Tuesday, September 18, 2018

River to Sea 6/12 hr Race Review

Yesterday I ran my first ever 6 hr trail race, River To Sea 6/12 hr Race. Over the past few months since I registered, I had a few oh my God, what did I get myself into, and why did I let Monica talk me into this, especially over the past month or so when my training runs got long. But I pushed through and completed all my training runs, so I knew I was as prepared as I could be, at least I thought so.

My friend Dori and I decided we would tackle this experience together and rode down the night before to packet pickup. Super organized packet pickup at a great little restaurant in Flagler Beach called the Beachfront Grille decided for me that this race was going to be good. We decided to eat there, and we both had amazing meals. Dori had a cheeseburger, but I pulled out all the stops and had prime rib..... both were super delicious and the waitress was amazing.

Sleeping was crap, because this was my first long distance trail race, and I was super nervous. We got up super early and headed out to Gamble Rogers Park. I have to say this is one of the most organized races I have ever competed in. Super easy parking and easy to find starting line. We started about on time, and I continued with the intervals I was training with.... 30/30s. Everything was going on point and according to plan... though I didn't have much more of a goal than to finish without dying, until about mile 6 when I tripped over a stump and jarred my back. From there on I could do 2 laps of intervals and 2 laps of walks before I took a ten minute break and that was how I completed my race.


I had really hoped to get over 20 miles in, but in the end 16 was all I could manage. I was a tad disappointed but the race experience was so much more than the run itself. This trail run was SO MUCH FUN! Great people, great food, and just a great experience overall. Dawn Lisenby is an amazing race director and she has the best volunteers. I have never seen a race director interact so much with the participants. I considered her a friend by my first rest break. I truly recommend doing any races put on by East Coast Trail Racing. This easily became my favorite race even though it was the most difficult race I have ever run, and I cannot wait to run Jack's 30K Trail Race next month. If this looks fun, register here and run it with me :D
Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the amazing photographer that they had there, Island Girl Images. She put all our pictures online for free, and actually got some pretty good ones of me. If you want to check our her pictures from River to Sea, check them out here .

A few takeaways from the race -

1. Even if you have a goal, don't be disappointed if you don't meet it. Just enjoy the experience.
2. Trail races are awesome, everyone becomes a friend.
3. Great race directors make a race!
4. Nothing feels better than a pair of flip flops after a race.

Monday, July 23, 2018

2Toms SportShield for Her Review and Giveaway

I don't think there is a woman runner that hasn't suffered from the unbearable chafing that happens after a hot, sweaty run. For me, luckily it only happens after runs that are 6 miles are more, but since my favorite race distance (so far) is a half marathon, chafing happens at least once a week or more. 

Good news, I finally found something that prevents (and soothes) chafing, 2Toms sport shield for Her! Before every long run, I roll it all over my inner, upper thighs (no thigh gap here), under my boobs, and under my jogging bra band on my back. I'm quite sure, I will learn other areas that will need protection as I delve into the realm of ultra-running.
Unfortunately, this may take some trial and error, leaving me with some chafed areas that I didn't know I could chafe. Also, unfortunately there are some days that my scatterbrained self forgets to "prepare" myself for these long runs...... more good news, putting the sport shield on after these runs, soothes the sore, burning areas. 

So here are the great attributes that make 2Toms sport shield for her the best that I have tried - 

100% Guaranteed! SportShield for Her! won’t melt and lasts all day!

Formulated exclusively for women, SportShield for Her! is more than just a pink package. This moisture-rich protection contains aloe & shea butter to moisturize and soothe along with natural anti-microbial ingredients to help protect sensitive skin. It’s fragrance-free and dye free and contains no animal products.
SportShield for Her!:
  • Won’t melt
  • Rolls on quickly & easily
  • Sweatproof
  • Waterproof
  • Non-staining
  • Non-toxic
  • Delivers All-Day protection against rubbing & friction
But it’s easily removed from the skin with soap and water (leaving absolutely no residue), and is ideal for use on the inside of thighs, under sports bras,  or anywhere else that might chafe.

I borrowed this from their page, but I couldn't have said it any better. 

So here's some great news for you awesome readers. I am giving away a bottle of 2Toms Sport shield for Her to two of you. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you aren't one of the lucky winners, I still have a great deal for you. If you use the code APG20 with your purchase you will save 20%, and you can purchase it here

**I am a Medi-Dyne Ambassador and was provided a bottle of 2Toms sport shield for Her! for my review. All thoughts on this product are my own**

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Trail running

For as long as I have been running, I've always enjoyed running trails. They are definitely a lot harder than running on the road, but the sights you see are just so amazing. Trails are very tranquil, allowing me to really relax while I'm running. I'm sure I've mentioned that running is my sanity, it's my way to figure things out in my head and then just lose myself for a little while. Well trails add to that, there are very few distractions so it really allows myself to get lost in my head and just run. Here are just a few images from a trail that I run quite often.... how could you not want to run through that?

Well that love of trail running has opened my eyes to a new category of races that I really didn't know a lot about and honestly didn't think that I would ever be able be capable of running.... ultra running. I have quite a few friends that have been delving into this sport, and are starting to talk me into doing them., so much so, that I have signed up for my first a 6 hr trail race in August and a 30K trail race in October. While I know that these distances really don't qualify me as an ultra runner, they are a stepping stone and I'm looking into 50ks for next year.

Who else loves ultra running? Any advice for a newbie like me?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Who am I?

Sometimes I really wonder who I am or who am I supposed to be... I've spent 20+ years being a wife and a mother, but I think in that process the real me got lost or forgotten and whenever she tries to come out something happens to try and push her back in. Don't get me wrong I love my family, but I often feel overwhelmed and taken advantage of. Every time I think life is going my way the other shoe falls and again there goes my happy go lucky lifestyle. Those who know me know I really try to stay upbeat and keep my personal life out of everything I do, but what do you do when that just becomes to much to bear. I'm sure that many out there feel exactly like I do, but I'm sure they also feel as alone as I do at this very moment. Thankfully I had some very awesome online and in real life friends tonight that talked me down off the ledge I had put myself on, and I know that God put them there when I needed them. So tonight, this post is for all that are feeling like I did. Know that you are not alone, I'm here for you!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Amazing Race for Charity 2018 Recap

One race that I try to do every year, and have succeeded so far is the Amazing Race for Charity. It's a local race put on by a very dedicated group of volunteers to benefit some of our local area charities and schools. It ranges from about 5 - 6 miles within the city of Eustis and encompasses around 20 really fun challenges. The challenge levels are achievable by any fitness or skill level and there is no time limit on the race so it can be walked or ran. It is always one of the most well organized events I have ever run. This year proved no different. It you don't believe me check out the other testimonials on their page.
Race Map
Starting Line


This year's race distance totaled approximately 7.5 miles with about a mile of it on a school bus ride. There were 21 challenges that included brain, fitness and sport skills, but some were just for fun. I honestly couldn't tell you which was my favorite or which challenge I liked the least, they were all great. Every year they just keep on getting better.

Station 1

This wasn't my best run because I wasn't feeling that great having battled an ear infection all week, but I still had a ton of fun. The past four years I have run this race with a friend, but this year I was lucky enough to run it with my youngest son. He didn't break a sweat running at my pace, LOL. During the 21 challenges we were able to get some photos, either taken by friends or by the race crew.  The great thing about these race photos is that they are free. After the race, you are emailed a link to all the photos and you can download as many as you'd like. Check out all the pictures that were taken that day. 

Prom Challenge

During the challenge at the fire department, one of us had to get wet while the other one performed math balancing our check book. Luckily, I was the one doing the math because that water was freezing!!! 

This was the last challenge where we had to carry a ball around cones and across a beam together without using our hands. Definitely have to work together during this race :) 

Finish Line

And of course the end of the race lived up to all the other challenges, spraying us with foam as we crossed. 
Finish Line

Finish Line
This year, along with the awesome shirt and amazing time, the great organizers made a pretty cool finisher's medal. It's probably one of the most unique medals I have ever received at a race. 

I really recommend that my local running and non-running friends consider doing this event next year. I promise you won't be disappointed and if you register before April 30th you can get in for a really discounted rate.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2 months in

Now that I am 2 months into my goal, I decided I should take a step back and see how I am doing. Here is a reminder of the goals I set for myself in my post -

  • Run at least 500 miles
  • Strive for eating healthy 70% of the time
  • Strength train 3x per week and run 3-4 times per week
  • Run my Mt Dora 1/2 Marathon between 2:30 - 2:40
  • PR on another half marathon
  • Lose 10-15 lbs
I have definitely been more consistent with my running and my strength training, but still not to where I want to be. My running numbers are a little lower than I would like, but I do see some progress in my speed. I am doing much better with eating healthy, really close to 70% of the time, but I have not seen a loss of lbs on the scale :(

That said I am a work of progress not perfection, and I am definitely seeing some progress so I will continue that upswing. I want to add blog more to my list of goals for this year as well, because as much as I love to blog I have not been providing myself with the opportunity to do that.

So tell me, how are you progressing on your goals? Any you want to change or add?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Just Strong Ambassador

Ambassadors - Join the Team - Just Strong

I just found out that I was picked to be a Just Strong ambassador... If you haven't checked out their clothes, you need to. They are absolutely awesome, and by being an ambassador I get to offer my readers 10% off. Just use this link to order www.juststrong.com/discount/PGORDON10

I have a tank top on the way and I can't wait to show it off to all of you :)