Race Recap: Alamo 13.1

June 5, 2017


Oops, I haven't blogged since January!! Let's rewind a bit back to March when I ran the second spring half marathon. I originally planned to train and race this for a PR. I trained hard for months. Keeping up with long training hours and tough weeks of nursing school. There were even a few times when I trained after coming home from a 12 hour shift. But.... after getting the flu the week before and spending every day on the couch, I decided to keep it easy as this would be the most activity in that week. 

Alamo 13.1 will always be my favorite race series. The crowd, volunteers, race directors, course, amazing medals, and post race food can't be topped. I wish I would have saved a draft of a post after the race as now it has been so long for me to recap. I'll keep it short and I have some pictures below. 

I ran this race with my sister! During the race I kept a steady, easy pace. I really wanted to finish under 2 hours but didn't want to overwork myself. I was excited when I finished in 1:50:xx something. I can't wait to be back next year. 


And some exciting news. Next year is the first year it will be the Alamo 26.2 and I have already registered! This will be my fifth marathon unless I find one to run by the end of this year ;) 

Race Recap: Cocoa Women's Half Marathon

January 20, 2017



I haven't raced a half marathon since June 2015 and I haven't beat my best time since 2014. My goals of 2017 included PRing my half marathon time of 1:36:xx. Ultimately I want to break this 1 hour 30 minute barrier that I just can't seem to get past! When I signed up for the Cocoa Women's half I wanted to see where my time was at and then race faster the next half marathon in March.


LuluLemon Hotty Hot Short (new favorite, so comfy!)
Clif Bar Shot Blocks + Gel

Race morning I woke up at 6am and ate oatmeal, a banana, and sipped on gatorade and water. My sisters came to support me at my race (which was the best!!). We left to head downtown an hour before the race. We watched the costume contest, I stretched, we prayed and then lined up to start. The race directors had 6:30-7:00 minute/mile pace runners start at the front. I headed up there not knowing what I wanted my pace to be but also making sure I started at the front to not fight the crowds. We began the run and I positioned myself fourth female. From the beginning I chose not to look at my watch and only focus on how I felt.


When I ran this race three years ago, I lost track of the front pack and got entirely lost. This time I wanted to stay with the front runners so I knew where to go. This year was marked clearly, officers and volunteers at every major turn, and cones/arrows showed us the way. Definitely an easy route to follow! The run maneuvered through the downtown streets and I stayed with the front pack. There were numerous points in the run where it was two-way and I could see the other racers. At mile 3, where the 5k and 10k cut off, I looked at the bibs of the front pack. I had a brown bib which meant half marathon. Pink, red, pink.... the top ladies were running either the 5k or 10k which meant... I was the first half marathoner. At mile 4 the bike escort told me he would come back for me as he led the 10k winner to the finish. OMG.

As I got to another two-way point I was cruising through the miles, taking in all the applause and thumbs up from the other racers, and wondering how long I would keep up being in the lead.

I'll share my playlist in another post because it was too good. I love racing with music and purposefully set the playlist up to start slow and end with faster songs to keep my head in the pace game. I took in gu chomps every two miles. I had one gu chomp left at mile 7ish and panicked because that was my source of energy. I planned to stay fast and if I crashed then I would learn from the mistake. I held off on my last one to take near mile 9. I took gu gel at mile 10 and ate a bit every so often to the finish. One thing I would change is how many gu chomps I brought with me ;)

The bike escort met back up with me around mile 5 and I had him to lead me the whole way. Rather than focusing on my watch/pace, I focused on staying with him. At mile 7, where the relay point met and where people could watch, I was still in the lead and I was thinking that I wished my sisters were there so they could see this. That morning they had joked I would win and I, with all my pre-race nerves, said I had no idea how I would do.

With the bike escort leading, I turned my music up and ran through the miles. I felt great the whole way and made sure to thank every volunteer. They probably thought I was crazy as I would take the sports drink provided then find a trash can and throw it in rather than toss on the ground.

This whole race I could not stop smiling. I was leading the race and I couldn't see another racer behind me. I cruised through and threw up a number one sign to the photographer around mile 12 as I was confident I would win.


I took my headphones out as I rounded the last corner to take in the moment. The bike escort rattled his bell telling everyone the first place half marathoner was coming in to finish. My sisters were waving their arms and cheering. I couldn't contain my excitement I yelled to them "OMG I JUST WON I JUST WON!!"























































I literally can't think of a time when I was happier. I was smiling this entire race!! I have won my age group in plenty of races but to win the whole race?! Never! I always see the first place finishers at races and think "wow, they are good and strong and fast" and this time it was ME.



1:35:41 finish time// 1st Overall out of 400+ participants// Splits:
1- 6:57
2- 7:29
3- 6:56
4- 7:09
5- 7:05
6- 7:13
7- 7:13
8- 7:31
9- 7:23
10- 7:24
11- 7:37
12- 7:31
13.1- 6:58

Afterwards we enjoyed the post race chocolate covered fruit, pancakes and chocolate syrup, and hot chocolate. Did I mention it was the Cocoa Half? Huge shoutout to all the volunteers, police, race directors, race photographers, and my bike escort to make this a fun, safe, and exciting race!!

Rulon Rules: Strength Training and the Triathlete Ebook

January 19, 2017




I am so excited this book is finally here!! As a marathoner and triathlete, I appreciate all the help and tips I can get. In order to accomplish the goals I set for myself I have to keep up with strength training. Jen Rulon put together an ebook for triathletes. It is called, “Rulon Rules: Strength Training & the Triathlete.” She educates the triathlete on the whys, when to lift in your triathlon season, what type of exercises you should be lifting  and where they can lift. It has a lot of great information. She talks about strength training, getting past the uncomfortableness of racing, and how to program training from the off season to race week. I can't wait to read more and learn new ways to be a better athlete!! http://bit.ly/RulonRulesAmazon or www.jenrulon.com/amazonebook

I was able to get a copy of the ebook but my review is 100% my own!

Check out the Ebook ---here--- 

2017 Goals

January 11, 2017


Finally (!!!!) getting around to posting my goals for the year after... only 11 days. I wrote this list back in November when I was super stressed out with school and wanted a break/to think about what motivates me each day.

First, here are 2016's goals:

  • Run a half marathon (thinking of changing February's 26.2 to 13.1)-- Decided to DNS that race since it would have been too much with nursing school
  • Run the Boston Marathon in April-- DONE. recap here 
  • Find balance with work, school, and life --I'd count this as done but it was a hectic/stressful year
And now 2017's goals:
  • Run the NYC Marathon November 2017 (I entered the lottery just to try ;)
  • Race 4 sprint triathlons
  • Race at least 2 Olympic distance triathlons
  • Run below a 1:30 half marathon!! I've been trying to break 1:36 since 2014
  • If I don't get into NYC Marathon, race US Open Triathlon in under 3 hours
  • Graduate from nursing school (Lord willing in December of this year!!!)
  • Spend more time outdoors, being in the moment, and finding joy

I am so happy for a new year, new (and bigger) goals and to see where the year takes me!
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