Posts Tagged ‘Buckeye Woods Park’
This past weekend Tim and I completed our FIRST 5K TOGETHER! This was Tim’s first race ever so I was really pumped to see how he would do and of course his naturally running ability kicked in right away and he stayed with me the entire time!
Tim and I before the race!
The race was at Buckeye Woods park in Medina and while I usually LOVE that park and really enjoy running there it was way too crowded. 500 people on one course that goes into the woods on a pretty narrow path was not the best for running. Honestly at about a mile in it really wasn’t too bad. Everyone started to break up a little bit and we ran at a very steady 10:21 pace which is honestly faster than I have been at. But that initial mile- gosh I bet at some points we were at like a 13 min/mile pace trying to dodge in and out of other people.
But enough with the complaining and on to the good stuff! This race was at night and as you can imagine from the name we were meant to look like little lightning bugs and ya know what? We did! Our t-shirts were dark green but the bug on them lit up and Tim and I both wore a necklace and bracelets made out of glow sticks. I thought we looked pretty darn awesome until I noticed what the other people were wearing! One group of girls actually like weaved in their glow sticks into their laces on the tennis shoes so they looked really cool! On little kid accidentally busted open his glow stick so his face had the actually glow stuff on it (and his clothes for that matter which his mom did not seem too pleased with) and while I’m sure it felt gross it looked really cool!
So after breaking away from the pack by some miracle we found my and friend and fellow CrossFitter Ashley! I never would have thought out of 500 people I would actually find her but turns our our pace is pretty similar so there we were.. running together! Her friend Becky was awesome too- they were both working hard and I was impressed! There is just something about being surrounded by people that work hard and do their best that inspires me. Those girls were awesome and I’ll tell you what.. I was ridiculously inspired by Tim. I was so impressed by how well he did and how he stuck with us the entire time. We clocked in at just over 32 min which I think considering the very slow first mile was an awesome time! Realistically I think we could have been right at or under 30 if we hadn’t had such a slow start.
Tim and I after the race! YAY!
Even better than the race was when Tim said to me “I see why you like these races” and then even proceeded to say that he would participate in the Susan G Komen race. If you can remember last year at Komen I hit my best 5K time yet clocking in under 29 min… my goal was to finish under 30. It is the one race that I really consider to be my timed competitive race. Other than that one I enjoy doing them but don’t beat myself to come in at some amazing time. For me, races are mostly about having fun.
The reason I think everyone should do a race just one time is because it is awesome. Clearly Tim is a good example of this… he claimed he would never race and due to some weird things happening he had to race with me on Saturday and he enjoyed it. There is seriously something so amazing about a group of strangers coming together for a common cause (I love when it is like a cause for good) to inspire each other and participate in something amazing. The Komen run for example is all about running for those men and women who are truly inspirational. Those that beat such a terrible disease and those that fought and didn’t win but were strong and amazing. Even if you do not consider yourself a runner…. which Tim does not at all… I think getting into one race is an experience you will enjoy and never forget. The entire concept of it is just a really cool things to be part of.
Plus, after the race they always have good snacks to eat
Do you have a favorite race you participate in every year?!
Any races in the Akron/Cleveland and/or Charlotte area you want to share?
Well, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday morning. Something about that “spring ahead” time change gets me every year. That means I go from my usual 7-8 hours to like 6 hours which is just not a pretty look for me.
But on a happy note this weekend was, as usual, packed full of fun and laughter!
This weekend started out in a very adorable way…. two babies! So after Tim got home from work we went over to Katie and Corey’s to hug the boys because I am obsessed with them drop off a present to Corey. And since we were already there we were able to get in some floor time with the boys and play with them! It was right before bed time but they hadn’t quite hit their crazy hour yet so we were able to get some laughs and giggles out of Cam. Cal just started at me like he usually does haha. I can tell he wants to play with me but he just isn’t so sure why I am so loud and playful like a grown up kid. He is just too smart for this I guess.
On the way home we discussed where we were going to stop and get dinner because Tim’s belly was growling! Turns out the talk really did take the entire drive home because before we knew it we were pulling in the driveway having made the decisions that nowhere (out of the 20 million placed in Akron) were gonna do it for us. So we decided on some tilapia, stove-top stuffing (yes I LOVE it) and roasted brussels sprouts. First time I had made sprouts in the oven (inspired by my trip to San Francisco) and they were pretty delicious. Not quite the brussels sprouts chips but getting closer
Saturday was another fulfilled day with another adorable treat! Peyton and I had a girls afternoon eating lunch together, going to The Little Mermaid youth ballet in Akron, and then heading home for some Disney Scene it, dinner, and then out to Menchies for dessert. We finished off the evening with popcorn and a movie! Thumbelina… haha I think I enjoyed it more than she did!
Apparently the ballet wore her out a little bit because we were barely out of the parking garage (which took us 15 minutes to find our car in because I forgot to look at what level we parked on) and she was passed out in her car seat and ready for a nap!
Peyton is probably the funniest and smartest 3 year old I know (call me biased- I don’t care) and she just comes up with the most entertaining things.
For example… as we are sitting there watching the ballet enjoying our Ocean Spray fruit snacks she asked me why Flounder and King Tritan are all girls… I, as politically correct as I could, explained that there was only 1 boy in the ballet group and he had to play the part of the prince. Her response…
“That little boy should probably just take karate”
Ya know Pey, you may be right!
After our busy night, we went to bed and slept in! Then we had some reading time with my black babydoll (named Black Baby- I’m sure I owe you all an explanation- stayed tuned for that) and some breakfast with Uncle Timmy and her mom!
Sunday was an adventurous day with my mom! We attended a benefit for the Battered Women’s Shelter at the Oaks Lodge in Chippewa, Ohio. It was a great benefit with a lot of cool vendors set up and some pretty sweet raffle prizes (none of which we won- ugh). The $5 martinis were a highlight and the fingers foods were tasty. I even ran into a co-worker and an old friend from high school!
Then after the benefit (and 2 martini’s later for mom) we went to Buckeye Woods Park for a 4 mile run (see running updates below)!!
After practicing our flash mob routine (stay tuned for info on that) that we have to perform this Friday I headed out and ate some dinner before soccer.
My favorite dinner.
Mini meatloaves (taco style this time)! I just love those little guys!
Then I headed to my 8pm soccer game where we crushed the other team (who cares that they were all like 15 years old and had never played soccer before). It was still a “W” for us.
So as I mentioned above my mom and I enjoyed a nice 4 miles run at the park on Sunday. It was FABULOUS. The weather here in Ohio has been INSANE but INSANELY GREAT. It was a warm 65 degrees, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing just enough, and it was PERFECT running weather! We managed to maintain a 11.20 min/mile on average which is where I have typically been for a 4 or more mile run. Eventually I would like to see that number in the 9 min/mile area but for now I am pumped for that 4 mile achievement!
Reason # 5,042 that I should move to Charlotte… weather is 10X better and I can run more than than not.
I have also been pumping out some serious CrossFit workouts that I’ll get up here soon for all to try!
In addition to my daily workouts I am now committed to a few different runs this summer
- Lightning Bug Run- 5K (already sold out- sorry for those of you that wanted to try it!)
- Akron Half Marathon
- Susan G Komen Race for the Cure- 5K (you can access our team page “Tie-ght Titties” to donate or join the team if you are willing and able)
- Little Miami 10K
So far so good on the running and healthy lifestyle. Although I just ate a couple literally moments before I typed that sentence… hmmm the irony of that makes me laugh.
Okay boys (Adam and Rich haha) you can click the little X in the upper right hand corner now… you may not want to go on (but I put this at the end for you so you weren’t forced to read through it- nice right?).
So for those of you that watch The Bachelor and all of its glory… what are you thinking?!
Here are my thoughts (and brace yourself if you are an official Courtney hater)… I disliked her A LOT at the beginning. So much that she was the girl that made me “threaten” to never watch the Bachelor again (yes there is always one of these girls- yet my DVR keeps running every Monday) but she sort of started to grow on me. I thought she was CRAZY and I agree with the ladies that it very much seemed she was only “in it to win it” and I loved Kacie B the most and if I was a boy I would have married her right away. And after Kacie was gone I loved Nikki so then I was once again disappointed and in the end my vote was for Lindzi but after it is all said and done Courtney grew on me a little.
Even though I could have killed her for being so mean to Emily because I wanted Emily and I to be best friends… something about Emily just seemed so wonderful like she would be a great best friend to have around! But in any case by the end of the show I kind of thought maybe she was just a little overwhelmed and insecure about herself and acted really poorly.
I will just say for the record that her weak display of affection and feeling sorry at that “girls tell all” episode was disappointing. I sincerely felt like her publicist could have done a better job coaching on that.
But when I saw her in her home town her entire family seemed to be just like her… ya know a little weird, quiet, socially awkward. And the way that she plays with her hair ALL OF THE TIME just screams insecurity to me so I’m just not sold that she is the bitch I thought she was at the beginning.
Don’t misunderstand my evaluation here.. Ben is an idiot. He should have picked Emily, Kacie, or Nikki BUT maybe Courtney wasn’t as bad as they portrayed her to be.
Also not to rock the boat here but I have a co-worker that has a daughter that was on a previous season of the bachelor that can attest to the fact that they “recommend conversations” and that they “encourage you to ask certain questions” AKA the show isn’t scripted but it certainly goes in the direction they want it to.
For example “Are their any girls in the house that didn’t get along with the other women” asks Ben’s sister last night… WHILE YES, YES THERE WAS! haha yea because that is just a normal question for a sister to ask.
Ugh.. ABC you better step it up because I am losing faith in you (if only that would actually stop me from watching your silly show).
I am beginning to love the idea of long runs mixed in with some short runs but not having to do it every single day. So here is my latest update on running- another beautiful sunny day in the park made it a lot easier for me to keep going!
Thursday morning I once again had to be in to work for a meeting at 8am so I knew my butt was not getting up earlier than that 5:30 alarm so I once again snuggled with Tim in bed until 6:15. I got up and bolted out the door (I am sooo much slower getting ready in the morning when I don’t run!) and made it to work on time! Before I left a grabbed some eggins to take me to eat after the meeting.
Eggins are delicious. Our friend Mary showed us the way with these little treats. I simply just mix up some eggs in a bowl and I added the following… onions, jalapenos, green peppers, and spinach. You mix them all up and put them in the oven in a muffin pan to bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. Then TADA they are done and you can take 1 or 2 with you to work!
So the workday went one and I enjoyed my packed lunch around noon. I had made up some tuna fish, which I ate with a few Stacey’s Pita Chips. I also enjoyed a bag of left over fruit from dinner the night before and then gave my special a special treat of fruit snacks! YAY for those Target fruit snacks. Seriously, the best one I have ever had.
After work I headed to my parents house for workout class. Class was great and we did a circuit of 8 different workout for 20 seconds on 10 seconds off. It was fast moving and kept my brain stimulated just as much as my muscles because I had to remember what station I went to next! The stations looked like this…
- Burpees into pull-ups
- Squat, sit, rows on the cable machine
- Plank v-ups on the Reformer Machine
- Farmers walk with 30-40lb
- Sit ups
Heck of a workout! So great in fact that I was feeling really powerful when I left and decided to make a pit stop at the park on my way home. I was so glad I did because I had another successful day at there!
So keep in mind that tonight the sun was still shining at 7pm (which I do love) and it was still 87 degrees according to my faithful Murano. This is a major catch 22 for me because I love sun and I love warm weather but I would have enjoyed my run a lot more had it been about 15 degrees cooler with a nice partly to mostly cloudy evening. But I put that out of my head and just thought about the next 30 min or so where I was going to enjoy this day and do something for me.
I realized during this run that for me to really go into a run with the right attitude I sort of started my own little traditional. So I did do a mini-walk to warm up which took me to the beginning of the main path I run and I stopped there at the path. I did a few quad stretches and hamstring stretches and then I just stood there and took a couple of deep breaths. Yes- I probably looked silly but I took a few minutes just for me- to prepare myself for what was coming and to reflect back on what today was. Then I smiled. Yep- I think that is where the true magic happens during a run. I stretched and then just smiled. A big sort of goofy smile but a smile that said “I’m proud of myself today. I am proud of who I am and what I accomplished already today and now I get to enjoy my accomplishments for me”. Honestly as trivial and silly as that sounds I think the smile is what really puts me in the mind set I need to be in to have a great run.
So not that anyone of you are looking to me for advice but in case you want any here I go…. If you are trying to run for any reason… a race, your health, or just because you want to love it like me take a minute to smile. If you are doing anything really that you have committed yourself to regardless of who knows about your commitment just smile. It sounds so silly but heck even giggle a little before you start. It really is mind over matter and I am the poster child for that! I spent so much time worrying about my tired legs and my off the wall breathing that I forgot to enjoy the ride! This little smile I do right before I start that reminds me that life is a journey and that part of my journey is this side running journey that I voluntarily signed up for. I don’t want to just ride it once and get off- I am hoping it last me a lifetime. Who knew you could do all of that in a smile? I didn’t! But now I do.
So I didn’t make it the 45 minutes I did on Tuesday but I did make it about 35 before I got so hungry I needed to go home and eat! The good news is that I think my body could have taken me further. My legs were feeling great even though they were sore from my last few days of working out. My breathing that I usually stress out about was right on target and my head was right where it needed to be! I had even remembered to charge my I-POD at my parents house in hopes of having some motivation to run so I got to listen to some awesome tunes while I ran. Stayed tuned for a post about a play-list that will keep you going for miles.
I think I love running at the park for a few reasons… 1. There is always a soccer practice going on and it just takes me back to the days of my soccer life! All of those little kids running around and laughing just really makes me think about all of the good times I had with my friends playing soccer 2. There are other people there… people I don’t know that I don’t want to let down. So yes, I have some competitive blood in me. I run for me but I certainly don’t want people to notice that I just quit- I want them to be impressed that I can keep going. 3. It is just beautiful out. I like that I can run the whole park without back tracking at all and go for miles. The wet lands are awesome to run through (except for the bugs and toads) and then you see playgrounds and families, then soccer fields, then a few hills to keep you motivated, and a pond where people are fishing. SO much to look at and I think that helps to keep me going!
Another night where I just felt amazing. I was so gross and sweaty when I got home and Tim made sure to remind me of that but I felt GREAT about me. I was proud of myself which I think is more of an accomplishment than having anyone else be proud of you ya know? At the end of the day what matters most is that you know you put yourself 100% into everything you did that day and that you are proud of the person starring back at you in that mirror.
I ate left overs for dinner as Tim finished up his P90X then showered before bed! I slept like a rock that night and smiled the entire time
Shout out to Tim who does a great job at doing the dishes!