Stay on track with C25K This is really more to keep me accountable than really challenging myself. Last week, I restarted the C25K program, which I’ll go into more in detail in a post coming next week. As far as my goal goes, I just don’t want to get behind. I want to stay on track, unless I find myself feeling really good and want to complete more than the minimum runs each week, in which case, I could get ahead.
Cross-Train and/or Strength Train 2x/week I am horrible at getting strength training in but I know how incredibly important it is to incorporate into my workout routine, so I’m shooting to get in 2-3 strength training or other cross training workouts each week. I am including workouts such as bike riding and walking as well, because I know they are important as well and I tend to slack on those too. I need to be better so I’m giving myself baby steps.
Stick to our meal plan 5 out of 7 days each week When TJ isn’t home for dinner, I honestly get a bit relaxed on dinner and that needs to stop. It’s causing some of our food to waste, and our wallets and my waist don’t need that anymore. To help stick to my meal plans, I’m going to prep what I can. Once the prepping is done, it’s a lot easier to throw everything togetehr and cook dinner.
I don’t even know where to begin with this recap. This race was one of the most emotional races I have ever run. And not in a bad way. It was the cause, the Nine Line Foundation.
The Nine Line Foundation is a foundation that helps wounded soldiers. What’s so great about them is that they only help one soldier at a time. Rather than focus on all wounded soldiers at once, they focus on one individual. They raise money to help that soldier financially to get the tools they need to rebuild their lives. There is no time limit. They set a goal amount and that soldier remains the focus until all the money has been raised.
The current candidate is SFC Mark Holbert. While responding to an explosion on the outer security perimeter, an IED exploded which resulted in nerve damage, the loss of fingers and his legs. He has made significant progress and is true hero (read his full story here). He has completed in multiple races since his injuries and now as a way to rebuild and improve his quality of life, he needs to have a specially modified smart home. Unfortunately, these are expensive and overwhelming. The Nine Line Foundation is here to help him reach his goal and improve his life. They have a goal of $300,000 to put towards this new home for him. While that is a lot, it’s an extremely worthy cause and I couldn’t have been happier to donate, so when I heard about the 5K being held by ERS Savannah and Nine Line Apparel, an apparel company that believes in wearing the cause and helps to raise money for the foundation, there was no question about signing up.
This was the first year for the race so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was also a night race, something I had never done before. Something that was familiar, this race was held at the same location as the Kilt and Kolor Run I ran in March. I knew that area but the course was going to be slightly different.
When I arrived, I noticed that this race was a lot smaller than some of the others, but knowing it was a night race and there was also a virtual run option I figured some runners choose that option. I was immediately overcome with emotion when I showed up. I guess reality set in that I was supporting an incredible cause so near and dear to my heart.
Before the start of the race, the race director made a few annoucements about the course, the cause we were supporting and then allowed SFC Holbert say a few words. It was then time to line up. As we all waited for the gun to go off, SFC Holbert began making his way to to front of the start line so that too could compete in the race. Here was an American hero competing in the 10K portion of the race in a wheelchair and I was just competing in the 5K. It kind of puts things in perspective.
The gun goes off and everyone starts running. I’m feeling pretty good and about ¼ quarter mile in, I realize I never turned my Garmin on. Oops! I look down to turn it on and I’m running a 9:25 pace. Holy cow! That’s not me. I was feeling good but knew there was no way I could maintain that pace so I slowed down.
Once everyone started thinning out, I really started to focus on how I was doing. I was feeling pretty good, but each time I looked at my watch, I was still running faster than I should have been. It was this that made me realize I would need a few walk breaks at some point.
And I was right. A little more than halfway through the race, I took my first walk break. It wasn’t long, maybe about 20-30 seconds, but it was long enough to catch my breath and start back again. This was also about the time, where I was able to start seeing the Talmedge Bridge, Savannah’s iconic bridge that takes you across the river and into South Carolina. The race was at dusk and watching the sun set over the bridge was gorgeous. It was a view I could have looked at for hours, but the race must go on, so as I just stared at the sunset as I ran until it was time to turn and I could no longer see the bridge.
Just look at that sunset. Gorgeous, even with an iPhone picture. lol.
Once I made that turn, I knew I was about ½-¾ of a mile from the finish. It was bout this time when I ended up near a 12 year old boy and another woman who looked to be about my age. I was determined not to let the woman pass me. I took one last walk to catch my breath and then started running. I wasn’t going to stop and, in fact, wanted to push harder at the final stretch.
And push harder was what I did. As soon as I hit the dirt path that was the final stretch, I sped up. Nit too much for fear of not being able to finish strong, but I definitely pushed myself, giving myself a strong finish and a sense of pride. I, also began to have a few tears in my eyes (again this cause really did it to me) and I was glad to have been wearing sunglasses.
TJ is totally jealous if the bottle opener we receved as finishers.
When reaching the finish, I noticed there weren’t a lot of people who had come in, so I gave it about 5 minutes and they announced an updated results list. I found my name and it showed I placed 3rd in my age group! Check me out! I have never placed in my age group. Granted, this was a small race and there were only 10 in my age group, but still, I will take it. And not only did I finish 3rd, I also PR’d that race! Talk about a great race.
Can you find me? I’m #25 on the list. This was an unfinished list.
After the fantastic feeling of finishing so well, I waited around for SFT Holbert to arrive. Everyone who was already finished cheered him on and it was incredible to see the support he was given. I gave him time to come in, settle down and relax and then went over and thanked him for his service and told him what an honor it was to meet him. We talked about TJ being the military and about the foundation, along with the owners of Nine Line Apparel. He’s an incredible guy and I can’t express how happy I am to have been able to help him and this foundation.
All in all the race was amazing and definitely one of the best I had ever run. This race (both the live race and the virtual) raised $20,000 towards SFC Holbert’s smart home. I think that’s incredible considering it was the first year and it was relatively small.
Would you like to donate to the Nine Line Foundation and help raise money for SFC Holbert’s new home? Click here to donate.
And don’t forget to check out Nine Line Apparel’s website. They have some pretty cool tactical gear and shirts to support the cause and a portion of every product sold goes to the foundation as well, and the owners are veterans and extremely nice. If you’re ever in Savannah, you should stop in and see them.
Your turn! Have you ever participated in an event that you had you slightly emotional? What’s your favorite cause?
Am I on a roll or what? Think I can keep the posts coming? I hope so. That’s the plan anyway. OK, OK, on to the real reason you’re here: the Mud Run recap.
But before I get to the race recap, I want to share a little story. On my long, slow runs, I often listen to podcasts. It helps pass the time an enjoy the information. One of my favorite podcasts is Runner Girls Podcast (click here to read the blog). These three ladies share their weekly training, race recaps, offer running information and runner recommends. They also will highlight a runner each episode from Daily Mile (that’s my profile, follow me). Well, a few weeks ago on of their episodes they asked for any listeners that would like to share a race recap on one of their listener shows. Having not run any big races, I didn’t think any of my recaps would be what they were intersted in, but when they announced they still needed a few more, I figured why not ask. I asked and they said yes.
That brings me to today’s race recap. Instead of writing it all out, I was a guest on their podcast, and now you can listen to my race recap. How cool is that!!!
So, without further adieu, click here to be taken to the podcast and enjoy. I start around 36 minutes in, but seriously you should listen to the whole podcast. It’s fantastic!
My friend, and partner for the race, Danielle and the cutest 8 year old I know. This is pre-race in case you can’t tell from the super clean outfits.
Hoping the first set of walls.
And one more because I couldn’t resist not sharing that face.
And since my furry little friends decided they needed to make a cameo on the podcast, I’ll let them make a cameo on the blog too.
This is Bailey. Our sweet, kid-tolerating girl (and the one who snorted making Sue think we also had a warthog as a pet). 🙂
OK, can I first start with I am SO sorry! I am SO far behind in blogging it’s not even funny. Well, maybe to someone it is, but I’m a little embarrassed. What a bad blogger I am! Anywho, what better way to jump back into blogging than a race recap.
Take a look at how clean I am. It’s all about to change.
I arrived a bit early but it allowed me to check my phone and my keys, move around and warm up and do a little Zumba before the race to get my heart pumping.
Finally it was time to race. Being the first year for this race, it was smaller, but I kind of liked it that way. We lined up at the start and there wasn’t any overcrowding. We started to race and had breathing room right away.
Before I go on, here’s a little info about the race. The 5K had three color stations and since the race was an out and back, you went through each color station twice giving you six chances to be showered with color. About ½ mile in was the first color station. The volunteers were really great about throwing color on everyone and we were covered after just the first station. After laughs and quickly realizing keeping your mouth closed is the best option, I raced on.
When I began the race, I wondered how I would feel. Because I didn’t want to ruin my phone, I checked it and had no music for the race. It wasn’t until the race started that I realized you could hear music through almost the entire course, leaving me feeling great.
I reached the halfway point and grabbed some water from the water stationed and headed back for the last half of the race. It was just after the halfway point when I could hear the race director announce that the first runners had finished. It was an untimed race, but I knew when I heard that I must have been doing great on time, which gave me motivation to push a little harder.
After passing the final color station, I knew I was almost done. I ran into the finish feeling just as good as when I started. OK, OK, I felt better than I did before I started. Those endorphins will do that to you.
Grabbing a water, I headed to get my phone and keys from gear check and realized there was a strong possibility I PR’d that race. I don’t know for sure since it was untimed, but based on when I picked up my phone, I think it was by a few minutes. Now I can’t wait for my next 5K!
Have you ever run a color run? Did you have a good time?
I did it! Thursday, I registered for my first half marathon. There’s no backing out now and this is all too real. OK, maybe not yet. Paying the fee was real but the actual race, not yet.
Now that I’m registered, all I want to do is look over every training plan possible to find the right one for me. Which one to choose? Hmmm….at least I’ve got time, right?
How did you choose a training plan?
As I sat down this morning to write this blog post, I open up Blogger and realize it’s been a month since last blogged. It hasn’t been since my virtual 5K in January. YIKES! Well, I’m finally back and with another race recap, my first 10K!!!! Yay me!
It started with packet pick up on Friday, which if you follow me on Instagram, and you should) you saw this picture.
As I’m coming in and getting closer, there’s Dylan cheering me on. I just love hos TJ caught us both in the picture.
YAY!!!! I did it!! And that up is because some of those ladies by the finish line are part of the running group.
Are you reading this post thinking, “I swear a virtual was not her agenda for January,” and are now confused? Your thoughts are right. A virtual was definitely not part of my plan for the month, but a few things happened to change that.
The college has a trail that you can walk, run or bike ride on so I figured I’d give it a try. After a short warm-up, I began my 5K on the main road in my neighborhood and then headed towards the college trail. The trail was pretty peaceful despite being right next to the back road that takes you out of my neighborhood. It’s not completely hidden but enough to make it peaceful.
It didn’t start out at all the way I wanted it to. I immediately started feeling it in my legs and I wanted to stop. 2 miles was as far as I wanted to go, and I seemed to struggling to get to that, but I pushed through telling myself this was supposed to be my 5K, and only if I really needed to would stop at 2 miles.
I slowly started feeling better and knew I could get the 5K done, but there would be a walk break in there. I mean, hello, I was just getting back into running after an extended break; I had to allow myself that walk break if I needed it. And I did, but it was the virtual 5K and the thought that I told myself today was the day that actually kept me going to finish it out rather than quit at 2 miles.
So, the virtual 5K definitely helped. It may not have been as motivating but I got it done and that’s what’s important. Oh, and my overall time was just a few seconds slower than my first ever 5K, so I really can’t complain.
****Side note: I’m totally aware this is pretty much the most boring post ever since there are no pictures. Oops!! Next time I run the college trail I’ll be sure to snap some pictures, I promise.