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Travel Tip Tuesday

People who know me (in real life and via this blog) know that I have a little wanderlust going on.

Ok…A LOT of wanderlust.

That’s actually still an understatement.

Let’s just say that I can’t think of anywhere in the world that I don’t want to see.  Which is weird, considering that I had only left Kentucky a handful of times until about five years ago.

It all started with a Danielle Steel novel of the same name

You know what? I think I’m going to skip that story for now.

Anyways…

We used to be very self conscious about traveling.  We couldn’t fly for a while because we were too big and would have had to book two seats (no thanks).  Plus, we really weren’t in the shape to do a lot of the things we wanted to do.  Last year we took a cruise to St. Thomas and St. Maarten and were over the weight limit for almost all of the shore excursions.

Total bummer.

Now that we’ve lost a considerable amount of weight, we feel like the world is our proverbial oyster.  I have a pretty extensive bucket list so I’m constantly looking for ways to save money, space, and time on our expeditions. So, now that I am completely obsessed really like to travel I thought it would be fun to do a series called Travel Tip Tuesdays.

Today’s tip consists of a very taboo subject.  Most people put their fingers in their ears and start making ridiculous noises when I start talking about it.

Do your laundry on vacation.

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I know, I know, I know!  It’s vacation and the last thing you want to do is laundry.

Do it anyway.  You won’t regret it.

Not only does this allow you to pack at least half of what you had planned (thus saving space and the headache of juggling a ton of luggage) but it also makes unpacking when you get home a much more pleasant experience.

For the past two years Cliff and I have stayed at properties that had a washer and dryer in the unit and I could not have been happier about it.  Understandably, not all places are going to have a laundry facility on site.  Cruises, for instance, charge about the same amount for laundry services as they do for a shore excursion.   In these cases it’s handy to bring along a travel size container of laundry detergent and use a sink or bathtub (no, I’m not kidding).  Obviously, the best choice would be booking a hotel or vacation rental with laundry on site or in the apartment/condo, but if that’s not in the cards there are ways around it.

It’s my dream to one day travel with only a carry-on.

Yes, ONLY a carry-on.  (Maybe a personal item, but that doesn’t count)

In unrelated news, I got my first side stitch on my run tonight.   FYI – do NOT down half a bottle of water and then go for a run.  I’m sure that normal people were aware of this fact.  I, however, was not.

I’m sure I looked insane with this weird half grimace and half grin thing I had going on.

I felt like it was a rite of passage.

A ridiculously painful rite of passage.

Tomorrow’s weigh-in and I really hope to see the 220’s.  I don’t know what it is about that weight, but I’m really looking forward to it.  I had a pretty active day today and got in all of my workout days this week, so we’ll see.  Wish me luck!

Color Run Race Report

My very first 5K + 10,000 people = A very terrified Jodi.

Luckily I was surrounded by friends and family that kept me entertained enough that I didn’t have time to really completely obsess think about it.

Before.After Color Run

However, I did have time to think about it when we spent over an HOUR in the starting chute.

I hate to start off my first 5K race recap (and only second race recap ever) with something negative, but there’s just no avoiding it.  It seemed that they were really unorganized right from the start.  I know that the event was supposed to be a fun-run and really laid back, but I thought it would still be well run considering the amount of people.  Then again, it was my first real race so who am I to judge?  I’m sure I’ll revisit my statements in this report many times in the coming years and think that it wasn’t too terribly ran after all.

The first thing I noticed as we were walking up was the mob of people at the registration booths.  Everyone in our group had already picked up their packets the week before, but were still told by an attendant that we would need to stand in line.  We were all just standing around talking anyway (we had gotten there almost an hour early because we thought parking was going to be a nightmare) so we didn’t think much of just shifting over a few feet to the line.  Of course, it turned out that we didn’t need to stand in the line after all.  Slightly annoying, but not something I would have pointed out had everything else been great.

The next issue was the starting chute.  Apparently they had some sort of a snafu (still not sure what happened) that caused them to delay several waves.  The official start time was supposed to be 8AM, but we didn’t cross the starting line until 9:15!  I’m not sure about you, but my legs get super sore just standing around on pavement.  There was no room to move around and we had no idea when or where we would be starting so we couldn’t walk away and come back.  Several people around us started to complain and I saw several just leave the pack (not sure if they came back – but it seemed like they were gone for good).

Our wave finally got to go and we took off.  My Dad and I started out at a brisk walk and I knew from my training walk with Erin that there was a slight hill at the very beginning.  After standing around for so long I wanted to make sure that I stretched my legs out before I started running at all.  After we warmed up a bit we picked up the pace.  We ran almost the whole way to the first color station and then came to a dead stop.

I had read to be aware of the bottle-necking that could take place at the stations, but I had no idea it would be this bad.  It took us a good 5 minutes to walk through each station and took quite a bit of distance off because I stopped my watch each time so as not to mess up our pace.  I had considered just running past everyone, but I wanted to have fun as well as have a good pace, so we stopped and got doused (even though you can’t tell it from my after picture).  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures during the race itself because I didn’t want to carry my phone through that mess.  Next time I think I’ll buy a disposable digital camera because it would have been really fun to capture all the people throwing the color.  Most of the attendants at the stations just picked up color and kind of lobbed it in the general direction of the runners, but there were a few that were really into it and those stations were definitely the most fun!

It started to get really hot and the last half of the course was mostly in the sun.  I also hadn’t drank enough water beforehand because I didn’t want to have to worry about finding a bathroom halfway through (and I’m so glad I didn’t after the starting line debacle!)  I was really fighting to push through that last mile and when we made our last turn I was happy to see that it was the worst bottleneck of the race at the last color station.  It gave me just what I needed to finish strong!

As a reminder my goals were:

A.  Finish in under 45 minutes

B.  Maintain a sub 15 minute mile on each mile

C.  Don’t die

I know our distance is a little off, but I’m happy to report that I met all my goals!  (Ignore the time on the watch as well, it stays on Central time.  It’s been messed up for a while and won’t even keep accurate distance at this point so I guess it’s time for a new one!)

Color Run

Overall, even with all the random issues, I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Maybe it was the adrenaline or just all the love and support that I received from my friends and family, but it was one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had.  I was so incredibly proud of everyone!  It was slightly irritating in the beginning, but the feeling I had crossing that finish line made it all go away.

The amazing snow cone afterwards also helped.

Currently, I don’t have anything planned until the Capitol City River Dash in September (my first mud run!) but I think I’m going to see if there are any other local races that might be a little smaller.

Here’s just a little snippet of the day in pictures.

Color Run - 2014“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.”  ~Priscilla Welch

 

 

Day 279 – Lexington Shamrock Shuffle 3K Race Report

Yes, I know that it’s May and yes I know that St. Patrick’s Day was a few weeks months ago, but better late than never amiright?

To be honest, everything about the race is a bit of a blur.

No, it isn’t because I waited two months to post the race report…

Well, that might have little bit to do with it.

I decided to drive to Lexington Friday after work and spend the night since it was is about an hour away and the race started at 7AM.  I had plenty of Marriot points so the room didn’t cost me anything and we drive a Prius so almost no money on gas and I packed most of my food and only stopped for dinner.   I was even lucky enough to score a room at the Residence Inn that was just a couple of miles from the starting line.  As soon as I got to Lexington I went to the Habitat for Humanity store to pick up my packet and (more importantly) my first ever race shirt, then I went straight to the hotel.20140314_183319_resized_1I got to the hotel with no problem and decided to take a long, relaxing bath to try and ease my nerves.  Afterwards, I cozied up in the king size bed and painted my nails green (of course!)  I thought for sure that I wouldn’t sleep at all, but before I knew it I was out like a light.

I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was the morning of the race.  It also probably didn’t help that my phone (AKA my alarm) died in the middle of the night and I overslept by almost an HOUR!

A few of my FitNation buddies (who all live in Lexington) met me at the hotel a little after 6AM to help me get ready (meaning they brought me awesome socks, a green bandanna, and a FitNation t-shirt that matched theirs!)  I had already brought my own beads and a cute little headband, so after their goodies I was ready to run!20140315_065420_resized_1We all rode with Angela and parked outside of the Lexington Center, which was – you guessed it – right in the middle of downtown Lexington.  Police had streets shut down and the whole area was buzzing with excitement.  We had to walk through the Center to get to the starting line and as soon as I walked in the door I was completely overwhelmed by all the people.  I had no idea that there would be MILLIONS of people (later I found out it was only 2,567 people, but it felt like millions!)  I felt my face start to burn and my stomach begin to roll.  I was sure that I was going to throw up before I made it out of the building.  Luckily, the nervousness started to ease up as the time passed and I felt much better once we were outside in the fresh (albeit cold) air.IMG_44634221508667I finally got to meet several other FitNation members, who I had only talked to on Facebook up to that point, and decided that I was going to stick like glue to Crystal (a newbie runner like me).  The others went closer to the starting line and Crystal and I hung back with the walkers.  I was completely terrified of being in last place, but having a buddy definitely eased my concern.  I kept telling myself that it was only 1.9 miles and it would all be over in no time.

I will spare you all of the emotions that I was feeling because the list is just too long, but let’s just say…

I think I am officially hooked on running.

Crystal and I finished in a little over 33 minutes (17:44 pace) and I was ecstatic with that.  I felt great the entire time and know that I could have finished much faster, but there was no way I was leaving her side.  We only ran for probably a total of a half mile, but I was thrilled about that!  Here are our results below:CaptureOf course I cried.  Shocker, right?IMG_43789712157849I’m so glad that I did this race before my “real” race next month.  I didn’t want to do a 5K because I wanted to save that for me and my Dad at the Color Run.  The amazing experience at the Shamrock Shuffle has definitely killed the fears that I had about the Color Run so now I can just sit back and look forward to it.

My Dad called me last week and told me that he did a training 5K in 46 minutes, so now I have a solid number to beat before June 7th20140315_094515_resized

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky