Big Race Update!

19 May

I am excited to share I have signed up for another (and new for me) 5k and half marathon! In November I will be running the Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas 5k and half marathon and I am super excited to cross another state off of my list!

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I went to Las Vegas for the first time two years ago and really enjoyed it for a first time there. I went in August when it was super humid so I’m excited to be going in November where, hopefully, the weather will be a little cooler and easier to manage while running!

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We are considering this trip a Girl’s Trip because my wife, mom, and two of my many cousins are traveling up for the weekend to run part’s of the weekends events. The 5k is Saturday morning and the half marathon is Sunday evening, my first half marathon evening run! I will have to start training more in the evening in preparation for this evening run but I think with the motivation of my family with me I will do great!

What’s your advice for an evening run? What are must see things to do in Las Vegas?

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What Having a Gym Membership Means to Me

17 May

I recently became a member of a gym for the first time in my life! Since I was in college I’ve had thoughts about joining a gym but there always seemed to be something that held me back. Joining the near by gym about a month ago has been amazing for me!!

Thinking about joining a gym? Here are some benefits to having a gym membership and what it means to me!

  1. Find support and encouragement in other members

On the first day I went to the gym I met a gentlemen who stopped me to ask me about the KT tape on my knee which led to a 20 minute conversation about his past in the Navy, marathon running, and training tips and tricks. I’m not normally the type of person to sit and talk to strangers but I loved taking the time to talk to other members while stretching after my workout!

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2.Find your place at the gym

I joined the gym with the thought of running the treadmill so many times a week and than swimming the laps along with the swim scheduale. In the last month of being a member I have found that I do enjoy the treadmill BUT I have found interest in the stationary bike and the eliptical as well! I haven’t quite made it as far as the pool yet!

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  1. Fitness classes

Our gym is great and offers different classes to give there members a variety of training! I’ve done a spinning class before which was hard (especially for someone who had never done a spin class before) but I highly enjoyed it! I have goals of joining a zumba class soon, that’s one of my favorite cross fitness courses!

  1. Flexible Hours

I would highly encourage a new member to check out the hours of there gym! Upon joining our gym I knew they were not open 24/7 like many other gyms, but they do open early enough I can go after work in the morning or go late in the evening if I want to get in a good workout right before bed. Our lap swim hours are only in the wee hours of the morning and our fitness classes are mainly in the mid morning which is all good to know as a new member!

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  1. Maintain Health and Fitness Goals.

I have many health and fitness goals and I have found that by having a gym membership it MAKES me go to the gym, afterall I want to make sure I am getting the most out of this membership! I’ve also found that working out makes me want to eat healthier! When I come home from the gym I find myself grabbing healthy snacks and making smoothies which is a better alternative!

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I have highly enjoyed having a membership to a gym for many reasons and I would recomend it to anyone serious to getting fit and healthy!

Tasty Tuesday

11 Apr

Every Sunday we sit down as a family and enjoy a home cooked meal for lunch. We have been cooking some pretty delicious meals lately and I want to start sharing them on my blog for others to enjoy.

Here’s a home made BBQ pizza that is quick and real simple to make for your and your family.

Step 1: We used pre made pizza dough and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce as the base of our pizza.

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Step 2: Use black beans, corn, and tomatoes to spread out over the BBQ sauce. You can use any type of toppings (vegetables, meat, etc.) but this is my favorite way to make it.

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Step 3: Add your favorite type of cheese on top and melt in the oven for about 20 minutes at 340 degrees.

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Step 4: After pulling your pizza from the oven, let cool and ENJOY!

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   This is an easy recipe that even kids can help prep and it takes no time at all!

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Motivational Monday

10 Apr

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Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Remix Challenge 2017: Race Recap (Part Two)

6 Apr

Sunday morning was our long awaited Half Marathon here in Raleigh, not to mention my wife’s very FIRST half marathon!! The weeks leading up to the race she was so nervous and had mixed feelings about it, but she kept telling me, “I’m going to finish” and with that attitude I knew she would be alright!

Pre Race

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The temperatures on race day were probably in the 50’s so not freezing, but cool enough for a light jacket. Mom and Dad opted for the throw away kind (a surgical scrub top cover and a trash bag) which worked amazingly!

The race started at 7am and we crossed the start line at 7:17am, I would have to say that is probably the quickest we have ever crossed the start line at a Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon!

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This was Danielle’s first half marathon so we stuck together and encouraged each other while Mom and Dad went ahead. We decided to jog on the flatter and down hill parts of the course and take it a little slower during the dreaded uphills of downtown.

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We kept a pretty steady speed for the first nine miles and than had to slow down because the hills started getting the best of us. Danielle & I kept telling ourselves “just one foot in front of the other”, that seemed to be our motto from mile nine to the finish line!

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Around mile ten there was a huge board from Humana that read #StartWithHealthy that looked really familiar. I realized that board was at the expo and a lady from the company asked me to participate and write down, “What inspires you to be healthy?”. I took a good look at the board and my sticky note was on it!! I wrote, ‘To be the best version of myself that I can’. That was an exciting surprise and definely pushed me to finish the race strong!

Before we knew it, we were at mile 11 and so close to the finish! This is where some of the steapest hills were so we really had to push hard and tell each other, “We can do this!”

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Mom and Dad finished about 20 minutes before us and cheered us on as we crossed the finish line! We all made our way to the Red Hat Amphatheatre to claim our extra medal for completing both the 5k and half marathon!

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This is the fourth year Mom, Dad, and I have completed the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Half Marathon and I feel it just gets better and better each year!

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Medals from all four years of the RnR Raleigh Half Marathon!

 

 

Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Remix Challenge 2017: Race Recap (Part One)

4 Apr

This past weekend my wife & I went back to our home state of North Carolina to participate in the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Remix Challenge. This weekend is always jam-packed but we were prepared this year, and thankfully the weather was MUCH warmer than last year!

My parents, my wife, and I all did the Remix Challenge where we ran the 5k race on Saturday and then the half marathon on Sunday. Lots of running in one weekend but we kept our chin up and encouraged each other through every step of the way!

Pre Race

Friday when we got into Raleigh we went to the race expo which always seems to get me pumped and excited for the upcoming races. We picked up our shirts and bib numbers than explored the rest of the expo a bit.

My mom, wife, and I went by a Toyota booth where we got free head bands tie-dyed in the colors we wanted! That was probably one of my favorite booths!

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After the expo we found a vegetarian friendly place to eat dinner. Both my Dad & I are vegetarians (and my sister and brother who weren’t there this weekend) so we always try to find friendly places to us to safely eat. Last year we went to a place called Be Good which we loved so we decided to go there again for our pre-5k dinner. I got a veggie cheese burger and sweet potato fries that was delicious! Best part of this place was that it was right next to our hotel so we didn’t have to walk far, on full stomachs, to get to our room and prepare for our race the next morning.

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Veggie cheese burger and sweet potato fries from Be Good! Yum!

Race Day

The morning on the 5k the temperatures were in the 40’s, a tad warmer than last year. We still opted to stand in the sun to try to stay warmer, even if it was farmer away from the start line! Mom and Dad didn’t bring jackets so Dad ended up pulling his arms in his shirt to try and stay warm, much like a few years ago before the start of the half marathon here in Raleigh.

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‘No arms Dad’ in 2014 (left) & ‘No arms Dad’ in 2016 (right).

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Danielle & I waiting at the start line for the 5k to start.

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After a few photo ops, and waiting in line to use the porta potty, we were finally ready to start our 5k!

Most of this 5k took place on the roads of downtown Raleigh but we did run through some trails too. It started to really warm up just past mile one so we ended up wrapping out light jackets around our waist.

Danielle & I stuck to a two-minute run, two-minute walk interval which worked well for the 3.1 mile jog. My Mom and Dad crossed the finish line first but not long before me and Danielle came in.

Post Race

Another 5k in the books for us! We all finished strong and really enjoyed the early morning 3.1 jog around Raleigh!

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Once we completed the race we headed towards the bus line to get a ride back towards our hotel. We stuck around the hotel for a bit where Dad took a nap and Danielle, Mom, and I went to the pool for a bit. After some relaxing time at the hotel we decided to venter out around downtown Raleigh, so we found a cute little ice cream shop to get some well deserved dessert and then roamed around the Museum of Natural History for a few hours. The museum was really neat but we only had time to explore the first floor (out of three) before we had to head out to Fiction Kitchen for some dinner!

Fiction Kitchen is a really great vegan restaurant in Raleigh that we all love but they are quite small, and don’t take reservations, so we decided to get there about 20 minutes before they open to make sure we got a table. I’m glad we got there when we did because shortly after we arrived there was a huge line that formed down the sidewalk! I got the BBQ “chicken” with cole slaw, potatoes, and black beans. It was all so delicious and filling!

Once finished with our early dinner we headed back to the hotel to get a good nights rest for our half marathon in the morning!

**Keep and eye out for part two of my recap coming shortly!**

Color Vibe 5k: Race Recap

30 Mar

A few weeks ago my parents came down to South Carolina so my Mom could run the Color Vibe 5k with us! The weekend was jam packed but we had so much fun!

Pre Race

The morning of the race we were all layered in clothing because it was so cold! Thank goodness they had zumba pre race to warm us up!! That was so much fun! I attended a zumba class with my sister a few years ago and forgot how much I loved it! After a bit of zumba we took off some layers of clothing and gave them to my Dad to hold since we was a spectator for this race.

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This Color Vibe 5k was held at the Darlington Race Way which was so neat because we actually got to run on the race track!

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Race

They started us in corrals because there were so many people! The color stations were at the start line and than every mile after that. I have to say I think I got more color on me this Color Vibe 5k than the last Color Run I did, it may be because not only did they have volunteers to throw color at runners but they also had leave blowers spraying color on everyone! That was so creative!!

My Mom, my wife, and my two step kids stunk together for the first little bit and than my Mom and step son ran ahead.

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We started running on the outside of the race track and than entered the gates to run inside ON the track. I’ve never been to the Darlington Race Way but it’s kind of a big deal down here!

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My Wife & I during the Color Vibe!! 

Post Race

My Mom and step son crossed the finish line before we did so they were cheering us on with my Dad while my wife, step daughter, and I finished! There was music playing, color flying, and good vibes everywhere!! We stuck around for a bit for the dance party and color throws.

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The Color Vibe was a great fun race, this would be amazing for any beginner jogger / runner!!