Running Update & Two Fun 5k Races

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I have been patiently waiting for the weather to get warmer here so that I could start my half marathon training and stay on schedule.  I thought that since it was nearing the end of April I would been at least a week or two into it by now but Mother Nature clearly has other plans.  It actually snowed here last week, is she being serious?!? Anyway, I got sick of waiting and decided I was going to go for a run this morning even though it was just above the 30 degree mark.  I made it a whole 1.25 miles and my fingers were so cold that I decided to turn around (I was also very underdressed).  I was able to see this pretty sunrise though so it was sorta worth it!

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Oh well, hoping the weather starts to warm up in the next week so I can stay on track with a running schedule.  I swear if it snows again here I am up and moving to Arizona 😉 (Keep a room open at the Inn, Redd!)

Even though I haven’t been able to run consistently, I have still signed up for a few races before my half marathon to keep me motivated.  Unfortunately these aren’t until August and September but they’re both fun and different so I have to tell you about them.

Vino and the Beasts 5k- August 16, 2014

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This is a 5k obstacle race that takes place through a vineyard and you have to maneuver your way in, around and through obstacles.  I did this race last year with my sister and we had a BLAST! You actually get to drink wine while you run (they serve it at the water stations).  I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this race is.  I really enjoyed having the obstacles there to break up the run, my favorite being the cargo net you have to climb over.  I literally felt like a spider monkey/little kid and thought it was the most fun thing ever! Best part about this race is that when you finish, you have an all access pass to tour the three wineries that are on the grounds where the course is located! There is even a brewery there and last year I brought home a growler of riesling ale…yummy! I have been looking forward to running this race again since the minute it ended last year.  I don’t want to wish the summer away but please hurry up and get here August 16th!

The other race I signed up for is in September and I am equally as excited for that as well.

2014 Rivertown Strollerderby 5k Run/Walk

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This race was brought to my attention by Lindsay from She Mom Fitness and I’m so glad she did! Hastings-on-the-Hudson is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from me but I saw the word “strollerderby” and I was sold.  Plus whats even better, a portion of the proceeds go to the non-profit organization, Family-to-Family in order to launch a new fitness program in Westchester called “She-Sole”. “She-Sole” will provide jogging strollers, baby carriers, running sneakers and fitness/running focused programming to disadvantaged mothers. How awesome is that? Seriously though, I think that is amazing and it really speaks to my heart considering I used to work at a non-profit advocating for women.

If you’re in the NYC area or are within traveling distance, I absolutely think this race would be worth attending.  Not only do the proceeds benefit something awesome but there is also a $1000 prize for 1st place! If you’re interested and want to sign up you can go to www.shemomfitness.com.  Also, keep your eyes open for a follow-up post…I might just have some giveaways related to the race 🙂

What races have you signed up for this year that you can’t wait for? Is the weather any warmer where you are or is it wreaking havoc on your running schedule too?

Ready to Run

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I’ve always been able to push myself further, farther, faster, stronger with anything I put my mind to except running. I did my first 5k because of peer pressure and although I placed fourth in my age division I still had it in my head that it was just a fluke.

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I thought it was something that I did once and wouldn’t probably do again. I told myself “running is just not for me”. Then I did a 5k obstacle and loved it, so I signed up for another 5k and placed second in my age group!

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I still told myself though that I “wasn’t a runner”. I resigned myself to the fact that I would never run further than 3.1 miles because I was “not a runner” and I was okay with that. Recently though I have learned that I’m capable of running longer distances if I just put my mind to it, like everything else. Through some encouragement, I have registered for two longer distances races. One is a 10k that’s coming up next weekend 😱 (what am I thinking?!?). The other is a half marathon in Vegas in November (at least I have some time to train for that).

Here is a breakdown of the two races.

Springtime 10k Syracuse

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This 10k is actually set on the outskirts of Syracuse in the country side of Jamesville, NY.  It is a very hilly route and was formed to give Syracuse athletes a preview of the Ironman 70.3 course as well as the Mountain Goat run in May.  I am not entirely sure what I’m thinking signing up for this race when I haven’t had any real chance to train.  I have honestly only ran a total of four miles since last Fall but when I did, I was able to do it at a 8:30 min/mile or less pace so Im just going to go out there and take it slow.  I also have confidence that the conditioning work that I have been doing all winter will really help me to be able to push through all those hills and run without much struggle.  I may be putting my foot in my mouth but we will see! I will post an update after I run and let you know if I survived or not!

The other race that I registered for is a half marathon in Las Vegas.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Vegas

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This race takes place on the 16th of November but really includes an entire weekend of Vegas-style fun! You get to run along the scenic strip and live bands play along the course while you race.  According to the race site the course is pretty flat which just might seem a bit easier in comparison to the hilly race I am going to be running next weekend. A half marathon seems like a really big stretch right now but how much fun does running along  the strip of Vegas at night sound?!? I was encouraged to do this race by a friend and after looking at her 18 week training schedule, I really feel that I just might be able to pull this off.  Plus, I get to take a girls trip to Vegas with my sister…how awesome is that?

So now that I have committed, I have to do it.  First though, I will need to train (for the half at least).  I will be posting training updates and sharing my struggles and triumphs along the way. I’m hoping for smooth sailing but as we all know, there are bound to be some bumps and metaphorical hills to conquer.  Fingers crossed.