Planning the Races

Good morning!

I feel like it’s time to finally put a post together.  After the events of last week, I just could not find myself sitting down to write a regular post about everyday life.  I found myself completely wrapped up in the news coverage of the Boston tragedy and had a hard time thinking about anything else.  Maybe it was because some of my blogging friends were there.  Maybe it was because my closest friends and I run races and it could have happened to us.  Whatever the reason, I just felt like life was on hold for a minute…and that’s okay.

I had a lot of fun things happen in the past week that I will sum up in few upcoming posts, including driving across the state to pick up my wedding favors!  It was cheaper to drive 8 hours than pay for shipping!  My mom and I made a great day of it, but, more on that later!

Races

Running and racing season has officially begun!  I am constantly reading posts and tweets about all the races that everyone is running during the weekends!  Every year, I get a packet of registration forms from our local running club and it takes all I have to not immediately fill out the forms and register for each one!   A few of them fall close to our wedding, so I’m going to play those by ear and decide how much time I have on my side to dedicate to a race.  I’m trying to stay on top of the wedding projects, but things don’t always go as planned!

However, there is one race that is happening this upcoming weekend that, I think, Lee and I are both going to run.  The race is taking place at my alma mater, Saint Vincent College, and is in honor of an alum that became a Pennsylvania State Trooper after graduation and, unfortunately, was killed by a drunk driver while he was driving home from one of his shifts.   Anything honoring a fallen police officer is near and dear to my heart and I am more than honored to participate.  The race is both a 5K and a 10K and I believe that Lee is going to go with the 5, while I’m going to attempt the 10.

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I thought it might be a little over-zealous to think I could go and crank out six miles after running outside for the first time in months a couple of weekends ago, so I decided to test out my stamina this past weekend instead of being surprised by a lack thereof next weekend!

Yesterday was a chilly but sunny and beautiful day!  I put on some lightweight running clothes (and gloves because my fingers are always freeeezing) and headed out with five miles in my head.  I took a GU right before because I was feeling a little sluggish before I actually laced up my shoes.

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I decided to do a big five-mile loop around my neighborhood.  I wasn’t in the mood to repeat the smaller routes and wanted to keep my scenery different for the entire run.  I struggled a little in the beginning because I had a belt on for my phone and keys and it was not cooperating with my shirt.  Also, my ear buds kept falling out for some reason!  So, after starting and stopping a few times during my first run around the block, I finally got everything situated and settled in to my pace.

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I ended up doing 5.5 miles (because I can never stop on a distance that isn’t a full or half mile!) and felt great!  So, now, at least I know I can make it through this weekend if I decide to do the 10K!

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My night ended with some beef lentil stew that I had thrown together earlier in the crockpot and some snuggling with my police officer and our pups.  All in all, a nice Sunday!

Alright, friends…I hope you all have a great Monday and the week eases in for you!

With much Love and Laughter,
Kelly

Something to share: Do you like to plan your races ahead of time (obviously, yes, if you have to train) or do you sometimes decide on a whim to run one? 

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