SPIbelt Ambassador 2018

March 26, 2018

I'm so excited to be back with SPIbelt for another year of racing!! I have been running with SPIbelt even before I knew/became a part of the ambassadorship. These pouches are so handy. They hold everything I need to run with- GU and bites, a house key, a knife. I have one pouch that is meant for on the go and it fits my phone, credit card and ID, chapstick, and keys.

And for you guys-- take 15% off when you purchase a belt with the code SPIAMBASSADOR.

Race Report: Alamo 26.2

March 20, 2018

On March 4th I ran the Alamo 26.2. I began running in January and increased mileage each week for the nine weekends I had to train. Last fall/winter I mainly lifted weights and would run occasionally. For some reason I was not super motivated to run long distances. I can't force ten miles to happen or else I would not enjoy the training. I waited until I was motivated and had to train pretty quick. I made it up to twenty miles in training. I did not train as much or as long as I would have liked but I knew I would be able to finish the marathon.

The day before the race I went to the race expo for my packet. This year the packet included a duffle bag, race tech shirt, and my race number. I purchased a race sticker. 

Race morning I felt calm (not typically how I am). I ate toast with peanut butter and bananas and drank my powerade on my drive down to the race start. When I arrived at the race start all the race nerves came at once and I felt nauseas (typically how I am).

Mizuno Wave Riders
Probar chews and GU

The course was a 13.1 mile run out and 13.1 mile run back to the finish. I started the race fast. Too fast. The 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon all start together. I started in the front which I was tempted to keep the pace with the 10k dudes. Next time I'll stick to starting a little further back ;). I was running at a 7:50min/mile pace for the first nine miles but I decided to keep this up as long as I could. 

The run was beautiful. We ran through downtown, along the San Antonio river, through a half mile trail, and alongside a golf course. There were water and nuun stations every 1.5 miles. I ate one probar chew every three miles. I take in the GU in the last few miles of the race when chews get old. 

By mile 10 I felt myself slowing down. When I reached the turnaround I counted how many females were in front of me. I was fourth female at this point but wanted to be top three. Seeing all the other marathoners gave me a boost of energy. 

At mile 15 my legs cramped up. I remembered my mantra that I tell myself during races, "you're stronger than you think." This helped me keep moving forward. The day was humid and the sun was starting to come out. After I would drink in some water I poured the remaining water over my head to keep cool. I had already finished 15 miles but still had 11.2 miles to go on cramped legs. I reached into my pocket for my salt tablet to help the cramping but realized all the water I was pouring over my head had disintegrated the tablet. 

Mile 19 I wanted to be done but a finisher jacket would be waiting for me so I had to finish. I focused on getting through one mile at a time. My pace per mile slowly started creeping up from 8:30 to 8:50 to 9:30. Finally I reached the riverwalk and knew I only had a couple of miles to go. In the last mile I saw the third place female begin to walk and I picked up the pace to pass. 

Temporary Race Tattoos from Etsy and Manifestation Tattoos

3rd place out of 150 females
19th out of 323 finishers

Not my best race but not my worst either. I was happy to be third female. Marathon number five complete! 


February 19, 2018

One of my favorite hobbies (besides swimbikerun and more running) is hiking. I'm inside 12+ hours at work. On my days off I try to get outside as much as possible. 

All of these pictures are from my phone. They are from my favorite hikes some in Colorado and some in Texas. 

2018 Goals

February 18, 2018

I don't know how many people still read this blog but I have spent the last few months finishing up my BSN. In the summer of 2017 I was accepted to work as a nurse intern and put in hours for the internship while I studied and completed my last semester of nursing school. I raced a triathlon in August then took off the rest of the year to solely focus on school/work. I graduated in December, took my NCLEX in January, and I'm officially a registered nurse!

Now that I am finished with school I'm able to get back into racing again. I'm happy to be back to the running world. I still haven't completely decided what races I want to do but I have some goals that I want to look into this year.

2018 goals:

  • Run the Alamo 26.2 in March
  • Run the NYC Marathon (I entered the lottery once again and find out results February 28th)
  • Race a sprint or olympic distance triathlon
  • Race a half ironman (I have two weeks to decide/commit to this one)
  • Race 2 half marathons 
  • Blog more than 7 times this year ;) 
  • Move into my first apartment
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