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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!

MT10K

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!

A Year of CrossFit

Last week, Tuesday, I hit a year of CrossFit. A whole year of doing an exercise regiment at least twice a week (every once in a while only once). That is unheard of in my reality! I normally get bored or tired of a specific exercise and end up quitting. However, CrossFit is always different. I’m pretty sure that’s why I stuck with it so long.

My first workout just about killed me. Yep, 5 rounds of 15 Overhead Squats with a wooden dow and a 100 Meter Sprint. Took me 12:30 minutes. I can laugh now because I realize just how out of shape I was.

Me after my first CrossFit workout:

So, what was my workout on my anniversary?

WOD: (30 Min cut off)

40 Kettlebell Swings (25#)

40 Push Ups (Chest to floor)

40 Pull Ups (Green band)

400 Meter Run

30 Kettlebell Swings

30 Push Ups

30 Pull Ups

400 Meter Run

20 Kettlebell Swings

20 Push Ups

20 Pull Ups (Green first 10, Black last 10)

400 Meter Run

10 Kettlebell Swings

10 Push Ups

10 Pull Ups (Black band)

400 Meter Run

Finished in 26:30

I have to be honest. I didn’t think I was going to finish that “chipper”. This was one of the few times that I was both disappointed with myself and thrilled with myself. I was disappointed because I had to drop down to the black band, partly because I tore my hands and partly because my upper body gave out pretty quickly. However…I finished! With minutes to spare even!

I’m about 20lbs lighter than I was when I started. The fact that I’ve kept that off is great as well! Now, if I could lose more my pull ups would be a little easier. While I’m getting to where I want to quit CrossFit for a bit…just take a break from the intensity, I’m still glad I’m going once the workout is done!

What workout/exercise routine have you had the most success with?

Mom for a Week

This past week I went to North Carolina to babysit my nephews (11 and 6) while my parents were on a 14 day cruise and my brother had to work. I was a little nervous, but I have to say it went really well! Be assured…I did NOT just sit around eating bon-bons, as Mike would say.

 

 

Now, in all fairness 10 of those miles was on Saturday after I got home but 18 miles isn’t too bad! Just a quick breakdown:

 

Monday: Arboretum walk of about 6-7 miles (watch stopped working)

Tuesday: Hike around Table Rock Mountain and Linville Falls about 4 miles

Thursday: 8 miles on a stationary bike

 

I have quite a few pictures to share for Monday and Tuesday’s workout so I’ll have to do those in a different post. In the meantime, I can share some photos of my week at a glance!

 

Mike and I left Friday afternoon and headed toward my “vacation house” haha!

 

 

We reached our destination Saturday evening about 5PM. Since Daylight Saving Time hit Sunday morning, we didn’t really have to adjust to the Eastern Time Zone. Once we were home, however, was another story! Sunday the boys and I played with their toys then headed to the mall so Mike could watch football. Dakota is the oldest and Logan is the one looking on longingly at the plane.

 

 

Monday, I got up at 5:45 (so much for sleeping in!) and made sure the boys were up, fed, and at the bus stop on time. Once they were gone, Mike and I grabbed our workout gear and headed to the arboretum for what should have been an 8 mile walk.  We looked around at the bonsai plants before hitting the trails.

 

 

I have to say, the bonsai exhibit makes me want to try to make one! The trail took us to Lake Powhatan. Since my watch broke I didn’t get an exact distance, but I think we only ended up going 6-7 miles (if I added the mileage right from all the signs).

 

 

We got home in time to get the kiddos from the bus stop and eat dinner. Day 1 down! Tuesday through Thursday the morning routine was always the same. Since my brother, Eddie, was off on Tuesday he was there to get them from the bus stop so Mike and I could go out to Table Rock Mountain. Since we missed the turn off, we ended up going to Linville Falls first, then found the turn for Table Rock on our way home.

 

 

Wednesday we went to Black Mountain to look around at the shops. I picked up another Carruth sculpture for my hallway! I love his sour face.

 

 

Thursday I rode the stationary bike while Mike ran his 4 miles on the treadmill. It was nice to get in a different type of workout than running/walking and weight training. Since it was our last day in Asheville, we decided to go downtown and walk around a bit. There were some gorgeous fall colors!

 

 

 

We looked at all of the art deco architecture and enjoyed some time at the Grove Arcade (the mall/apartment downtown).

 

 

Eddie was off on Friday, so we left Thursday night to ensure plenty of time to get home and pick the dogs up. Apparently, when the dogs are in the kennel they don’t sleep well. Ruby was passed out when she got home!

 

 

 

All in all, I enjoyed my time as a Mom for a week. That being said, a week was enough! I do miss the boys and can’t wait to see them again next year.