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Race Recap, High Reps, Patio Lounging

Race Recap
I love that you guys take the time to share a fun fact or two as well. I love getting to know you better! Now, about that race...The weather couldn't have been much better. It was cloudy, which meant it was cooler. The wind did kick up unfortunately. That felt great at the end of the race, but made for a few long, hard stretches running into it. We got to the race site right at 6 pm to pick up our packets and goody bags. I forgot to take pics of the bags - but they were recyclable bags from Whole Foods. They will get tons of use in our household.

Here are a pre-race picture of my sister and me. Isn't she too cute!

We warmed up with an easy run then a few drills just to get the legs moving and nerves out. The race started at 7 pm on the dot. I knew what I needed to hit at each mile marker. Mile 1 I hit at 7:20, I was feeling great but that was just too fast for me; I knew it but kept going. I was feeling great, like flying. It's really the best I've felt running in ages. So, I kept up my pace rather than slowing myself down. I hit Mile 2 at 15:26. Then it all came crashing down. I hit that proverbial wall. And I hit it hard! All the sudden my lungs were on fire to the point where I thought I may actually cry. Oh and puke, I wanted to puke too. But I think the lung thing was the worst.

I started to try to back off my speed, but my legs seemed to have a mind of their own. It was either go go go or stop. I couldn't come to a comfortable, slower pace for some reason. There was most definitely a lot of cursing going on and probably not so much under my breath to be honest. I was just getting so angry with myself because I had that race at one point.

After mile 2.5, I knew I was not going to make my goal, but when I got closer to the finish, I pushed it out as hard as I physically could without falling flat on my face. I passed person after person right up to the finish line. That part felt good, it felt great. Seeing my time totally made me want to kick myself though (had that been physically possible at that point mind you). So, no personal best. I made it in 24:20 and that earned me first place for my age division at least.

But, on a brighter side, my sister finished her first race at 32 minutes. I was so proud watching her come across that finish line, and I could see how proud she was of herself. So, I may not have made any records, but that's not really what it was about in the end, in all honesty. No, it was about enjoying that moment with my sister. It was about pushing myself mentally and physically. It was about getting out of comfort zones. The race was time spent with my husband and my sister and that matters far more than any race time. So I might be just a little disappointed, but I am not mad at myself now. The positives of the race outweigh any silly, trivial negative that I was bringing upon myself.
Sarah crossing the finish line
Sarah and me just after the race (still smiling oddly enough)

Sarah and me after I got my medal
Jason and me after I got my medal

After the race there was free beer and pizza for the runners. I did enjoy a couple of beers, but no pizza. Even if it had been great pizza, I was still too puky feeling to eat anything. They had a band as well. It was a nice post-race party. We got home around 8:45 and decided to order pizza from the only place that delivers to our house, but that happens to have a great vegetarian pizza loaded with zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions. We just chilled out and relaxed in our PJs before hitting the sack.

Super Reps Supersets
Today was a gorgeous, sunny day. Much cooler but very nice. We hit up the farmers' market for veggies then Kroger for the rest of the groceries. Tomorrow it'll be a Whole Foods day.

I did my weight workout much later than normal for a Saturday. It was kind of a nice change I suppose. Today was 2 sets of 18 reps done as supersets.

Quads - Rear leg elevated lunges
Hamstrings - Deadlifts on bench

Biceps - Hammer curls
Triceps - Overhead extension

Chest - Flat bench dumbbell press
Back - Pullovers

Inner thigh - Plie squats
Shoulders - Lateral raises

I did add on one more superset for legs: Squats and Calf raises.

After weights, I did a short kickboxing workout: Shock Cardio MMA Kickboxing followed by a stretch.

Patio Lounging
Once I was done with my workout, I decided to be lazy and enjoy a little patio lounging time. I sat out and read my new Vegetarian Times and a book I've been reading lately. It was so nice and relaxing. The perfect way to spend a Saturday in my opinion.

I have no idea what we'll be having for dinner. Jason has been busy doing yard work, so food has yet to be discussed. Possibly some grilling since we have a stash of new veggies.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far,


  1. Congratulations! I knew would have a great race. What great thing to do as a family. Congratulations to your sister too on her first race. :-)

    I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday.


  2. AnonymousMay 08, 2010

    Awesome job Heather! And what an awesome time! Hope you've enjoyed your day!

  3. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean I think the family factor put things into better perspective for me. Made it so much more than about race times.

    Lauren @ A Fit Foodie Thank you ma'am!

  4. omg this is so awesome~! i didnt know u had a sit. okay but seriously.. how fit are you two!!! omg! and so beautiful too! i hope i look like u 2 at ur age..seriously! gorgeous! xoxo

  5. That is awesome - congrats on the race!! you can FLY! Seriously, that's way fast compared to me. And Jess and I were saying how funny - she totally got me into running after I started going through my divorce, and now you are doing the same with yours...are you sure we're not all connected somehow mentally?! ;-) (and your sister's time is way closer to my time than yours!! Congrats to her too, it is a huge accomplishment!!)

  6. Congrats on your race!! That's awesome you did it with your sister.

  7. Congrats!!! You're just so awesome for pushing it through! Boy two fit ladies...nobody'll dare mess around with you guys! :D

  8. Congratulations on the race! Even if it isn't your PR you still got an awesome time. And a medal. ;)

    You and your sister are two very fit looking ladies. You look great!

  9. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel Thank you girl. You are too sweet!!! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Jolene @ To Be Determined I swear, the similarities are just too much! Jessica did mentioned you guys starting to run together after the divorce too. Now if only my sis lived closer we could run together frequently.

    Thanks Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries !

    Sophia @ Burp & Slurp Thanks girl!

    Thanks Tina @ Tina Bit of Faith Fitness & Fun ! She's the one who got me into Cathe workouts and lifting weights. And I am proud of the medal even if it wasn't a PR kind of day.

  10. AnonymousMay 09, 2010

    What a great race! I know you are not super happy with your results but I think you did great :)

  11. Congrats on the race! Great job!!!

  12. AnonymousMay 09, 2010

    Congrats Heather! Looks like you had a great time!
    I wish I could join you at the gym. Your workouts seem so great and would definitely get me going.

  13. AnonymousMay 09, 2010

    Hun, you are too much! How could you be at all disappointed - that is an amazing race time! But I know, you're like me - and once you have something in your head, anything less is disappointing. But still - you rocked it! AND you did it with your sis and husband, that's the best part. loved the people pics too btw. woot! :)

  14. Kalli @ Fit and Forty Something Thank you! I think I am most proud of my sister actually.

    Thanks so much for stopping by Kristine @ Busy But Healthy and thank you for the congrats!

    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian I would soooo love to hit the gym with you. Wouldn't that be fun!

    Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat Oh girl I know I'm not right in the head! Glad you understand LOL!!! In all honesty, the family part truly was the most important thing about the race. Gotta remember things like that.

  15. AnonymousMay 09, 2010

    congrats on the race for winning and congrats to your sister for her first race! you two are awesome! i'm trying to get my sister to run with me. she's afraid to lose weight because she's soooo skinny already. haha.

    hope you had a great weekend!

  16. Jessica @ Living in the Kitchen Gym & Mall Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words. My sister just got into running very recently as another form of cardio and stress outlet. I think she's starting to enjoy it. Love your blog title!

  17. Your workouts are really impressive and you are in such great shape!! What an inspiration!

  18. Haha I like how you skipped the pizza but still had some beer. :) Congrats on your run!! You and your sister look amazing, by the way. I see those killer bodies run in the family! Oh, and I'm sure those workouts have a little something to do with it too. :)

  19. Eunice @ rainbwsnkittns Well, the beer was carb refueling at fewer calories LOL! ;-) Thank you so much for your kind words! You're too sweet.


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