Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Let me start by revealing what may have already been obvious at this point: I AM A BIBRAVE PRO! WOOHOO! What does that mean? Find out here . As you know, I have reviewed quite a few races here on Flecks of Lex. I have run even more than I have recapped, but one of my running resolutions for 2016 is to get better about that, which I am! What's great about BibRave is that I can write much shorter reviews there, which means that I can get them posted quicker, and that I can also use them as a guide to write an extensive post for my race recap when the time comes. ...
A couple of weeks ago, I ran the second half marathon of my running "career." The race was the Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon, and I set a new PR! (Granted, my only other half marathon featured an extended portable toilet visit, so it's possible my results are a little skewed, but it's all good.) The weather was amazing, which I hope will be my race tradition during this running season. We've been getting tons of rain in the DC Area, so any break in the depressing weather is a great thing! I don't spend much time in Frederick, and despite it being less than an hour drive from home, this was the only time I'd ever actually run a race in Frederick. I wasn't sure what to expect of the crowd or even the route itself. All I knew was that I was going to have to wake up super early to drive up there, and it was going to be a long, lonely race. Or so I thought... ...
It's Thursday, which means it's time for the Thursday Throwdown linkup! This week, Sarah , Tamieka , and I chose to revolve the theme around motivation . Because I have been working my butt off the last few weeks, I can tell you that I am being motivated by sleep right now. Boy, I cannot wait  to hop into bed! I've had a lot of stress-induced insomnia this week in particular, and I'm feeling like today is the day I fall asleep before 1 a.m.! (That's the earliest I've been able to fall asleep this week... whomp whomp.) But before I do that, I need to share what  really motivates me! To answer the question of what motivates me, I had to think of the answer in two parts. The first was what motivates me generally, in life. The second was to think about what motivates me in my health and fitness efforts, more specifically. ...
One of my running resolutions for 2016 is to write my race recaps quicker. I tried to give myself a deadline of a week per race, but obviously I didn't hit that mark like I'd planned. I have three race recaps to complete before my June 4 half marathon , so I apologize in advance for the multiple race recap posts you'll be seeing over the next two weeks! Pike's Peek is a pretty popular race here in Montgomery County, Maryland. It's a 10k down a normally-busy main road, running from north to south, passing a few Metro stations along the way, as we run from the Shady Grove Metro to the White Flint Metro. It's hosted by the Montgomery County Road Runners , of which I am a new member. There were about 3,000 runners who participated in the race on April, which is a pretty good amount! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, sunny, and not too hot -- especially since you're running on a road with no tree coverage to protect you. ...
On Saturday, I will run my second race of the week. You read that correctly, and yes, I know: I have lost my dang mind. On Sunday, I ran the Frederick Half Marathon, where I got to run in perfect weather, through a beautiful city, and hit a PR. Hopefully I'll get around to writing that recap some time this weekend! On Saturday, I'll be running a muddy race with a bunch of tough women, and I can't wait! As I mentioned in my last post about the Dirty Girl Mud Run , I haven't run a mud race in about two years. I'm so happy to be doing it again, though, and to run it with my friends who ran it with me last time! I love mud runs! I like getting dirty and having a good laugh with friends. I think mud runs get a bad rep, and so many of the bad things I hear about them aren't even based in reality! Or they're "user error" related! This afternoon, I read this great post from Janelle over at Run With No Regrets . It's called 5 Silliest Myths Ab...
May is a great time of year! Mother's Day is in May, people make those corny, "It's Gonna be May," and "May the 4th Be With You" jokes all in one week, Memorial Day rounds out the month, which also means that outdoor pools open on the East Coast. It's a great time to be alive! For this month's Thursday Throwdowns , we're focusing on making May a Motivational May. This week, our theme is May Mantra, which means we're talking about how we focus, or what we say to ourselves to push through something that may be challenging or difficult. I've definitely had my share of struggles over the last several weeks, and I've had to tap into my "mantra bank" to make sure I stay focused. Work has been wicked busy, which means less time for blogging, and less energy for things like marathon training and volleyball. Nevertheless, I've made myself spend just a little bit of time focusing on blogging and fitness, and while it's n...