My 6 in 6 Mission: Game on!

~ First and foremost – I’m thinking about and praying for those affected by Hurricane Sandy….as a hurricane professional here in Florida I know how hard it is to experience flooding and power outages – I hope everyone is staying safe and can get back to normal soon! ~

Alright guys…it’s GAME ON time!

I know many of you know what journey I have up ahead…not a terribly hard one for some who’s been running for some time, but a hard one none-the-less for me and definitely a bucket list item I am excited to get started on:
Complete 6 half marathons in 6 consecutive months
a.k.a. – Do work son.
These are the races I have on deck – I’ve even decided on some (hoping for more than one) destination races that are in the mix:
1) November: (11/18/12) Women’s Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, Florida
2) December: (12/2/12) Brandon Half Marathon, Brandon, Florida
3) January: (1/12/13) Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Orlando, Florida
4) February: (2/23/13) Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, Orlando, Florida
5) March: (3/23/13) Zooma – Austin Half Marathon, Bastrop, Texas
TBD (PLEASE HAPPEN!) 6) April: (4/28/13) Nike Women’s Half Marathon, Washington D.C.
Locked. Loaded. Registered.
They each have a story to them, a reason I chose the race, of course:
I’ve been registered for the Women’s Half Marathon since March when I decided I wanted to do Half marathon; crazy how time has flown!
  • The Brandon Half Marathon is put on by my local running group so that was a no-brainer.
  • The Walt Disney World Half Marathon will be my first ever Disney race. I have a few friends running that weekend in their first full marathon and I will be right there cheering them on after I run the day before!
  • The Princess Half Marathon was one I just signed up for this week. I’d been undecided on running Gasparilla (scarred) or the Rock n’ Roll half here as my February half. My pal K said we have digs to stay at 10 minutes from the resort and I am pretty excited for it being the 5th year of the race, so I was game!
  • The Zooma race’s registration also happened this past week. Hubs and I had been planning on visiting…even moving to eventually [postponing that idea for now ;)]…Austin possibly in January. I heard about the Zooma race a while back when I was debating on running that race here in Florida at Amelia Island in January (After I decided on Disney I decided against it.) I saw the opportunity to mix a vacation and a race – hubs is aware of this new phenomenon – and whoa la!
  • For April, I am really hoping to get into the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. REALLY. I’d a) love to do a Nike race, b) have family up in the DC area who are a hoot and c) LOVE DC…what better way to run a race other than by sightseeing national monuments?

So, that’s the plan, Stan. I’ve been running consistently between 12-13 miles every long run to stay on top of mileage in preparation for these guys. I will, of course, have some tapering in between races and then ramp up for them as well with warm-up runs the day before.

Show. me. the bling!

Here are some things I know I’ll stick to:

NO NEW is good new on race day – lesson learned
Carry my inhaler – a.k.a. my lifesaver
Pace myself well and negative split instead of rushing in & then tuckering out
Practice nutrition for race day well before

Anyone run consecutive races like this before? Tips?!
Aside from scheming race-cations, I tinkered in the kitchen to make protein bars at home based on a few recipes I found on the Google machine. I know, right, I baked?!
For those of you who might not know me super well, I am NOT by any means a baker. I’m more of a “sprinkle of this” and “fash of that” kind of girl.

A few peeps on Instagram asked for the recipe; I wanted to wait for the outcome before sharing my baking experiment with the masses 😉 Also, a friend made a suggestion that would help balance
 things out a bit:
Banana Pumpkin Protein Bars/Muffins –
1 cup vanilla whey protein (or 2ish heaping scoops)
1 1/4 cups egg whites
1/4 cup stevia or sweetener (or use none)
1 banana
1 cup pumpkin puree/canned pumpkin
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (to lessen dryness of protein)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix wet ingredients: banana, pumpkin, eggs. Stir in dry ingredients. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (I sprayed non stick spray all over the foil so this didn’t stick.) Pour mixture out onto covered baking sheet, spreading evenly – batter is loose FYI.
** Update to recipe: You can also use a muffin pan to make them easier and more separated – with the ‘loose’ batter the muffin pan helps with evenness. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden on the top. Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into snack size bars/removing from muffin pan. I made about 15 smaller sized bars / 1 dozen muffins.
** Another update: I do believe I’ve found a ‘frosting’ for these new muffin-dealies too!
* To Reheat: microwave each muffin for 15 seconds and apply the magical frosting goodness – delish!
a friend recommended this peanut butter – I found it at Target – and it definitely adds a great ‘frosting’ feel to the muffins!
Ta Da! They came out great to use for breakfast or take for lunch snacks 😉

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m off to run in 40 something degree weather! Yay!

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    October 30, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Wow, look at that race schedule! That should be super fun and I’m looking looking forward to reading about them!

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    October 30, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Love your race schedule! I ran Zooma here in Atlanta and hope their Austin one is awesome. And hopefully I’ll see you at Nike DC! 🙂

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      October 30, 2012, 2:45 pm

      Hoping registration opens soon!

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    October 30, 2012, 12:31 pm

    I’m not sure if it’s the large coffee I’m finishing or reading this post, but my adrenaline is flowing!! I’m so excited for you for all you have coming up, and reading about all those races got me so excited for race season!! I need to find a January half to try to do this goal too. Are you going to cheer for me in the full?!?! I’m excited!! And I really want to do the NWM Half in DC in April too!! I will absolutely be there and would love to make a Tampa blogger trip out of it. I’m sure there are at least a few others who would be interested.

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      October 30, 2012, 12:59 pm

      Haha me too! I’m so excited FOR YOU!

      So far, I have already planned to run at least 2-3 of those too. Man, Nike WHM, RUNNING GODS, would be amazing!

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      October 30, 2012, 2:45 pm

      A trip would be great! I have family there so will be staying with them too

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      October 30, 2012, 4:14 pm

      Meghan, I’ll be cheering you all on at the full! I’d like to help run some peeps in but not sure how I can sneak on course 😉 Maybe use my day before bib lol

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    October 30, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Woohoo! I am so excited that you are FINALLY going to run a half marathon!!! I will see you at Disney in January and February!!! 😉

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      October 30, 2012, 2:46 pm

      Yay Disney wil be so fun! Don’t know if ill be at the park though…expensive even for us Florida residents! 😉

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    October 30, 2012, 12:40 pm

    First, your baking looks excellent! I’m coming to your place ;-).

    And 6 halfs in 6 months sounds terrific. I haven’t done anything like it, but I suspect those stories that make each of them special will pull you through – you very clearly want this, and it’s all mental at the end of the day. xx

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      October 30, 2012, 2:46 pm

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      October 30, 2012, 2:47 pm

      Thanks Kate! After these 6 ill definitely be on hiatus for a bit lol

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    October 30, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Those pumpkin protein bars are great and they’re so easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Good luck with all of your races! The fancy medals at the end are well worth it.

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      October 30, 2012, 2:47 pm

      Thank you! Yes it’s all about the bling!

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    October 30, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Kat you are such an inspiration! Seriously! John and I did a Disney race in April. It was so much fun!! Disney knows how to do it. And you have asthma?! So does John…I’m sure he’d like to pick your brain. He wants to do the Gasparilla half but isn’t sure his lungs will allow him to do it in a time he’s happy with. Can’t wait to read all about you kickin major booty in these races!

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      October 30, 2012, 2:53 pm

      Thank you Jen! It’s definitely doable! Training and breathing are key. I take my meds for allergies…which is the cause of mine…and always have an inhaler close by. I took super small baby steps especially in the summer heat.

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    October 30, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Love the race schedule…the Nike women’s half is on my bucket list, and I’ll be at Disney in February, too 🙂 It will be my first half and I’ve already registered for my 2nd one a month after!

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      October 30, 2012, 2:54 pm

      Yay! Good luck to you with your training too!

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    October 30, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Holy schmokes!!!! Rock it girl!

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    October 30, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Awesome goals – those are some great races! I want to do the princess SO bad but its just not in the budget this year.

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      October 30, 2012, 2:57 pm

      Aw that stinks but ill see you next month!

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    October 30, 2012, 2:28 pm

    I love the challenge Kat. Last year was my tough year.
    March – Gasparilla Mich Ultra Challenge
    April – St Anthonys
    May – Ironman Fl 70.3
    June – Dunedin and MPM Sprint Tris
    July – Half Marathon
    Aug – 2 5ks and a 10k
    Sept – Ironman Augusta 70.3
    Oct – Chicago Marathon
    Nov – Ironman FL 140.6
    Dec – Tough Mudder & Clearwater Halfathon
    Jan – Disney Goofy Challenge

    All I can say is, pace yourself and make sure you have recovery days built in to your schedule and you only race in shoes that have less than 300 miles on them.

    Also, you will have good races and bad races, revel in the good and shake off the bad.

    The most important advice I can give is HAVE FUN!!!

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      October 30, 2012, 2:58 pm

      Wow what a year! I have some secret goals for WHM but for the rest I want to see the course and enjoy the ride! Thanks Brad!

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    October 30, 2012, 2:58 pm

    still wish you were doing zoom a with me in January!!

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      October 30, 2012, 4:23 pm

      I know! If I wasn’t doing Disney I would have…maybe Zooma can send you to Austin too 😉

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    October 30, 2012, 3:25 pm

    MmmM! those look delish – and kudos to you for your goal! That’s AMAZING! Jealous your running the princess half!! 🙂

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      October 30, 2012, 4:23 pm

      Thanks Sarah! One year you’ll have to visit and do it! you and Michelle!

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    October 30, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I’m playing blog catch up here. Had no idea you were doing all of these. I assume your coach told you to pick one as your A race, right?

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      October 30, 2012, 4:24 pm

      I know where you’ve been hiding lol. I’ve been chatting about this forevers! Women’s is my main focus; the rest are for fun (especially the Disney ones) and/or to sightsee (Austin/DC)

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    October 30, 2012, 7:54 pm

    Awesome game plan! I love bling, too! Looking forward to reading lots of recaps!

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      October 30, 2012, 8:47 pm

      Thanks Ang, can’t wait to experience them all!

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    October 30, 2012, 8:26 pm

    I’m going to try and make these! I like healthy/easy recipes! Good luck with all of your races, you will rock them I’m sure!

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      October 30, 2012, 9:09 pm

      Thanks Jenelle, I sure hope so 😉 One will be an A race, the rest, for fun!

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    October 30, 2012, 8:32 pm

    With the way you’ve been running lately I have no doubt you’ll tear up the pavement for your six 1/2’s!! Bring on the bling!!

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      October 30, 2012, 9:10 pm

      Thanks sistah G! 😉

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    October 30, 2012, 11:51 pm

    You are such a superstar, Kat!! So ambitious! I can’t even think of doing ONE half marathon, let alone 6!! Why not just throw in a whole marathon in there!? 😉

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      October 31, 2012, 12:08 am

      Thanks Jen! You’ll be right behind me! 😉

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    October 31, 2012, 1:13 am

    It was 45 this morning here. Yikes!
    This schedule looks amazing. I think you will have so much fun and what a fabulous goal. I love that there are so many local races nearby you so that you can do your first 4 without having to travel to far.

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      October 31, 2012, 1:33 am

      Frankenstorm was cold! Yes I guess I’m pretty lucky! 😉

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    October 31, 2012, 1:44 am

    im so excited about your new recipe! i want to try those bars so bad!!! also, 6 in 6?! WHOAH! you are amazing, girlie!! i cant wait to see how it all pans out for you. i know youre gonna rock them! xo

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    November 1, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Loving your Six in Six plan, Kat, especially the “do work, son” part. 😉 I’ve only done one half-marathon, but I’m sure if you taper and rest accordingly, you can totally do six halfs in six months.

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