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Colon Cancer 5k 2010

Oops, I almost forgot that I ran a little 5k this past weekend!

I am happy to say that I felt a lot better during this race than the last one, probably because I got to run at Iroquois Park this time. Even though the hills at Iroquois are steep, I enjoy them so much more because it’s not long before they come back down 😉

Anyway, I ran most of the race until the middle of mile 2 when I got a cramp in my lower back and had to walk for a couple of minutes. I have definitely been neglecting my core workouts the past couple of months and it came back to bite me!

A strong core is so important for running, so I’m going to have to get back on it!

Here’s how I finished:

  • Distance: Approximately 3.1 miles
  • Time: 36:46
  • Avg. pace: 11:50/mile

I feel pretty good about that considering it was the first time I’d ran since the Fleet Feet Fiesta! I’ve really got to run more than once a week if I want to build up my distance and improve my speed. It’s just hard to get motivated, especially when the weather is so hot.

Bring on the fall!

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I have yet another 5k this coming Saturday. Can you tell that this is how I keep myself accountable?

This run will be through Seneca Park, so I’m excited as I have never ran an actual race there but have ran around the park many times (and on their trails)!

Fleet Feet Fiesta 2010

I can’t believe how long it had been since I had ran in a race! I also haven’t been running a whole lot in general, just 2-3 miles here and there. But now, it’s time to get serious!

The Fleet Feet Fiesta was a hilly 3 mile run through Cherokee Park at 9 p.m. at night. So it was my first night race! I’ve done a charity walk at night before, but never anything this challenging.

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Confession: I loathe Cherokee park. I mean, it’s beautiful, but those hills kick my butt! I’d much rather take Iroquois Park‘s dramatic ups and downs, instead of these slow gradual climbs. But I obviously needed a challenge; and I got it!

  • Distance: About 3 miles
  • Time: 34:30
  • Avg. pace: 11:30/mile

I ended up having to walk for a little bit between miles 2 and 3. I told Farrah it was likely because I’ve just been running 2-2.5 miles at a time lately so my brain decided at that point, I couldn’t do anymore. But I eventually picked it back up and ran across the finish line!

Yes, I have ran faster but I don’t care. For not having run much lately, I’ll take it. Plus, these days I want to just run for fun and do races because they help motivate me to keep up with running, which helps keep me in good shape, physically and mentally. I also want to stay injury free! So I’m not going to dwell on my time so much.

I did have to ice my right knee after the race and it was quite bothersome yesterday but I’m much better now. I’m just dealing with some quads soreness. My legs are like “Where the heck have YOU been?” Ha ha, I’ve been wondering that myself.

I had hoped to meet Rachel and Erica that night as they were both participating, but it ended up being a lot more crowded than I expected and we missed each other. Any other Louisville bloggers out there? We’ll all have to get together soon 🙂

My next race is next Saturday! I’m doing a 5k run for Colon Cancer at (thank the Heavens) Iroquois Park. I know those hills will still be challenging but if I made it through 3 miles at Cherokee, I pretty much feel like I can do anything now. To keep up with me, check out my Races page!

If you’ve been going through a rut, don’t give up! I’ve been struggling to get back into some sort of routine for a while now, but I finally feel like I’m breaking through whatever barriers were holding me back. You just have to be patient, which I know isn’t easy, believe me.

It feels so good to be back! Catch y’all later 🙂

Champions 4 Her 5k 2010

On Saturday morning, I woke up to the sounds of thunder and heavy rain. Then came the flashes of lightning. I have to admit…I was NOT happy at all.

I ate breakfast, got dressed and drove down to the race site. I sat in my car as the rain kept coming down and the lightning kept striking. Surely this race is going to get canceled, I thought. But it didn’t. And I feel sort of guilty for wishing it had.

The Champions 4 Her 5K started a few minutes after 8:00 and we didn’t get very far before a massive downpour came over us. I had already decided to walk before this because my aunt was there and also I wasn’t feeling motivated to run at all because I had ran on Friday and my hip was a little sore. But the downpour just helped solidify this commitment.

As we were walking, we noticed that they changed the course a bit this year. We used to go across the bridge to Clarksville, but thanks to construction on Main Street (probably related to the Yuck Yum Arena) we ended up just going all the way down one street, turning around and coming back.

As far as race courses go, it was pretty boring. But I was glad for the time I spent chatting with my aunt, mostly about the crazy weather we have been having here lately!

My aunt and I walked the 3.1 miles in less than an hour in the pouring rain. Which I thought was pretty awesome considering.

The rain also cleared up enough after we finished so that we walked around a little bit and got some free health screenings. They had quite a bit of useful information at this festival, it really is a great event and I’m glad I went down there after all.

I’ve learned from this that sometimes we just need to slow down and enjoy the walk and take the “race” part out of it.

If that’s not a metaphor for life, I don’t know what is.

Tour de Olmstead 2010

It took me a couple of days to write this recap because I chose to spend the rest of the weekend reflecting on what an awesome race this was (you’ll see). Prior to Saturday, I hadn’t run more than 3 miles since the miniMarathon and lately had just been sticking to 2 miles.

So of course I thought going into this race, there was NO way I could run 5 miles. Especially 5 extremely hilly miles through Iroquois Park.

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But, putting self-doubt aside, I got out of bed, ate breakfast, got dressed and headed down there to meet Farrah. We are both so glad we have each other and took comfort in knowing that we are both crazy enough to PAY to get up early on a Saturday and run 5 miles in the rain through one of the toughest parks in Louisville.

The Tour de Olmstead is an all day event, starting with a 25-mile bike ride, then the 5 mile run, a family bike ride, a festival and then 6 hours of professional cycling races! The event is held by the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., which was formed in 1989 with a mission “to enrich the life of everyone in our community by restoring, enhancing and preserving the historic Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, Louisville’s great natural and recreational assets.”

Hopefully they had an awesome turn out!

The run crowd was pretty small. I think my bib number was 20, my lowest number ever! Such a breath of fresh air considering the races I am used to where you are so crowded, especially for that first mile or so.

When the race started, everyone took off pretty fast and I tried to keep up but knew right away that it wouldn’t be a good idea if I wanted to make it through the whole 5 miles. So I slowed down and found my steady pace for a while. We had been told just prior to race start that the path was all the way up to the top of the park (aka the overlook, for those of you familiar), around a 1.2 mile loop and then back down.

Holy crap!

Photo from Wikipedia — That is downtown Louisville in the far off distance! We climbed to the top of this hill!!

Once we turned the corner to start going uphill (about 0.8 miles into the race), the rain began to pour down on us. At first I was frustrated, but then it became refreshing. It was in the 80’s and very humid by the time this race started.

It didn’t rain the whole time. In fact, when it had been stopped for a while, I started to get really hot and wished it would rain again! As we made our way up the windy hills, I hit the first water stop and walked for about 30 seconds to take a few sips.

Then, when I made my way to the very top (which ended with a bigger incline), I walked for a minute to catch my breath and start the loop around the top. The way back down wasn’t as downhill as I’d hoped it would be. But it was definitely better than continuing to climb up!

At this point, I knew I had surpassed 3 miles and to me that was already an accomplishment, since I hadn’t ran this much lately. There were a couple of songs that helped me get through the last two miles, thanks to borrowing my husband’s iPod. This was no coincidence.

After reaching the top of the hill, I was by myself for most of the rest of the race (Farrah had taken off and then took a wrong turn somewhere!) and it was kind of awesome. Iroquois is very wooded and there are trees completely lining the path we were on going up and coming back down the hill. Even though I was pushing myself and sweating profusely, there was something so serene about being in that moment.

Just when I was starting to think I needed to slow down or maybe even walk again, this song came on. Now, I’m not the hugest Kanye fan in the world. But the beat kept me going and these particular lyrics hit me right where I was:

Jesus Walks
God show me the way because the Devil’s trying to break me down
Jesus Walks with me
The only thing that I pray is that my feet don’t fail me now

I know that probably sounds cheesy, but this song came at the perfect time. The devil in this case was doubt. Even after all I have accomplished, I still sometimes doubt my abilities. But I also have this knack for proving myself wrong. 😉

During the song, I raised my hands in the air a few times to thank God for getting me through this run and for giving me the strong body that I have. It was an awesome experience.

Soon after this, I hit mile four (which had an encouraging note spray painted on the road–“You’re almost there!”) and totally rocked out to this song (including some head banging, ha ha) and then hit the final stretch with “Tunnel” by Third Day: There’s a light at the end of this tunnel…ha.

I finished the race strong and even had my name called out as I came across the finish line (gotta love smaller races). Here’s how I did!

  • Time: 53:03
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Avg. Pace: 10:37/mile

WOO HOO!!!

I have ran faster races and I have ran longer distances. But I’m pretty sure that this was the hardest and most rewarding race of my running “career.” I have never been more proud of myself than I was on Saturday.

I am DEFINITELY signing up for this one next year! 🙂

Run for the L of it 2010

This morning, my alarm went off at 5:45. It was time to get ready for yet another 5k race!

Run for the L of it

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My friend Farrah was at a motorcycle driving class, so I ran by myself again today. In many ways, I prefer that but sometimes it is nice to have a friend there to push you! I missed her today.

This was a smaller race so I was able to walk up to the start line just a few minutes before the gun went off. The weather was warm but not too hot.

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Start

When I started, I remembered my run on the treadmill two days ago and I knew that I could go faster than I thought I could. So I started out at a moderate (for me) pace.

I ran the first mile in 9:30, the second in 9:25. I was right on track to beat my PR of 29:28.

But somewhere toward the end, I must have slowed down because once I saw the finish line for the first time, it was 28-something and I thought I was golden. I picked up the pace and sprinted to the finish but somehow I missed the PR by seconds!

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 29:39 (11 seconds, ahhh!)
  • Avg. Pace: 9:34/mile

While I was a bit disappointed for getting that close to beating my time and just barely missing it, I still had a great time and felt really proud of myself for finishing another race feeling great!

My next race is June 12 (two weeks) and it’s a 5-miler at Iroquois Park. Time to start working on my mileage!

Waggin' Trail 5k

This past Saturday, I did another 5k! Well, not exactly. While there was a run that morning, I chose to stick with the walkers. A really cute one, in particular.

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Suzie and I participated in the Kentucky Humane Society‘s annual Waggin’ Trail 5k which raises money for the animals they care for at the facilities. It was our second year participating and last year was so much fun, we knew we had to do it again!

It’s a really neat event with lots of different boths where you can get things for your pet, including having them microchipped. One of our local radio stations was also there giving away prizes. Check out the crowd!

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They also had plenty of doggie pools sitting out because it was quite warm and sunny that morning!

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Suzie met up with her friends Bo and Bailey, who all did some sniffing while us humans waited for the walk to start.

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After waiting around in the shade for what seemed like forever, the walk finally started. Let’s go!

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The walk/run was held at Iroquois Park here in Louisville, which is known for it’s major hills! You may have seen these a time or two if you’ve ever participated in the Papa John’s 10-miler or the Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon. They are quite challenging!

We finished in about an hour (1:02:06), which was pretty good for the course, the dogs and the crowd.

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Suzie walked the whole time! I guess because she sniffed all the way from the car to the park, she got it out of the way because she didn’t stop once. But I think she wore herself out too. It usually takes her an hour to walk 2 miles and she did 3.1!

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It was an awesome day and I can’t wait to do it again next year. The Kentucky Humane Society is where we got Suzie almost 2 years ago, so it holds a special place in our hearts. She is seriously the sweetest, most loving dog and though we still don’t know how anyone could’ve ever given her up, we’re glad they did! 🙂

ECA Race Into Summer 5k

On Saturday, I participated in yet another 5k!

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This time it was for Eastside Christian Academy and it was their first time ever hosting the race. It was a very well organized event, especially for being a smaller race, and it was such a beautiful morning to be out running at E.P. Tom Saywer Park!

It was a little chilly at the start, but the sun came out and their was a nice breeze. It was really the perfect running weather. Long sleeves and sunglasses are a good indicator for me.

My friend Farrah was supposed to run with me but she backed out last minute. So it was all me! I didn’t realize it until now, but this was the first race I had ran by myself in a LONG time. Which is funny because that’s how I started was alone. So it was almost like the old days 😉 But I do enjoy having company sometimes too.

We got started a little after 9:00 a.m. and immediately I knew this was going to be a challenging race. We treaded on gravel, through grass and on dirt roads. My legs were feeling it a mile into the race, but my breathing was steady and it felt so good, mentally, just to be running again.

There was a water stop halfway through, which I stopped at and walked through as I drank a small cup of water. Then I started jogging again.

I tried to steadily increase my pace each mile and sprinted at the end. I teared up a little bit because literally, the last quarter mile, I was by myself and everyone at the end was cheering for me as I sprinted toward the finish, including a friend from church who told me about the race (one of her kids goes to school there).

It was just AWESOME.

  • Distance: 5k (3.1 miles)
  • Time: 30:45
  • Avg. pace: 9:54/mile

And I finished 35th out of 94 people, how cool is that?!

After I finished, I slammed three cups of water and then stood at the finish line to watch all the other runners and walkers come across and clap for them the way so many had done for me.

It was so awesome to see so many kids and families out there too. There was a 1-mile “fun run” but many of the kids did the 5k too! It made me realize that I can’t wait to share this with my kids someday.

I don’t have another 5k race until the 29th, but I’m so glad I have these to keep me motivated to run this summer. I’m thinking some Fall races will be on the agenda as well…

Throo the Zoo 5k (2010)

If you read my other blog, you know that I had quite an amazing night that ended pretty early this morning!

I wasn’t so sure if that was the best idea to do before getting up at 5:30 this morning to run a 5k! Luckily, I was wrong 🙂 I threw on my clothes, bib number, and headed out the door!

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I met up with my friends before the start and it was a little chilly out so we were all ready to get going so we could warm up.

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They ended up having a record number of people for such a small race, which you could tell just by looking around!

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The race was called “Throo the Zoo” because it took place at the Louisville Zoo. The first two miles were around the parking lot and through an adjacent park, but the last mile actually did go around the Zoo itself 🙂

The Zoo has got some HILLS!

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We saw a dude running with no shoes on! I tried to get his picture but you can’t really see his bare feet.
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The race was so awesome too! I never felt tired or anything, even on those hills. I know keeping up with my training after the mini marathon has helped.

Our unofficial time was 29:50, which is my 2nd best 5K time ever!

Note: My “official” time per the organizer’s website was 29:47 (9:35/mile pace)! I finished 468th out of 1796 runners and walkers. I was 41st out of 163 ladies ages 25-29. Woo hoo 🙂

I feel great and it made me feel a lot better about overindulging in some things last night. But I can’t wait to do this race again next year 🙂

Oh, check out this dude’s shorts, I’m so terrible!

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I’m running another 5K next Saturday, so this week I’m planning on keeping a similar workout routine, including a couple of runs and some weight training. It feels good to be back in the swing of things!

Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon 2010

Wow, I can’t believe another mini-marathon has come and gone. It’s also amazing to me how incredibly different each one of these races has been — this was my third in a row!

I have an overwhelming sense of pride at finishing this race and I had so much fun with my friend Farrah and the new friend I made in Chloe. But let’s start from the beginning…

Saturday morning, I woke up at 5 a.m. I ate some oatmeal with banana and peanut butter right out of the jar!

I decided to skip coffee and in hindsight I wish I’d had some but it was so early and I really didn’t have time to make any before I had to meet Farrah at the parking lot!

We stood in line for a shuttle to the starting line and got rained on the whole time! But thankfully, we got to the race in plenty of time and it stopped raining before it started. It was a good 10-12 minutes before we actually got across the start line but once we did, all my pre-race nerves went away – I feel like an old pro now.

The first few miles were a breeze. We did one easy flat mile and then the next couple were through hilly Iroquois Park. The hills did not bother me as much as they had during the 10 miler. Once we got out of the park, we had to stop at the bathroom, which unfortunately took several minutes due to there only being a few and a long line ahead of us!

Once we got going again, it had started to rain a bit but it felt good because I was quite warm. Farrah and Chloe ran ahead of me and then took walking breaks, which allowed me to catch up with them.One thing that really bugged me about this race were the lack of mile markers. The only ones I remember were 1, 7, and 10. The rest of the time, I had no idea what was going on.

During the race, I alternated between water and Powerade. I usually skip the sugary stuff but something told me to do it this time. Do you use sports drinks?

After the first 6 miles (I think), I started taking walking breaks for a minute or so. I didn’t wear a watch so I wasn’t sure of the ratio. But the longer the race went on, the more I walked. When we ran into Churchill Downs, we had finished 7 miles and at this point it was so hard for me to believe that we had 6 more miles to go!

When we split from the marathon runners, around mile 9 or 10, we made another pit stop at the bathrooms. In my mind, I felt like I could jog some more but my legs were hurting and my left hip felt like it was on fire. So despite my best efforts, I ended up walking the last 3-4 miles of the race.

But during this time I got to know a really sweet girl named Chloe. She’s a young, single mom working two jobs AND going to college and following her dreams. In her short years, she has lived a lifetime already and yet she’s so confident in herself and so grateful for her blessings. And it was her first mini marathon! She had just started running earlier this year.

This conversation made my day! It really puts things in perspective for me. I am not at all disappointed that I had to walk part of this race. And I am darn proud of myself for finishing 🙂

The last mile or so of the race was totally ridiculous. They changed the course this year and all the turns made me feel like we had just gone in a big circle. But once we rounded the corner and saw the finish line, we all took off running. It felt so good to finish strong!

Official race time: 3:04:45

Pace doesn’t matter (thanks Andrea!), just that I started, finished and had a great time in between 🙂

Now I can relax a bit, decide what I want to focus on now, and keep on running for fun! I’ve got quite a few 5k’s coming up in the next couple of months, so I’m thinking  a PR might happen at some point. We’ll see!

Papa John’s 10-miler 2010

I am not even quite sure how to begin this post. This was probably the most fun I’ve had at a race in a long time, if not ever!

The weather at the start was perfect: it was warm (low 60’s), overcast and a bit breezy. I wore a tank top and capri yoga-type pants. The two previous years at this same race, I was dressed in layers!

Before the race, I had gone back and forth with my game plan. I thought about walk-running, but could I really stand to look at my watch that much? How soon did I need to start? Even though I had been thinking about this for a few days, I still hadn’t made up my mind.

So, Farrah and I decided to run the first mile and see how it went (9:18). Then we thought we’d do the first three miles before taking a break. Then we got into Iroquois Park and took it one mile at a time with all the hills.

The hills I had been dreading a bit and I have to say…they weren’t that bad. I should train at Iroquois before the races next year, because as soon as I get in there, I realize they really aren’t so bad.

Before we knew it, we were between mile 6 and 7 coming out of the park and it started to pour down rain. What?! It had gotten so warm though that it felt good. Both of us had some chafing after the race but other than that, the rain did not set us back very much.

It was also raining hard when I got back to the car later (luckily I got in before it hit really hard):

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When we got to mile 9, which is my least favorite of the entire race due to this massive incline up a road (which we do on our training runs sometimes), Farrah grabbed my hand and led me, running up that hill. I did it!

After that it was smooth sailing, into the football stadium and around the field one time before we hit the finish line…

WE.RAN.THE.ENTIRE.RACE!

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Official time: 1:47:22
  • Average Pace: 10:44/mile

Edited to add: Another blogger who ran this race says the distance is actually 10.18 miles, so my average pace would’ve really been more like 10:33/mile 🙂 Sweet!

That was so not the plan! But, I seriously could not be happier with how I finished (my 2nd best time at this course). I was shooting for under 2 hours and incorporating some walking breaks but I really didn’t need them. This was also the first race I’ve ever done in the rain!

I did walk through the water stops (which I only took 2) and stopped to use the bathroom once. That was it!

The best part is, I feel great. I’m not very tired, my legs are just a little sore but nothing like previous long runs. I took Advil and put Golden Tiger on my calves and feet as soon as I was done.

I’ve been moving around a lot, I have found that sitting for long periods of time just makes me more sore. But I do plan on taking it easy tonight 😉

Thank you everyone for all your support. I can’t believe I get to do this all over again when I run the mini-marathon, three weeks from today! Having completed 10 miles, I’m feeling pretty good about it now.

NEVER underestimate yourself. You are able to do more than you think 🙂