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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Running the 2019 Sole of the City 10k

Why do I keep signing up for these races?

The last time I ran outside was October, when I did the Baltimore Running Festival 5k. The last time I ran a 10k was in June, when I did the Wayfarer’s Annapolis 10k. I was supposed to run the Across the Bay 10k in November… but we drank too much the night before and decided sleep and coffee were a better idea.

So yeah, NO running for 6 months… why wouldn’t I shove my 41-year-old body into a running skirt and run a race?!

Running races with no preparation is kinda my thing though, so I strapped my lady lumps into my exercise bra, laced up some running shoes, stuck a few Tums in my fanny pack in case I got hit with a case of the I-haven’t-run-forever-case-of-the-pukeys and went for it.

And…

It was GREAT!

First of all, I love running with Lindsey. So any time I get to just chat with her while burning a bunch of calories is a win in my book. Especially if we get brunch after. With bacon.

Which we did, of course.

Also, the run actually felt pretty great. In fact, I have to check but I may have gotten my fastest 10k time ever (which is NOT fast for a normal person, but I run at turtle speed… so I’m cool with it).

Anyways, before the brunch (and bacon) was the beer and band!

At the end of the race, each runner got beer tickets for 2 cans of Natty Boh. But after meeting up with another friend, we ended up with a pile of beer tickets. Which did not go to waste.

The after-party band, Alter Ego, was also really fun. So we basically danced, bounced and drank our running aches away until they shut everything down around noon.

THEN we had brunch.

All in all, it was a fantastic day. Of course, once I got home and took a shower I needed a little nap to recharge. And my knees felt awful until I got a full night of sleep. But I’m totally ready to sign up again for next year!

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