Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Turkey Trot - Recap

Happy Thanksgiving! 
At 4:00 a.m. my husbands alarm went off and the nerves began to set in.
I couldn't eat, I couldn't hydrate, I didn't know what to wear ... I was a mess! My (ever proving to be more patient) husband helped me choose an outfit, and then (of course) choose another outfit! I then proceeded to  be extremely bratty! 

Anyone remember what happened at the Miami Children's 5K? Yeah, stuck in the parking garage, missed the start of the race. You know. ... it was awesome. ... (recap here)

I was absolutely NOT going to be late again. We left early and made it in time to get perfect parking. Our parking spot was on the first row right outside of the finish line area! We made our way to the starting line and had some fun. 

Since we already picked up our packets, we didn't really need to do anything so we just spent our time hanging out. 

We stretched, we watched them set everything up (haha, yes...we were THAT early!) and took some fun pictures!

Fun Fact: Right before this jumping picture was taken ... I was almost hit by a car. Obviously, I wasn't paying attention.  Anyway! The start of the race was really chaotic. I'm pretty sure it felt so chaotic because it was a sold out crowd and both the 5K and the 10K started at the same time. When we finally got through the start of the race and everyone kind of disbursed, I felt great! My adrenaline was pumping and I was smiling so big because some of the guys were gobbling like turkeys throughout the race and I couldn't stop laughing. It was a lot of fun! 

Anyway! When we got almost to the end of the 5K it hit me ... we weren't stopping at mile 3. We had to keep going. ... I truly started to tear up at the thought of running 3 more miles. Whatever, my husband (#1 fan) was cheering me on and I got my second wind! I stuck to the right and continued on.
 For the first 4 miles, my husband looked completely annoyed at me. I kept telling him "I'm sorry, I'm doing my best, I'll try to run some more" etc... Finally, at about mile 5 he was like "hey, your doing really well!"  - with THAT vote of confidence, I picked it up a little more and I was able to finish. 

I must tell you, my current pace at this point of time is about 15 minutes per mile. With that, I estimated it would take me about 1 hour and 45 minutes to finish.  As you might imagine, I was SUPER happy when THIS happened! 

Yep! I PR'd! (Okay, it was my first 10K - BUT I was faster than anticipated!)

Hi, my name is Erin and I just PR'd!!!
I was so excited, and SO tired at the end. I spent the rest of the day "I just ran a 10K, I just ran a 10K, I just ran a 10K, I just ran a 10K" haha Sorry to everyone who follows me on FB, Twitter and Instagram. I was addicted to posting pictures!  

Here are my official stats from the website!

At the end of the day we had a traditional Thanksgiving Meal with the Puerto Rican side of the family. I had my hair all done, my make up on and a new dress. Due to the freezing Miami weather (63 degrees) my hair went into a pony tail and a sweat shirt went on over my dress! Yes, I was dressed up for SOME of the dinner  at least. ... 

Question: Did you run a turkey trot this year? 

p.s. my husband told me he was acting disappointed so i'd try harder (he knows me too well!)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekly Chase!

Please excuse typos, I'm typing from my phone on my lunch break. :)

As you know, weekly chase first appeared on liveloveandrun.com! Check it it for more great chases!!

Last week!! I chased 4 things and caught 3.

1) turkey trot - done!! (Will recap tomorrow)
2) train 3 days - done. done & DONE!
3) yoga 1x = fail!! Haha
4) prepare for Christmas - done (see picture below)

This week, I'm chasing 4 things.
1) drop off donations at goodwill!
2) train 4 days
3) Jillian michaels 3 days
4) eat low carb

I'm trying to loose some good ole LB's before Christmas soooo eat more veggies and less cookies!

What are you chasing?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hey world ... I kept a secret!

Gooood Morning Everyone.

Guess what, ... I can keep a secret. In FACT! I kept it for more than 5 minutes. Seriously, this is a big step for me!  How many of you went shopping during Black Friday? Normally, I am the girl who gets up super early and rushes to the store just so I can wait in line. This year, ... I slept in until 4:30 and missed all of the lines. I was a little sad that I didn't get the experience, BUT after my 10K on Thanksgiving, and the late night dinner, I could NOT get myself out of bed.  This year, Mr. Handsome and I spent quite a bit of cash at the Nike Store. I will admit, ... I am slightly addicted to running gear. In order to balance things out, I ALSO bought a couple of dresses for work.

The topic of Health actually brings you to my secret. Have you ever heard of Vitacost? Basically, it's a website version of your favorite drugstore.
From the website!
With Vitacost, you don't have to choose between stores that sell products you don't really want at super-low prices, and stores that sell the better health and wellness products you want at crazy-high prices. We offer over 2,000 of the top, most-trusted natural brands, diet foods and healthy living essentials-the very best nutritional supplements, whole foods and sports nutrition-at discount prices, up to 50% off. And we'll deliver them right to your door for FREE if your order totals $49 or more. Otherwise, shipping is just a small, flat-rate fee of $4.99, no matter how big the box.

So what have I been waiting (forever) to tell you?

They are having a big sale this weekend, and they want YOU to check it out! 

When does it start? 
Today! 11/24/12

When does it end? 
11:59 on 11/26/12 

What's the discount? 
15% off 

Promo Code?

*I was given the opportunity to spread the news regarding this sale. I am not affiliated with Vitacost.com, I received no financial compensation for this post.*

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Eve of Thanksgiving!

Here I am, it's the eve of Thanksgiving and I'm counting the minutes until I can go to sleep! (seriously!) Usually on this evening I am packing to go away for the weekend. However, this year things are a little different. This year I will be running in my very Turkey Trot!

Husband and I are going to run a 10K tomorrow morning!! What?!?! I 10K? My nails are painted and my outfit is almost ready to go!

I'm looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my family & run with 10,000 of my closest friends in South Florida! I pray everyone has a safe and healthy holiday.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Weekly Chase

Happy Hug a Runner Day!

What I chased last week

1) Run / Walk at least 3 days this week. Done! 
2) De-clutter my kitchen. Done!
3) Finalize my Pretty Muddy outfit. Done!
4) Prepare decorations for youth group event on Friday! Done!

Yes, my friends! I checked all of the items off of my chase! 

The weekly chase was started by Melissa over on Live, Love & Run!  check out her blog for more Weekly Chases!

Here is what I'm chasing this week! 

1) Run a Turkey Trot! 
2) Train 3 days this week 
3) Yoga once
4) Prepare my house for Christmas decorations!

What you chasing this week?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pretty Muddy - Recap!

If you follow me on an social media site, OR have had a conversation with me the last few weeks you probably  have heard me promote the Pretty Muddy - Women's Only mud race!  Ever since Courtney contacted me on twitter, I've been SUPER excited about this race. I must have asked my sister in law 982 times if she would run with me (she told me 983 times...NO!)

Can you believe this girl told me she didn't want to get Pretty Muddy?
Source (Alexis' FB)

I originally signed up for the 8:15 wave. However, I heard that a group of people I know were planning to run in the 1:00p.m. wave Sooo... I switched my run time.

Since I had already convinced my husband to volunteer for the 6:30 - 10:30 shift, I emailed the Pretty Muddy team and signed myself up for the same shift.

Volunteering for Pretty Muddy was SO much fun (for me). I got to stand at the Volunteer tent and talk to Martha (The volunteer coordinator) for the first couple of hours THEN I got to go to the Merchandise tent and talk to more people for the last part of my shift! Honestly, it was a blast for me! 

You can read about my husbands volunteer experience here

Volunteer Experience = 10 out of 10

After my volunteer duties were complete, it was time for me to transition into RUNNER status! 


In an effort to stick with the "pretty" theme, I've broken my recap into the following categories...
Pretty Awesome
Pretty Fun
Pretty Messy
That's Pretty Muddy! 

So, let's start! 

Pretty Awesome

It was Pretty Awesome that...
- I had my very own check in section at registration! (WHAT?!) 
- Live Band from 11a - 1p
- A free shirt

Pretty Fun
- Costume Contests 
- Fitness Classes 
- 11 challenges
- A Mud slide (that's right... a MUD slide!)

Pretty Sweaty
- Sweaty ... well, I  got sweaty while running. 

Pretty Messy
- Towards the end of the day, there was Mud EVERYWHERE! As a girl who doesn't exactly like to get too dirty, it was a little tough for me to handle. haha 

Pretty Big Shout Out!

I'd like to give a shout out to the Founders and Staff for the race. You guys truly know how to make a great event. I would like to thank you for the opportunity participate in such a fun event! I'm looking forward to next year! 

Ideas for Next Year! 
1) You should have a short dash for young girls.
2) Sell Pretty Muddy Training Gear (Shorts / Tank Tops / Sports Bras)
3) Make the Flip Flops Purple (white gets waaay too dirty!)

Opportunities for 2013

Follow Pretty Muddy on your favorite social sites and get ready for next year! 

Nail Polish! 
I would like to officially thank Ms. KS for being my first nail polish sponsor! She took the theme Pretty Muddy and gave me the following choices. 
The Pink represents the Princess
The Black represents the mud
and the glitter represents GIRLS only! 

Thank you KS, you did were an AWESOME sponsor! 

* Although I was given 1 registration for the Pretty Muddy race, the opinions posted are my very own. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Weekend Preview!

Hello Lovelies, 

This weekend is going to be pretty crazy! Let me start at the beginning. 

Work - HUGE full day event (a.k.a. working from 7:30a - 6:00p) 
Youth Group! (Fall la la la la - hope to be in bed by 11p)

6:30 - 10:30 - Volunteer!!
1:00 - I get to run!! 
7:00p - Smores party with friends!

Family Day at my church
Pick up my Turkey Trot race packet! 

Seriously, I am exhausted thinking about it. 

Question: What are you doing this weekend? 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pride comes before ...

The fall.

Yesterday was such a fun day in my life. I got to sleep in, I got to catch up on some blogs, I got to check in at the Oral Surgeon's office AND I got to go running!! I was so happy to be able to lace up my shoes and go for a run. I was feeling SO awesome during my run (perhaps it was my new shoes, perhaps it was my new running outfit, perhaps it was the 3 weeks I have spent doing nothing!) Regardless, I was feeling really good! I might even say that I was running with pride!

That is until ...

See that dip at the end, followed by a slow steady pace?
Yeah, that would be my fall. ...

Today, I have two giant bruises on my leg from where I kicked my own leg (don't ask me HOW I accomplished that!). I was running with my pups, I tripped on the side walk and... crash!

That didn't stop me though! I got right back into my shoes tonight and went for another run!

Question: Have you ever tripped on an uneven path and fallen? 

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Weekly Chase

Good Afternoon, Readers!

I know I am REALLY bad at keeping up with weekly blog posts. But, this one is so powerful! Why? accountability!  This post was first seen over on Live, Love & Run. Be sure to check her page our for more great chases!

1) Run / Walk at least 3 days this week.
2) De-clutter my kitchen
3) Finalize my Pretty Muddy outfit
4) Prepare decorations for youth group event on Friday!
There you have it, two fitness goals and two regular every day goals.
What are you chasing this week?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Time to get Pretty Excited Miami!

By this time next week you will be sharing stories with all your friends about how much fun you had at Pretty Muddy Miami! It's hard to believe that we are less then 1 week away from this extreme(ly fun) women's only Mud Run!

If you are not registered, stop what you are doing and go register! If you need to see some proof that the event is going to be fun, check out instagram and twitter! (#PrettyMuddy) Yesterday was the Tampa Edition of Pretty Muddy and from the looks of things, it was awesome!

As you can see, I am ready!

Well, I have my shirt picked out. Now, I just need to "Prepare to Pack". Preparing to pack is a total "Erin thing" Every time I go ANYWHERE I have a check list of items that I don't want to forget! Since this will be my very first Mud Run, I was happy to see that Courtney has provided some great tips for running a mud run!

When preparing to pack, it's important to be educated about what event you will be attending. I highly recommend checking out Courtney's 5 tips!

Another great source for information is the event website.

My pre race checklist

  • Waiver
  • ID
  • Waterproof Camera
  • MuddyPrincess outfit
  • Directions to the park
  • Fluids!

My post race checklist.
  • Extra outfit (head to toe apparel)
  • Towel 
  • Garbage bag (or several plastic bags)
  • Deodorant
  • Fluids
  • Cash
What I'm leaving home.
  • My engagement ring (I do not feel like cleaning mud out of the diamonds)
  • my dogs

Question: What type of items go on your packing list? 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Miami Youth for Christ 5K - Recap

11/10/12 - Today I am thankful for my health. I know I've complained a LOT about the recovery of my Wisdom Teeth extraction (and believe me, it was the worst!). However, I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for the health running has provided me.

I'm also thankful that I was able to participate in the Miami Youth for Christ Zoo Walk! In case you missed it, here is my post where I explained the event!

The Juvenile Justice League. 

The Stats! 
Race time: 73 minutes and 44 seconds.
Our Team: The Juvenile Justice League.

The Swag!
1 extremely soft shirt!

The Course! 
3.1 miles through the Miami Metro Zoo (some people refer to it as Zoo Miami, but those are people like me who have only lived in Miami for a few years!)

The Atmosphere! 
11 out of 10 stars! When I saw it was awesome, I mean. ... it was AWESOME. The course was filled with so many young people who are involved with the ministry of Youth for Christ (and by young people, I mean an age of about 10 to 60). Each person was genuinely happy to be there. I stand firm in my belief that people with a smile on their face are contagious!
p.s. who doesn't like the zoo? 

The Memories! 

Here are a few photos from the event. If you follow me on instagram, you probably already saw some of these. Don't worry, I saved some just for the blog!

My Husband & The Birthday Boy!

Starting Line with Adriana.

Some of the Juvenile Justice League!

Chillin' with the Zebra!

Um... We were TRYING to show our Beautiful Feet! 

Hip Hop before the race!

Pre-race stretches!

Mr. & Mrs!

Did you know Rhino's had a spray zone?

A couple of animals seen on the course.

The Juvenile Justice League!!

Time to Relax!

Question: Have you ever seen a bird sit on a rock? 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thank you, Thank you very much!

Today I am thankful for Twitter.

When I first started my journey to lose weight and become a healthier person, I have made so many fabulous collections on twitter! I am so inspired by my tweeps. Thank you so much for always cheering me on and giving me the courage to go on!

The courage to sign up for a marathon.
The courage to continue eating healthy.
The courage to apply for the Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador program.

You get the picture, twitter has been a great part of my life this year! To all of my twitter followers, keep on being awesome!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day 2012 a.k.a. My Dad's Birthday!

First things first!

Happy Birthday to the best Dad ever. He has always supported me no matter what. When (at 15) I told him I was going to Marry Mr. Handsome, he just gave me a hug and said "okay, sweet heart..." He never told me I was crazy to make such statements. When I told him I was going to graduate school, he was supportive ... when I told him I was dropping out of graduate school ... he was still supportive. ... I'm telling you! He's the BEST, and I'm truly thankful that he's my dad!

It is also an Election Year!!

I exercised my freedom to vote this evening. It was my first time voting in this county and let me tell you. ... I have NEVER.IN.MY.LIFE. waited to vote. ... In the small town where I voted for my first 2 elections, I waited a grand total of 15 minutes. Okay, I understand. ... I am young... so to make a statement as dramatic as "never in my life" BUT! I waited over 2 hours to vote. It was exhausting!!

Things to Remember about 2012 Election
1) My voting location is walking distance from my front door - like a 1 minute walk.
2) I met some of my neighbors (yeah, after 2 years I finally met some neighbors).


Now, I am cuddled on my couch watching the United States map become filled with Red and Blue.

Have a positive evening!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

Hello, My name is Erin and I can sometimes be a little cheesy!


In case you missed it, we have a winner for the Pretty Muddy Give Away!!

Congratulations Vania, I'll see you on the 17th!

Ladies, there is still time to register!

Hope to see you there. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Middle School.

Day 4.

I'm thankful for Middle School Girls. Have you ever had a conversation with a 12 year old girl? I'm blown away with how much a girl can talk (some never out grow this).  Today our Sunday school class had 6 young ladies. If you can imagine how much conversation 1 girl can create, try having a lesson with 6!!

I loved it!

I actually didn't teach the lesson. I had the opportunity to listen. It's incredible to hear the questions and conversations these girls have. I'm so thankful for middle school girls. They inspire me, they encourage me and most of all they are real.

Have you ever been inspired by someone much younger than you?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Freedom & My November Run Schedule

Day 3.

I'm thankful for freedom.
I am thankful for the freedom I have in Christ.
I am thankful for the freedom I have in this country.
I am thankful for free will.


I am happy to report that I am still feeling a lot better. I'm strictly following my doctors orders, and have even put myself on a liquid / mashed potatoes & hummus diet. I am doing this so that there is very minimal chance of infection during the healing process. I tell ya, these Wisdom Teeth were crazy! My surgeon reminds me every week that I need to take it easy. ... Really? It's been almost 4 weeks!


I am coming into the busiest month of my running career so far. aahhh.... Here's the run down.

10 November - Miami Youth for Christ ZOO walk 
This one should be fine, I only have to walk. So, it will be a good start for this girl who only puts her running shoes on to ... well, ... sit on the couch and "take it easy" ...

17 November - Pretty Muddy Miami
I'm excited about this run. Why?
1) It's my first Mud Run! (YAY)
2) It's not timed (so, if I start to get tired due to my lack of running since my wisdom teeth extravaganza it won't be the end of the world)
3) The whole event just looks UH - MAZING!

22 November - Turkey Trot 10K
My husband and I have decided to make this an annual thing for us. We've been married almost 4 years, and we really  haven't established holiday traditions. So, we are going to start with this one. Turkey trots are all over, and they are geared for FAMILIES! So, if at sometime down the line we are more than 2 + 2 Rat Terriers, we can still have this little healthy tradition!

How about all of you, what runs are you training for? 

Friday, November 2, 2012


Wouldn't it be nice if we were thankful every day? My hopes with this little project is that it will help me realize how good I have it. Yes, this whole wisdom teeth recovery has been rougher than expected. However, I have a lot to be thankful for. SO! Every day in November, I will give my readers one more thing I'm thankful for.

Today. I am thankful for my husband!
12 years ago when we met, I didn't exactly know how wonderful our friendship would be.

He is absolutely the most amazing man EVER!. 
He's my...
  • movie buddy
  • theme park junkie 
  • roller coaster partner
  • dish washer
  • fashion police
  • dog walker
  • running buddy
... well, I could seriously go on forever! 

Husband, I'm so thankful for you.

I love you more than words can express. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thank You.

As today officially starts the countdown to Turkey Trots (I mean, THANKSGIVING) I wanted to take the opportunity to share one thing every day that I'm thankful for!

Day One:
I'm thankful for my job.

When I say I have the greatest job ever, I really mean it. Yes, we work hard and I am challenged to try new things and think differently. However, I believe that my work environment has helped (for better or worse) shape me into the person I am today.

I have bosses and co-workers who supported me when I unexpectedly had to take a week off to recover from surgery and support my running addiction.

I count myself very blessed to be a part of our little tribe!

So team, I'm thankful for each of you!

What are you thankful for?

*published from my iPhone, please excuse any typos.*

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