Time Trials Are Fun & June Miles

Monday:  

We had to be at the Denver airport to fly home by 4am.   This pic sums it up.
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Speaking of the airport, I posted a crazy mural from their baggage claim HERE.  You guys directed me to some super fun conspiracy theories about the Denver airport.  If you love conspiracy theories, you MUST read more about the Denver airport!

I was happy to find my favorite Umpqua Oats for breakfast!  Food and coffee made the early flight a lot better.
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When we got home, we unpacked, picked up a smoothie, and I hit the gym for a recovery run.
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Track Tuesday:  Time trials are fun…said no on ever.

We kicked off the Fleet Feet Summer Speed Sessions with a 1 mile time trial.
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I went into this time trial with zero expectations.  Actually, I was amazed that I even felt up to attempting it.  I ran a 6:29.  Not my fastest time, but I’m super proud considering it was 3 days post-50k.

Also, I knew I was back in TN when I saw the morning humidity…eek!!
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I went to Juice Bar for a Cocoa Banana Smoothie and I had a free one on my account…always a good day when that happens!
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And, then I went for a much needed post-race/time trial sports massage with Robin Frazier at Franklin Massage Center.
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For dinner I made Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower…yum!!!  Recipe coming soon.
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Wednesday:

Woke up to this….married life for the win.
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I posted my North Fork 50 Race Recap!  Click HERE to read it if you haven’t already, or if you just really want to read it again. 😉
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I wanted to do a nice and easy, FLAT run.  My sweet friends obliged and we got together for a great morning run.
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Jenn baked rhubarb bars and brought me a couple.  They were SO good and perfect with a big mug of coffee!!
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Another month is in the books!  I loved this months training for North Fork.  I felt strong, injury free, and really relaxed for every run.

June Miles: 344
YTD: 1,915
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How was your June training?

What’s your next race?  Is it a goal race or a “just for fun” race?  My next race is the Cumberland Plateau Stage Race.  It’s a weekend of trail running with friends and we’re running it for fun.

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?  I used to always get green smoothies, but lately I’ve been on a chocolate kick!

#choosejoy

Denver Day 4

First…I’m hoping to have my race recap typed up for you tomorrow.  I’m waiting to see if the race will send out their pictures so I can include them in my report!

Sunday: Post-Race

I woke up feeling great!!!!  It was a wonderful surprise.  I tried to negotiate a shake-out run with Jason.  He wanted to walk.  We settled on a bike ride around town.
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Say ahhhh!!  or Open wide!!!
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We met up with a few of our friends for breakfast at Snooze!  Christ Beth ordered the cutest hot chocolate!
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And then we headed out to walk-off our yummy breakfast around the Highlands neighborhood.
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Christi Beth and Bob wanted to checkout the giant REI.  We were happy to return for a second visit.  Should this be my new gardening hat?  I seriously could have used the sun protection during the race!
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CB and Corrie were deep in thought while testing out the rocking chairs…
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And, I found some super flattering “camping panties.”
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After a little room time, we hopped back on some bikes and rode to the Corner Beet…a super cute vegetarian juice bar!  I had a carrot cake juice and goat cheese and jam toast….yum!!!
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The Tattered Cover is one of the largest independently owned bookstores in the United States and right by our hotel.  We had to check it out!  I could spend hours in there!
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On the way back to the room, I picked up a carrot cake cheesecake.  Isn’t it pretty?!!
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We planned Corrie’s birthday dinner for after the race, so we could all relax and enjoy the night.
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We had an incredible dinner at Osteria Marco.  Jason and I had a truffle, mushroom, and robiola pizza and a butterscotch bread pudding for dessert…heaven!!!
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We all headed over to The Oxford and ended the night with a cocktail at Cruise Room.  I had a Champagne Cobbler.  Cheers to a wonderful trip!!!!
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Who raced or ran long this weekend?  Share!

Peak and pit of your weekend?  Peak: Getting to run North Fork with Corrie for her 30th birthday!  Pit: A 5:45am flight home!

#choosejoy

Corrie’s 30 and My Race Goals

This seemed like an appropriate Friday post on my Instagram!
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I met up with the birthday girl for a 3.0 mile shakeout run to kickoff her 30th birthday!
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We joined our husbands for breakfast at Syrup.  I had the creme brûlée oatmeal with berries…yum!
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Denver has the second largest REI and it was within walking distance of our hotel.  We had to visit!
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I had a sweet tooth so we stopped by Milkbox.  I had the most delicious vegan rocky road ice cream!
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Then we just chilled in the room for the afternoon.  A) We needed to rest a little for Saturday’s race.  B) The altitude has left me feeling really nauseous.

The rest of our crew made it into town and we all got together for dinner!!  I love these friends so much and I’m so excited to have this adventure with them!
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Eat all of the carbs.
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We have a 1 hour drive to Pine, Colorado in the morning, so I made sure to lay everything out the night before.  Basically it’s lots of Cocogo, Picky Bars, Gu, Banana bread for breakfast, extra Swiftwick socks, Garmin 620, and dry clothes for the finish.  I’m only doing one drop bag, but I get the chance to use it twice on the course.
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Race outfit:
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My Goals for the North Fork 50k:

  • Stick with Corrie for her first ultra.  She chose this race to celebrate her birthday and run her first 50k.  It’s all about her!
  • Run my first race at altitude.  I’ve always struggled with altitude sickness during ski trips.  Running a 50k should be a challenge, but I’m excited to see how it goes.
  • No vomiting during the race.  Anyone that has suffered from altitude sickness knows this struggle.
  • Enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
  • Have fun!!
  • Our group has agreed to not set a finish time goal.  It’s all about the adventure with friends!

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Are you racing or running long this weekend?  Share!

Do you take advantage of mid-race drop bags or do you carry everything with you? 

Home Sweet Home

Thursday:

Beautiful sunrise run…first at the beach
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and then along the Watercolor trails and boardwalks!
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The downside to Jason returning home before me…He sent me this picture of the mail I received while on vacation.  Busted.
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After my run, I had another breakfast on the Fish Out of Water patio.  The view and my fruit bowl were gorgeous!
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I opted for the adult pool after breakfast.  The Watercolor Inn Beach Club is full of energy and this pool provides a nice quiet spot to relax.
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And then, it was time to pack and head home, but not before one last picture from my balcony.
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I basically packed a bucket of pineapple for the drive home. I also found a Smoothie King (they have vegan options).
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Friday: National Donut Day!

Coincidence?  I think not.
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What better way to kickoff donut day than with a gym workout followed by a green smoothie!  I am loving the New Balance Ice Graphic Tunic and 876 seemed like a fun number to run.  Take that OCD runners!
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Bye, bye sand.  A much needed carwash.
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I have been taking dates with me to snack on throughout the day.  One date really fixes my sweet tooth!
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And, the main reason I came home (other than seeing my husband!) was to pickup my race bib for this weekend’s Franklin Half Marathon!  I’m joining friends and using it as a training run.  It’s always a super hot/hilly race.  I would never choose it as a goal race, but it’s fun to support a local run with friends!
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After lots of yummy vacation food, I opted to skip the donuts.  It’s all about balance and I had my fair share of sweets over the last week.

Do you enjoy just running races for fun with friends or does your competitive spirit kick in?

Did you celebrate donut day?  What kind and from where? Obviously, I’m living vicariously!

After vacations, do you feel the need to “reign it in” and eat a little healthier?

Happy Weekend and Choose Joy!

My husband left me…at the beach. 

I hope you had a very Happy National Running Day!!!!  I loved reading everyone posts about why they run…so inspiring!
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Annie at TheLittleGSP.com pointed out that I never explained where 30A is…oops!  I’ve been hanging out on the Florida panhandle.  Scenic highway 30a is between Panama City and Destin.  It’s comprised of a bunch of little beach towns.

Wednesday:

The sunrise was gorgeous!!
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Jason and I went swimming in the ocean (aka nature’s shower) after our run.
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All washed up!  This was my not-so-graceful exit from the ocean.  Big thanks to Jason for catching this gem!
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We went back to the Fish Out Of Water patio for breakfast.  They have THE BEST french toast that I’ve ever head in my life.  If you’re on 30A, you must try it.  I’m going to recreate it when I get home!
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Then the leaving part…We were supposed to check out and head home, but I wasn’t ready.  Jason needed to get back for work, so he left and I stayed.  I seriously have the greatest husband!

Post-breakfast pool time!
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Bike ride…
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Lunch at Raw and Juicy (green smoothie, chia pudding, and coconut macaroons!)
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Shopping in Seaside
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Balcony coffee time.
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Random dinner (salad, sweet potato fries, and fried green tomatoes) on the Great Southern patio
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A big perk to staying at the Watercolor Inn: They deliver cookies to your room every night during turn down service…yum!
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And, I totally forgot to post our turtle rescue from a couple of days ago.  Jason decided to shoot a play-by-play.  Look how big he/she is…so cool!!!
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Do you ever just order random items off the menu that don’t go together?  Sometimes I just want what I want.

Do you have a sweet tooth before bed?  Those cookies don’t stand a chance with me.  They’re gone in a minute.

Rank in order of your favorite to least favorite…french toast, pancakes, waffles.  For me, it’s waffles, french toast, and then pancakes.  (Except with this french toast.  It always wins!)

#choosejoy

I’m not going home.

Tuesday:
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We kicked off the day by heading to Justin Gaffrey’s gallery.  Jason got me one of his paintings for Valentine’s Day this year.  I’m a big fan!  You can see my painting in THIS POST!
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We had breakfast on the patio at Fish Out Of Water.
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We put in a little morning pool time….
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Until some rain moved in.  Us, an umbrella, and a rain storm shenanigans.
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For lunch we had a giant bowl of guacamole…and other food too, but it wasn’t near as exciting!!!
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We did a little shopping and hopped on our bikes for an afternoon ride.  I love vacations where we don’t have to get in our car!!
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Followed by a walk over to Seaside for dinner.  (Gross random note:  This was the first time I showered all day.  The ocean and swimming pool count for something, right?!)
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Are you wearing jumpsuits and/or rompers?  I LOVE them!

Do you have any special plans for National Running Day?

Do you count the ocean or swimming pool as “bathing” during vacation?  (Don’t judge me!  I did eventually shower.)

#choosejoy

May Miles in 30A!

Another month is in the books!

May Miles: 343.  YTD: 1,571
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Monday:

A bunch of Instagram runners wore orange for their run in honor of  @shanloves2run who lost her brother last week.  Everyone used the hashtag #runnerorange…pretty cool way to send some love her way.
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We spent the morning exploring the Watersound dunes.  Beautiful!
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Breakfast was at Raw and Juicy in Seaside!
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Followed by a peaceful walk on the beach.
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And pool time!
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Where we were joined by this little guy…or girl.
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The afternoon brought off and on showers, so we headed out for some retail therapy….first at Beau (my favorite home goods store).
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And then Rosemary Beach!
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For dinner, we had Italian at Borago.
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I have a big crush on their Wild Mushroom Ravioli.
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We walked over to Seaside to watch the sunset.  The clouds were crazy!
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What do you like to do on rainy days at the beach?

Are you a mushroom lover?

How was your Monday?

#choosejoy