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Bud’s Run 5k 2013

Good afternoon! This morning, Danny, the kids, and I ran the Bud’s Run 5k (the kids ran the 1k).


My dad came out to watch the kids. Thanks, Dad.

I didn’t have to be worried about the heat and humidity after all because it rained the whole entire race. Not that I minded. I much rather run in the rain than the heat. I don’t mind the rain.

I was hoping to have a good run since it wasn’t too hot out. As soon as I started running, I could feel how tight my calves were and knew it was going to be a problem. And my right quad continues to hurt. I started out a little too fast as usual and my time was 32:11.

I am going to be honest and say that I was very disappointed. I was hoping to run a little better especially without the heat and humidity. My dad pointed out that if I had ran 32:11 a year ago, I would have been so happy.

Yes, he’s right. My running has improved a lot since last year. I have cut 4-5 minutes off of my 5k time, but it’s still disappointing.

It’s disappointing because I have been running for years, and I still struggle with it. Every single run for me is a hard run. I really feel like I give it everything I have most of the time. Yes, sometimes maybe my mind gives up before my legs do, but running is hard for me especially when my legs are sore most of the time.

No matter how hard I try or how much I run, I am just mediocre. I feel like I should be able to go a little faster but I just can’t. I’m not saying that I want to be incredibly fast or win medal every time. I simply want to be able to finish a 5k in 30 minutes or under on a consistent basis.

I am not looking for sympathy and I know that I should tell myself things like all that matters is that you did it and at least you’re out there being active or well, you’re lapping everyone one the couch.

But you know what? I don’t want to say those things to myself. I want to feel bad for awhile and be upset. Then, I will get over it, move on, and run my next race.

It’s just discouraging to try so hard and fall short. But I’ll get over it. Sometimes it just helps to talk about how I feel.

Moving on so that you don’t have to deal with anymore of my self pity…

Danny did awesome once again!! Not only did he PR with a time of 22:51, but he won first place for his age group!

I am so proud of him. He was been really trying hard to win a first place for his age group and today he did it! Not to mention a time of 22:51! Great job, Danny.

Along with his medal, he got a pair of running socks.

It amazes me how some people just have such a natural running ability. Danny can just wake up and run a 5k as fast as he can or go out and run 10 miles no problem. Very awesome.

The kids had fun running the 1k. Jacob ran really fast, finishing 14th out of all the kids.


Jaden ran great too and even lost his shoes halfway through the race. He just sat down in the middle of the runners to put it back on. I had to go run and grab him before he started a big pile-up of people tripping over him.

Jaden was so excited to eat his Italian ice after the race.

There was a lot of food after the race - bananas, orange, watermelon, Clif Builder bars, Italian ice, and pizza.

Yes, there was pizza and breadsticks after the race. I thought that was a nice touch.

Overall, I think the race went well. It’s a smaller race but this year was the 10th anniversary of the race. I have ran the course quite a few times because it’s where a lot of the local races are held.

There’s enough people directing you were to go, one water station, and someone yelling out splits and miles 1 and 2. There is enough bathrooms, the race starts on time, and there’s plenty of post-race refreshments.

This year you could buy $1 raffle tickets to win different gift baskets.

The only thing I didn’t like was the awards. I felt like they took way too long. First, the announced the 12 and under winners. Then they announced the 13 year old male winners. Then the 13 year old female winners. Then the 14 year old male winners. Then the 14 year old female winners. And so on and so on. All the way until age 19 when it finally went into 5 year age divisions.

I have never been to a race with single age group awards. Also, during the awards they started calling out raffle winners. Then they went back to the age group winners. Then in the middle of the age group winners they started calling out the 1k kid’s winners so that the parents with kids could leave. Then they went back to the age group winners.

It just took way to much time. And I don’t remember them doing it like that last year.

After the race, we stopped at Starbucks for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Well, I had a breakfast sandwich. I think Danny filled up on pizza!

Tonight, we’re going to my mom’s to celebrate her birthday which in Monday. We’ll also be watching the Blackhawks game over there. Go Hawks!

Have a wonderful afternoon!!


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First Day of Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

The kids and I celebrated yesterday by going to the pool.


It was hard bringing three kids who are all about 6 years apart to the pool. From now on, I think I’ll stick to the splash park.

Yesterday, I got an email from The Biggest Loser Walk Run 15k saying that the professional pictures were ready. The nice thing about the Biggest Loser race is that all the professional pictures are free.

This is the first race I’ve ever come across where the pictures are free, which is nice because those professional race pictures are expensive! All you have to do is add the pics to your online cart and check-out (no charge). Then you can download them to your computer to print or use however you want!

Here’s a few of my favorite pictures.

This one was right before my dad and stepmom went around the last bend to the finish line. We all meet them and walked the last few minutes with them.



My dad and Sue crossing the finish line.


Me, running in the rain.




There were also a few pictures of me that came out terrible. I could also tell that I have gained a little bit of weight recently. Not just by looking at the pictures, but by how my clothes are getting a little bit tighter.

I haven’t weighed myself lately which is part of the problem. When I don’t weigh myself on a consistent basis, my weight slowly starts to creep up. It’s so hard to lose, yet so easy to gain.

May and June have been hard months for me because we have had a birthday, graduation, or holiday every single weekend for the past two months. And no, I don’t always have to eat a piece of cake or treats, but I have very little will power when it comes to sweets, and sometimes I tend to overindulge.

I lost 30 pounds by being meticulous about writing down everything I ate, weighing my food, and counting calories. It was time consuming and sometimes made me resent that I had to do it. But it was the only way that I lost the weight.

When I reached a weight that I felt comfortable with, I stopped weighing and writing down my food. And slowly I gained some weight back. I don’t think I am at the point where I can maintain my current weight loss without continuing to write everything down.

Counting calories really helped me stay on track and even though it can be a pain sometimes, I plan on doing it again to help me lose the pounds that I gained back. And wouldn’t you know, we have my mom’s birthday and a retirement party this weekend!?

I need to practice eating treats in moderation. When I was counting calories, I always allowed myself enough calories for a small treat – a cookie, frozen yogurt, ice cream, etc. That way I didn’t feel deprived. I think you can have treats and still eat healthy, it just has to be about moderation.

I have also been stressed about a few things lately, and I noticed that when I’m stressed, I eat. I am an emotional eater. I’m happy. I eat. I’m sad. I eat. I’m stressed. I eat. I’m bored. I eat.

So, starting Monday (yes, I broke the #1 “diet” rule – start now, not Monday), I am going back to weighing, measuring, writing, and counting. I am just not at a point yet where I can be trusted to do it on my own.

Also, I don’t look at it as a “diet.” A diet is something that can only be maintained for a short time. I like to live more of a 80/20 lifestyle. As long as you eat healthy 80% of the time, there’s nothing wrong with indulging a bit the other 20% of the time.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My glutes are still sore and it’s really annoying. I have been stretching and foam rolling so at least they’re getting better. I just made sure to take it easy on the squats today.

After the gym, the kids and I went to pick-up our race packets for tomorrow. Jaden was very excited to get his own bib number and t-shirt.


I was excited because there was a coffee mug in the goody bag.


Hopefully, it’s not too hot and humid outside at 8 am tomorrow!

Have a great weekend! We’re going to see Monsters University tonight!

  • Any plans this weekend?
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Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

My calves were still tight when I woke up this morning. Luckily, once I started moving around a bit, they loosened up a lot. The last time they were this bad was last year when I had to go to the sports doctor and go to physical therapy.

Now, I know how to handle them a little bit better. I know not to push myself if they’re too tight and painful. I stretch and foam roll more and I take ibuprofen when needed.

And of course, we did tons of squats and lunges in Butts & Guts class today. I just went at my own pace and regressed some of the exercises if I needed too. I did made sure to put on my Pro Compression socks when I got home though.

Post workout, I had a Larabar.

Larabar recently sent me a few of their bars to try out.

Two of their regular bars in Apple Pie and Peanut Butter Cookie. Two of their Uber bars in Roasted Nut Roll and Bananas Foster.

I had a hard time deciding whether to try the peanut butter cookie or roasted nut roll first. I have never had an Uber bar so I went with that one.

It was so good. I loved all the different nuts in it – roasted almonds, cashews, roasted peanuts, pecans, and roasted macadamia nuts. Yes, it tasted just as delicious as it sounds.

Larabars are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher.

I think I might try these as pre-run fuel.

Speaking of running, I can’t remember if I mentioned that Danny and I are running a 5k on Saturday. I think Marlene is going to come out and run it with us too!

It’s just a small local race and raises funds for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. It’s a nice race. It’s close to home and last year they had raffles and free Italian ice, which the kids loved (okay, I loved it too).

Last year, Danny and my stepmom both placed for their age groups.

Last year’s race:

The kids are signed up for the 1k again this year!

The only thing I’m worried about is that it’s supposed to be 90 degrees on Saturday. Yay.

Have a wonderful day!

  • Ever have a Larabar? Favorite flavor?
  • Any races coming up?
  • Do you like small races or big races?

Larabar sent me some of their bars to try out and review on my blog. All opinions are my own.


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Biggest Loser 15k

I did it! I finished the Biggest Loser 15k!


I am so proud of myself because I was able to run the whole entire race without one single walk break. Even on my long runs at home I had to take walk breaks, so I was so happy that I was able to run the whole thing even through the water stations.

About three miles in, a guy ran up next to me. We didn’t speak the whole race, but we ran the whole thing together. If he sped up a little, I made sure that I sped up. If I sped up a little, he made sure to speed up too.

At the finish line I congratulated him on the race and he told me thanks for pacing him. I told him no, thank you for pacing me. Without that random stranger, I probably would have finished a lot slower than I did. So thank you dark-haired guy running next to me.

My official time was 1:44 which I was very happy with. I knew this wouldn’t be a fast race for me, and my average pace was around 11 minutes per mile. I was just so happy to finish without walking. It was a great experience. I loved it. It was tough, but such an accomplishment.

Backing up a bit….

We got to Rockford about 5 pm Friday night and went to the race expo.

The 15k bib pick-up line was super short, but the t-shirt line took quite a while. There was definitely a lot more people that ran the 5k race.

We got to meet Jeff and Francelina from Season 14 of The Biggest Loser.

They both looked amazing, and were very sweet and friendly. They ended up staying at the same hotel that we did.

Dan and Jackie Evens from Season 5 were also there.

We walked around a few booths at the expo and listened to some Q&A and Biggest Loser trivia questions, then we stopped at Noodles and Co. for dinner.

My favorite part was the cookie.

We meet up with my brother and sister-in-law at the hotel and hung out with them for a bit before going to bed.

We woke up around 5:15 am. I ate a maple nut Clif bar right away, and we left the hotel about 5:45 am. The hotel was about 15 minutes from the race so we arrived in plenty of time.

When we got to the race, we met up with my dad and stepmom to give them their bibs.

The 15k started at 7:10 am and off we went. I ended up wearing a different shirt then I planned because the weather was a bit chillier than I anticipated. I also couldn’t fit the Honey Stinger chews in my back pocket, so I used Sports beans instead.

It rained pretty much the whole entire 15k, and I loved it. I think it’s part of the reason I was able to run as well as I did. It was cool and refreshing. It didn’t downpour just a light steady rain for most of the race.

I started out good at about a 10 min/mile pace. I keep that up for about 4-5 miles or so before I had to slow down a bit.

There was four water/Gatorade stations on the course which was perfect. Had it been hot and sunny, I might have needed more water. I ate half of my Sports Beans at mile 4.5 at the water station.

I ran next to Francelina for about 1/2 a mile before she sped up (don’t worry, I caught up to her in the end). :)

The miles surprisingly went by fast. Around mile 5, I got a little burst of energy, but by mile 7-8, my legs were feeling it. I wanted to walk so bad at mile 8, but I knew I had to keep going. I would have been so mad at myself if I had ran all 8 miles and then stopped with only 1.3 miles left to go.

Danny showed up with about 1/2 a mile left and paced me the rest of the race. I was dying, but I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face. My running buddy crossed just after me.


I got my Biggest Loser medal and immediately ate two plums. It was the best food I ever tasted.

Crystal did awesome and finished a little after me. She met a lady on the course who will be running the same Disney half marathon in Florida as her in November. That’s random.

Danny did super duper extra awesome. He won second place in his age group. His time was 1:13. I think he did so awesome, but was a little disappointed because he missed first place by about 30 seconds. He still did great.

I think the race was well organized, had enough water station, enough bathrooms, a clearly marked course with some mile makers, and a lot of volunteers directing people where to go.

The person that I am most proud of is my dad.

My dad and stepmom did the 15k walk.

When I was younger, my dad fell off the roof putting up Christmas decorations and landed on his back. My brother and I were kids and didn’t realize how serious it was and just thought it was funny that Dad fell off the roof (sorry Dad, I still feel bad about that).

He didn’t end up going to the doctor for a long long time. Years, I think. He used to have terrible back pain and finally had to get back surgery because he had shattered discs in his back that had spread everywhere in his back.

What should have been a short surgery ended up taking 7-8 hours because there was so many disc fragments all around his back that had to be dug out. He still even has back pain to this day.

Somewhere along the way, a shattered disc piece hit a nerve and ended up killing a nerve in his foot. He walks with a slight limp because of the dead nerve. I don’t think it’s necessarily painful, it’s maybe more like dead weight. And I’m sure that his good leg has to compensate for the bad leg.

(Sorry, if I left anything out of the story, Dad. Feel free to comment below and tell us). :)

So, of course, he is physically unable to do any kind of high impact exercising like jumping, running, etc. He was the first one that signed up for the 15k walk. And I told myself that if my dad wants to walk a 15k than I can run a 15k.

This was his first official race. He has done walks before, but this is the first time he’s gotten a bib number, crossed a finish line, and got a medal.

I am so proud of you, Dad! You did awesome and are an inspiration to me!

Enough mushy stuff! You just better not fall asleep at my house tonight when we’re celebrating Danny and Paul’s birthday and watching the Blackhawks game!

I am so glad that we’re staying in tonight and ordering pizza. I don’t think my legs can even walk up the stairs. And Danny is mowing the lawn right now. Overachiever.

Have a great afternoon!!


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Hydrating for Race Day

Happy birthday to my wonderful husband!

If you’re wondering how old Danny is today, he’s 34. Happy 34th birthday, Danny!


Tomorrow is the Biggest Loser 15k race. It will be my longest race. I ran a 10k a couple of years ago, but I mainly stick to 5ks. I am not a great long distance runner, but I really looking forward to accomplishing a 9.3 mile run.

Packing For A Race

Danny and I are headed to Rockford later this afternoon for the Biggest Loser Walk/Run Expo and to spend the night. Jeff Nichols and Francelina Morillo from Season 14 will there and so will Dan and Jackie Evans from Season 5.

Here are some of the things that I’m bring for the race.

My clothes – sports bra, Zensah calf sleeves, fitted shorts, mesh Under Armour tank.

It’ supposed to be about 60 degrees on race day morning, but since I heat up really fast, I am hoping the mesh tank will keep me cool, but not too cold.

I have only run in these shorts twice, but I like them because they have a zippered pocket on the back where I can put my Honey Stinger chews.

Not pictured is my socks – I usually run in Gold Toe socks, nothing fancy. Thankfully, I have never had problems with blisters so the Gold Toe socks work good for me.

I’m also bringing my iPod shuffle, Garmin watch, lip balm, camera, and sunglasses.


I don’t like running in a hat or visor so I run in my sunglasses. I also hate wearing an armband so the iPod shuffle works out great because I just clip it to my shorts.

I’m bringing some gels and chews.

These aren’t for me – I’m going to see if my family wants them. I think even if your walking, 9.3 miles is long and you’ll need energy.

I’m stopping at the store today to pick up some more of the Honey Stinger chews which I will be using for race fuel.



I have decided not to bring my hand-held water bottle with me for the race. The most important thing is to hydrate prior to a race and after a race. I have tried to increase my water intake these past couple of days.

The kids and I were out of the house all day yesterday, so I made sure to bring my water tumbler with me and refill throughout the day. I will do the same thing today.

“Being more than two percent dehydrated in warm environments causes a decline in performance,” says Robert W. Kenefick, Ph.D., a physiologist with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

In a study in the April 2010 Journal of Athletic Training, runners who started a 12-K race dehydrated on an 80-degree day finished about two and a half minutes slower compared to when they ran it hydrated. Dehydration causes your blood volume to drop, which lowers your body’s ability to transfer heat and forces your heart to beat faster, making it difficult for your body to meet aerobic demands.


I also came across a list of why you should not run with water:

• Carrying water can affect your running form if you hold something in your hands. It also gets away from the freedom and relaxation of running.
• It adds unnecessary weight, whether in your hands or on your waist.
• Blood and oxygen should be going to the muscles for its intense activity, not detoured to the stomach to aid in absorption and digestion.
• Hydrating while running can cause stomach upset, with sloshing liquids in the stomach, intestinal discomfort, side stitches/cramps or even nausea, especially with more concentrated sports drinks.
• Stopping for water during races slows your time.


While I think this list makes some valid points, I think it’s up to the individual whether or not to run with water. I know that carrying a water bottle throws off my running form, so I decided not to run with one.

The 15k is supposed to have water stations every 1.5-2 miles, so hopefully that should be plenty.

I’m off to cook Danny a special birthday breakfast – cinnamon French toast, hash browns, and eggs!

Have a great day!




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Color Me Rad 5k Chicago

Today’s Workout

  • Elliptical – 15 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

We did the new BodyPump release today – #86, and it was tough!

Post workout, I had a Builder Bar and watermelon.

I bought a watermelon yesterday, and I think I ate half of it already. It’s just so good. Watermelon is probably my favorite summer fruit. I could eat it all day.

One of the things I really enjoy doing is “fun” races. This includes races with obstacles or mud runs, etc. I think these kind of races are great to do because they focus more on the fun aspect of running rather than the competitive aspect of running. Some of these kinds of races aren’t even timed so that you can just enjoy yourself.

I have completed the Muddy Buddy three times, and while I do have to train for the run/bike race, I do it for fun, not for time. And it’s fun to do it with a partner, especially the giant mud pit at the end.

I ran the Monster Dash 5k with my family a few years ago which included a bunch of obstacles including rope swinging over a river, hurdling over walls, crawling through concrete tubes, crawling under a rope net, etc.

These races are such a nice fun change. And the newest runs to hit the road? Color runs!

The Color Me Rad 5k is coming to Chicago on July 20, 2013 at Soldier Field. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the World Sport Chicago Mission.

How fun does this race look?!


How it works:

Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, you’ll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side.

Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.


You can sign up to run the Color Me Rad 5k in Chicago here. You can also check out Color Me Rad on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

I have two free entries to the Color Run 5k to giveaway. Rather than do it as a comments giveaway, email me at runeatplay(at)hotmail(dot)com and tell me that you want to run the Color Me Rad 5k in Chicago on July 20, 2013.

If you know anyone in the area that wants to run the race, pass this info along to them :)

Have a great afternoon!

  • Want to run the Color Me Rad 5k in Chicago? Email me!
  • Have you ever ran one of these “fun” races?
  • Favorite summer fruit?


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Elgin Fox Trot 10 miler, 5k, and 2 Miler 2013

I have to start off with saying how proud I am of my husband.

Today, he ran the 10 miler at the Elgin Fox Trot. Prior to this race, his longest distance was a little over 6 miles. He has had very little time to run these past few weeks, but today he went out and ran 10 miles in 1:19:33. That’s a 7:58 mile pace. Pretty awesome for someone who has hardly had a chance to run lately.


I am so proud him. He did such a great job of maintaining a great pace for 10 whole miles.  He has such a natural running ability that amazes me. Don’t get me wrong, he was definitely feeling it by the end, but he’s such a great runner.

Backing up a bit…

We woke up at about 5:45 am for the race and left the house at about 6:20 am. I ran the 5k, Danny ran the 10 miler, and my dad, brother, and sister-in-law did the two mile walk.

My mom watched the kids overnight yesterday which made for a much smoother morning.


This is my fourth year running the Elgin Fox Trot, and it’s a race that I enjoy. It’s also probably the biggest race that I run. I think this year there was about 4,000 participants.


It is well organized, with lots of port-a-potties and indoor bathrooms. The race starts on time and there is bagels, oranges, and bananas for after the race. There is an after party with a beer tent and a live band.

I also used the gear check for the first time ever and it was quick and easy.

The only thing I don’t like is that the course is very hilly, some of them very steep. Danny said he felt like the 10 mile course was pretty much all hill running. As someone with a lot of calf and quad pain, the hills are torture for me.

My legs were still sore from running seven miles on Thursday, but I made it up (and down) all the hills. My final time was 30:37 – my second fastest 5k. I was happy with my time, but I don’t think that my legs were happy with me. The weather was overcast and a little chilly, but perfect for running. I start off cold but always warm up very quickly.

Whenever I run a 5k, I always think the exact same thing – I’m tired, my legs are killing me, why in the hell did I sign up for a 15k and a half marathon. I must be crazy. Running is tough for me, and I think that I am going to have to slow my pace down considerably to be able to run longer distances, which is a little bit hard for me to deal with mentally since I am already a slower runner.

The 10 miler started first at 7:30 am.


The 5k started next at 7:40 am, and the 2 mile walk started at 7:50am.

This is the first time that I was ever able to see Danny cross the finish line. Usually we run the same distance races, so he always finishes before me, so it was cool being able to see him cross the finish line for a change.


He told me that all he wanted to do was beat the guy next to him in the yellow shorts.


And he did.


I think the race was hard on Danny, but he did so awesome, and I am so proud of him.



Afterwards, my dad and Danny had their free beers. (I gave my dad my beer ticket).


The Fox Trot theme this year was Superheroes. It was sponsored by Chase bank, and this year they had superhero cards that you could collect from local Chase banks to turn in for a free gift at the race.


We collected the cards and traded them in for pretty nice water bottles.


Overall, it was great race, and I am so proud of my husband!

Have a great weekend!

  • Any races this weekend?
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Just Play 5k 2013

Good afternoon!

This morning, Danny and I ran the JustPlay 5k.


It’s a smaller race and really close to our house. My dad and stepmom came to watch the kids for us. We got there about 7:30 am, and the race started at 8 am.

It was warm out, and I definitely really started to heat up while running. The whole time I kept thinking, how am I going to run a 15k in the middle of June in the heat?!

I started off really good – too good. My first mile was 8:40, which is way to fast for me. By the second half of the race, I was losing energy, and the third mile my right quad was killing me. I seem to be having more quad problems than calf problems lately. I have been foam rolling my hips and quads lately, so hopefully that will help, and I have to start wearing my compression shorts.

I finished in 31:11, which is my second best time. I’m happy with it, but I couldn’t help feeling slightly disappointed after last week’s 29:22 5k. I think it helped that the temperature was a lot cooler last week.


Danny did awesome and PR’d this race! He finished in 23:17! He is super speedy. Good job, Danny. I’m proud of you!


After the race, we stopped at Dunkin Donuts for some iced coffee and donuts.


Then, we headed straight to Jaden’s t-ball game.


The t-ball game lasted about an hour and a half, then we went back to where the race was held because they were having a Just Play festival for the kids. Unfortunately, the lines for paddleboarding and the zip line were too long, but the kids had fun doing other stuff.


They did a fitness obstacle course which was funny to watch.



There was also some reptiles for the kids to touch. And one of the guys put a roach on Jaden’s head.


I tried to stay as far away as possible. I am actually really surprised that Jaden didn’t freak out. He’s not really a bug kind of kid.

The kids got ice cream, and I was excited to see screwballs. That was my favorite treat from the ice cream truck when I was younger.


After checking out some of the booths and letting the kids play, we went to a nearby bakery to pick up my birthday cake! My wonderful husband ordered the chocolate/strawberry/whipped cream cake that I wanted.


He even made sure that they put my age on the cake. Thanks dear.

Tonight, we’re meeting my family at a local Mexican restaurant for my birthday dinner. Can’t wait!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

  • What’s your fastest mile?
  • Where would you have your birthday dinner?
  • Favorite ice cream truck treat?
  • Hot coffee or iced coffee or no coffee?



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Run Like A Mother 2013 5k

Good morning! I hope all you mothers out there had a great mother’s day yesterday!

My mother’s day started out bright and early at 6 am with gifts from the kids and Danny.

We left the house at about 6:45 am to go to the Run Like a Mother 5k, where we met Marlene, Crystal, Sue, my dad, and brother.

The girls ran the race.

And the boys watched the kids.

Sometimes I eat before a 5k and sometimes I don’t. This time, I had a peanut butter kid’s Z bar.

We got to the race about an hour early, and I made sure to go to the bathroom right away - last year the porta-potty lines were crazy. Even though there was about the same amount of porta-potties this year, the lines we nowhere near as long. I also used the bathroom 20 minutes before the race and didn’t have to wait.

There was tons of stuff to do before and after the race. There was a table set up so the kids could color signs for their moms.

The Naked truck was giving out samples of their smoothies and coconut water juices.

They had a table set up where you could pick out symbols and have your own t-shirt made.

I picked the symbols: run, family, and love.

Jaden made a shirt too. I love his face in the picture – the sun was in his eyes.

The birkam yoga tent was giving out free mimosas that my Dad and Danny sampled. Us girls decided to wait until after our run to try one out.

We lined up about five minutes before the race, and it started right at 8:30 am. It was really congested in the beginning, as most 5ks are, but then it thinned out quickly. The weather was pretty chilly and windy, but sunny. I wore pants (with shorts underneath) and a jacket and was freezing when I took them off before the race. I debated leaving my jacket on, but I am glad that I decided against it because I warmed up really quickly.

The course was pretty hilly. Honestly, I never pay much attention to the courses when I am running. I am usually so focused on my running and not dying that I pay little attention to the course. I believe most of the course was through a nice neighborhood, but I really don’t know.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I forgot to start my Garmin before the race, and when I did start it, it was unable to pick up my location. I almost think that it was a good thing that it wasn’t working because if I had seen my time, I might have slowed down my pace worrying that I wouldn’t have enough steam to finish the race.

I just listened to my music and ran. There were times when my quads ached and I felt tired, but I just kept going. When the I could finally see the finish line, I figured that I was at about 31 minutes. Then, I saw that it was only at 29 minutes, and I was shocked. I knew that I had to push myself to finish in under 30 minutes.


I was actually really surprised by my time. I didn’t think that I was going as fast as I was, and when I saw that I could get a sub-30 5k, I kind of went into a zone. I don’t remember anything around me and I didn’t see or hear my family cheering for me. I just ran. Fast.

It might sound silly, but it made me really emotional. This was something that I never thought I could do, and here I was actually doing it. Yes, I shed a few tears as I crossed the finish line at 29:22. Then, I was upset because I couldn’t find my family anywhere. I didn’t even see them cheering me on at the finish line and I thought they missed it.

I finally found my family, and I might have shed another tear or two. :)


Sue, Marlene, and Crystal all did so great. It’s a fun women-only 5k that I love running with the women in my life. Afterwards, we treated ourselves to a mimosa.

Marlene placed third for her age group and instead of a medal, she won a free race entry for next year. I thought that was kind of a cool prize.

Overall, I really enjoy the Run Like A Mother 5k. This was my third year running it, and while the course was a little hilly, it didn’t bother me too much. Everything seemed well organized and there is tons of pre and post race fun.

After the race there is fruit, bagels, and water. There was also lots of vendor tents set up with snacks: pretzel chips, coconut water, Kind bars, Naked Smoothies, Muscle Milk. When you cross the finish line, a volunteer hands you a flower to plant at home. It’s a fun and friendly race that I will run again.

After the race, we went to my mom’s house.

I ate way too much food.

After my mom’s house, we came home, showered, and then went over to my in-laws…where I ate even more food.

Danny with his mom and brothers:

  • Anyone else run a race this weekend? We have another 5k this Saturday!
  • What did you do for Mother’s Day?
  • Best snack you’ve ever had at a race?



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A New 5k PR

Something I’ve always wanted to accomplish was a sub-30 5k. It seemed like one of those things that was so close, yet so far. My best 5k time always hovered around 31 minutes. I would have been happy finishing a 5k in 29:59.

Today, I ran the Run Like A Mother 5k in 29:22!


It was totally unexpected. I had forgotten to turn my Garmin on before the race and it was never able to pick up my location, so I had no idea of my time during the race.

The course was hilly so I didn’t feel like I was going that fast.

When I approached the finish line and saw that I was at 29 minutes, I ran faster than I have ever ran in my life to cross that finish line in under 30 minutes.

Probably the worst ever picture of me, but I have never been more determined in my life:


I cried when I crossed the finish line. I accomplished something that always seemed so far away.

I know that finishing in under 30 minutes isn’t considered “fast” by any means, but for me personally, it was a huge accomplishment. I went from running 36 minute 5k for years to running a 29:22 5k.

Running is tough for me. I have compartment syndrome in my calves which means sometimes running causes me pain with every single step that I take. And no amount of exercising, running, or stretching will ever “cure” it. Yes, running more and foam rolling help, but I always have some sort of pain when I run – whether it be dull pain or intense pain.

Running is hard. But I did it. I finished in 29:22, and I am so incredibly happy. It was wonderful!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. I’ll be back tomorrow with a better race recap. We’re off to spend time with my mother-in-law!

Have a great afternoon!



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