Retro Run

Let me start by saying that I will refer to this race in the future as the 41-minutes of hell.

Tonight marked a huge milestone for me – my very first 5K! Hubby and I ran the Retro Run in Greensboro. The race winded around the VERY HILLY roads that surround the country club. The houses were beautiful, the weather was finally clear (it had pretty much rained all afternoon leading up to the race), and I was dressed in my fabulous 80s get up.

Retro Run 2012

So, for those that follow, I’ve been babying a sore left leg for almost a month now. My longest period of constant running has been less than a mile, but I’ve managed to get two run/walks in during the last month. So, what had become an almost 9:25 mile, is now back down to a 12ish minute mile. It’s amazing how quickly you lose endurance and speed.

Okay, tangent. Back to the story. So this was my first race – EVER. They blew the horn and everyone took off and what did I do? Exactly what I have been telling my husband not to do for months. I started WAY TOO FAST. I looked back and hubby was a good distance behind – well, that didn’t last long! It was long before I realized that I’d already screwed myself and started to slow down, and then start to walk.

Once I got over (well, I’m still working on getting over) the fact that so many people were passing me, I decided to focus on the main objective of this race – to finish. Somewhere along the way I realized the lady in front of me was doing intervals. So I asked if I could run with her. Did that for a while then realized I was slowing her down so I let her go ahead. She’s doing the Disney Princess Half as well so that was nice short convo. She said it is FLAT. Hallelujah! I managed to keep in her in sight the rest of the race and just paced myself based on her, even though I was a little behind her.

What amazed me was how FREAKING FAST some of these people are. I was climbing one of the monstrous hills while getting passed by a ton of people coming the OTHER direction. I thought, okay cool we get to the top of this hill and then we turn around. I can do this. WRONG. We went to the top of the hill and then went around another neighborhood and eventually made our way back to that hill to come down. Having heard the winners’ times they were all in the 18 minute area. Dear God. I wanted to smack them give them a high five and tell them how awesome I think they are.

It was while coming down said hill that I realized I was only at mile freaking 2. Oh my dear god. These were the longest miles I have ever experienced. My miles seem to fly by when I’m running during the week. But not these miles! So, anyway I finally made it to the finish. I was one of the last to finish. About 6 people brought in the rear several minutes after me.

Hubby did great! He came in at 34 minutes. I am so proud of him. Look at him rocking his Jackie Moon flair

Valley Girl and Jackie Moon

So, now that you’ve heard my uplifting and positive story I’m sure you’re wondering what my time was? Well, it was definitely not 18 minutes! It was 41 minutes. The longest and hardest 41 minutes of my life (well, not counting child birth).

But you know what?That’s okay and here’s why:

  • I finished my FIRST 5K.
  • I learned A LOT.
  • I ran the majority of the race!
  • I continued pursuing my dream of running even after battling my first injury.
  • I looked freaking awesome in my 80s get-up (even if I didn’t win the costume contest).

Another tangent – I have to say I have the BEST. HUSBAND. EVER. He is my biggest cheerleader. He has motivated me and cheered me on throughout this journey. He was waiting on me at the finish line and encouraging me to keep moving. He knows me well enough to know that my first reaction when I saw my time would be to beat myself up, so he stopped me before I could and told me how proud he is of me and great he thought I did. I am so lucky to have him.

So, now that my first race is complete, I’m going to indulge. On what you might ask? On Bojangles Supremes, seasoned fries, a biscuit and an unsweet tea. And even though this meal is probably a day’s worth of calories, do I think I deserve it? To quote Big in “Sex and the City”, “Absa-fuckin-lutely! 🙂

Keep Running,



I’m a Sweat Pink Ambassador!


I am so excited to announce that I was selected as a Sweat Pink Ambassador!! It appears I just made the cut off as they have now closed the application period. 

So, what is Sweat Pink? Here’s a blurb from their website at

 Welcome to the Sweat Pink™ movement, where tough and girly come together at last. Sweat Pink™ is all about sharing the joy that comes from living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a celebration of hard work and well-earned rewards. Our pink shoelaces are a proud demonstration of all we’ve achieved, and all we plan to become.

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I’ll help to promote health and fitness, network with other ladies that are on mission to get healthy, and get free stuff (how cool is that?!?). Stay tuned for more updates about my role as a Sweat Pink Ambassador!

“All Our Dreams Can Come True If We Have the Courage to Pursue Them”

Sports Mickey cheers at the 1 Mile Kids' Race

“All Our Dreams Can Come True If We Have the Courage to Pursue Them” –  I love this quote.

And for those lucky enough to be running the Walt Disney Marathon the weekend of January 10-13, they’ll have this great quote inscribed on the 20th Anniversary Medal that they will receive upon crossing the finish line. In true Disney fashion, they’ve gone all out with the reveal of this medal, including this video, “The Great Medal Caper“.

The Disney Marathon Weekend includes several races: a 5K, a half marathon, a full marathon and for those that are brave enough, you can even run the half and then turn right around the next day and run the full. Registration is still open for the race so register and save your place at the starting line!

I’m saving up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, but the full marathon is definitely on my to-do list for 2014!

Want more information about the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend? Check out the Run Disney site at:

A new pace PR!



I changed things up a little tonight and ran at a new community walking/running trail at the YMCA. The trail is 1/2 mile, but was a nice change from the boring oval at the track. I went out with no intentions of pace. I just planned to run between 30-40 minutes. My interval timer is still not working since my phone is dead, but I figured I’d just wing it

Turns out that I have a new record pace! I did 3.5 miles at an average of 10 minute per mile!

That’s 2:05 minutes faster per mile than my assessment mile for the Running School only 3 weeks ago!

I realize I’m not the fastest runner out there, but I am super proud of myself for improving my pace and increasing my distance steadily along this journey. I am truly addicted to running now and love the way it makes me feel.

Just wanted to share.


Just Breathe

One would think that running would be natural. That your feet would strike the pavement mid-foot and roll forward, that your breathing would be controlled and from the belly, and that your arms would know exactly where to be. However, as a new runner, I’ve found that isn’t the case. Most of us have to train our bodies to be efficient while running.

One of the most important components is breathing efficiently. I try to focus on my breaths while running, but realize that I have a lot to learn. I’ve been doing some research and found this great article on tips for breathing while running. It gives concise information about the importance of proper breathing technique as well as some exercises to try to increase your lung capacity.

I definitely found this article blog worthy. Looks like I’ll be going to pilates now too! 🙂

Do you have any tips related to breathing efficiently? I’d love to hear them!


The Ultimate Goal: The Disney Princess Half Marathon



Many people will probably think I’m crazy. I’ve only been running three weeks, yet I’ve already got a half marathon on the calendar. Registration paid in full. Room booked. Vacation time requested. I. Am. Doing. This.

The Disney Princess Half Marathon is on Sunday, February 24, 2013. It’s a 13.1 mile race through the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld, down a long stretch of Disney highway and finishing up at Epcot. While the event is targeted at women, men can run too.

Most runners dress up as their favorite Disney princess, stop to take pictures with characters along the way, and generally just seem to have a great time doing this race. It seems less intimidating than other half marathons I’ve researched so far. And – it gives me the chance to go to the happiest place on Earth! 🙂

I’m still trying to finalize my costume – as this is, of course, the most important detail! Right now our team name is White and Grumpy and I will be Snow White while Stewart is a Dwarf (fitting since he’s ony 5’6″ – love you, baby).

Stewart and I will be running this year! Will you?

For more information, check out the Run Disney website:

Only 202 Days, 14 Hours, 47 Minutes and 53 Seconds. But whose counting? 🙂

The First Night of Running School

Last night was the first night of the Women’s Only Running School. This program is designed to help new women runners get in shape and ready for a 5K on October 6th, the Women’s Only 5K. This year there are over 200 women participating!

I arrived around 5:40pm to the Natural Science Center, where the School was meeting for the first time. I was assigned to my team – the Red Team. Each team was identifiable by the color of their visors (in which case we should be the maroon team, but I digress). I saw a sheet on the sign-in table with all the teams and beside each was written a time. Our team said 7 minutes. I thought okay, that’s easy. It’s the first night and all we’re going to run is 7 minutes to get us started. Piece of cake.

I walk over to my group and introduce myself. We tell our experience with running. I share that I’ve been running for 3 whole weeks now, but that I’m completely addicted. Then the coach, Mary (who is really sweet and a good motivator) tells us that we’ll be doing three sets of 7:3 intervals. For those that aren’t familiar that means run 7 minutes, walk 3 minutes. At this point, I became a little nervous.

The training that Stewart (my sweet supportive hubby) and I are doing on off nights is a 2:1 interval (but we do that 10 times). Seven minutes sounded like a very long time to me. I was worried I was really going to embarass myself in front of all these ladies.

Did I mention it was 10 degrees hotter than hell? Well, it was. I had sweat running down my back just from standing in our circle and introducing ourselves – and we were in the shade!

Did I mention that we weren’t running on a track? Well, we weren’t. The only training I’ve had to date has been track running. There aren’t a lot of places to run in my small town so the high school track gets lots of visitors. But this wasn’t a track. Oh no, this is Country Park. A beautiful, HILLY, park designed for joggers, bikers, walkers, etc. HILLS! Freaking HILLS! (And I hear these hills are nothing compared to some of the locations we’ll run.)

After some group stretching (which is good because I really suck at stretching), we were off to start our interval training.

And, drum roll please…..I did it! I ran for 7 minutes each time she said run. Again, I say run but it was more of a jog/shuffle (♪everyday I’m shufflin’♪). But I did it!! Yay me! The hills were a challenge to say the least, but I pushed through. Downhill is officially my favorite part of this running course – haha. While trying to climb the last hill I felt like a geriatric stroke victim learning to walk again because I was literally having to internally scream at my legs to get them to move. But, again, I DID IT!!

So, day one of running school is complete. Check. Now I have to keep running on my own because we don’t meet again as a school until next Thursday and I can’t make that run because of a work meeting. Boo hiss. I guess my 2:1 intervals just changed to 7:3 – until next week and then they’ll switch to 8:3.

Rest days are here. Thank you, Jesus. I’ll run again on Sunday while at Virginia Beach. Woo hoo!

Stats this week: 120 minutes/8.25 miles/Average Pace 14:33 (damn hills, before Thursday I was averaging 13:34)/Weight Loss Total: 18.8 pounds and have dropped two pant sizes so far!


My Running School Team - Red Team

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