Happy Nuun Year!! {Nuun Year Dash Recap}

As I’ve mentioned before on here, I am happily running for Nuun for another year so obviously when they teamed up with FitFam for the Nuun Year Dash, I just had to sign up and run with my team.

Team Nuun was #1 with 62 members!

Overall the participation for this event was stellar: 528 registered runners, which seems pretty staggering for a virtual race. The Nuun Year Dash was offered in 5K and 10K format with a website to report your times online and it didn’t matter how you got it done…inside, outside, with friends or solo. The only caveat is that you had a pretty short window of time to complete your “race”; February 5th (last Friday) through the 8th (today).

A couple days before the 5th,a package arrived on my doorstep. I couldn’t remember ordering anything so at first I had no idea what it could be. It was RACE SWAG!

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So cool right? Each runner received a bib, a very nice tee shirt, some samples of Nuun Energy, stickers, and a supremely cool finisher medal that I didn’t allow myself to really look at until after I logged my miles and that is why it is not in the picture.

I had opted for the 10K and scheduled my run for Saturday afternoon after I returned from Disney on Ice with Betty and my mom.

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She had SO much fun and you would never be able to tell that she had just gotten over a stomach flu.

Against my better judgement, I chose to do my Nuun Year Run on the treadmill where I am generally slower. I wasn’t expecting to break any records. With that in mind though, I promised myself that I would push outside my comfort zone to the best of my ability. Speed work has been going pretty well for me lately, but I have only been running shorter distances (max of about 8 miles) since November so my results could have gone either way.

I did a separate warm up for a couple minutes and then started off with the treadmill set up for easy hills at 7:24 pace with the intention of increasing the MPH setting by .1 at the end of every mile. I hoped that I would be able to maintain this throughout. Oh and let’s not forget the Pandora 80’s station that would be crucial to the success of this event.

I like to zone out while I’m running on the treadmill so it usually seems to go by pretty quickly. With faster speed settings than I’m used to for a run of this length, this one would be no exception. 7:24, 7:19, 7:14, 7:09…I felt great until the beginning of mile 5, but even as I started getting tired I was pretty sure that I would be able to keep increasing my speed until the finish. 7:04, 6:59 and then I kicked it to 6:49 for the final .2. I had done it! I PRed my best 10K time by 4 seconds on the treadmill which is something I never thought I’d be able to do.

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Pretty cool! And I definitely felt as if I had earned the (REALLY NICE!) medal.

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I’ve done a couple virtual races in the past, but this one was my favorite hands down. From the cool swag, to the website where you can report your times and check out your competition, to the Facebook page that was set up where people could share their running photos and talk to one another, it was a very well-planned event and a great way to keep people motivated during the cold winter months. I will definitely be keeping an eye on the FitFam site to see what they have coming up next!

Did anyone else participate in the Nuun Year Dash? How did it go? Have you ever been to Disney on Ice?

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Salt

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Run For Pie! {A Virtual Race!}

I said that I wasn’t going to do a Turkey Trot this year. And I’m still not going to. However with a whole morning off before Thanksgiving festivities begin I definitely plan on logging some miles to prepare myself for epic afternoon face-stuffage. It’s not often that I can actually sleep in a little bit and then go out for a run without feeling rushed.

Still I’m just a teensy bit sad about not racing. (I love racing in case you couldn’t tell by the 18 I’ve run this year.) So I thought…what if I did something like a little virtual turkey trot? There has to be more people out there that have nothing lined up for tomorrow, but planned on going for a run anyway.

So for all of you who are not signed up for a Thanksgiving race (or even those of you who are and feel like playing along) I present: RUN FOR PIE! 

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Because pie is delicious and I assume many of us will be enjoying some after dinner tomorrow. Or even before dinner. It all goes to the same place right? No, I don’t mean my thighs.

Do you want to Run For Pie with me? Pick a distance…ANY distance. Even 3.14 miles (see what I did there)? Send me an email to runsaltrun@gmail.com by midnight EST tonight and I will send you your very own bib with a race number. After you finish your run, let me know how it went! There may be tens or thousands of miles between us, but we can still run together on Thanksgiving. I hope you guys will join me!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, and food! (PIE!)

xo,

Salt

A winter break!

One day at the end of last year before it started to get stupid cold outside, I was poring over my usual race listing websites in search of a half marathon. I’m not going to start really focusing on my full until March and wanted to find something that would keep me motivated through the the dreariest of months. Unfortunately around here winter races are slim pickings; there’s not a whole lot to choose from outside of cheeky “Baby it’s cold outside!” themed 5ks. So when I heard about the Moms RUN This Town winter virtual, I was all in. There’s even a medal involved and I adore everything about it right down to the Sailor Jerry-inspired tattoo font.

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Seriously nice job on these, MRRT. I can’t wait to see it in person!

This would be perfect. I signed myself up for the half marathon that would need to be completed at some point in the month of February and the knowledge that I have this coming up was definitely a little extra motivation to not sit around on my butt hooked up to a wine and pie IV during Christmastime.

Recently though, our weather has kind of tanked a little. As in this is shaping up to be a record-settingly chilly winter. Here is what’s happening outside RIGHT NOW:

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My favorite part is where Weather.com has pointed out that this is “Very cold”. I had no idea that Captain Obvious was a meteorologist. I’m firmly in the “Ugh!” category and anyone that would cast their vote for “Love!” gets the big ol’ side-eye from me. I want to run this half marathon outside and February is historically just about as cold and often even more snowy than January around here. This seemed like such a great idea in November. What was I getting myself into?

Well I’m happy to report that all my worries are washed away. Sort of like the ocean washing sand away from the beach I will be sitting on in a little over 4 weeks.

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I’m going to FLORIDA, y’all!!

I am so excited to be spending the second week of February in South Florida with my mom and daughter. It’s my first vacation since my trip to Northern California in 2011 when I was pregnant with Betty and it will be her first experience on a plane outside of my belly. She will be lap-riding which has the potential of going terribly awry, but hopefully I can distract her with enough snacks and episodes of Bubble Guppies on the iPad that it won’t be too painful. If not, I guess we will be one of those families you hear about on the news that got kicked off their flight.

And one of the best-of-alls is that I GET A BREAK FROM MISERABLE WINTER RUNNING! Yes I am yelling because I am absolutely that excited about it. I am actually going to be able to run around outside in shorts and obviously I will be completing my virtual half while I’m there. The timing could simply not be better. I’m ready for you, 80 degrees!

In fact, I think I’m probably going to have to run every day I’m there just because it would be a shame to waste it.

Do you have any upcoming vacation plans? Have you flown with a (very fidgety) toddler? Do you have any tips?

To be honest, I’m a little scared. Luckily planes have wine.

~ Salt