Friday Fitness: Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon Recap

My winter of training was for the Pro Football Hall of Fame half marathon, which was this past Sunday.  I followed the Run Less, Run Faster training plan for this race, as I did last year.  I just love how this plan takes your pace and gives you a training plan with distance and pace.  It takes all the guesswork out of it!  I love having my intervals planned out!

The training went really well.  I had a few hits with sickness and one really bad 10-miler, but I also had a really good 10-miler and 11-miler.  And some hard, but successful interval runs.  And a 5K PR.  

Nasty weather moved in to the area the day before the race.  And it rained overnight.  We arrived at the start line to wet roads and puddles.  (and a delay because the traffic was so backed up – like 2 miles down the highway)  And it was the warmest day of the week.  Not a good start.

We met up with 3 other chapters of Moms Run This Town before the race, which was awesome!  And thanks to the delay I could make one more potty stop before heading to the start line (I drank 18 oz of nuun filled water on the way there!).

And I headed to the start line and settled in with the 4:00 marathon/2:00 half marathon pace group.  Pacer Mike was great!  He was very friendly and gave a great pep talk.  In full sun and warm temperatures the race began.

I was nervous about sticking with a pace group because I tend to want to start out just a tad slow and speed up as I get into a groove, but I also wanted someone to keep my sights set on.  There was a lot of bobbing and weaving to start (slow people – start in the back!), but we hit our target of 9:08 min/mile for mile 1.  The road started thinning out and we were cruising (8:55, 8:59, 8:56) even with two water stops (one unmanned) in there.  Somewhere between miles 5 and 6 there was a relay exchange and another water stop (9:11, 9:12).  And I was still just cruising, not feeling too bad (9:03, 9:08).  And I somehow lost sight of the pacer.  But in that 9th mile the sun was relentless, the roads were black and the water stops were spreading out.  I was getting tired.  (9:50)

And then I did something I hate to do.  I walked.  I was struggling in the heat and my hip was feeling really tight.  So I run/walked miles 10, 11 and 12 (11:29, 10:18,10:32).  My 2 hour finish time had slipped from my hands and then the 2:05 pace group passed me, which left me feeling really discouraged.  I was ready to give up in the last mile.  I just wanted to quit.  And I almost did, but then I saw an MRTT gal from another chapter on the sidelines cheering me on and I hung on for the last bit and crossed the finish line at 2:06:55.

And after catching up with my MRTT girls ahead of me we commiserated about how the course wasn’t as flat as they claimed it would be.  We would call it more gently rolling hills.  And the humidity was a killer!  (I felt like I was trying to breathe out of a straw).  And despite not finishing in 2 hours, I did PR and that was something to be proud of.  I shaved over 6 minutes off my previous half marathon PR.  

After celebrating with the rest of our MRTT crew (a few more PRs and first time half marathoners!) we headed out to get some food!!!

Swensons Drive In came highly recommended by locals and we’re suckers for milkshakes after a race, so we headed over.  And it was sooooo good!  The rootbeer milkshake was seriously amazing.

And included with our registration was free entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so we decided to check it out.

And I posed in the leg cast of a football player who is well over twice my size and more than a foot taller than me.  It felt good to walk around a bit before the 3+ hour car ride home.  

Despite the race not going quite like I wanted I still had a great time with my MRTT crew on our runcation.  But I was pretty ticked off at my weather app reminding me the rest of the day how the temperature would be trending cooler the next day……….

I don’t have any more half marathon plans this year, just a bunch of relays, so this PR will have to hold me over for a while.  

OH, and in other exciting news this week I registered for next year’s Run Disney Princess Half Marathon!  Woo hoo!  That’ll be a fun runcation!!!

 

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Friday Fitness: St. Patrick’s Day 5K

I haven’t raced a 5K in 15 months.  I’ve run a few.  I’ve run two 5K races (here and apparently I didn’t do a race recap for the other!) as part of challenges this year, but not actually raced them.  So, last Saturday the local running club had a 5K race on the calendar, so I decided to run it.  And I’m so glad I did! 

My BRF (best running friend) joined me for the race.  And by joined me I mean let me chase her for 3.1 miles.  We checked in, got our shoe chips and headed back to the car to stay warm.  We saw a chicken get out of a car and did a lap around the track to warm up before a quick potty break and grabbing another friend.  And then we found ourselves at the start line.  And it was go time!

The course promised to be flat and fast and I had a PR in my sights.  We started out way too fast.  #raceproblems  We hit the 1 mile mark at 7:50.  It didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it should. But we just kept running.  My watch got all wonky and lost the GPS signal, so I really had no idea what pace I was running after about 1.5 miles.  I just kept running.

Lindsay was able to keep up the pace and I started to fall a bit behind, but I had her bright coral shirt in my sights and just kept chasing her.  The race started and ended on a high school track, so when we made our way back around the school and hit the track I looked up to the scoreboard and saw the time ticking away.  And I couldn’t believe what I saw.  As I made my way around the track the clock said 24:xx and I kicked it up a notch because I wanted to see if I could make it across the line before it hit 25 minutes.

I saw Lindsay cross the finish line up ahead and she turned back to cheer me in and I crossed the finish line in 24:54!  I (again) shaved over a minute off my 5K PR!  And (again) got 4th place in my age group. (If I was only 1 year younger I’d have gotten 3rd! – Lindsay got first in that age group, though there was a medal mix up and she ended up with the 2nd place medal!)  All the speedwork I’ve been doing has paid off!  Hopefully it’ll pay off come half marathon day, too! 

After the celebration at the finish line, I got my boobie prize and we headed back out to run a friend in.  (She also got a PR!!)  And then because the training plan said to run a million miles we went out for 2 more miles to make it a total of 6 for the day (which is less than the plan said………..). 

And of course we had to stop for a cocoa/coffee on the way home.  #tradition  (milkshakes in warm weather)

I’m still super excited about the new PR and tomorrow I have a 10K (MRTT virtual).  Is there another PR in there……?

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for Pirates

It snowed yesterday.  It is still winter after all.  But I’m dreaming of warmer weather.  We’ve gotten a sneak of it here and there.  It makes it so much harder to deal with the super frigid days!  I’ve been thinking about summer wardrobes for the girls and I have a new favorite summer pattern!  The Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for Pirates is going to be a big player for us this summer!  It’s a quick sew, doesn’t take much fabric, and comes with lots of options.  And it’s cute!!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesPumpkin loves her new Heart Breaker Camis!  She’s wanted to wear them every day. 

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesShe especially loves this one with the ruffle on the front.  She’s worn it twice already.  Once on an unseasonably warm day and the other on a cooler day with a cardigan.

The front of the cami has a scoop neck, the back has a subtle V.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThough the shirt can be worn either way!  You can put the v in the front, too!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesAnd more options!  There’s also a flutter option!  We sure do love ruffles around here.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesHow cute is that little flutter on the shoulder?  I love it!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThere is also a shirt option, a tunic length option or cropped length option.  Pumpkin in wearing a tunic length cami with flutters and Cupcake is wearing a shirt length with ruffle.  I love these!  Green polka dot and green floral fabric are both Girl Charlee.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThere is also the option for cross straps on the back or you can use two fronts or two backs to change up the look.  So many options in this one little pattern!  For an even faster sew you can use fold over elastic for the binding and straps! 

This is such a great basic pattern to have in your stash.  Worn on it’s own or as a layering piece this cami is super cute and comfortable for active kids!  And if you’re a little jealous of this cuteness on the girls you can get it for yourself, too, with the Cross my Heart Cami!  (Yeah, I totally bought that one for myself…)

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Sutton Top and Dress from Made for Mermaids

Made for Mermaids is releasing a new pattern today!!  The Sutton Top and Dress is an adorable top or dress made from woven fabric, with beautiful details and a twirly skirt!  I had so much fun testing this pattern and it was fun to sew with a woven for a change.  Pumpkin was super excited to get two new dresses and a new top.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingOh, and a pair of Olivia Pantaloons to go with her new top.  Look how cute she is!  And how cute her outfit it!  She flipped out over this outfit and immediately had to wear it.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingShe loves circle skirts and this top and dress has just that.  Very high twirl factor. 

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingThe front of the top has buttons down the front and the back has a scoop neckline.  There are two sleeve options.  The sleeveless option, above.  Or an elbow length option.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingAnd the elbow sleeves have this sweet tie detail. 

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingPumpkin loves the bows the ties make.  And the twirl factor.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingThe princess seams on the bodice give you an opportunity to have a little fun.  You can add some trim or piping like I did in the sleeveless version, or you can do a little color blocking like I did with the dress.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingWouldn’t this make an adorable Easter dress?  I got this floral poplin fabric from Girl Charlee and think it’s just perfect for spring!

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingDid I mention the twirl factor?

 

Pumpkin really loves the Sutton Top and Dress!  I made her a third one (adorable red, pink and black floral dress), but she was a little under the weather.  And the weather has been very uncooperative (so much rain………….) so we haven’t been able to take photos of it.  But of course she had to wear it as soon as I finished it as well. 

If you are looking for some sweetness I would recommend you pick up this pattern, especially while it’s on sale (through Sunday 3/5).

 

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Tutorial: Adding Decorative Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt

I’ve been having some fun in the sewing studio, which means you get a tutorial today!  You know I love to use my serger for construction of knit garments, but it can be used for more than that!  So I’m going to show you how I used my serger to add decorative flatlocking to the seams of a raglan shirt!  Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ve seen raglan shirts with this decorative stitching on the seams, right?  It’s such a fun detail and when I decided to make this striped raglan I knew some flatlocking details would be perfect!

So you want to start by sewing your sleeves to the bodice of your shirt.  You don’t want to sew the side seams, yet.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ll need to set your serger up for flatlocking.  On my machine I need to switch to my blind hem foot, disengage the blade, lower the tension on my left needle, remove my right needle, keep the normal tension on the upper looper and increase the tension on the lower looper.  You may also want to increase your stitch length.

Once your machine is all set you’ll fold your seam, wrong sides together.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialSerge along this seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialGive yourself nice long tails on either end, so you have a little wiggle room when you flatten out your seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYour seam will look like the picture above.  Then you just need to give your pieces a little tug and smooth the seam out.  It helps to smooth it both on the front and back.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialAnd that’s all there is to it!  You can do this on your seams, the triangle patch, neckband and cuffs if you have them! 

I added a triangle patch and I love the little detail. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialIf you want another look you can flatlock with right sides together and you’ll get the ladders on the outside. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialHere’s the backside of my triangle to show you what that would look like.  Once you’ve flatlocked your triangle and sleeve seems you can finish sewing up your shirt.  And then totally impress your husband when you wear your shirt with the decorative flatlock stitches! 

That same hubby who was impressed with my shirt also suggested I try making some videos, so here’s a flatlocking video for you if you want to see some sewing in action.

 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialPattern: Patterns for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan

Fabric: Girl Charlee

 

 

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