ended up having people register in Afghanistan, Japan and I believe 6 other states! Woot Woot!!! I was super excited to get in the mail my shirt, bib and a sticker. Super stoked on the bib as it's another one to add to the collection. Hey, its the little things. On July 15, I laced up my running shoes and went out with my running buddy Sherry. I ended up running 8.2 miles in 1:58!! 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Running the Valley and Crossfit..OH MY!

The day finally arrived for running my second half!! My first half, the Women's Half, I ended up finishing in 3:22. This time I trained more, ate better and stayed hydrated more. My goal was to finish in under 3 hours, but then I found out about a Crossfit event for my buddy Chaz. THAT. WAS. THE. SAME. DAY! I was pretty bummed thinking that I might have to miss the event and I didn't want to do that. And I couldn't quit the Half Marathon because I had already paid. So, I told my running partner Sherry that we had to finish in 2:45 so I could get to Franklin for the Crossfit WoD. Sherry laughed at me.... ;) The race started at 7am and the Crossfit started at 10am. But I was motivated and totally planned to make it happen. I knew I would be late getting to Franklin, but I was going to be there. We ended up finishing in 2:56! Woot Woot!! And yep, as soon as I crossed the finish line I was off to the car to head to Franklin.

The Crossfit Event was for Chaz to help with moving them to their new home in McMinnville, TN. The WoD was based around the day he went BOOM. Here is the WoD:

5 rds for time:
1 - 100m sprint
8 - push-ups on knees / strict push-ups / handstand push-ups
11 - ABMAT sit-ups / atomic sit-ups / toes-2-bar
22 - walking lunges (each leg) / lunges with med plate / lunges with heavy plate

There were 3 different levels:

Level 1 "Ryann" - Push-ups on knees, ABMAT sit-ups, lunges

Level 2 "Deryn" - Strict push-ups, atomic sit-ups (with 20 / 14# medball), weighted lunges @ 25 / 10#

Level 3 "Jessica" - Handstand push-ups, toes-2-bar, weighted lunges @ 45 / 25#

On 1/22/11, Chaz Allen stepped on an IED. Within 8 mins, the evac chopper arrived and 5 members carried him to safety. Chaz's wife, Jessica, and their two kids, Deryn & Ryann, have been loving him back to health ever since.
Jessica waited on me to arrive so that we could do the "Ryann" at the same time. She totally rocks! ;) Ended up finishing in 26:13! Pretty good considering we have never done CrossFit before.
Here are few pictures from the day....

Me and Sherry after the race!!

From Chaz's Crossfit WoD

I saw this cape at Walmart and had to get it. I updated the "S" ;)

Jess & I doing our lunges.

I think this was at Round 4


Here is a before and after

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Colorful Run

If you haven't done the Color Run yet, you MUST!!!! It is such a blast to do and is perfect for kiddos. Really, no age limit. There were little ones riding in strollers ready to get their color on. :) Jessica, Deryn, Sarah and I all signed up. At first, Jessica missed getting Deryn registered but I noticed someone on their FB Event page trying to find someone to take their spot. Score for us!!! Woot!  Brittney from Operation Ward 57 sent us all shirts in white to wear. Gotta support OPW57!!!

Some Color Run Tips::

  • Don't run!!!! It's not a timed race, so enjoy it!!!!
  • Don't worry if some of the color gets in your can eat it. I wouldn't recommend it as the taste is chalky.
  • Get at the end or close to it)of the start line. We were at the end and it was the best. We seemed to get alot of color. 
  • Be patient!!! The corral was long! The race started at 9, we got going at 10. Don't take a short cut to get to the color. We decided next time to sit in the car and have breakfast. ;)
  • Old clothes.
  • Be sure to bring some towels or a sheet to throw over your car seats.
  • Be sure to put your cell phone in a baggie or even tape up the speaker and ear. I had my otterbox and it did great. Its no longer grey but it did the job.
  • Some type of eye cover.

Here are a few photos.....

Before the color
This is probably one of my fave... photobomb

Now go get color-fide. :D 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Derek's Race: USO Ten Miler

Since Wounded Warriors are such an inspiration to me on my training runs and races I felt I needed to honor just one for the Ft. Campbell USO Ten Miler race that I did on March 23. His name is SGT. Derek McConnell.

Derek was wounded when he stepped on two IED's on July 23, 2011. The first one just knocked him off his feet, but as he got up he stepped on another one. Derek suffered from a left hip disarticulation (leg gone from hip), right high above the knee amputation, along with other injuries. Derek had since been recovering at Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD. He was about to retire from the Army and was just months away from being discharged from the hospital and heading home to NJ. He was about to marry his high school sweetheart next year. I met Derek, Krystina and his mom Siobhan on my first trip to DC to visit my friend Chaz.  

Sadly on March 18, Derek passed away. My heart was so heavy after hearing the news. It still is. I decided then I would run in honor of Derek! Here is a photo of the shirt I wore on race day! 

The 'No Luck Only Sacrifice' was a saying from Derek.

On my way to Clarksville on Friday, Derek and I had a little chat. Yes, I tend to talk to myself on race day, just to get myself pumped up and focused. ;) I told Derek "This is your race!! We can go as fast or as slow as you want to run it." We had this same convo the next day on the drive to Ft. Campbell. ;)

Well, Derek must have wanted  to run it fast! I ended up running it in 2:09! That is the fastest I have done a ten mile race!!! I'm still not up to running non stop and at one time I almost stopped to walk just a smidge when the song "Thrift Shop" came on. Krystina has posted that was one of his fave songs, so I had to giggle when it came on my ipod. I kept right on running and didn't stop. After the race, I had a lady come up to me and say that my shirt inspired and motivated her to keep running while she was behind me. I started to tell her a little about him. 

Rest easy Derek. Your fight is over. Thank you again for your service. 

Please keep his family in thoughts and prayers. Especially has they get ready to lay Derek to rest later in the week.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hi! My Name is Demetria and I Have An Addiction

Yes, I have an running races! I guess there could be worse things right?! Just for the month of March, I have 4 races to run! Eeep! Today was race 1!!

Since my last race last year, the Wounded Warrior Project 8k. I have continued to keep running pretty much daily. I am trying my best to get faster and run much longer. I am happy to report I can finally do a 10 minute mile!!! Woot! I'm also working at getting stronger too. Finally bit the bullet and joined a gym! So far its going pretty good. I have an awesome coach/partner who is totally whipping me into shape!!!

I'm training for my first marathon as well. I haven't decided if I will run it this or wait and run it next year. I totally want to finish in a great time as well as healthy. Last year during my Women's Half Marathon in Nashville I ended up getting lactic acid buildup. I thought I was going to die! So I totally want to avoid that, which I think I will be able to do.

So right now, I am pushing my training for the Viola Valley Half Marathon in May. My goal is to finish in under 3 hours. Another goal is to finish in 2:45!!!! Today was my first race of 2013, a 5k race! My goal was to run it in 28 minutes but ended up finishing in 39:23. But man it was pretty darn cold. So I'll blame it on the cold for the slow time. ;) Hopefully for the next race it will be much warmer and I can finally reach that goal!!!!