Trying To Plan

Every year I swear I will turn into a more organized person who plans things well in advanced. Sometimes I succeed and other times I end up paying the most expensive entry fee to a race because I waited to the last minute to register. I am going to do better this year.

Organized Sommee Card

So here it is for all of the internet to see my tentative race plan for the remainder of 2014.

Race The Bar Lakeland Bar Association 5K

Race The Bar is a run/walk 5K on April 26 at 6PM in Lakeland, Florida. It is an evening race, so that should be fun. It has a post race party with food, drinks, and door prizes. J actually did an internship with the Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. which is one of the race sponsors.

The Lakeland Runner’s Club 5K Watermelon series takes place on June 7, June 28, July 26, and August 23. $30 for four races that are always a ton of fun. This is my third year running this series and I know it will be a highlight of my summer running. This race also takes place in Lakeland, Florida around the beautiful Lake Hollingsworth.

Miracle Miles in Orlando Florida

Miracle Miles is one of the few 15K’s in Central Florida. I ran it once years ago and love the distance. The date for 2014 has not yet been announced but it normally is in September and will fit nicely into a fall half training plan. Miracle Miles is in Orlando, Florida.,

Red Ribbon Half Marathon & Run

The InnerAct Alliance Red Ribbon Half Marathon & Run is the only half marathon in Lakeland. This race is hilly (for Florida) course and I had so much fun running it last year. (Last years race report for those who are interested.) They are offering those who ran the inaugural race an entry for $45 if they register before April 13th. At that price for a half, it is impossible to say no.

So that’s my race plan for the rest of 2014. Not overly ambitious but it should be a lot of fun and I am hoping to cut a decent amount of time off of my 5K PR,.

Week 1 Half Marathon Training

I am training for the InnerAct Alliance Red Ribbon Half Marathon & Run in Lakeland, Florida. This is the inaugural year and the first Half Marathon hosted in Polk County.

InnerAct Red Ribon Half Marathon & Run Lakeland Florida

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I talked about it in my last post, that I signed up for a training group. We received our plan last week and officially started on Monday. The group does three runs per week together. Monday had an easy run of 30-40 minutes on the schedule. I was not able to do this workout because of a DEC Steering Committee meeting. I have two Monday after work meetings a month and will have to move that run to Sunday.

The first group run was Tuesday. It started at the Red Door Wine Market in Lakeland. On Tuesday, FITniche hosts a Pub Run and this allowed my small group of six, to run with a much larger group. The training group started with a one mile warm-up. The group is comprised of people with various goals and experience, which is nice because I was worried about being the slowest. The workout had us run the three miles with the larger group with two miles at 10K pace and a one mile cool down.

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The route is really pretty and takes you by two lakes. So nice to switch up the scenery from my typical running routes. The place was packed after the run and the food looked pretty good. I definitely plan on eating here with J.

Thursday was my first ever track run.(Not counting being forced every year in school to run on it for the Presidential Physical Fitness test. Not sure what the point of that thing was, there was no chance I was ever going to be able to do a pull-up, so failure was imminent.) We started off with a warm-up run around the track and did some dynamic stretching as a group. The stretching and warm-up exercises are something that I want to start including into my workouts. (The exercises included butt kicks, high knees, and strides.)  Doing a proper warm-up, really helped my body feel ready to move fast.

The track workout consisted of 2×400, 1×800, 1×1600, 1×800, and 2×400. The rest time in between the intervals is half the time it takes you to run. We were each given a goal pace, which worked out to be about our 5K paces. I was surprised that I was able to run each one at about a minute per mile faster than my goal pace. I was definitely pushing but I wonder if I can do that when it’s 91 degrees, am I underperforming in the 5K? The time was a recent 5K time, so it’s not an old time. My track takeaway, painful but I can definitely see the benefit in doing it.

The last run of the week was a six mile run with the group at Mitchell’s Coffee House. I have run with this group before and highly recommend it if you are in the Lakeland area. The run is split into groups doing various distances, today it was 13.1 (the InnerAct Red Ribbon Half Marathon route), nine, six, and three miles. So nice that there is a distance for everyone. The route for the six-mile, takes you past three lakes.

Mitchell's Coffee Run Six Miles Lakeland Florida

The portions that are not around lakes, take you through historic South Lakeland. The houses are really beautiful and unique. It really is an amazing place to run. I love that even through it was early, there are a ton of runners and bikers out trying to avoid the deadly Florida August sun.

I did get one full body strength training session in on Wednesday. I am finally finished with Stage Three of The New Rules Of Lifting For Women. I do want to continue to Stage Four but am starting to get bored with doing the same exercises. I am seeing progress physically and with my strength but it might be time to try something new.

My first week running with a training group was great and I cannot wait for week two!

Long Run Saturday

Long Run Saturday has been a success so far. I actually woke up early enough to beat the Florida heat and humidity. The torrential rains last night, made the humidity that was around much more bearable.

I have run in Celebration before but usually start off further from town. This time I was able to run through the wooded areas and it was glorious.

Bridge through the woods and swamp.

Celebration Running Bridge

Running path.

Celebration Running Path

One of the many ponds.

Celebration Pond

A bridge over more water.

Celebration Bridge

It wouldn’t be Florida, without palm trees.

Celebration Palm Trees

Artisan Park.

Celebration Artisan Park

The Bohemian Hotel Celebration from a distance.

Celebration Hotel

Obligatory Garmin shot.

Garmin Time

Seven miles! My longest run in a very long time. Long enough to make me feel ready for the 15K in two weeks.

Sadly, this run was amazing minus one thing. I forgot my fuel at home and home is far enough away that turning around was impossible.

I ended the run at Starbucks because I was starving.

Non-fat latte.

Starbucks

Two Moms in the Raw bar. I had never had one before but it was pretty good. Would eat it again.

Two Moms In The Raw

Did you get a good workout on in today?

Any thoughts on raw food bars? Good or gross?

Cheese, Candy, And Beer

I had the most amazing Saturday. It started with a glorious run (many fun pictures taken with picplz which I am now obsessed with) and ended with pumpkin beer.

First,  we headed to The Cheese Shop on Park in Winter Park. We had a gift card from Christmas to spend.

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If you love cheese and wine, I highly recommend The Cheese Shop. Not only are they the nicest people, they are super knowledgeable and the cheese is out of this world. Plus, they carry lots of great local products (jams, salad dressing, and hot sauces) plus gourmet honey and crackers.

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We bought many different types of cheese but the one I am most excited about is Pecorino with truffles. I have an idea for a pasta dish that this cheese will taste amazing grated over.

We walked around the lovely Park Avenue for awhile. Admiring the sites and the cute storefronts.

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Topiary dog!

Loved this display in the park for breast cancer awareness.

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We finally made it to Sassafras Sweet Shoppe. J is literally a candy nut (for example, he might be the sole person in Polk County who buys out the Darrell Lea Licorice every week at Target.)

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Such a cute store! Great mix of vintage candy and local products. We had a lot of fun looking around. Also, buying one item just for laughs. (J may have actually tried this but I will not be.)

Roast Beef Gum

Dinner time and I finally got to eat at Shipyard Emporium.

Shipyard

Pumpkin beer!

Pumpkin Beer

J.

J Shipyard

We started with the trio of dips They were Buffalo Chicken, Roasted Pablano Artichoke Dip, and White Bean Hummus. Each one was delicious but the Buffalo Chicken was the most unique (hello real pieces of chicken.)

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I had the BLT Flatbread. The sundried tomato combined with the bacon was smoky awesomeness.

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J had the Lobster Flat Bread which he did not like as much. He felt the tarragon was overwhelming.

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The beer menu was really cool and the desserts looked delicious. We will definitely be coming back to eat here again.

Are you doing anything fun for the holiday weekend?

Agree or disagree, pumpkin beer is the best beer ever?

Run for the Trees 5K Race Report

This may be the most beautiful 5K course I have ever seen. It started near Sholwalter Field in Winter Park and went through a neighborhood full of huge and very nice houses. The last leg goes through a private nature preserve with amazing trees and plants of all kind. It was on a dirt path under a canopy of very old trees. There were a few houses in this preserve and they may be the largest homes I have ever seen up close.

The neighborhood seemed to love having the runners coming through. There was a house passing out mimosas, plates of cookies, many people cheering, and a few funny, inspirational signs. Having that kind of community involvement really makes me feel all warm and fuzzy plus it makes me feel like a real athlete to hear cheering.

Everyone was able to take home a little tree which was great. The age group winners won much larger trees. All in all this is my favorite race so far and I will definitely participate again next year.

I finished the race in 37:54 which is a pace of 12:11. It is slower than my last race but I felt great during this race and avoided having any cramps.

Race day playlist:
Playlist

 

Date Night and a long run

This weekend I not only went out one but both Friday and Saturday night. After the most horrendous week at work, I really needed that. Emily, who I work with and who blogs over at Paisley and Porter, joined me for drinks and appetizers at Bar Louie in Orlando. We ordered a bunch of appetizers that were humongous and very tasty. It was a great way to shake off the work week and have some girl talk which I rarely get because I live in rural Polk County and work in Orlando. 

Saturday morning I went over to my favorite park, Lake Eva in Haines City, and ran a very slow 6.5 miles on a one mile loop. I learned two lessons during this run. The first being it’s getting hot in Florida and I need to get my butt out of bed earlier than 11 to do my long runs and the second being that I need to bring some kind of fuel for runs longer than five miles and/or an hour. I picked up one Luna Protein bar for my run next Saturday but want to experiment with different fuels to see what works best for me. What is your fuel of choice?    

J is a first year law student and is super busy most of the time. I consider myself lucky when he can take a break from studying to take me out on a date. This Saturday he took me to J. Alexander’s, which is ironically in the same plaza as Bar Louie. The meal was very good and the conversation was scintillating. I’m not going to lie, I wore some wedges and may have been walking a bit funny from my run earlier in the day. In my own defense, I can barely walk in shoes that are not sneakers on the best of days.          
                        

Beer
My Guinness.

 

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J, his super dirty martini, and jumbo salad.

                                         

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Veggie burger and fries.
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My jumbo salad.
                                        

It was very tasty and fun. Did you do anything special this weekend?

First 5K


Los Angeles Marathon
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I have wanted a 5K for awhile. A mixture of fear and indecisiveness has prevented me from doing one up until now. Am I ready? What if I embarrass myself? What if I keel over and pass out by the side of the road? What is the right race? A big one or a small one? What should I wear? I may be the queen of second guessing.

This afternoon a runner in my office mentioned the Seasons 52 5.2 K. N is a really nice guy who is a super positive person. His excitement really made me feel like this is something I can actually do. He ran the race last year and told me how nice is. It runs through a pretty part of Winter Park that has lots of cute shops and older architecture. This was all the encouragement I needed.

I hope this race will be just the beginning. That I can have a positive experience and feel good about accomplishing something. Here is to two weeks and finishing.