Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Up Next: The Incredible Virtual Run

I was recently contacted by Brad at Level Up Runs about joining in on their Incredible Virtual Run in April. At first I was hesitant having only participated in one virtual run ever, but a few things made this a perfect option for me in April.
1. The medal is awesome. Though I am not sure they have the best footwear on for running. Just a thought.

2. The distance is up to you. I am still recovering from the Publix Georgia Half Marathon, so I like having the flexibility to decide how far I want to run based on how I am feeling. And since the race is open for two weeks, I can also pick the day when I feel most ready.

3. Having a race on the calendar is motivating. I really like having a target on the calendar whether it be a structured training plan or goal race. Right now I'm in between training plans and races, so the Incredible Virtual Run is a perfect item to keep me on task.

4. Sometimes race fees can really add up. If I could, I would race all the time, but my running budget doesn't allow that. The Incredible Virtual Run is only $25 regardless of distance and in addition to the awesome medal, you get a $25 gift certificate to SLS3 (I recently reviewed one of their belts, but they also have armbands and compression socks). Do the math, folks. You are getting the medal for free and if you use the coupon code at the bottom of this post, you will actually be getting more than what you paid for!
5. Level Up Runs is a new company trying to pay it forward. Founded in December of 2015 by two brother runners, Level Up Runs has the goal of using a portion of their profits to support sports programs in schools once the company is off the ground. So far they have been great to work with and their goal of supporting children's athletics is one we can all get behind to encourage the next generation of runners.

Want to join me? Use code SAVE10 to save 10% on registration, but hurry! Registration ends on 4/15. Registration has been extended until 4/17!

To find out more about Level Up Runs and their upcoming races, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Check out their Instagram to see medals from some of their previous virtual runs.

I was given free entry into the Incredible Virtual Run by Level Up Runs in return for a open and honest review. All thoughts/opinions/musings are my own.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Publix Georgia Half Marathon Recap 2016

Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon, Atlanta, GA
Field: ~10,000 runners between the Full and Half marathon
Spectators: All along the course. The race also sponsors a cheer zone contest for charity.
Start/Finish: Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta, Home of CNN, The Aquarium, World of Coke, Georgia Dome, etc.
Course: Loop course through various Atlanta neighborhoods and historic areas including the MLK Center, the Carter Center, Piedmont Park, Georgia Tech, etc.
Schwag: Tech T-shirt from Mizuno, finisher's snack box and paper coat thing.
Other: This was the 10th anniversary of the race and the first year that the Atlanta Track Club took over organizing it. Along with them came their partner Mizuno as a title sponsor and official merchandise supplier.

I really had no idea what to expect heading into this race. I took it easy recovering from 26.2 with DONNA and hadn't really jumped back into scheduled training yet. I was running 4-5 time per week and planned on using this race as my first long, hard workout after the marathon (it was 5 weeks post race). Marathon recovery had gone well (no injuries, no major issues), but I still wasn't at a place where I felt I was knocking out workouts again. I hadn't really thought to much about this half as I've run it 5 times before ( here's a few recaps 2015, 2014) but I knew it would be hilly and a great tour of the Atlanta neighborhoods.

I headed down to the Expo on Saturday and joined in on the WeRunSocial meet up prior to getting my bib. It was fun to see some familiar faces (I hadn't seen Jen in forever) and meet some people I've only known from social media. Afterwards Jen and I head into the Expo to wonder around and see our good buddy Katie. The Expo itself was pretty small. The Atlanta track Club only officially took over the race in late December which isn't a lot of time for major changes, and I am curious to see what they do with the future of this race. Side note: I thought the did an excellent job with the race this year.
WeRunSocial Meet-up. Totally stole this photo from Jen.

So Saturday wasn't exactly the kind of day you would want prerace. I was on my feet a lot (to the point where I was achy and had tired legs that night), I forgot to eat lunch as I rushed to the meet up at the Expo, and I had tons of trouble trying to decide what to wear on race day (I ended up changing my mind a few minutes before leaving the house on race day). All these snafus didn't worry me too much, because my goal was a good workout.
A spectacular shot of the finish line from the Atlanta Track Club.

Race day came and the Jayhawk and I took the train to the start. I had talked him into signing up when the track club did a $26 bib promotion the day they announced they were taking over the race. I think he was a little worried about what I talked him into when I described all the hills and various people told him "Oh, that half is rough," but there he was ready to take it as a long training run. We live close to a rail stop and it's a straight shot to the start, so we left that house less than 45 minutes from gun time. Of course as soon as we got on the rail platform I had to potty and since we had arranged to arrive at the start within 20 minutes of the gun, there was no time for a port-a-john visit. Great planning by me (extra motivation to get to the finish quickly?).
Pre-race with the Jayhawk. Race weather was perfect: 40s and sunny.

When the gun went off, I tried to settle into a comfortable pace. Being watch less, I paid particular attention to my breathing which took a minute to regulate on the cool morning. My goal was to not go out too fast, build speed through the race as long as everything felt good, and if not, try to keep it under 2 hours. With the time change the race starts basically in the dark and the sunrises ~40 minutes later. As I came up to the first mile marker, I hear someone yell "8:01, right one pace" and at that point I realized I was right behind the 1:45 pace group. My immediate reaction was to slow down. I hadn't trained for this pace, I was just finishing recovery, and I had no desire to walk the last two miles of the race when I blew up.
I assumed I had got caught up in the excitement of the start and for mile 2, I focused on my breathing and my stride, and letting the pace group go. If there is a carrot in front of me, I will chase it. Seeing them would only encourage me to run faster than needed. Additionally, they were a pretty big group and I don't always like being part of a big pack, so letting them go would give me more space on the road. Physical everything felt fine at this point. I was putting out effort, but not to a point it felt unsustainable. As I hit the mile marker 2 sign, I noticed the time was still right around an 8 minute pace. I thought to myself "Ok, this is where it start to drop off and you settle in. That can't be sustained in these hills for too much longer."
Waving to friends at mile 7. I was running into the sun. I don't normally glow like that.

And then mile 3 came in at 24 and change. So here I was 5k into the race at a faster pace than normal, wondering if I could really hold on to it for the next 10 miles. I decided to see what each mile marker brought. If my pace dropped off at some point what did I really care? It wasn't a goal race, I wanted a hard workout, and I knew exactly what was in front of me course-wise. Enjoy it like a tempo workout and jog it in if need be. So along I went, enjoying the course, taking in the views, and smiling at the fans.
The race shirt. The run really large. This is a unisex XS.

And the miles ticked off. At times I felt like my pace was surely dropping, but then the next mile marker would have me still more or less on pace. (Note: I didn't know how far off my time was from the official clock, but I knew probably around 30 seconds based on where I started). I got in a lot of practice at my 8's multiplication at each clock. To be honest, for most of the race I was in disbelief of my pace. I didn't feel like I was overexerting, but it didn't make sense to me that I would be running that much faster than normal.
The medal. I like the dogwood theme they had going with the race gear.

Turning out of the park onto 10th street (around mile 9) I did start to notice a little wind. Pre-race the forecast had shown a windy day, but lucky for us, it was pretty minimal. Nothing compared to the stiff ocean breeze I faced at DONNA. Shortly after the 10 mile marker, I heard someone call my name from behind me. Sure enough it was Daniel from The Running Cat. I've know Daniel for a year or so now from social media, but we've never actually met in person. It seemed only fitting that would we finally meet midrace. We chatted for the next 2 miles before Daniel sped his way onto another PR (1:42!).
Post race finish line selfie. Is there a class I can take to be less awkward at the selfie?

After what I always think is the longest mile in racing history (straight, with a quick turn at the end into the finish), I crossed the line in just under 1:46 clock time (Chip time was 1:45:34) and I was more than a little stunned to learn I ran a 4+ minute PR. It's not that I didn't think I could ever run that pace (running a 1:45 half was going to be my goal for the fall), it's just that I never thought I could run that pace on that day. The more I've thought about it since race day, the less sense I've been able to make of it. I'm sure I had some carry over from my marathon training cycle, I was well rested from recovery, and the weather was just perfect. The Jayhawk ran better than he expected that day (not a PR, but impressive given it was his first half on a rather hilly course). We both returned home with happy smiles after enjoying a great race on a beautiful spring day.

Have you ever been completely surprised by the outcome of a race? Is there a race you enjoy every year?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Training Recap: Week of 3/13-3/20

Monday: I ran on the treadmill again. I've been trying to keep Mondays easy and the treadmill is the best way for me to get that done. It's boring and not fun on sunny days, but it helps log some easy miles. I will keep working on ways to take easy outside.
Actual: 3.1 miles (9:23/mile pace)
Celebrated Pi Day with a Chocolate Peanut butter creation.
Tuesday: Enjoyed spring with the sassy hound and then celebrated free cone day at Dairy Queen to benefit Children's Miracle Network. Win-win.
Actual: Rest (Dog walk and stretching)
Soft serve is the best. End of discussion.
Wednesday: Easy cycling night just to mix it up.
Actual: 25 minutes Cycling
Thursday: Another fun post work run in the sun. The biggest challenge was running by the local pub during their St. Paddy's Day celebration. The weather was great and the patio was packed. I was more than a little tempted to stop in a for a pint. But I held strong both times I ran by it. I am a pillar of strength. Instead, I finished my run and chased squirrels with this lass.
Actual: 3.4 miles (8:32/mile)

Friday: Finally went and got that pint. Yay Friday.
Actual: Rest; carb loading
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin. Very good. I had a second one to be confident in that review.
Saturday: Headed down the Publix Georgia Marathon expo and met up with the We Run Social crowd for their meet-up. It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet some new friends as well. They had a crazy number of giveaways (I think everyone got something) and I won a new Mizuno zip hoodie which I love.
Actual: Expoing. Turns out I arrived at the way opposite end of the convention center and easily got in a few miles trying to get to the expo. Easily. I should have worn my garmin and brought fuel.
Yep, that's me towards the back on the right looking the wrong way. #NailedIt Credit: WeRunSocial
Sunday: As usual, I signed up for the Publix Georgia Half during last year's registration blitz. This was my 6th year running the half and every year it fits into my schedule a little differently. This year I decided it would be a nice first hard workout after recovery from the marathon. I took recovery really seriously (perhaps too seriously?) and I hadn't run anything over 7 miles at easy pace since the race. I had no idea what to expect from this one. My goal was to push as long as it felt good, shut it down if anything at all felt off, but overall I wanted to stay under 2 hours. I ended up breaking all the rules (forgot to eat lunch the day before, was on my feet all day, wore new clothes on race day, switched my race outfit less than two hours before the race, went out a wee bit fast, failed to get to the start in time to use the port-a-potty, etc). After all that, I PR'd the thing. I have no idea how that happened (though judging from this week recap, maybe I was still on a sugar high?). Full recap coming!
Actual:13.1 miles (8:04/mile)
Post race at the finish waiting for the Jayhawk.
How was your week? Have you every totally winged it on race day?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday 5: Springtime Favorites

Today I'm linking up to share my springtime favorites (mostly running related). With the clocks change and warmer weather, spring has definitely sprung in Atlanta. Thanks to Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney for hosting the Friday 5 link up!

1. Being able to run outside again after work, walk the dog, and still have time to chase squirrels all before the sun goes down. During the 'winter' months (I rarely refer to Atlanta weather as real winter), I ran most of my weekday runs indoors. That's right, 11 mile tempo run? On the treadmill. 9 miles of speed work? On the treadmill. It's not that I am afraid of the dark (snakes, yes; dark , no), but I don't trust the Atlanta drivers and I don't want to be hit by a car. Additionally, the Atlanta sidewalks are notoriously shabby (odd for a city that is a world leader in public health) and twisting an ankle would have really been a bummer during marathon training.
My favorite squirrel chaser. I think this is her year.

2. Stretching in the sun. It's not so hot yet that I feel the need to scurry inside after a run and sprawl out on cold tile floors to reduce my body temperature (another few weeks until that fun). With the gentle spring breeze (see numero tres) and the cool nights, it's still pleasant enough to survive outdoors after a run. I've taken to stretching in the yard while the Monster patrols for invaders. The neighbors may think I'm bonkers as I flail about, but it's time they knew the truth.
3. That spring breeze. Really, is there anything more pleasant?

4. The Garden. Great upper body workout. Ok, I'm no Martha Stewart and last year's garden produced only a meager crop after someone overwatered it while I was in Maine (hint: it wasn't the Monster), but I do try. Not only is it a great way to get outside, but it's a great workout. All that raking, digging, and hoeing (snort) is great for the upper body and core. We've had a family talk about not overloving the garden, and I am hopeful for a bountiful harvest.

5. All the flowers. Allergies be damned, it makes for some beautiful scenery on my runs.
Has Spring arrived at your house? What are you favorite aspects of springtime?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Training Recap: Week of 3/7-3/13

Spring/early summer has arrived in Atlanta. Cue my annual heat freak out in which I question my biological ability to survive summer. In a month I will be dreaming of this weather and my heat freak out will continue as we head into the 90s.  Woe is me. Life as a displaced northerner is rough.

Monday: Stayed on the treadmill to keep the pace easy. I felt fine after Saturday's 5k and feel like I am finally getting a little spring back in my step.
Actual: 3.5 miles easy (9:24/mile)
Tuesday: I ran the first 3 with the Jayhawk and the wrapped it up with a couple on my own. The days are finally long enough that I can run when I get home from work.
Actual: 5.4 miles (8:56/mile)
Sun! I got to see the sun on a weekday!
Wednesday: The rest day has become grocery shopping day, which is great scheduling, except when I miss my afternoon snack and purchase half of the grocery store.
Actual: Rest
Thursday: I had to work for this one. Sure, I should have to work for this pace especially on the first near 80 degree of the year, but something tells me the dozen donut holes I ate in the office made it a little more challenging. They were just so lovely. 
Actual: 3.1 miles (8:15/mile)
I joined in on Sublimely Fit's free Yoga for Runners Challenge and it was a great help.
Here the Monster serves as yoga blocks during some post-run pyramid pose.
Friday: Is it just me or are the weeks getting longer? No really. They just seem to keep dragging on. I swear this one was 8 days long.
Actual: Rest
A Jack and Coke slushy is a thing of genius.
Saturday: Joined the Jayhawk for a hot and muggy 7 miler. The days of slowly getting out of bed for long runs are over. The heat is back and it wasted no time reminding us to adjust our pace on a hot day. Bah.
Actual: 7 miles
Sunday: Ah day light saving time. The original forecast had a day full of rain, so the sunny skies with light breeze was a great surprise. Spent the afternoon cleaning out the garden.
Actual: Rest and gardening

How was your week? Have you begun to see signs of spring or even summer?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chattahoochee Road Race 5k Recap

Chattahoochee Road Race 5k Atlanta, GA
Field: The race is capped at 1,000 total for the both the 5k and 10k.
Spectators: Not many, but it was so short, I didn't notice.
Start/Finish: They are less than half a mile apart with plenty of parking at the finish.
Course: Almost an out and back situation with a nice big old downhill finish.
Schwag: Shirt-free option if you register early (I registered a few days before the race). Post race food (the regular fare plus cookies, Abita Beer, and Red beans and Rice). They also have a pretty solid raffle with running store gift cards and a new bike. I did not win. Free race photos.
Other: It's known for being a fast course and is one of the last local races before the Peachtree Road Race lottery. It typically attracts a fast field looking to improve their corral placement for Peachtree.
Pre-race selfie. Not my best talent.

I've never been shy about professing my hatred for the 5k. I have absolutely no love for them. Never have liked them, never will. And for the most part I avoid them like the plague. But the Jayhawk was running this one for the second year in a row to use as a Peachtree Qualifying time (You don't have to have a time, but you get an early corral placement if you do). He really liked it the previous year and asked if I would come along to run with him. "A 5k?" I asked while rolling my eyes like a tween girl. "They have beer at the finish," he replied.

So there I was, up early on a Saturday morning in the cold to run a race with friends that provided beer and cookies at the finish. The things we do for people we love.

My bib number was my age. Has to be lucky, right?
Pre-race the Jayhawk and I discussed strategy. He needed around a 27:30 to move into the next corral. He wasn't too worried about running this pace on a normal day, but wasn't sure how much extra life his legs would have being just 3 weeks out from his second half marathon. He wanted to go out conservatively (9:00/mile pace) and then if he felt good, increase the pace, knowing that he would also get the benefit of a downhill finish. I would wear the garmin, but not tell him splits. Of course, I agreed with very little of this plan, but I smiled and asked him what kind of cookies they would have at the finish (Great American Cookies for those of you that are interested).
I may have had more than one and they were lovely. I went M&M on the second.
Come race day, we had almost perfect weather conditions: sunny and high 30s. We did some light jogging prior to the start (yes, violating my usual pre-race plan to conserve all calories) making sure the legs were warm on the cooler morning. As we lined up for the start, the Jayhawk mentioned that whole 9:00/mile thing again to which I barely had time to reply "yeah, yeah" before we were off.
And off we were! These people went bounding off the line. It actually caught me off guard they started so quickly (obvious sign I never run 5ks). And they Jayhawk went with them. As I ran along side him, I kept checking the Garmin to see our pace because I knew we weren't close to the plan, but I didn't really believe the 8:10 it was showing and figured I check back it a bit when it had time to adjust to the quick start.
Coming down the finishing hill, mystified that it's over so quickly.

But it didn't. I checked again around a half a mile in to find it still reading 8:10/mile. Since the Jayhawk was still chatting along, I figured there was no need to slow him down if he could still talk. We passed through mile 1 at 8:10 and I began to wonder what pace we needed to move up 2 corrals. In a pacing fail, I totally forgot to check the corral times so I would know to squeeze extra time out of the Jayhawk.
Not the cutest shirt in the world, but it's insanely comfortable. It's made of a super soft, lightweight fabric.
 I vowed to never take it off and then promptly spilled all over it 10 minutes later.
Before I knew it we were at the turn around (these 5k things are weird), and the Jayhawk was starting to sweat. He was still running strong, but the chatter had finally calmed down. I paid extra attention to his breathing (he is asthmatic and it's worse in the cold) to make sure we were still at a pace he could maintain and not die or need medical attention. He did at this point mention that the pace felt "quick and definitely sub 9". I chuckled and agreed that were definitely sub-9 and urged him to keep it up. We clocked the second mile at 8:11 and began the series of hills into the finish. There are several solid downhill stretches with 2 short uphills in between. I began to push the pace, keeping in mind the Jayhawk's breathing, but he was doing great. Coming down the last hill, I was a step or two in front of the Jayhawk and shouted a few words of encouragement over my shoulder only to realize I was yelling at some other dude wearing almost the exact same outfit at him. Thank heavens I kept it clean.
Sorry, this photo was necessary to show how hard he crushed it and look how close we were on tangents!
Coming into the finishing stretch and watching the Jayhawk's face as he caught sight of the clock was a lot of fun. We finished in 24:57, two and half minutes ahead of goal, safely moving us up two corrals! Come to find out we needed less than 30 seconds more to move up a third. If I had known this on course, my words of encouragement might not have been so clean. Either way, the Jayhawk was very happy with his time and I was not fired for yet another round of rogue pacing. One of these days he is going to realize I never stick to his plans on race day.
Post Race. Rocking the eyes closed look as usual. It's my go to for all photos.
We grabbed beers and cookies and cheered in a friend. It was a perfect morning to race and to be honest, I didn't feel like I needed more miles (yep, I just wrote that). This in no way means I have started to like the 5k, but still being in recovery from the marathon, a 5k with beer, cookies, and the Jayhawk was just right.

5ks yes or no? Does it seem like they are over before they start?

Monday, March 7, 2016

SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt Giveaway and Review

I was recently approached by SLS3 to review their Dual Pocket Running belt. Being notoriously finicky about having too much extra stuff on long runs, I was worried to add another piece of gear but curious enough to give it a shot. Since I frequently run alone and often for long periods of time, there are several items I need to take with me for safety and emergencies, so having a secure and comfortable way to lug it all is very important to me.

Empty Dual Pocket Running belt in black. It comes in 4 colors: Black, pink, blue, and yellow.

The first thing I was impressed by before even taking it on a run, was how much this belt can really hold. Though it looks small when you pull it out the of the package, the pockets expand to hold everything I need (phone, keys, chapstick, ID, Beer, etc).
The pockets are water resistant. Source: SLS3
One of my favorite aspects of the Dual Pocket Running belt is just that: it has 2 individually zippered pockets. While I don't carry a crazy amount of stuff with me on the run, I like having the option of using one pocket for my emergency stuff (ID, cash, keys, i.e. the stuff I need to carry, but don't actually need to access while running) and using the other pocket for stuff I might want mid-run (chapstick, gels, etc). I 'm a bit of a clumsy lass and I like not having to worry that the vital stuff will fall out while I am accessing other stuff mid-stride. Additionally, both pockets are lined and the zippers are water resistant so it should stand up well to my sweatiness in the Atlanta heat!
Full of all the essentials.
I've used the belt on a variety of runs now (including my recent marathon) and it's become a standard piece of gear for me. I initially trialed it on days that were a little cooler and found that is stayed in place well between the layers of my outfit. As I started using it on warmer days, I was concerned it might shift around more on my bare skin (I like to wear it under my shirt) and cause chaffing, but that hasn't been the case so far. The Atlanta summer heat and humidity will be the final test for it.
I wore it on top of my shirt just for the photo. Phone in left pocket. Keys, etc in right. Unbrushed hair on top.
The belt portion of this run belt is wider than other belts I've tried and it helps it stay a little more stable. I do find that wearing the belt on my waist and not my hips helps prevent it from shifting around a lot. It also has two spots to adjust the size and I had no trouble getting a nice, snug fit.

Now here's the part you've all been waiting for. SLS3 is giving one lucky reader a Dual Pocket Running Belt of their own! Just enter through the Rafflecopter link below. SLS3 is also offering a 40% discount to their ENTIRE site to everyone with code BLOG40. In addition, check out their amazon store now where the Dual Pocket running belt is on sale for $16.90. If you are in the market for a running belt, it's a great deal.

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I was given the Dual Pocket Running belt by SLS3 in return for a open and honest review. All thoughts/opinions/musings are my own.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday Five: Lessons Learned from Marathon cycle 10

1. Challenging yourself with a new training plan can be worth it. For my past few marathon training cycles, I've used the same plan with good results, but for this training cycle I tried the Hanson's Marathon plan. It was more challenging than my previous plans (increased speed and strength work) and required more days of training (6 vs. my previous 5 days), but it maintained some of the things that I liked about my old plan (running on tired legs). Overall, even though I didn't follow this plan perfectly, I really enjoyed it and felt stronger by the end of it. My favorite workouts were the strength workouts (1-3 mile repeats faster than race pace) and least favorite the speed workouts. I plan on using it again, following it more closely, and figuring out the best way to incorporate speed workouts.

2. Trust in your training. This links to item number one. I tried a new training plan with no runs over 16 miles and then went for a PR on race day. Mentally, that was a different approach for me. On race day, I both needed to trust in the training plan and trust in my own strength. I learned that day that I am far stronger than I give myself credit for and continually challenging myself pays off. I'm excited for my next marathon.
I felt stronger in the late miles than I had previously in a marathon.

3. Routine. I kept a pretty solid routine during this training cycle right down to wearing the same outfit in every race including headband. For once I was determined to "try everything out before race day" because we all know that is not my norm. From fuel to race day clothes to prerace foods, I tried it all out.
Phoenix Half Marathon in November and the Monday Night Brewing 10 Miler in December.
This outfit may be worn-out now.
4. When an Olympic Gold medalist and Boston Marathon Champ (among other amazing qualities) gives you advice, you take it. Sure, this advice caused me to try new things on race day (which she later made fun of me for), but overall it was absolutely worth it. Running watch-free helped me go into the race with a calm mindset. Knowing the numbers on the clock were not going to help me run faster, but listening to my body and feeling my pace were going to help me run the best race I could that day. The more I've thought about it since then, the less I see the need for a watch on race day (training days it's still needed).
I did change my socks on race day, but they were lucky. :)
5. Wind is still my least favorite weather phenomenon to run in. But a little part of me feels victorious in that I faced (literally, oh the wind burn) some of the worst race day winds I've encountered and still finished with a big old smile on my face.

Do you reflect on training cycles? What did you learn from your last one?

Stay tuned next week for a giveaway!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Recap

Miles: 95.85

Races: 26.2 with DONNA and the 5k (Sorry, you only get one long winded recap)

Highpoint of the Month: Race Weekend and I don't just mean the running. I was fortunate enough to be part of a wonderful team of people, made many new friends, and, in my own little way, supported a few of my loved ones who are currently facing cancer. To say it was emotional in many ways is a bit of an understatement.

Not so highpoint of the Month: Not posting around here are much as I would like or in a timely manner. My March resolution (real thing, I swear) is to be more on top of it.

What I am looking forward to next month: The Georgia Publix Half Marathon. Though I never set it as a goal race, I run it every year and love the tour of local neighborhoods. This is the 10th anniversary and the first year the Atlanta Track Club is organizing it, so it's sure to be a little extra fun.

How was your February? What was the highlight?
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