Weekly Wrap 87 Anniversary Trip
Weekly Wrap 87 Anniversary Trip
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Welcome to the Weekly Wrap 87 and I am yet again coming to you from a new location! My husband and I are celebrating big time in North Carolina. Ok, yes there may have been a race or two but for the most part, we are celebrating US.
This is a picture from last fall but it is still a favorite of mine and hey we don’t have on running attire.
I am very fortunate to have a husband who not only supports me in whatever crazy idea I come up with but one that wants to be there with me every step of the way!
Weekly Wrap 87 Anniversary Trip
I barely recovered from our weekend in New Orleans before it was time to pack things up again for our North Carolina trip. I can summarize my activity fairly easy too.How did I fair this week in activity? Let’s take a glance at my Workout Summary
Monday – Rest not a darn tootin thing
Tuesday – Slow 2.6 miles just to get the legs working again
Wednesday – Strength training upper body workout
Thursday – Only walking (mostly from the house to the motorhome packing)
On the plan –
Saturday Rock n Roll – Raleigh 5k
Sunday – Rock n Roll – Raleigh Half Marathon
Let the Fun Begin
We had the RV all packed up and all I had to do was get home and jump in on Thursday afternoon.
Rain was in the area and moving the same direction we were but really we moved out of it faster than expected and turned out to be great traveling weather.
Got this shot out our back window
All was fine until I get this notification on my phone about a 2.5-hour delay in Atlanta on my route. Since we were about 90 miles out I figured it would all be moving along once we got there. Ummm that wasn’t true, in case you missed it, a main interstate bridge running right through downtown Atlanta collapsed.
So we decided to peel off, have supper and get a game plan. In the restaurant which wasn’t far from Atlanta, you could hear people talking about it, and watching the news casts on their phones. Our apps are smarter than we are most of the time and I swap back in forth between Google Maps and Waze. I love Waze because it tells you things like when traffic is backed up, hazards on the road, and the best feature is you can actually leave comments and drivers can respond. Many who were in traffic told us what was going on way ahead of us. Things like left lane is closed and merge far right are essential when driving an RV where you can’t just whip into the other lane!
Getting back on topic, sorry. 🙂 My app had already re-routed us onto the bypass around Atlanta. This was crazy busy traffic even at the late hour it was. We finally made it about an hour out and decided to pull into a Walmart and get some shuteye about midnight.
I don’t even remember going to sleep just that my alarm was going off the next morning. After a quick trip inside the Walmart, we were back on the road.
Instead of going around Charlotte, I wanted to surprise my husband with a few stops here. He keeps up with Nascar and you are in Nascar country around Charlotte. I did my homework and talked to the visitors center about parking for the RV and got us downtown and parked with no problems.
We headed out on foot seeing some sites and ended up eating at this cool diner called Redeye Diner.
We knew we had to get to Raleigh but talked about coming back here at some point in this trip.
Once we left we stopped just north and visited Joe Gibbs Racing. That was a neat place.
We then were on the fast route to the North Carolina Fairgrounds in Raleigh. I found this place which was less than 5 miles from the start of both races and downtown. We didn’t have any problems getting in and hooking up, but we were on a time crunch to get to the expo before they closed at 7 PM.
The expo was at the convention center in downtown. We took an Uber there and our driver turned out to be the most entertaining with his “Uber Stories” I was truly in stitches when I got out. We quickly picked up our packets. We were both running the 5k and I was running the half on Sunday.
Then we got another Uber to our friend’s house. The couple we met in New Orleans last year and have visited a few times, their daughter lives here so they had us over for dinner.
We had a fabulous time catching up with them and it was time to leave before we knew it.
It was race day for the both of us running in the 5k. It was held at Dorothea Dix Park. This park would give us a good taste of the hills.
For about .20 I some how managed to pause my Garmin. 🙁 When we run together and do back to back challenges we usually run the 5k pretty easy. I have to say I was running on feel and feeling pretty good I was. When we hit the 1-mile mark we averaged 9:33, oops. We both slowed down significantly but still finished in 33 minutes.
We hopped on the shuttle that took us back to downtown where we found the Mecca Restaurant to eat breakfast. We did not have mimosas but sure had some great southern cooking.
After getting out belly’s full, we walked to the convention center where we had more time to go through the expo there.
Back at the expo, we kept seeing people had these cool tie-dyed head bands. Well turns out at the Toyota booth they were hand dipping them. You should check out my Instagram Video to see mine being made!
We headed back to the RV where we showered, took a well-deserved nap and visited the flea market right there on the fairgrounds.
Tonight we went back into town and visited the strip on Glenwood Avenue. They had a lot to choose from as far as restaurants and bars. We ate dinner at a unique place called Clockwork. It was sort of an Alice in Wonderland meets funky mod deco. The ambiance was perfect too.
After that, we walked down the strip and stopped in Raleigh Beer Garden for a night cap. It was a multi-level sports bar and with NC in the final four, it was lively, to say the least!
We retired back to our RV so I could get ready for my big race.
Ahh, Sunday morning came early. We had about cut it too close getting to the 5k race yesterday and with an even earlier start I started the Uber process about 6:05. Just getting out of our campground was a challenge because the address didn’t come up to the drivers and we were having to direct them more than usual to get to us. Some drivers don’t follow directions well either, which has me wondering why those people drive anyway. Hmmm??? What normally would have been a 10 or so minute ride was much longer. The course basically did a circle around downtown Raleigh and a lot of roads were closed.
It was 6:50 and we were still in an Uber! I wasn’t too too worried because it is chip timed and if I didn’t make it in my correct corral it didn’t matter but I was already nervous and this just added to the stress.
Thankfully, one of the officers let us go through because I was a runner and it put me not a block from the start. I retreated into a Starbucks as I listened for my corral to go off.
I was able to settle my nerves and casually walked to the start and no sooner had I slipped in I was running.
I had read a few articles about this race. I knew it had a lot of hills, which normally doesn’t scare me. Other than Panama City, my last 3 PR’s were on hilly courses. It’s flat courses I tend to have more difficult with. I know that’s odd but I constantly push but give me a hill and I’ll push going up but I get to go on auto-pilot coming down. I’m using different groups of muscles both ways and I don’t tend to tire out that way.
According to my Garmin Raleigh had an elevation gain of 532.
My game plan was to redeem myself from last week’s swamp fest in New Orleans. I had a blast but my running sucked in the heat and humidity.
With race #6 in 6 consecutive weeks, I am in the “having fun” mode so trying for a PR was nowhere on my radar. Several of the articles I read talked about pacing at the beginning of the race. I am notorious for going out faster than I should (Ummm yesterday) and then petering out at the end.
I talked to Holly and she gave me great advice. She told me to ease up on the hills and push going down. I knew I would need gas at the end so I needed to be smart about it. I had it in my head if I could just average a 10:30 m/m I’d be happy with that. Well, guess what my first two miles were? Exactly 10:30. So far so good right?
I did just what she told me too. I saw the hills as a time to take it easy and once at the top push to fly down them. There was only two that I felt were too steep to take too fast but other than that I did it on everyone.
The end result was amazing. I felt really good the entire race, sure all those hills were hard but very doable. I was at the top before I was ready to give up and I thought many times, well that one wasn’t so bad, on to the next one.
My average heart rate was even lower in this race than many of the previous ones. Don’t read to much into this number alone, I do have the wrist monitor on my Garmin BUT it is used in every race so the numbers are measured across the board. Max HR this race = 186, Max HR in super flat NOLA = 201!
I ended up with my average pace of exactly 10:30 (Garmin) the course was 13.16 and I finished in 2:18 and still had gas at the end. I will take that any day!
Sometimes it’s not about the time, it’s about how you felt at the end and I felt great! Races like this are why we run and why we sign up for the next one!
I wanted coffee so we went back to the one I stood in before the race. We relaxed a bit, talked to a super cool guy from Toronto, Canada with a pretty amazing story.
I had almost forgotten I needed to pick up my Remix Challenge medal and I walked back to the finish party and I all of a sudden heard Hey! I didn’t know a soul at this race and it caught me off guard a bit but it was Ciara from EatRunLoveCiara! Out of all of the people, what is the chance the two of us would meet up and she recognized me! It just made my day!
I retrieved my husband from the couch at the hotel where the Starbucks was and we headed to find some brunch! One of the local runners we met yesterday at the 5k gave us a suggestion for a restaurant near the convention center. We decided to take her up on it and turned out to be Beasley’s on S. Wilmington. They didn’t open until 11 and we got there at 11:30. It was a small place and the host said it would be 45 minutes and she was spot on. We tried to order mimosas but they don’t serve them until noon on Sunday, I thought that odd since their menu on the wall said Special Brunch Mimosas every Sunday at 11 AM. This must be a new law? Anyway, the bartender had our drinks ready and was in our hands at 12:01 as we waited for a table.
This place is known for their chicken and waffles but I just had the plain ones with roasted sweet potato wedges on the side!
We walked to the Capitol building where I snapped some traditional medal pictures.
Back at the RV, we again took a nap. I don’t usually take naps but for some reason, my husband has not been sleeping well at night and when he doesn’t sleep, I don’t either. 🙁
We packed things up and traveled the 2.5 hours closer to home and ended up in Concord not too far from Charlotte. We parked in the Walmart lot and took an Uber to the City for Dinner.
We walked past this Irish Pub called Ri Ra’s and had to try it. Our waiter just came from Ireland not 6 months ago.
I had to get the shepherds pie too! It was amazing or I was just so darn hungry!
Sunday night in downtown Charlotte, after the NC games were almost dead. We enjoyed drinks at Whisky River but the Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar was closed! Boo.
After that, we headed back for the evening.
I’ll spare you the traveling details from yesterday, the weather we were headed into had much more of a bark than bite thank goodness!
We got home about 9:00 PM and other than getting a few essentials out of the RV, I showered and went straight to bed!
All in all, I had a wonderful get away. I picked up a new state in my running, got to visit two new cities and made it home safely!
You’d have to look at the end of the month before you see anymore “official” races. Ahhh, it is about time!!!! I will no doubt find a 5k or maybe a 10k but haven’t signed up for anything just yet. I may not race at all! Who knows. My last half of the Spring season is going to be in Louisville, Kentucky for the Derby Half Marathon. This has been a bucket list item for me so I’ll be thrilled to get to check it off!
What’s your longest racing streak? I use to think I could not do back to back race weekends, but hey turns out I was wrong. This weekend marks the 6th one in a row. Are you as tired as I am? Are there meetings for this kind of thing….???
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