Fitness

GO! St. Louis Halloween Half Marathon

October 12, 2014

I completed and PR’d my third half marathon today! I honestly didn’t know how I would do because A) I just wasn’t all that excited for it and B) it was raining off and on during the race. My goal time was 1:55 and I crossed the finish line with an official time of 1:54:42. Woohoo! My last half marathon was 1:58:12, so I’m very happy about cutting almost four minutes off my time.

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I use Nike+ while running and was honestly expecting more variation than what I had with my pace, but I’m pretty proud that I was fairly consistent. There were longish inclines (but not really hills) throughout the course and I walk through water stations (I’m not coordinated enough to drink water from a cup and run at the same time), so I knew there would be some slower spots. I totally lost some steam before mile 11…oh well.

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This is my “I’m trying to be happy but in reality I’m sweaty and also freezing because it’s 50 degrees and raining” face afterwards.

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Four other girlfriends of mine also did the race and all kicked some major butt. Ellen and I finished less than a minute apart and the rest weren’t far behind!

GoSTL_4 As of right now, I don’t plan on doing a half marathon in 2015 because I’m going to focus on doing an Olympic/international distance triathlon in August. However, there’s rumors that Nike’s Women’s Series is moving to Chicago from DC. You know, the race where you’re greeted by firemen in tuxedo’s waiting to hand you a Tiffany’s necklace at the end of the race? Yeah, that race. If it does in fact head to Chicago, I am putting my name in that lottery for a spot!

—m.

Everyday Moments

September Recap

September 29, 2014

Oh September…the month that perfectly blends Summer and Fall weather. One week the temps are in the 80’s and the following week the temps are in the 70’s. Then back up the 80’s. Then back down to the 70’s. It’s basically Mother Nature playing games with us and causing me to put my shorts away prematurely just to get a pair back out a week later.

Fall really is my favorite time of year, but these 25 Things All Basic White Girls Do During the Fall do not apply to me. Except for making cookies and sitting by a fire (while drinking wine of course). That’s about it.

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Since I’ve been training for a half marathon, I have been logging my miles for Childhood Cancer. Definitely didn’t hit my goal, which makes me question if I’ve been training enough.

Oh, and I chopped 9 inches of hair off and was able to cross that off my 30 Before 30 list. It feels so good to have manageable hair again.

I attended the Balloon Glow in Forest Park for the first time! It’s been on my St. Louis bucket list for a while, and was really neat.

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Tim and the majority of his friends turn the big 3-0 next year, so we booked a group trip to Mexico to celebrate. It can’t come soon enough!

Speaking of Tim, he and a few friends did the 5o mile bike ride for Pedal the Cause this past weekend. #ProudWife

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And lastly, I was one of several million people who bought a new iPhone this month. I went with the 6 and not the Plus. It’s giant compared to my old 4S, but I’m sure I’ll be used to it in a week.

October marks the start of a crazy fall schedule. Bring it on!

—m.

Everyday Moments

Forest Park Balloon Glow

September 23, 2014

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow is an event that happens in late September that, in my opinion, marks the end of summer here in St. Louis. Attending the balloon glow is something I’ve been wanting to do since moving here eight years ago. It’s not very often you have a chance to get up close to one. Walking through the area made me feel super small whenever I’d look up at the balloons. One balloon actually almost fell over on me as I was walking by. Don’t worry though, all that half marathon training came in handy and I was able to get out of harm’s way. (It didn’t end up falling over.)

My friend Matt had the question of the night…how does someone even get into hot air ballooning?! We have no idea.

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Getting pictures was a bit harder than I thought because the balloons’ fires weren’t constant. Every minute or so there’d be a countdown followed by a horn blow and all of the balloons would light up for a few seconds. It was actually kind of hard to walk through the area when the balloons weren’t lit up because it was dark. I have going on a hot air balloon ride on my 30 Before 30 list, but after seeing how small some of those baskets were I’m not so sure about going on. It would have to be a pretty big and TALL basket. I don’t feel like falling out of one!

—m.

Everyday Moments

Not Ready to Give Up Summer

September 17, 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year. I really love (almost) everything about it. But I’m just not ready for it this year.

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St. Louis had the most mild, crazy nice summer we’ve had in years. We had like…maybe 10 hot days the entire summer. 10! It’s pretty unbelievable, actually. The past three months have just flown by. I feel like there’s just so much I didn’t do.

I was so excited to be making homemade popsicles all summer, but then never got around to buying a mold.

I think we visited Ted Drewes maybe once this summer.

I never got a base tan. Let’s be honest for a minute, though…that normally doesn’t happen to me. I’m getting more conscience about how I treat my skin as I’m getting older. SPF 50 like every 30 minutes. Not even kidding. Plus, I burn so easily that it’s not really a choice.

Didn’t attend a food truck event.

Didn’t get to do as much trail running this summer as I have in the past. I had triathlons and now half marathon training to thank for that. However, let’s be honest…fall is the best time for trail running.

Didn’t attend any outdoor concerts.

I hate pumpkin. Oh, don’t even get me started on how much I dislike pumpkin. And pie. I really don’t like fruit pies, which is a fall staple I feel like. It’s actually an all-year thing.

I’m not ready to pull on my boots.

I didn’t get to go row boating in Forest Park.

No rooftop drinks were had and only a couple patios were visited.

Still haven’t been on a float trip.

That landscaping project we wanted to do this summer? Nope. Waiting another year.

We went sailing once. ONCE!

I wouldn’t call this past summer a fail, but I certainly didn’t get to do as much as I would have liked. One of the things I’m really looking forward to this fall is pouring myself a glass of wine and sitting by our fire pit on our back patio. In sweatpants, of course. Our fall schedule is so jam-packed (such as weddings three weekends in a row) that we don’t have room to add more activities. However, there’s always next summer

—m.

Everyday Moments

Exposure

September 16, 2014

My coworker Dave recently introduced me to Exposure, a website that allows people to tell stories through pictures. A “photo narrative” as the team at Exposure describes it. Dave and Cam’s (his wife) story of Japan made it to Exposure’s home page because of how gorgeous they made Japan look.  I put up a post from when I visited the Idaho State Penitentiary and it was even selected and displayed as a staff pick for a day!

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