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Perfect 10

It was a beautiful day for a race today! The Perfect 10 Miler was the last of my fall races that I was signed up for and I just couldn’t bear to miss it. I know my leg was not fully recovered so I dropped down from the 10 mile race to the 5k. This was Melissa’s first race back after having her beautiful boy 3 months ago.

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We always have so much fun running together. I realized after the race that the last 5k I ran was over a year ago (remember I took a year off of 5ks?) and Melissa and I ran that together too.

So many of my SOL Sisters ran this race too. Race day with these girls is an amazing experience. We have the best time meeting at someone’s house way before dawn, driving hours to our race and spending the morning together.

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We give each other confidence before the race, chat with each other on the course and cheer everyone on as the they come through the finish line.

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Today I was lucky enough to take second place in my age group and have my boys there to cheer me on. My girls stayed for the awards too. Can you tell how sunny it was?

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Here is my race bling – finisher medal and place medal. :)

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I think the socks Tara gave me brought me luck. And my mantra is still true. I never regret a run – even with an injury. It’s ironic because I chose to put it on my bib almost a year ago!

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The food after the race was amazing again this year.

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Melissa and I went to packet pick up yesterday to collect our gear. Somehow we ended up at a crew race first? Why is GPS so challenging sometimes?

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But we made it there eventually.

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And then home in time for our soccer game. The Hurricanes played awesome for another win. Only one more game to go this season.

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I probably won’t be running again for a while after this weekend, but for me, it was totally worth it.

So, I am wondering, does your town trick or treat on Halloween or on another day?

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You can’t give 100% one hundred percent of the time. Or you will break. That is good advice given by my yoga instructor this morning. We all need to take time to relax and recharge so we can be our best when we need to be. The girls and I decided to take her advice and got a little girl time in this afternoon.

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I’m so glad we did because this weekend’s schedule is already making my head spin. The weekend before Halloween is filled with trunk or treat events that the boys will love. Here are Aidan and I at one from last year.

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We will also be playing two soccer games (Go Hurricanes!) and going to a Halloween party! (I hope I remember those pumpkins!)

This weekend is also the Perfect 10 Miler race – the last race I am signed up for in October. This is an all female race designed to promote healthy body image and encourage girls and women to love themselves for who they are. My running club runs this race as a team and it is so much fun. Here are a few of us from last year’s race.

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This year they have added a 5k option as well as the 10 mile race. The boys and I will be there to support all of my girls running, and there is a pretty good chance I will drop down to the 5k. We’ll see. I know, I know… So add packet pick-up on Saturday and a race on Sunday to our weekend schedule. I am pretty excited for this since I have missed all of my other races. I will have to keep this in mind if I run:

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Fall race season continues and we are getting everything together for my running club’s fall 5k – 1 mile kids run, the Gobble Wobble.  This race is Thanksgiving morning and a great way to burn off some calories before Thanksgiving dinner. And dessert.

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It will be a busy weekend, for sure, but I know we will have a great time. Now I have to go so the tooth fairy can make another visit to our house.

So, I am wondering, do you prefer trick or treating in neighborhoods or trunk or treat events?

The Forest or the Trees?

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It’s true, runners do not make good patients. We are probably pretty stubborn as a group and we rarely want to see the big picture of an injury. In our defense, running is very addictive. It just makes you feel good about life. Plus, who wants to give up months of training just before a race? This is my dilemma. Yes, I know it makes no sense at all if you are not a runner. So I am still not running in hopes that I can race on Sunday (5k). And the next Sunday (18 miler). And the one after that (perfect 10 miler).

Cross training it is for now. At least someone was excited about it!

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Here are some common reasons runners get injured. Keep these in mind during your training.

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My boys are so sweet. Dane got the couch all set up for me after dinner and insisted that I sit down and ice my leg. My sweetie. <3

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It has been forever since I ran a 5k. I am really only running this weekend to honor my dear friend and all of the women out there who are battling or have battled breast cancer. There is no race quite as stressful as the 5k because really, anything is possible. This is why I gave them up.

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So, I am wondering,my runner friends, if it was you what would you REALLY do about these upcoming races and training?

Races and Friends

The end of summer is time to gear up for fall races.  I love fall races – the weather gets cooler and there are so many great races to choose from.  Thankfully I have kept my mileage up because I can’t fully commit to a training schedule until the kids are back in school.  For now I have to be happy with 8s and 10s and an occasional 13 or 14.

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Here is my race schedule so far…  I have to admit I am thinking of adding one 5k in there.  Just one.  Melissa – come run it with me.  I guess it has been long enough that I have forgotten how painful they are!

Summer fun continues.  Beautiful beach days that will unfortunately stop suddenly.

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Dinner with friends.  This restaurant has $1.00 kids meals sometimes, but you have to order off of the kids menu.  Our boys just might have outgrown this.  They each had two kids meals!  😉

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Dinner was followed by the biggest ice cream cones you have ever seen.

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Dane and I took advantage of some down time by playing ping pong.  He is being picture shy lately though.

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So, I am wondering, how far in advance do you sign up for races?

The Perfect Race

Sunday was a big day for races around here.  There was an 18 Mile island race, a marathon and half marathon in Atlantic City and the Perfect 10 Miler.  It was hard to choose!  The Atlantic City half marathon has been my favorite race for a while now.  It is a nice flat course on the boardwalk and along the beach.  Of course, the 18 miler is a rite of passage of sorts around here since it is unique to our area.  The Perfect 10 Miler won for me in the end.  I chose it because the largest number of girls in my running club were running that race, it had really great perks and a flat course.  Also, the theme was to empower women.  And honestly, ten miles is a sweet spot.  A half marathon is good too, but ten can be a good distance to see what you can do.

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I now have a contender for my new favorite race!  This race was so much fun!  We all met in the dark to caravan to the race.  It was way too early for me, but the novelty adds to the experience.  We laughed on the car ride there about our super hero attire and other nonsense.

As usual, when we arrived it was cold.  The problem with this is that we were all dressed to run and not for the cold.  Some races have a gear check where you can leave a sweatshirt in a bag and come back for it after the race is over.  More commonly though, runners will wear a “throw away shirt.”  Essentially, a warm shirt they will leave at the starting line of the race.  Usually these clothes are later donated to charity.  At our last race we used throw away sweatshirts.  This time around I bought removable sleeves.  Not a complete solution, but they help.  And I was able to take them off once I warmed up on my run.

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There was the usual anticipation at the starting line.  It was nothing like a 5k (where there is real pressure to run FAST!), but everyone just wants the race to start.  Since corrals were not assigned we all stood together somewhere behind the 9 mile pacer.  This is what it looked like from that vantage point.  You can see why it is not possible to run at the very beginning of any big race, even though your time has started.  There were close to 2,000 women running this race.

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I ran most of the race with my race buddy, Holly.  Holly and I run well together and pair up for most of our races.  This time around we started running faster than we usually do and just kept up the pace.  We ran past the tuba player and the lady ringing the bells (how did she keep getting ahead of us anyway?)  We waved to all of our girls and complained about any hills we came to.  We laughed at the crazy outfits we saw.  It was a good time.  I just felt good running that day.

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When we finished we celebrated with pretzels, pasta and chocolate dipped fruit with our girls.  It was a really fun race with a bunch of great friends.

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By the way, remember that medal/bib holder I got a while ago?  This one?

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Look at it now.  : )  Lots of fun times.

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So, I am wondering, would you enter a race because a friend was running it?

Fall Fun

Fall is such a great season.  There are so many fun and festive things to do.  Today the boys and I decorated pumpkins.  We will carve pumpkins this year too, but closer to Halloween.  It is not cold enough here yet to make them last more than a week once carved.

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We had a great time and it reminded me of all of the past years that we have decorated pumpkins.  I am feeling nostalgic lately.  It seems like the boys are so big now.  Which is good, of course.  But I do miss those little cuties.  Anyway, the house is half decorated, there is a slight chill in the air and apple cider donuts are back.  Life is good.

This weekend I get to run the Perfect 10 race with many of the girls in my running club.  It is supposed to be a scenic, flat ten mile course through a park.  I am excited.  It is an all female race with bands along the course and spa-like amenities afterwards.  The race is started by the “Bow-tie guys.”  You got it, shirtless eye candy wearing bow ties!  CGI, the race sponsors, have emailed updates that include affirmations such as “You are a perfect 10,” “You are Super,” “Today you will shine,” and Beauty is within” among others.  How often do you get emails like that?  And the perks are great too.  Finishers receive a running jacket that says “Perfect 10 Miler.”  Not too shabby.  http://www.cgiracing.com/perfect10miler/CGIRacing%7CPerfect10Miler.aspx

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I received something in the mail that I am pretty excited about.  I ran with it today and will definitely be wearing it during the Perfect 10 race.  It is called a Handana.  I will tell you more about it tomorrow.  No time to do it justice now.

Hope you are enjoying fall so far!

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So, I am wondering, do you carve or paint pumpkins?

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