#MedalMonday- 2016 Charlotte Half Marathon

This was one of those races that did not end very well for me. We all have these types of races. When we wish we did better or if there was something we could have done differently to prepare. I actually never talked about this race on the blog before but better time then today.

I got my stuff ready the night before like I do with any race. I got up and got dressed and headed to the train station. It was a cold November morning but the closer I got to Uptown the more excited I was getting.

This was my last race of the 2016 season before I took a break. It was my 10th race of the year overall. I was ready to be done before it even started. The truth is that the Charlotte Half Marathon is my favorite course ever. The beautiful neighborhoods of Myers Park, Dillworth, and then the home stretch through South End. It is also challenging with the big hills.

One of the cool things about this race was all the people on the sidelines cheering you on. That was incredible.

I was doing fine. Running at a steady pace. I stopped at the water stations and got some Gatorade. Nothing was going to stop me. I was going to finish this race.

Everything was fine from miles 1 to 11 and then it took a dark turn. When running through South End my legs started to cramp. I never had this happen to me before. It was the most intense pain I have ever experience in my legs. So here I am on mile 12 limping to the finish line.

I made it and I was so glad. It was a good race all things considering. I even got another medal for completing this and the Rocktoberfest Half Marathon but we will talk about that one later.

I love this race as it holds dear to my heart. I did the complete marathon the year before. If you are looking for a fun race in Charlotte in November then sign up for The Charlotte Half Marathon cause it will not disappoint.

Happy Monday Guys!

 

Morning Runs Are The Best

The alarm clock goes off in my room, it is pitch black outside, the cool air and the sounds of the morning fill my ear. Then I hear three…two…one…GO! I start at a slow pace to get my rhythm and then I start to speed up thinking of how I am going to take this day down.

The past couple of weeks I have been getting up and going for a little 3 mile run in the morning and I have to say it has made my day a lot better. Not only do you get around thirty minutes of cardio in but you also burn around 500 calories early in the morning which starts your day off right. I feel better after my run. I feel like I can take on the world.

On another note I have started carb cycling and I have no idea what I have never tried this before. It is working out great. I am not hungry anymore and I am eating good food. I also found a little trick that is amazing for burning fat and boasting metabolism. I will share that on Friday.

Happy Thursday!

The 2016 Race Series Medals Are In!

 

So excited to get these medals this year. Everyone knows I love my running bling!!! Only one more race in this series to register for and I am on my way to getting the whole set.

RACE NOTE: I have decided not to do the Charlotte Marathon this year but instead run the half marathon. The half marathon was more fun last year and I think I need a year off from marathons but I am still very excited to get out there and RUN!!!

Check back for me details of each race as I run it!