2017 Falmouth Road Race – It Was Hot

Hi, guys!

I ran my 5th Falmouth Road Race yesterday, and it was a total blast! I know I’ve said this in previous blog posts, but the Falmouth Road Race is truly the best race ever. The course is absolutely gorgeous, it’s well-organized, and the crowd can’t be beat – it’s basically like running through a party for the entire 7 miles! If you’re a runner, I highly recommend that you put this race on your bucket list!

Race morning started bright and early with coffee and breakfast.

I ate my usual go-to, pre-race breakfast of toast with peanut butter and banana. This meal never lets me down!

After breakfast, Marisa and I got ourselves ready for the race and then headed out to battle traffic and find a place to park. Falmouth is crazy the morning of the race, so we gave ourselves plenty of time to get ourselves to the buses to take us to Woods Hole. (The race is point-to-point, so the buses shuttle you to the start line.)

We arrived at Woods Hole at about 45 minutes before the start, so we had plenty of time to use the Porta-potties and snap some photos.

I just had a the photo below because 1) it cracked me up and 2) it just shows you how sunny and hot it was the day of the race!

And here’s the Instagram-worthy photo! 🙂

The race started at 9:00 AM, and we were over the start line about 10 minutes later. (The race organizers use a wave start and we lined up in the middle of the 9-minute group.)

Ready to run!

The first mile of the race was super crowded, but I was more than okay taking things slow and steady. The course winds around Nobska Lighthouse, which is just the prettiest sight, especially with thousands of runners in the distance. It continues along a number of semi-hilly roads, which I immediately felt. Ugh. I was a little worried with how blah I felt during the first two miles (it was already pretty hot), so I set a goal to not stop running and just enjoy the race experience.

  • Mile 1: 9:09
  • Mile 2: 9:49

Around mile 3 or so, the course flattened out along Martha’s Vineyard Sound. The sun was blazing down, so I slowed my pace a little, but I didn’t let myself stop. I also took advantage of the water stations (I must have dumped a half dozen cups of water on my head) and spectators spraying hoses along the route to keep cool. It was blazin’ out there!

  • Mile 3: 9:20
  • Mile 4: 9:49
  • Mile 5: 9:44

The final couple of miles of the race were totally packed with spectators.  It was awesome! Everyone was having such a great time, so it gave me a little boost to pick up my pace.

  • Mile 6: 9:15

The last mile was by far the toughest – it was so hot and my legs felt like a million pounds (dang, deadlifts and box jumps), but I knew there was a huge hill right before the finish line, so gave it everything I had to finish strong.

  • Mile 7: 8:45

Total: 1:05:39 (9:23)

It definitely wasn’t my fastest Falmouth Road Race, but it wasn’t my slowest either. I’m glad I was able to finish without stopping – and without any pain! I’ve had a rough run with injuries this year, so I’m extremely grateful that I was able to complete the race without stopping – and with a smile on my face (total cheese, but so true)! 🙂

Once I crossed the finish line, I grabbed ALLTHEWATER and then a few snacks from the refreshment tent.

Including my favorite Health Warrior bar – vanilla almond!

Woohoo! We did it!! And, bonus, we got medals this year. Every five years, the race gives away finisher medals, which was such a nice surprise! 🙂

What a race! The Falmouth Road Race is definitely still my favorite! 🙂 THANK YOU, Health Warrior for providing me and Marisa with bibs this year. I can’t express enough how thankful we are to experience such an amazing race!

P.S. Health Warrior kindly offered you guys 30% off on anything in the Health Warrior store with code carrotsncake30. I hope you decide to cash it in – I am definitely going to order some more vanilla almond bars. They’re perfect for seed cycling! 🙂

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The Day Before the Race

Good morning, friends!

I’m happy to report that I finished the Falmouth Road Race in one piece. Full recap coming later today, but, first, I wanted to share some adventures (some smart, some not-so-smart ) from the day before the race.

My morning started at 7:01 AM with a tiny human coming into our bedroom to wake us up and let us know that his alarm clock was glowing green. Once we had all eaten breakfast and were ready to go, Mal, Quinn, and I got into the car and drove to CrossFit.

The workout was a lonnnng one. Because I was running Falmouth the next day, I went light on the deadlift weight, but, holy cow, it seemed the longest 30-minute workout I’ve ever done.  By the end, I had a completed 20 rounds, which calculated to 100 deadlifts, 260 push-up (although, I did most of them on my knees), and 180 box jumps. Oops.

After CrossFit, we headed straight home. No Coffee Shack for us because we have been dining out a ton, living it up this summer, and we needed to reign it in a little bit.

At home, I mixed some iced coffee with SFH vanilla for a delicious protein shake (in the best insulated tumbler).

While I drank my protein shake, I rolled out my calf since it’s been helping quite a bit with my recent bout of plantar fasciitis. I figured a good roll-out before running 7 miles the next day was a smart idea.

For lunch, I made some creamy polenta with spinach and carrots from Trader Joe’s and mixed it with some leftover ground turkey ground chicken. It was an easy-peasy lunch in a matter of minutes!

After lunch, Quinn went down for his nap, so I immediately broke out my laptop to catch up on some work. I worked for a couple of hours and then broke into a coconut peanut butter Perfect Bar – one of my favorite flavors!

Maybe about an hour later, I packed up my things to drive to Falmouth for an overnight with my friend, Marisa.

Race day outfit: Brooks Running Pick Me Up Tank // Brooks Running Shorts (unfortunately, they don’t make this exact style anymore, but the Chaser 3″ are very similar) // Brooks Running Juno Sports Bra // Brooks Launch

On the way to Falmouth, Marisa and I made a pit-stop at Plymouth Bay Winery. I had heard it was a cute place, so we decided to check it out.

It was definitely cute inside and the staff was super nice, but the wine was just not our favorite. It was really fruity.

We still had a nice time during the tasting – I’m glad we stopped in!

After that, we headed straight to Falmouth to stay with one of Marisa’s family friends.

Once we got settled at their house, we had some snacks and relaxed outside with them. They had the most perfect Cape house! 🙂

At 7:00 PM, Marisa and I had a reservation at C Salt Wine Bar – the same place Mal and I dined on Thursday. I just loved it so much, I had to go back!

We started with wine and oysters.

And then we both ordered the Pan Seared Salmon with warm bacon-whole grain mustard vinaigrette, roasted potatoes, sprouts, pea shoots, cucumbers, and radishes. It was outstanding – we both could not stop raving about it. The vinaigrette, in particular, was to die for. Mmm! Marisa and I had quite the nice pre-race meal in Falmouth! 🙂

After dinner, we headed home, got ourselves ready for bed, and hit the hay semi-early to get some rest for race day.

Question of the Day

Where’s your favorite place to dine on Cape Cod?

Anyone run the Falmouth Road Race yesterday? How’d it go?

 

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5 Detox Tea Recipes for Weight Loss

Increasing tea consumption keeps you hydrated while flushing out your body’s systems. These detox tea recipes for weight loss should become your new healthy drink staples! For the record, there is no magic tea that will help you lose weight without changing anything else in your life (diet and exercise). But here’s why and how […]

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Yoga Video to Strengthen + Soothe Your Knee Pain

Drumroll please tribe, this is the yoga video I have been waiting for…. yoga to soothe + strengthen our knee pain. And yes, I used the pronoun “I” because yet again, I created this video out of selfishness, but simultaneously knowing that many of us who experience knee discomfort/pain will also benefit. I love how […]

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Quick Trip to Falmouth + Date Night at C Salt Wine Bar

Hi, guys!

On Thursday morning, Qman ended up sleeping till about 7:15 AM, so when he came into our room, Mal and I didn’t know what was going on. Recently, we’ve had a lot of super early mornings (and middle-of-the-night wake-ups), so him sleeping that late was quite the nice surprise!

Once we were up and ’em, I realized that Mal and I needed to divide and conquer if we wanted to get ourselves out the door on time. I had planned to go to CrossFit and he had a tee time with one of his friends for golf, so he walked Murphy and I got Quinn ready for school.

After I dropped Quinn off at school daycare, I headed to CrossFit for a work out. This one was pretty brutal. It was all-out, high-intensity, and my legs were screaming for mercy. Holy cow. All of those wall balls, snatches, rowing, and box jumps definitely caught up with me!

Back at home, I took a quick shower and then finished filling our clean out bag from thredUP. When I went to snap a photo, Murphy got his big ol’ pug butt right in the way.

Take two.

Before I left the house, I ate a Oikos Triple Zero coffee yogurt, which is the perfect refuel snack since it has a good amount of protein and carbs per container.

Then, I packed up my things and headed to the Capital One Café to get to work.

As soon as I arrived, I ordered a decaf double shot of espresso and then added a splash of cream. Delicious!

With espresso in hand, I got right to work. Somehow, my to do list has grown to three pages. Oy. Around noon, I broke into my lunch, which was leftover veggies, rice, and ground chicken from the fridge.

A few hours later, I snacked on a rice cake with Wild Friends protein + vanilla almond butter.

The day definitely flew by and, before I knew it, it was time to pick up Quinn from daycare.

Back at home, Mal and I quickly got ourselves ready to drive down to the Cape to pick up my bib for the Falmouth Road Race.

An hour later, we were at the expo!

The nice folks from Health Warrior hooked me up with a bib again, so, of course, I had to go by their booth to say hello and THANK YOU.

I’m so excited to run with the Health Warrior team again.

I’ll be sporting some Health Warrior gear on race day, so if you’re running and see me, please say hello! 🙂

Mal and I spent a little time at the expo and then we headed out in the Falmouth to find somewhere to eat dinner. The sign below caught my attention. Hello, wine bar!

As soon as we walked into C Salt Wine Bar & Grille, we knew we had made a good decision. It was totally packed on a Thursday evening,! And when we asked for a table for two, the hostess said they were completely booked up for the evening. Luckily, there were two open seats at the bar, so things worked out for us! 🙂

The bartender was really friendly and made a bunch of white wine recommendation for me. It end up being kind of like a mini tasting!

I ended up picking an incredible French white wine – it was clean, crisp, and mineral-y. Loved it.

Our seats at the bar we’re actually right in front of a big bin of fresh oysters, so, obviously, we needed to order some.

But first, oysters.

The Charred Spanish Octopus on the menu immediately caught my attention. The combination of ingredients just sounded so interesting, I had to order it.

The octopus was something that I might not usually order, but I’m so glad that I did. All of the different flavors and textures were phenomenal together. Mal and I also shared an order of truffle fries, which, of course, were amazing.

Mal and I were satisfied after dinner, but then we saw the dessert menu. Holy cow, the “Cake in a Jar” just had to happen.

Oh my gosh, it was heaven in a jar. I’m so glad that I saved room in my extra stomach for this caramel cake deliciousness. It was quite the sweet ending to the evening!

Questions of the Day

Anyone running the Falmouth Road Race this weekend?

Do you have an extra stomach for dessert?

 

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What I’m Loving Lately 92

Hi, guys! Happy FRIDAY to you!

What’s up for the weekend? Any fun adventures? We have a busy few days ahead, but all good stuff. Today, we’re going to the zoo with Qman followed by (an adults-only) dinner with Mal’s coworker and his wife at a new restaurant. Saturday, I’m heading down to the Cape to hang out with friends. Then, on Sunday, I’m running the Falmouth Road Race and then heading home for another friend’s birthday party. Basically, we’re jamming everything in before the end of the summer. Summer in New England is a sprint, not a marathon! 🙂 Ok, let’s get to this week’s edition of What I’m Loving Lately!

Corkcicle Tumbler – I love this thing so much! I use it just about everyday and recently discovered it’s perfect for the beach (and cocktails)! Smile

What Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health – This blog post was super interesting!

Why I Quit Hormonal Birth Control – This post was also really good and had some great info about FAM (Fertility Awareness Method). So much, in fact, it inspired me to buy Taking Charge of Your Fertility and a basal thermometer. (Yes, knowing everything about hormones is my newest obsession!)

Lululemon Align Pant – I just bought a pair of these – and it was LOVE at first sight. They’re super soft and fit so well. I want them in every color now!

Count Your Chickens game – I just wrote about this game yesterday, but it’s worth another mention. I mean, we’ve played it everyday for a couple of weeks now! It’s just the best game for little kids. It’s a cooperative game, so everyone works together to get the chicks in the coop and the focus is on numbers and counting, so it’s educational too.

Three CrossFit Myths That Make Affiliate Owners Crazy  – Nearly 6 years later, I’m still pushing CrossFit. Haha! Obviously, I love it, but it’s been life-changing for me in so many ways.

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios – Yup, I’m just a tad obsessed. I think I’ve eaten them just about everyday since they came out! Smile

Derby Street Sweat Fitness Series – This one is more for the local followers, but I love what the folks at Derby Street are doing with regard to healthy living and fitness. Once again, they’re offering FREE outdoor Rev’d spin classes (August 23rd through August 25th) as well as complimentary Oh Baby! Fitness Stroller Workouts on Wednesday mornings through the end of September. Just click on the links to register! 🙂

Question of the Day

What are YOU loving this week?

Are you still enjoying summer or are you back-to-school already?

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From Cheerios to CrossFit to Counting Chickens

Holy cow, does anyone else feel like this week is totally flying by?! I can’t believe it’s already Thursday – and the day is already half over. Hey, I’m not complaining because I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend, but, whoa, this week has been quite the whirlwind.

My Hump Day started bright and early with the buzzing of my alarm. My original plan was to get up before everyone else to get some work done, but, unfortunately, our noisy dog woke up Quinn. The pug is just too darn excited about breakfast! I am too, so I get it, but, jeez, he is LOUD in the morning.

Speaking of breakfast, I started my day with a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios with sliced banana, pumpkin seeds, and some collagen mixed into the almond milk. I actually used to mix protein powder into my milk, but the collagen doesn’t add such a strong flavor –  actually, it barely adds any flavor at all. And, of course, it added a decent amount of protein to my breakfast. #boom

Quinn was happily watching TV, so I headed into the kitchen to put away the dishes. As I was putting them into the cabinets, I realized just how many random ones we had accumulated since we moved into our house a couple of years ago. I suddenly had the urge to purge ALL OF THE DISHES. Does that ever happen to you? You just want to get rid of everything? I’m totally in one of those phases right now. I’ve heard I need to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

After that, Quinn and I woke up Dada. Mal wanted to go to CrossFit with me, but we still needed to walk Murphy and drop Quinn off at daycare. Mal ended up having a slow start to his morning, so I walked Murphy, dropped Quinn off at daycare, and then met him at the gym later on. (We needed to take two cars because I had plans with a girlfriend after class.)

The workout at CrossFit was definitely a good one. It was mostly running with a few strength movements mixed in. The 25 minutes actually seemed like quite a long time!

After class, I grabbed an iced coffee with a friend at Coffee Shack. We sat and chatted for a while and then headed back to her house, so she could color and cut my hair.

Gym. Hair. Iced coffee.

Hooray for new hair!! I love the color and cut so much! 🙂 Plus, my grays we’re definitely starting to take over, so I’m glad I was able to say goodbye!

After my hair appointment, I headed home for a shower and then lunch. In the mix: Shredded chicken, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, and feta.

After lunch, I spent the rest of the afternoon working. I had a bunch of phone calls, followed by a ton of social media stuff for Designed to Fit Nutrition. Mid-afternoon, I started to get a little hungry, so I snacked on cinnamon spice Pumpkin Seed Health Warrior Bar. I figured with the seed cycling protocol I’ve been doing, it was a perfect snack!

I did a little more work, snacked on half of a banana with sunflower butter, and then took Murphy for a walk.

While I was gone, Mal picked up Qman from daycare. When we all returned home, everyone said they were hungry, so I broke out some hummus and carrots for us to snack on.

I didn’t do a huge grocery shopping this week because we have so many plans that involve dining out, so we mostly just winged it with meals. Mal and Quinn ate leftovers, and I nuked a Fire Roasted Quinoa Bowl from Kashi.

I mixed it with some leftover zucchini and summer squash, and it was really good – much better than expected! It had some awesome flavors and textures.

After dinner, we played a few rounds of Count Your Chickens, which is THE BEST game for a 3-year-old. It’s a cooperative game, so everyone works together to get the chicks in the coop. Plus, the focus is all about counting and even adding, so it’s an educational game too. We’ve played it a lot lately! 🙂

After we put Quinn to bed, I was starving (hormones?), so I ate two rice cakes, each with a thick layer of sunflower butter.

Mal and I watched Big Brother and then hit the hay.

The end.

Questions of the Day

What game are you (or your kids) loving right now? 

Gray hairs: Cover ’em up or let ’em fly?

P.S. If you have a second, TODAY is the FINAL day (of this round) to VOTE for me in Massage Envy’s “Train Like a Pro Challenge.” Please head over and cast a quick vote for me! I totally appreciate it! 🙂

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