Vacation/Destination Races – Have You Tried One?

I am all about visiting new places, and what better way to visit then to also do a fun race? When we saw that the Florida Keys had a ½ marathon we were all for it and we booked tickets and our place to stay. I have never been to the Florida Keys as I am a newer resident of Florida in general, so I was so excited. I haven’t done a ½ marathon in a while, but I was ready to give it a shot.

 

When we got there it was muggy and warm, as it is the southernmost point of the USA. The first day it did end up pouring for a while, but we trekked like tourists anyway. We found a great dive bar, 801 Bourbon Bar.

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The next day we Tourist’d it up again and walked all over, and it was gorgeous outside. We saw the actual southernmost point, several bars, shops, and historical markers in Key West.  We even saw a Disney Cruise in the Port dropping off a lot of vacationers.

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The day of the race it was windy and so cold compared to the day before! What was going on in Key West? What did I sign up for? We had to get up so early, and it was dark. But we plowed ahead.

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Before the race!

When the race started we forgot about the cold and the wind and had a great time, the run was amazing, it was so scenic, and there were musicians along the way to cheer us on. We ran through neighborhoods, and along the ocean, and before I knew it I had run 8 miles without stopping.

It was a great run, and it makes me want to do it again 🙂

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After the race!

 

What vacation/destination races have you done?

How Many Gym Memberships Do You Have?

Here’s a great question for you, how many gym memberships do you have?  This would include any studios, personal trainers, classes, etc? How many places do you typically work out in?

Reason being, I currently have 3 gym memberships plus a Groupon for Yoga for a month, that I haven’t started yet.

Here’s the backstory? For a long time I used to poke fun to one of very good friends for having so many different gym memberships. She would jump on bandwagons, doing newest and best thing. She did the Barre gym, the 9 – Round boxing gym, the times fitness gym. I do admit some of them peaked my interest but I didn’t try them. They were too expensive, or not at the right time for me. My Friend also fall off those bandwagons as they were inconvenient, or too expensive after some time.

Now that I  have been going to the gym for some time, i feel that I may be what I joked with her about. I have one gym membership by work, its literally next door, and takes me less than 5 minutes to get there. I like to work out during lunch time to relieve stress and get away from the screens.

I have a membership at the YMCA (I also get a discount for this one via work – yay) where there is a PUMP class that i love to take. I am also thinking of expanding my classes to more soon as well, but  the class is Thursday and Sat/sun, there are no classes like this at the gym near work.

I also have a membership where my boy friend works out, and when its crappy or cold outside we will go there to walk after work. We also walk outside as much as possible Sunday-Thursday.

So my question to you, is 3-4 memberships too  much? Have I turned into my friend who I used to give flack to about multi-gym memberships??

 

The Skinny On Organic Gardening Like A Pro

Growing an organic garden can be an important addition to your life. You need to do all of your research, so that you don’t waste money on tools that you don’t know how to use or even cause your plants to die. There are some tips listed below to help you begin.

A great way to calculate the timing for planting your plants in an organic garden is to use a seed-starting chart. You should do your research and fill in the chart in advance. Once you have it, you can use the chart to plan your planting through the entire season.

When starting your own organic garden, you should make sure you choose the right medium for growing your plants. Different plants need different mediums. Many of your seedlings should be re-potted into a larger container before you put them in your garden. However, some plants, such as melons and cucumbers, must go from their original containers directly into your garden.

Use mulch to fertilize your beds. You have to make sure you spread mulch evenly, as you need a certain quantity and do not want to waste any of it. Sprinkle mulch as best as you can and use a rack to spread it flatly and evenly. Make sure you cover all the areas that need it.

Take steps to protect earthworms in your organic garden. Till your soil minimally, as tilling can kill earthworms. The best tilling depth is 3 to 5 inches. Avoid using chemical fertilizers because they harm the micro-organisms in the soil, decreasing earthworm activity. Be sure that the soil never dries out too much, but at the same time avoid over-watering. By maintaining these soil conditions, you will notice your earthworm population increasing rapidly!

It is common knowledge that grounds from brewed coffee are good for soil. Coffee beans are loaded with nitrogen, which offers nourishment for plants. This nutrient is often lacking in home gardens, and adding it will give you taller plants that bloom beautifully.

Attract positive bugs to your garden. Bugs like lady-bugs actually hunt natural predators to your plants; aphids and caterpillars are just some of the nasty critters that can go through a garden and eat the leaves of the plants. Lady bugs are the natural predators to such pests and help the growth of a good healthy garden by consuming pests.

Utilize frost covers for your plants when it gets cold, even in Florida. Frost may cause tiny ice crystals to form in your plant and shred the natural, soft flesh of the plant. Milk jug containers and other plastics can help assist you in making a closed environment around your plant. Ideally you want to protect your plant from being exposed to the cold outside air.

A great tip when running your own organic garden is to make sure you immediately fertilize your seedlings when they receive their first true leaves, which will appear as soon as the cotyledon disappears. If your seedlings are not immediately fertilized, they will die unless you are using a mix with no soil that also does not have compost.

If you need to protect your plants in your organic garden from frost either early in the season or at the end of the season, here’s a great frugal way to cover them. Milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers you can find around the house are perfect to protect your precious plants from the harsh frost.

When you first begin using organic produce you will realize that it tends to rot quite a bit faster. This is because less preservatives are used. Having a lower shelf life means that you need to cook or eat the produce a little bit faster than you would normal store bought options.

While all kinds of gardening can help you feel more connected to the planet, gardening organically is especially good for this. This kind of gardening shows you the entire progression of planting from beginning to end.

Clean the fallen foliage from your organic garden regularly. Strive to walk through your garden at least once a week and pick up dead leaves. Dead leaves are like a great big welcome sign for disease and harmful bacteria. Removing them from your garden will help prevent the need for pesticide use.

To prepare the ground for your organic perennial plants, simply cut the turf and turn it over a few weeks before planting time. Spread wood chips a few inches deep on the freshly-turned soil, and within a couple of weeks the ground will be ideal for your organic perennials. These hardy plants need only a little bit of preparation.

When you are maintaining acid loving plants mulch your soil with pine needles every fall. As the pine needles decompose over the winter months they will deposit their acid into the soil and give your acid loving botanicals what they need to thrive instead of relying on harsh chemical fertilizers.

Stay out of your garden after it has rained or whenever it is wet. Diseases and bacteria thrive and spread more easily in damp environments. Bacteria can easily attach to your shoes as you walk through the wet garden and be transferred from plant to plant. Instead, wait until the soil is dry to enter your garden.

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Choose a site for fruit trees depending on their specific requirements. Most fruit trees require 8 hours of sun per day. Morning sun is important, as it dries dew rapidly, helping to prevent fungus. Avoid planting fruit trees in a low spot in the garden where frost or cold air can collect. Some fruit trees are especially susceptible to late frost damage, and are better planted on a north-facing slope. This is especially true for peach, plum, cherry and apricot trees.

Growing an organic garden can be very rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work. Regardless, if you know what to do and how to grow smarter, you can get the organic garden you want. So do yourself a favor and apply the above tips to growing your organic garden.

12 Gym Struggles That Are All Too Real

Saw this on http://www.fitnessmagazine.com and had to share! Love these!! I am feeling number 12 right now 🙂

When every locker is taken…

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When you rush out of work early for your fave class, and it’s full…

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When the grunting guy has terrible form…

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When someone takes the treadmill next to you even though every other one is free…

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When you try to ease out of a really hard sprint…

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When a guy checks you out while you squat…

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When you lose count of how many reps you’ve done…

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When someone asks if you need help learning to use the equipment…

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When a guy checks out his abs in the mirror between every set…

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When there’s a line for the shower…

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When you’re going straight to the office, but forgot your non-sports bra…

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When you totally dominate your workout

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Apryle Showers Run – Florida’s Fastest 10k

Hello Runners 🙂

Have you heard about this race yet? Great SWAG, Great Cause! Why not?!

Sign up before our next price increase on March 20th? http://apryleshowers10k.itsyourrace.com/

100% of proceeds raised for the Apryle Showers Run — Florida’s Fastest 10K — will go towards the Apryle Showers Foundation (www.apryleshowers.org). Apryle Showers is a Florida 501C3 non-profit organization serving individuals, ages 30-55, currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Apryle Showers offers services that help foster nourishment, healing, restoration, and peace to people fighting for their lives.

Apryle Showers is not only committed to a great race experience we are also committed to serving those between the ages of 30-55 currently undergoing cancer treatment in Northern Florida.  Through your participation, our foundation will be able to help those folks find hope, healing, restoration and peace.

Is this really Florida’s Fastest 10k?
Well, we think it is. The beautiful town of Nocatee has a 6.2 mile loop that is wide open and mostly flat. Many runners (including Apryle) have enjoyed running the loop, and we think you will too. So please sign up and participate in the inaugural Apryle Showers Run — Florida’s Fastest 10K; and see if you can earn your fastest 10k time!

Does this race have great swag?
Absolutely! Each registrant will receive a premier high quality, soft T-SHIRT; along with other great stuff. Each finisher will also receive a high quality race medal and enjoy a fun post race party to celebrate their accomplishment.

How do I register?
Online registration is easy and fast. Simply click the green “Register Now” button and get started. There are several options including, but not limited to:
– Run (only)
– Run and create a fundraising team for Apryle Showers
– Run and join an existing fundraising team for Apryle Showers
– Run and start fundraising as an individual for Apryle Showers
– Other options available
(Please know that we are grateful for any and all support)

If I don’t live near Ponte Vedra, FL can I participate “virtually”?
You sure can! Simply register for the “10k VIRTUAL”. Next, run 6.2 miles on April 8th. Then, by May 1st, we’ll send out race packets to all virtual participants that include the same great T-shirt, finisher medal, and swag. While not mandatory, it would be great for virtual participants to post a selfie (after their run) on Facebook and tag the Apryle Showers Facebook page. Special note: virtual runners do not qualify for race awards (below).

Bottom Line Race Details:
Date: April 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Nocatee Splash Park / 245 Nocatee Center Way / Ponte Vedra, FL
Packet Pickup: To be announced

* Awards will be given to the top overall male and female and top overall masters male and female.

* Age-group certificates will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each of the following male and female age groups, based on gun start time.

* 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 & over.