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  • Breast Cancer Awareness October

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Pink is everywhere this month.  Whether is the NFL, college football or local races, someone is wearing pink!  Last week, I had the pleasure of participating at my friend's Kat healthy walk at the business offices of Progressive Insurance in Brandon.

    She asked if we could set up a table to promote healthy eating at her event.  Jordan Parke and I had a great time meeting some awesome people and enjoying the great Florida weather!  Yes, it was breezy out there.


    We brought some granola for the walkers to snack on as well as some pumpkin butter and coconut butter.  Everyone was very impressed with the granola ingredients and nutritional facts.  Although, I think they secretly wished I had brought samples of our strawberry cookies.  :)  Maybe next time.

    Last Sunday, I gathered up the courage to run my first 15k.  While the event did not raise funds for breast cancer, it was aptly named Pretty in Pink to raise awareness.

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  • September Fitness

    Wow!  Another race down.  Running the Hooters 2 Hooters 10k was definitively a great choice for me.   I can definitively say I enjoyed running that race and better yet, I was able to shave off 3 minutes from my previous time.  I was pretty consistent during this month running three times a week.   My weekly mileage increased from almost 13 miles to 16 miles by the end of the month.

    Next on the schedule is the Pretty in Pink 15K in Clearwater.  According to the website, the race course will also be through the Ream Wilson Trail.  However, this will be the first time I run that distance, so I'm not sure how it will go as far as timing.  My goal is to finish it without a walking break.  This is a very important race for me because depending on how I feel after this race I will decide if I'm ready for the 1/2 marathon in November.

    From the looks of my calendar it seems I logged almost 60 miles this month!  According to my nike+ account, the last time I ran this much was back in June 2010, I ran 55 miles.  Gotta love technology!  According to my October running schedule I'm suppose to run almost 80 miles this month if I'm going to do the 1/2 marathon in November.  Yikes!  I'll keep you posted.  For now, I'll just focus on the 15K.  One race at a time. :)


    What are your fitness goals for October?

    How do you keep track of your fitness schedule?

  • Hooters 2 Hooters 10K

    2010 was the year I ran three different 10Ks in three months: Midnight Run in Dunedin, Moss Park in Orlando and Ace of Clubs in Clearwater.  Out of the three events my least favorite was the Ace of Clubs.  The race course goes through the beautiful Ream Wilson trail, however I wasn't a big fan of the hills.  I know what you are thinking, I live in Florida, there are no hills.  Let me tell you, there are hills or at least 10% inclines throughout this trail.  In addition, to start the Ace of Clubs you had to run on the Booth Mullen Road overpass.  I was not a happy camper.  As if that wasn't enough, in order to finish, you once again go over the Booth Mullen Road overpass and while to your right you could see the finish line, you were instructed to go left for what felt like 3 more miles.  Maybe it was 1/2 mile, I don't remember.  All I know is that I was so deflated after sprinting over that overpass only to be told I had some more miles to go.  Again, I was not a happy camper.

    Fast forward to a few months ago I found out about the Hooters 2 Hooters 10K.  As I understood it, the race was supposed to be from the original Hooters location on Bay to Bay to another Hooters in Clearwater.  The concept sounded interesting.  The idea of eating chicken wings after the 10k was the extra push I needed to sign up.  Little did I know, this was just the old Ace of Clubs 10k rebranded.

    I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, but decided to go ahead and sign up.  The Ream Wilson Trail is mostly shaded and it would be a change of pace from running around the lake at our community.  I convinced a friend of mine to sign up and got my family to come cheer us bright and early on Sunday morning.

    The drive to Clearwater wasn't too bad as there wasn't a lot of traffic at 6:00 am.  There was a bit of a breeze so I was glad to have packed my Ego Girl hoodie, thanks Ericca!  Just like any other race, there was the line for the packet pick up, a line for the chip and of course the potty line.  I had planned on running with my camelbak and was debating whether I should keep it or not.  So glad I listened to Leigh!

    The race started about 5 minutes late, which wasn't too bad except my legs started to feel sore.  One of the best things about going to races is the people watching.  You get to see what other gear/shoes people are wearing.  And of course there's always the people playing dress up.  When we noticed these guys running around dressed up like Hooters Girls it was hard not to laugh.

    Even though there were still some hills, this new course was much better.  I'm not sure if I've become a better runner or just having run that course before helped me, but I got my first 10K PR of 59:41.  Sure, I didn't win my age group, but I won my race.  I went back to a course I hated, and I came back with a PR.  Not bad for an early Sunday morning!


    Have you or would you return to a race you didn't like the first time?


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