Kentucky Derby – The Fitness Way

My History with the Kentucky Derby Festival Full & Mini Marathons

The 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon was my fifth time on this course. Since 2013, I have completed four half marathons, and Boston Qualified on the full. During Black Friday I snagged a great entry fee deal. A couple of weeks later I was sidelined from a running fall resulting in a fractured little finger and other sprains.

Training for the KDF Mini

I started training for the KDF Mini in February, only to have the annoying pain of shin splints cause me to take off three weeks. I was frustrated, because I could not train to my potential. My original goal was to run a personal best which is common for runners who want to prove to ourselves that, “We still got it.” Reality was another thing. There was no way I could run a sub 1:42 half with the extra weight gain and lack of mileage.

Determined to race, I used the Florida heat during Spring Break to get in a couple of longer runs. I even rode my Mom’s beach cruiser to stay active. Training in 80 degrees would make it easier to run in Kentucky Spring temps. Fortunately, my school has a brand new track. I squeezed in some lunch miles to make after work life easier as a therapeutic foster parent. My foster daughter and I would get in 6-9 miles after school on our bikes.

I had to cut portion sizes, and ease up on meat and junk foods. This was about the time I started a 10-week Express Invisalign. I have to wear my aligners for 23 hours a day. I cannot sip tea all day like I normally do. Increased water intake helped with the shin splints. No candy and no snacking. Basically, I take the aligners out to eat lunch and dinner. I can only drink water. This helped me shed a few pounds.

I made sure to get plenty of rest all week before the race. My new goal was to finish under 2:00. The night before, I took a look at my https://kelsielou.com/race-summaries/ page to make some updates and remind myself of previous performances.

Kentucky Derby Festival Mini and Marathon Race Times
(The 3:15 time was when I walked the Mini)

The positive thinking and sacrifices resulted in me having an extremely pleasant race. The weather was PERFECT!! I did not run with music. The real reason is because I have not taken the time to link music to my new Forerunner 645 Music. The crowd support and DJs along the course kept me entertained.

I was disappointed in a non-technical shirt for 2019. The cotton t-shirts were made to go along with the landmark Louisville Slugger Museum Theme.

Race Highlights of the KDF Mini Marathon

  • As soon as I entered Corral B a stranger asked me to tie his shoe. I thought it was a little odd, but I humbled myself to kneel down and tie this man’s shoe. Then, he asked me to tie the other one. I made sure I double knotted and tucked the ends under his laces like I do mine. When I stood up, I saw that he was wearing a Special Olympics shirt. I introduced myself, and he told me his name was Nick. His corral was F, but he was all the way in the Bs. He told me he had run the Mini before. I let him lean on me to stretch. We crossed the starting mats and ran together for a block. I did not see him after that. I’m glad I was able to be Nick’s friend in that brief moment.
  • The first few miles has a lot of turns. The pattern is: 2 lefts, 2 rights, 2 lefts. It makes it easy peasy to run those tangents.
  • There was a water station between miles 6-7. I thanked the volunteer. As I passed I heard her yell, “Kelsie!” I turned back and saw her face. It was the former Finance Manager at Job Corps. She and I settled up a lot of checks back when I was the Recreation Supervisor. It was so good to see Dawn after all these years.
  • So normally, I’m the photo queen. Without my phone, I did not get ANY photos. I walked past the finisher photographers and straight to where I parked. When I got ready to pull off I got a text. My co-worker, Karen, was at the finish line awaiting her boyfriend to finish the Full Marathon. She heard the announcer say, “Kelsie Smoot” and found me getting ready to finish. This made my day.

Results of the 2019 KDF Mini

  • Finish Time: 1:52:28
  • Age Division: 40/643
  • Women’s Division: 313/4557
  • Overall: 1175/8138

The non-measureable is feeling like myself again, having that surge going into summer with fun 5 and 10Ks, and a unique half marathon picked out for the fall. The full marathon calls my name sometimes, but I suppress those thoughts. I’m not insane anymore.

Later that night. A better finisher photo.

While I was finishing my race another co-worker, Ms. Glass, was participating in the preliminary rounds of the National Physique Committee Derby Championship. She has been training since January, and I saw her already toned body become even more defined. She emailed me her eating plan, and I was blown away with the attention to detail and the daily water intake. In addition to her lifting, she had to do 70 minutes of cardio a day and increase her water consumption even more.

I went back downtown to support her Kentucky Derby fitness efforts. Unfortunately, I did not get to see her Master’s Figure 35+ pose on stage because the NPC program is so long. The bikini category was the largest and took a couple of hours to go through each category, class, etc.

2019 NPC Kentucky Derby Championships Schedule.
The winners from each Bikini Class (based on height) competed for overall winner. The Bikini Champion was the forth lady from the left. They are judged heavily on their glutes. The Figure category is mainly shoulders and back.
The 50 plus age category for Bodybuilding and Bikini.
Bodybuilding Champions. 2nd from the left, Chauncey Wilson, was the winner.

There is more to the Kentucky Derby than horses. Next year, I may do the Tour de Lou bike ride.

The Marathon Continues🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁

💙Kelsie Lou💙

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Spotlight on Imane

Imane is one of my former Smootents (Ms. Smoot + Students) from Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center.  Her family moved from Chad to Louisville, KY in 2007. We met shortly after when Imane was scheduled to my Reading class.

2011 Whitney M. Young Job Corps Graduation.

Imane’s determination earned her a CNA certification and proficiency in literacy and numeracy. Upon her graduation in 2011 from Job Corps, Imane worked in the medical field before moving to a management position in the service industry. 

Imane has been a student and a teacher.  She would bring in DVD movies produced in Ghana and Nigeria.  Our class learned to break the stereotypes of Africa to see how well our brothers and sisters are living. I still enjoy watching Gollywood and Nollywood movies to this day.

Imane and I always stayed in contact with each other outside of school. She exposed me to a lot of African culture. I was never treated like a stranger when she invited me to her family’s weddings.

This photo was in 2013 at the Frostbite 5K.

In 2015, I witnessed Imane celebrating her marriage. In her culture couples are married first, then they have a wedding to celebrate. She was already married a few months before the actual wedding.

A match made in Heaven.
Imane’s Wedding 2015

This past September, Imane stopped by my house to chit chat. I knew she looked different. Before I could say anything, she told me that she was expecting. It was very early in her pregnancy, but she wanted me to know.

Fast forward to Imane’s baby shower. For this first time Mommy, I had to hook her up with a little bit of everything. Because I was her teacher, it was important for me to include some books in the gift basket I designed.

Gorgeous Imane
Imane’s Baby Shower Theme

Birds of a Feather…If you see Imane, her best friend from Job Corps, Gloria is close by. Gloria and I have history too. She was the president of the Student Government Association, and we traveled to Washington D.C. for a conference. This Haitian native is a RN and will be completing her Master’s in June.

Imane’s Nieces

Celebrating the life of Baby Ali! I love you, Imane!

Job Corps Works!!

KelsieLou

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Spring Break: By Land, By Sea, By Air

Beach Cruisin’

I took my Mom to get a beach cruiser bike. This will give her another fitness option in addition to walking and swimming. My Mom has a few more weeks before she can ride due to another back surgery. Regardless of her circumstances my Mom always knows how to stay on balance.

18 Wheelin’

I got the ultimate “Pull Up” from a special someone. It was so thoughtful for him to route his job to visit me. We took a ride in his huge cabin to Plant City to get cargo that was going to Syracuse, NY.

Bisou, Bisou!

Chain of Lakes

Winter Haven, Florida has 24 lakes that are connected by canals. My parents and I took a pontoon cruise around lakes Lulu, Shipp, and Eloise.

My Jewels, Phillip Sr. and Alice Smoot.
The Smoots

Lake Eloise is the water ski capital of the world. There are water ski shows that are performed at the site of Legoland, formally known as Cypress Gardens.

Legoland Pirate Ski Show area, Legoland Coaster, Tiny island used to shoot scenes on Giligan’s Island, The Florida-shaped pool used by Ester Williams.

These are a few of the beautiful lakeside homes around Lake Eloise:

Lake Eloise Homes

Sand Key Park

Being centrally located, I have the choice between Daytona Beach or Clearwater Beach. My Mom’s dentist told her about a low-key area called Sand Key Park just south of Clearwater. I am so glad we took her advice to avoid the Spring Break crowds.

Me and Mom. Ocean air without a care.

Sand Key Park has all day parking for $5 with plenty of spaces.  This area is for people who want a laid back beach experience without water sport rentals and pirate ship cruises.  Sand Key has umbrella and cabana rentals for $25 and there are two food trucks. 

Same ocean, less crowds as Clearwater.

The weather was a perfect 78°, with no humidity.  I took a 4.5 mile walk on the nature trail to Gulf Blvd.  I re-entered the beach through an access by some condos and kept walking South.  I was amazed to see how empty Sand Key was during the peak Spring Break season. I was a mile from Belleaire Beach when I walked back with Pier 60 in my view.

Sand Key Beach

Lakeland Sun’n Fun 5K

Lakeland has a strong running community with great races. The Sun ‘n Fun 5K course was very unique. I’ve run on the Indy 500 track, Churchill Downs infields, and football stadiums, but never on an airport runway.

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

For my 5K results, I placed 4th place in my age group with five seconds away from getting a medal. I’ve been eating too many crepes and calzones, I guess. I placed 19/280 in the women’s division, and 59/476 overall .

The 5K was one of the many events for Lakeland’s annual air show. Five U.S. Navy Blue Angels flanked the starting line.

It was a foggy morning that turned into blue skies just in time for the hot air balloon race.

The tragic death of Nipsey Hussle occured during this trip. I’ve had Victory Lap on repeat ever since. His life and legacy sparked my spirit to be a better person.

R.I.P. Nipsey. The Marathon Continues 🏁…

KelsieLou 💕

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Calzones Made Better @Home

Recently, a calzone that was undercooked with a struggling portion size was served to me from national pizza chain. The food was so bad that the manager gave me $30 worth of gift certificates that I gave away.

I can’t give up on one of my favorite meals, so I’ve learned how to make calzones on my own.

The basic ingredients

The dough can be homemade, but while on vacation a shortcut was made with store bought dough.

Roll out the dough and add your favorite fillings. Don’t be afraid to break out one of those refillable water bottles if there is no rolling pin on hand. 😊

Add what ever you like. Do not precook the veggies.

You can go all veggie, or load up like I did with pepperoni, ham and turkey kielbasa. The turkey kielbasa was browned before adding to the calzones. All of the other ingredients will cook in the oven.

Spicy sausage can be used too🌶️

Layer mozzarella and parmesan cheeses between layers of meats and veggies.

Hook it up!

Add beaten egg around the dough to seal the calzone in a half moon shape.

Don’t act stingy with the cheese, especially when using the store brand😄

Twist the leftover dough to make a rope design. Brush some beaten egg over the calzone to give it that golden color.

All of the hard work is done

Bake in the oven on 400° for 15-17 minutes.

You can use a cookie sheet.

Note: I prefer to have tomato sauce on the side. Some people prefer the tomato sauce to be inside. If you prefer the latter, you will have a stromboli.

Either way, you will have control over what you eat, fresh ingredients and no worries about inconsistent restaurant food.

Old Chicago who?

Bon appetit!😘

💕Kelsie Lou💕

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French Crêpes Recipe

Banana and chocolate with roasted almonds/ Strawberry and chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • 4 Tbsp of Rum
  • 3 Tbsp of sugar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sliced almonds
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella cacao spread
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Bananas and Strawberries
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Directions:

In a mixing bowl add: flour, sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and butter.  Add milk slowly as you whisk the ingredients into a smooth consistency.  Add the Rum at the end, and mix a little bit more.

Roast the sliced almonds in a small pan.  Set aside to use as a topping.

Heat a nonstick pan and oil very lightly. Pour in a ladle of dough.  Spread mixture in the pan by rotating the pan. Cook over low heat.  Flip one time, and remove from heat.

Spread desired amount of Nutella across the crêpe.  Create your own design with fruits rolled or folded.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.

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Bon Appétit

💕KelsieLou💕

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Doing the Most French Toast

1. Cut French bread into 1″ slices.

2. Soak in milk, egg, vanilla extract and brown sugar.

3. Brown toast in pan with butter until golden brown.

4. Make your own syrup with strawberries using butter and sugar.

5. Garnish with strawberries and blueberries.

Bon Appetit!

♡KelsieLou♡

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Maffé Chicken & Vegetable Dish

This delicious meal was prepared for me.  It was so good that I had to share the recipe.maffe

Serves 4-6 people

Ingredients:

  1. 1 and ½ lbs Chicken Thighs (or one whole chicken)
  2. 3 Carrots
  3. 3 Turnips
  4. 3 Parsnips
  5. 3 Sweet Potatoes
  6. 1 large yellow Onion
  7. ½ clove crushed Garlic
  8. 1 small can Tomato Paste
  9. 3 Bay Leaves
  10. 8-9 ounces Creamy Peanut Butter (half of a small jar)
  11. 2 Lemons
  12. 4 Cups of Water
  13. 3 teaspoons of chicken bouillon
  14. Salt and Pepper to taste
  15. 1 cup Peanut oil
  16. 3 cups Jasmine rice
  17. 6 Habanero Peppers
  18. Fresh Parsley (garnish)

Preparation:

Add ½ cup peanut oil to a Dutch Oven.  Sauté finely chopped garlic and onions.  Add tomato paste and stir.  Add water, bouillon and Bay leaves to the pot.  Bring to a boil.  Add all of the vegetables.  Reduce to a simmer, and cover.

Prepare Jasmine Rice.

Remove skin from chicken and sauté in a pan with ½ cup of peanut oil until brown on both sides.

Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Remove all the vegetables from the Dutch Oven, so only the sauce remains.  The vegetables can go on baking sheet in the oven to keep warm until serving.

Stir in peanut butter and juice from two lemons with a wooden spoon on high heat until well mixed.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Lower heat and add sautéed chicken to the sauce.  Cover Dutch Oven, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Serving Suggestion:

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This dish is nicely paired with a glass of Chardonnay.

Kelsie Lou

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The Louisville Loop

Happy New Year Everyone!

It has been a while since my last post.  I type this with soreness in my right hand from a fractured little finger that happened a few weeks ago.  I was finishing a 5-mile run to prepare for a 10k that I wanted to run in Florida over Christmas Break.  I tripped and fell on the sidewalk less than a block away from my house.  I twisted my left foot, had water on the left knee, a broken right pinky, and a cracked Galaxy 8.  😬

I will not dwell on my fall.  This post is about the joy that I have found over the last two months while biking along the Louisville Loop.

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If you recall, last year I purchased a road bike with goals to compete in triathlons.  I raced a sprint distance where I could have placed in my age group had I not struggled in the biking section.  No matter how much I wanted to get into the sport, I could not adjust to being clipped on the pedals and changing gears.  The outdoor cycling experience was a lot harder than indoor spin classes in terms of coordination and safety.

Not one to give up, I decided to try a mountain bike.

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Ride #1:  Ohio River Valley

My first ride started at Chickasaw Park based on a co-worker’s suggestion.  I was confused about where to get on the Loop because of construction along Southwestern Parkway.  I parked at the tennis courts and rode out to Southwestern Parkway.  There were green signs for Bike Route on a side street, but I didn’t want to go into the residential area.  I continued past the construction into Shawnee Park.  I finally found the paved area for the Louisville Loop.

shawnee park louisville loop

My first reaction was excitement to see Louisville from a different perspective.  It was a little scary hearing ruffling in the woods from wildlife.  It took so long to get set up on the new bike that I was losing daylight.

I came to a sign that said the area was closed due to high water.  I didn’t see any water and figured I could ride until the path was blocked.  I kept riding and got to the Shawnee Golf course.  The next barrier was a complete road block I could not get around.  I ended up riding on the golf course.  It was cold and I didn’t expect anyone to be golfing, so I kept on peddling.  The 10-mile ride seemed short and not much of a workout.

When this section is opened, it is supposed to go all the way to the Big Four Bridge.

Ride #2:  Floyd’s Fork

The next ride was at Beckley Creek Park, which I am familiar with from marathon training and the St.Patrick’s Day Half Marathon.

kelsie l. smoot

I got there in the afternoon and it just so happened that the Louisville Marathon was getting their last finishers.  I felt bad for the runners, because it was a very cold morning for a marathon.  The park is beautiful and more ideal for biking than running because of the concrete.

louisville loop parklands mile 73.7

The path went on forever.  It is easy to get caught up in the newness of scenery and forget the same miles going out need to be covering getting back to the starting point.  I spoke with a couple at the Turkey Run Park rest area.  They mentioned how The Loop connected to Broad Run Park.  It came with a warning that there were hills in that area.  From Beckley Creek Park to Turkey Run was about 24 miles round trip.

parklands louisville loop

Ride #3:  Brown Forman Silo

The next ride on the Louisville Loop was Broad Run Park to Turkey Run.  I covered 9 miles on this ride and it was very hilly!  I was low gear for most of this ride.  Turkey Run Park is home to the Brown Forman Silo that has been transformed into an observation tower.  There are 109 steps to reach the lookout platform.

brown forman silo observation platform

louisville loop view from brown forman silo

Again, I was seeing parts of Louisville that were new to me.  I went to Broad Run to walk around when it first opened because my parents lived in the area before they moved to Florida.

Ride #4:  Ohio River part 2

On Thanksgiving Day, I skipped the Turkey Trot races and went for a 22-mile ride on the Ohio River Levee Trail.  I began at Farnsley-Moreman and rode to the Watson Lane Trailhead.  From Watson Lane, I rode until a split.  The left side goes to the Ohio River Overlook.  The right side continues the Louisville Loop to Chickasaw Park.

louisville loop path to chickasaw or ohio river overlook

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It was getting dark, and the oatmeal I ate for breakfast was not enough fuel.

louisville loop dusk

Ride #5:  Ohio River part 3

I was determined to ride from Farnsley-Moreman to Chickasaw Park.  The Levee part is okay, because the scenery is nice.

louisville loop riverview park levee

The boring part of this ride is coming out of Riverview Park.  This section is along an industrial park area of Cane Run Road.  It goes around Louisville Gas and Electric stations.

There is a part that I liked in a wooded area.  Sadly, I can tell that this section of the loop is not as respected and taken care of like the Parklands sections.  The residents in this area are to blame for the graffiti and using motor bikes.  A section of the trail was very muddy from motor bike tire marks.  I heard one behind me and pulled over to let him pass.

After the Levee Section, the Louisville Loop goes into a residential area towards an open road.  I did not like being out there on a 50 mph, two lane road.  It was very industrial with factories and 18 wheelers passing by.  Someone in a pickup truck thought it would be funny to yell out the window to startle me.  I’ve experienced jerks yelling obscenities while running, so it wasn’t a huge deal.  Some people are just ignorant.

I was happy the Loop took me back onto a traffic free area by a junkyard and going into Rubbertown.  The Louisville Loop had made full circle when I came out onto Southwester Parkway.  I must admit that I was tired mentally from the concentration and physically.  This was my longest distance for running and biking with a little over 28 miles covered in three hours.

Ride #6:  Parklands

I like riding in the Parklands because of the scenery.

louisville loop parklands views

 

This was a 16-mile ride to keep it reasonable in terms of going out and back in under two hours.  The trail was blocked due to high waters in some areas.  I saw a guy with a Sheriff bag on his bike and asked how did it look ahead.  He told me it was okay, but very muddy.

Conclusion:

With the mild weather in Kentucky, there were a lot of cyclist out on my last ride.  I couldn’t help but notice how smoothly the road bikes were moving.  I got looped on the Loop!

I posted my Trek bike for sale after I failed miserably at clips, gears, and a fall.  I am glad I didn’t accept some of the low ball offers I received.  I have decided to keep my road bike!  Clipping in is going to take some time.  I plan to switch to platform pedals and see how that goes.

The missing piece to the Louisville Loop is getting into the downtown area and figuring out where to go from there with the section in Shawnee being closed.  Once I am fully healed from the fall, I would like to take new routes around Cherokee Park into Seneca Park, and possibly out of town.

Whether mountain or road bike, I will keep you all in the Loop!

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♡KelsieLou♡

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More Altitude, Less Attitude

When most people refer to Gatlinburg, TN they are talking about Sevier County which includes Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley and Sevierville.  There are so many activities to do year around.  This first thing for a relaxing getaway is picking out a nice chalet such as Happy Daze overlooking Bluff Mountain:

Happy Daze Cabin

1482 Honey Oaks Way, Sevierville TN

Happy Daze Pigeon Forge

Happy Daze Rec Room

You are likely to run into some traffic during the peak seasons of summer and fall.  There was a misty rain, but it did not stop crowds of people from enjoying time with their loved ones.

Gatlinburg

Everywhere you go in Gatlinburg from restaurants to adventure attractions will have photo booth areas.

Kelsie Smoot

Kelsie Smoot (3)

Kelsie Smoot (2)

The Ober Aerial Tramway is a two-mile ride from downtown Gatlinburg to the Ski Area and Amusement park.  The ride was packed with 120 people.  The three cables will hold up to a million pounds. I wouldn’t recommend the tram ride for anyone who is claustrophobic or does not like heights.

Ober Gatlinburg

Ice Skating is one of those skills that once you learn it, you are set for life.

Ober Gatlinburg Ice Skating

For dining options, there is a newer place called the Local Goat.  It must be good because the wait was almost two hours.  A quicker place was a block up called, Bullfish Grill that did not disappoint with their shrimp and grits.

Bullfish Grill Shrimp and Grits

Applewood Farmhouse was the selection for breakfast, but they were on their lunch menu after 11 am.  Their apple fritters served with a signature julep were nice appetizers.  The Fall day called for a traditional pot pie and fried okra.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant Pot Pie

No restaurant on the Parkway in all of Sevier County could compare to the food that was prepared in the Chalet.  No cap.  Fresh salmon, jasmine rice and veggies prepared for “Lady Kel.”

Pan Seared Salmon

No dinner is complete without dessert.

Apple Flambe

On a sunnier day, horseback riding at Five Oaks was a challenging, yet a beautiful experience.

Five Oaks Stables Horses

My horse’s name was Sally.  I let her do her own thing in terms of navigating the muddy trail.  It reminded me how teachers need to allow their students to be creative instead of being in total control of everything.

Horseback riding Gatlinburg

The trail was so muddy in parts that I felt bad for using this horse for my amusement.  I thought we were going to sink like the horse Artax on the movie, The Neverending Story.

Horseback Riding Five Oaks Stables

They said this ride was for all experience levels, but I would caution taking this excursion if you need a lot of learning reinforcement.  I was afraid most of the time, especially when the horse in front of me was getting wild near a cliff.

Pigeon Forge Horseback Riding

Like all valleys and mountains, I survived.  Ms. Sally wanted to get some food after dealing with my attitude the whole ride.

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When you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.

♡KelsieLou♡

 

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New Season, who ‘dis?

Fall Break from school called for a quick trip to Florida to visit my parents. The timing was perfect due to a crisis situation regarding my work as a therapeutic foster parent. Sleep has been difficult, and working out has not been on my agenda.

Somehow, I managed to run the Lake to Lake 10k in Lakeland. The course went from Lake Mirror, to Lake Morton, and around Lake Hollingsworth. I was familiar with the area from dining at Harry’s Seafood and sightseeing the architecture at Florida Southern College.

I was calm and focused at the start. I didn’t expect such a large turnout. I could tell by the conversations that a lot of people knew each other from the Lakeland Runners Club.

I would love to be in this club if I lived in Florida.  Lake Hollingsworth was selected by Under Armour as one of the top 20 places to run in the United States.

 

Keeping it real with my struggle face finisher pic. I sprinted the last half mile. The lady in the distance tried to pass. I wasn’t having it.

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Results: 50:56/ 8:12 Pace

1/27 40-44 Age Group

8/232 Female

37/387 Overall

All participants were given finisher medals. I earned another blue ribbon for my collection.

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I like how the race shirts are racer backs. More race directors should consider this functional style.

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Later that night, I linked up with my homie Terrence who made the wise decision to relocate from Detroit to the Gulf Coast.

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We started off at this Jamaican club in Tampa, then we club hopped in Ybor City.

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I flew back to Louisville with the smoke settled on the unfortunate events I faced before I left.  The only way to go is up…to the 16th Floor for a nice dinner and conversation at Ruth’s Chris.

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“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

At the end of the day, my Smootents show me love.  I owe it to them to be a whole teacher for 175 instructional days of the year.  Period.

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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

I’m not running ‘from’, I’m running ‘to’.

♡KelsieLou♡

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