Friday, December 31, 2010

Cycle # 9

Almost Happy New Year! We are heading out to go to dinner with some friends BUT this afternoon after running a ton of errands I went out for a quick bike ride around my inlaws neighborhood.  Hope everyone has a fun but safe New Years Eve!

Results of Cycle #9
Distance: 6.13 miles
Time: 22:34
Pace: 16.3 mph

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Run # 45

"The pride you gain is worth the pain" - Dennis Ogilvie

1st run since the OUC race and since I've been home. Florida has been quite chilly lately so I've been sticking indoors on the elliptical instead and slowly easing back into this whole workout routine.

Tonight though - it was a little warmer so I decided to test the legs out and go outside. Not too shabby for not running for 3 weeks. tee hee

Results of Run #45
Distance: 1.00 mile
Time: 9:19

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

We are home! And that means getting back into running.

We were on vacation from December 10 - 21st, then of course Christmas came out of nowhere as well as some really cold weather. Right now as I write its 38 degrees in Orlando - way to cold!!  Vacation was amazing, the hubby and I went to Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora bora and then on the way back stayed in LA for 2 nights to see Hollywood and Disneyland.  The islands were gorgeous, beautiful, amazing, and we had a wonderful time. here are a few pics of the trip

In Moorea we went swimming with Blacktip sharks and stingrays - yes it sounds crazy and living in FL and going to the beach where shark bites are extremely common had us nervous at first BUT we had the best time and this was a TON of fun. We gave stingrays hugs and kisses and the sharks would come about a foot away.

 Bora Bora is a 30 min plane ride from Moorea and its absolutely gorgeous. It doesnt seem like it could be real the way there are so many different color blues in the water, but the amazing thing is that its all real. We had a great time and went jet-skiing around the entire island, went on a tour by 4x4 and were able to see some of the old WWII cannons, and of course snorkeled and got to see sea turtles! 

Hope everyone had a great Christmas - I know we did! Now its time to get back to the gym !

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Run # 44

"When the gun shoots, you got to go." - Ato Boldon

This morning at 7am was the Downtown Orlando 1/2 Marathon and 5K. It was a great race and a great time. There were a ton of 1/2 Marathoners and they started first - when I got to the starting area I guess they asked who was doing the 5K and a bunch of people were in the corral for the 1/2 and the announcers said you need to go to the side of the road unless you want to run an extra 10 this morning. hahah oopsie.              
It was a chilly one this morning! The temp outside said 40 degrees when I woke up - I made the smart choice and wore my long running pants, and my nike long sleeved shirt - I was still cold but not as cold as I could have been. Once the horn was blown everyone took off and I (like usual) started off quick and I hate the beginning of races - so many people running at varying speeds so everyone is weaving in and out. The course was nice - going through downtown residential areas where its brick streets - the path they set up was nice though there was a tiny unexpected hill that kinda sucked but all was still ok. Too bad the Garmin doesnt track elevation, I'd like to know how 'big' this 'hill' is. haha.  Had 2 stop 2ce, kinda - 1ce to tie my shoe that decided todays the day that it was going to come undone and then at the water stop i had to walk to not spill it all over me since 40 degrees being wet didnt sound like a fun idea. It wasnt a long stop just enough to gulp down a mouthful and get another in my mouth to hold and then spit out just so my mouth wasnt dry.

Ok So the end of this race was the all time favorite. We made a right turn and had to run maybe .3-.4 of a mile (or at least thats what it felt like) - then we made a left and the finish line was right there like less than .1 away. I hate when you're in a race and you turn the last corner and the finish is visually so far away. So this way i was super motivated to pick up the speed and finish.  I'm happy with this morning - so glad I got up and for the hard work I have a new 5K PR!! Guess I'm going to have to start running more than 3 miles now

Results of Run #34
Distance: 3.15 miles
Time: 29:55
Pace: 9:30 / mile
M1 - 9:21
M2 - 9:56
M3 - 9:22
M4 (.15) - 8:30 pace