Saturday, July 6, 2013

Red, White, and Blue

It's a gorgeous summer day and I'm looking forward to getting the house cleaned and then having a bit of R&R today.
Just a couple of things I wanted to share:

1. I successfully completed the Memorial Day to 4th of July challenge of running at least 1 mile every day! There were some days when I didn't think that I could squeeze in even 1 mile, but I always found a way. It was a good lesson in prioritizing exercise. So what do I get out of the challenge? Gifts? Money? Fame? Nope! Just the satisfaction and that's good enough for me :)

2. 4th of July Race Report:
You know I ran a 5k race on Thursday and you also know that I had some goals for that race. I was really hoping to score a PR on this course - - spoiler - - I didn't......... but it's OK. I really need to rethink doing anything amazing during summer racing. I'm just not good in the heat. And it was hot on Thursday.

We arrived, parked, and I was already sweating and we were still a good 25 minutes out from the start of the race.There were lots of runners trying to find some shade to hide in until start time.

Upshots are never flattering, but it's me and my boys! Gotta share that one.

Ugh! Heat. You should be able to guess my mindset based on my smirk.

Me in the swarm of happy runners just waiting to start.

The run was actually OK for the 1st 2 miles. It was really mile 3 that got me because there was absolutely no where to hide from the sun. My time splits were:
Mile 1: 8:23
Mile 2: 8:29
Mile 3: 8:58
Nub: 7:29
Here I come across that finish line. What a great feeling!

 Overall pace: 8:34
Time: 27:34
So, I didn't hit my A or B goal, but still got under 28:00
The best part of this race was that I placed 6th out of 44 females in my age group! I was thrilled when I found that out. It's probably, honestly, because most of the females in my age group ran the 15k, so the competition wasn't there, but it's like Jeremy always says, "You gotta play to win!" I feel like it was a win!

My firecracker who turned 6 on the 4th ran in the Lollipop race. Just a short sprint with kiddos ranging in ages 5-8. 
 Now, there is no winner, and every kiddos gets a prize, but I'm gonna let the photo below lead you to your own conclusions..........

We have vacation coming up soon and I'm trying to come up with my exercise plan for that. Here are my thoughts for that: stick somewhere between:
Whatever  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Do 30 minutes of something everyday
As long as I stay somewhere in this range, I'll be happy.

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