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Divas Half Marathon

Happy Thursday! I’ve had a few days to recover post race, and I’m feeling pretty good!!

Our weekend in Branson was so much fun! We arrived after work on Friday night and checked into our condo at Holiday Hills. Luckily my parents own a timeshare so the lodging was free to us for the weekend!

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This became Mac’s territory for the weekend. Past experiences have taught us that it’s better off if he just stays behind during momma’s races! He was a very well behaved little man for being in a new place. 🙂 Once we got him situated, we headed out to a late dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack on the Branson Landing.

We had pretty view by the water! And Nick was excited to get some food in his belly.

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I won’t show you what I ate because I ordered the largest platter of fried food that I could find. Oops! It was quite a yummy splurge. I ate about half my food and took the rest home in a doggie bag. Mac may or may not have gotten a few bites of leftover fries and hush puppies!

Divas Race Expo

Saturday we woke up early to head to the race expo before a day of shopping! My favorite. 🙂

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The expo was held at the Branson Convention Center right next to the Branson Landing. It was pretty quiet and only a few other runners were wandering around the different booths. I got my bling and bought a couple shirts that say ‘Run like a Diva’. I always feel the need to buy things at race expos! I can’t help myself!

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I was definitely loving all my pink bling! After we left the expo, we headed out for shopping at the Tanger outlets mall and the Landing. My favorite spot at the outlets? The Coach store, or course!

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This was my biggest splurge of the day! The clearance section was an additional 40% off though. I HAD to buy it!

Dinner that evening was spent at Garfield’s, a fun little restaurant on the Branson Landing. The menu had some pasta on it but nothing that wasn’t in a creamy, milk-laden sauce. So our sweet waitress had the chef prepare me some penne with marinara and chicken for the perfect pre-race carb load meal!

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I was jealous of Nick’s meal. He got a giant burger and baked potato. Carbs, yes. But too much fat to help me out on race morning.

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Cheesy grin!! After our yummy meal, we headed back to the condo no needed to get race ready and in bed ASAP!

Divas Half Marathon, Branson

Race morning was beautiful! The forecast was looking hot – ummmm 93 degrees – but to start the race, it was only 63 degrees and sunny. Perfect! We arrived early to get good parking and so I could use the porta potties 18 times before line up. 🙂 Just kidding! I used it 3 time in about 45 minutes. And I STILL had to pee a couple miles in. I have a nervous bladder!

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Notice Nick is holding water and my Power bar gel. He is the absolute best to go to all these races with me! Without him I would be very alone. And I would have to use gear check! Yuck!

We said our goodbyes and Nick headed away from the pack of divas so he didn’t get trapped on the course. I tried to relax and enjoy the pumping music that had going for us! Then we sang the national anthem and something hilarious happened. The starting line lost power. Our big archway went from this…

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To this…

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Deflated! Haha! We all starting laughing hysterically and the officials had the power back on momentarily. A quick countdown and we were off!!

The first 2 miles wound through the Branson Landing and were nice and flat. Then the hill started. And when I say hill, I mean we climbed about 900-1000 feet over 5 miles. If you have ever been in Branson, you know it’s not flat!

After the 7 mile mark, we had hit the highest point on the course and started the descent. And down we went….. All the way back down to mile 12.5 where we hit the final hill from hell and I my run slowed to the run of a 150 year old turtle. But I did keep running. 🙂 I knew after the hilly miles that today wouldn’t be a PR. There was NO way. But I was ok with it. The hills and heat made me forget about my time and focus on running.

After we made it up the final hill and made it back to the Branson Landing for our big finish, the gal next to me looked at me and said ‘We can still make it under 2 hours if we push! now go!!’ I have no clue who that woman was, but I appreciate her more than she knows. We started racing through the finishing chute and all the way through the finish. Whew! I was flyin’ and dyin’!

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I’m in green and the one in dark pink was the one I was ‘racing’. I won! But just by a hair!!

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Woah I was sweaty!! Yuck!! I finished in 50th place overall and 4th in my age division with a time of 1:59:34. Not too shabby for heat and hills!

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I was so happy to get my blinged out medal and tiara! It was the perfect ending to my day of diva running. 🙂 oh also, the handsome half-dressed firefighters that have out the medals were icing on the cake!

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Haha it was so fun! Here are some shots of the race finish at the Branson Landing. (Provided by Run like a Diva!)

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Overall, it was an awesome race experience. Will I do it again? I’m just not sure yet. The hills were really bad. I’m not sure I want to put myself through that again. If they bring the Divas to Springfield, I will definitely sign up!!

Well that’s the end of another long (and possibly annoying) race recap. I’ve been a busy racing lady this spring! One more Go Girl half marathon in Columbia, Mo over Memorial Day weekend and then I’m done for the spring. For now, anyways. 🙂

Have a great day!!

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86 Degrees and Sunny

Yep, I’m going to roast. 86 degrees and sunny is the forecast for Branson during my Divas Half Marathon this coming Sunday. I may or may not burst into flames at the finish line. Ha! Not to be dramatic or anything… 🙂

This cold weather lover is definitely going to struggle, but I’m trying to stay positive. It’s going to be such a fun weekend and race, so I shouldn’t let awesome, sunny weather get me down! Plus my new bling is going to be pretty darn great.

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Blingy bling!! I’m really stinking excited for our weekend in Branson. It’s going to be the perfect mini vacay to kick off the summer months. So far, we are planning to hit the awesome outlets and have dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack. I haven’t had good seafood in ages!! I love me some crab legs!

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So far this week had been busy with Jazzercise classes and a couple short runs. After teaching 3 classes yesterday, my coworkers were kind enough to bring me this giant, pink donut. Which I graciously inhaled in about 4 bites. And I’ve still been pretty ravenous today after my active evening and run this morning. Buy never fear! I’m meeting my girlfriends Carley and Heather after work at a Ladies Night at the International Wine Center. Wine samples and appetizer samples galore! I can’t wait! I can’t stay long though. I’ve gotta start packing for the race weekend.

Speaking of packing, it should be fairly easy this time because of the gorgeous weather forecast. Just need some shorts, flip flops, and my running gear! I’ll also be packing for Mac since he would never think of missing mommy’s diva race!

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This is Mac being extra spoiled last weekend and laying with his bum on my shoulder. Weirdo dog? Yep! But I love him! So my weekend wouldn’t be complete without him and Nick there to support me!

I hope your week is going great so far! Only 2 more work days lefts before we can breathe a little easier. 🙂 I’m off to my Ladies Night, so I’ll see you all later!

Go Girl Run Half Marathon, Springfield 2014

Hey pretty people! I’m back!! I was on a writing hiatus due to my life reaching a whole new level of crazy! But I’m slowly feeling better that everything is calming down, and I’m not losing my mind. 🙂

It’s been one whole week since the Go Girl Run half marathon here in Springfield! Fail for this race recap being so delayed!! But I still wanted to share my experience with you. I’ve been one busy racing lady, and each race is a truly different experience!

Ultramax Sports, the local running store, hosts the annual Go Girl Run race series in several cities in Missouri and Oklahoma. The first race of the series this year took place right here in downtown Springfield last Saturday. The Go Girl series offers a 5K and half marathon at each event. I was signed up for the half marathon, along with my girlfriend Heather. And our other friend Carley decided to run the 5K!

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Heather is in pink and Carley is in purple! Both events took off at 7 am. I snapped a quick selfie before leaving the house because no one was up to take my picture yet!

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I wore the exact outfit I wore to the Little Rock Marathon minus the rain jacket! When you find a good race outfit that doesn’t chafe in all the bad places, stick with it! 🙂 The sun was still coming up as we lined up right outside the Expo Center to start the race. It was around 50 degrees with a beautiful forecast for the whole morning.

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After a quick prayer and the national anthem, we took off. I was near the front because this event was seeded by corrals and my pacer was almost at the very front of the pack! Pacers started at 1:45 for this race. I would’ve liked a 1:55 pacer to help me gain a new PR, but they only offered a 1:50 or 2:00. So I was brave and took off with the 1:50 pacer group!

As a reminder, my first half marathon was 1:56:10. So anything faster than a 1:56 would be ok by me! But you understand why a 1:50 finish would be pretty darn fast. 🙂 Regardless, after the first mile, I really thought I would be okay sticking with the 1:50 group. We were running fast, but the weather was perfect and I felt great. The pacer (a 30-something retired military guy) was extremely positive and took his job very seriously. He was so encouraging and talked us through the entire course and helped us up each hill. I was rocking along with our happy little group. And then my bladder got angry. Not again!! I had to pee. 😦 Ugh!

I officially am done drinking coffee before races. Done. Finished. Finito. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong! At mile 6 I booked it into the porta potty stop which was luckily unoccupied. I peed in 30 seconds flat and busted out of there in search of my pace group again. I wanted to catch back up with them so badly! After another mile of mild sprinting (yuck), I made it back to them… For one more mile I kept up, but mile 9 hit and I couldn’t continue at their pace any longer. Boo!

I let them pull away and I settled into a more comfortable pace of around 8:40 per mile. That sprint out of the porta potty killed me but I was too determined to keep up! The rest of the course I was alone mostly. I passed a few ladies here and there but so thankful when I hit mile 13. I was bored of being by myself! But we hit a major hill – the biggest of the race – right at mile 13, so that helped my focus come back to the race and ran as hard as I could up that darn hill. I came around the corner of the Expo Center to see Nick cheering for me at the finish.

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I was slightly bummed as I saw the 1:50 pace group relaxing and stretching after their finish, but I was extremely happy with my own finish! 1:54:02! Woot! New PR for me!

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I got my big medal and met my girlfriend Carley who was sweet and waited around after her 5k for me and Heather to finish! We met up with Nick and headed into the finishers area to get a smoothie and snacks and photos!

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Heather finished a little bit after me and we went to greet her at the finish line. She was struggling with a blister and the rising temps, but she still finished with a smile!

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It was such a fun event! I loved the atmosphere of happy and positive women cheering on complete strangers as they crossed the finish line. Plus, they have out 6″ wide medals, wine glasses, and awesome tech shirts. Awesome awesome race bling!! Plus I love little glass for wine! 😉

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Nick and I headed home for showers and relaxing. I was pretty exhausted after my new PR! Mac watched over me as I put my feet up on the couch.

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Such a sweet boy!

Overall, I give the Go Girl Half Marathon an A rating! It was fun, well organized, and had awesome goodies and support. I’ve already signed up for the next race in the Go Girl series, which takes place in Columbia, Mo on May 24! It’ll be the kick off of our Memorial Day weekend!

To make things confusing though, first up is the Divas Half Marathon this upcoming Sunday, May 4, in Branson, MO. Nick, Mac, and I will be heading to Branson for the weekend on Friday night. I’m hoping it turns into a nice little weekend vacay for all of us. We are staying in my parents timeshare condo right near Branson Landing where the race starts and finishes. Nick and Mac can have fun exploring downtown Branson while mommy runs!

I hope you all have had a great weekend and are refreshed and ready for the week ahead. I’m afraid it’s going to be a long week for me with the anticipation of the race weekend!

I will talk to you all soon! 🙂