Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monthly Weigh-In: March 2015

Weight Loss/Gain: -9.4 lbs 

Total Weight Loss (Round 2): 26.1 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 47 lbs

Hi guys!! Happy Tuesday!! Keeping it short and sweet! Here we go...

I had a really great month! I feel like I am getting back to my average monthly weight loss. For those of you that are not familiar with what my average weight loss for each month was during round 1, it was between 10-14 lbs with an average of 13 lbs. Regardless, I am just happy to see that number on the scale lowering each month and it's a reminder of how close I am to getting out of the 200's. I had a fabulous loss this month of 9.4 lbs, my biggest monthly loss so far this year. I lost 3 inches off of my waist. My waist and hips are the most active spots on my body right now in terms of weight loss. I love seeing that BMI number go down too!   

It's time to start a new month and it's time to put together my new workout schedule for the month of April. In April, I start my training for my first mud run in May. I am super excited! I am looking forward to so many awesome milestones during my journey this year!! I have already accomplished so much this year.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

First 5K of the Year: Green Beer 5K 2015 Race Recap

Wooo!!! I completed my first 5K of my race season/year this past Saturday, March 21st! The week leading up to the race, I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be. The nerves decided to set in the night before and even then... the nerves were not as bad as I thought it would be. I had a yummy steak fajita dinner the night before and started getting things ready for the morning. I packed the baby's bag so I had everything ready and wouldn't have to worry about it. Luckily, my girl had a long day and was super tired, so I had absolutely no trouble putting her to bed.

The weather forecast for the day was calling for cloudy skies, temps in the mid to high 40s and breezy. My alarm went off at 6 A.M. I thought about setting it for 5:00 A.M., but I figured 6 AM would give me enough time to do everything and be out the door by 7. Boy, oh boy was I wrong! I got up at 6 and I didn't make it out the door until 7:40. Anytime my hubby tags along to where ever it is we are going, I can expect to be late, or just getting there with enough time to rush! I can't stand that and it makes my anxiety act up big time! This will have to change. I might have to start lying about time in order to get him to cooperate with me lol! So, we got lucky with no traffic and got to Soldier Field by 8:40. 

We pulled up to Soldier Field and saw a sign for parking for the Green Beer 5K and people directing the traffic. My husband, being the hardheaded stubborn person that he is decided to stop anyways despite the huge brightly lit sign flashing right in front of him and asked the person directing traffic where the parking for the marathon was. WAIT?! MARATHON??? I said to him, "I didn't know we were running a marathon today!! Hunny, this is NOT a marathon. It's a 5K. There's a HUGE difference!!" HA! I couldn't help, but laugh when I heard him say marathon. I even felt a little embarrassed! An even funnier thing is that I was having this conversation with a group of runners in a Facebook group a few days back about how people call races a marathon... no matter the distance when clearly it's not. Some people just don't know, so we kindly tell them the difference! :)  

After we parked I took some time at the car getting the jogging stroller and everything else ready. We head up to the information tent to get our bib numbers and all that other good stuff. I get my bib number and they tell me and hubby that they ran out of shirts and that we will be receiving ours in the mail and they gave us extra beer tickets. I would have been disappointed if I had planned on wearing mine for the race, but I wasn't planning on wearing it, so it didn't matter to me. My hubby had planned on wearing his, so he was a little disappointed. As we were putting on our bibs, the DJ announced over the speaker that they had begun lining up at the starting line and to start heading over.

Ready to go at the starting line.

We make our way over to the starting line. Hubby and I get the baby's blankets and toys situated and ready to go. She usually sleeps during training runs, so we were hoping she would sleep during this race seeing as how we couldn't keep her cover open because of the weather. I get my Polar watch ready as well as my music and I am all set to go! Before the horn blew... we were warned over the speaker that the path had a lot of potholes and to watch our surrounds, then off we went! Things went really well during mile 1. I was feeling really good!! I ended up leaving the hubby and baby. I ran a little over half a mile before I decided to slow down as the path got really narrow and crowded. I started alternating between running and power walking while enjoying the beautiful lakefront views until I reached the water station after mile 2. By that time I was starting to suffer from dry mouth, so I was really happy to see that water station! After the water station the course takes a sharp turn to turn around and head back down the same path on the opposite side. 

During mile 2, after the turnaround, the winds really started to pick up. Miles 2 and 3 were a little tough because of the wind. My nose started to run and I just wanted to be done already. At this point hubby was pretty far ahead of me for the first time and I focused on catching up with him as I knew the finish line was coming up soon. I finally had sight of him and I caught up with him. We see the finish line up ahead so we run the rest of the way to finish together. Even though he passed the finish line before me, it was only by a couple of seconds!! 
The finish line right behind me!

After we crossed the finish line, we grab our medals, bottled water and a protein bar. We headed over to the post-race party; there was music, a few vendor booths, photo tent, and the race logo photo backdrop. The race logo backdrop is like the red carpet for races. I did the photo tent, but totally forgot about the logo backdrop, which I am bummed about. By this time my daughter was waking up just in time for pictures in the photo tent. She slept throughout the whole race like I had hoped and thought she would.

After we took pictures, we went to get our green beer! My first green beer!! I didn't drink it all because I didn't feel like drinking empty calories. I took a few sips to enjoy it and that was it. Remember, this momma is still in the weight loss process of this amazing lifelong journey to getting fit and being fit!

Sipping on my green beer while talking to a group of ladies who gave me compliments on my tutu.
I made it myself!!
Once we left the post-race party we walked to the lakefront to take some pictures before heading over to the Chicago River to see it while it was still green. The lake was so pretty and it reminded me of the Pacific Ocean when I was living in Hawaii. It was aqua green with spots of blue and other shades of green and the color of the lake kept changing rapidly. It's very rare that I get to see the lake when it looks like that. We got to see the Chicago River, but it no longer looked green. It just looked dirty. I guess we were a week too late! :(

Super windy!! The sun decided to come out just in time for this picture and then it went away.

My daughters first time in Chicago and showing off her first medal!

Overall, the race was amazing! It was well organized for the most part, but there were a few things that bugged me a bit. They ran out of shirts, the customer service could have been better with a faster response time, and they could have opened up registration a little earlier rather than a little over a month before race day. I consider that last minute planning and I don't like last minute planning. It raises my anxiety levels. The Soldier Field lakefront course was beautiful despite all the potholes we had to dodge. The volunteers/race staff were friendly, some more energetic than others.

The bling was amazingly huge and heavy! I wasn't expecting the medals to be as big as they were! Green Beer 5K really stands by their quote when they say it's Chicago's luckiest finisher medal! It really is! It beat all of the medals for Chicago's St. Patrick's themed races! I have already received a ton of compliments on the medal and people telling me how nice the bling was for being a 5K. Note to you all: There are 5K's with some amazingly awesome bling that exist!! 

It will probably be the biggest bling I earn all year. A close contender would be The Glow Run 5K as they have some pretty big juicy bling as well. We'll see who wins for biggest and juiciest bling of the year! Can't wait to see which one wins biggest bling!! We will find out in August!

Would I do this race again?! HELL YES... because you know I'm all about that bling, 'bout that bling... ;) I recommend this race to anyone looking for a fun 5K with a St. Patrick's theme. It is very walker friendly (for those of you who are walkers) and a great option for your first 5K whether you are a runner or a walker. The environment was very non intimidating and comfortable! I hope to see these guys around again next year!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Crash, Splash, and Dash: WIPEOUTRUN Chicago

You all know how I absolutely love to share with you the coolest and newest races I come across and ones that have been around for awhile that you may or may not have heard of. It's one of many favorite topics I like to blog about!!! Not only does it make me pumped for the event if I am attending, but I love getting others pumped up for the event if they are participating or even just considering it.

Ever watch Wipeout™ and think you can do better? Prove yourself! Now's your chance to take on epic obstacles inspired by the show right in downtown Chicago! From the producers of TV's Wipeout™ comes your next bucket list adventure... introducing the first-ever WIPEOUTRUN Chicago on July 25th at U.S. Cellular Field!

Crash, splash, and dash your way through a 5K course featuring larger-than-life obstacles and elements inspired by the hit TV show Wipeout! After you conquer WIPEOUTRUN, experience a fun-filled festival including vendor booths, food and refreshments.

I used to watch the show all the time and always in tears from laughing my ass off at the contestants wiping out. My husband often asked me while watching the show if I would ever consider being on the show. I always told him no, because I was afraid of the obstacles and I didn't feel physically fit enough to handle the obstacles. I am more confident in my ability to complete the crazy obstacles and now.... I get the chance to experience it with full confidence!!! AHHH! I know... exciting, right?!

You can have a chance to experience this as well! WIPEOUTRUN will be coming to multiple cities throughout the U.S. and Canada this year. 

Slide down a 4-story water slide to the finish line!

You can take a closer look at the obstacles HERE!
You can find locations and register HERE!

Save $5 with discount code HUFFNPUFF and register today at wipeoutrun.com/chicago before prices go up!

Please note: The code is only good for the Chicago location, but if there is a specific event you are looking to do, then let me know and I can get you a code for that location specifically.

Team Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough are ready to kick some butt!
See you guys there!!!

Disclosure: I have received a comped entry to this event in exchange for posting about the event and reviews of the individual race experiences.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Weekly Workout Recap: 02/29-03/14

Instead of skipping a week of my weekly recap post, I decided that I would put two weeks into one post. The past two weeks have been very eventful!!!! Last week... I got news that turned my life upside down and I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone. Also, my laptop had fallen off my chair and landed on my foot which resulted in a minor toe injury. I also went a little nuts during my weightlifting the day before that and my muscles were screaming bloody hell the following day! So, bottom line... for almost the entire week I had to listen to my body and let it rest. I have been very accident-prone lately.  

All I want to focus on right now is my St. Patty's 5K next Saturday. This week I slowly got back into everything. My toe is feeling great! Still scabby, but feeling much better. I have been taking advantage of the awesome Chicago weather we've been having and getting out for some 1 and 2 mile runs and slowly been easing back into running since I had my daughter. Feels nice to run outside without worrying about all the snow and ice. Warmer weather also means night runs. I love running at night, but during the winter it's not very smart or safe to do, so I don't do it. There's something about the night that make my runs calm and enjoyable. I do keep night runs short and sweet for my safety. I miss my night runs!

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Comfortable Atmosphere: The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series

If you have not the seen the reality show, "The Biggest Loser", then I am pretty positive you have at least heard about it or have seen some clips. I, myself have not watched the show up until a couple of days ago, but I have heard about it and I have seen clips and just recently have decided to watch the part two episode where the contestants were in Hawaii on the island of Kauai. The Biggest Loser has come out with their own series of races!!!!!!!! 

The Biggest Loser RunWalk is coming to Chicago again this year!! Woot Woot!! I am stoked to be participating in this race because they welcome people of all fitness levels, runners and walkers and is designed to challenge America to get fit! Their races are non-intimidating and knowing that makes me a little more confident seeing as how I am still pretty darn slow out there on the course! I'm working on it though! 

The Biggest Loser Race Series offers a variety of races. Their Premier Destination races are their feature races consisting of a half marathon and a 5k. These are held in numerous cities throughout the U.S. One of the unique aspects of the Premier Destination races that I love are the medals that have the measuring tape neckbands! Some races have them while others don't and the neckband will only consist of the city and state. Please note that the bling will vary from city to city and race distance as well.

There are also Off-Road Challenges featuring trail runs and obstacle courses that you can take on! These are usually held at a Spartan Race. This may be my next challenge after a Premier Race.

I almost forgot to mention that the Premier Races are stroller friendly!!! :) You know I always have to mention it! I love to make things easier for my readers and sometimes that info is not so easy to find.

Let's not forget about the kiddies!! There is a one mile fun run for them!! There are also medal challenges where you can do the same race for two years in a row and earn a challenge medal, however this challenge (Legacy Medal) is only open to certain locations. The Double Down is when you complete two half marathons (run or walk) and you earn the extra bling. This might be something for me to think about later on. I would love to do the Legacy Medal Challenge, but I don't think it's valid for the Chicago location. BOOOO! :(

All in all... this event sounds fun. It seems like it would be a nice event with a comfortable atmosphere to do your very half marathon or 5k, especially if you are a walker and looking to only walk a half marathon. For walkers I think it's very important to find that right event with the right environment for your first half marathon. Not all events are walker friendly when it comes to half marathon distance. This event is walker friendly, which makes me think about considering this race series for my first half marathon (eventually) as a slow runner working on time and speed and likes to walk occasionally.

I will be attending the August 2nd Chicago, IL event. 

I had originally chosen the June 20th Rockford, IL event. However, that date collided with other race dates. June is shaping up to be a super busy month for me and I needed to fill my August Calendar.

Let's meet up!!! See you there! 

Disclosure: I have received a comped entry to this event in exchange for posting about the event and reviews of the individual race experiences.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekly Workout Recap: 02/22-02/28

This was the last week of my February workout plan and I am switching it up for the month of March. I will explain more of March's workout plan in my next weekly workout recap post.

Below are the workouts I did for February with one rest day a week, except for the last week of February. I had two rest days (2/27 & 2/28) to allow my body to recover.