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team sparkle FINISHES ragnar so cal

by @according2kelly on June 4, 2012

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just before 6pm on saturday, april 21st, 2012 team sparkle crossed the finish line.

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together as a team, we ran a total of 200 208 miles, all the way from huntington beach to san diego, in 29 hours, 30 minutes & 45 seconds, (an average pace of 8 minutes & 30 minutes/ mile), passing a total of 455 other runners.

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team sparkle final ragnar so cal results

* linda ran a total of 40.2 miles, spending a total time of 5 hours & 43 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 31 seconds per mile), amassing 61 kills.

* kenna ran a total of 37.3 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours & 57 minutes running (averaging 7 minutes & 57 seconds per mile), amassing 62 kills.

* kelly ran a total of 44.5 miles, spending a total time of 6 hours & 21 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 54 seconds per mile), amassing 74 kills.

* tamra ran a total of 26.7 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours running (averaging 8 minutes & 59 seconds per mile), amassing 76 kills.

* carrie ran a total of 30.2 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours & 14 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 24 seconds per mile), amassing 95 kills.

* elise ran a total of 29.9 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours & 14 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 29 seconds per mile), amassing 87 kills.

* team sparkle ran a total of 208 miles, spending a total time of 29 hours & 30 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 30 seconds per mile), amassing 455 kills.

team sparkle came in 2nd place in the women’s ultra division (missing 1st place by a mere 16 minutes – remember the extra 4 miles i ran in leg 33? my 32+ minute “joy run” was coming back to haunt me), & 49th overall, out of 526 teams.

we were the 3rd womens team, & the 6th (out of all 24) ULTRA team (including mens, womens & mixed ULTRA teams) to cross the finish.

but what i’m personally the most proud of? the fact that we walked away with the ragnar so cal “homecoming” award baton. meaning that everyone running the ragnar so cal voted us the overall favorite team! wahoooooooooo!

of course, this amazing journey would never have happened without the help of our amazing “support team” consisting of our incredibly-capable-needs-no-sleep driver, mark, angry julie our photographer and official social media guru, & our amazing sponsors…

running a relay is always going to be hard, but having NUUN, LaraBar, KT Tape, BENGAY, honey stinger, SKINS compression, fresh & easy, SPI belt, chocolate milk, & hit the mark fitness along for the ride – made it all that much better, & even a wee bit easier.

would i do it again? absolutely! in a heart beat. after all, i can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend, than accomplishing the “impossible” with my best friends.

i learned many thing about myself, about my friends during those 29 hours. but the one “thing” i will take away from all this? the one “thing” i will never again take for granted?

read the rest of the team sparkle ragnar so cal adventure…
* part one: ragnar relay so cal {what is it?}
* part two: ragnar relay so cal {team sparkle ULTRA edition}
* part three: ragnar so cal {the sparklicious swaggerwaggon}
* part four: ragnar so cal {team sparkle relay essentials}
* part five: team sparkle RUNS ragnar so cal
* part six: kelly runs ragnar socal {with team sparkle}
* part seven: team sparkle FINISHES ragnar so cal

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team sparkle RUNS ragnar so cal

by @according2kelly on June 2, 2012

team sparkle run ragnaras i’ve mentioned before, running an ultra relay is a wee bit different…

unlike a typical, or normal relay, an ultra team consists of only 6 people, running a little over 200 miles as a team.

now there are two ways to accomplish this feat. an ultra team can decide to run run two legs back to back, three times
(for example the first runner would run legs 1-2, 13-14, 25-26) OR an ultra team can decide to run 6 times, 1 leg at time (for example the first runner will run legs 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 31). does that make sense? trust me, i know it’s confusing.

honestly, i don’t know if one way is easier or harder than the other. we ended up choosing to run 6 individual legs. which was nice because it meant that most of our legs were 10 miles or less. but, we got very little (if any) sleep or rest between legs, eating properly was a joke, & it always seemed like you were gearing up to run again.

team-sparkle-runs-ragnar-so-calnow before we talk about running ragnar, i thought i’d re-introduce you to our our amazing team sparkle runners (just in case you’ve already forgotten them). so, from left to right - carrie, elise, tamra, kelly (me), linda, & kenna.

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friday, 11:30am – 2:57pm
linda {leg 1}: 5.1 miles in 36 minutes
kenna {leg 2}: 5.1 miles in 34 minutes; 3 kills
kelly {leg 3}: 5.7 miles in 48 minutes; 2 kills
tamra {leg 4}: 4.6 miles in 42 minutes; 5 kills
carrie {leg 5}: 2.4 miles in 23 minutes; 4 kills
elise {leg 6}: 2.7 miles in 24 minutes; 1 kill

team-sparkle-nuunfriday, 2:57pm – 7:56pm
linda {leg 7}: 8.8 miles in 1 hour & 21 minutes; 6 kills
kenna {leg 8}: 3.9 miles in 31 minutes; 9 kills
kelly {leg 9}: 5.2 miles in 51 minutes; 4 kills
tamra {leg 10}: 5.7 miles in 52 minutes; 10 kills
carrie {leg 11}: 5.5 miles in 49 minutes; 14 kills
elise {leg 12}: 4.6 miles in 35 minutes; 8 kills

friday, 7:56pm – saturday, 2:26am
linda {leg 13}: 10 miles in 1 hour & 24 minutes; 17 kills
kenna {leg 14}: 9.2 miles in 1 hour & 12 minutes; 9 kills
kelly {leg 15}: 8.5 miles in 1 hour & 9 minutes; 20 kills
tamra {leg 16}: 6.6 miles in 59 minutes; 29 kills
carrie {leg 17}: 6 miles in 45 minutes; 29 kills
elise {leg 18}: 7.4 miles in 1 hour & 1 minute; 34 killsteam-sparkle-ragnar-headlampsaturday, 2:26am – saturday, 5:28am
linda {leg 19}: 3.7 miles in 33 minutes; 6 kills
kenna {leg 20}: 4 miles in 29 minutes; 11 kills
kelly {leg 21}: 3.9 miles in 31 minutes; 10 kills
tamra {leg 22}: 2 miles in 17 minutes; 6 kills
carrie {leg 23}: 3.9 miles in 29 minutes; 14 kills
elise {leg 24}: 4.7 miles in 43 minutes; 14 kills

saturday, 5:28am – 10:05am
linda {leg 25}: 5.5 miles in 45 minutes; 21 kills
kenna {leg 26}: 7.3 miles in 1 hour & 6 minutes; 10 kills
kelly {leg 27}: 5.5 miles in 45 minutes; 17 kills
tamra {leg 28}: 2 miles in 17 minutes; 11 kills
carrie {leg 29}: 7.5 miles in 1 hour & 6 minutes; 25 kills
elise {leg 30}: 4.2 miles in 38 minutes; 14 kills

team-sparkle-finishsaturday, 10:05am – 4:59pm
linda {leg 31}: 7.1 miles in 1 hour & 4 minutes; 11 kills
kenna {leg 32}: 7.8 miles in 1 hour & 5 minutes; 20 kills
kelly {leg 33}: 15.5 miles in 2 hours & 17 minutes; 21 kills
tamra {leg 34}: 5.8 miles in 53 minutes; 15 kills
carrie {leg 35}: 4.9 miles in 42 minutes; 9 kills
elise {leg 36}: 6.3 miles in 53 minutes; 16 kills

team sparkle runs ragnar so cal final results

* linda ran a total of 40.2 miles, spending a total time of 5 hours & 43 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 31 seconds per mile), amassing 61 kills.
* kenna ran a total of 37.3 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours & 57 minutes running (averaging 7 minutes & 57 seconds per mile), amassing 62 kills.
* kelly ran a total of 44.5 miles, spending a total time of 6 hours & 21 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 54 seconds per mile), amassing 74 kills.
* tamra ran a total of 26.7 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours running (averaging 8 minutes & 59 seconds per mile), amassing 76 kills.
* carrie ran a total of 30.2 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours & 14 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 24 seconds per mile), amassing 95 kills.
* elise ran a total of 29.9 miles, spending a total time of 4 hours & 14 minutes running (averaging 8 minutes & 29 seconds per mile), amassing 87 kills.
* team sparkle ran over 208 miles, in a total time of 29 hours & 30 minutes, amassing a total of 455 kills.

* just in case you are wondering, “kills” refer to our ragnar relay road kill. anytime we passed another team’s runner on the course, we considered it a kill. counting kills as you run (sometimes out loud), definitely helps the miles fly by.

read the rest of the team sparkle ragnar so cal adventure…
* part one: ragnar relay so cal {what is it?}
* part two: ragnar relay so cal {team sparkle ULTRA edition}
* part three: ragnar so cal {the sparklicious swaggerwaggon}
* part four: ragnar so cal {team sparkle relay essentials}
* part five: team sparkle RUNS ragnar so cal
* part six: kelly runs ragnar socal {with team sparkle}
* part seven: team sparkle FINISHES ragnar so cal

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ragnar so cal {team sparkle relay essentials}

by @according2kelly on May 22, 2012

when your running an ultra relay – your van is your home on wheels. you need to be self-sufficient & prepared for anything. knowing this, we reached out to some of our favorite brands & companies (other than team sparkle), & invited them to “join” us on our 200+ mile adventure…

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come “race” day we packed sparklicious swaggerwagon with:

* pretzels, fruit, bananas & all kinds of food from fresh & easy neighborhood market
* every flavor of NUUN to keep us hydrated (my favorites are fruit punch & grape)
* Honey Stinger waffles & energy chews (have you tried the chocolate waffles?!)
* SKINS compression recovery tights (completing the relay would not have been possible, had i not “slithered” into my recovery tights after every run)
* KT Tape (i love the funny stares & questions i get about the “funny” tape on my knees. someone even asked if it was a tattoo)
* chocolate milk from rockview dairy (i honestly drank some after every run, it my favorite “my after”
* bengay (to soothe our tired muscles, & hopefully cover up some of the girl stank)
* SPI belts (i used mine to carry my inhaler & energy chews)

ragnar so cal {team sparkle relay essentials}

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& there’s no way i (or the rest of our team) would have been ready to run a 200+ “race” without our favorite personal trainer mark & his hit the mark bootcamp.

not only was mark there to support us during our actual adventure (mark was the official team sparkle driver), but mark helped us prepare for the months previous (as he kicked our butt during our early morning bootcamps).

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 while running a relay is always going to be hard, having NUUN, LaraBar, KT Tape, BENGAY, honey stinger, SKINS compression, fresh & easy, SPI belt, chocolate milk, & hit the mark fitness along for the ride – made it all that much better, & even a wee bit easier.

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read the rest of the team sparkle ragnar so cal adventure…
* part one: ragnar relay so cal {what is it?}
* part two: ragnar relay so cal {team sparkle ULTRA edition}
* part three: ragnar so cal {the sparklicious swaggerwaggon}
* part four: ragnar so cal {team sparkle relay essentials}
* part five: team sparkle RUNS ragnar so cal
* part six: kelly runs ragnar socal {with team sparkle}
* part seven: team sparkle FINISHES ragnar so cal

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ragnar nation

by @according2kelly on April 20, 2012

so-cal-ragnar-relayit’s dark outside, but the birds are chirping. they know that today is a big day.

like me, i’m guessing they could hardly sleep?!

i was up past one, & wide awake at 5am. which is silly, because more than likely i’ll get little to no sleep in the next 36 hours (but at least i was able to get an extra little carbo loading done).

why you ask? well, because i’m racing today, & tonight & all day tomorrow too…

yep! i’m joing the “ragnar nation.” me & 5 of my soon-to-best-will-know-EVERYTHING-about-me-after-spending-36-hours-in-a-van-together friends (including carrie & elise – my usual cohorts in crime), 1 full-time driver, & 1 full-time photographer/ social media rock star are going to be running 200 miles (leap frog style) all the way from huntington beach to san deigo (via the inland empire).

with just six runners, that means we are running approximately 33 miles each in just over a day. (i’m actually responsible for 40!) yikes! hopefully i’m prepared.

i’ve been hydrating day & night for nearly a week (it’s supposed to be HOT), the last couple of nights i’ve been sleeping in my recovery compression tights to make sure my legs fresh (sexy huh?), & last night i carbo loaded (which is always my favorite part of racing).

if you’re feeling a wee bit envious of my upcoming adventure, feel free to follow along. we will be posting updates to the team sparkle face book page, or you can follow us on twitter: @runTeamSparkle, @according2kelly, @thisiscarrie, @cupcakeactivist, & @tamrabbit.

wish us luck!

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tinkerbell half marathon {race recap}

by @according2kelly on February 8, 2012

the pixie dust has finally started to settle from what was truly a magical tinkerbell half marathon weekend, filled with fairies, princesses, lots of sparkle, & thousands of runners headed “second star to the right & straight on ’till morning.

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i spent most of the tinkerbell half marathon weekend in the team sparkle booth, helping literally hundreds (maybe even thousands) of women (& a few men too) embrace their inner sparkle & learn to fly, or rather run while wearing wings.

luckily, i wasn’t alone – i got to spend the entire weekend with a few of my best friends… snow white & aurora.

rundisney-tinkerbell-half-sparkle-team-sparkle& while i love spreading the sparkle love, working the tinkerbell half marathon expo for two straight days, carbo loading on nothing but cookies, & getting no more than 3 hours of sleep – isn’t exactly optimal pre-race strategy.

and yet, that’s exactly how i prepared for the inaugural tinkerbell half marathon.

captain-hook-running-costumethat’s right, i’ll openly admit that i was more concerned about my “running costume” than i was about about my sleep.

so, i spent my last few pre-race hours putting the finishing touches on my captain hook running costume.

tinkerbell-medalwhen preparing a “costume for running” i’ve found that it’s the little details that matter.

for example, i couldn’t possibly run dressed as captain hook without my glittery pirate shoe (& belt) buckles, pirate sword, and ruffled ascot.

captain-hook-at-tinkerbell-half-marathonand while i decided against running in an actual pirate hat, my nuun-pirate hat worked just fine. although, i do feel that i “mustache” you a question. now what was it? arghhhhh – now i remember…

have you seen peter pan? afterall… it was a cruel thing he’s done – feeding my hand to the crocodile?!

team-sparkle-skirts-tinkerbell-half-marathonthat cursed beast liked the taste of me so well he’s followed me ever since, licking his chops for the rest of me.

tinkerbell-half-team-sparkle-skirtsi’ll get you for this, pan, if it’s the last thing i do!

tinkerbell-half-sparkle-skirt-duelfinally…. a finish line sword fight with peter pan?! i’ve waited years for this.

fly! fly! run! run! you coward!  do you dare fight old hook {wo}man-to-{wo}man?

tinkerbell-half-marathon-timealthough, having chased peter pan for over 13.1 miles, i don’t know if i have enough energy for a sword fight. after all, i just set a new PR (personal record).

you wouldn’t do ol’ hook in now, would you, lad? i’ll go away forever. i’ll do anything you say.

tinkerbell-half-marathon-blingexcept give up my golden treasure….

tinkerbell half marathon {by the numbers}

* total “chip” time 1:41:56, with a pace of 7:46 minutes per mile
* 10th place out of 1,717 women in my age group
* 41st place overall out of 9,386 women
* 5K split time 23:36
* 10K split time 47:57
* 15K split time 1:12: 23

not a bad race for a {wo}man with a hook & a sharpie mustache. what do you think?

hopefully, i have just enough pixie dust left over from the tinkerbell half marathon to help my fly & sparkle through the princess half marathon later this month.

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running essentials & giveaway

by @according2kelly on January 23, 2012

i’m gearing up to run my first race of the year… runDisney’s inaugural tinkerbell half marathon.

& while i’m busy finalizing the last minute details of my “running costume” (unlike my last disney race, wings will not be involved – however i’m pretty sure i will be involved in a sword fight or two), i thought i’d share with you my running essentials…running-essentials-by-according-to-kelly

the best part though? not only am i sharing my running essential favorites, YOU have the chance to win it all! one lucky person is going to win the whole kit & caboodle.

trust me when i say, this is one giveaway you don’t want to miss. whether or not you’re a runner, i’m giving away some pretty fabulous goodies – have i mentioned that there’s chocolate involved?

according to kelly’s running essentials

* endorphin warrior: i love my CONQUER warrior training bracelet – i must admit, i rarely take it off. just as it did when i was running hood to coast, my CONQUER bracelet has continued to inspire & motivate me. i honestly think i need to order another one – i think BELIEVE is next.

* go sport id: i often run at night. i often run alone. i can’t help it – that’s just the way it works out. so, i want to be prepared, i want to be protected. that’s why i wear my go sport id - in case of an emergency (crossing my fingers & knocking on wood it doesn’t come in handy anytime soon). my go sport id contains contact information for loved ones, allergy information & more, so i can get possibly live-saving medical treatment asap.

* inperspire: i love what inperspire says… “you supply the sweat, we supply the motivation.” so true. my “stronger, faster, better” towel has become my mantra – i can’t imagine working out, or running without it.

* kt tape: another one of my must-have-can’t-leave-home-without-it products. i carry kt tape in my purse, that’s how much of an ubber fan i am. i honestly believe, that it would be impossible for me to run without this around my knees. i don’t know how, but after applying kt tape, something magical happens, the pain goes away, & i’m actually able to run.

* nuun: i never leave home without it. i’ve already waxed philosophical about nuun on mulitple occasions – but just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock & still don’t know how i feel about nuun – with 0 sugars, 0 carbs, only 8 calories & tons of electorlytes, it’s my secret weapon, it’s what powers me through workouts, races & every day life.

* onelove collections: all of the headbands are amazing, although i do have a soft spot for the tye dye version. i don’t know what i loved more about it – the way this headband matches my team sparkle skirt perfectly, or how fabulous it feels on my head. this headband is definitely a staple. not only does it hold my hair back & keep the sweat out of my eyes – but it actually looks cute too (which very few headbands manage to do).

* run like a mother & the highly anticipated train like a mother: these books are a nightstand essential for any mother runner, soon-to-be-mother, or runner in general. it’s my go-to guide book & often reminds me that “i’m not alone.” i love this book so much i give it away, constantly. in fact, i no longer even own a copy, because i keep giving it away. &, i am literally counting down the days until the new book is released.

* run pretty far: a technical tee that’s cute & comfortable?! i was immediately sold! but this particular shirt is just awesome… “run happy. run grumpy. run speedy. run slow. run a little. run a lot.” – whatever you do, just RUN!

* team sparkle: skirt & race legs – as team sparkle says… run hard. run pretty. there is NO better feeling than passing a guy while wearing a team sparkle skirt. seriously – being passed by a girl, has got to hurt. being passed by a girl in a skirt, must suck. but being passed by a girl in a team sparkle skirt? i can’t even imagine the humiliation guys must feel.

* tommie copper: i may love running, but my body doesn’t. for a long time i was worried i’d have to overcome my addiction to running, because of all of my injuries. but then i discovered tommie copper compression. i can often be found wearing my tommie copper knee & calf sleeves – i don’t know how or why they work, they just do. it’s a modern-day miracle.

* utah truffles: let’s be honest… while it’s true, i do love to run, it didn’t start out that way. deep down, i run for one reason – to eat. i want to be able to enjoy cupcakes, cookies & chocolate without feeling “bad.” so i run. & my absolute, most favorite treat ever? milk chocolate mint truffles. ask my friends – i’ve been known to hoard these, & hide utah truffles in my purse. they are absolutely to-die-for, & are always my post-run treat.

according to kelly’s running essentials giveaway

ready to win? you have the chance to win all of my favorites! yep! yep! one lucky person will win…

* endorphin warrior: winner’s choice of one endorphin warrior bracelet

* go sport id: $25 gift card to go sport id

* inperspire: winner’s choice of one inperspire workout towel

* kt tape: one roll each of lime, pink & turquoise colored kt tape pro

* nuun: mixed 4-pack of nuun & a nuun bottle

* onelove collections: winner’s choice of onelove collections headband

* run like a mother & the highly anticipated train like a mother: one signed copy of the book run like a mother AND a certificate for the soon-to-be-available book train like a mother

* run pretty far: “just run” technical tee

* team sparkle: winner’s choice of team sparkle skirt & race legs

* tommie copper: winner’s choice of tommie copper ankle, calf, knee or elbow sleeves

* utah truffles: $50 utah truffles gift certificate

ready to enter? with over $300 worth of fabulous running essential, i’m giving you 15 different ways to enter. luckily,rafflecopter makes it easy-peasy to enter.

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{las vegas} rock ‘n roll 1/2 marathon

by @according2kelly on December 13, 2011

las-vegas-rock-n-roll-half-marathonthey promised the las vegas rock ‘n roll half marathon would be the largest nighttime running event, & they weren’t lying. over 44,000 people ran, walk, limped & even crawled the strip at night on december 4th, 2011 – and i was one of them.

i flew in early sunday morning, after spending  a couple days “on the mountain” at park city mountain resort, with the snowmamas (but that’s another story for another day).

luckily, my hubby jeffy  wanted to run the strip at night too, so i had someone to share my rock ‘n roll half marathon excursion with.

las-vegas-rock-n-roll-half-marathonlooking back, it still amazes me that they closed down the entire las vegas strip, just for us. really & truly, the las vegas rock ‘n roll half marathon was quite the adventure – we got to experience the las vegas strip – it’s sights, sounds (& even smells), in a way that very few people have.

okay that’s a bit of an overstatement, we got to experience the strip in a way that only 43,998 other people have experienced it – on foot, from the middle of the street. we literally had the “best seats in the house” for 13.1 miles.

i won’t deny there were a few issues on the course (some people experienced a lack of water during the race, & there was a shortage of medals), & it was definitely crowded – but jeffy & i had decided early on to run this race “just for fun.”

we had no time goals, no expectations, we just wanted to experience the las vegas rock ‘n roll half marathon, together. & we did – we ran the entire race side-by-side, even finishing with the exact same time.

las-vegas-rock-n-roll-half-marathon& as much as i enjoyed this quality one-on-one time with the hubby (although, there was very little talking & lots of heavy breathing going on), the biggest race-thrill for me? my running costume.

i couldn’t rock the strip at night without paying homage to the king himself. so of course, i wore an elivs-inspired costume for running (with a team sparkle twist)…

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{elvis costume for running}

* nuun hat (i can’t run without it)
* elvis-inspired sun glasses (& yes! i ran the entire 13.1 miles wearing the sunglasses, at night. & while i was able to see just fine, reading my watch & pace was impossible)
* hand bedazzled long-sleeve target running shirt (did you notice the rhinestone notes & sleeves?)
* elvis-inspired “popped” collar & cape
* team sparkle showgirl skirt in silver (you can’t run the strip at night without some fringe and sequins)
* rock ‘n roll musical note knee socks
* my blue suede new balance 1400s

other than running with my hubby, wearing my elvis-inspired rock ‘n roll running costume, & my delicious after-dinner at holstein’s,  my new “bling” is another race favorite… i have to say, when it comes to medals, the rock ‘n roll race series does it right. the vegas skyline, & a touch of glitter – it’s definitely pretty.

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las vegas rock ‘n roll half marathon by the numbers

* total time 1:47:56, with a pace of 8:14 minutes per mile
* 108th place out of 4,067 women in my age group
* 409th place out of 21,124 women
* 5K split time 24:30
* 10K split time 49:34
* 10 mile split time 1:12: 36

all in all, we created fabulous memories & had an amazing las vegas rock ‘n roll half marathon experience!

 

 

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over the hump mountain bike series

by @according2kelly on October 10, 2011

as i’ve said, time & time before, mountain biking scares me – in that white knuckled, queasy stomach, heart skipping kinda way. but i wasn’t going to let my fear get in my way…

so – for the past couple of months i’ve participated in orange county’s best (& only) mid-week mountain bike race – the over the hump mountain bike series.

over-the-hump-mountain-bikelast year i participated as a cheerleader, but this year i pulled on my team sparkle skirt, filled my water bottle with nuun, taped up my knees, tatted up my legs with temporary tattoos so often people started thinking they were real, & competed (in the women’s beginner division), each & every week.

several crashes, lots of scrapes, a couple of fractured fingers & one hairline break in my wrist later – i’m pretty happy i faced my fears head on.over-the-humpweek 1: 13th place, 52 minutes & 41.1 seconds
week 2: 15th place, one hour, 5 minutes & 33.7 seconds
week 3: 10th place, 58 minutes & 40.2 seconds
week 4: 12th place, one hour, six minutes & 48.2 seconds
week 5: 9th place, 53 minutes & 13.8 seconds
week 6: 8th place, 52 minutes & 16.1 seconds
week 7: 6th place, 52 minutes & 16.2 seconds
week 8: 3rd place, 50 minutes & 30.8 seconds
week 9: 6th place, 47 minutes & 51.3 seconds
week 10: 5th place, 46 minutes & 54.2 seconds
week 11: 7th place, 50 minutes & 14.9 seconds
week 12: 8th place, 51 minutes & 57.9 seconds

overall: 4th place, out of 66 participants

after coming in nearly last place the first couple of weeks, i was thrilled when i finally broke the top ten, but i was even more excited when i finished in the top 30% & brought home the coveted over the hump pint glass.

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& i wasn’t the only member of our family racing over the hump mountain bike series. while my hubby was stuck on the sidelines, gavin & owen both participated in the weekly kids races as well…

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packing up their bikes, getting their very own “number plate” & mountain bike racing (just like mom & dad) was the highlight of their week (& mine too). i love sharing my passion (albeit a white knuckled passion) for pedaling with the kids.

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hood to coast {the finish}

by @according2kelly on September 27, 2011

hood-to-coast-finish-lineafter 28 hours, 12 minutes & 46 seconds after-NUUN delight completed our epic 200 mile hood to coast adventure. finishing in 5th place in the corporate women’s open (#393 overall – out of 1,200 teams).

even though  megan, our final runner, crossed the finish line in seaside, long before we ever arrived (due to an insane amount of traffic on those windy country roads), we were eventually able to complete the race together – as a team.

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together we had accomplished something that was amazingly enormous, something that would have been nearly impossible on an individual level. but working together, as a team, we were able to attempt the impossible… running nearly 200 miles from mt. hood to the oregon coast.

it really is true what they say, together everyone achieves more.

what i didn’t expect to happen was the camaraderie i would feel amongst all of the other hood to coast participants, not just those on my after-NUUN delight team.

as the hood to coast movie explains “it’s an indescribable feeling, becoming part of a community that forms like a flash flood for the two days of the race. with the love and support that the runners show not only for their own team but for the other runners on the road, the individual truly becomes part of a whole.”

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luckily, i didn’t have to leave behind the memories & lessons i learned from hood to coast. & every time i look at my hood to coast bling, i am reminded that i’m not alone, & that i can accomplish amazing things.

read about the ENTIRE totally-awesome-completely-fabulous-epic hood to coast adventure.

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hood to coast-relay-race

by @according2kelly on September 24, 2011

hood-to-coast-relay24 amazing women, ran what is probably THE most highly sought-after relay race in the entire world… the hood to coast relay, sponsored by nuun (the absolutely best hydration drink out there).

starting at mt. hood, oregon they ran nearly 200 miles, as a team all the way to seaside, on the oregon coast.

seriously, what could be more fun? “stunning scenery, sweaty people in a van together for 24 hours, running in the dark with a headlamp and head-to-toe reflectors, tomfoolery galore (& maybe some singing?) before a dramatic finish on the oregon coast, and a giant party on the beach with all of your friends.”

2 teams of 12 women each
+ 4 drivers
+ 200 miles + unlimited supply of nuun
+ a rainbow of team sparkle skirts
= one incredibly epic journey

read about this totally-awesome-completely-fabulous adventure for yourself:

* i wanna am running the hood to coast relay

* running relay packing list

* hood to coast {meet after-NUUN delight}

* hood to coast {what is it?}

* hood to coast {what to wear}

* hood to coast {pimp my ride}

* hood to coast {theme song}

* hood to coast {running essentials}

* hood to coast {legends}

* hood to coast {after-NUUN delight, van 2}

* hood to coast {spreading the nuun}

* running {hood to coast}

* hood to coast {the finish}

* hood to coast {nuun platoon}

* hood to coast {the movie}

 

 

 

 

 

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