Flanigan’s Rockin’ Rib Run 10K

This year was the 6th annual Rockin’ Rib Run presented by Runners Depot. This is a race I had heard about, but never registered for because of the price. It’s just a bit more expensive than other local runs in my area.

SPOILER ALERT: It’s worth it!

The reason I participated this year was because of my friend Monica.

She was supposed to run this race with her whole family but someone couldn’t make it, so she asked me to take their place. Free race? I’m there! Lol

Race Price

Adult early registration: $40
Summer registration: $45
Fall registration: $50
Last Chance: $60
Kids: $10

Packet Pick Up

Although I didn’t make it to packet pick up, Monica said her experience was excellent. There was no wait time and they were very organized.

The goodie bag was by far the most exciting bag I have ever received for a race. Not only was it an actual backpack instead of the usual drawstring bag, but it also came loaded; The most impressive item being a $10 Flanigan’s gift card & free drink voucher.

Course

This course was surprisingly enjoyable. There were small hills and water views which made it nicer than a lot of other races with only green fields and roads. The course also had plenty of shade and was wide enough to allow runners to pass one another easily.Post Race

As soon as you cross the finish line, there are volunteers handing out medals and water. The best part of the post race events are the free beer and ribs included with your race entry. The food truck and beer stand were right by the finish line and there was plenty of food to go around.

Medal

GIANT. This is a pretty big medal and goes well with the race. The kids medals were also really nice. I give them a 8/10.

Race Rating

Personally, I would give this race an 8/10. I had an amazing time and I will definitely be participating again in years to come. The only thing missing from this race would be some sort of entertainment throughout the course, but that is something you don’t usually see in smaller local races so it’s not a deal breaker in any way.


Have you participated in this race before? If not, would you? Let me know down below and let me know which races you recommend! 

Dopey Training Update 2

 

I don’t pretend to be a perfect runner, and I want to document my process during my Dopey training as honestly as possible. The truth of the matter is that I fell out of my running groove for a couple of weeks. I went on vacation for two weeks and even though I did intend on running (I packed all of my workout clothes and shoes), I only ran once while I was away.

I have a lot of respect for people who can get out there and do this without any hesitation, but In my case, bad habits die hard. I am not a natural runner by any means, and this doesn’t come easy for me, because of that, I find myself quite literally dragging my feet sometimes.

All of that aside, I finally got back out there yesterday and my run wasn’t a complete fail. I expected to end up walking most of it but surprisingly, I maintained my overall avg pace of 14 m/m. The only thing concerning me at the moment is that I am concentrating more on speed training than distance training.

I’ve been obsessing on getting faster and honestly I think its doing more harm than good. I’m getting extremely fatigued after my runs and they’re feeling more like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) runs that endurance runs. Personally, I don’t do these races to break any records, I just want to make sure I finish them and enjoy them along the way. So I’m going to be tweaking the plan a little…

New training objective: 

I’m going to continue following the Jeff Galloway program so that I can base my training runs on the distances they recommended, but I’m no longer focusing on pace. As long as I finish my runs at a 16 m/m pace (the accepted pace for runDisney) I’ll be happy.

I’m not sure how well this will turn out, but running isn’t a “one size fits all” sport. You have to experiment and see what works for you, and that’s what I plan to do.

I’m always open to any advice from fellow runners so PLEASE feel free to share what works for you, or what you think I should try.

Dopey Training: 1st Month recap

First month? Easy enough. When I first saw the Dopey training program, I almost talked myself out of doing this race. I’ve done quite a few half marathons already, but I have never stuck to a training program for more than a month or two. It’s not to say that I don’t train for my races, I just end up doing what feels right instead of following a plan.

This time I hope to follow the plan completely through. Dopey is an intimidating challenge and I want to be assured that I am as prepared as possible. I plan to share a monthly recap as I go along, not only to keep me accountable but to highlight and progress on my part.

I am following the Jeff Galloway Dopey Program and so far, the first month has been, dare I say… easy. I’m sure that won’t last though. My body is definitely hurting; it’s been over a year since I ran consistently and it’s going to take time to for my body to adjust.


Monthly Averages

TOTAL RUNS

TOTAL MILES

AVG PACE

14

36.48

14’27


Notes: The last 5.5-mile long run was by far the hardest. I struggled to maintain my 1:30/30 interval and had to switch to 1/1 interval by mile 3. I’m happy with my finishing time but I’m also extremely anxious about all my future long runs seeing as how challenging this one turned out to be. 

runDisney For Beginners: Choosing a Race

 

Disney has always offered races at both Disney World and Disneyland but as of late 2017, all Disneyland races have been canceled. At the moment, the only race locations are Disney World, Disneyland Paris and a couple of virtual races. This post is going to be about my experiences with these races which will hopefully help you decide which one you want to participate in.

(I wont be talking about Disneyland Paris because I have yet to participate in that race)

Now when it comes to choosing what race you want to register for, my advice is this: BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. runDisney offers a variety of different distances from 5K (3.1 miles) to a Full Marathon (26.2 miles). If you’re new to running, be honest with yourself and choose a race you know you will train for. There’s no worse feeling than paying for a race only to get picked up before finishing it.

I’ve attended all the Disney World races and I have two weekends which are my favorites: Marathon weekend and Princess! The other races are still amazing but here are a few quick notes about every individual weekend and my opinion on them:

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Marathon Weekend: 

Easily at the top of my list! Marathon weekend is the only race weekend with a full marathon and this usually attracts a bigger crowd. Aside from the regular distances, there are two challenges you can participate in, whereas all the other race weekends only offer one challenge. The two challenges include: the Goofy challenge where you run the half and full marathon, and the Dopey challenge where you run every race. This is also the best race option in terms of weather. It may seem cold for many of us but its usually perfect PR weather.

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Princess Half:

The Princess Half Marathon Weekend is another AMAZING race experience. Out of all the races, this one seems to have the most “magic” incorporated in it. The princess theme is everywhere, even from the moment you get to the expo for packet pickup. The weather for this race is usually nice and cool, at least for me, a Floridian lol.

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^Entering the expo for Princess in 2016


Star Wars Half:

For all the Vader lovers out there, this is the race for you! The newest race weekend in the lineup is all about the dark side. Although this isn’t one of my favorite races, I have participated in it every year since it started (twice… I’ve ran it twice…) and I hope to be able to go this year as well. The reason I continue to do this race even though its not my favorite, is because I want to be a perfect! A perfect is someone who has ran the race every year since its inauguration. If you’re a big Star Wars fan don’t miss this race! The crowds are usually much smaller and aside from the horrible Florida humidity, the weather is decent.

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Wine & Dine Half:

Wine & Dine has a special place in my heart because it was my first half marathon! Out of all the races, I feel like this one usually gets the attention of new runners. I suspect it has something to do with the drinking and eating aspect that’s included in the form of an after party. In previous years, this race has been known as the cursed race, and for good reason. The year I ran this race it rained the ENTIRE time and if I remember correctly, the weather was in the low 40’s/high 30’s. The following year, one of my best friends ran 7.1 miles instead of 13.1 because a storm forced runDisney to modify the course. Here’s the thing, since then, runDisney has changed this race from a night race to a daytime race.  I haven’t ran it since but it seems like its finally curse free (for now). For all you non-Floridians, keep in mind that its still pretty warm in November so come prepared!

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Virtual Races:

I know, I know, I know… Virtual races are the new big thing! runDisney has added a series of “Virtual Running Shorts” and a new “Star Wars” virtual half. The shorts consist of three 5K’s throughout the summer and The Star Wars half marathon is from Jan- March. As long as you register for these, you can complete them at at your leisure and you’ll receive a medal in the mail. Although i’m not a fan of virtual races, I know plenty of people who sign up for these and use them as training runs. Keep in mind these are still pretty pricey for being races you do on your own time. The “Virtual running shorts” races are $40/race or $142 to complete the entire series, and the Star Wars race is $59 for the half.


SEE YA’

So there you go, thats basically a quick overview of what each race experience has been like for me. If you’ve participated in any of these races and feel like I missed something, feel free to leave a comment!

9 Month Running Break

When I first found out I was pregnant, I just assumed I would be like all those woman who spend their entire pregnancies working out and running… how hard could it be? HARD.

I tried to run during my first trimester and I want to say I got a whopping 2 runs in. The first half of my pregnancy consisted of exhaustion and being extremely uncomfortable. I decided to wait until my second trimester because everyone says your energy goes back to normal. By the time I got into my second trimester my doctor recommended against running and suggested I walk instead.

I’m in the final stretch of my pregnancy with less than 5 weeks to go. All I want to do is get back to training and participating in races. Its really hard to predict how or when I will be able to get back to running, but if all goes well and I recover quickly enough, I hope to be running again as soon as I get the all clear.

As a first time mom I have no idea what to expect. Maybe it wont be as easy to get back out on the track as I’m hoping but luckily I have the help and support of my amazing boyfriend and family. Running has always been an outlet for me and with all the changes coming soon, I cant imagine it’ll be any different.

For any other running moms out there, please feel free to share any advice you have! I’m all ears!