Thursday, July 3, 2014


A few weeks ago, M and our friend A headed to Jacksonville to see the US soccer team play Nigeria.

We stayed:

Comfort Suites Baymeadows. I don't recommend this. It's far outside the city. It was a long cab drive and our driver was not adept with alternate routes that avoided traffic to the game. We did not book enough in advanced, and everything downtown was sold out. I recommend staying downtown, or staying sober and going to stay on the beach.

We saw:

The game!

The beach

We ate/drank:

Right after the game, we headed to the nearest bar, which was Jacksonville Sports Tavern. So did everyone else. They were out of everything, including french fries and Red Bull. Skip it.

We then just went around E Bay and Forsyth streets and stopped at many bars. I'm not sure how many. Here's the two I remember:

The Dive Bar. A very hipster place with live music and 50's tv playing in the background. Everyone liked it here.

Dos Gatos - We ran into multiple people and chatted on the street who recommended this place. There were these amazing kiwi cocktails... We all had too many. I definitely recommend coming here! I'd also recommend giving yourself a cash limit and leaving when you've exhausted it.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bayou Hills 10k

Race: Bayou Hills 10K
Distance: 10k
Location: Pensacola, FL
Date: March 15, 2014
Time: 7:30 am
Bib: 2314
Time: 53:55
Place:  119/323(overall),  6/19(div)
Race: 25 (ever), 4 (year)

I really enjoyed this race, despite the rain. Who doesn't enjoy a race that has chik-fil-a sandwiches afterwards? The shirt is fantastic and I also really liked the course... Not to mention got a shiny new PR. I'll be back next year.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A new training plan

The crazy semester is officially completed, with 1 graduate sociology class under my belt.
With +7 hours available without that commute, I'm ready to focus on training.
I was unsure of whether I wanted to focus on distance or speed before, but I've made my decision...


Less time seems like the way to go. I'm not going to convince you, Lauren Fleshman already eloquently wrote an article for that in Runner's World this month (it's great).
So, I am pretty out of shape currently. I want to improve my 5k time, but I'm afraid to start pushing hard on it. My plan is to use a 10k speed training plan first, and hope it will help my 5k time.

This plan is from Women's Running, and I began last week.

Here's what actually happened:
Sunday - 4 miles in 41 minutes
Monday - The sweatiest I've EVER been in life at Hot Yoga. I could not prop one leg on the other due to sweat slippage. That's how hot it was.
Tuesday - 2 miles in 16:45. Memories arose of marathon training in intense heat last summer, and how that gave me a unforeseen edge in the cool racing mornings. I really need to work on evening out my splits. They were like a minute apart.
Wednesday - 2 miles in 20 minutes. This is an estimate because it was POURING. I was going to loop for the other 2 miles, but I was wet and feeling like shin splints weer coming.
Thursday - I switched my rest day here.
Friday - 2 miles in 18:38. I have trouble with split pacing...Going out too fast is a major problem I see for my next 5k.
Saturday - 5 miles in 54:40. It felt good to have "permission" to run at a 11+ min pace.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Circle K 5K

Race: Circle K 5K
Distance: 5k
Location: Pensacola Beach, FL
Date: March 1, 2014
Time: 8 am
Bib: 69
Time: 24:09
Place:  33/194(overall),  1/10(div)
Race: 24 (ever), 3 (year)

Packet pick up was all the way out at Sam's Fun City... It's forever away.

LOTS of treats and goodies in the bag. The t-shirt was not the best. You can sort of see it in one of the photos below.

The run was good, flat, same beach course as always.

It was a super small race, so I ended up at first place in my age group! That's one for the bucket list :)

Borrowed from their facebook page

 Awards were a coffee mug thing and a hat.

I saw several people I knew from work at the after party, and had a blast! It was one of the best after parties I've ever been to. Lots of food, beer and fun :) Plus, we got free lotto tickets (mine was a loser).

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Double Bridge Run

Race: Double Bridge Run
Distance: 15k
Location: Pensacola, FL
Date: February 1st, 2014
Time: 7 am
Bib: 905
Place:  514/(overall),  35/205(div)
Race: 23 (ever), 2 (year)

Way better beer than last year! Less cool shirt :) PR for me!

Thursday, February 27, 2014


I have not been on top of my running as of late.
Partly, this is due to my crazy busy-ness. This year is my first opportunity to move up to Assistant Professor at work, so I have spent a bunch of time organizing what I've done the years I've worked here, taking workshops, looking through my student evaluations. I also am taking a grad class this semester, but it is a 3.5 hour commute (each way) from my house. It's totally crazy, but there are just no good graduate programs anywhere close to me. Even though this sounds like complaining, I love the class I'm taking and it's worth every drive. My personal life is also going well, and I want to make sure I have enough time to put into the people I love!
What does all that mean? I'm very tired :)
Via running- I am drifting in terms of goals. I can't decide whether to focus on speed or distance. I was considering the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon in June, but my last experience was so terrible I'm hesitant. In addition, I have trouble making my long runs fit into the crazy schedule. Speedwork seems like a good idea, but I'm finding my muscles tight lately. In order to get faster, I know I will have to put time into dropping pounds and strength training.
Basically, I'm hoping that I get a burst of energy so I can do everything I want. Unlikely, so I'm going to drift a little longer and then try to make some decisions.