Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HIIT IT!

I didn't spell HIIT wrong in the title. Have you heard of HIIT before? I've been wanting to write a post about this for about a week, because the term and workouts have been popping up everywhere in workout blogs in the last few months. I didn't really get it until I started doing them with the Tone It Up girls.
The purpose of this post isn't to talk about the TIU girls, but if you don't know who they are, click above. They're super inspirational and really know what they're doing.

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and doing HIIT workouts increase metabolism and improve your body's athletic condition and ability to burn fat. *Yes, I said that it increases fat burning. In fact, your body continues to burn calories and fat long after HIIT workouts.

The other thing about HIIT workouts that make them fantastic is that they don't take long to complete. If you're of the mentality that you don't mind working hard but you don't want to work long, these are for you.

HIIT workouts generally last 15-30 minutes depending on what you're doing, and there's a 2:1 or 1:2 ratio of super hard anaerobic activity to active recovery. Sound complicated? It's not.

Here's an example from the Self Magazine Drop 10 Challenge that these girls are the trainers for
And here are the rest of the HIIT workouts for the Challenge.

One of the other names you'll see for it is the Tabata Method. A blogger I read, Blonde Ponytail, posts a lot of HIIT/Tabata workouts with videos on how to do the moves.

If you're not a runner or don't like to run, try this one
She has all of the videos and the explanation of how to make it HIIT on her blog.

And between the Tone It Up girls, Blonde Ponytail, and another recent find, Fit Fab Cities (I linked to a Tabata video she recently posted), that should really get you started if it's something you're interested in.  

These workouts are great because you'll really get a lot of bang for your buck. While I always like to think I'm burning calories, I've recently started to also want to make sure I'm burning fat while I'm working out too. I can tell that these Tabata HIIT workouts are working for me since I started them a few weeks ago.

And to go along with the HIIT, I've recently been adding circuit training to my workout regime. I'm trying to get away from the mentality of "I'm a runner so I run" and into the mentality of "I want to be in the best overall shape for all parts of my body".

I started with this circuit from the Tone It Up girls. I've been trying to do it 2-3 times per week with all my other stuff. They recommend to do each one 12 times and to do the whole circuit twice.
And if you don't belong to a gym or have a weight set but want to give it a try, grab two water bottles or soup cans and use those for the three exercises that require weights. I was super sore the first time I did it, but as I've continued I've seen improvement already!

Have you done HIIT before or circuit workouts? Any places you look for these workouts that I didn't mention? I'd love to add to my list of places to go to get ideas.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Recent Goings On


This was a busy weekend for me/us. It was a lot of fun, but I also felt like it flew by. Do you ever try really hard to make time slow down? I usually think about it most when I'm laying low, but it's amazing to me how quickly time goes by. I just can't even believe it sometimes.

Friday was another Tampa blogger meetup, which are always fun. I've only met these girls twice, but it's always enjoyable to catch up. I feel like I know them so much more because of the added benefit of reading about what's going on even when we aren't hanging out. I didn't take any pics this time so I'm waiting on some of the other girls to post them.

I took a picture of my dip that I brought though!
It was called cowboy caviar, and it was yummy. I followed the recipe almost exactly except I didn't add cilantro (because I'm one of those people that thinks it tastes like soap) and I couldn't decide whether to add the Italian dressing. I bought it but was worried it would just take like Italian dressing (duh?).

And I have one small problem in that I drank two glasses of Sangria over the course of the whole night and actually felt a little yucky Saturday morning. I'm getting old; the time has come. I even skipped BodyPump! :-0

Oh. And also on Friday night I found out I wont Neely's $35 Starbucks gift card giveaway! How exciting for me?!

I did, however, make it for BodyCombat because I had requested a song to do and am glad I did or I probably would have slept through that as well. Here's a video of that song, because I'm in love with it, and it'll give you an idea of what BodyCombat is if you don't know.
Then we went tux shopping for the wedding! We picked what they guys are going to wear. It's amazing how not exciting picking out a tux is and how those people make such a big deal about it. 

The woman was set on the fact that Tim would have to wear a white tie and vest or people wouldn't know he was the groom. Tim did not want to wear a white tie, so we decided he'd go with black. While I wanted to say something to the lady, I refrained. In my head, though, I was thinking "if there's anyone at the wedding that's confused about who the groom is, maybe they shouldn't be at the wedding." She suggested that was the only way people would be able to find him at the reception?? Okay...

Saturday night we went to go see Hunger Games!
It was good, and it definitely went right along with the book, but I have to say that there were details that obviously had to be left out that I missed. And my imagination had created an even more colorful and outrageous capital. Otherwise I enjoyed it. I really can't wait for Catching Fire. That was my favorite book.

Sunday I went shopping! I had gotten a $10 credit for tweeting through my credit card if I spent $50 at H&M. And I spent $64! Thank you free $10.

H&M had some cute stuff. Of course I can only find one thing on the website that I bought, but I got two dresses, two tank tops, a shirt, and a set of stud earrings.
I got this dress. It's a cute cotton beachy dress and was only $18. 
I wish I'd seen this dress, though, since I'm looking online.

I also went to Forever 21, but I was a little disappointed in what they had and in what I tried on.

My big splurge of the day, though, was on a hair treatment set from Aveda.
It's called Invati, and it's proven to help with thinning hair. My hair has been breaking and thinning in the last year because of medicines I've been taking, and I'm willing to try anything and everything. It was put through a 12 week clinical trial and shows to increase hair growth by 33%. That's good to hear, and I can't wait to see results. I'll give you my thoughts as I go with it. It was a little over $100 for the whole set, but the reviews say it's a miracle worker. And this isn't the first time I've mentioned having thin hair. I just wanted to share in case anyone else is looking for something.

I'm also taking hair vitamins and biotin. 

Jenn also mentioned Wen shampoo as something to think about, but I couldn't find the clinical results that I found on the invati program. I might try Wen if this doesn't work out. 

Anyone tried either Wen or invati?

Lastly I spent the afternoon at Leah's gender reveal party. She did an amazing job with decorations, and she let out balloons from a box to reveal the gender. I won't reveal here in case you've been following along and are waiting on the gender. She posted it on her blog yesterday.

And that was my weekend!

What'd you do? Anything exciting coming up this week?

Also, I would love it if you would like my facebook page if you haven't already!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

new beauty finds {hair + skin}


While I wouldn't consider myself a beauty product connoisseur, when I'm in need of something, I do my research to find a good product.

Two things I've recently {in the last year} come to care even more about is skin care and hair care, so those are two areas where I'm always looking to find good products that do what they say they'll do. I've started using a few new products that I'm liking so far.
As far as face wash is concerned, I was using Clean & Clear for a while, but I was still having breakouts that I didn't think should be happening. I tweeted asking for people's recommendations on face washes, and several wrote back about Neutrogena products. I opted for the Deep Clean Cream Cleanser as well as the Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub, and I love them both.

Both products smell amazing, and my skin has gotten softer with fewer breakouts. Also, when there are breakouts, they are smaller and go away faster. The foaming scrub has a tingle to it, and I really like using it after I come home from the gym in the shower, because it helps cool me off and makes me feel extra clean. I use the deep clean daily, and it's amazing how much softer my face has become.

The Redken Anti-Snap product I've only been using for a few weeks, so I can't attest to it's success with the same degree of confidence, but I did want to recommend it because of the amazing number of positive reviews it has. I have super thin hair that seems to be breaking off really badly, so I bought this in hopes that it would help my hair grow longer {because...you know...I have a wedding I'd like to have some longer hair for}. While I haven't seen it's success yet, it does help tame my frizz a little bit.

Do you use any of these? What other hair products for thin and breaking hair might you recommend? Does anyone use almond oil? I've heard it's a miracle worker, but I haven't purchased it yet.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

{Dress}ing for the occasion

I've been eyeing new dresses in the last couple of weeks, and I'm fairly sure all the stores are aware of my (and everyone else's, I'm sure) need. I keep getting emails marketed with colorful maxis and minis that are appropriate for so many occasions.

I don't have a ton of money to spend right now on clothing, but with several weddings coming up, a beach trip next week, my bachelorette party, my honeymoon this summer, and a rehearsal dinner to dress for, I believe I just have to make room for a few new pieces.

I did a teensy bit of shopping around on literally two sites and I already had full carts (do you add to your shopping cart wishing you could really buy everything you want?). Here are just a few of my favorites.

clockwise from top left: 1  2  3  4  5  6

I like these dresses because I think they're good for multiple occasions. I think depending on how you put together your outfits some could be work appropriate and some could be dressed up and down depending on the shoes. I also feel like they could be accessorized differently so that I could get a couple of wears out of them in the same season. What do you think?

I'm planning on heading to F21 and H&M in the next few days to see what they have right now, but if I splurge on any of these I'm thinking it will be the bottom middle. What do you think of them? What's your favorite? Have you seen anywhere that has cute and inexpensive dresses that I should check out before I head to the beach next week?

Monday, March 19, 2012

new foods {vegetarian for the week}

So you know I workout sometimes, but I bet you didn't know that I eat like crud most of the time. That's the sad truth. I finish working out, and I am so hungry. So I tell myself that I just burned however many calories and decide that means I can pretty much eat whatever doesn't eat me.

Sometimes it's good food or Subway or something healthy, and sometimes it's a quesadilla and chips and salsa or a juicy burger and fried sweet potato fries. And most of the time I don't even think twice about what I eat because of how many calories I burn on a weekly basis. I mean I don't gain weight, but I also haven't really been losing weight. And with a wedding coming up in 4 months and 2 days (approximately) I've gotta get moving and shaking in the diet world.

My decision for this week, since I'm on spring break, was to incorporate more superfoods into my diet, to cut out all meats but fish, and to not eat processed foods. Of course, all of that in addition to eating more in moderation and also with more awareness of calories.

It took a ton of planning, but here is my dinner menu for the week.
Sunday: Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with sweet potato wedges
I changed a few things from the recipe in that I left out corn. If you aren't aware, your body literally does nothing with corn. I leave it out of ingredients because of it's lack of nutritional value. I also left out the sunflower seeds, because I forgot to buy them.

And these things were delicious I tell you. Tim liked them, and we ate them for lunch today too. They took a bit of time to make, but they were worth it. 
Tonight we had Strawberry, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Chia Seeds. 
I used this recipe for the dressing and as a guide, but I added the goat cheese and chia seeds. It was a little dressing heavy, but it was delicious; the chia made it so filling too.
Tuesday is Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls
Wednesday is Cranberry Chickpea BBQ Wraps
Thursday: The Loaded Bowl
Friday or Saturday: Grilled Salmon with Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

And that's my meal plan this week. My plan for now is to check the scale at the end of the week and see if I notice a difference without the meat. I'm looking at a few other ideas as well and I'll update you as I go. I really want to lose at least 15-20 pounds before the wedding along with getting more toned, but I need to kick my butt into gear!

And I must say that the blog world really has inspired me to try this. I got a lot of these recipes from Sam's pinboard, but there are several girls that are vegetarian and keep things exciting.

Any favorite superfood recipes or vegetarian/pescetarian recipes?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

beginning of spring break thoughts and realizations


Being on spring break for two days so far has been so lovely. I've got a long list of stuff to accomplish, but for the last two days I've just taken "me" time. It has been delightful. 

On Saturday I did my standard BodyPump then BodyCombat duo, and I came home and accomplished really not a whole lot. I did dishes and started laundry and got some little things taken care of that have been impatiently waiting to be done.

And today I got up intending to run somewhere between 6 and 10 miles, and I ran 6.01. It just wasn't a good morning; something was off. I don't have any races anytime soon (they're expensive), so I don't have something to train for. It's hard to mentally get out there and pound the pavement hard when you're not working for something.
Today my goal was to menu plan for a whole week of going vegetarian while eating a lot of superfoods. I accomplished it in great form, and it also gave me some time to play around on pinterest.

I'm planning on posting tomorrow about my menu plan with pictures, because I think some of them would be meals you'd enjoy. (Sneak peek: sweet potato black bean quinoa burgers).
But for now I just really wanted to share two pinterest pictures. First...
This is completely and utterly nothing but the truth. Looking back on the last year and the complete shift in my outlook on my lifestyle (going from someone who never worked out to someone who works  out 5-6 times per week), it is very clear to me that I can achieve what I set my mind to as long as I work for it. Not by waiting around for it.

Nothing will come easy, and nothing will happen without putting in every effort first. Another pin that I found reminded me that I need to look back and think about the long way that I have come instead of thinking how far I have to go. I read blogs daily where people run a lot faster than me or a lot further or they're more fit or something, and while I want to be there, I realize that I'll just keep going, and I'll just keep working, and those good things will come. Because looking back? It helps me keep perspective that I couldn't even run a year ago. (But I still can't wait to see where I'll be a year from now).

The second pin helped me realize why I do it.
It's taken me a while to realize why I do it. And today this pin helped me. I do it for me. I love the medals and the nice comments and the support from my family, but in the long run (and on the long runs) when it's just me and my decision to go to the gym or hit the road running, it's just about me. I love knowing that every second that I put into this sometimes hard and sometimes painful and sometimes incredibly rewarding commitment makes me that much stronger and that much prouder of myself. 

And in the end, isn't that the best feeling in the world?

So what are you doing for yourself? What are you proud of yourself for? Please share. I really would like to hear what you're proud of, because it excites me to hear when people enjoy something that they do.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

mustaches, crowns, and bingo: my bridal shower!

I'm finally on spring break! It felt like it was never going to come.

But before I talk about anything else, I just must share with you my amazing bridal shower from last Saturday. It was just lovely, and it was thrown by my mom and sister. They came down to Tampa to do it for me, since there's not really one city in the country where most of my friends live aside from the group I have in Tampa (that's for another day...but in case you didn't know, I moved to Tampa after college knowing no one for a job opportunity and have built a life for myself here...my girlfriends live around the country).

It was just lovely!

They put out fresh flowers everywhere, which I just love. And my mom made a bridal bingo game that was a big hit.
My sister's game idea was super cute! She told everyone a question she had asked both of us and then told everyone one of our answers. If they thought I said it they put on the crown, and if they thought Tim said it they put on the mustache! People had fun with that one.
A shot of the food table before the food went out. I love the lanterns and the pictures hanging up over the towel cake and the cupcake tree. My mom also got m&m's with our names on them!
They were so proud of the towel cake (it was a linen shower), and I loved all the purple details. They hung the LOVE banner Tim and I had used in our engagement pictures, and my mom made sweet tea.
People had fun with the mustaches and crowns. Most people are in the picture, but my mom took it and another girlfriend stopped by a little later.
Me and Tim's step-mom before the party started.
Me and the hosts...I love all the patterns going on here.
Opening presents. It was so fun to open presents, and what was even more fun was that some of the stuff had to be ordered so I've been getting packages all week with the gifts I learned about in the cards I was given. People were so generous, and I am so thankful.
And just for fun...

I love my mom and sister so much! They worked so hard on this shower, and it was so wonderful. I had a great time with girlfriends in Tampa, and I was so thankful most of them were there to share this special day with me. 

I think my next big wedding event will be my bachelorette party! I'm headed to Vegas, and I don't even know who all is going!! One of my bridesmaids, Kim, is organizing the whole thing! I know there are 9 people, but I don't even know who! It's really fun...and I need to stop trying to guess and ruin the surprise. 

This wedding stuff really is a lot of work...and stress, but I know the memories will all be worth it. We're still deciding on honeymoon location, but I think we've got it narrowed down. I'll let you know once we solidly book. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Beck's Light Challenge: Half Marathon Recap

This post is a week late, but it's still important to recap this on here for myself. I've been completely MIA this week because of life, as I've mentioned a few times. I'm sorry about that. It's amazing how quickly time passes when you have a ton going on!

Anywho, after the 15k/5k last Saturday I had gone home to ice bath and make sure that I didn't do anything but rest. I knew I had a 6AM start to the half marathon on Sunday to complete the Beck's Light Challenge. I had no time goal at all for the half marathon; I just wanted to finish it so that I could get that medal and wear my jacket proudly.

I got up at 4:15 AM on Sunday to grab a super fast breakfast and head down to the Convention Center to meet up with Tori. The weather was forecast to be terrible in every sense of the word (30 MPH winds and thunderstorms), and she had mentioned she had a waterproof case for my phone that I could borrow. True to the forecast, the bottom of the sky fell out just as I walked into the convention center. The wind was terrible, and it was cold; it was a complete flip from the weather on Saturday that had been hot, humid, and miserable. 

The race managers did a fantastic job of stopping panic and worry and never making any announcement about canceling or pushing back the start time. They just came over speakers and told us to stay in the convention center until they mentioned otherwise. We did that, the rain moved on, and we were told to head out to the start. I honestly don't even know what time it started, but I'm thinking we were really close to that 6 AM goal time.

Luckily I had brought a trash bag, and I cut a hole in it for my head and arms and threw that over me to keep warm and dry; it was still sprinkling a little as we head outside. Right when we got to the starting line they played the national anthem, and we were off. I again crossed the starting line quite a while back from when the actual clock started (I think somewhere like 8 or 9 minutes back...).


I ran into my first and only problem of the whole weekend about a half mile into the race. We made a sharp turn onto a super narrow bridge, and we bottle necked so badly. There were a few times where we literally were stopped. Since I wasn't trying to PR it didn't matter, but if I had been trying to go for a certain time I know I would have gotten super anxious and mad. I was also in a bad position because I hadn't lined up in the front half of the group where I was supposed to. I was behind people who could have been trying to run 3 hour half marathons, so that was my only frustration.

I didn't look at my Garmin the first little while for distance because I was just sort of in for the long haul. I was enjoying the scenery along Davis Island and just thinking how lucky I am to be able to do something that I love so much. When I looked down to check my distance for the first time I had already hit 4 miles! I was trying to keep a slow and steady pace around 10:30 because I didn't know if my legs might fall off halfway through or really what would happen since I had run 12.4 the day before.

Holding up a 3 for the third race of the weekend!

Around mile 5 we crossed back over onto Bayshore, and from there it was the same out and back I had run for the 15k and the 5k before. This time for some reason I just really enjoyed it a lot more! It was really windy, but the rain had stopped. I took off the trash bag and eventually threw it to the side.

I soaked up my surroundings and just felt pride and excitement in what I was doing. My pace picked up and I let myself run faster. I held around a 9:45 for the rest of the race. I stopped once at a port-o-potty to go to the bathroom, but the line was too long so I ran for a little while until the next one with no line. I think that cost me a minute or two in the long run, but I was okay with it.

When we got to the turn around I was excited to be heading back towards the finish line, but downtown looked SO far away (you can see it from anywhere on Bayshore, and at that point it just looked so so teensy, and I couldn't believe I had to run all the way back). At that moment, all I could think of was getting my medal(s). I couldn't wait to get the awesome skull and cross bones for the half marathon I was running, but I ultimately wanted that Beck's Light Challenge one around my neck.


I can't remember miles 9-11. I know I ran them and didn't stop, but beyond that I don't remember a lot. I took out my phone to snap a few pictures for the last mile.

Not a bad view heading to the finish.

And the view I'd been running for all weekend!

There are also a few fun pictures of me taken by the marathonfoto people along the course.

 They caught me near the finish posing and then caught me when I had no idea. That was only a few yards from the finish I believe.

And then the finish line. I cried. I was so happy. And I finished officially in 2:14:28 (the clock time shown above is from when the starting gun went off...but remember I didn't cross the starting line for a long time after that. We wear chips on our bibs that track our own personal time.).

There are other details I know I've left out...like that I walked through a few water stops or that I went to the bathroom in a port o potty next to own that was blown over by wind, but that's okay. In the end I had the most amazing weekend, and it was so personally fulfilling. I'll never forget it.


After the finish. All smiles.

And then...I headed straight home...took a shower...and put on the Beck's Light Challenge finisher's fleece I'd been waiting to wear!


I don't look cute...and I don't care. Sorry...

And as a quick update...I had a bridal shower this weekend and will share about it tomorrow. It was wonderful and lovely and I can't wait for you to see.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Beck's Light Challenge: 5k/15k Recap


I had an alarm set for 5AM on Saturday so I could get up and have a breakfast before I had to head out the door. I got up right on time and was so glad I had laid out all my stuff the night before. I threw on all my gear, put an eggo nutrigrain waffle and half of a flat bread in the toaster over, slathered them with peanut butter, and was out the door. Normally I eat two nutri-grain waffles with nothing on them before my long runs, but I knew this was going to be a long day and I needed the extra staying power of the peanut butter.

I did leave right on time, but traffic downtown at 6 was terrible. The Convention Center parking garage was the place to be, and the line was crazy long. I also had forgotten cash and had to rely on my friend that I was meeting to bail me out. It was a bit of a mess and I caused a bit of a traffic backup for a minute, but it all worked out in the end.

Stephanie and I were out of our cars and heading over to the start area by 6:40, and the race was set to go off at 7:05. We both had to use the bathroom, so we waited in the always long port-o-pottie line before walking to the starting line. We cut it super close and really had about 5 minutes in the corral before the gun went off, but again, it worked out in the end. It seemed like someone was really watching after me Saturday now that I think about it, because everything went off without a hitch.

The 15k
The first race of the morning was the 15k, and there were about 5,000 people running it. We didn't even cross the starting line until four and a half minutes after the gun went off. That's what happens when you get in the back of the pack, I guess.
Going into it I knew I wanted to run with Stephanie, but I didn't want to over-exert myself. After all, I had a long weekend of running ahead of me. Stephanie's goal was to keep an overall 8:50 pace so that she could PR a bit from her time last year. I decided we should start out a little slower and hold 9 minutes for the first two miles before picking it up a little in the third and fourth mile to just below 8:50.

The essential part to mention here, though, is that the temperature at this point was around 76* with 95% humidity, and while it only affected us in a minor way on the way out because of the shade on one side of the street (it's an out and back course), it seriously killed us as we turned back around mile 4.5. We ran along the bay the whole time, and the sun was beating down on us. It was so miserably hot, and I just didn't know around mile 6 or 7 if we were going to make it. 
We took three 30 second walk breaks during mile 6 to make sure we'd be able to finish, and while I have never walked in a race before, I am absolutely positive it was essential in this race. There had been some crazies around mile 5 handing out Krispy Kreme donuts that we continued discussing as the meandered along. I'm sure I would have vomited on the side if I had taken one of those, and I in fact would like to hear someone who did take one and what effect it had on them.

Stephanie decided to walk a little more and I went ahead running at around a 9:45 pace; she caught up with me with about a mile to go and we almost finished together. Had there not been a man coming up behind us yelling "old man coming! Are you going to let an old man catch you?!" I wouldn't have up and sprinted to the finish (and as an aside...I did beat him). 
It was the longest race of my life, I swear. I think mentally I was expecting it to be A LOT shorter than a half, and at 9.3 miles, it's just not that short! When I finished I told Stephanie I would probably walk the 5k that started in 45 minutes as a cool down from that. She wasn't running it so I didn't feel any need to run fast. 

My official 15k time was 1:28:25 with an average pace of 9:30. It's not as bad as I expected after the complete meltdown I felt had occurred. 

Afterwards I got my medal, a bottle of water, a cup of soda, a banana, and a smoothie and walked through the finisher's chute. I couldn't decide how much to eat before the next race, as I didn't want to get sick but I also wanted to make sure that I had enough energy. I did end up taking all of that I mentioned, and while it was probably a little much it did help me maintain energy for the 5k up next...and I literally marched right back over to the starting line...

...where I saw the finish line that I had just crossed and would be crossing again in a little while.

5k
The 5k was a corral start for the first time, and it was more organized than I heard it had been in the past. I was supposed to be in the yellow corral (corral number 1), but they were suggesting that was the corral for people trying to run 24 minutes and under or something like that. I think they had guesstimated a corral based off my half marathon time since I never put down a 5k time in registration. I decided to step back to the red corral for people running under 30 minutes. Remember, I had originally intended to just walk the race.

Welllll...as I'm sure you've figured out by now, I have more than a small bit of competitiveness in me, so walking just wasn't going to happen. I started out slowly, didn't have to do too much pushing or weaving, and started to feel good after the first mile. It was so hot out by that point (78*) that we were running under yellow flag conditions, but mentally 3.1 miles sounded like a hop skip and a jump so I just ran as fast as I thought would be smart with 9.3 miles behind me and 13.1 ahead of me.

And I ended up with this somewhat not cute but very clear picture (that I love) that shows how hard I was working. Plus I look like I'm flying with no feet on the ground.
Looking back I think I could have run faster, but you live and you learn. I don't have a ton to say about this race because it was the afterthought of the day. I just wanted to get through it. It was another out and back, and essentially it was stopping me from going home to have my ice bath and prep for my half the next day.

But hey! It earned me my second medal of the day!
I will say that there were 12,000 people that ran it, it was hot as sin, and I ran it in 28:57 at an average pace of 9:20. That's more than a minute above my best 5k time (which as a side note I really need to run a 5k sometime because my best half marathon time is actually 6 seconds per mile faster than my PR in the 5k), but it is what it is all things considered.

I again grabbed as much food as I could carry, walked to my car, and headed for home.
The rest of the day Saturday was pretty much me drinking water, taking an ice bath, napping on the couch, and being overly unproductive with a phenomenal excuse and no guilt for it. On Saturday night I had chips and salsa and a chicken quesadilla as my fuel for the next day, and I again headed to bed early...I had more medals to earn!
My last recap will be tomorrow, and it will be my half marathon recap. I took a bunch more pictures of the course, and they're actually really pretty and will give you a good idea of what Tampa looks like.