Boy, it’s been a long time. Life has been crazy!
I have been jam packed with homework
Figuring out my future plans after college: Grad school, finding a place to live, etc
It’s been exhausting but fun at the same time.
This week I got the wonderful gift of the flu, from my wonderful mother. I went home to search for a place to live while in grad school and she just couldn’t resist spreading the love to my father and I.
Running wise: I no longer run for SEMO. Yes, crazy right? Not so much, it was definitely bittersweet. I miss the majority of the girls and my team but it was such a negative and elementary environment for me that I’m better without it. Where do I go from there?
Road races baby! I have a few 5k’s signed up for and I will also be competing unattached at a few track meets as well. I still have the goal to break 20 minutes for the 5k and it’s going to happen. The 5k is obviously my favorite distance so it will be fun getting back into the excitement of road races! Then it’ll be half marathon time. I have a few in mind, but don’t want to commit to anything yet.
I have so much ahead in my future that it really gets me excited and I want to just graduate already! Once things become completely official, I will be sharing with everyone, but until then it’s just a secret. 🙂
Some highlights in life recently!
I went to the USA Cross Country Championships for the 2nd year in a row. I met Deena Kastor, Ryan Hall and saw Sara Hal and Shalane Flanagan! Also Joe Newton from Long Green Line at York High School 😀
Then for Valentines and Alex and I’s 4 year Anniversary, I received these!
The animals are two of our four stuffed animals we share ownership to. It’s kind of a thing we do on our “half” anniversaries. We like to go to build a bear and add a new one to our collection.
The night before Valentine’s we went to the Casino Buffet for dinner and he gave me $20 to play with. On Valentine’s, which is our anniversary, he made Spaghetti and we watched a few episodes of Once Upon a Time and got Andy’s Frozen Custard. It was a great time!
I gave Graham two valentine’s but I had to take them away because he started to bleed. Rawhides are rough on his gums obviously.
Hopefully I won’t go MIA as much, but let’s be real, I can’t promise anything.
So you might be thinking, why did this girl sign up for a race when she has been in physical therapy?
Reasoning: My last day of physical therapy was Thursday. I wanted to semi run a race so I can see if there was any pain/discomfort because I see the doctor this upcoming Friday. My plan was to just take it as a training run otherwise because up until the race the longest I ran was about 2.5 miles.
I must say this race was organized the best I have ever seen. I picked up my packet about 40 minutes before the race and I was able to walk right up.
This race was located in Forest Park in St Louis MO
The bathrooms inside the Living World were spotless, which is comforting, and did not smell.
At the starting line they had music sponsored by Mason and Remy from 93.7 The Bull and they had volunteers standing with pace signs in order to get everyone in the right section.
There was chip timing and it was disposable and on your bib, so your time didn’t start until you hit the timing mats and finished when you crossed the mats at the finish line.
They had a water station set up about halfway through the race at about 1.5 miles in. I did not stop but many were getting water to pour on themselves because it was extremely hot out.
On your bib you had a pull off for a free breakfast. This was the best setup in my opinion. Everyone was able to walk through and were given a paper bag of a muffin, jam, cream cheese, banana and utensils. You then kept walking and were handed a yogurt, milk and orange juice. When you walked out of the hallway there were sample tables that had chocolate milk in the small cartons, cottage cheese, drinkable yogurt and free cherry ice pops.
The award ceremony and attendance prizes were held in the sea lion arena and everything just ran smoothly.
I would give this race an A++, seriously. But it also has been around for over 20 years!
My race itself:
I love Forest Park, so much! Honestly, if I could stay and live in St.Louis, I would love to live close to the park. I did a mile warm-up on the trails close to the start line and finished in 8:00 for the mile.
Mile 1: 7:00/mile
I didn’t plan to actually race this and was in my training shoes not racing flats for this reason. I started out and at about .40 I looked down at my watch and I had been going 6:40 pace. I immediately thought, oh my goodness, this is my usual race pace. So of course I just tried to keep the pace. Keep in mind I have only ran about 4 days and the most I ran was 2.5 miles. I end up getting stomach pains from being out of shape and slow down a bit to start working on my form to try and help it.
Mile 2: 7:52/mile
I’ve slowed down a lot. The hills have hit and of course it’s the typical route they use in Forest Park so of course it has to include the huge hill behind the Muny. I felt I wasn’t even moving but at that point I said, let’s just have fun and try to finish this.
Mile 3: 7:30/mile
The course flattens out and I get to moving a bit faster and am just thinking about finishing. I’m completely out of shape but am realizing my IT band area is still tight, sore and noticeable. But my back isn’t hurting.
Official Finish Time: 23:20 = 7:31/mile
I was really sad when I saw the awards and the fact they were stuffed animals each year with a medal wrapped around the neck. This year they were tigers and the sizes differed depending on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place.
The results gave me hope for when I do this race next year that I can possibly get an age group award. Based on what I can run a 5k in when I am healthy, I would have placed 2nd. So we’ll cross our fingers to be healthy and fast next year!