The 8 Stands Alone

Normally on Sunday I talk about my week in workouts. I did have a great week, full of squats, and my longest walk since late February, 2014.

My Half-Marathon training is going well, but I desperately need some new shoes.

On Saturday, Ronin and I were invited to participate in the 2014 Florida Suncoast Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Just 2 weeks ago I wrote on how Ronin kicked some serious cookies at the Thin Mint Sprint, and he was so pumped for the Race for the Cure.

He kept begging me to allow him to do the 10K, but he's never run that far, so I had to tell him NO. We arrived at the race, and through he looks so tired in the photo, he was jumping around and really pumped to run!

We were running as part of Team Polar, and Team Judy. We met up with our Team Captain, Steph Gee from Orangespoken, and changed into our Team Judy shirts.

Ronin had a HUGE goal in mind for this 5K. He wanted to finish in under 30 minutes.

He self-seeded at the front of the start line. This was a TIME CHIPPED race, and it was Ronin's FIRST time-chipped race. I didn't realize how important that little fact would be until AFTER the race.

I hollered to him, "son, when you finish wait for me at the finish line." Those words would come back to haunt me.

And then it was GO time. I didn't see that little blond head until I approached the mile 2 sign and he was entering the finish chute, and I took a quick look at my watch. I started it right when the horn went off, but I didn't cross the start line until 2 minutes later, but I knew Ronin had been right up front, so I estimated his finish time around 29 minutes. If so, that means he had beaten his Girl Scout time and achieved his goal of finishing in under 30 minutes.

 

I liked this course. It wasn't downtown St. Pete which is BEAUTIFUL, but the parking was better, and it was closer to home. But it was a more challenging course. Lots of twists and turns, the signage was all sorts of wonky, and there was a lot of water/puddles on the course which made it slippery in some areas. But overall, still really nice. There was NO water between miles one and two, but after mile 2 there was like 5 water stations. That was kind of bizarre. But I carry my own water so that didn't really bother me too much, but I was concerned for Ronin who was going to be relying on the water stations for hydration.

I came up to mile 3, and knew I only had .10 left to go so I started jogging to the finish line. Just as my toe hit the black timing mat I hear "HI MAMA" and I look down to see this blond little cutie staring up at me.

Yes, he LITERALLY waited for me at the finish line.

He was DRENCHED in sweat so I knew he had really hustled. It was right around this time that a race volunteer came up to me and said to make sure I checked the race results because Ronin STOPPED at the finish line sign and sat down. He didn't actually cross the finish line, he stopped just short of it to sit and wait for me.

Oops. He took me literally. The volunteer noticed he had a time chip on his bib and told him he needed to cross the black mat.

I asked Ronin what his time was and he told me 28:14. He saw the clock as it was large and placed right at the spot where he sat down. So his official chip time was about 6 minutes longer than what he actually ran.

But what I love is that within a sea of double digits, THE 8 STANDS ALONE!!

I asked Ronin what he was thinking when he was running during this race and he said "the faster I run, the faster they find a cure for breast cancer." I hope so, Ronin. I really hope so.

Ronin was awarded the THIRD place medal for his finish.

But I noticed something when I was looking at those race results at home that I didn't notice at the race. Ronin was listed as FEMALE.

Oops.

A check of the official results online confirmed it.

 

So there are TWO issues here.

1) He should have received the SILVER medal as a girl, but more importantly, 2) He should have received the GOLD medal for finishing FIRST as a boy.

And while I do appreciate that he was listed with all the top 5 finishers (which were all girls #BAM #LIKEAGIRL) he still needs the recognition that he earned, AND we need to make sure that the correct girl gets her medal.

I'm so proud of him, and proud that we were able to be RAC Pack Ambassadors, and we look forward to next year.

Now, how did I do??

A 16 minute mile pace, which is PERFECT for me at this stage of my training. I'm hoping that by December for the half-marathon I'll be able to keep that pace for the entire race.

Have you ever had race results posted incorrectly and had to correct them AFTER the fact?

UPDATED!! THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN FIXED AND THE GOLD MEDAL IS ON ITS WAY!!

 

EDITED!! The GOLD MEDAL has arrived!!

 

5-hour ENERGY yummification contest winners announced!

The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, and information have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®

 

In August I posted that 5 Hour Energy was having a great contest!!

They were on the search for the best of the best 5 Hour energy drink concoctions! While my lemonade infused mixture didn't take top billing, these 3 did, and I must admit they sound pretty tasty!

The winning videos and recipes are posted at http://5hourenergy.com/yummification.

·         First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA

o   This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 

o   “Pomelimelade”

§  1 glass Limeade

§  1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® 

·         Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA

o   The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 

o   “Ramalamadingdong”

§  1 glass Lemonade

§  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY® 

·         Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC

o   The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. 

o   “Arnold Power”

§  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea

§  1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® 

The winning videos and recipes are posted at http://5hourenergy.com/yummification.
 
·         First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
o   This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 
o   “Pomelimelade”
§  1 glass Limeade
§  1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® 


·         Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA
o   The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 
o   “Ramalamadingdong”
§  1 glass Lemonade
§  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY® 

·         Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
o   The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. 
o   “Arnold Power”
§  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea
§  1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® 
- See more at: http://www.topnotchmaterial.com/2014/09/5-hour-energy-yummification-contest.html#sthash.bu2l8kc7.dpuf
The winning videos and recipes are posted at http://5hourenergy.com/yummification.
 
·         First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
o   This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 
o   “Pomelimelade”
§  1 glass Limeade
§  1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® 


·         Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA
o   The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 
o   “Ramalamadingdong”
§  1 glass Lemonade
§  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY® 

·         Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
o   The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. 
o   “Arnold Power”
§  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea
§  1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® 
- See more at: http://www.topnotchmaterial.com/2014/09/5-hour-energy-yummification-contest.html#sthash.bu2l8kc7.dpuf

National Fire Protection Association Day at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

When I was 13 years old I used to love the smell made by a burning match. Not when the match was burning, but right when you would blow it out.

My parents collected match books, so matches were always around.

One day, I was on the telephone talking to my best friend Krissy, and lighting matches and then smelling them (yes, I was a weird kid.)

But this time, I brought the match a little too close to my face before blowing it out.

And my hair caught on fire.

I had to drop the phone and RUN to the sink and put my burning head under the faucet. I was very lucky. I burned off the top part of my eyebrows, and bangs, but suffered no injury. I clipped the rest of my bangs (and did I mention this was the day BEFORE picture day) and when my mom came home from work she did notice the burnt hair smell, the shortness of my bangs, asked me what happened, but I lied and told her that I tried to trim my bangs for picture day and got carried away.

That was the last of that conversation.

I only recently (like in the past year) told her the truth about what had happened.

After that incident I NEVER played with matches again. In fact, fire scares the living daylights out of me. I won't light a grill, etc...I just freak out over fire.

I've tried to teach my kids about fire safety, and just last week Ronin learned about it in his Cub Scout meeting, and LEGOLAND wants to help, too!

 

Photo of Lego Fireman taken by me in July, 2014.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort as partner National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hosts a special one-day experience on Thursday, Oct. 9. The event promotes National Fire Prevention week, with special activities throughout the Park educating families on fire safety and prevention.

What: LEGOLAND Florida hosts NFPA Day on Thursday, Oct. 9. Activities include:

  • Polk County Fire Department (PCFD) at the entry of LEGOLAND Florida with one of their fire trucks, allowing guests to take an intimate look at the emergency vehicle. Fire Fighters will also hand out postcards and fire hats to guests from 9a.m.  – 12 p.m.
  • Guests can compete against PCFD Fire Fighters inside the Park and win a prize (max of 4 competitions throughout the day)
  • Interactive education stations around the LEGO City section of the Park. The various stations include trying on fire-fighter gear, testing fire alarms, LEGO builds and more!
  • The Steve Songs Trio will perform in The Big Test Plaza 15 minutes before each Big Test Show at 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3:45pm

Where: LEGOLAND Florida | One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL, 33884 |

When: Thursday, Oct. 9. LEGOLAND Florida hours of operation are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

How do you teach your kids about fire safety??