Level Up: Incredible Virtual Run

I know after my marathon (and even before) I said that I was never running again. I think we all knew that wasn’t true. It only took me 8 days after my marathon to head out for a run again. I couldn’t take not running any longer!

While I don’t plan on running any serious races for a loooong time, I was presented with an opportunity that I could not pass up!

Level Up Runs is a virtual run company that has some pretty awesome medals.

Taken from their website:

“Level Up Virtual Runs is a company ran by runners who love having amazing medals to show proof of all the hard work and dedication it takes to not only train for, but to do a Marathon, Triathlon, or an Ulra Run. It all started with a simple, bold idea:  To not only create an alternative way for runners to run races without getting up at 4am. But to help  keep them motivated during training for the big races you are planning throughout the year.”

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE that idea! I think running a virtual race would have helped keep me motivated during those 16+ mile training runs a couple months ago!

Right now Level Up has the Incredible Virtual Run going on. You can choose to run the 5k, 10k, or half marathon. I chose to run the 10k.

Registration is $25 for this race and includes a 4-inch finisher’s medal AND a $25 SLS3 gift card. If you aren’t familiar with SLS3 they have some awesome products like fuel belts and compression socks! Right now if you use the code SAVE10 you can save 10% on registration!

Registration is only open until April 15th so go and register here right now!

Just look at the “incredible” medal you’ll get for running!

The MedalIf you have an upcoming race you are training for or just want to receive a medal for a fun run, (who doesn’t?!) then sign up and run the Incredible Virtual Run with me!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free entry into the Incredible Virtual Run in exchange for a blog post. As always all opinions are my own.

Have you ever ran a virtual race? I’ve done a couple already!

If you are already signed up for this race when are you running it? I think it would be fun to do it on the same day so it’s kinda like we’re racing together!

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2016 Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Recap

Happy Monday! I figured it was time to finally get my thoughts together about my recent marathon and write my recap. Better late than never right? Oh and I only have pictures of the finish line and after the race so sorry about the wordy beginning of the post!

I woke up Sunday morning exhausted, not a good start for race morning. I got ready and ate a healthy breakfast of Pop-Tarts. My roommate and I somehow got into the habit of eating Pop-Tarts before all of our long runs and it worked for us, so I figured I should keep it going on race day.

We met my roommate’s mom (Camille), sister (Dani), and the other relay team (Michelle, Lauren, and Christine) at a grocery store parking lot. At this point it was only drizzling outside. I can definitely deal with light rain during a race and I was actually glad to see it instead of the hot sunny days we had been having.

Dani, Michelle, and I set off for the starting line. It was about a mile away from the parking lot so we did an easy jog to warm up. We made it about 5 minutes before the race started which is just how I like it. I hate waiting around for the start!

The first 3.5 miles on the loop around the beach flew by and before I knew it we were at the relay exchange!

Next up I was running with Camille and Lauren. The 8 miles with them flew by mainly because Camille was running SO fast! I really didn’t want to lose the relay team so I picked up my pace even though I knew I shouldn’t have. I still had 15 more miles to run after this! Looking back I’m glad these miles flew by. They were during the most boring part of the race that I dread every year. This part of the race is also where the half marathoners and marathoners split off. I’m not going to lie, I seriously considered dropping down to the half when I saw the signs. For some crazy reason I kept going!

When we got back to the relay exchange it was time for the second loop around the beach with Dani and Michelle. They made sure to tell me that in between their two legs they ran over to the coffee shop and drank a coffee and ate a muffin. Cool guys! They had me stop and take a picture at the 13.1 sign and all I remember thinking is, oh my gosh I have to do that all over again. I also told them that I thought I was going to stop at mile 15 and just be done. Then I realized I would be ditching my roommate and making her run the last 11 miles without me. Obviously I felt too bad to do that so I just kept on chugging.

My roommate is a serious angel and wore a bag on her back for 11 miles full of food. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be craving so I had a little bit of everything in there. I ended up only eating a banana and apologizing to her a million times for not being hungry and making her wear the bag for nothing. I also feel so bad that she got stuck with me during the last leg. We both knew I wasn’t going to be a ray of sunshine at this point, but I still felt bad! She kept me running though and tried her best to keep me happy. At one point she said I mumbled something to her that definitely wasn’t English and she tried to get me to run over a speed bump and I said no way this thing is like a mountain to me right now. Sorry Court!

img_4688-1.jpgCourt, Christine, and me at mile 21ish. Can you tell how stiff my legs were?

I should also mention that it started POURING at mile 16, and the temperature had dropped to 45*. I couldn’t feel my hands by the end of race and my shirt was literally dripping water. It was miserable!

They were handing out Twizzlers at mile 23ish? My roommate said that is the happiest she had seen me all race. I’m not kidding when I say that I wanted to quit during the entire race.

What seemed like 50 hours later I finally rounded the corner and could see the finish line! The rest of both of the relay teams met us and we all crossed the finish line together.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 2.28.01 PMWe crossed the finish line and immediately went to the heated tents. Even inside there I was uncontrollably shaking. I was so cold and wet! I inhaled a piece of pizza and drank a coke which is weird because I never drink or really like pop anymore, but it sounded good to me! I don’t question my cravings after long runs I just give into them all.

img_4685.jpgimg_4686.jpgI did it! And there were no tears of pain this time, which is all I wanted out of this race.

img_4682-1.jpgI had blisters on 7 of my toes and cuts on my back and stomach from my fuel belt. The rain really threw my body for a loop! I also got my first black toenail which I didn’t discover until I was getting my pedicure in Mexico. Ick!!

img_4805.jpgIn love with the shirts this year!

After the race I soaked in a warm bath for at least an hour before taking a shower. My legs were too tired to stand up right away! Then I had to do laundry and finish packing for Mexico! I got about 4 hours of sleep and then was up to drive to the airport and catch my flight.

It was all worth it to be able to eat my post-race cupcake in paradise!

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I’m going to end here and share some final thoughts another day, because I think this might be the longest post I’ve ever written, and even I’m annoyed with myself.

Would you rather run a race in the cold and rain or sun and humidity? I’ve done both and I would definitely take the cold and rain any day!

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Thinking Out Loud: Mexico Randomness

Happy Thursday! I have a lot of randomness to share today which is perfect since it is Thinking Out Loud Thursday, thanks Spoons!

1. Can you believe it’s almost been 6 months since I last Thought Out Loud?! Holy Guacamole! Get ready for all of the random thoughts!

Thinking-Out-Loud22. While in Mexico I got Starbucks 3 times.  The first time they spelled my name Corny, the second time is what something even crazier like Cowrnie, but they got it right the last time!

img_4760.jpg3. After the marathon my feet needed some major help, they were nasty! I didn’t have time to get a pedicure before I left for Mexico so I got one while I was there. Before I went I had to look up how to say, “Sorry for my gross feet, I ran a marathon on Sunday” in Spanish.

img_4765.jpgI said sorry at least 20 times while I was there.

4. I celebrated my birthday with my parents while we were in Mexico and I have never been more embarrassed. All of a sudden the music in the restaurant got REALLY loud and I saw a line of people coming towards me with all kinds of crazy light up things on them. I think they sang Happy Birthday to me, but it was so loud I couldn’t hear or see (thanks to some light up glasses) anything that was going on around me.

img_4766.jpgI hate attention so this was the worst!

5. My legs were feeling back to normal the third day after my marathon, so I got a little cocky and told myself I could climb the 9 flights of stairs to our condo. Nope definitely wasn’t ready for that. Instant regret.

6. On the way back from Mexico I had an overnight layover in Dallas. Luckily my Aunt and Uncle live there so I got to stay with them. My uncle just casually had a real Oscar in his house, so of course I had to take a picture!
img_4764.jpgThat sucker was heavy!

7. I flew back on Easter and went to my roommate’s parents house to celebrate. We were sent out to buy Cards Against Humanity and instead came back with Pie Face and Minion walkie-talkies. Close enough?

img_4783.jpg8. I can’t have nice things.

img_4785.jpg9. And last but not least is the most exciting random bit of news (in my opinion)… I’m going to be an aunt again!!!!

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So excited!!

Tell me something random!

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