Push Away the Screen: Iron Girl Clearwater 5k Recap

For the 2nd consecutive year, my oldest daughter and I were up way before the sun to #PushAwaytheScreen and participate in the Iron Girl Clearwater 5K & Half Marathon. We did the 5K as a mother/daughter team.

Last year we actually ran most of the race. This year we decided to walk most of the race and just talk. As mom to the #TampaTrio, the opportunity for some 1:1 time is hard to come by, so we made the most of it!

We looked for friends in the 1/2 marathon corral, we took selfies, and we made new friends!

This is a new friend I made because I recognized her CrossFit 14 shirt. I can find CrossFit friends anywhere.

Haley felt it necessary to do a little pre-race stretching. Always good to stretch.


And soon we were off! We remembered the course from last year and knew when we made it to the top of our Florida Mountain that we would be at 1 mile.

We made it to the top of the bridge and there was no 1 mile sign. But there was the Best Damn Cheer Squad.

Haley was confused why there were men with their shirts off screaming and holding signs. She's only 10, so not quite ready to fully appreciate all the Best Damn Cheer Squad has to offer. Tongue Out

We ran down the bridge and I knew that there would be water at the bottom. Thankfully there was because Haley was thirsty!!


We made a quick off-course detour to some port-a-potties that were on the opposite side of the road, and then began our climb back up the Florida Mountain. At the top there was the 2 mile marker! We were so close to being done!

We came down that mountain and knew we had just less than a mile to go!! We continued to hold hands, chat about school, friends, our upcoming summer vacation to Jekyll Island and before we knew it, we were approaching the finish line!

But not before the 1/2 marathon leader came swooping down in front of us with her police escort. It was so cool. She was so fast and Haley and I just looked at each other in shock. And then we saw the finish chute!

We have a rule in our house. No matter how much of the race we walk, we MUST run through the finish chute!


Haley was very happy to find the Aqua Sphere water mister!!

But she was sort of ambivalent about the mascot from the Clearwater Threshers.

We did it! We were Iron Girls!

I tracked our walk with the new Samsung Galaxy S5, and I'm happy to report that the pedometer function was spot on for Iron Girl. This distance includes our walking to the expo, the race, and then walking back to our car!

We didn't stay for the post-race breakfast, or any of the awards. I didn't even stay to find my 1/2 marathon friends. I had a ton of yard chores calling my name, so we needed to head home. Maybe next year we'll be able to do the 1/2 marathon as a mother/daughter team.

Have you even done an Iron Girl Race? Have you been part of a mother/daughter team??

Iron Girl Triathlon Recap: Cleremont 2013

I am not sure how in the world I forgot to recap this race, but I did! Bad Jenny. BAD BAD BAD!!

The race was held the last weekend in September so I'm going to do the best that I can to remember what happened oh 4 months ago. Surprised

I was excited to do this race. I had several buddies from CrossFit doing it (and for two of them it was their FIRST tri ever) and I had Denise, Chrissy, Megan, there as well.

This wasn't my first triathlon, but it was my first one of 2013!

Denise, Chrissy and I went up the day before the tri so we wouldn't have to worry about driving up in the wee hours of the morning. We wanted to make sure we were well rested!

The Cleremont course also promised hills, so we wanted to drive the course and see what we were up against.

After packet pick-up and the "expo" (which really for expo standards, was quite lame) we grabbed the map and off we went.

Yes there were hills. The largest hill was up Jalarmy Road. It looked steep but I had no idea how steep until I actually tried to ride up it on my Trek!

Photos courtesy of Denise is Run DMT

We also got a peek at Lake Minneola. I wasn't concerned about the lake swim at all, and thought that it looked like a pretty decent swim course.

It was the run that I was most worried about, so I knew the swim and the bike would have to be my saving grace for this race.

As we were walking to put our bikes in transition, I was checking out the swim! 

Throughout the course of the summer I had been cycling and rowing. I swam twice, and ran a handful of times. But cycling was really the only activity I had been doing in addition to my normal CrossFit workouts.

We had a carb loading dinner at the Olive Garden, and went to bed at a decent hour!

Our alarm went off, we changed, grabbed breakfast and headed down to the course which was only a few miles from our hotel.

We were there before the sun went up! Thankfully I had an extra Polar shirt to keep on over my tri suit!

My age group was set to be the second group in the water at 7:33am. I was ready. Again, I knew I'd have to do well on the swim and the bike to feel like I had accomplished what I set out to do.

The swim was GREAT. I went in the front to the far right side and when we were ready to go, off I went. I veered off course just a tad, but overall it didn't impact me at all. I finished the 1/2 mile swim in 18:26, made it through transition in 3:09, changed into my shoes, put on my helmet, and off I went.

The bike course was GREAT. This is where I made up a lot of time. I was passing riders and feeling really strong. I even managed to tackle those hills. I also realized that I need to have my bike adjusted. I mean, I already KNEW that I needed a tune-up and had mentioned it to Denise on several of our rides, but did I do it. No. I could have done better on the bike course if my bike had been properly tuned.

It was a beautiful course (no photos...I forgot my phone charger, so it died very early on) and I finished in 48:52. Again through the transition and dreading the run. I got off the bike feeling strong. Changed shoes, took off my helmet, put on my visor and I started off.

I didn't make it far before that dang right piriformis muscle started bothering me. I wogged for as long as I could, and I knew I'd be getting passed soon by Denise. That girl can run. And yup, right near mile 1 she came up behind me! I hollered to her "I knew you'd pass me on the run" and off she went. When I got to the mile 1 water station, I asked if I could shorten my planned 3 mile to the shorter 2 mile without being disqualified and they said yes. So I turned around and finished with the 2 mile distance.

Overall the event took me 1:41:18 and I really did love every second of it.


And I'm glad I got done first because it meant I could cheer Denise, Chrissy, Megan, Jen, Amanda, Renee, and Chris through the finish line! Watching them finish was inspiring.

This was a great race, well organized and super fun.

I even had people cheering me on that I didn't know!

Too bad it won't be coming back to this location in 2014. The closest race will be in Atlanta. Maybe I can go? We'll see! I know that there are several Tri's I want to do in 2014, and I really need to train the run, but it HURTS. And not the good kind of hurt. Ugh.


I was happy to be able to participate in this race on behalf of Polar Heart Rate monitors.

Will Run for Cookies and Iron

What do cookies and iron have in common?

Not really a whole heck of a lot unless you happen to live in my world during the last weekend of September. Wink

On Saturday September 28th, my daughters and I have been invited to participate in the Thin Mint Sprint 5K and Tag-A-Long Trot 1 mile, sponsored by The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

We've decided to tackle the Thin Mint Sprint. We can walk/run, and just have a good time with all the other girl scouts that will be out there!

My girls joined Girl Scouts and started as Daisy Scouts, then bridged to Brownies where they were the last two years. After 3 years of Girl Scouts, this year they would have been Junior's but we're currently looking for a troop closer to home, so they are troopless at the moment. Undecided We have a lot of girls that want to be scouts in our area, but not enough volunteers. I wish I could volunteer, but I can't do it with Ronin. I've got my fingers crossed that we'll get the call of a closer troop very soon!! My daughters have learned a lot of great values being in the Girl Scout program, and last summer they even had the opportunity to spend a week away at a Girl Scout sleep-away camp.

ALL race finishers will receive a MEDAL and the top 50 male and female finishers will receive a box of Girl Scout Cookies!! YUM! 

You can sign up and view the race options HERE.


Now we've covered cookies. Up next is IRON. The day after the Thin Mint Sprint, I'll be heading up to Clermont, Florida to participate in the Iron Girl Triathlon. I've signed up for the  Sprint Distance which includes a 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run. I haven't really been training. Like at all. Surprised Well maybe that's not totally true. I work out every single day. I go swimming (for fun, not laps) a few time per week, and I cycle often. And then I CrossFit, usually 5-6 days per week where I always walk 2 miles after each workout. And recently I've added a 'sled pull' to my post-WOD workout and I think that will have a great impact on my overall performance in Clermont.  So I have been MOVING, I just haven't been practicing like I should be. Especially when it comes to hills. Clermont is hilly. Looking at elevation maps has me intimidated. But I'll finish. And I'll have fun doing it. Some of my best girls will be there to cheer me across the finish line; blogger friends, running friends, and CrossFit friends. And when I cross the finish line, I'll have this beauty to put around my neck.


2 days, 2 medals. All benefiting girls and women. Sweet.

Have you ever participated in a "women's only" race event??