Rock N Roll Phoenix

Oh my gosh! This weekend was a blast Smile 

First, let’s start off with the most important part = I PR’d in the Half Marathon!!! My new Half PR is 1:43:36. I am so happy about that I can’t stop smiling.image

Okay, back tracking to last night… we went to a dive bar where I was overdressed. It’s kinda my thing, so I’m used to it, or maybe I am fancy after all?image

Four hours later my alarm went off and I headed to the start of RnRAZ. I was going to buy oatmeal for my pre-race meal, but the hotel guy gave it to me free – I should have read that as a good sign of an epic race day!image

Since I was running with REFUEL Chocolate Milk I got a VIP wristband and spotted my new friend Dan the Man at the pre-race area when I dropped off my bag. He was on the Biggest Loser and is super cool and funny!image

RnR Phoenix has a super flat course and the weather was perfection. I don’t know why, but all the stars aligned and I had the BEST day! My average time was 7:51 <- that is unheard of for me!!!20130120_122424 (800x600)

Post-race I refueled with LF Chocolate Milk. They have a few versions with added protein that I love. image

After the race we hung out in the VIP area and my life saver Monica was there too! Fun fun!!! I’m sure the Reach the Beach team is jealous. (We’ll talk about what I’m wearing soon, but I LOVE that skirt I was sent to try.)20130120_132742 (600x800)

After the race we cleaned up and headed to find food at the Twisted Kilt.

Turkey burger and half/half fries.20130120_160813 (800x600)

With a side of friend…image

I think the secret to my success was going into the weekend super chill. I just went out to AZ to have fun, no expectations. I’ve been super flighty about ‘real’ training lately and I still ran a solid race. I think I just had a great day and am in a good place with balancing life and running and eating and repeating. I like it!

Now I just want to celebrate my PR all night! It was great to be around so many other people who love running and eating drinking this weekend! I had fun and ran a great race.

Question: How was your weekend?

BIG BIG Thank you to all my readers who spotted me at the race and said “Hello!”. You guys rock and I really appreciate it!


  1. says

    SO SPEEDY! and so thin! you must update up on weight loss/toning! (well, I guess you don’t actually have to, haha). seriously though, way to go! that’s an awesome time and I am so happy it all fell into place for you!! 😀

  2. says

    Congrats Monica, that’s awesome!! I had a good weekend, got a couple of runs in even though it was 13 degrees and showing. Have a great week! :)

  3. says

    Congrats Monica! Double thumbs up! I had a fabulous weekend too – was away in HK and volunteered at the Vibram Hong Kong 100km – guess what?!?! None of my friends who were doing the event knew about it (so so so hard keeping quiet for weeks!) and I surprised them when they came thru Checkpoint 3. Also managed to run the Nameson Jin Jia Zhuang Lunar New Year run the next morning – had to notch it down since I was exhausted after a long day at HK100. All in, a fantastic weekend.

  4. says

    Congrats!!! Wish I could have seen you, but you were super fast. I ran this race as my first half and rocked it, right where I guessed I would finish. Chocolate milk at the finish was the best thing ever!

  5. Brianna says

    Hey great job! I started reading your blog recently and you’re very motivating. I agree about the chill-factor. I run my best when I’m the most relaxed.

  6. says

    Congrats on the PR – that is awesome. The skirt looks super cute too! My weekend was fun with my cousin. We share a love of running – even in slushy 35 degree sleety weather, we still ran. But of course we then indulged in yummy food to celebrate our accomplishment!

  7. Laura C. says

    You’re looking awesome (course I thought you looked great before) but you’re looking very toned and happy! Congrats on your PR!

    I’m currently recovering from IT band surgery so I love reading about other runner’s success stories!

  8. says

    You always look so dang cute – even after just finishing a half marathon!!!
    Great job on the PR (especially impressive on such a short night of sleep)!!
    I love the way you really do live your Blog title!!!

  9. says

    That’s a really great race time…I’m impressed and inspired! Btw, you are looking very lean right now…and I love the running skirt on you! I’m tempted to try one out.
    I also love your braids and visor…that’s my race look too! 😉

  10. Jenn says

    Congrats on a super speedy race! How do you go into the races with a chill attitude? I always try to but then I always get nervous and then there goes the chill factor…and then my race. Is it possible to have the chill factor and a secret time goal?

  11. says

    Great job the pr, so great! The last picture of you is so pretty! I love the Biggest Loser and am so jealous that you got to meet Dan. I met Moses this summer which was fun. Congrats again on your race.

  12. says

    Congratulations! Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them. I think you have been doing a great job with your training so you made this happen!

  13. says

    congratulations!! Fantastic time and recap!

    My weekend was anything but good, after my race I was genuinely thinking of never running again…..

  14. says

    Congratulations on the PR! That is truly awesome, you get a sincere ‘well done’ from me, as I’m sure everyone else would say :)

    4 hours race sleep?! Are you mad? Seems like you still ran a fantastic race, and again, well done with the times :)

    Balancing life – I like it! 😉 Keep up the great work, I’ll be looking forward a repeat visit to your blog, and between now and then I’ll make sure to keep running and eating!

  15. Carol Landry says

    Trying this again….Congrats on the PR! I signed up for the R&R New Orleans and I’m thrilled about it. It will be my second half marathon. I live about 2.5 hours west of New Orleans and we go frequently, so if you have questions, ask away. Hoping I get to see you at the expo. I’ll likely have my husband and two kiddos with me. Safe travels!

  16. says

    Congrats on your PR!!! 7:51 is crazy fast. I am kinda sad I missed that race… it’s always a good time with the weather being so nice.

  17. jennifer says

    I think you meant the Tilted Kilt and they do have good food and drink! I live in the area and only went there for the first time last week too! I’m disappointed I didn’t run in the R&R this year. Last year I ran the relay and it was a lot of fun. Phoenix is a great area to live in as a runner this time of year too. Its so nice to be able to run anytime of day instead of having to run at 5AM when the coolest temp is 90 degrees!

  18. says

    Wow, 1:43 thats awesome! I haven’t ran an organized race in a whiiiile, but I do remember being super excited when the weather/course/how I felt all aligned and it was just fun. Finding balance with eating and exercising is always the best way to really just enjoy everything around you. Congrats!

  19. Denise P. says

    Nice! I’m kind of hoping that RnR Dallas gives me the same result in March. I’ve heard good things about the course, I just hope to kick my training into gear here to make it happen. Plus, my new boyfriend will be coming out to support me (something my ex never did in 7 years!) so I feel the need to kick butt.

  20. says

    Yayay!! Awesome PR – And a GREAT time!! I semi-PR’d in Arizona too — it was my first marathon, so anytime could be my PR. hehe My hub and I ran it together and wanted to get under 4hr – We did it!! 3:54:34 :) It was SUCH a perfect day!! Congratulations again!! Happy to have found your blog :)

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