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Girls on the Run and World Run Day

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Today I went to Delaware park to meet the girls I was going to support in their goal to complete a 5k and participate in World Run Day.

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Two other runners and myself were paired with these lovely ladies above. They were from various schools in the area and met through an afterschool program. They had matching pants, socks and sneakers on! We were stylin’!

After going to the happy hair tent and getting colors put in their hair and tattoos on their cheeks we did zumba for a little while to warm up then ran to the start line! We were first at the line! I don’t know when I’ll be able to say that again!

When the race started, we were soon engulfed by all the other girls and their buddy runners. Our group got split up and I stayed back with Kimora. We did a combination of walking and running, picking out different landmarks to run to. She looked like she was having a lot of fun. We talked about all the different dogs we saw being walked in the park, talked about how Delaware park got split up into three small parks, talked about school, family. One of the coolest things we found out about each other is that she is going to the grammar school I went to when I was her age! How crazy is that!?!

Another cool thing is that I got to do a mini science lesson during our run! Kimora asked “Why do we have wind?” – using my geology background I was able to explain to her about the winds working to alleviate temperature and pressure build-up in the atmosphere across the earth. That was so cool!

As we were approaching the finish line her mom joined in and ran with her. Kimora grabbed her finishers medal and I congratulated her.

It was so awesome to be a part of this and I loved being able to hang out with the girls! Can’t wait for next year!

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GOTR weekend!

The Girls on the Run 5k is this weekend! I volunteered as a running buddy and I can’t wait to meet my partner! It’s so exciting to be able to run and support all the girls who are doing this race. They’ve spent months preparing, learning, practicing and growing for this race. It’s the culmination of all their hard work! Good luck to my buddy! I hope I can keep up!

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World Run Day

Registered for World Run Day

November 10th, 2013

Get your run on!

World Run Day

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Girls on the Run!

I got exciting news yesterday! I’m going to a buddy runner for a girl in the Girls on the Run program! I’m so excited! They’ve been training over the fall and next Sunday, November 10th, which happens to be world run day, is their big event! A 5 k race around Delaware Park! As a buddy runner I get to run with my girl, help her stay motivated and reach the finish line! I feel so grateful to be a part of this event and to help my girl achieve her goals!

 

Girls on the Run Buffalo

World Run Day

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Review of goals

I was looking through my past blogs and came across my running goals for the year. And, I’ve met most of them!!! I have one more 8k to run and I’m done! That’s motivation to do the YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving.

Running Goals 2013

by secretsquee on April 3, 2013

1. Run a 5k

2. Run another 5k

3. Run an 8k

4. Run another 8k

5. Run a 10k

6. Run another 10k

7. Find my running rhythm – where running is “easy”

8. Speed up at the end of all my races

9. Cross train to become a better runner

10. Do a half marathon!

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Running Goals 2013

I’ve seen a few running blogs with goals set up for the year and they inspired me to do the same!

1. Run a 5k

2. Run another 5k

3. Run an 8k

4. Run another 8k

5. Run a 10k

6. Run another 10k

7. Find my running rhythm – where running is “easy”

8. Speed up at the end of all my races

9. Cross train to become a better runner

10. Do a half marathon!

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Bunny Hop 5k 2013

A few of my friends and I signed up for the Bunny Hop 5k, a race the day before Easter. A few weeks ago I had completed the Nike Women’s 10k then promptly got sick. I had the flu and it took me almost a week to recover. That meant I only had a week left to train for the bunny hop. Between all of my responsibilities and being sick, I pretty much did no running in between the 10k and the 5k. I was still feeling a little run down the day of the race but knowing that my two friends were going to be there was motivational enough for me to start getting ready.

There were over 2000 runners in this race! The streets were clogged for quite a while until people started breaking away. The roads wound through the countryside overlooking beautiful vistas of forest, grassland and old farms. At one farm there were three very large white animals. From a distance I thought they were sheep but when I was getting close to the pasture I could tell they were dogs! Very big, very furry white dogs. They were beautiful. Every so often a family would be sitting out in their driveway cheering us on. More than a few people were dressed up with bunny ears, bunny tails, easter colored outfits and there was a santa claus! A little too early buddy!

This course was very hilly too, which ended up making us walk every so often. My friend had eaten right before the race and could feel her breakfast sloshing around in her stomach as she ran. That along with her cramps made her run less than enjoyable for her. I felt bad for her. Me, on the other hand, I was running pretty strong, moving faster than I normally do.

I bought a new running shirt to wear during the race. Up until now I could wear my cold weather gear but it was in the 50’s that day so I didn’t want to over heat. The other shirts I have are short sleeved but the stitching would irritate my new tattoo. I found a 3-quarter length running shirt at Target that would wick moisture, cover my tattoos from the sun and prevent my arm from chafing. Perfect!

Even though I had my new shirt on, it still got pretty warm. There has been a point in every race I’ve done so far where I wish I could peel layers off!

After about 2 miles of up hill we turned and started back downhill. Past the pastures and vistas. Past the crazy  huge dogs that now  had dirty bellies from playing in the mud. Down the hill to the next curve and it was a straight shot home. With quite a ways left I started kicking. And kicking. It was the longest I had ever sprinted so far. It seemed as though every kick  I took the clock got faster! I was running as fast as I can and it seemed like I was in slow motion! If I could just get to the finish line before another second passed! The clock just kept ticking forward.

This was was great because I had a very slight cramp that didn’t really bother me, I was able to sprint from a farther distance to the finish line, my soleus and gastro didn’t hurt once and my feet felt great!

I have another race in two weeks and I’m certainly going to practice running before that one. I would like to get faster someday.  I find that no matter how much you train that each race is going to be different and you really shouldn’t critique yourself too much on performance. One race could be flat, nice weather, you feel great. Another race could be too warm, hilly, you don’t feel good. All the training you do still doesn’t control for everything that could happen on race day. The goal is to be okay with that.

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Race this weekend

Race this weekend!!

I will be running in a cold, February 5 k this weekend with one of my friends. Let me clarify, one of my crazy friends who runs and is willing to do this with me!

About a month ago I was looking at the local race schedule. I was getting the itch to race and was looking for my next 5k – something early in the year so I didn’t have to wait long but not in a rough month. The winters tend to be rough around here, but with the way the climate is changing they have been milder although you can never really count on the weather forecast because of the lake.

My eyes crossed over the chilly challenge and thought it might be too early. My friend and I picked a half marathon to tackle in June and I thought we should at least do one 5 k race before that, in addition to all the half training.

So I starred this upcoming weekend’s race in my calendar and went back to my everyday life. Going about my business, fitting in running when I can. I kept sneaking a peak back at that race schedule and considering the upcoming races. I would imagine myself doing this one or that one…what it would be like, what I would have to wear, how cold it might be. Could I race in the cold or would the weather hinder me? I had heard, mostly from my friend, that running in cold weather can be rough on your throat and lungs. I didn’t think that would bother me because I had switched over to forefoot running and my breathing had changed. No longer did I gulp air in, it flowed in and out smoothly through each step. One of the many benefits of forefoot running.

A quick 2 mile race in January caught me eye. Two miles was just enough to get out there and see what it was like racing in the cold without risking whatever side effects I was worried about. Stiff joints and muscles, slipping on ice, slushing through snow, not being able to keep warm. I signed up and dragged my boyfriend with me!

Dressed in his overalls and winter jacket and me in my running leggings, bright colored sneakers, lime green leg warmers, hot pink dry fit and black fleece, we made a fine pair!

My tush and legs were icey. Hands in my pockets, ear warmer on, i waited at the start line for time to be called. Rockin’ out with my gangster rap flowing through  my ear buds, jumping up and down, doing deep knee bends, trying to stay warm….finally time was called and we got going!

I was surprised, the wind wasn’t blowing to hard, the air wasn’t too dry, my legs and butt weren’t cold anymore and I could run easily. In fact a lot more easier than my last 5 k over last summer. It was a beautiful January morning in the park out with the other crazy winter runners. I made my way around the course easily, staying warm, trying to take my fleece off because I was too warm! I made it to the end sweating and immediately headed into the tent.

It was a great race! I was warm but not over heating. No ice to slip on, no dry throat or lungs. No slushy, wet feet. That race sold me on winter running. Once you get out there and past the initial cold, you are ready to rock!

I’m looking forward to the race coming up. This time I get to run with a friend. It’s a bit of a longer race and I haven’t been able to fit in a ton of training but my goal, as always, is to finish.

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