Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Good2Go Protein Bars Review & Giveaway

Today's Workout:  30 minutes weights, 10 min elliptical, 6 miles running

I never post a giveaway unless I 100% LOVE a product.  If it's not something I myself use and love I do not want to waste my time and yours hearing about it.  In fact I have reviewed products that I did not like and even sent a few of them back because they were just that bad! 

What I am trying to say is that if I am promoting something on my blog it is because I love it, I myself use it, and I am passionate about it.

With that annoying introduction out of the way I bring to you Good2Go Protein Bars

"inside these wrappers where deliciousness hangs out."

How I learned about Good2Go:  The awesome Julia brought me a few bars to try out and I was instantly hooked.  When she explained to me that they were a local Utah company I was even more excited and contacted the creator Casey Child a few days later.  Casey was absolutely phenomenal to work with and I was even more thrilled to hear that his wife is a runner and he is a former professional baseball player.

They instantly became my main go to snack.
About Good2Go:  Good2Go was created by Casey who has led an active lifestyle since he was young.  Casey has learned that our bodies perform based upon that which we choose to fuel them with. After trying dozens of bars and supplements, Casey decided to create his own protein bar using only the best-tasting, best-for-you ingredients available.  Through the process he chose four flavors whose taste and nutritional qualities cannot be beat:  Almond Butter Chocolate Chip, Almond Butter Fruit Nut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Fruit Nut.

Benefits of Good2Go:  These bars are 100% natural and free of all preservatives.  I don't know about you guys but as an athlete I am constantly trying to cut processed food out of my diet and fuel my body for optimal performance.  These bars are 99.9% lactose-free, mostly organic, contain no refined-sugar, and possess several health benefits.  They are high in protein and made with freshly ground almonds and peanuts. Again 100% all natural.  Make sure to check out they're website Here for a full list of health benefits. 

Whats my opinion?  I seriously LOVE these bars.  All four flavors taste great and I would honestly pick them over a candy bar or heaven forbid my beloved pumpkin pie.  They are seriously that good!  Not only are they delicious but much beyond the taste when I eat them I know that I am fueling my body optimally.
Here is a quick list of what I like about these bars and why I will continue to purchase them and incorporate them as a part of my training.

  • All natural ingredients.  There is no crap in these bars.  Every single ingredient is something you have heard of and that is good for your body.
  • No protein powder taste.  I absolutely hate the taste of fake protein that you get with most protein bars but there is none of that with Good2Go.  They are 100% delicious with no after taste.
  • Perfect pre/post workout fuel.  Good2Go passed the ultimate test for me when I ate a bar before my 5k.  Generally I eat nothing before a 5k because I always get stomach cramps or end up throwing up whatever I ate.  But Good2Go passed the test.  Not only did I set a new PR but I felt energized, strong, and powerful the entire race.

Eating my Good2Go bar before my race.

Want to try Good2Go out for yourself?  Casey has very generously offered to host a giveaway for Running For Trevor readers and TWO winners will be randomly selected. Each winner will receive an entire box of Good2Go bars all for themselves.  You seriously do not want to miss out on the opportunity to try out these bars!!  The giveaway will end on Wednesday December 7th.
How to Enter (leave a separate comment for each):
  • Become a follower of Running For Trevor. +1
  • "Like" Good2Go on they're facebook page and tell them that Rachelle from Running For Trevor sent you. +1
  • Follow Good2Go on twitter. +1
  • Check out the Good2Go website and tell me what sparks your interest about these bars. +1
  • From the website tell me which of the 4 flavors you would be most interested in trying. +1
  • Share this giveaway on your blog and/or facebook. +1
There are 6 ways to enter and believe me you will want to win these bars.  If you don't win this giveaway don't get your panties in a wad.  Casey has offered to share a special discount code for all readers and I will be announcing that after the giveaway.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Operation Give Thanks

Today's Workout:  5 miles at the track, 38 minutes, 1 mile walk, hopefully some strength training later if I can drag myself away from the computer.

Before I start round three of operation give thanks.  You can read the first two here and here I wanted to do a quick recap of the first week of HBBC.  I am updating and tracking all of my daily points in my new page I created up at the top as well.  For the first week I ran/walked 61 miles (61 points), lifted weights for 20 minutes or more 6 times (6 points), ran on the elliptical a total of 60 minutes (6 points), and ate my fruits and vegetables everyday (7 points).  For a grand total of 80 points.  I have been averaging 60+ miles of running for the last 5-6 months so that was nothing new but pushing myself to lift more and walk more was definitely motivating and helped me stay on track.

   1.  I am thankful for my cousins.  I was able to spend time with my extended family over the weekend and even had the opportunity to run 12 miles with my cousin Travis on Saturday.  I am so incredibly lucky to be so close to many of my cousins and I feel very blessed to have them in my life.

Me and my cousin Jordan dressed up as Indians on Thanksgiving.

2.  I am so incredibly thankful for my parents.  Words cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am for my Mom and Dad. They constantly go out of there way to support me and I always feel they're love.  I was raised by two of the most humble, kind, and loving people on this earth and I am so so lucky.

My Mom and Dad and I after my 5k.

3.  I am thankful for my older brother Dustin.  I got to spend a lot of time with him and his family over the holiday and he is just such a great Dad.  Seeing him as a father has made me appreciate him even more.  I am thankful for his example, his determination, and his always positive attitude.  He teaches me through his example.

My brother Dustin and his family on Thanksgiving.

4.  I am thankful for memories.  Being with family all week has made me reflect a lot on past memories and I am so glad I have these memories to hold onto.  My brother may be gone from this earth but the memories are not and sitting around with my siblings and talking about the past is one of my very favorite things to do.  I am so so thankful that I had such an amazing childhood and that no one can ever rob me of my amazing memories with my brother.

Me and my siblings back in the day.  We haven't changed a bit. :)

5.  I am thankful for pumpkin pie.  I love pumpkin pie and nothing beats sitting around and eating pie with a big dollop of whipped cream with my family.

1 peice of this deliciousness is waiting for me in the fridge after I publish this post.
This week was all about family, reflecting on the past, planning for the future, and enjoying shared passions.  I am so thankful to be a part of such a loving family that truly understands me and loves me unconditionally no matter what.

What are you thankful for?

Are you participating in HBBC?  If so how is it going?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Trot 5k Recap

Today's Workout:  30 minutes weights, 9 treadmill miles, 70 minutes

Yesterday I kicked my Thanksgiving festivities off with a 5k.  I absolutely HATE 5k's and had a terrible attitude going into this race.  I didn't know any friends running it, the sweatshirt they gave me was 5 sizes to small (they exchanged it for me after the race thankfully), I knew it was going to be hard, and quite frankly I lacked confidence.

I knew without a doubt that my current fitness indicated that I was capable of PR'ing but I was scared and somewhat afraid of failing.  I think this is a hard thing to get over for me and I am working on believing in myself more.  Anyway I got to the race early because I wanted to warmup.  Maybe I am getting old or something but lately it takes me a good 2-4 miles to feel like I can get my legs to move.

While warming up I met up with an incredibly friendly runner and we decided to run the course together as our warmup.  It was great to talk to him because it distracted me from being stressed about the race.  He was incredibly encouraging and reminded me to just have fun and enjoy myself.  What he said really resonated with me and I immediately changed my mindset.  As soon as we were done with our warmup we lined up and it was off to the races.

Mile 1:  6:16  There were a little over 800 runners and about 10-15 girls darted out in front of me.  I held back for the first half of the mile but then decided to push it because it felt like everyone else around me was.  I passed about 5 girls after the first half of the mile and felt pretty good.  Once the mile clicked I was cursing at myself because I knew I had started out too fast.

The start of the race.  I am in the back somewhere behind all of the quick people.

Mile 2:  6:38  This might sound silly but I focused on slowing down for the first half of the mile.  An elite runner friend of mine told me that the first 2 miles of a 5k should be "comfortably hard" and I was feeling anything but comfortable.  My breathing was crazy like I was having an asthma attack or something so I slowed down, focused on my form and my breathing.  There are also about 10 turns in this one mile so that definitely kept it interesting.

Mile 3:  6:42  I was fading and paying for starting out to fast.  I just dug deep and told myself to keep pushing.  I kept thinking about how Julie my friend would not let me quit and I just kept on moving and praying it would be over soon.

Incredibly focused for the final kick.

last .14:  5:51  I looked up at the clock and saw that it was still in the 19's!  I pushed as hard as I possibly could and finished incredibly strong.

Incredibly happy to be done.  Amazingly I felt really good after the race.  I usually feel like death after a 5k but I felt just fine.

Garmin Results:  3.14 miles, 20:09, 6:29 pace.  This was a difficult course to run the tangents perfectly because of all of the turns so I completely blame the off mileage on myself.

Official Results:  3.11 miles, 20:10, 6:29 pace.  (the race was not chip timed so I am thinking I crossed the start line about a second behind the gun) 5th place female, 2nd in my age group.  The girl in my age group that beat me's time was 20:10.01 and my time was 20:10.09.  I think I need to get more competitive.

My Dad and Mom came out to support me and I was so happy to see them at the finish line.  They totally suprised me.
I was disappointed in my time at first because I felt that if I had paced smarter I could have cracked 20 minutes.  But I did set a 5k PR by 45 seconds and a course PR by 2 minutes and 38 seconds so I cannot be disappointed in that.  I also pushed myself outside of my comfort zone by signing up for this race all by myself and doing something that for me is very hard.  There is so much satisfaction in doing hard things and in the end it is always worth it.  Running is hard but the satisfaction I get from overcoming personal barriers is so incredibly worth the experience.  Running has taught me many lessons but the most important is that we are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for.  We can do hard things!

I won a pumpkin pie (my favorite) for placing 2nd in my agegroup.

This is definitely a race I will never forget because I was able to overcome negativity and make it an incredibly positive and exciting experience.  I will also have a new goal to break 20 minutes at my next 5k. :)

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and is resting up today.  I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who reads my silly little blog and continues to support me.  I have so much to be thankful for today and everyday and I feel so incredibly blessed.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Anyone race on Thanksgiving?  Tell me about it.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Beat The Holiday Bulge

Today's Workout:  AM:  25 minutes weights/core, 8.15 miles, 60 minutes 
PM:  20 minutes elliptical

The holidays are officially upon us and I absolutely LOVE the holiday season.  It's no secret that I am obsessed with my family.  And holiday time = extra family time + extra yummy treats + shopping + extra time off of work + pumpkin pie!  I'm no mathematician but I think this is a perfect equation for happiness?

With all of the excitement in addition to finals coming up for fall semester in school (anyone else a stress induced eater?) the Holiday's can also bring with them stress, the glorious puffy cheek bloated look, and the dreaded Holiday bulge.

I am by no means trying to lose weight through the Holidays. Heck no!  But I am trying to maintain what I have worked my butt off to achieve the last couple of years.  Because lets face it, losing weight is freaking hard and if I can prevent myself from having to diet in the future I am all for it! ;)  Might as well nip it in the butt before you let it all unravel right?  Preventative care! I should totally be a Doctor.

How I'm planning to beat the bulge and avoid waking up looking like Jolly Old St. Nick:

1.  Holiday Booty Buster Challenge.  I am kind of competitive if you haven't noticed so this challenge is perfect for me.  Basically the more you exercise the more points you get, and the more points you get the more chances you have to win.  If you haven't signed up for this yet what are you waiting for?  Click here to join.  I added a new page where I will be tracking all of my points and my personal goal is 70 points a week.

2.  Holiday Weigh In.  Each year at work during the Holiday's my department participates in the Holiday weigh in campaign through our Healthy Balance incentive.  Basically the goal is to maintain your weight through the Holiday's and each week you are accountable to weigh in to stay on track with your goal.

3.  Healthy Snacking.  Instead of indulging in baked goods I will turn to my favorite snacks which are currently edamane chips and good2go protein bars.  Seriously if I have these in the house I will chose them over baked goods any day because they are just that good.  I think it is incredibly important to chose snacks that satisfy your cravings and the edamane chips satisfy my salty craving and the good2go bars my sweet craving perfectly.

4.  Power up the Produce.  Eating good foods over the holidays can be hard but this year I want to make sure I am getting all of my fruits and veggies in first before I have any desserts.  I don't know about you guys but when I eat fruits and veggies regularly I feel healthier and am more energetic.

5.  Tell my friends and family about my goals over the holidays.  I used to be embarrassed and almost feel guilty about eating healthy.  How silly is that?  Like if I didn't try every single dessert people were mocking me for being the annoying "healthy" person.  I think there are a lot better things to be embarrassed about and I might even set a better example for those around me by sharing my goals. 

I truly think that making it through the Holiday's without gaining 5lbs is all about planning, shaking your booty a little extra, and remembering to use portion control.  We shall see how I do. ;)

How are you planning to beat the bulge this Holiday Season? Would you rather prevent the weight gain from happening or just gain it and then worry about it after the Holidays?

 Anyone else doing the Booty Buster Challenge?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Operation Give Thanks

Today's Workout:  sit-ups and pushups, 6 mile treadmill run, 44 minutes

It has been a busy week in my little world.  But being busy is good thing right?

 If anything being a little busier this week has helped me to be more thankful for the little and simple things in my life.  Sometimes I take the simple things for granted but this week I have found comfort in all of the small things.

Operation give thanks:  Where I tell you 5 things I am thankful for each week up until Christmas.  Feel free to play along if you'd like.

1.  I am incredibly thankful this week for blogging and for the community and friends I have made through sharing my crazy adventures.  Who would have ever thought this silly little blog would lead me to find some of my bestest friends?  The simple words of encouragement, support, and love I feel each day from the blogging community are so incredibly priceless.

2.  I am thankful for the sweetest Christina for her simple act of kindness of sending me some yummy candy from Canada.  This simple act of kindness made my entire week and made me feel so special and loved.

3.  I am especially thankful for my small and simple little house this week.  It isn't very big but it is all mine and I absolutely love being able to call it "home".  I am so lucky to have a space of my own and no matter how stressful or crazy my day is I always feel at peace when I am at home.

4.  I am thankful for my little Izzy puppy.  When I am stressed or busy I can always find comfort in my sweet little pup.  She knows just how to cheer me up.

5.  I am thankful for hard runs.  I have had a few this week and they are always humbling and make me love the sport even more.  If running were always perfect and easy then there would be no challenge and it would be no fun.

Share with me the simple things you are thankful for this week.

I don't think I've mentioned yet that I joined Daily Mile.  If your already on daily mile add me so we can be virtual workout buddies.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Security Blanket

Today's Workout:  upper body weights, 8.6 miles on the treadmill, 64 minutes

I have been hiding under a blanket all weekend because it has been freezing in Utah.  brrr!  Sorry for my absence but I had a cold yet fabulous weekend and I hope that you all did to. 

We are fortunate here in Utah to get about 4-5 months straight of craptastic weather each year and unless your a skier it kind of freaking sucks.

Last year I used every excuse I could think of to not run outside.  I loved the treadmill (I still do).  I felt safe on the treadmill and it truly was my "security blanket".  The only time I ever ran outside during the winter last year was races and most of those were epic fails!  The treadmill is a great device and I train on it four days a week.  But the treadmill does not stimulate altitude or craptastic weather.  And I know from experience that training on the treadmill definitely will not prepare you for a 5k in 5 degree weather, or a half marathon with a 25mph headwind.

Flashback to last year when I ran a 5k in 5 degree weather.  I thought the Hospital mask would help me breathe. ha ha
So this year I'm working on breaking the habit of being a slave to the treadmill.  I know plenty of people may disagree with me on this point but in my opinion the treadmill is easier and more comfortable than running on the roads.  You plug in the number and run at whatever pace you plug into the machine, while outside you are always in control of your pace.  Now this is only my opinion but for me the treadmill had become my security blanket.  So last weekend I ventured outside and worked on taking off that security blanket. :)

 Friday morning when I woke up to 25 degree weather I suited up and headed outside for an easy run.  I was freezing the first few miles but after that I eased into a comfortable pace and ended up running 9 miles at a 7:53 pace.

Saturday when I woke up to 30 degree weather, rain, and 30mph winds I wanted so badly to drive myself to the gym and hop on my old faithful security blanket.  But I assessed and decided it wasn't too dangerous so I headed outside.  This was one of the toughest runs I have ever done.  Just picture me running up a hill with the wind coming at me.  It seriously felt like I was going backwards and in extra slow motion.  But you know what I am pretty freaking proud of this run because I didn't give up.  I ran against the wind for 10.3 freaking miles and it sucked but I did it and there is a lot of satisfaction in that.

Yesterday I woke up to rain, wind and 38 degree weather and again I headed outside for an easy 4 miles.  It was raining pretty hard but it was adventurous and fun.

**Just a random winter weather fashion tip:  You do not have to spend a fortune on gear.  I get all of my gloves & hats at the dollar store and that way I don't feel so bad when I toss them during a race.  I also wear my long sleeve race shirts religiously instead of investing in expensive under armor.

And since I'm on a roll with shedding the security blanket and doing things outside of my comfort zone I jumped on the wild and crazy train and signed up for a 5k.  Yikes!

Anyone else running a turkey trot this Thanksgiving?

If you live in Utah you can sign up for this race here.

What do you guys think about the treadmill versus outside debate?

I am seriously interested in your opinions.  I am not joking when I say I used to be a slave to the treadmill but lately I am starting to fall in love with the adventure of running outside.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Operation Give "Thanks"

Today's Workout:  Lower body weights, 8 miles on the treadmill, 66 minutes, 8:15 pace

My heart is overflowing today as I attempt to wrap my head around the amount of kindness I am surrounded by.  Words cannot even begin to describe the gratitude I feel towards every single person who read, commented, e-mailed, or shared they're story with me in response to my last post.  I feel loved, comforted, blessed, and so thankful and lucky to be surrounded by such inspirational and supportive people.  Thank you for your kind words and thank you for reading my blog and supporting my journey.

  I apologize for the overly-sentimental posts this week but my heart is just so full of gratitude I feel compelled to share it in writing.  With Thanksgiving and the holiday season quickly approaching I want to reflect and give "Thanks" for all of my many blessings.  Trevor truly loved the holiday's and taught me the vital importance of saying the simple word "Thanks".  Six simple letters that are not spoken nearly enough but when used properly can truly brighten someones day.  Trevor used this simple word in almost every sentence he spoke and in his honor I will strive to do the same not only this holiday season but all year round.

Each Wednesday until Christmas I'd like to give "thanks" to at least 5 people or things I am thankful for that week.  Feel free to join in with me if you'd like. ;)

Thanks to an amazing friend Julia who wrote this post last night that made me cry, laugh, and rejoice all at the same time.  Julia is like a sister to me and thanks to her friendship I have grown so much and can truly say I am a better person because of knowing her.  Many friends come and go out of our lives but this friend is different.  This friend will never go and for that I am forever thankful.

Thanks to my sister Amber who after I posted Sunday called me and told me she loved me.  Amber is such an amazing example of unconditional love and I am so thankful to have her in my life and know that I can always count on her no matter what.

Thanks to my nieces and nephews for reminding me to never take life too seriously and to always enjoy the simple things.  Thank you for letting me see Trevor in you as you grow.

Thanks to my body for allowing me to do the thing that I love.  I am so thankful to be physically able to run and I hope to never take this gift for granted.

Thanks to an old friend of Trevor's Dustin Youngberg for sending me the most amazing heartfelt e-mail that made my entire week.

Your turn to give "thanks".  What are you thankful for this week?

*And just in case I don't get back to blogging before the weekend I need to wish my friend Cory good luck at the Javelina Jundred 100 mile race this weekend.  Thanks Cory for being a role model and inspiring all of us with your motivation and determination.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Letter To Trevor

**I hesitate to post this because it has nothing to do with running but as I read and re-read my blog title:  "Running For Trevor" I realize that this blog is more than a running blog.  This blog is a journal about my journey as a person and overcoming the death of my little brother Trevor.

Trevor - 2 years ago I lost you and in that moment I lost myself too.  I remember the details vividly and never want to forget.  The night before you passed we were together in my house.  We ate pasta for dinner, we laughed, and we talked on the porch as was often our nightly routine.  I made you watch Dancing With The Stars with me on TV and you were vibrant, breathing, young, and alive.  You were 21 years old, I was 23 and our entire lives lied ahead.

The next morning I was awoken but not by my alarm clock.  It was Mom and Dad in my bedroom at 4am.  They didn't have to say a word because I knew why they were there.  We didn't talk at all but Dad hugged me and promised me everything would be okay.  He was so strong, so inspired, and he promised me in that moment that this happened for a reason and I must have faith.  I knelt to the ground and wept until I was numb from all the tears.  I was so confused, so afraid, and so scared.  I didn't understand.  Why?  Why was this happening?  Why Trevor?  Why me?  No. No. No!  It could not be real.  Dad drove me to the Hospital to see your body and it was in that moment that I was comforted.  You were not breathing but you were clearly at peace and I have never seen you happier.  There was a smile on your face and I could tell that your worldly limitations had been lifted.  It still wasn't fair and I didn't understand but for some reason I knew that you were okay.

After your funeral I hit rock bottom.  I had faith that you were okay but I was the one that was not okay. I was lost without you.  I wanted my life to end and was jealous that you got the easy ticket out.  I wanted to hide, I wanted to run away....I missed you and I was mad at you!  How could you leave me here without you and all by myself?  I felt all alone and I was still so confused.  We were best friends, we shared everything, we always had each other.  We talked every single day at 4:30pm and everyday after your death I would still call you at 4:30pm but this time no one would pick up.  I did this for 2 full weeks secretly praying that you would pick up the phone, that I could bring you back, or just simply hear your voice.  One day I called and after hundreds of rings again no one answered.  I hung up the phone and threw it in my car and then I cried.  I cried, and I cried and I cried. 

In that moment I realized I could not bring you back.  You were gone and I couldn't fix that but what I could do is start living my life for you.  I was blessed with the gift of life and I had two choices:  I could be depressed and dwell on the past, or I could change my life and move forward in your honor.  That day I chose to live.  Before you passed I was lost and very depressed.  I hid my feelings well on the outside but inside I was slowly dying.  I lacked confidence, I was sad and unhappy and had no real sense of what I was really living for.  But on that day something changed.   I realized I wasn't just living for me anymore, now I was living for you too.  I changed my attitude, I embraced life, and I realized that every day truly is a gift.  Things may not always go as planned but every day that I wake up and take that first breath is a gift. A gift that you no longer have but that I have been blessed with.

I never again will take this gift for granted.  The last 2 years without you have been hard.  They have tested my strength, my will power, my testimony, and my faith.  But I have grown, I have learned so much, I have changed, and more than anything I have chose to embrace life.

Trevor thank you for leading me to the light and thank you for letting me live in your memory.

Thank you for helping me and guiding me to find my inner confidence.

Thank you for teaching me to always fight and to never give up when the going gets tough.

Thank you for showing me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible.

Thank you for leading me to my passion of running and letting me carry your spirit with me on every single run.

Thank you for your example and humbleness that I strive to live up to every single day.

Thank you for your never ending compassion and love.

Thank you for trusting me to live every single day for you.

Trevor I know that I am not perfect and that I will make mistakes along the way but I promise you that I will strive to live every single day to the fullest BECAUSE I CAN.

Every day is a gift!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Shedding the "Costume"


As 2011 Halloween draws to a close and I put away all of my fun costumes and reflect on the memories I have also been working on burying some of my own running costumes.
My Brother and his family dressed up for Halloween.

Putting on a costume and pretending we are someone else for day is fun.  It is exciting to dress up in disguise and play a new role.

James as Nacho Libre.

But after Saturday's Half Marathon I realized I have too often been disguising myself as a runner and hiding behind my true abilities.  Are you still with me?  I am having a hard time putting my thoughts into words but hopefully you can relate. 

Before Saturday's race I truly never believed I was fast. 

People would ask me my PR times and I would respond with something like:  "um.....1:23 for the half but on an honest course more like 1:38."  Immediately followed by "but my PR definitely doesn't count because it was aided.  I am NOT that fast."

Every time I had a good race I would always say:  "I may have ran fast in that race but that was not me.  I do not know how that happened because I am NOT that fast."

My race Saturday and my friend Julie helped me to finally shed that costume I was hiding behind and realize that no one else is dressing up as me and racing in my body.  It is ME doing it.  I'm sure this sounds so ridiculous but it was almost like an epiphany for me because I realized I wasn't just getting lucky.  I actually am somewhat talented at this running thing and capable of way more than I ever gave myself credit for.

What I learned from Saturday's race:

1 - Starting out easy really does work.  Imagine that?  The first 4.5 miles of the course were extremely downhill and I was capable of running them much faster than I did. But instead of speed I focused on my breathing and making sure the effort felt easy.  Yes it took me one year to figure this one out but better late than never right?

2 - I am capable of running fast (fast for me.  I completely realize I am not an Elite runner).  I constantly say that I cannot run in the "6's".  The 6's frighten me and whenever I see them on my Garmin I kind of have a melt down.  But guess what I ran 12 miles in the 6's and I CAN do it.  Huge personal milestone with this realization.

3 - I am mentally strong when I allow myself to be.  This is where Julie really comes in because so many times in the last 3 miles I wanted to slow down, quit, or take a break.  I kept analyzing my garmin thinking in my head that I could easily slow down and still get the sub 1:30 I wanted.  But she forced me to challenge my mental toughness and this proved to me that I am much stronger than I think.

Overall this race was so memorable and such an amazing learning opportunity because I finished knowing I had without a doubt given every thing I had in me.  I left every ounce of me out there and that was an indescribable feeling.

Any "costumes" you've been hiding behind with your running?