Category Archives: Races

Disney Princess Half Marathon Feb 2016

 

This year’s run was so much better than last year’s, in the fact that I FINISHED!! My breathing was still horrendous but I was able to push through and finish up. I talked my sister-in-law into running the race with me this year. She came last year and did Disney with me but didn’t get there until after the race. At least she was there to help me patch up my ego!

This was Jackie’s first half marathon so I know she was nervous. However, she finished with a good time and seemed to enjoy herself. We were in the same corral, thankfully. We stayed together until it was time for our group to start. Once the fireworks went off, she went at her pace and I went at mine. I finished in 3:52:00, which is not good but that doesn’t matter. When you’re breathing through a windpipe the size of a drinking straw, you’re doing good to even finish (e.g. last year)!

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The day before the race I got to visit with my Rosie Girl again! Man, has she grown up!! It is always so good to see Brittany, Jereme, Rosie, Amber, Hunter, and Declan. Next year, there will be a new edition to Amber’s family so I hope I get to see her too! Another princess to run for!

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I’m done with races for now until I get this breathing sorted out. I’m going to talk to my doctor about possibly doing the resection so I’ll be rid of this thorn once and for all. I will miss going to Disney next year, but it’s probably for the best.

 

 

 

Run for Your Lives, Zombie Apocalypse 5K Obstacle, Dallas, Texas

What do you do when the zombie apocalypse happens? Run for your life!

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Amy, Jeremy and I made our way to Cousin’s Paintball field for a day filled with zombies and mud! One of the things I like about this obstacle race was how seriously they took it. The zombies weren’t just people dressed in halloween costumes, they actually had an area where professional makeup was applied.

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There were a ton of people standing around and enjoying the DJ and other festivities. We were in the 9AM flight and lined up to start. My stomach started churning just before we began! I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but in some areas there were 20-30 zombies waiting to take your flags. Some of them were runners and some were walkers who barely moved. Thankfully, they had rules that not all of your flags could be taken in one leg! Otherwise, I would have been dead in the first area. It was a lot of fun trying to dart around the zombies and to see the different outfits. The zombies weren’t allowed to touch you at the obstacles, but anywhere else and all was fair game!

The obstacles were quite muddy and some of them were trying. I was able to get over a few walls that were about 4 feet tall, but wasn’t able to climb over a 10ft wall, which Amy made! I’m a chicken when it comes to heights like that!

We went into one building that was completely black. I assumed it would be just a dark place where people jumped out at you, but nope…they had wires hanging around that shocked you. I mean, shake your teeth shock you. Wasn’t exactly pleasant!

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I turned around as soon as I was shocked and crawled back out the entry! I lost my last flag toward the end, as did Amy. Amy would have made it through if the Zombies didn’t talk to each other and tattle on her! In fact, it shouldn’t be legal for them to talk. Zombies can’t talk. The last mud obstacle was a crawling one. Some of it wasn’t so bad on my knees because it was squishy but some of it was more rock than mud and wasn’t pleasant!

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From there you climbed up some wood slats to the top of the water slide. This scared the tar out of me. Amy was already at the top and helped me get up there since there was no where to hold on to pull myself up. With all that mud on my feet I was slipping and sliding!

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The water in the tub had chlorine, probably to help kill any crap you picked up in the mud! There was one last zombie crowd to get through to the finish. However, I didn’t have my flag left for them to take. We tried to fake the zombies out by running together to help these other two people make it through with a flag. One of them made it, but one did not!

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We were infected!

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We were able to shower off and watch the rest of the people try to finish. They were taking shoe donations and had quite a nice pile when we were leaving!

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On our way out we saw this one lady with a zombie baby backpack. She passed us during the race!

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So, while we were infected, it was a good time all around!

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We finished in 1:30, which wasn’t too bad considering all of the obstacles and mud!

 

Wildseed Farms 5K, Fredericksburg, Texas

This was one of the prettier courses I’ve run! Granted, there weren’t as many flowers as I thought there would be but we are still in drought conditions. The weather was lovely, although slightly warm. However, the skies were blue and sun was shining! The Wildseed Farms is a lovely place to visit if you’re ever in the area!

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We all lined up to get ready to run through the wildflower farm. This was a women’s only run, but there were one or two men there to support their wives/sisters/girlfriends/friends. The line wrapped all the way around to the main building.

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They sounded the bullhorn and we were off!

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We stayed on the farm and even went next to a creek. It was quite peaceful and the flowers were beautiful.

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Most of the flowers were found toward the front of the farm and building. They had a test area where they grew different flowers in patches.

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Breakfast was provided along with wine tasting and mimosas! There was a band for our entertainment as we relaxed afterward.

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All in all it was a fun race! Maybe next year they’ll have better luck with the flowers throughout the race area.

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I just couldn’t get enough of the poppies! So beautiful!

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We walked most of it with intervals of running. Then toward the end we hooked up with some other ladies and did 1/1 intervals. My Garmin showed 3.5 miles and finished in 53:19.

Muddy Trails 10K 2013, The Woodlands, TX.

Happy five years of Muddy Trailing it! This was my first race (2008) I ever participated in (5K) and I can honestly say one of the more challenging races. Mike has been doing the 10K while I do the 5K (2009, 2010, 2012). This year I decided I was going to do the 10K because I had yet to do an actual 10K race. I have done plenty of 5Ks, a 5 miler, a 10 miler, a couple of 1/2 marathons, and a marathon relay but no 10K!

I decided this year that I didn’t want to carry my phone/camera with me so I only have a shot of Mike and I at the end of the race. Sorry guys! Last year they had an issue with the shuttles that were supposedly fixed this year, however we saw a lot of people walking again and the line for the shuttle was long so Mike and I walked from the parking area to the race site (1.5 miles). We got there just as the kids were finishing their fun run and the 5K race was going to start. Thankfully, I had time to cool off a little bit in the shade before starting the run.

At 4:05 they put us all in the corrals so we’d be ready to go at 4:15. However, someone in the 5K group took a wrong turn, which means a lot of lemmings took it too, so we were postponed until about 4:30 so the 5Kers could clear out. Finally, the buzzer sounded and we were off. I had two ladies behind me from the beginning and passed a woman on the first loop. Since it had been raining this week the dust wasn’t as bad as it typically is; However, the ground was quite soft in some areas. The last time I had run was about a week before the race and boy could I feel it.

I felt like I was running the race on my own for most of the time since I couldn’t see anyone in front of me nor the people behind me. I would see the other racers when we were on an out and back portion because they were coming back while I was still going out! I ran into two of my running buddies from my group this last fall. That was pretty cool! I was hoping I would NOT see Mike here because if I did that meant I had a looonnnng way to go still. Mike is about twice as fast as I am. I also happened to see the woman I passed at the beginning of the race. I know she didn’t pass me again, so apparently she decided to take a short cut. Oh well, her loss.

My legs were so heavy on this run and the sand/roots were not my friend. I almost face planted a couple of times but thankfully I recovered and no one was there to see it! No witnesses means it didn’t happen…except I’ve already told y’all! Usually Mike comes back to find me and finish the race with me when he’s done but I was getting close to the end and had yet to see him.

I finally got to the paved portion which meant a little over a quarter mile and I was finished! There was Mike, walking toward me. He had apparently gone back to find me but the woman at the aid station said there were only 2 people left in the race and my bib number wasn’t one of them. Not sure who he talked to or when, but I was still there…pushing along!

As I came up on the finish line a lot of the people eating crawfish were cheering me on, which was nice but at the same time I have this voice in the back of my head saying “awww…let’s cheer on the slow poke, she definitely needs it”. Donna and Patty (my running buddies) were there to high five me on my way in too. All in all, for being tired and ready to stop I was actually in a pretty good mood at the end! It took me 1:41: 52, which was a 16:26 minute mile but that’s ok. I was doing a lot of ups and downs on the trail. Just for comparison, I finished my marathon relay portion in 1:28 (6.25 miles) which was roughly the same distance but was flat!

I plopped down on the grass for a little bit just to catch my breath then decided it was time to go. We couldn’t find where the shuttle was picking people up from and I really didn’t want to stop for too long otherwise I’d get stiff so Mike and I walked back to our car (another 1.5 miles!). By the end of the day I’d gone 9 miles!

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We went to Panera Bread where I treated myself with a grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, and a fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookie! I don’t know if I’ll do this race again next year since my friend Amy wants me to do the Hero run and I don’t know if it will be the same day again…but we’ll see!

One thing that stands out to me, this is my 5th year of races! That is awesome! I would NEVER have thought I’d run races let alone doing them consistently for 5 years. I feel like a badass!

Hot Chocolate 5K, Dallas, Texas

On February 9th, Amy and I decided to split the distance and travel to Dallas for the Hot Chocolate 5K! I originally wanted to do the 15K, but once I saw you had to maintain a 15 minute or better mile, I knew it was probably best to stick with the 5K this time around. I have driven through Dallas many times but have never stayed there. It’s fair to say, it wasn’t the best trip!

Amy and I went to the expo on Friday to pick up our race packets. I fully expected something fun but there were very few people there and not many vendors. Fail. The best thing that came from it was the swag!

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The race bag was pretty cool. Mine was red and Amy’s was blue…we decided to switch! The only thing in the bag was the technical hoodie. I have to say, I really like this sucker! It’s quite comfy. The inside of the hood is orange to match “Chocolate”. There was a vendor there with Biscoff cookie spread. We had seen some people leaving with cartons of this stuff. We could either choose a carton (12 jars) of one type of spread or we could take 1 of the crunchy jars and 1 of the creamy jars. Amy and I opted for taking one of each since we weren’t entirely sure what it would taste like. It’s extremely non-nutritious! Basically, it’s just ground of cookies to make a spread. The crunchy was delicious and I swear laced with crack. That’s beside the point…

After the expo we went and watched “Side Effect” at an old mall that had half of their stores closed and the other half weren’t really worth shopping in. Oh, there was a tattoo parlor too. You know…just in case you want to get some ink done while you’re there. We also found a local BBQ place for lunch which was quite good!

The next morning we left earlier than planned, which was a good thing since the race organizers and Dallas Police really made a mess of things. Originally we were told we could use gates 5-12 to park. When we got there, they only had gates 9 and 10 open. They were funneling 12,000 participants through 2 gates. The police weren’t really directing traffic well either. On top of that, they closed down the extra lanes which forced everyone into one lane. Ok, fine…but did you really have to close them off so 3 lanes were merging into 1 in the same spot? Not very good planning…and, the police directing traffic? No where to be seen in those areas. Well planned, Dallas, well planned.

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We parked a mile away from the start line/corrals…yep a mile! So, we got a bit of a warm-up in on our way! It was in the 40’s, maybe right at 50 (can’t remember exactly), so that extra walking at least got us a little bit of heat started on the way to the corrals.

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We passed the area where you pick up your goodies at the end and saw an odd sign:

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We were wondering if we were supposed to use that area to lay down in once we finished the race!

Since Amy and I are not the fastest of runners we were in the very last corral, Corral G.

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We had just enough time to cool back off before the race started! Everyone was bouncing around trying to stay warm. This is us before!

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They let all of the corrals go one at a time. Once A was gone, we waited 3 minutes and they let B go. While it is a good idea to allow a little bit of space, I was ready to go!!

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We finally got to the start and were able to get the party started.

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The horn blew and we were off. It felt good to get moving and start warming up some. The weather was perfect for running, not so much for standing around! We were a little packed together at the beginning, but much better than several of the other larger races I’ve done. This one was by far the largest I’ve ever done though.

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The trail mainly went around the streets surrounding the Cotton Bowl area.

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We had an overpass with a view of Downtown. To infiniti and beyond!

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Toward the end there was a live band playing…that was pretty awesome!

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Finally, we reached the finish line with a time of 49:40. Amy beat me by 1/100th of a second! 😀

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It was after we crossed the finish line that I understood the “No Sitting or Standing” sign!

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The line was well managed to get your hot chocolate. We didn’t have to wait at all.

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We threw caution to the wind and sat our happy butts right next to the sign and enjoyed our hot chocolate and various goodies to dip in the chocolate fondue!

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While the route to get in to the park was a mess, the race itself was well organized. While I enjoyed the race, the stress of the traffic before and after left a bitter taste in my mouth. If I do this race again, it will be if it comes to Houston or Austin. I won’t be going back to Dallas!