Well.  Its been a while, yes? Seems to be the theme in my space.  I’m working on changing that.  In all aspects of my life.  I seem to have tons of great ideas and zero follow through.  Some of the reasons for this are legit and way more important than anything I could have planned, others are just excuses.  I’m trying to learn to differentiate. In this post, I’m going to talk about some plans and goals that we have and how I aim to make them successful.

I’m just going to touch on each thing and then later in the week, I’ll have a blog post going deeper into each item.

First is our budget.  We are following Dave Ramsey ‘s baby steps.  We have paid off 4 debts and are very excited!


I’m also working on fitness and nutrition. I am a certified FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach. I have NOT been following the plan like I should have.  I have gained nearly all of my weight (inches!) back. I am BACK though.  So watch out! If you want to join me, check it out here.

We have also been minimizing.  I have sold or donated so much stuff! Clothes, kitchen stuff, just randomness sitting around the house collecting dust, GONE!

I am excited about our future, in all aspects and I hope you stick around to see what is happening!

Revisiting Goals

Happy Labor Day y’all!

I have taken it easy today. I have gotten a few things done around the house, laundry mostly, picked up a couple of things that lingered on my grocery list and done some budget check-up and goal setting.

Let’s revisit August Goals:


I was able to get all of my files purged and all of our photos scanned and purged.  We went from a giant plastic bin to 2 plastic shoe boxes.  I scanned them and gave them to my mom so she can go through and keep what she wants. Purging photos was going to be a September goal so SCORE! Our other win for the month was no spend days. We ended up with 26 or them.  (I consider no spend days anything that is within the budget and/or planned).

Non-wins for the month were workouts.  They just didn’t happen. That can NOT continue to happen.  I have a Disney race in EIGHT weeks and I plan to complete it in a MASSIVE PR.  Our other non win for the month was putting 1500 into savings (to replace money I shouldn’t have spent! 😏). That WOULD have been a far success at 1900 if not for over 1300 in car repairs. So while we didn’t hit our goal, we are still extremely pleased to not worry about money for car repairs thanks to the emergency fund and the extra that was planned for savings.

Now, last night, we went to a concert.  The tickets were bought while on a break from the baby steps.  Not an intentional break, just a break that happens because… you just stop with no good reason whatsoever! Anyone know what I’m talking about? The kind that when you look back, you wished someone would just turn you over their knee and give you a spanking because look where you would be if you HADN’T taken that break?  But YOUR are the adult who would do the spanking so there is nothing to do but get back on the horse and back on the trail that has overgrown and now you’ve got scrapes on your legs because of the overgrowth? Yeah, that kind of break.

In the days leading up to the concert, I was seriously nauseated that I had to go since that $200 could have gone to debt and the money we needed to budget for the concert itself could have also gone to debt. But I went and had a really good time and it was really a once in a lifetime experience so, No Regerts, right? (Yes, I intentionally spelled that incorrectly.  Punny, right?)


We saw Lynyrd Skynyrd in their last hometown show ever (they are local boys and my dad went to school with [and personally knew] Gary Rossington and Billy Powell and my mom went to school with one of the Van Zant sisters so, full circle)! We also got to see Charlie Daniels Band.  Charlie is 81 so how many more chances will a person get to see him live? He is an AMAZING musician! Ok, budget. We budgeted $120.  What we spent: $40-Parking (!!! THIS made me very angry! No reason for that cost except just plain taking advantage!!), $34 for food at the stadium, which was very tasty so I wasn’t mad about the cost (we were there nearly 12 hours and no outside anything was permitted in)  so no way to get around spending $$ on food), $12 on popcorn and a coke (hubby’s needs! 😂) $6 coke (another hubby need) and 33.71 for middle of the night breakfast at Waffle House on the way home. We were over budget by $5.71.  If Kevin hadn’t needed that last coke, we would have been under budget.  On the other hand, we did a good deed that cost a few dollars (details aren’t important) and we would have been under by a few dollars.  Either way, I am counting it a win even though we went over by nearly $6.

I LOVE budgeting and going wherever we decide with a firm plan in place. NO guilt and completely a license to enjoy!

Now, with that being said, NO MORE concerts! We will be finishing this journey.  We have $15100.31 in consumer debt and it will take us much less than 12 months to get it gone (providing Murphy limits his visits!!).

Next I will be providing an update on my health journey.  Spoiler: it has taken a backseat and that also has to change!

Do you have any questions about Dave Ramsey or the baby steps? Comment or DM me on instagram (handle is @almasdays) if you’d rather remain anonymous. I have such a desire to help with whatever you need!

Plans Being Made!

Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going as well as mine is!

First and foremost, I am TRYING to be better about updating this little ol’ space of mine! You’re welcome!

Just a few updates.  I have been… not necessarily off the wagon, but not as tight with my macros as I should be.  If I go over, no big.  Well, today is day 2 tightening them back up.  I LOVE the fact that with The Faster Way to Fat Loss®, it really isn’t “work”.  It is just a matter of diligence and tracking.  I have halfway tracked but again, wasn’t diligent with it. Monday and Tuesday are always low carb days and they are my favorite! It is easy for me to hit my macros on these days!

Along with being better with my nutrition, is realizing I have my FIRST EVER runDisney event ELEVEN weeks from Saturday.  That is not a lot in runner weeks. (does it count as a run if I actually walk really fast?) Anyway, my plan yesterday was to do speed work to start moving from walking to running but the tempo app I found that gave me the tempo for a 14 minute mile (my plan was to do this to see how far I could go at this pace) but that tempo ended up putting me at a 20 min mile, which is what I was already doing. So, plan B is to do the Couch to 5K program. I was going to begin that today but… poor planning, I worked too late, had to eat dinner so I could close my feeding window (I can’t exercise with food in mah belly!) so I will complete day 1 tomorrow.


Also, I am registered for my FIRST EVER HALF! I have signed up through Girls On The Run to raise money for them. I am so excited to raise as much money as I can so if you feel so inclined to donate, please do!

Have you run any races for a fundraiser before? Do you have any fundraising tips?

Going back to Cali…

You are WELCOME for that ear worm.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?

Every time I would think about going to California and every time I’ve thought about it since I’ve been back, this song runs through my head!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to have gone! There were experiences that I might have never had otherwise! The reason I went was to learn all I can regarding blogging, social media and the fitness business.

First of all, thank you Fit Approach!

I flew out Wednesday morning bright and early.  And by bright and early, I mean it was still dark!


It was pretty neat to see the sun rising on the east coast and set on the west in the same day!


Upon arrival, I took a shuttle from the airport to the hotel and the shuttle driver was insanely nice! As a matter of fact, everyone I came into contact was incredibly nice.  I’m not sure why this shocked me, but it did!

Anyway, I checked into my hotel, dropped off my bags and went to lunch.  I ate at Kansas City BBQ. This is where Goose and Maverick sang Great Balls of Fire in the movie Top Gun.  It was decent.  I’ve had better. I’ve also had worse. The onion rings were really good.  The slaw was different.  It was vinegar based and her in the south we have mayo based.


After lunch, I checked into the conference and went back to the room to attempt a nap.  Between not being able to sleep from excitement the night before and a full day of travel before 10AM, I was exhausted. I think I may have dozed for a few minutes.  It was not easy!

After napping, I made plans to meet up with a fellow attendee for dinner and in the meantime, my roomie made it back to the room.

We met up with Andrea and walked along the bay to find dinner.

We found The Fish Market and it did not disappoint.  I enjoyed the Seafood Louie Salad with the Basil Vinaigrette dressing.


I can not even tell you how delicious this was.  The view was incredible, the company was excellent and the food was something I’d want to eat every single day! After dinner, we walked along the bay back to the hotel.  We tried to stay on the water front for the sunset but it was COLD.  That was an all new experience for this Florida girl!

Once we got back to the room, we wound down and get ready to crash a bit early because Day One of the conference was going to dawn bright and early!

Stay tuned for a recap of Day 1!

Life Update

HOW in the heck has it been SEVEN weeks since I updated this little corner of mine??  Usually, when I have an extended absence like that, it means I have reverted to some bad habits.  I am so happy to report that quite the opposite is true this time.  I have been chugging right along with my healthy habits, building my coaching business and visiting California! I even had an amazing A-Ha! moment today.

On Fridays, I normally get off early-is, treat myself to lunch and waste my day. Today, I’m hanging around in town because I’m meeting some girlfriends for happy hour (even though I don’t drink!).  Yesterday, I was planning my food for the day and decided Chick-Fil-A was what I wanted.  I haven’t had that in MONTHS and I thought it would be a good idea.  Their fries and sauce are the bomb, amiright? Anyway, I got it all plugged last night and it was settled.

Well, as I was working today and anticipating the clock striking 11 so I could hit the door, I began thinking about lunch.  What I found extremely odd was the the lunch I had planned didn’t sound appetizing at all! Not even close.  I sounded greasy and heavy and like I would feel like poo after I ate it.  That, my friends, is the greatest non-scale victory of all.  Not that my pants are so loose that I can pull them down without unzipping/unbuttoning them, not the fact that I can SEE my arms shrinking (although that makes me pretty freakin happy!) but the fact that I don’t WANT to eat unhealthy thinks and I realize this BEFORE I make the mistake of eating them. So awesome I tell ya!

So, I have never been to First Watch, so I looked their menu up online and it looked good.  REALLY good.  The macros were decent, the ingredients are fresh and the service was very pleasant! I enjoyed the Everything Smoked Salmon Benedict.  JUST what I needed to take me back to Cali!

FASTer Way to Fat Loss, goals, non-scale victory, First Watch, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, mixed greens

Everything Smoked Salmon Benedict

I haven’t taken any measurements in a while but I plan to at the end of this month.  July is the first month I joined the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® (coach link) VIP group and I am loving it.  It is a challenge to complete the workouts but Man! When I am able to complete them and feel improvement, that is going to be a GOOD day!

I am happy to have caught you up with this short life update.  Please let me know in the comments: do you PREFER to eat healthy or do you just do it because you HAVE to? Also, have you ever eaten at First Watch?

Weekend Plans

So. I took a selfie for insta today and realized a few things about me.
My hair.  It is awful! I am growing it out from this trendy do I had to have that looked great on everyone I saw it on. Except me.  And it don’t mean it didn’t  “look good” on me.  What I mean is I didn’t feel good in it.  I received compliments on it constantly.  I just didn’t love how I felt with it.  I am a girl and I like hair.  Does that make sense? I feel like my hair makes me more feminine or something.  I don’t know really, that is just the way it is for me.
I think it is time for botox.
Next, I have vacationitis.  When I get off of work at 1030AM Friday morning, I will be OUT until 06/04/18! It has been a very long time since I had a solid week for FUN.  All of my vacation for more than a long weekend has been due to surgery or illness here lately.
Friday, I have a hair appointment to kick off the festivities.  As soon as that is done (gotta color my grays, yo!), a girlfriend and I will be hitting the road.  We are shutting ourselves in a hotel room with good wi-fi to knock out some work on our side-hustles. Ya know how that stuff is important, but time gets away? You always have dinner to cook, house to clean, the 9-5 that you CAN’T skimp on and there is always something that is going to be left behind.  Well, we are going to take care of that problem this weekend.   I think if I can knock out all of the things that I’ve been putting off and create a good schedule for myself, I can get a handle on it.  It is FUN stuff, there just aren’t enough hours in a day! If I am home, there WILL be something more important or a million distractions! We are also going to hit the hotel gym and that excites me (I don’t even know who I am anymore!!). I’ve never been more excited for a “working weekend”!
Kevin is on call this weekend but that ends Monday morning then he is officially on vacation as well! We are traveling to Biloxi and going to live it up! We plan to lay by the pool, maybe catch a baseball game, have a fancy schmancy dinner, and if we are lucky, one of the pennies we put in a slot will turn us into millionaires! That is how it works, right?  Because we do NOT put more than a few $$ in them money suckers!
Let’s talk about the FASTer Way for a second.  I am so in love with this program, my only regret is I didn’t find it 30 years ago! I do have to wonder, however, is this like a great husband (I’m looking at you, Kevin!), if I HAD found it 30 years ago, would it have worked for me then? Would I have been ready? At any rate, I have it now and I love it.  I am in my 2nd 6 week round and am NOT looking back! I stressed my pretty little head just about off over this vacation next week until one minute it just dawned on me.  Make a plan, dummy! So I did.  On days I KNOW I can control, I have a meal plan in place.  Yes, this does include Chipotle.  2 days.  Because if I can why shouldn’t I??? On the questionable days (Thursday we will be going to the buffet with my father in law and Friday when we have a super fancy dinner with a bread basket that I WILL enjoy), I have a semi plan in place.  I am sure I will go over my macros and that is ok.  It is vacation and one meal will NOT break my plan.  That is one of the many great things about this lifestyle.  We are going to hit the hotel gym (again, I’m excited and this befuddles me!) every morning so that is within my control. On the way home Saturday, we are stopping at Costco and Trader Joes to get our weekly groceries and beginning with dinner Saturday night, it is right back to it! Also, all of this is written out in my day planner to keep me on track!
How do you handle vacation.  Are you a complete planner, semi planner or all willy-nilly?

Meetaversary Weekend

Hidey Ho neighbor! Hows it goin? I tell ya, there are not enough hours in a week! I have so much on my to-do list, including this little ol’ bloggity, but I constantly run out of time! If I didn’t have to sleep, I could get so much more done!

This past weekend, Kevin and I celebrated our 16th meetaversary! We celebrate every single thing we can think of, as a matter of fact.  All within a couple of weeks of each other we have my birthday, our wedding anniversary and the anniversary of the day we met.  That is the day we met face to face.  We had actually talked on the phone for a couple of weeks prior but I don’t have the exact date of that first phone call or we would celebrate that also!

Anyway, it just so happened that we had tickets to a concert on that very day. We both took the day off. As a plumber, he often gets hung up on calls even if he tries to get off early and it usually doesn’t work out.  So, if there are any times that him being off is non-negotiable, he normally has to request the entire day.  So we sacrificed.  ha! We relaxed around the house for a bit and then made our way.  We stopped for dinner at Zoes. Many, this place just gets better and better.  I had shrimp kabobs with turmeric rice, roasted veggies and fruit.  Kevin had a power grain bowl. We were not disappointed!

Once we were finished eating, we made our way to the St Augustine Amphitheatre for the concert.  I had never been to this venue before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It ended up being pretty amazing.  It isn’t large so no matter where you sit, your view is amazing. The sun was setting to our left so it wasn’t unbearable hot or blinding. We were there a bit early so we had time to make our way to our seats with no rush.

The first to take the stage was Midland.  We saw them in December and they were good.  I feel like they were a bit better in December but that could have just been me.  I was quite entertained to see 2 of them barefooted! What? yep. Whatevs!

Taking the stage next was Kacey Musgraves.  I knew a couple of her songs so I wasn’t looking for anything either way.  She gained a new fan! That girls stage presence was crazy! Her band , backdrop and her outfit were all coordinated and it was beautiful! I felt like I was at a fancy-schmancy stage show in the ’70s!

After that, the ones we came to see came out.  Little Big Town was the headliner. When I got the tickets, I was mainly excited to see Midland again and to visit the amphitheatre. Well, when they came out singing Kevin said he heard me say “WHOA!”. It was definitely a moment.  They sound good on the radio but in person, it was like nothing I’d ever heard before! their harmony was hair raising! I am not exaggerating. The hair on my arms literally raised! If ever you get the chance to see them, do it! You will NOT be disappointed.  Unless you don’t like country music and then, well, you might be a tad sad.

Saturday, I planned to go have lunch, see a movie and get groceries.  On the way into town (it is about a 45 minute drive) there ended up being a horrific accident on the interstate and we sat in one spot for over an hour. I didn’t have time for a movie at that point so I went straight for lunch. Chipotle, of course.  I ran into TJ Maxx and then to Krispy Kreme because, SATURDAY TREAT! and then my last planned stop was Trader Joes. While in TJ Maxx, I became very ill.  To the point I wondered if Chipotle had given me tainted lettuce. It only lasted until in the evening so I think the lettuce was fine, but I never made it for groceries.



(now I’ve just made myself crave chipotle again!)

Fortunately, my kid was up for a ride Sunday.  We had a redo of my Saturday and went to lunch, a movie, TJ Maxx, World Market and Trader Joes.

We saw Ready Player One.  It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. My brain kept trying to make it a movie where they needed him to save the world from an asteroid or something.  Not it at all but still very very good, IMO. After the movie, we had lunch at Panera.  My go to there is the U Pick 2 with Roasted Turkey and Avocado and the Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken, Apple for a side and I actually had enough macros that I also enjoyed a bag of chips.

Sunday ended up being a really great day.  It was beautiful and we were able to take the windows out of the Jeep.

I came home and mentally prepared for a great week! So far, it is working!

How is your week going?

Birthday Celebration

My birthday this year was low-key.  We have been traveling and incredible amount. We’ve gone to Tampa for Kenny Chesney, Disney, we have a trip to Biloxi coming up among others. We also had gone shoe shopping for sneakers on our last Disney trip. That is what I wanted for a present for my birthday.  Wish granted! I got 3 pair!

(I have a beautiful picture of my beautiful shoes but the stupid thing won’t upload!! 😦  Until then, believe I got an awesome pair of pink Chucks, a solid black pair of Nikes and a solid WHITE pair of Asics [my fave shoes ever!])

On the day of my birthday, I was surprised at work with a beautifully decorated desk! I had balloons, streamers, ALL the Reeses, Peterbrooke and a card with money and a gift card.


Later that night, Ian, Japer and I went to a Jumbo Shrimp game. Fun times! The next day, I had a run that was tortuous (because of said jumbo shrimp game!) and I was certain that I would be doing nothing else the rest of the day.  I did forget that I had to go pick up my Never Quit packet because I thought that was the last time I would be able to. (spoiler alert, I could have gone later in the week!) Anyway, my mom and Jasper went with me to get my packet so we went to eat hibachi. I had all of my macros planned out to a T. It was so hot in there, I barely ate anything.  It was unbearable. I was feeling nauseated by the time we left. The moment Jasper looked at me and said “Aunkie! I feel like I’m dreaming. Am I really here?” made it all worthwhile. Hibachi is his favorite ever! Since I hadn’t been able to eat anything, I still had plenty of macros left so we spent a bit of time at Krisy Kreme. Oh the sacrifices! haha.  I enjoyed a sour cream donut and a chocolate milk.  It hit the spot, I tell ya. Apparently, I didn’t think too highly of my dinner because there isn’t a single picture to be found!

Do you prefer a low-key celebration or do you go all out?

Kenny Chesney FAIL

Good Sunday afternoon! I have so many things I want to talk about, my “To Blog” list is growing and growing… I’m beginning my catch up… NOW!

Let’s talk about last weekend.  I talked in my last post about the Never Quit 5K we did on Saturday morning.  After that was over, we took our freezing wet behinds straight to the car to begin what should have been a 4 hour drive to Tampa for the Kenny Chesney concert. I hadn’t seen him since 2002 and got the tickets they DAY (minute!) they went on sale. I was so excited!

I don’t think I mentioned in my precious post of the race recap but I had a hunger like I have never known before from the time my eyes opened.  Usually, if I drink 32oz of water in the morning, that quenches any “feelings” I have and I am good to go.  Not the case on this day.  All through the race, I was insanely hungry.

Once we were done and in the car headed towards Tampa, we made it as far as St Augustine and I was on the verge of starvation. It was only 10 or so… I normally don’t break my fast until noon.  I had my food for the entire weekend planned out in order to stay on track but it was clear that wasn’t going to happen.  I ended up breaking my fast early and had a sausage egg and cheese McGriddle with a hash brown from McDonalds. Then we stopped at Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a donut.  Because why not?! I’d already “ruined the day” right?

Once we hit the outskirts of Tampa, we hit traffic like I’ve never seen. For no good reason what so ever. Our 4 hour journey turned into 5 1/2 hours. We did have time for a nap once we got there but alas, we had to rush to get dressed and fortunately, I had packed a quest bar so I downed that while we were waiting on our Lyft.  We arrived at the concert and found our seats.  Apparently, being the non-thinking person I am, I bought tickets on the east side of the stadium facing an agonizingly hot west setting sun.  At one point, I had sweat literally dripping off of my nose. It wasn’t pretty y’all! That is when I realized winter had FINALLY left the building. Also, the ticket said the concert started at 5.  Kenny Chesney didn’t take the stage until 9PM.  Yep.  Now that isn’t to say that Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion weren’t good.  They were.  That was just a LONG TIME to be in one spot with a full 2 1/2 hours of that intense sun.

At one point, we decided we were hungry, so Kevin left to go find snacks.  I opted for a soft pretzel. It was hardest, stalest pretzel in creation.  I ate about 1/2 and gave up.  Bear in mind, I am not a picky person.  I love food and will eat most anything.  This pretzel was horrible! By the time Kenny Chesney hit the stage, I was ready.

When tickets for this concert are purchased, his people send a CD set.  Imagine my disappointment upon figuring out the concert was that CD set.  Word for word.  I was devastated.  All of the “I do this for YOU! Right here, this crowd” is probably said at every show he puts on.  While I am sure it is true, at least make it sound like an original thought, not a rehearsed script, ya know? While singing “Old Blue Chair”, when he gets to the “I woke up to 100 mosquito bites, I swear, TRUE STORY”… well, after hearing that day after day in my car, I KNOW it’s a true story! Basically, I could have saved the $300 I spent for tickets and another $300 for a room and listened to the freakin CD in my car and NOT had to put up with drunks all night. Sad to say, that is probably my last Kenny Chesney concert.  I feel devastated.  Like everything I thought I knew about him is a lie.  Dramatic, maybe. But is it REALLY for that crowd in front of him right then or is it for the money so he just opens a can and pours out the same menu time after time?

Ugh! Anyway, leaving the concert, we went to the corner our Lyft driver told us pickups would be at and dispatched a ride, only to discover the police weren’t allowing drivers to pick up there but on the other corner. Across 4 very busy lanes of traffic.

I was yelled at by the police for trying to cross the road (no traffic was coming and the light was RED) and we were cancelled by 3 different Lyft drivers.  Finally, the 4th driver dinged that he was on his way so I called and BEGGED him not to cancel on us.  When all was said and done, we had stood on that corner from 10:51PM until 12:25AM. We were exhausted, ant bitten and Kevin was starving by the time we got back to our room.  Naturally, there was no food to be had.  He found some Doritos and a Twix bar.  All I wanted was ALLLL the water.

I woke up a bit before Kevin so I decide to remove all of the food I had planned to eat but didn’t and input everything I did eat to see just how bad my macros were.  I discovered they weren’t that bad at all.  I was a bit high on fat and carbs and a bit short on protein, but overall, a pretty good day! Now, I am not saying it is OK to go out everyday and eat McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts and NOT plan your meals at all, that is just foolhardy.  I am saying that if you think you’ve “ruined the day” check.  Maybe you didn’t.  And if you did? enjoy it and move on! A ruined day does not a ruined health journey make!


We had planned to hit the gym and swing by Epcot on our way home but after our adventurous night, decided a Chipotle lunch and Costco trip was just what the doctor ordered. Fortunately, our journey home was much more calm than our trip there.

Have you ever had a very disappointing concert experience?

5ks and addictions

Let us talk about my most recent 5k.  And my newest addiction to them.  I seriously can’t get enough.  I can’t believe I am so late to this party!

Kevin and I participated in the Never Quit Never this past Saturday. It was like no other for me.  A first but certainly not a last of its kind!

To begin, we stayed closer to the start Friday night because of my miserable experience with participating in a race the week prior on so little sleep. The night before, we went to Flame Broilers for dinner.  I had never been there and was pleasantly surprised.  Here is what was left of my bowl:


After eating, we went to our hotel and crashed hard to prepare for a 4AM wake up.  Before going to sleep, I was messaging back and forth with a friend who had done this race before and she mentioned they would arrive between 630 and 7.  We we told we would need to park prior to 6AM or risk walking miles to the start line.  I started second guessing our early wake up but decided to not to chance it. I am so happy I listened to my gut.  We arrived about 530AM and was able to park fairly close but cars were pouring into the area.  I am certain had we not arrived so early we would have been parking far away.

Side Note: At one point, a person came up to the car parked beside us and apparently being a friend, jumped into their backseat.  In the process, he SLAMMED the rear door into our car.  It was hard enough to rock our car.  Their windows were down so I know he saw me get out and inspect the huge dent and chipped paint in our door.  Do you think he even bothered to apologize? Nope.  Never even acknowledged that it had happened.  That was irritating.  Our car isn’t new and it does have dings but it looks pretty good for its age (and it’s paid for!!). It wasn’t worth reporting to the police or insurance but I would have loved an apology, ya know? Anyway, quick karma, after the race, they came back to their car shortly after us and they had to ask us to move so they could be jumped off as their battery was dead.  Take THAT your mean door slammer!

So back to the race… it was raining.  and cool.  We kept thinking it was going to stop but it never did! We got out of the car to head to visit the porta potties and head to the start line.  We were soaked before we ever made it to the potties! Once on the beach, the energy and emotion was insane!

We sang the National Anthem, someone played Taps, there were some WWII veterans there, it was pretty amazing.

Then we were off.

This race was an out and back so we were able to cheer on those faster than us as they came back by.  That was an awesome feeling.  There were firefighters, military personnel and police in full uniform running.  There were those on walkers and even a marine with ALS.

And then we crossed the finish line.

I don’t yet understand chip vs gun vs my own Garmin time.  According to my time, I had another PR by about 20 seconds, according to chip time, I was about a minute 15 seconds slower.  Either way I am thrilled with my time.  I was really scared of this race because uneven surfaces are torture on my knee so I was certain I would be super slow (ha! I mean way slower than I am already) but this was actually the most comfortable race I’ve done yet. It truly amazed me how I felt during and after.

I am going to begin the Couch to 5K program to incorporate more actual running into my 5Ks. As of right now, I am mostly walking them although I did run across the finish line in this race. Hopefully, this will also increase my speed and distance. I had planned to begin training for a 10k this week but after thinking about it, I think I’d rather increase speed before adding more distance.

What is your opinion on distance vs speed training? Which is better to do first? Also, do you have any idea how I can understand why there is such a difference in my time vs chip?