Spring Fling 5K/10K

May 5, 2013

Thanks to my awesome friends who I totally want to be like, Cheryll and Paul, I’m a part of a group on Facebook that focuses on virtual runs. Most of these are put together by the group members and are fundraisers for various things.  Today I completed my first ever virtual 5K.  I choose to participate in Melissa’s Spring Fling 5K/10K Benefiting Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  I choose this one in honor of Mom; I’ve seen what having Crohn’s has done to her and she has done so much for the National MS Society with me and Dad.  So this one was in her honor.

My back has been feeling a little pinchy lately making running a bit difficult.  So I instead of running I elected to walk the entire 5K today.  Ciera and Duncan enjoyed that; they got to go with for a nice long walk.  Something they haven’t really gotten to do a lot of lately since we got a ton of rain last week.  The 3.12 miles took us an hour and three minutes; some of that time was because I had to pick up after them and there were two stops to provide them with water.  It was a beautiful day to spend time outside.  There were no clouds in the sky, the humidity was very low and there was a very nice breeze.  Very non-May like.  I’m actually glad I didn’t do this last weekend; that would have meant I was doing it on the treadmill.  Next up, my second Miles for Moffit.

Morton Plant Mease Kiwanis Midnight Run

July 20, 2012

My second 5k! The picture is courtesy of their Facebook page.

 I’m the one on the right and i think I looked a lot better after my first run than this one. Maybe it was the hat I wore for the first one.

Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run

July 4, 2012

July 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm my second ever 5k started. I was hoping that a night run would be a little cooler, sadly it was still nice and hot. I enjoyed it though. The route was an out and back and went over the gulf. It was beautiful running with the stars in the sky, lights in the distance reflecting off of the water and candles in gallon jugs lining the roadway.

I went into this 5k feeling like I was stronger and better prepared than the last one. I was even looking forward to shaving some seconds or even minutes off of my last time. I didn’t plan for the drawbridge though. Or the other slight hill. Have I ever mentioned that I hate hills? I do. And the drawbridge did me in I think. I did ok with it heading out, but on the way back my legs felt more tired. I actually ended up walking a bit more than I had planned. But I was still happy with what I managed to do and my splits.

Overall: 42:20, I was #70 out of 79 in my age group.

Mile 1: 12:41

Mile 2: 13:16

Mile 3: 14:04

Can you tell where I walked more?

I even got a nice new workout shirt.

And when we got back to the car, there was a very interesting flyer for an upcoming 5k. I think I’m going to skip this particular one.


I did it!

May 14, 2012

I successfully completed my first ever 5k! I participated in Miles for Moffitt on Saturday; everything there was donated so that meant that 100% of money raised through fundraising and participation fees went to Moffitt Cancer Center. My goal was to come in under 50 minutes and I more than succeeded. My official chip time was 42:40; not bad for a first time runner who wasn’t as prepared as she’d like to be.

The event took place on the campus of University of South Florida. The roads were closed off for the participants, which was awesome. There were people all over the course cheering us on and handing out water. There was one group of people on the side cheering with a lady in a wheelchair. From somewhat of a distance the lady looked like she was older; very frail looking – something that could be seen from far away. I was surprised, and fighting back tears, when I saw how young her face actually was. I honestly would be surprised to hear if she was thirty. I was also fighting back tears anytime I read the signs people were wearing. There was a lot of “In Memory Of” “In Honor Of” etc. I had to stop reading them otherwise I would have been bawling the entire time.

I decided to go with a 10:1 interval, 10 minutes of jogging and one minute of walking. I was actually able to stick to that very well with the exception of the one hill we found. I made it about halfway up the hill before I had to walk the rest. I can remember thinking I wish I had Duncan with. He would have been trotting up that hill like it was nothing and pulling me along. At one point the 5 mile and the 5 k split up; there was a volunteer holding up a sign for the 5 mile. In my “Oh lord are we done yet” exhausted state I actually read it as “Smile” and thought that maybe they had a photographer at that section. So silly me, I pasted on a smile (easy enough to do thanks to all my years of competitive dance when I was younger). After I turned the corner to follow the 5k route it didn’t take long before I could see the USF Sun Dome on my left. I knew then that I was almost done.

J actually meet up with me about 100 meters out from the finish line. He wasn’t a race participant, but was there to cheer me on. And he “escorted” me to the end. Mom tried to get pictures, but her phone wouldn’t click. So for right now the only picture I have is my back as we started. I got cooled down, got in line for some refueling and then headed over to the line for the free massages. Man did that feel good on my legs! When we got home the first thing I did was head into an epsom salt bath. By the time I went to bed Saturday night my legs were still very sore but a good nights sleep helped relieve that. Now it’s time to find my next 5k and work on improving that time.


Official time: 42:40
#151 out of 212 women for my age group
#821 out of 1314 women overall

Oh my lord what did I do?!

April 17, 2012

I got an e-mail today from a manager here at work; her department has formed a team in honor of a co-worker at next month’s Miles for Moffitt cancer fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center. There are several options to choose from, including a timed 5k, a non-timed 5k walk and stroller roll, 1 mile fun run, etc. I’m barely running a mile straight right now. I’ve never really tried running more than a mile. I have Bike MS this weekend! Yet, I went ahead and registered.

Do you think I took the easy route and registered for the fun run or the non-timed walk/stroller roll? Heck no! I apparently have to do things the hard way. I signed up for the timed 5k. Since I registered (a mere couple of hours ago) I keep telling myself that I have three weeks before the event. I can manage to do this. But at the same time, EEEEKKKK! Oh my lord! I signed up for a 5k?! What was I thinking?!

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