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Bud’s Run 5k 2013

Good afternoon! This morning, Danny, the kids, and I ran the Bud’s Run 5k (the kids ran the 1k).

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My dad came out to watch the kids. Thanks, Dad.

I didn’t have to be worried about the heat and humidity after all because it rained the whole entire race. Not that I minded. I much rather run in the rain than the heat. I don’t mind the rain.

I was hoping to have a good run since it wasn’t too hot out. As soon as I started running, I could feel how tight my calves were and knew it was going to be a problem. And my right quad continues to hurt. I started out a little too fast as usual and my time was 32:11.

I am going to be honest and say that I was very disappointed. I was hoping to run a little better especially without the heat and humidity. My dad pointed out that if I had ran 32:11 a year ago, I would have been so happy.

Yes, he’s right. My running has improved a lot since last year. I have cut 4-5 minutes off of my 5k time, but it’s still disappointing.

It’s disappointing because I have been running for years, and I still struggle with it. Every single run for me is a hard run. I really feel like I give it everything I have most of the time. Yes, sometimes maybe my mind gives up before my legs do, but running is hard for me especially when my legs are sore most of the time.

No matter how hard I try or how much I run, I am just mediocre. I feel like I should be able to go a little faster but I just can’t. I’m not saying that I want to be incredibly fast or win medal every time. I simply want to be able to finish a 5k in 30 minutes or under on a consistent basis.

I am not looking for sympathy and I know that I should tell myself things like all that matters is that you did it and at least you’re out there being active or well, you’re lapping everyone one the couch.

But you know what? I don’t want to say those things to myself. I want to feel bad for awhile and be upset. Then, I will get over it, move on, and run my next race.

It’s just discouraging to try so hard and fall short. But I’ll get over it. Sometimes it just helps to talk about how I feel.

Moving on so that you don’t have to deal with anymore of my self pity…

Danny did awesome once again!! Not only did he PR with a time of 22:51, but he won first place for his age group!

I am so proud of him. He was been really trying hard to win a first place for his age group and today he did it! Not to mention a time of 22:51! Great job, Danny.

Along with his medal, he got a pair of running socks.

It amazes me how some people just have such a natural running ability. Danny can just wake up and run a 5k as fast as he can or go out and run 10 miles no problem. Very awesome.

The kids had fun running the 1k. Jacob ran really fast, finishing 14th out of all the kids.

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Jaden ran great too and even lost his shoes halfway through the race. He just sat down in the middle of the runners to put it back on. I had to go run and grab him before he started a big pile-up of people tripping over him.

Jaden was so excited to eat his Italian ice after the race.

There was a lot of food after the race - bananas, orange, watermelon, Clif Builder bars, Italian ice, and pizza.

Yes, there was pizza and breadsticks after the race. I thought that was a nice touch.

Overall, I think the race went well. It’s a smaller race but this year was the 10th anniversary of the race. I have ran the course quite a few times because it’s where a lot of the local races are held.

There’s enough people directing you were to go, one water station, and someone yelling out splits and miles 1 and 2. There is enough bathrooms, the race starts on time, and there’s plenty of post-race refreshments.

This year you could buy $1 raffle tickets to win different gift baskets.

The only thing I didn’t like was the awards. I felt like they took way too long. First, the announced the 12 and under winners. Then they announced the 13 year old male winners. Then the 13 year old female winners. Then the 14 year old male winners. Then the 14 year old female winners. And so on and so on. All the way until age 19 when it finally went into 5 year age divisions.

I have never been to a race with single age group awards. Also, during the awards they started calling out raffle winners. Then they went back to the age group winners. Then in the middle of the age group winners they started calling out the 1k kid’s winners so that the parents with kids could leave. Then they went back to the age group winners.

It just took way to much time. And I don’t remember them doing it like that last year.

After the race, we stopped at Starbucks for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Well, I had a breakfast sandwich. I think Danny filled up on pizza!

Tonight, we’re going to my mom’s to celebrate her birthday which in Monday. We’ll also be watching the Blackhawks game over there. Go Hawks!

Have a wonderful afternoon!!

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First Day of Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

The kids and I celebrated yesterday by going to the pool.

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It was hard bringing three kids who are all about 6 years apart to the pool. From now on, I think I’ll stick to the splash park.

Yesterday, I got an email from The Biggest Loser Walk Run 15k saying that the professional pictures were ready. The nice thing about the Biggest Loser race is that all the professional pictures are free.

This is the first race I’ve ever come across where the pictures are free, which is nice because those professional race pictures are expensive! All you have to do is add the pics to your online cart and check-out (no charge). Then you can download them to your computer to print or use however you want!

Here’s a few of my favorite pictures.

This one was right before my dad and stepmom went around the last bend to the finish line. We all meet them and walked the last few minutes with them.

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My dad and Sue crossing the finish line.

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Me, running in the rain.

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Danny.

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There were also a few pictures of me that came out terrible. I could also tell that I have gained a little bit of weight recently. Not just by looking at the pictures, but by how my clothes are getting a little bit tighter.

I haven’t weighed myself lately which is part of the problem. When I don’t weigh myself on a consistent basis, my weight slowly starts to creep up. It’s so hard to lose, yet so easy to gain.

May and June have been hard months for me because we have had a birthday, graduation, or holiday every single weekend for the past two months. And no, I don’t always have to eat a piece of cake or treats, but I have very little will power when it comes to sweets, and sometimes I tend to overindulge.

I lost 30 pounds by being meticulous about writing down everything I ate, weighing my food, and counting calories. It was time consuming and sometimes made me resent that I had to do it. But it was the only way that I lost the weight.

When I reached a weight that I felt comfortable with, I stopped weighing and writing down my food. And slowly I gained some weight back. I don’t think I am at the point where I can maintain my current weight loss without continuing to write everything down.

Counting calories really helped me stay on track and even though it can be a pain sometimes, I plan on doing it again to help me lose the pounds that I gained back. And wouldn’t you know, we have my mom’s birthday and a retirement party this weekend!?

I need to practice eating treats in moderation. When I was counting calories, I always allowed myself enough calories for a small treat – a cookie, frozen yogurt, ice cream, etc. That way I didn’t feel deprived. I think you can have treats and still eat healthy, it just has to be about moderation.

I have also been stressed about a few things lately, and I noticed that when I’m stressed, I eat. I am an emotional eater. I’m happy. I eat. I’m sad. I eat. I’m stressed. I eat. I’m bored. I eat.

So, starting Monday (yes, I broke the #1 “diet” rule – start now, not Monday), I am going back to weighing, measuring, writing, and counting. I am just not at a point yet where I can be trusted to do it on my own.

Also, I don’t look at it as a “diet.” A diet is something that can only be maintained for a short time. I like to live more of a 80/20 lifestyle. As long as you eat healthy 80% of the time, there’s nothing wrong with indulging a bit the other 20% of the time.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My glutes are still sore and it’s really annoying. I have been stretching and foam rolling so at least they’re getting better. I just made sure to take it easy on the squats today.

After the gym, the kids and I went to pick-up our race packets for tomorrow. Jaden was very excited to get his own bib number and t-shirt.

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I was excited because there was a coffee mug in the goody bag.

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Hopefully, it’s not too hot and humid outside at 8 am tomorrow!

Have a great weekend! We’re going to see Monsters University tonight!

  • Any plans this weekend?
  • Are you an emotional eater?
  • How’s the weather where you live?

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Larabars…Yum!

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

My calves were still tight when I woke up this morning. Luckily, once I started moving around a bit, they loosened up a lot. The last time they were this bad was last year when I had to go to the sports doctor and go to physical therapy.

Now, I know how to handle them a little bit better. I know not to push myself if they’re too tight and painful. I stretch and foam roll more and I take ibuprofen when needed.

And of course, we did tons of squats and lunges in Butts & Guts class today. I just went at my own pace and regressed some of the exercises if I needed too. I did made sure to put on my Pro Compression socks when I got home though.

Post workout, I had a Larabar.

Larabar recently sent me a few of their bars to try out.

Two of their regular bars in Apple Pie and Peanut Butter Cookie. Two of their Uber bars in Roasted Nut Roll and Bananas Foster.

I had a hard time deciding whether to try the peanut butter cookie or roasted nut roll first. I have never had an Uber bar so I went with that one.

It was so good. I loved all the different nuts in it – roasted almonds, cashews, roasted peanuts, pecans, and roasted macadamia nuts. Yes, it tasted just as delicious as it sounds.

Larabars are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher.

I think I might try these as pre-run fuel.

Speaking of running, I can’t remember if I mentioned that Danny and I are running a 5k on Saturday. I think Marlene is going to come out and run it with us too!

It’s just a small local race and raises funds for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. It’s a nice race. It’s close to home and last year they had raffles and free Italian ice, which the kids loved (okay, I loved it too).

Last year, Danny and my stepmom both placed for their age groups.

Last year’s race:

The kids are signed up for the 1k again this year!

The only thing I’m worried about is that it’s supposed to be 90 degrees on Saturday. Yay.

Have a wonderful day!

  • Ever have a Larabar? Favorite flavor?
  • Any races coming up?
  • Do you like small races or big races?

Larabar sent me some of their bars to try out and review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

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Elgin Fox Trot 10 miler, 5k, and 2 Miler 2013

I have to start off with saying how proud I am of my husband.

Today, he ran the 10 miler at the Elgin Fox Trot. Prior to this race, his longest distance was a little over 6 miles. He has had very little time to run these past few weeks, but today he went out and ran 10 miles in 1:19:33. That’s a 7:58 mile pace. Pretty awesome for someone who has hardly had a chance to run lately.

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I am so proud him. He did such a great job of maintaining a great pace for 10 whole miles.  He has such a natural running ability that amazes me. Don’t get me wrong, he was definitely feeling it by the end, but he’s such a great runner.

Backing up a bit…

We woke up at about 5:45 am for the race and left the house at about 6:20 am. I ran the 5k, Danny ran the 10 miler, and my dad, brother, and sister-in-law did the two mile walk.

My mom watched the kids overnight yesterday which made for a much smoother morning.

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This is my fourth year running the Elgin Fox Trot, and it’s a race that I enjoy. It’s also probably the biggest race that I run. I think this year there was about 4,000 participants.

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It is well organized, with lots of port-a-potties and indoor bathrooms. The race starts on time and there is bagels, oranges, and bananas for after the race. There is an after party with a beer tent and a live band.

I also used the gear check for the first time ever and it was quick and easy.

The only thing I don’t like is that the course is very hilly, some of them very steep. Danny said he felt like the 10 mile course was pretty much all hill running. As someone with a lot of calf and quad pain, the hills are torture for me.

My legs were still sore from running seven miles on Thursday, but I made it up (and down) all the hills. My final time was 30:37 – my second fastest 5k. I was happy with my time, but I don’t think that my legs were happy with me. The weather was overcast and a little chilly, but perfect for running. I start off cold but always warm up very quickly.

Whenever I run a 5k, I always think the exact same thing – I’m tired, my legs are killing me, why in the hell did I sign up for a 15k and a half marathon. I must be crazy. Running is tough for me, and I think that I am going to have to slow my pace down considerably to be able to run longer distances, which is a little bit hard for me to deal with mentally since I am already a slower runner.

The 10 miler started first at 7:30 am.

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The 5k started next at 7:40 am, and the 2 mile walk started at 7:50am.

This is the first time that I was ever able to see Danny cross the finish line. Usually we run the same distance races, so he always finishes before me, so it was cool being able to see him cross the finish line for a change.

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He told me that all he wanted to do was beat the guy next to him in the yellow shorts.

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And he did.

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I think the race was hard on Danny, but he did so awesome, and I am so proud of him.

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Afterwards, my dad and Danny had their free beers. (I gave my dad my beer ticket).

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The Fox Trot theme this year was Superheroes. It was sponsored by Chase bank, and this year they had superhero cards that you could collect from local Chase banks to turn in for a free gift at the race.

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We collected the cards and traded them in for pretty nice water bottles.

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Overall, it was great race, and I am so proud of my husband!

Have a great weekend!

  • Any races this weekend?
  • Any plans for Memorial Day?

 

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Just Play 5k 2013

Good afternoon!

This morning, Danny and I ran the JustPlay 5k.

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It’s a smaller race and really close to our house. My dad and stepmom came to watch the kids for us. We got there about 7:30 am, and the race started at 8 am.

It was warm out, and I definitely really started to heat up while running. The whole time I kept thinking, how am I going to run a 15k in the middle of June in the heat?!

I started off really good – too good. My first mile was 8:40, which is way to fast for me. By the second half of the race, I was losing energy, and the third mile my right quad was killing me. I seem to be having more quad problems than calf problems lately. I have been foam rolling my hips and quads lately, so hopefully that will help, and I have to start wearing my compression shorts.

I finished in 31:11, which is my second best time. I’m happy with it, but I couldn’t help feeling slightly disappointed after last week’s 29:22 5k. I think it helped that the temperature was a lot cooler last week.

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Danny did awesome and PR’d this race! He finished in 23:17! He is super speedy. Good job, Danny. I’m proud of you!

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After the race, we stopped at Dunkin Donuts for some iced coffee and donuts.

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Then, we headed straight to Jaden’s t-ball game.

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The t-ball game lasted about an hour and a half, then we went back to where the race was held because they were having a Just Play festival for the kids. Unfortunately, the lines for paddleboarding and the zip line were too long, but the kids had fun doing other stuff.

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They did a fitness obstacle course which was funny to watch.

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There was also some reptiles for the kids to touch. And one of the guys put a roach on Jaden’s head.

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I tried to stay as far away as possible. I am actually really surprised that Jaden didn’t freak out. He’s not really a bug kind of kid.

The kids got ice cream, and I was excited to see screwballs. That was my favorite treat from the ice cream truck when I was younger.

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After checking out some of the booths and letting the kids play, we went to a nearby bakery to pick up my birthday cake! My wonderful husband ordered the chocolate/strawberry/whipped cream cake that I wanted.

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He even made sure that they put my age on the cake. Thanks dear.

Tonight, we’re meeting my family at a local Mexican restaurant for my birthday dinner. Can’t wait!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

  • What’s your fastest mile?
  • Where would you have your birthday dinner?
  • Favorite ice cream truck treat?
  • Hot coffee or iced coffee or no coffee?

 

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Run Like A Mother 2013 5k

Good morning! I hope all you mothers out there had a great mother’s day yesterday!

My mother’s day started out bright and early at 6 am with gifts from the kids and Danny.

We left the house at about 6:45 am to go to the Run Like a Mother 5k, where we met Marlene, Crystal, Sue, my dad, and brother.

The girls ran the race.

And the boys watched the kids.

Sometimes I eat before a 5k and sometimes I don’t. This time, I had a peanut butter kid’s Z bar.

We got to the race about an hour early, and I made sure to go to the bathroom right away - last year the porta-potty lines were crazy. Even though there was about the same amount of porta-potties this year, the lines we nowhere near as long. I also used the bathroom 20 minutes before the race and didn’t have to wait.

There was tons of stuff to do before and after the race. There was a table set up so the kids could color signs for their moms.

The Naked truck was giving out samples of their smoothies and coconut water juices.

They had a table set up where you could pick out symbols and have your own t-shirt made.

I picked the symbols: run, family, and love.

Jaden made a shirt too. I love his face in the picture – the sun was in his eyes.

The birkam yoga tent was giving out free mimosas that my Dad and Danny sampled. Us girls decided to wait until after our run to try one out.

We lined up about five minutes before the race, and it started right at 8:30 am. It was really congested in the beginning, as most 5ks are, but then it thinned out quickly. The weather was pretty chilly and windy, but sunny. I wore pants (with shorts underneath) and a jacket and was freezing when I took them off before the race. I debated leaving my jacket on, but I am glad that I decided against it because I warmed up really quickly.

The course was pretty hilly. Honestly, I never pay much attention to the courses when I am running. I am usually so focused on my running and not dying that I pay little attention to the course. I believe most of the course was through a nice neighborhood, but I really don’t know.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I forgot to start my Garmin before the race, and when I did start it, it was unable to pick up my location. I almost think that it was a good thing that it wasn’t working because if I had seen my time, I might have slowed down my pace worrying that I wouldn’t have enough steam to finish the race.

I just listened to my music and ran. There were times when my quads ached and I felt tired, but I just kept going. When the I could finally see the finish line, I figured that I was at about 31 minutes. Then, I saw that it was only at 29 minutes, and I was shocked. I knew that I had to push myself to finish in under 30 minutes.

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I was actually really surprised by my time. I didn’t think that I was going as fast as I was, and when I saw that I could get a sub-30 5k, I kind of went into a zone. I don’t remember anything around me and I didn’t see or hear my family cheering for me. I just ran. Fast.

It might sound silly, but it made me really emotional. This was something that I never thought I could do, and here I was actually doing it. Yes, I shed a few tears as I crossed the finish line at 29:22. Then, I was upset because I couldn’t find my family anywhere. I didn’t even see them cheering me on at the finish line and I thought they missed it.

I finally found my family, and I might have shed another tear or two. :)

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Sue, Marlene, and Crystal all did so great. It’s a fun women-only 5k that I love running with the women in my life. Afterwards, we treated ourselves to a mimosa.

Marlene placed third for her age group and instead of a medal, she won a free race entry for next year. I thought that was kind of a cool prize.

Overall, I really enjoy the Run Like A Mother 5k. This was my third year running it, and while the course was a little hilly, it didn’t bother me too much. Everything seemed well organized and there is tons of pre and post race fun.

After the race there is fruit, bagels, and water. There was also lots of vendor tents set up with snacks: pretzel chips, coconut water, Kind bars, Naked Smoothies, Muscle Milk. When you cross the finish line, a volunteer hands you a flower to plant at home. It’s a fun and friendly race that I will run again.

After the race, we went to my mom’s house.

I ate way too much food.

After my mom’s house, we came home, showered, and then went over to my in-laws…where I ate even more food.

Danny with his mom and brothers:

  • Anyone else run a race this weekend? We have another 5k this Saturday!
  • What did you do for Mother’s Day?
  • Best snack you’ve ever had at a race?

 

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A New 5k PR

Something I’ve always wanted to accomplish was a sub-30 5k. It seemed like one of those things that was so close, yet so far. My best 5k time always hovered around 31 minutes. I would have been happy finishing a 5k in 29:59.

Today, I ran the Run Like A Mother 5k in 29:22!

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It was totally unexpected. I had forgotten to turn my Garmin on before the race and it was never able to pick up my location, so I had no idea of my time during the race.

The course was hilly so I didn’t feel like I was going that fast.

When I approached the finish line and saw that I was at 29 minutes, I ran faster than I have ever ran in my life to cross that finish line in under 30 minutes.

Probably the worst ever picture of me, but I have never been more determined in my life:

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I cried when I crossed the finish line. I accomplished something that always seemed so far away.

I know that finishing in under 30 minutes isn’t considered “fast” by any means, but for me personally, it was a huge accomplishment. I went from running 36 minute 5k for years to running a 29:22 5k.

Running is tough for me. I have compartment syndrome in my calves which means sometimes running causes me pain with every single step that I take. And no amount of exercising, running, or stretching will ever “cure” it. Yes, running more and foam rolling help, but I always have some sort of pain when I run – whether it be dull pain or intense pain.

Running is hard. But I did it. I finished in 29:22, and I am so incredibly happy. It was wonderful!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. I’ll be back tomorrow with a better race recap. We’re off to spend time with my mother-in-law!

Have a great afternoon!

 

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April Fool’s 5k Run

Good morning!

We were up nice and early this morning to run the inaugural April Fool’s 5k. The race was literally five minutes from our house, and we arrived about 7:15 am, which was probably a little too early. I like getting to races a little early though, so I can find my family, get the kids settled, and use the bathroom.

My dad and stepmom came to watch the kids and support us. The race started exactly on time and there was about 400 runners. The course was very narrow, but it wasn’t as much as a problem as I expected. The very fast runners did end up lapping the slower runners and walkers.

We ran the course 2.75 times, and veered off on the third lap to the finish line. Danny got a PR and finished in 23:56! He came in first place for his age group! That’s his first time winning a first place medal, and I am so proud of him!

I finished in 31:44, which is four seconds better than last week’s race. I felt pretty good running, but I started out too fast and was really losing steam towards the end. I’m still happy with my time.

For a first time race, I thought they did a pretty good job. There was music, enough bathrooms, the race started on time, and there was a water station that you passed three times. I think this is the first race where I didn’t get water. They also had a lot of food at the end – bananas, apple slices from McDonald’s, granola bars, and cookies.

The only negative thing was how they did the awards. They read the names way too fast, and there was a long line to get the medals. I saw two ladies actually get the wrong medals because the volunteers were flustered trying to hand all the medals out quickly. They should have called the names slower and handed out the medals one at a time – but that’s just my opinion.

All the first place winners in each age group were also given an envelope. When Danny went to get his envelope, they didn’t have it. I am assuming they gave his envelope to someone else, and he finally ended up getting someone else’s envelope because it’s all they had left.

I think the same thing was in each envelope – just a massage coupon and some flyers, so it really wasn’t a big deal. But next year, the awards definitely need to be more organized.

The only other thing I wasn’t thrilled about was how narrow the course was – I think it worked okay today, but with any more people, it would have been crazy.

Overall, I enjoyed the race, and I am so proud of Danny’s first place!

After the 5k, I ate back all the calories I burned because we went to Dunkin Donut were I drank coffee and ate two donuts. Great.

Thankfully, we don’t really have anything else planned for the rest of the day, so it’ll be nice just to relax!

Good luck to my stepmom tomorrow at the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago! Danni from the Biggest Loser is also running it, which should be fun. Good luck, Sue!

Have a great afternoon!

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Headphones

Last Night’s Workout

  • 30 minutes Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT)
  • Ab Workout: 100 ball sit-ups, 50 side bends with 7 lb. weight, 25 standing crunches
  • Yoga Stretch – 30 minutes

Before going to Yoga Stretch last night, I fit in another quick workout…mostly because I had a little (or big) run-in with the kid’s Easter candy yesterday afternoon. Darn. Those. Jelly. Beans.

I made up for it by doing a little extra cardio and eating a healthy dinner.

Dinner

For dinner, I made zucchini pizza bites. I also had raw veggies with hummus and apple slices with plain Greek yogurt with some PB2 mixed in.

I’m proud of myself for getting back on track right away after eating the candy. Sometimes, I’m like well, I just ate all that candy, might as well continue to keep eating bad. I already ruined everything.

I am really glad that I am starting to get away from that mindset. Eating some candy or ice cream won’t ruin your diet, but if you do it constantly, it might be a problem.

I picked up our race packets for Saturday’s 5k yesterday. Personally, I think the race shirts are a little oogly, but it’s not like I ever wear them anyway.

One of my favorite things in my race bag was a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. I mean how often do you get a toothbrush for running a race?!

I’m a little nervous about this race because we have to run 2.75 times around the course which is very narrow. If there is super speedy people and slower walkers, won’t the faster runners be lapping the slower runners on an already narrow course? And what’s up with 2.75 times around?

Oh well, I plan just to have fun at the race. Hopefully it won’t rain.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.02 miles treadmill, walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 60 minutes

Headphones

I think I’m going to buy new headphones tonight. I currently use the headphones that came with my iPod, but they always fall out and I am constantly having to fix them. It’s really annoying.

This is a pain when I am trying to run. Sometimes I run with music and sometimes I don’t, so I wasn’t sure if it’d be worth it to buy new phones. Then I figured that I would need them for the 15k anyway, so I might as well buy a pair that stays in my ears. I have also noticed that running with music helps me go a little faster.

I am thinking about buying these YurBuds In-Ear headphones. They received good reviews and are reasonably priced ($29.99). I really don’t want to spend anymore than that on headphones.

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Hopefully these will stay in my ears and I won’t have to mess with them the whole time I’m running!

Have a great Friday afternoon!

  • Do you listen to music when you workout?
  • What kind of headphones do you wear?
  • What’s the funnest thing you’ve ever gotten in a race goody bag?
  • Any plans this weekend?

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You Just Have to Go

Well, I signed up for yet another 5k. I keep telling myself that I would like to get away from 5ks a bit and start running a little bit longer races, like 10ks, so I can build up running farther at a slightly slower pace, since 5ks are usually about being speedy.

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – I am not a particularly fast runner and I am not a long distance runner. Running is very hard for me because I have a lot of problems with my calves. (I have been diagnosed with compartment syndrome which is a fancy way of saying that running makes my calves extremely tight and short of surgery there isn’t too much I can do about it.)

I do enjoy the challenge of running and how accomplished I feel after running a race, even if it’s only a 5k. I run because it makes me happy and keeps me healthy.

I know that I will never be extremely fast or a marathon runner, and that it 100% fine with me. I do what I can and I am proud of what I do.

But your blog is called Run Eat Play. Yes, this is true. But to me, the Run part of Run Eat Play represents exercising and fitness in general – whether that be running, strength training, Zumba, walking, yoga, etc. Just as the Play part represents having kids, spending time with my family, enjoying life, learning new things, etc.

I have finally come to terms with the runner I am and try not to compare myself to others. So while I might not be the best running inspiration, please know that I can be an inspiration for being determined to do the activities that my body will let me :)

I also enjoy running 5ks because it’s an activity that my family enjoys together.

Back to the 5k….

The 5k that I signed up for is the 5k that I ran on a whim last May, the day before I turned 30. It ended up being my worst run to date, and I feel the need to redeem myself for that bad race which is why I signed up for it again this year. I plan to do a lot better.

It also falls on my birthday weekend, and what better way to kick off a birthday weekend than with a run?! Danny is running it too this year.

Last Night’s Workout

  • .5 miles treadmill
  • Yoga-Lates – 60 minutes

I arrived at the gym a little before yoga started last night, so I just walked on the treadmill for a bit. I am glad that I went to yoga last night, and I plan on going to a new 30 minutes yoga stretch class tonight. I need all the stretching I can get!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.6 miles, HIIT treadmill workout
  • Plank – 2 minutes and 30 seconds
  • Stretching – Approx. 15 minutes

My HIIT treadmill workout this morning looked like this:

  • Mile 0 – 1.1 (2:1) Walked two minutes, ran fast (for me) one minute
  • Mile 1.1 – 2.2 (2:2) Walked two minutes, ran even faster two minutes
  • Mile 2.2 – 3.3 (2:1) Walked two minutes, ran even faster one minute
  • Mile 3.3-3.6 Walked

It was a great workout, and I finished up with a plank and a little bit of stretching.

This afternoon, I’m going to pick up my race packet for Saturday’s April Fools 5k. It’s an inaugural race, but it looks like there will be a good amount of runners!

If you’re interested, I have added a Races Page at the top of my blog!

  • Do you have anything planned for today?
  • Do you struggle with anything, but still enjoy it?
  • What’s your favorite distance to run?

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