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Anyone else struggling with getting back into a routine after being off for the holidays? I know I have. Add in that Lil Man was sick an entire week before Christmas and daily naps became the norm, I'm really struggling to make it through a normal day.

Although we haven't gone back to school yet, Hubby is back to work. And that means if I want to get in a workout or at least one without company and interruptions, I have to get up early and workout before Hubby goes to work. And the rest of the day is the usual go go go.

Thankfully I've had the opportunity to try Alert Caffeine Gum. 1 piece of Alert Gum is about the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee. (And for me that means no jitters). It's just enough ooomph to give me the boost that I need.

Double Creek Half Marathon - Post Race Report

Can I get a WHOOOO HOOOOOOOO! Yep, I PRed. I'm not sure yet of my 'official' time. My garmin read 2:11:19. I'm thinking the clock was 2:11:21, but the results still haven't posted yet. Regardless, my time last year was 2:19:12 so this was a PR for me.

How was it? It was amazing, awful, this is great, this pretty much sucks, I'm so glad I'm doing this, whose bright idea was this anyway and then I hit mile 10ish.. do not walk, do not walk, do not walk, do not walk. I knew that my pace had slowed. I was actually on target (for awhile) for a 2:10 finish. But I felt myself getting slower. I did walk a few times here and there on some hills in the last few miles, but I forced myself to pick it back up and to keep going. I was so close to getting in under 2:15 which was my 2nd goal.

My first goal was to finish. My second was 2:15. My third was 2:10. So, as you can imagine, I was truly happy with myself.

Around 11 or so miles, I felt the first twinge of a cramp in my foot. Then it spread up my calf. No, no, no, not this time. In previous races, I've had issues with calf cramps. I immediately took some Endurolytes, and took some gel. It eased, but as I was trying to run faster during the last quarter mile, my leg cramped, and I had to back off the pace. I think I took in too much water and not enough electrolytes even though I did take the Endurolytes and a gel at about an hour into the race.

But I finished. And I finished smiling.

I'm really sore today. This is the first time I've ever been sore in my upper body. But as the day is going on, the soreness is getting better. I do plan to get in an easy run tomorrow unless my legs just protest too much.

And in case you are wondering, YES, I had ice cream yesterday after the race. :)


  1. Congratulations Amy! PR-ing on that course is an accomplishment. I was pleased with my performance although I didn't do nearly as well as you. AND - I didn't get any ice cream! :)
    ---L. Hasper

  2. Well done!! Love that smile!!! You rock!!

  3. Congratulations! That's fantastic. I'm glad you enjoyed your ice cream afterwards. It was definitely well earned!

  4. Great job Amy. Was it as hilly as you thought?

    1. Yep, as I started running the course, I remembered the hills (ha). It's a very nice course though. You get a little bit of everything along the way.


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