Queen Bee half marathon

Back in the winter, when Breck was still so new and nursing quite a bit, I couldn’t find the right time to run. I knew training for the Flying Pig half marathon wasn’t going to happen. I was bummed. So, back in January I signed up for a half that only cost me $25.  It was set for October, so I knew I could train in the summer. I signed up for a training group and found out some of the other runners were going to run the Queen Bee half. That race is put on by the same people that put on the Pig so I knew it would be a great race. It was a week before the other half I previously signed up for, so I thought I would try something new-2 half marathons a week apart!

I woke up the morning of the Queen Bee feeling good. I trained smart, and felt ready to race! A few weeks back we did a dress rehearsal of the course so I knew I had some challenging hills coming my way! I woke up, ate my breakfast, and heading downtown to the start. I had heard the parking was a nightmare the year before, so I talked my mom into waking up early to drop me off. I got there about a half hour before the race, and the traffic to just get off the highway was pretty backed up. I’m so glad I was able to have a ride instead of finding a place to park! We said our goodbyes and off I went.

This was only the second year for the race, so there was only about 3,000 runners. I put my finish time down as 1:55 which landed me in corral B. I found the 1:50 pace group and started the race off with them. The gun went off and we started out on the dread Eden Park hill!

One thing this race had was plenty of food and water along the course. At mile 2 (the top of the hill) there was donut holes. They sounded so good, but I still had another 11 miles to go. We made our way to Walnut Hills, then through O’Bryonville which was a very nice, and much needed down hill. My average pace was 8:28 and I was feeling good.

We got to Hyde Park and then turned down a nice, long hill. That is when I saw Andy, Breck and my mom (at mile 5). Breck looked sleepy still, but seeing them out on the course made me happy. Andy told me they were going to try to make it to mile 9 so I had a little bit more motivation to keep my pace going. The down hill was good to me, my pace picked up to an 8:10 average.

The course was a lot like the Pig full course. We ran through a lot of the same neighborhoods. I really liked that because I got to think about how different I felt running this half compared to the full. Eastern Avenue is where things tend to go down while running the full, but this time I was feeling great! I actually caught up with a friend that was running the race. I was SO thankful to see her on the course.

We got to the dreaded Riverside Drive stretch. I say dreaded because it is so flat, boring, and not too many people out cheering us on. Again, I was glad for company! At this point my feet were starting to hurt. Then I remembered how I felt on this road just a couple years ago and sucked it up! My pace was still around 8:29.

In the last mile my friend pulled ahead and I kept her in sight. I came up to the finish line area, saw my family and dug down a little deeper to finish strong. I cross the finish line with a time of 1:52!

It wasn’t my fastest, or even my slowest, but it is one of the races I am proud of running. I want Breck to grow up watching me running races to show him that if you set your mind to something you can get things done. I was so happy to share this moment with him, even though he won’t remember it. We can both look back at the picture one day and I can tell him exactly how happy I was feeling. And by the looks of the picture, he was pretty darn happy to have a new chew toy :)


Buzzing to the race

It has been far too long since I have posted. The other day I sat down and read through some old posts, mostly my race recaps. It was fun to look back through all those emotions of race day. I have missed both racing, and writing about it.

For the past 12 weeks I have been training with my local Fleet Feet store for the two half marathons. When I first started the training I was committed to one race, which is on October 17. I signed up back in January when it was just $25. Once training got started I decided to run another big half marathon that is here in Cincinnati, the Queen Bee. It is put on by the Flying Pig so I know it will be a great race! That race is this weekend, and I could not be more thrilled to be running it!

Way back in July I ran a 5k time trail for my training group. That day I ran 3.1 miles in 25:02, an 8:05 pace. That time placed me in the 9:30-10 pace group. I felt like that was slow for me, but I went with it. Maybe I needed to train slower in hope of racing faster (or for me, getting my speed back after pregnancy). I starting running three days a week again and felt awesome. I LOVE being back with a training group, the miles go by so fast, I’ve made new friends, and it is a nice change of courses. Overall, this training cycle has been great! I am feeling strong this week, which means I trained smart. A few weeks ago we did a 12 miler on most of the Queen Bee course and I was pleased with my {mostly} negative splits:


I have a goal to finish the race at 1:50, but I will be happy with anything under 2 hours.  I am running with a friend who has a goal of 1:45 so who knows, maybe my legs will be feeling that pace come race day! All I know is I am SO excited to race again. I love the excitement, the sense of accomplishment, and the joy of crossing that finish line. This year I will have a new cheerleader on the course, Breck. I know he won’t ever remember this race but I will always remember him coming to watch me run 13.1 miles-since the last time I ran a half he was in my belly! I plan on coming back to post my race recap, until then follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated!


First Family Vacation

Back at the beginning of the month we went on our first family vacation. We were invited by our friends that have a daughter who is 2 months younger then B. My brother and his fiancé (yay!) also came along. We all shared the penthouse which had 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It was perfect for 3 families! We went to Garden City, South Carolina. We found cheap flights (we flew into Myrtle Beach), so this was B’s first airplane ride! I was really nervous about how he would do, but thankfully he was awesome! The plane ride was only about 1 hour which was the perfect amount of time for him.


I was excited to see if he would like the beach. I was afraid he would eat the sand! To my surprise he didn’t eat any and he LOVED playing in the water and knocking sand castles over! He enjoyed playing in the pool and loved doing baby cannon balls with David. My kid loves to nap, and it wasn’t until our last day there that he finally napped outside in the pack in play.  The babies had fun together. I think B came home a bit more chatty! 20150804_14273320150802_151823 1438547713396


We were there for 6 days and only one day was overcast. We went to eat, did some shopping (I found a Lululemon outlet!!), and hung out by the pool. I even convinced by brother to bring his running shoes with him so I could continue my half training. I got my long run in of 5 miles and did a 3 miler another day! I LOVED running at zero elevation, my legs felt fantastic! It was a nice change up!


We had a great time! I will say, vacation with a baby is a whole new kind of experience! SO many things to pack (carseat, stroller, pack in play, toys, snacks, etc.) but it was worth it! B will never remember his first trip to the beach, but we will! I love creating these family memories! I am looking forward to more trips! IMG_20150802_164739

Running {with a babe}

As I mentioned previously, I was super upset I didn’t run in the Flying Pig this past May. I really wanted to run the half again, which meant I would have needed to start training in January. I was still figuring out my new life. I couldn’t find the right time since I was breastfeeding (and still am at 10 months!!), working, not to mention it really was so freaking cold!  I just could not get the motivation to get out and run. I remember being so exhausted after working all day! Also, after being away from B all day I wanted to spend time with him. He would go to bed about 2-3 hours after I got home. I give kudos to those who train for races so soon after having a baby. It just wasn’t for me, and that is ok. Spending more time with B was what worked for me. I reminded myself that races will be there every year, he will only be a baby once.

 I got an email in January for a local half marathon that is in October. They had an early bird price of $25, yes only $25! That was cheaper than most 5k races around here! I went ahead and signed up and told myself by the time summer is here I will have more time to train. I am so glad I did that, because it turned out to be true! It also helps that I have this awesome new work schedule. B isn’t nursing every two hours any more and I am able to fit a run in.

I also remember saying once summer was here I will  be able to take B out on runs with me, another true statement! Stroller running is a heck of a workout! Pushing a 22 pound kid in a 30 pound stroller is no easy task! The only down side is that it is hard to run on the sidewalks around my neighborhood. Too many bumps and cracked sidewalks. I normally take him to a smooth path when I want to run with him. Our max run has been 5 miles, but after 4 he gets pretty antsy. That first run after a stroller run is the best though, you feel like you are flying!


After the run! He was happy to be back to the car.


Never run at lunch time! I ended up walking a mile back to the car holding and and pushing the stroller.

Since I have the half coming up this fall I have tried finding other people to run with. I joined my local Moms on the Run (MOTR) group and met up for a group run one morning. Only 3 of us attended and our paces weren’t the same, so I ended up running alone. I have tried to find others who are at my pace to run with but it hasn’t been successful. I really have missed running with a group so I went ahead and signed up at a local running store to join their fall program. Tonight is the first meeting so I will get more information but I think this is exactly what I need! They seem to run a little different than my last group, like offering a 5k time trial to match you to the right group (my previous group let you just pick what pace you want). I am looking forward to meeting new people and having someone to chat with on those long Saturday runs!

I already have the feeling that this is going to motive me to run another full soon! I’ve missed those long runs of 16,18, & 20 miles! I know it won’t be long until I get back to those distances!

Getting back to it

 When you don’t do something for a long time you being to miss it. Then you try and get back to it, then something pops up. That’s how I have felt with blogging lately. I really, really, miss writing my thought here. I miss sharing all the exciting times with Breck here. I miss sharing my weekly running updates, goals, and workouts here. I am going to make the blog part of my life again. I know I will be thankful one day when I look back and reread old posts.

I have noticed that happening with other blogs I read in the past. I like to blame Instagram for killing the blogging world. It is so much easier to snap a picture in the moment and share it with the world right away. I am guilty of doing that! I don’t get my nice camera out as often as I should. Again, that is something I am going to make part of my life. I have even started leaving the camera out so I can quickly grab it to take candid shots because those are my favorites.

So much has changed since my last post 4 months ago. Breck is now 10 months old! He has four teeth, crawls and furniture walks, yells as loud as he can, dances to his favorite songs (Flo Rida’s GDFR, every kids favorite, right?!), and makes me smile every day. He says “hi”, “uh oh”, “dada”, and we are working on mama! He waves bye and loves looking at himself in the mirror (I have no idea where he gets that from!) He gets super crabby if he doesn’t get his long naps, and I have never seen a baby get so hangry! He loves to not listen to us and do his own thing! He is a great baby and I am so lucky to be his mama!

I have left my dream interpreting job that I worked at for two years.  I went back to work part time after I had Breck, but my job wasn’t typical 9-5 and everyday I had a different schedule, traveled all over locally, and it became very stressful. I would find myself getting upset if I had to work at a job until 5 on the whole other side of town, meaning I wouldn’t get home until 5:45 or 6. I loved that job but the perfect oppurnity popped up and I worked so hard to get it. I am now doing video relay interpreting and freelancing in the community when I can. The best part is I can pick when I want to work. I am able to spend a little bit more time at home with Breck! I worked so hard to get here, with all the road blocks that came my way, and I feel so proud of myself for never giving up. I am so happy in my career!

With that said, I still have my personal training certification that is just collecting dust. With my new schedule I have more time to start working on building my business. I have tossed the idea around of starting an online training option. I have something I need to figure out before I jump into it. I have so many ideas in my head that I need to write out to see if they can be made a possibility!

I am getting back to running. I have weeks that I will run three times and then I will go two weeks without a run. I am working on making it a habit to getting out early in the morning once or twice a week.  I always feel good after I run but I dread the heat! I am thinking of joining a running group to help with my lack of motivation. I am signed up for a half this fall and I cannot wait to race again! I was very sad not to run the Pig this past May. I have been going to the gym twice a week (or I do the workout at home if I can’t make it to class). In my last post I mentioned I wanted to get some muscle tone back, which is still a work in progress.

This post wouldn’t be complete without pictures to update everyone! I am looking forward to getting back to what I love. I hope I can gain some new readers, as well as connect with my old readers!

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Summer running

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First Red’s game!


Summer fun at the pool!


Update the front porch, my favorite spot!