Cha Cha Changes

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something. Unfortunately, there has been a slight change of plans. I was planning on running the Wrightsville Beach Quintiles Full Marathon in March 2017. Flashback to January of 2016, I suffered from an IT band injury to my left leg. I didn’t run for about 3 weeks, and it was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever experience while running.

This past December I started my training for my first full marathon. I figured I had plenty of time get up to 20-something miles. I usually do my long runs on Saturday with the roadrunners, that way I have company. For four Saturdays I was stuck at 8 miles. After 6 miles I started to feel a tweak in my knee and at mile 8 a little pain started to settle in. Remembering how much trouble I had with IT band in January, I was very careful on my runs.

I finally came to the very tough decision to transfer from the full marathon to the half marathon. I decided instead of struggling through 26.2 miles and not knowing what is going to happen with my knee, I will try to get a PR for my half marathon. My PR for a half marathon was actually at my first half marathon, which was the Wrightsville Beach Quintiles Half in 2015. I finished in 2:16:16. My goals for this race: Finish and get a PR.

Half marathon number 5 here I come!!

Battleship 1/2 Marathon

Have you ever ran a race that you knew you weren’t ready for? A race in which you had planned on training for months, yet for some reason you lose track of time and the races date sneaks up on you. Yep, that happened to me, and unfortunately it was a half marathon. I had planned on training for this race, and honestly I used every excuse as to why I didn’t… weather, traveling, work…etc. It was a very rough race.

The course was quite nice. I was able to run through downtown Wilmington (my hometown). The weather was absolutely gorgeous. I started the race doing pretty well, but by mile 6 I was struggling, and only 7 more to go. By some miracle I finished this race, haha. Here are a few pics14915664_10155016599621874_2286661019669188510_n

Whew that was a slowwww half marathon, but at least I finished.


The medals were awesome! I loved the patriotic theme.

14925718_10155016599501874_3121353536464028070_nBlurry picture, but here I am in front of the USS North Carolina.

Unexpected Miles

Since the temperature is slowly starting to drop, I figure it was time to start my long runs. I dread waking up at 6am on a Saturday to run 6+ miles. As much as I hate getting up that early and running on a Saturday, when I’m finished I feel great.

I have not officially adopted a training plan for my next half marathon. My goal is to finish in under 2 hours. After researching tons of different training plans, I decided to make my own…sort of. I plan on running 3 short runs during the weekdays, a long run on the weekend, and cross training in between. Slowly increasing the mileage of my long runs. With that being said…

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Anybody else out there as obsessed with the Olympics as I am? Not sure what it is, but I love the fact that these athletes have trained their whole lives to go to the Olympics and represent the United States of America

I recently watched the gymnastic, beach volleyball, swimming, and track and field Olympic trials. It was incredible to watch the pure joy and excitement on the faces of those who made the Olympic team. It was also hard to watch many people hide their disappoint and tears when they realized that they didn’t make the team. Many of these athlete train at least 30 hours a week and many train much, much more.

It is rumored that NBC will broadcast over 250 hours of the Olympics, while the NBC Sports App will be live streaming 4,600 hours. That’s a lot of television to watch. I’m sure  everyone has their favorite sport that they are looking forward to watch. Here is my list of athletes to watch at the 2016 Olympics with a little summary of some of their accomplishments:


Simone Biles-
19 year old gymnast. She didn’t go to the 2012 London Olympics because she few months shy of her 15th birthday, which is the age requirement.

-3x All Around World Champion
-14x World Medalist
-Has a gymnastic moved named after her “The Biles”


Michael Phelps-
31 year old swimmer

-5 time US Olympic Swimmer
-Most decorated Olympian of all time
-22 medals at 3 Olympiads


Allyson Felix-
30 years old. Track and Field athlete

-2012 Olympic champion for the 200m
-3x World Champion and 2x Olympic silver medalist


Emma Coburn-
25 year old. Middle distance runner.

-2011,2012,2014,&2015 US National Champion in 3000m Steeplechase


Shalane Flannagan
35 year old. Long distance runner.

-Holds the American record times for the: Indoor 3000m and 5000m. Outdoor Road Race 10,000m, 10K, and 15K.
-Placed 2nd in 2010 New York City Marathon
-Often trains with Amy Hastings


Road Bike Fiasco

Swim, Bike, Run. I’ve always thought it would I be fun to do a triathlon. I bought a road bike off of craigslist in December. I knew nothing about road bikes, and wasn’t even sure if I had made a good purchase. I took it to our local bike shop (Two Wheeler Dealer), and for $50 they tuned it up, pumped the tires, and reset the speedometer.

Now for a good laugh.

I recently started riding it more, and realized my tires were getting flat. I got my normal pump and attempted to put more air in the tires. I quickly realized the feat would be much harder than I anticipated. After watching a few youtube videos, I figured out that I need a presta valve… whatever that is.

After a couple of weeks, I decided to suck up my pride and go to Two Wheeler Dealer for help. How embarrassing! I awkwardly explained that I didn’t know how to pump up the tires on my road bike. Just like the running community, the biking community is just as friendly and supportive. I ended up buying a new pump, because I figured out that mine didn’t have the presta valve.

I was sure this new pump would easily pump up my tires. After about 25 minutes, I finally figured it out. Whew, what a challenge that was.

…When Pigs Fly

“I never want to run a full marathon.” I have said that over and over ever since I started running. Well pigs must be flying somewhere, because I just signed up for a full marathon. I signed up for the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon in Wilmington, NC, in March 2017. There are three reasons that I signed up for the full instead of the half:

  1. I will be training for a half marathon in November, and I figured I would already be half way through with the training for the full.
  2. If I get through the training and realize that I won’t be able to do it or I get injured along the way, I can always sell my bib to someone else.
  3. It was only $5 more than the half 🙂

Here is a picture from my first half marathon which was the Quintiles Half.


Let the training begin.