Kelly St. Patrick’s Day 5k 2014

by Beth on March 23, 2014

Last weekend we ran the Kelly St. Patrick’s Day 5k. In some trick of scheduling, the race was actually the weekend of my birthday, not the weekend before (as per normal). So I had a big crowd cheering me on in the race before my birthday brunch!

After 4 years of running it, I really love this race. I love the huge crowd in green at the beginning, and how it is such a party atmosphere with runners of all levels coming out for a good day and a fun race. I’m back working with my running coach Gia (I’m training for the Nike Women’s DC Half Marathon at the end of April) and her plan for me was to use the 5k as a fitness test–to see where I was and where I needed to go! As a fitness test, I was supposed to run the race at about 80 percent effort–not quite the normal “you should be dying” 5k pace, but not easy either!

The race was over in what seemed like a flash–I think I really got into the running zone. The weather was perfect, and whereas in the past I’ve struggled in this race once I got warm, this year’s temps let me keep pushing on. I also think all of the spin training I’ve done in the past five months have really helped my aerobic conditioning and put me in a better place to push hard while running. I finished just 8 seconds off my 5k PR in 25.40. A time I’m super happy with!

And then it was on to party! Instead of fighting the crowd at the beer garden, we headed over to TenTen for a fun birthday brunch. They seemed a little surprised that we had just run a race, but happily took our fun and festive (and drinking) crowd of 12! A great way to kick off a birthday, and a race that overall leaves me excited to see what lies ahead!


Wordless Wednesday 3.19.2014

by Beth on March 19, 2014

Birthday Snow! Or Erin Snow Braugh!


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Last weekend we celebrated Eileen’s big 3-0 in a big way–with a big surprise party at Boordy Vineyards! Eileen was truly surprised, and I think she was really happy to see everyone. We had a huge spread of food thanks to everyone’s generous potluck and of course, lots and lots of wine! It was a […]

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Wordless Wednesday 3.5.2014

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While at WDW for the Princess Half weekend, I had a new to me Disney experience–a Wishes Fireworks Cruise on the Seven Seas Lagoon! A great spot to catch one of my favorite shows!

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My Long Winter’s Slumber

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So yeah, I never meant to take December, January, and MOST of FEBRUARY off from blogging. It just sort of happened. It was the holidays, I traveled a bunch, and life got crazy. I hope to go back and blog about some of those things, because some of them were truly awesome. And if nothing […]

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Thanksgiving 2013

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Well another thanksgiving is behind us, and we’re on to Christmas. This short period between the two holidays is tripping me up a bit (I’m not ready!!) but this is my favorite time of the year, so I’m ready to dive in head first! We didn’t host a big meal this year, but I did […]

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French Regional Lunch: Cotes du Rhone

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While we were at Disney World for the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, we were fortunate enough to attend a French Regional Lunch for the Cotes du Rhone region of France. Everyone knows I LOVE Frunch, so these events are pretty much the highlight of any Food and Wine trip for me. Okay, […]

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