The 2019 Wayfarer’s Annapolis 10k

We did it again! Well, mostly. Kind of.

Over the weekend, my friend Lindsey and I did the Wayfarer’s 10k in Annapolis. We ran it last year (read it here) and had a great time, so when it came up this year we immediately signed up.

Last year the race premium was a backpack and this year it was… FANNY PACKS!


How adorable is that?!

Our 2018 Wayfarer’s 10k was our fastest of the year, but this year we didn’t do as well.

I mean, we had the same amount of FUN — maybe even more — but health wise I wasn’t feeling great. I had two more moles removed a couple days before (the dermatologist flagged them as potentially being melanoma) and one of them was in that sensitive area where the back of your leg meets your butt. I didn’t even know that one was coming off, so it wasn’t until afterwards where I had the thought that this might make a 6.5 mile run uncomfortable. Add on top of that some lady cramps, and I was NOT feeling the run.

No biggie though, Lindsey and I decided to power-walk it and maybe jog a little if the police pacer car at the end got a little too close.

Yeah, that pacer car was STRESSING US OUT! We were just trying to chat and walk darn it! Unlike the Across the Bay 10k, the Wayfarer’s 10k had a faster pace. So, we decided to take a little shortcut through an Annapolis side street.

We ended up cutting off about ½ mile and it was just enough that we could power-walk the rest of the race without the pace car annoying us.  

My stitches were a bit sore for the rest of the day, but they felt much better than if I had powered through and ran the whole race. As it was, we had a super fun, fantastic time!

Afterwards we went and ate an amazingly delicious (and unhealthy) breakfast and did some consignment shopping. You can see a sneak peak of what I bought here:

I think we will definitely sign up for the Wayfarer’s 10k again next year. It’s a fun course and the premiums and medals are great. I’ll be sure to schedule any surgeries AFTER the run though!

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The Frederick Running Festival Kid’s Fun Run

This modeling behavior thing for your kids is really working! I’ve enjoyed running lots of races over the years and Jack even joined me at the Baltimore Running Festival in 2017 to do the Kid’s Fun Run race. However, he hasn’t really had much interest since then. It doesn’t help that they discontinued the kid’s race after the one he did in 2017.

So imagine how proud I was when he started talking about wanting to do another run like mommy!

I started looking out for a kid’s run that is 1 mile or less and finally saw that the Frederick Running Festival had their own kid’s run… and the $15 fee included a kid’s Under Armour shirt AND a finishing medal!

I had to work that morning, so I went back and forth on whether I should sign up for the 5k that night. I ended up NOT doing the 5k and we just drove down to the Frederick fairgrounds so Jack could do his run.

They divided the kids into two groups: 7 and under and 8 – 12. The kids who were 7 and under were welcome to have a parent run with them, so Jack asked daddy to run along. They ran the race and I met them both at the finish line. It was only a 1/4 mile race or so, which went very, very quickly. In the future, I’m going to try and find a 1 mile race for him.

Here are some photos from Saturday:

Oh and if you notice, there is something weird going on with Jack’s front tooth. It is literally hanging on by a thread and the kid refuses to pull it out. He keeps doing this gross thing where he pushes it out with his lip in photos and it honestly makes me want to hurl. Yay parenthood!

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Elite Warrior Boot Camp Diary: The End

For a quick recap, I decided in an energetic moment to join a 6-week Elite Warrior Boot Camp at my gym. The boot camp was led by a trainer, Walter, and classes were held Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. A small group of people attended the private training classes, ranging from 4 – 8 depending on the day.

Here are my two previous posts for easy clicking:

Let me start off by saying, I’m not a boot camp kind of person. I don’t especially enjoy working out and I’ve never stuck with an actual workout program or class for more than a month or so. Signing up for this ELITE WARRIOR boot camp was totally out of my comfort zone and I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like it or not.

Now that the 6 weeks is over and I have completed 18 workouts, I can say… I loved it.

By having a core group of people to work out with, it kept me motivated to show up each day. Walter is a fantastic trainer. He keeps you motivated to keep doing more and trying harder, and most importantly he doesn’t yell.

I was kind of concerned that someone was going to yell at me and I’d instinctively punch them.

With that being said, sure there were days where I didn’t feel like going to the gym. However, I didn’t miss ANY of my workouts. Which is basically one of the biggest workout accomplishments of my entire life.

Now, let’s talk about the results. I wasn’t using this boot camp as a diet/exercise thing where I’d have a goal to lose a set amount of weight. In fact, I didn’t really change my diet at all. Instead, I just concentrated on whether I felt good about myself and whether I was feeling stronger throughout the program. Also, Easter was in there… and I love me some peeps.

With that being said, I did get my measurements done on the first day of the boot camp. I went back in on Monday to get measured again. I knew that I hadn’t lost any pounds, but I was curious if there were other changes.

I actually did end up losing about 1/2 inch off my waist and belly area, as well as 1/2 inch off each thigh. I realize that a half inch doesn’t sound like much, but with no diet changes at all I’m totally okay with that. Most importantly, the boot camp really helped me feel good about myself – both mentally and physically. I also ran a 10k in the middle of my boot camp and got my fastest time yet.

Even better, I showed Jack how mommy likes to work out to be strong!

Now here is the super surprising thing – surprising to me at least – I enjoyed it so much I want to sign up for 6 more weeks! I was actually planning on jumping right back in with no break between the sessions, but then Walter planned to be out of town for a week, and then I have our vacation and my sister’s wedding later this month. So my current hope is that I can start 6 more weeks right after Memorial Day!

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