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My First 15K!!

I finished my first 15K!  😀

Pre-race fuel:

IMG_3562Almond butter + pumpkin butter + sandwich thins. And some water, of course. During the race, I also ate about 2 Sports Beans at mile 4, and another 2 at mile 6.

I had just left my apartment when I heard a horn behind me.  Kelley and Jenny just happened to be following me to the race. Of course, a parking lot picture was necessary!

IMG_3565Jenny, Kelley and their dad did the relay option for the 15K, with each of them running a 5K.  The “baton” that they were supposed to hand off was a hair “scrunchie.”  It was cute. 🙂

The First Leg

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that it was supposed to rain this morning.  The forecast also called for sub-40 degree weather.  Despite our worries about the weather, it ended up being a perfect day.  Sunny, dry, and mid-40s.  Running through crunchy yellow and red leaves.  Beautiful.

The first 5K was a breeze.  At the mile mark, I was astonished to hear that I was running a 10:15 pace!  I finished the 3.1 miles in about 32:25…not too shabby!

The hand-off location after both the first and second legs of the race were in the same spot, so I saw Jenny and her parents cheering me on at the end of the first 5K.  Jenny was nice enough to take my headband from me, because it was too warm.  Thanks, Jenny 🙂

The Second Leg

I was not a fan of the second 5K.  It was full of some huge hills.  As Kelley put it, “I think we were running up or down the entire time!”

Around mile 4.5, my IT band started acting up.  I felt like my leg was going to go out from under me, so I stopped once or twice for a quick stretch.  Once I hit the 6-mile mark, I was grateful that my knee felt normal again.  Otherwise, I don’t think I would have made it the last three miles!

Because the route loops backwards on itself, Kelley and I passed each other going in opposite directions.  It was fun to cheer each other on. 🙂

My time for the second 5K was approximately 35:20.  I blame it on the hills. 🙂

The Third Leg

The third leg was almost identical to the first leg, which was nice.  It was easier to judge how much distance I had left.

Kelley, Jenny, and their dad finished well before I did.  Kelley & Jenny were sweet enough to hang around the finish line to cheer me on.  Since my camera was in their car, Kelley even took pictures for me.  Thanks, dear. 🙂

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IMG_35681:42:30!!! That’s an 11:01-pace!

I’m so proud of this race!!  Back in January, I couldn’t even run one mile.  In June, I was running 15:00 miles.  Look how far I’ve come.  😀

My half-marathon is in 19 weeks.  I’m pretty sure I can work my way up to 13.1 miles by then!

IMG_3566I needed some serious hydration and protein after my run, so I broke out half a bagel and a Renew Glo Bar:

IMG_3573I adore this Glo Bar. It was creamy and smooth, nutty and just slightly sweet.  Exactly what I needed after a long, tiring run.  These bars will definitely be reappearing after my longer training runs, and the half marathon itself.

Thank you, Kelley and Jenny, for sticking around after you were done.  Your team did awesome (1:28 ?!!), and it was so nice to see friendly faces after my big accomplishment!

When I got home, I mixed up a cup of skim milk with half a packet of Tera’s Whey Wolfberry.  Mmmm…. protein and carbs = recovery.

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To celebrate my new PDR (my second PDR this week!), I mixed up some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancakes:

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While they cooked, I did some serious stretching.  I especially focused on my hamstrings, so my lower back is only moderately tight.  Thanks for the tip, Jessica!  You’re such a good blogger-friend. 😉

For the rest of the day, I’ll be rehydrating, icing, and getting some homework done.  Back later for a dinner post!

What’s your proudest fitness accomplishment? This race is definitely mine!

October 25, 2009 at 3:06 pm 12 comments

Madison Food & Wine Show!

I loved the Madison Food & Wine Show; thanks, Dan, for such a great “date afternoon.”

Tickets for the show included a wine glass, reusable bag, and all food & wine samples.  This means we finally have real wine glasses, and I can stop drinking wine out of our water glasses. 🙂

We also received some coupons, brochures on food & wine pairings, coffee samples, and entered plenty of give-aways.

The Food

IMG_3552We found some great samples at various stands.  For instance:

IMG_3549(Sweet) Potato Salad, from a BBQ place opening in Madison in January 2010

IMG_3548Turkey, Feta & Spinach Meatloaf and Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes!

I stopped taking pictures after awhile for 2 reasons.  1)  All the samples were tiny.  Including pictures of all of them would make this the longest post ever.  2) I passed the camera on to Dan so that the foodie could be in the pictures.

I have only one complaint about the food.  There was so. Much. Cheese. And. Jams.  Don’t get me wrong, I love cheese.  And jam, for that matter.  But I was hoping to get a wider variety of food at the Food & Wine Show.

However, there were some winners.  Apple Smoked White Cheddar Cheese.  Cherry Pie Liquor.  (Seriously tasted like cherry pie.)  Maple Cream.  Some stellar teas.  Squash Soup.  Artisanal Chocolates.

One really great find came from a new, small company.  This was the only food item that I actually bought.  Tera’s Whey is a rGBH-free whey protein powder.  They get all of their whey from small local farms.  The plant the powders are produced in is “green,” and made with sustainable materials.  And check out these nutritional stats:

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I sampled the acai berry and the fair trade dark chocolate mixes at the Show, and liked them a lot.  I really wanted to buy one of their 12 oz. containers, especially because they had a special price for the Food & Wine Show, but I unfortunately didn’t have enough cash.  So instead, I got 4 single-serving packets:

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Acai berry, fair trade dark chocolate, wolfberry, and yumberry.

I definitely plan on enjoying one of these after my 15K tomorrow!

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The Wine

Only recently have I started to like wine.  However, I still don’t know what exactly I like.  The Show, then, was the perfect way for me to figure it out.  We tried lots of great samples, and really struggled to decide which wines to buy.

When I say struggled, I mean we may or may not have bought seven bottles of wine today.  Well, we won’t need to buy wine again for a long time.  And maybe we’ll get to take some Wisconsin wine with us to New York. 🙂

100_3988First up:  Door County Winery. These two were the easiest wines to decide to buy!

Hallowine is a “sweet apple wine spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.”  It is meant to be served warm, which Dan thought was weird.  I, however, thought it was excellent warm.  In keeping with the season, this will likely be one of the first bottles we open.

Door County Red Christmas Wine is 60% cherries, 40% white grapes.  An unconventional red wine, yes, but the perfect mixture of sweet and tart. Loved it.

From Purple Feet Wines:

100_3994Quinta do Noval LB Finest Reserve Port. We tasted this paired with a Cashew Caramel Chocolate because it had been recommended to us.  Neither Dan nor I thought we liked red wine.  As it turns out, we do like red wines, we’ve just been trying the wrong ones.  This wine was very smooth, and the best red I’ve ever tasted, so buying a bottle of this was another easy decision.

We actually lucked out and got the second-to-last bottle of the Quinta do Noval, too.

One bottle from Weggy Winery:

100_3995Weggy Blue, a semi-sweet white wine with an intriguing complexity.

And finally (kind of): Phillips Wine Company.  Their stand was huge.  They took up four booths!  We found some winners, but unfortunately not all of them were being sold today.  We did get:

100_3992Von Stiehl’s Naughty Girl. Bought because A) It was my other favorite red wine of today and B) I like the label on the bottle.  🙂

100_3993Chocovine. This is the only one I didn’t get a chance to sample.  I was so intrigued by it, though, that I decided we had to get a bottle. It is a Cabernet blended with dark chocolate.  This one may get opened soon, too, because I’m so curious!

I said “finally” on the last winery not because it was the last bottle we bought, but because our last bottle isn’t technically a wine:

100_3991Raspberry Tart Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company. While it is technically an ale, it tastes more like a mix between a sparkling wine and a very light-tasting beer.  Yum!

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Oops! I just realized I never blogged yesterday’s lunch or today’s dinner.  But didn’t you have more fun reading about the Food & Wine Show? 😉

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October 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm 7 comments



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