Sunday, July 22, 2012

Light up the night with a PR!!!

I recently read something about runners and it asked questions like, do you plan your vacations around running a race? Do you run on vacation? Yes to both of these! Kenyan and I also plan our date nights around running and running races. We had the opportunity to have a date night last night and run a 5k, and thanks to Kenyan pushing me the whole way I got a smoking PR of 22:58!!!! I even ran my first mile in 7:20! I never dreamed of being able to run that fast, and after Kenyan asked me how I felt and I I didn't feel dead, he said well now you know you can run even faster!! Yikes!

For now my goal is keeping an 8 minute pace for 13.1! I really enjoy the fact that I am getting faster because it means I can run further in the same about of time!

Running is soooooo mental! I can not say that enough! I know if Kenyan would've run his pace, I would not have pushed myself to run as fast as I did having him push me. When I heard my watch beep at the one mile mark and I looked down and saw 7:20, and I told Kenyan and I really wasn't ever so tired at that fast of a pace. The only time I really struggled was when we had to do a loopty loop through a parking lot, but after that Kenyan kept pushing me, telling me come on pass them up, pick it up, come on half mile left here's where you was exhilarating!!!

So now we are going to take turns running during the bugs naptime. Im not going to try and run a 7:20 pace, but I am going to push myself a little harder than I have been, now that I know what I am capable of! Plus, it is so much fun to challenge yourself and exceed that challenge!!! I can't push myself to hard, because the bug said when she wakes up from her nap she wants to work on her fitness:)

Happy running y'all!!! Lacey

Picture captain: Kenyan would not takes serious picture, oh well:)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's getting hot in here!!!

The bugs godfather wanted to keep her for the night, so Kenyan and I got to have a date night which never happens! So we decided to make the best use of our time, and get to bed early and get in a workout in the morning before heading to get bug.

Well, I had convinced Kenyan to come with me to yoglates!!! Yoglates is done in a studio that gets over 95 degrees! You drip with sweat after 10 minutes! It is the most amazing workoutIi have ever experienced! I was sooooo excited!!!! I've been trying to get him to go for over 2 years and finally!!!! His plan was to go to the 8:30 class then go run 4 miles, I thought he was CRAZY but I just went with it. He did great in the class! I was so impressed!! He did admit that it was tough and actually said he would like to go again!!!

****I forgot I had to add that Kenyan kept asking why it had to be so hot, he was soaking wet after class and felt he should mop the floor for them****

He still wanted to run 4 miles, so i ate a banana laced up my shoes and off we went! I was very nervous about not finishing and passing out and waking up in an ambulance to the smell of ammonia!!! Kenyan said come on you made me a stronger yogi, now let me make you a stronger runner! Well that's like saying you better not stop running!!

At 3 miles I was thinking he must have gotten an extra life insurance policy!!! So I picked up the pace and I finished that 4 miles and man did I feel tough! We even chatted most of the run! At the end he said now thats how you train!

I feel so great!!!!

Happy running y'all! Lacey

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

33 for Lee Recap

We got started right before 6am. The temperature was actually really nice through out the run, even breezy at some points. I was thinking Lee definitely gave us those cooler temps, since the week prior almost everyday hit 100!!! At the start of the run all 30(apx) runners ran together for the first 2.5 miles. It was really cool getting to run with "the guys." Everyone was joking and telling stories and I forgot my headphones were in a few times so I talked really loud! Ha! Not me:)

The first 5miles felt like they came and went in no time, after the 2.5 mile mark I ran with Kenyan and two other guys which was really cool because I was able to keep pace with them, even though it was a slow pace for them! The plan was to do 4- 5 mile loops around the smaller lake. Oh and I forgot to mention, someone stole our ice chest! I hope it was someone who was really in need of an ice chest full of cold water!

On the second loop I told Kenyan to go ahead, I didn't want to try and run a faster pace and feel sluggish towards the end, because it was just a fun run and a distance to see if I could complete it. So he left me, and I never saw any of the other guys again. At 12 miles I realized I WAS going to finish, and I teared up. A wave of emotion came over me and I thought about all the people running and how they were running in remembrance of Lee, and that's when I really teared up. The guys are of all different athletic ability, but for this one day they join together to run distances that they have never run before in memory of a fellow soldier and good friend.

Up to 15 felt like a piece of cake well not really, but I didn't struggle until the last 5 miles. The last 1.5 miles were brutal, I have never had a cramp in my calf during a run, so that was a first.

After I was done running I sat, well kinda moaned then sat and enjoyed watching bug and all the other kiddos out there playing. One of the guys dads brings a motor home and has food and everyone sits around and chats, it's always a fun time listening to all the guys joke and pick on each other. It was especially funny watching bug "fuss" one of the guys for saying stupid, which is a bad word! She put her hands on her hips and told him that was not a nice word and he should not say it!

After everyone packed up and cleared out we headed to the pool, I don't think cold pool water has ever felt soooo good!

Happy running y'all! Lacey

PS, to my surprise I was able to walk this morning(the next day) so I decided it would be a good idea to go to yoglates and work out all the kinks, so glad I did!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Two Mommies Run TOGETHER!!!

There is no better thing than a supportive running buddy who encourages you, challenges you, and never criticizes you, but pushes you beyond what you thought you could do! Lacey is my running guru (with a little help from Kenyan)! Thanks to her I started doing real speed work and have gotten so much faster, so yesterday was a real treat to run with her and Bug. 4-5 months ago I'd never have dreamed I could hang with her for any amount of distance, but yesterday we hung in together, slower than we know we can do in optimal conditions, but not too shabby still (considering the heat, the lack of cloud cover, and pushing our girls!!)!

Truly one of my favorite runs to date, the scenery around the BR lakes was pretty nice too! Just looking forward to cooler temps to go again!! :)