Category Archives: Running

i’m in!

nyc marathon I can’t say there’s a better sight than this acceptance confirmation right now. After four lottery attempts and more years of running I’m finally going to run the NYC Marathon this year. I’m still in shock, caught somewhere between excitement, fear and OhEmGee what in the world (WTF) did I just do? Is anyone else in? I think this is just the push I need to get back to more running and posting about it. I always do better with a plan. Speaking of plans, this is the one I’ve made up for the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon. NashvilleCountryMusicHalf2015 I’m running it this year as a RockNBlog Ambassador. Last year was my first, and until this point, my only RocknRoll race. I had so much fun and I can’t imagine this year will be any different. Also on the horizon is RocknRoll Vegas (what!) in November and maybe St. Louis or Chicago. Woohoo! So excited for a full 2015. So are you doing NYC this year? How about any RocknRoll races? Do you have any tips for me for my first full? Tell me in the comments. Oh, and I almost forgot a special treat. You can save $15 off any half or full RocknRoll race in 2015 using CUPCAKECARDIO in the promo code field. Valid on half or full distance only. Not valid for races in pre-sale pricing. Happy running! rnrpromocode

2014 trot for the troops 10k

Fort Campbell (and the local YMCA) continue to put on fabulous races and this year’s Trot for the Troops was no exception. I did the Trot for the Troops 10K last year (with fabulous pre-race hair might I add) and it’s still my 10K PR.
My phone (and CardioTrainer) died at 5.7 miles, but while I’m pretty sure I came in around 57 minutes this year, clock time says 1:00:03. Eight seconds isn’t a huge deal but the runner in me really wants those eight seconds off my official time. Silly, I know. TrotfortheTroops2014The course was exactly the same as last year and it was just as cold, but I learned from my previous year’s mistakes and wore shorts since I knew I’d be warm soon enough.
trot1Trot for the Troops is hosted by the Hopkinsville Christian County Family YMCA as part of Fort Campbell’s Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. It’s a year-long schedule of local races and fitness activities with a medal for competing six or more. Last year I heard about the tour too late, and while I’ve done way more than six races this year, I’ll be right at six for this year’s tour.
trot2Along with being pretty affordable, I love that the local MWR posts free race pictures to their Facebook page. Otherwise, how else would you see all this sweaty beautifulness?
Official finish time: 1:00:03

best damn race orlando 10k recap

I’ve been putting off writing this recap because hitting publish means my short vacation home is officially over.
I flew to Orlando with my friend, C, to run the Best Damn Race Orlando 10K March 1, and it was one of the most organized races I’ve ever run.
bdr1Although it wasn’t as big as ING Miami or a Disney race, it had a pretty decent sized expo, great finisher’s party and free massages, beer, photos and tech tees. All wonderful things in my book.
Their tiered entry fees also meant that signing up early got us in for $20 or $25. Can’t beat that.
Like the Love Your Heart 10K the week before this wasn’t a PR for me. I paced C through her second 10K ever. She ran six miles nonstop. I love that running let’s you track that progress, and that putting in the work easily shows results.
123760-067-002h123760-042-019h123760-007-006hThe rest of the weekend was filled with lots of this:
20140301_123111 20140228_135933And this.20140228_155826 20140228_161643And then we came home to Winter Storm Titan.
Yep. This Florida girl is definitely over seasons. Hurry up, spring.