First and foremost, please help me wish my brother a very Happy Birthday today! My parents are on vacation for the next week and a half so my sister and I are surprising him by taking him someplace today! He has no idea where we are going but he is excited which makes it all so much better! His birthday details up on the blog in the next couple of days so watch out!
I’m also SUPER excited for tomorrow since my running buddies mom (through I Run 4) is doing her very first 5K!! How exciting!!!
I heard about this organization, I run 4, about a year ago where they pair runners with children and adults who have disabilities that sometimes hold them back from being active or doing everyday things. I was paired about seven months ago with a little girl named Sara who is so amazing! Through Facebook I get to communicate with her and her family a few times a week on her progress and I share with them my training and races that I run for her.
When I logged into Facebook last night I found they had posted this for me!
They even wrote ‘Rachel Runs 4 Sara” at the bottom! Everyone send them some good luck thoughts tomorrow morning as they run their first 5k!
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After two days of low ropes course training, kayaking, and lifeguarding it was finally time to take some me-time. So Sunday morning I met up with a friend and we headed to the farmers market here in Raleigh!
When I lived in Wilmington I went to the farmers market a few times and loved it! Something about the local fresh fruits and vegetables and the smell of delicious baked bread that filled the streets brought me back time after time. Since moving back to the Raleigh area last year I haven’t been to the farmers market yet so I made it a priority this weekend since I knew I was going to be in town.
I knew I wanted to find some fresh peaches as the last two times I’ve been to the grocery store to get some they have been bruised and too soft. Good news is I found peaches…. and much more! I also found some fresh whole grain bread that I couldn’t resist and my friend bought some pineapple salsa for us to share. I never thought of putting pineapple in salsa but the sweet kick of pineapple definitely makes this salsa so much better!
After the farmers market we went to the grocery store to get some tortilla chips to dip into our new salsa! It was amazing! I told my friend that I bet we could make it so we will probably try that in the next few weeks.
After the farmers market we went to a warehouse in Raleigh that has huge book sales once a month. All the books are $1 so we definitely took advantage on that sale! I was specifically looking for any American Sign Language books or vegetarian cook books (who can have enough of those?) but unfortunately didn’t find any ASL books and the cookbooks I found either didn’t have photos, which are important since I don’t normally cook, or didn’t look appetizing to me. I didn’t think I would find an abundance of either since all these books are previously owned so I wasn’t torn apart by it. I did walk out of their with another type of cookbook though… found an ice cream recipe book!
I like ice cream but it’s not normally my go-to snack. With this new ice cream cook book I may be making it more over the summer months though! I was excited to find this book but even more thrilled to find it had sorbet recipes as well! Sorbet isn’t has filling or heavy as ice cream so I find that I eat it more often when I can. Check out some of these recipes I can’t wait to make and try!
And the sorbets… yum!
It all looks so good, I can’t wait to start experimenting with some of these recipes before it gets too cold out!
To close the weekend, my friend taught me how to make a creamy tomato soup that we had for dinner Sunday night. I wasn’t fond of the diced tomatoes in it but it was really good with the grilled cheese we made as well.
I’m thrilled to share that I just signed up for the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism in October! Ever since my sister worked at a local school for kids with autism my family has been a big support for those who live with it.
Last year I ran this race with my sister and her boyfriend and LOVED it! I have to say it’s one of the best 5k’s I have ever ran! (read last years review HERE). I love that it’s on a pretty flat course and the after race party is so amazing!! I can’t wait to participate in this race again this year! PLUS I’ve recruited quite the number of people to come walk/run for autism with me. Have I mentioned I’m excited?? :D
If you’re in the area, check out their website and go ahead and sign up to WALK or run for this great organization HERE!
I arrived in Minnesota on Friday gearing up for the Women Rock Half Marathon on Saturday. The flight was pretty smooth which eased my nerves about the 13.1 mile run the next day… that I wasn’t ready for. My cousin, Erin, picked me up shortly after I arrived where I tagged along to run errands with her and her youngest daughter before heading to her house for a good nights rest before the early 5am wake up call the next morning.
Waking up at 5am on race day was so difficult this time around. I’m not sure if it was the two plane rides the day before or sleeping in a new place but whatever the reason, my mind was not ready for this run! With each alarm that went off from my phone I quickly pressed the snooze button and tossed and turned not wanting to get ready for this race I wasn’t prepared for.
Once we got ready, picked up my cousins two friends, and arrived at the race location we made our way to the start line. This race wasn’t as big as I thought. There were about 5,400 runners in the half marathon and 10k.
Once I got in the crowd at the start line I was getting pretty excited for another race! I’m glad my mood changed and I was more positive at this point.
I’m glad that the weather was clear for the run! It had thundered on Friday night and we feared that the storm would continue into Saturdays run but luckily the storm came right around the time that we would be out running! We lucked out big time!
Erin warned me a few months ago that this course was pretty hilly so to “be prepared”. To be honest, I didn’t train for hills so I was expecting the worst. It wasn’t as bad as I anticipated though. It was just that steep hill around mile 11 that I struggled with.
I liked that the course was all on the pavement of the road, not on the highway. The route we ran for the first 6.5 miles was the same as the second half, as you can probably tell by the elevation map above. I like courses like that in a sense because what you run in the first half of the race is the same route you run in the second part of the race so you have an idea of what is to come. On the other hand, I don’t enjoy courses like this because by the time you get to mile seven you’ve already seen all the scenery. Regardless, it was a nice course to run and wasn’t too difficult to get through.
I ran with Erin and her friend Katie the whole time which was great! Normally I run on my own since my pace is a bit faster than my parents and Erin’s is a tad faster than me but I think I kept up pretty well. We ran the first four miles or so and than starting slowing down a bit for some jogging breaks. Once we hit the half way point we tried to plan out the rest of the run and was estimating that we would be crossing the finish line a little over 3 hours.
I was really pleased with how many water stations they had set up through out the course! I think they actually added more than what was originally on the website which was great! It wasn’t extremely hot, nothing as close to when I ran the Chicago Women’s Half last year, but it was a bit hotter than I expected it to be. In addition to having more water stations, I also saw a few guys walking up and down the road between water tents with a gallon of water and plastic cups handing out water to those who needed it. It was also nice to see medics on bikes riding next to runners handing out cubes of ice to cool off!
Around mile nine we saw a blown up tunnel that smaller races would have at the finish line so obviously I thought it was the finish line… I was very wrong. After looking down at my phone I saw we still had at least four more miles to go until the real finish line. Epic fail.
The rest of the race went pretty smoothly… until we got to the huge hill around mile 11. At least we were right next to a river so we had a nice view as we struggled uphill.
As we were nearing the end of the run we spotted the 3-hour pacers right behind us and knew that we could make it right around the three hour mark. We crossed the finish line at 3:02:58, so incredibly close to breaking into the 2-hour mark! I was a little crushed that we didn’t make it into the 2-hour mark BUT it’s a good goal to have for my next half!
Katie’s boyfriend got a few photos of us crossing the finish line which was really nice as I’m not sure there were a lot of photos taken of us through out the race. If you look closely at this photo you can see someone holding up a sign to the left that says, “Run Rachelle Run!”. So glad to see people were cheering me on… now only if they would spell my name right! :P
Plus seeing these gentlemen at the finish line handing out our finisher rewards kind of put me in a better mood. Now granted, they aren’t my type BUT who doesn’t get a little excited to have hunky men at the end of a hard run handing you race goodies!
We didn’t get finisher medals at this race but instead we received finisher necklaces with a charm that has a W and a colored jewel on top. I really like the lanyard they are on too!
I was a little disappointed of the after race munchies…. cups of water and bananas. And when I say cups of water I’m talking about small plastic cups in which I had to take two of since I finished the first cup in two gulps! It was so hot that I was really looking forward to a bottle of water at the finish, oh well. They did hand out bags of snacks though which was nice. I liked having the bag from the start so we didn’t have to try and hold drinks and fruit while trying to catch our breath from the last leg of the race. What we got in the bag was great, kind of made up for not having tables of fruit and such after the finish line.
We made our way to get our finishers champagne, that I was thinking about the last couple miles of the race and that’s what pushed me to the finish line!
Check out that champagne glass! So excited to get those, and even more thrilled that I made it home on two flights without breaking it! After getting our champagne we made our way to get some celebratory photos!
Also met some new friends while we were walking around the tents! Again, not my type but they were fun to get photos with!
It also looked like they had flags with all the states that were represented at the race. I was proud to represent North Carolina! Wooo-Whooo!
Right before we left we got a great view of the water that we ran next to towards the end of the race! A great way to finish the morning!