Bluebuds X Giveaway Winner, Baby Party and Go Karts!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway to win a pair of Jaybird Bluebuds X Wireless headphones! There were over 160 entries and the winner is……

Ruth C

Congrats! I hope you love them as much as I do.

Now, weekend recap. On Friday morning Dixie and I did a 5 mile progression run. Well, Dixie did the first 3 miles with me, but she prefers the opposite of progression runs so I put her back in the house for my last two miles.

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Mile splits: 9:02, 9:00, 8:47, 8:35, 8:01. I’m really getting into this whole morning running thing. Thanks to everyone who convinced me that it’s not so bad!

Friday was a very special day – my nephew Graham turned ONE! I feel like he was just born yesterday… I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Here is our first picture together right after he was born:


I really just can’t believe that picture was taken a year ago, but I love seeing his personality develop and watching him discover and grow. He had so much fun at his party on Saturday and he looooooved all of his presents and his cake. If you want to see him eating his cake you have to watch the video on my instagram …. he’s about to fall asleep stuffing icing in his mouth and it’s the cutest thing ever.



After Graham’s party I had a surprise for Thomas. We went to the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville to race go karts! Thomas had been wanting to go to this place for a while and we were passing it on the way home from the party so I decided to take him for a race.

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These go karts are serious… they go up to 55 mph and the course is really windy and intense (in my opinion). I was a little nervous, but after watching a few races before us I felt better about it and got more excited.


It was SO much fun. I ended up getting really into it and my competitive spirit definitely came out. The guys were a little too fast for me, but I beat all of the girls in my race, which is what really matters. Thomas ended up doing two races. One was enough for me, so I decided to cheer him on from the sidelines.



We were exhausted after our fun filled Saturday, so we ended up falling asleep around 9:30, which worked out perfectly for my early long run Sunday morning.

The high on Sunday was in the 90s, so we decided to meet for our long run at 7:20 instead of our usual 8:00. It was about 65 degrees at the start and we were all “cold.” It’s insane how 65 degrees feels cold when you are used to 95 everyday! I ran with my dad and Kara, who I really need to get a picture with since we do a lot of weekend runs together!

At the lake where we run, our watches tend to go in and out and are never 100% accurate, so we all ended up with different numbers. The lake loop is exactly 7 miles. We went off the trail on a greenway path for about 2 miles and then turned around, so we should have ended up with 11 miles, but our watches were saying 10.5 and 10.7. Either way, it was close to 11! We ran somewhere around 8:5o-9:00 pace (my watch said 10.5 miles, 9 :00 pace, my dad’s said 10.7 miles, 8:50 pace). I’m a little bit ahead on my long run, so next week I want to try to make my weekday runs a little longer so I can add more overall mileage instead of pushing it all to the weekend.

Here’s my recap for week #4 of Richmond Marathon training:

Week 4: 7/27-8/2
Monday: 4 miles, 8:50 pace
Tuesday: 3 mile tempo run, 8:23 pace
Wednesday: 5 recovery miles, 9:00 pace
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 5 miles, 8:41 pace
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 11ish miles @ 8:55 pace
Total: 28 miles

Excited to break 30 next week! I don’t think that has happened in a VERY long time.

Do you have nieces or nephews?
Have you ever raced go karts?

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24 Responses to Bluebuds X Giveaway Winner, Baby Party and Go Karts!

  1. We have one nephew, and he looks more like me than anyone in Alex’s family! He just turned one, too. And those are some SERIOUS go-karts! I want in!

  2. Your nephew is adorable! I’m upping my weekly mileage this week too, as well as my long run. I’m so happy you’re enjoying morning runs more, they always wake me up and get me energized for the day! No nieces or nephews for me, I’m the oldest in my family so I’ll be the fist one popping out kids! And do the race cars as Disney World count as go karts?!

  3. Amy Lauren says:

    Happy Birthday to your nephew! It looks like he had a great party and it looks like you guys had fun riding go-karts. 55 mph is crazy fast for a go-kart too!

    Sounds like you had a good week of training and that things are going well, 11 miles in this heat and a great pace too. Good luck this week.

  4. Melanie says:

    I have 4 nieces! 🙂 We are all girls on my side of the family. My dad says he has a softball team. lol You had an awesome week to runs and fun!! Love when that happens.

  5. I have one niece who was just born in April! I am so sad I don’t get to see her more often because the live in Arkansas.
    I haven’t been go-karting since I was a kid but I remember loving it back then!

  6. Jessie says:

    Happy birthday, Graham. He’s absolutely adorable. Heading to check out the video now. I mean a little boy falling asleep while eating icing? Can it get any cuter? 🙂

  7. Suzy says:

    Great week, Maddie! Glad you’re liking the early runs. It’s tough though, eh? But it feels so good once they’re done. Andrew has never been go-karting before. Can you believe it?! I gotta take him soon. There’s a really good one just across the line. The IG of Graham sleep-eating cake was SO GREAT. Loved it. 🙂

  8. Jamie says:

    You are totally crushing those runs! And yay for morning running : ) I’ve never raced go-karts especially the serious/fast kind… that’d be so fun! Hope you have a fabulous week! : )

  9. Your nephew is darling! I don’t have any nieces or nephews yet, but I’m hoping eventually! Looks like a great training week for you – I would love to do a sub 9:00/mile long run!

  10. Great week of training! Glad you’re enjoying your morning runs! Your nephew is adorable. I don’t have any nieces or nephews, but my sister spoils Charlie as if he was her nephew.

  11. Graham is so cute! I don’t have any nieces or nephews, but I have been working as a nanny this summer for a 1 year old. He melts my heart every day and they are SO much fun!
    Those go karts look like so much fun… that might be a great idea for my boyfriend’s upcoming birthday… 🙂
    Your training looks like it is going super well! You are so speedy!!

  12. Happy birthday to your nephew! How exciting! Those go-karts look awesome. I’ve raced a few before, but never any that fast!

  13. cheryl says:

    I have 19 nieces and nephews!! (My husband and I both have 3 siblings…).
    I love go -karts. I think I would be nervous at 55 mph though!
    I was catching up on posts…I like your advice, don’t procrastinate for the run, just think what would Dixie do?? I have been working really hard at just getting out the door and running!

  14. I have 9 nieces and nephews all the way in England (we are in Canada) BUT…we just added a little girl to that. My brother and SIL had a baby girl last week so now we have a niece so close to home!
    It’s been a while since I’ve been on a go-kart but they are so much fun!

  15. Allison says:

    Awesome week lady! That progression run is impressive!!! I LOVE racing go karts! Haven’t done it in years but I have a “drivers license” to our local joint somewhere in one of my purses at home. Hahahah! I have 14 nieces and nephews. My husband is one of 10 brothers and sisters so lots of kiddos everywhere!!

  16. My husband has a huge family so I inherited a bunch of nieces and nephews. It’s so much fun!!!

  17. Hahah Dixie and I are the same, I like the opposite of progression runs too when it’s really hot out 🙂

    I like go karts but I’m terrible at them. I don’t understand how everyone else can pick up so much speed and I just putt along!

  18. Taylor says:

    Since my siblings are 21 and 18 I do not have an nieces or nephews yet. 😉 However several of my very best friends have just had babies and I spoil them like they’re my nieces!
    Great job on the runs! It looks like you are bound to crush that marathon once it gets here!

  19. Kerry says:

    Great job this week! I don’t have any nieces or nephews. Both my husband and I are only children, so we really have very little family.

  20. Jason says:

    You look amazing in that helmet – it’s as big as you are!!

    I’ve never done it before and I never will – I’m too much of a wimp 🙂 🙂

  21. My niece just turned one about a month ago and I can’t believe how fast that first year went by! She’s coming down to visit me in a week and I can’t wait! Those Go-carts look awesome!!

  22. Great week of running! Glad you’re adjusting to the morning runs. I love them!
    Looks like you had a great weekend and I have raced go karts before- so fun and what a great surprise for your fiancé!

  23. You are making me wonder if I should take up morning running! I always feel like I need a few hours after I wake up to feel okay running but maybe it is just about habit? 🙂
    I am suuuuper slow on go-karts, always the last to finish! I am a grandma and don’t love speed at all haha. No nieces or nephews yet but my boyfriends ones are the sweetest!! 😍

  24. Hollie says:

    It looks like you had so much fun and your nephew is adorable! I’m a morning runner myself because I love getting workouts done before my day starts. I normally get off work between 7-8 so I’m never that motivated to do something post work.

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