Hey hey, did everyone have a good weekend? I had a busy, but productive one, and as promised I got in my first training run for the Go St. Louis Half Marathon that is in oh…13 days. Keep reading to see how my training went (follow me on Instagram
, and you’ll already know how I did.) and to see how to enter today’s Brady Bands
No Slip Headband Giveaway and a group giveaway for a $200 Piperlime Gift Card I’m participating in!
So, I spent most of Saturday typing my 8 page Marketing paper. Woke up Sunday, went to church and then visited with my family. I got back home that afternnon about 3:30 and was going to sit down to do some more work on my paper for schoo, and then it hit me. Holy crap, I forgot to run! I already told yall that I was running 7.5 miles this past week for my training…crap. Thank goodness for yall; I needed somebody to keep me accountable! Luckily Shane was going to the Downtown Y to play racquetball with a friend. I told him I would just run in the neighborhood. I walked outside, and the wind had picked up down by the river, and it was in the 40s. Hmmmm…was I really going to run if I stayed home? I told him nevermind I’d do better running inside the gym (and yall know how much I hate running indoors!) I wasn’t making the mistake I’ve made the last few times I ran indoors. They do not have a good AC system, and it is always HOT in there. I end up dressing for the outside weather since we have to park and walk a block, then I get inside and burn up. I sported my favorite Nike Tempo shorts and my new Ruffles with Love tank top! This made all the difference. Whenever you’re running, especially for longer distances, make sure you’re comfortable, and don’t wear something new that you’ve never worn before to “break in.” I felt comfortable, and I made sure I drank a full glass of water before I ran. I have a habit of not drinking much water unless I’m eating food for working out, so I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to drink water right before I run. Nothing worse than a dry throat! One thing I will do for the half though is carry some chapstick. My dry lips starting bugging me only a couple miles into it.
So, I got to the Downtown Y, and if you’ve ever been you know they have a track upstairs that goes around the workout room. It is between the free weight area, the machine area and the treadmill area, so basically everyone sees you running around the entire time. If you’ve been you would also know that 16 laps=1mile=a freaking long of laps. So, I had 120 laps to run. Wow, this was not going to be fun but I had to do it. That’s what happens when I haven’t began training yet for the half marathon that is in 13 days!! I jumped right in. I think the people working out thought I was crazy as many times as I went around that track. Now I know that most of you will think this is ridiculously crazy, but I like to break my runs down into smaller little increments. I even did that at my last 10K
. I can go ahead and tell you that my husband would rather gouge his eyeballs out before he would do this, but each time I would make one lap I would count down…119…118. When I got to 110 laps left, I thought to myself, I’m 1/12 of the way done! Could I do what I just did 11 more times? Yeah, I can. When I got to 1.5 miles, I knew I was 1/5 of the way done. Could I do what I had just done 4 more times. Yeah, I can. I kept on at this, and it passed the time by, gave me little mini goals to meet and helped me to know that I COULD do 7.5 miles. After I got to half a mile, I realized that I had completely forgotten to start my Nike running app. Fail! So, I started it right there. I listened to some of my favorite tunes on my iPhone and just tried to set a nice, steady pace. I knew I was going to run the entire time, and I knew that I could do it. When I got to 7.5 miles (only 7 on the app), I decided to go ahead and run another half a mile. It was only 8 more laps, and there was NO way I was going to finish running without that app saying 7.5 miles! So, I ran 8 miles total. I sprinted the last 2 laps or .125 miles. My legs were a little sore afterwards, but overall I felt GREAT! My breathing was great, my mouth didn’t get try. I didn’t get tired, and I didn’t ever feel like my legs were going to just give out on me.
This is the FARTHEST I’ve ever run! I have always ran 1-2 miles except during an organized race, and I’ve only ran 2 10K’s. The others have all been 5K’s. I’ve never trained for the 10K’s, but I knew that I needed to train for the half. Not only was this my farthest and longest run ever…
It was also my fastest 10K ever! I finished with a pace of 8:37, and I hit a 5K at 26:10 – my second best time ever! First of all, I ran indoors with no heels, pretty decent controlled temperature, and there were about 50 people in the workout room watching me (mainly big men lifting weights lol.) I think all this really helped me to up my speed and improve my time. I feel good, and I’m actually looking forward to knocking out 10 miles this week. Thank yall so much for motivating me and really keeping me accountable…it definitely helped!!
Carrie! Yes, this is my sister. She has been entering for ever single giveaway since I first started blogging a few months ago, and she finally won. She probably thought I rigged it so she couldn’t won, so I’m happy she did for once. Don’t worry, I’ll be doing another giveaway for an Evie J.
necklace this Wednesday! And you can also use promo code evieinmemphis through march 31 to save 40% off your entire order!!!
The winner of the $20 Taget gift card from Danielle
Brandi from Brooklyn State of Mind! Congratulations and contact Danielle for your gift card!
Now to today’s giveaway! Have yall heard of Brady Bands
? If you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll give you the details. Brady Bands
is a small company that makes and sells great non-slip headbands at a great price. Amy is the owner of Brady Bands
, and she named her company after her son Brayden wo passed away from brain cancer back in June. In his honor, she donates 10% off all sales to childhood cancer research. If that doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will. Amy is so, so sweet. Please go visit her shop here! Her headbands are only $6, but you can get 4 for $20. Amy loves to make custom orders and can make any headband you dream up become a reality! She has so many different styles and colors, but the ones below are a few of my favorites!!
The giveaway will run through this Friday, March 29 at 7:00pm CST.
To enter all you need to do is:
2.) Leave me a comment telling me which Brady Band you would want or if you would want a certain custom made one.
And now for the group giveaway! Amanda
is hosting this awesome group giveaway for a $200 Piperlime gift card! You can use it at Piperlime, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy or Athleta. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. = )
Colleen @ Parties and Cardis | Bekah @ Matters of Merrymaking | Laura @ Walking In Memphis In High Heels
Natalie @ My Crazy Busy Life | Amanda @ The Sequined Spaniel | Jaime @ Mommy On A Mission
Tasha @ A Sunshiny Day | Jen Marie @ Southern Belle | Lia @ Sunkissed & Southern
Sarah @ Moske Monkey Business | Bree @ aBree Fashion | Terri @ Peace, Love, & Applesauce
Misty @ Handbags & Handguns | Wendy @ The Sweet Life of Second Grade