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2018 Chattanooga Marathon Ambassador

It’s official! I am a 2018 Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Ambassador! I’m stoked to be training for the Chattanooga Marathon Weekend! If you want to join me March 2-4, 2018 for any distance!!!  Race weekend there will be a 5K on Saturday and the Marathon and Half Marathon will be on Sunday.  Basically the entire family can race!!

You can use code EPETTY and receive 20% off.  If you use it now, you will get the best price!!

I ran this race for the first time last year and loved everything about it!!  I hope you can join me in 2018.

Click on the below link to register or learn more about this race:

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Irish Soles 5K

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day….run a 5K.

This was a pretty low-key race, that had a nice long sleeve shirt for each participant.  I will say, that the course was fantastic!  It was an out and back with one good hill, so a total of two hills.  G and I did not expect too much on time because we have not been training at all.  The only thing I wanted to do was break 30 minutes, which honestly I did not think I could do.

Photos by: Jane Webb


Me: 4 out of 9 in AG, time: 29:53, pace: 9:37

G: 6 out of 11 in AG, time: 27:31, pace: 8:52

We were both pretty happy with the results and wondered what we could do if we really trained……

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Looking Ahead in 2017

I find it rather strange that prior to the end of 2016, you need to almost have your “main” race schedule planned for 2017.  Does anyone else do this?  Anyway, G and I have decided to take a year off of the full 140.6 Ironman distance and focus on trying to find balance in our lives.  Do not get me wrong, we have already signed up for a couple of half marathons, an Olympic distance triathlon, and a 70.3 Ironman event.  HA!

A couple of items worth mentioning for 2017.  (1) I am now an RRCA certified running coach (along with some other awesome Chattanooga Track Club Members)  I’m not sure what I am going to do with this yet, but I am very happy to have a lot more knowledge in running and now I am more confident in the questions I answer for friends.


(2) I joined an online Tri Club, called SBM & TriFecta Club.  This triathlon club was put together by Swim Bike Mom.  I am super excited about this club because of all the amazing discounts, giveaways, and knowing that anything SBM puts together is going to be awesome!!  Which you can join this now and save $30 with “nothingbutlove” code!  It is worth it just for the discounts!!!  Learn more at



(3) Last but not least, I am the Vice President of Communications for the Chattanooga Track Club.  I’m super excited about this but also a little nervous….there is a lot expected of me and I do not want to disappoint the President, who is also a great friend of mine.

Jan 2017 Chattanooga Track Club Board Retreat

Jan 2017 Chattanooga Track Club Board Retreat


So what do you see when you look ahead of 2017??

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2016 Review

Even though we are 6 days into the new year, I wanted to go back and review all the wonderful and amazing things G and I were able to do this year……

Jan – 2016 Disney 5K and Marathon….we ran with my mom during the 5K which was so much fun (really a dream come true that we could do this as a family).


March – Little Rock, AR…..We were able to run the Little Rock Half Marathon and cheer our friend on during the full marathon as she completed her 50th state!!  We also go in a little fishing while we were there.


April – Disney Star Wars Dark Side Challenge….there are really no words to descibe this.  I am a through and through Star Wars fan, so I enjoyed every second of this!  I also, was able to do another 5K with my mom…..Rock N Roll Nashville.


August – Ironman Ohio 70.3……We were able to complete the inaugural race in Delaware, Ohio.  We had a decent size group drive up and were able to eat dinner the night before with some fun people.


September – Peridio Key Beach, AL…..We were able, for the first time go on a family vacation with G’s family.


October – Ironman Louisville…..Gary and I completed Ironman Louisville, crossing the finish line together.  Something I will never forget!! Oh and lets not forget about Halloween – Star Wars!!!!


November – Then, for the first time ever we were able to take a large family vacation to Disney with my crew!!  (8 adults, 1 kid). Hahaha


I would most definitely say, G and I had a very blessed year.  We were so happy to be able to spend time with family this year.  I have about 200 more pictures I would love to post, but I will save you from it.  Other big news worth mentioning is that my little sister moved to Australia!!!!  We are both looking forward to what is in store for 2017.


Until next time……

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Are You Ready?

For those of you that race – 5K up to an Ironman, people always ask “Are you ready?”  Raise your hand if you ever answer that question with “Yes”!  I never feel totally prepared for a race.  I always ask myself, “Should I have completed another long bike ride?”, “Should I have run 20 miles instead of just 15 miles?”.  So much self-doubt runs through my head.


Last year G and I felt prepared and confident going into Ironman Florida.  We had done the race back in 2013 and completed it with no issues, it was the perfect day!  However Ironman Florida in 2015 was a totally different story.  Florida was experiencing a heat wave in November which did not work in our favor.  G and I both had great swims, but half way through the bike I started to over heat and felt like I was going to pass out.  I waited at special needs for G, so I could tell him I was going to call it a day.  After talking with him, he was feeling bad also, to the point where he was puking in the woods.  So we both had to call it a day.  Our dreams of completing a second Ironman were crushed and our ego’s were bruised (and still are today).  I do know though if we didn’t stop when we did, we both would have suffered a lot more.

So now, when people ask “Are you Ready for Ironman Louisville?” my answer will always be NO!  No matter how many long rides, runs, or swims we have put into our training I will never feel ready because you never know what race day is going to bring. Luckily a guy in the IMKY Facebook group put together a “Doom’s Day” scenario, so if we are able to follow this everything should turn out ok.



So here is to hoping G and I will be able to see this awesome finish line next weekend!


Do you ever feel prepared for a race?

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Week 3 of IMFL Training

Week 3 has already come and gone.  I know understand what my mother said about how life flies by when you get older.  It truly does!!!  We are already in March, where does the time go??


  • Plan – Rest Day
  • Actual – Rest Day

I heart rest days.  I got home from work ate dinner then went straight into the bedroom to put my pjs on.  Then got to catch up on some TV shows.


  • Plan – Swim
  • Actual – 3.21 run – 1@10:06, 2@10:48, 3@16:53

The doctor said no swimming for two weeks, so here we are in week 1…  BLAH!  My mother emailed me stating she was going to run, so we decided to join her. My plan was to run 3 miles at an easy pace.  However, the temp was 70 with 80% humidity – which we ARE NOT use to.  I had the dog with me….so by mile 2.5 she was huffing pretty good, therefore we slowed down.  Then I decided to walk the rest with her since she is not used to the humidity and rising temp.


  • Plan – Rest Day
  • Actual – Rest Day

We ended up going to dinner with the family for a late celebration of my uncle’s birthday.  Plus, we wanted to talk about next years family vacation to Disney World.

I cannot wait to go to Disney with this little sweetie!

I cannot wait to go to Disney with this little sweetie!

I also had my first PT appointment for my shoulder.  The wonderful PT – Robbie said that he should be able to fix me.  He gave me a list of exercises to do twice a day, which are kicking my butt.  Next week when I go back we are going to start strengthening my right shoulder/back muscles.


  • Plan – Swim, Ride 70 minutes outdoors
  • Actual – Rode 63 minutes outdoors – Sprint work 5 min each 1@19mph, 2@19.7mph, 3@20mph

Second swim workout missed due to my shoulder.  The ride went well though.  The overall average for this ride was 15.16mph.  We had a 35 min warm up, then 5 min sprints with 5 min recovery 3 times.  Since this is only our second ride outdoors, I am pretty happy with this ride.  Afterwards we went out for BBQ at Choo-Choo in Chickamauga.  The waitress was asking us questions about triathlon and why we want to put ourselves through that.  She said that her and a friend were talking about “us people”.  It was nice to explain that we do it for a social outlet and to meet new people.  Also, that is a great way to be able to eat whatever you want.

End of the ride! (Lovin' our Hippy Runner Headbands)

End of the ride! (Lovin’ our Hippy Runner Headbands)  Yes, I am Batman!!


  • Plan – Rest Day
  • Actual – Rest Day



  • Plan – First Volunteer Bank 5K + 5 miles afterwards
  • Actual – First Volunteer 5K + 5 miles afterwards. 1@8:39, 2@10:19, 3@10:20, .1@9:22, then the rest of the run…we did a 3 min run, 1 min walk so….1@12:22, 2@12:19, 3@12:38, 4@12:09, 5@11:57
    Love this group of girls!

    Love this group of girls! Photo by: Whitney Allison

    This is a great friend of mine - Jane.  I want to be like her when I grow up.

    This is a great friend of mine – Jane. I want to be like her when I grow up.

I knew this 5K was not going to be my best, mainly because I have not been running that much and when I do it’s distance.  One question though, something I always struggle with —-going out too fast!!!  How does one stop this???

Later that night, G and I met a friend of his out at Big River Grille and ran into some other friends.  Following dinner we did our weekly meat/veggie shopping at Fresh Market.


  • Plan – 90 minute bike ride
  • Actual – 90 minute bike ride, then 3 mile walk/run with my mom

Legs where so dead on this bike ride.  We decided to ride before church, so we could have the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted.  It started out foggy, but luckily after we warmed up and actually got out on the road most of the fog had burned off.  Since the Chickamauga Battlefield has construction going on we decided to leave from our house.  We stayed pretty close and ended up climbing Davis Ridge and “The Wall”.  We G climbed the wall, I made it half way up and had to pull off into someone’s driveway.  Now, remember my legs were dead…we did about 850ft of climbing and total mileage was 20 miles with an average cadence of 69 rpm.  I need to set my garmin to auto-pause so I can get a more accurate average speed.

After doing a walk/run with my mom that evening, G and I went to eat dinner at Panera (they have great turkey chili).  Then followed up the end of the week with watching a movie – Mockingjay Part 1.

What a great week and fun weekend!!

Have you read the Hunger Games Series?  What do you think about the movies?

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Foto Friday

Up Next…..14th Annual First Volunteer Bank Run for Grads 5K  (then of course followed by a 2hr bike and another 30 min run)

Let's run!

Let’s run!

Are you racing this weekend?  If not, what are your training plans?

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Families on the Run Race Report

For the past 3 years G and I have participated in the Families on the Run race, which benefits First Things First in Chattanooga, TN.  For those that do not know anything about this not-for-profit organization, they are dedicated to strengthening families in the Hamilton County area through education, collaboration and mobilization.

families on the run

This year our friend Stephanie decided to organize a large group consisting of church members and friends, so G and I were a part of her team.  For this event they host a 5K, 10K, and a 1 mile stroll with the Chick-fil-a cows.  Most of us decided to do the 5K, whereas D and Missi did the 10K.

group pic

The Group Stephanie put together.

Holiday attire was encouraged.

Holiday attire was encouraged.

So….I had a goal that only D knew about – run as hard as I can and come in around 28 minutes, a solid 9 min/mile pace.  Now, yes this is slow but the entire last mile is up a hill that NEVER lets up!  My chip time was 27:59….totally a new PR for me!

The 5K start.

The 5K start.

My splits….
Mile 1 – 8:23
Mile 2 – 8:36
Mile 3 – 9:40
Mile .01 – 9:36

The last mile….as you can see – it was ALL UPHILL!!!  The bad news to me – G beat me by 3 seconds!!  AHHHHHHHHHHHHH…..that was because I had to walk for maybe 10 seconds because I was getting a side stitch going up the hill.  Apparently I was sucking in way too much air.  HA!  I saw G starting up the hill when I looked back and I started painfully running with my body sideways.  What – I don’t think I am that competitive…LOL

This is always a great race for a wonderful cause.  Afterwards, they serve a huge breakfast!  Oatmeal, grits, biscuits, gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes, etc….  Cannot wait to do this one again next year!

Afterwards there is a big breakfast.

Afterwards there is a big breakfast.

More people hanging out after the race.

More people hanging out after the race.

Now here comes the picture dump.  🙂

D and I before the race.

D and I before the race.

G on the glass bridge.

G on the glass bridge.

Me and Walnut Bridge in the background.

Me and Walnut Bridge in the background.

Stephanie, me and Missi

Stephanie, me and Missi

The finish line.

The finish line.

The cows on the 1 mile stroll.

The cows on the 1 mile stroll.

G and I walking to watch D and Missi  finish.

G and I walking to watch D and Missi finish.

People dressed up.

People dressed up.

Some other 5K runners dressed up.

Some other 5K runners dressed up.

The best photographer EVER!  Whitney...

The best photographer EVER! Whitney…

Go check out Whitney’s pictures here!  If you have ever raced in Chattanooga, she probably has your mug shot.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Foto Friday

Up next……

Saturday, December 1st in Chattanooga, TN

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