June 21, 2012

Welcome to Summer Virtual 5k

Wasn't sure I would be able to run when I awoke in pain on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.  My back, hips, & feet were still sore from my chiropractor appointments the past week.  I decided to get up off my behind and get out the door.  It was a beautiful morning so I headed down the street to the high school track. My first two laps consisted of two 50 meter 'sprints' with 350 meter walk/run recoveries.  On my next two times around the track I decided to try climbing up and back down the stadium stairs.  That was rough but I made it.  I then proceeded to finish my regular loop and ended up back at the house with a total of 4 miles completed.  So my 5k time ended up being 45:43 with a pace of 14:43/mile.  Not bad for not having run since my last half marathon on May 20th.
My friend over at Running, Loving, Living is sponsoring a Welcome to Summer Virtual 5k/10k race.  I am participating in both races and have already finished my 5k.

June 18, 2012

Options Tri--For-Life/Laps-For-Life

It was a gorgeous day for a Triathlon, forecast was for a high of 80*.  The day started out cool and cloudy and the air was electric.

I took a DNS (did not start) for the race.  My back, from the base of my skull to my buttocks, including my shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and feet, had been bothering me for the past week.  An appt with my chiropractor confirmed my thought that this race wasn't in the cards for me this year.

I showed up to pick up my packet and headed back to my car to go home. The thought occurred to me that I could actually volunteer on the course.  Over to the sign-up table I went and they had one opening left on the bike route.  So I got to encourage all the bikers as they rode by.

After the last bike passed by, I headed to the Laps-For-Life check-in line.  I proceeded to walk around the track for the next hour (very slowly) in support of Options Pregnancy Resource Center.  The atmosphere was great as children along with their parents and grandparents walked.  We cheered in the triathlon finishers (as they finished on the track).  I even won a few raffle prizes.  Overall, it was a pretty good day.