Spring officially began this week. Daylight Savings has happened, Novruz and St. Patrick’s Day are past, and the nice weather is looking like it might be here to stay. It’s spring! I’m joining Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup. Today I’ll tell you about the produce I’m looking forward to at the farmer’s markets next month! Read More →
What a month! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve posted, and yet, I can’t believe the time has gone so fast! Read More →
With sunrise approaching 7am and sunset near 6pm, the days are definitely getting longer. But I still feel that despite the very mild D.C. area winter thus far, that we’re in for a good snowstorm next month. Read More →
It has been a week, like a WEEK. And the gym has been a refuge. I’m joining Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup. But man, favorite spaces is such a subjective, personal topic! And so dependent on what your area is like! For me, where I currently live, it’s hard to even stretch and foam roll inside. Read More →
January is when we all make goals and set intentions for the year. It can also be a really rough month- it’s cold, dark, and there’s this ennui that can set in after the hubub of Thanksgiving-New Year’s holidays. The winter doldrums, if you will. Read More →
30.5 weeks. That’s how long my last training cycle was- from kickoff through the Gobble Wobble 5k- my last race of 2016. If we count from the first week I ran of the cycle through my fall marathon, it was 28 weeks long. Guys, that’s a long time. Read More →
Happy Thanksgiving! Inspired by my friend Courtney at EatPrayRunDC, race recaps will be a regular part of my blog. Races keep me running, and keep me challenging myself. I’m going to be honest and accountable about how my training is going along the way, so I’ll also share how the actual race went.
The Gobble Wobble 5K in Littleton, CO was my last race of 2016. I was visiting my parents for Thanksgiving, and we did this event 2 years ago. The original plan was for my mom, sister, brother, sister-in-law and I to all go, while my dad watched my nephew. Well, life intervenes, and my brother, sister-in-law and nephew couldn’t make it. So my dad did it with us instead!
The Gobble Wobble is a pretty local race, about 1300 people participate, everyone from high school athletes (looking at you sub-16:00 winner) to people walking dogs, grandpa pushing strollers, people in costumes, and everything in between.
It’s also pretty. I mean, come on, it’s Colorado. The 5k is at Clement Park, and goes around the lake, so there’s lake, there’s a mountain view, and then there’s some hills. Oh, and altitude (Mile High City).
We already had our packets, so we showed up a little before 8, exchanged our shirts, and parked. My other three family members were walking, so they headed towards the back of the group as the crowd was called to the start. I put myself about a third of the way back.
It felt good to run! There were the annoyances of people walking who had lined up amongst runners, and dirt and a narrow path, but it’s felt good to run, to get my heart rate up, to breathe. I didn’t stop for water and ran the whole thing, only looking at my watch once. My hip also didn’t hurt at all! And as the whipped cream on my pumpkin pie- I ended with a new 5K PR! 27:53 which means a pace of under 9:00 min/mile! Short races are a weakness of mine, and I hadn’t really done speed work since being hurt in late summer. So this was a surprise but a really good one! This was also my only PR of 2016, so it’s extra special. Hopefully I can do some strengthening and speed work this winter, and maybe 2017 will be a year of more PRs.