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Summer Ramblings

Hey peeps!! It’s me, Christine. I’m alive. I’ve returned from the land of Busy & Lazy. I hope you are all having a great summer! Mine is going well!

So in a nut shell, let me catch you up on what I’ve been up to…

1. It’s hot, so running sucks. But I’ve still been logging the miles. I’ve been running a bit slower with the heat/humidity, and I’m okay with it. I still made it to 152 miles for July, though! Woot!

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2. I ran a 10K in July! And I got 4th in my age division! Yay! It was the Girls Just Wanna Run 10K here in Springfield, and I ran it just for fun.

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3. I’ve taught a gazillion Jazzercise classes! And it’s been great! I’m thankful to workout in the air conditioning on the crazy hot summer days. 🙂 The team-taught Fourth of July class was the best!

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4. We’ve been to STL a few times! Once for a family reunion and once for a wedding. Trips to Nick’s parents house make me happy – and not just because of the pool. HA!

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5. I decided to do the Whole30 to help with my digestive/tummy issues! I finished my 30 days on July 29th, and I’m feeling 100% better. It’s been a struggle, but somehow I can’t bring myself to go back to eating like I did before! If you aren’t familiar with the Whole30, go check out their website. It’s an amazing program, and I just purchased their book It Starts With Food. I can’t wait to read it!

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6. My sorority sister, Lindsay, is getting married! So we had a bridal shower for her last Saturday! And we are going to Vegas for the Bachelorette party on the 15th. Any tips/advice?! This will be my first Vegas experience.

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7. I’ve been hanging with Nick and Mac a lot because I love those guys. When I’m not busy running/working/Jazzercising, you can find me at home with these two!

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Anyways, that’s all I have for now. 🙂  My summer in a nutshell. I will definitely be back to share tales of my Whole30.

Have any of you ever completed the Whole30? If so, I would love to hear about it and your life after the Whole30! For me, I’m still in the honeymoon phase. I don’t hate eating clean yet, and I feel like I can be flexible with it since I’m past the 30 days. Like at that bridal shower last weekend? I totally didn’t even feel guilty eating that cake. And it was fantastic.

Hope you are having a great Wednesday!

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Diva Dash 5K

Hey there! How has you Saturday been? Mine has been filled with running and pink tutus!

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This morning started off with a run on my own of 12.6 miles before I headed off to the Diva Dash to finish up my mileage for the day!

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My long run went super quick this morning since I was anticipating the Diva Dash with my girlfriends! All 3 of us , Heather, myself, and Rikki, assembled in downtown Springfield this morning for the race start at 9 am. Luckily, the rain yesterday cleaned away most of the salt and snow on the roads. We took off running with all the other divas and had a smooth and fun race! It was a little cold waiting to take off though. 🙂

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We warmed up pretty quick. And by pretty quick, I mean I was maybe warm by 1.75 miles in. 30 degrees felt colder than normal today!

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Rikki was rockin’ it. I guess that’s what teaching for 10 years does for your endurance. 🙂

We took it nice and easy and finished in around 30 minutes. I was thankful for an easy pace after my morning miles. I fought black ice most of my solo run, so my legs and hips were spent.

We got giant medals as we crossed the finish line where they had lots of snacks and goodies too.

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Yay for adding to my medal collection! And by collection, I mean the 1 other medal I had from the Glow Run 5K. Mac was pretty enthused with my new medal too.

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This afternoon consisted of taking my Christmas decorations down and napping. Yes, I’m late with the decorations coming down. But I’ve been busy. Ha!

Anyways, have a great night everyone! See you all later!

Frostbite Series 10 Miler

Happy Saturday! How’s your weekend going? Mines great but going to fast! I’m not ready to head back to reality tomorrow.

Frostbite Series 10 Mile Race

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We woke up bright and early this morning to head to Forest Park in downtown St. Louis for the Frostbite Series 10 miler race!

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The Frostbite Series is put on by the STL Track Club. They host a race every other weekend during the winter months. There is a short course and long course. Today’s races were a 2 miler and 10 miler, and I was registered for the long course.

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We arrived to the Forest park Visitors Center with 45 minutes until race time. Nick and I got my bib and camped out by this cute Christmas tree until race time.

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We lined up outside with about 5 minutes to spare. I wanted to be close to the front of the pack since it was an air horn start. My chip would track when I crossed the finish but not the start line.

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And I was off! It was a fairly busy race, but I ran by myself for the most part.

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The course was painful to say the least. I felt like I was running uphill the whole way, and I was losing steam fast. I literally wanted to stop at the 3 mile mark which is not like me at all!

I pushed through (barely!) and ran the whole route with a 8:26/mile pace. I even got the hang of the water cup hand off thing and got 2 drinks! I thought I was destined to smash that cup of water in the volunteer’s hand but luckily that didn’t happen.

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I was all smiles as I crossed the finish line in 1:25:50. But it faded fast. I was pushing through one of the worst side cramps ever during the last 30 seconds.

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Cute, I know. That is the look of sheer pain and relief at the same time. I was happy to have Nick greet me at the finish. He’s my number 1 fan!

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I snacked on some water and pretzels as my cramp subsided post race. And we headed home. I was a little sick from the hills and needing some real food ASAP!

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Yay! We did stop at the nearest Panera Bread Co. though. More coffee was a must!

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It was a great experience, and I feel very prepared for my half marathon in January now. It’s on the same route, just obviously 3.1 miles longer. 🙂

Tomorrow we’ll be heading back to Springfield. Back to real life and regular race training. I’ll be looking for lots of hills to train on between now and January!

Have a great night!