Sunday, May 4, 2014

austin 10/20.

Considering this race took place on April 13th, I would say I'm just a weeeee bit behind with the recap, no?

Whoops.

It was a fantastic weekend, mostly because I was finally able to meet my sweet friend, Nicole!!!!  She has been so, so supportive to me over the years, so it was great to finally get to meet her.

She originally booked 2 rooms and didn't end up needing the second one, which worked out amazingly well for me.  I paid her the price of the room, and just like that, my last minute self had a room less than two miles from the start.  Score!  We met, tossed our stuff in our rooms, and the we headed out to eat.

We decided on The Cheesecake Factory since neither she or her friend Lizzie had been before, and since it was less than a mile, we decided to walk.  After asking several locals where it was, we finally got ourselves oriented.  What we found rather shocking was that even though we were less than a mile away, no one we asked knew where it was!  For real?  We found it ourselves after bravely crossing a couple busy highways.  I ended up getting honked at because a car saw me stumble on a wire.  Fantastic.  The whole thing made for good laughs!  :)

We enjoyed our delicious meals and conversation.  We had a nice walk back to the hotel, stopping in an REI for fuel for the race.  We also made a quick trip to Target and then called it a night.  I laid out all my race stuff and headed to bed early.  One thing I made sure to take a picture of?  My awesome bib number.


What makes it so cool?  My birthday is August 2, 1982.  As in 8282.  

We were up bright and early to head for the race the next morning.  

We all three decided we were going to run our own race, and given that I hadn't run since my half marathon two weekends before, I didn't expect big things.  I just wanted to make it through.

Nicole and I.


Lizzie, Nicole, Camille (I think - their friend I met that morning), and me.  I look so sleepy!


Soon after, we were off!

It was a challenging race for me.  I walked a lot more than I wanted to.  Truly, I didn't need to walk as much as I did, but my head and heart just weren't in race mode.  While the race is famous for its 20 bands (10 miles, 20 bands), it didn't feel like 20 bands.  I ended up wishing I would have taken my iPod with me.

Around mile 8 or so, my goal ended up becoming sub 2:00, and I accomplished that.  I finished in 1:54.  I skipped running a 5k race the day before the 10/20, and I was sooooo glad I did.  My legs felt tired during the race, and I'm sure they would have been even worse had I raced a 5k the day before.



I'm not sure I'll run this race again, but it was definitely worth doing this time because I got to meet Nicole!!!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

biggest loser runwalk half marathon.

I truly don't even know where to begin to start with this.  That weekend ranks up there as one of the best weekends I've ever had, if not THE best weekend I've ever had!

It all started with Stan and I heading to Austin for the expo.  While there, I was able to take a few pictures with some of the past Biggest Loser contestants.



From there, we went to Panera Bread, because he had never been to one!  I had only been like twice before, and we both loved it.

After our meal, he took me to my good friend Emily's, because she was letting me crash at her house.  We had a great time at a German cafe while enjoying different appetizers and chatting.  I didn't eat much since I had just had Panera, but I did make sure to at least sample everything!  Soon after, I called it a night since I had an early morning wake up call.

That morning I woke up and did my usual thing.  I got ready, ate 2 slices of bread with peanut butter, and I drank my Spark as Stan drove me to the race site.



We stood around and waited until it was time to go.



I shed the jacket right as it was time for us to head out, and then we were off!



Miles 1-8 I felt so strong.  I couldn't believe how easily I had run all 8 miles in the 10:20 range.  I was doing amazing!

And then the wind hit.

From mile 8 on, we were running into the wind just about the entire time, and it was a definite struggle. I mentioned in my last post how shocked I was that I had completed a 10k without stopping to walk.  At this point, I was at mile 8 of a half marathon, and I still hadn't walked!!  I couldn't believe it!  I told myself the wind could slow my pace down a bit, but there was no way I was going to let it make me walk after running so far.

Up until mile 8, I knew I had my sub 2:30 in the bag.  I started to worry a bit as I was on the struggle bus for the last 5 miles.  I knew I could do it as long as I didn't slow down too much, so I pressed on.  It hurt, it wasn't pretty, but I'm proud of myself for finding the strength to continue without letting myself walk.  I knew I didn't need to walk, I just wanted to walk, and that wasn't a good enough reason to stop.

Once the end was in sight, I was so, so happy because I knew I was going hit my goal.



This is by far one of my favorite pictures of the whole day.  I DID IT!  2:21:35.


See the people on the left in the picture above?  The ones leaning on the rail?  That is my family!  My family who I had NO IDEA WAS THERE!  In that moment, I had no clue they were there!

I ran through the chute and gave high-fives to the people standing at the rail.  I felt someone grab my arm, I made eye contact with her and quickly waved, then turned back around to find Stan.  The same person grabbed my arm again, and I had to do a double take before I figured out it was my mom!!  I had just stared her in the face a second ago, and it never once registered it was her until she grabbed me a second time!

My mom, her husband, my sister, her husband, and their two daughters all came to surprise me at the finish!!!  Apparently it had all been planned, with Stan's help, for months, and I had no clue whatsoever!  They all had on "Team Tyly" shirts decorated with 13.1, runners, The Biggest Loser, etc.  I was already elated to have reached the goal I chased for years, and to have that take place on top of it??  I can't even put into words how much it all meant to me!













I am not a good enough writer to convey what it all meant to me.  I'm not sure there will ever be a moment that is able to top this one!  I am so, so lucky to have people in my life that love me as much as they do.


Friday, April 4, 2014

spring chicken 10k.

I hadn't run a 10k since August of 2011!  In that recap I mentioned that I ran a 1:05:53, but I also complained because the course measured 5.96 miles.  I wasn't sure what to expect during this 10k, but I was hoping for a PR!  I am in better shape now than I was then, so I was hoping to best 1:05:53.

I ran with a friend from work the entire time, and that ended up being a lifesaver!  There were plenty of times that I wanted to stop and walk, but since she didn't stop and walk, I didn't let myself stop either.

It was a humid day, and I was sweating before I ever started.  Lucky for me, my friend had an extra Gu on her that she let me take at mile 3.  As the miles ticked by, I was shocked I never had to stop and walk!  Going into the race I planned to run 8 minutes then walk 1, but I never once had to stop.  That was my longest run (with no walking) up to that point.  I have since broken that record, but we'll save that story for another day… :)

Other than the fact that I was hot and humid, I felt really strong the entire time.

The course measured 6.3 miles on my watch, and I finished in 1:04:17.  I was super proud of that!  Not only did I finish faster than I did in 2011, but the course measured longer, so I was even faster than I expected!  Woohoo!

This race offered free downloadable pictures, and you know I had to have them all!










Wednesday, April 2, 2014

metroplex 5k.

The Metroplex 5k was held on Sunday, March 16.  To set the stage, my friend had a welcome back party on March 15, and I didn't get home until after 1 am.  I also ate sooooo much food.  So, so much food.  I pretty much felt like I was going to explode once I woke up, not to mention the fact that I was super sleepy.

This race confirmed that I am not Wonder Woman.

My last 5k was where I set my new PR, and it was on February 22nd.  I ran a 28:49, so one would think that less than a month later I'd be able to run at least around a 29 or 30.

Nope!

I ran a 31:08 this race.

Yikes!

No sleep and terrible-for-you food will do that to you, I suppose.  The awful wind didn't help, but the real culprit was my own bad choices.  Oh well.  I'm not going to stress over one bad race.  I had a great time with friends, and sometimes that's worth a not-so-good race time.  

Mega points to the boyfriend for getting up the next morning to take these pictures, because while I didn't drink, he surely did… 

I'lll let you come to your own conclusion on how he felt that morning.  :)





Monday, March 31, 2014

erin condren love and giveaway.

I'm sure you've heard of Erin Condren Designs.  Right?  Please say you have!  If not, you must go to their site and check out the massive collection of cute things it has to offer!

I was in contact with them, and they so graciously offered me $25 to go toward any purchase.  Being the teacher, grad school student, and organizational freak that I am, I went with the Life Planner.  I have roughly a bajillion other things I'd like to purchase as well.

Are you jealous?  You don't have to be!  They also offered one of my readers $25 toward any purchase on the site!!

Before we get to that, you must look at my new best friend.

Look!  Even the box it came in is pretty!



I had such a hard time deciding on a cover design!  They are all so cute!






I was so excited about the free matching stickers that came with it!


My crappy iPhone pictures don't do it justice.  It is so gorgeous with all its quotes, vibrant colors, and pretty patterns.  Their site not only has planners, but it has stationary, notepads, stickers, invitations, t shirts, and so much more!!!

How do you win?

Easy!

There are several ways to enter on the rafflecopter below.

The winner will be chosen on Sunday, April 6th.

GOOD LUCK!  :)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

advocare.

I made the leap!



After consistently using their products for a year, and reviewing them in a few posts, I've decided to finally become a distributor!  I used them for a good, long while before deciding this was what I wanted to do.  I refuse to sell something that doesn't work or I don't believe in, so I took my time to make sure I was 100% certain this was something I wanted to do.

With that said, if you ever want to talk Advocare, let me know!  There's something for everyone, whether you're trying to lose weight, are focused on strength training, of if you just want more energy to make it through the day.  Their Spark is amazing!

Anywho, I'm here if anyone ever needs any help!  :)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

biggest loser results pictures.

I posted all my Biggest Loser results numbers in this post, but they just recently sent me the pictures that were taken at the start and at the end.

Given the competition was only 8 weeks long, I'm very proud of the progress I made!  I knew I was a bit smaller, but I didn't realize just how far I'd come until I received the pictures.  The biggest surprise was my legs.  I knew I'd lost in my arms and belly area, but I didn't anticipate seeing a difference in my legs.  I can see quite a change in the shape of both my calves and my thighs.  I'm so glad my gym sent me these pictures, because they only motivate me even more!!


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