Scott had to travel for work again this week. He left yesterday for the Czech Republic so I made plans to hang out with my sister and her husband this weekend. I drove down yesterday which was only scary on the entrance ramp. I’m thankful that I somehow developed the ability to not freak out when my car slides a little and can navigate out of it. After getting on the highway, I made my way down slowly and surely to my sister’s place. We hit up a Halloween party hosted by her friends that had lots of good food (forgot to take pics) and I got to see the new site of their soon to be built townhouse.
Today I got up a little before they did and spent some quality time with their great dane/lab/pit mix Bailey.
He’s such a handsome fellow. My sister’s husband made us eggs and coffee for breakfast which was awesome of him to do. After breakfast we got ready and left to head to the 5K we were running/walking with their team.
Sister love! We were ready to rock! It was a bit chilly at the race and we tried to keep warm while the rest of the runners/walkers made their way to the start.
Go Team Bones!
Shortly after the photo ops we lined up and soon were off. I was told prior to the start of the race that it was going to be a lot of hills. I didn’t really think much of that until we were off and running. I wasn’t aware of how fast I was plowing through the first mile until I looked down at my Garmin – 7:29.4. WHAT!?! I shouldn’t have been going that fast, but I was also excited I actually ran a sub-8:00 mile! Shortly after that, I began losing some steam. It was cold and windy and my lungs were just not used to pushing that kind of pace. I ended up walking the first major hill we came to (it was huge, HUGE!). There weren’t any water stops along the way which would’ve really helped keep my throat from drying out. I took a few more walk breaks at mile 2 and then pushed it to the end of the race.
My final chip time was 26:37.7! It is my second fastest 5K time and I was ten seconds out from being in the top three. I was a little mad at myself for walking and not keeping a steadier pace throughout. I wanted a medal. But, our team did amazing, my sister ran the whole time without stopping at all and beat her goal time. Here are the splits:
Not bad even though they were positive. I learned some valuable lessons. One, it’s hard to expect to finish top three if you haven’t ran in a month, let alone ran hills at all. Two, even though I didn’t PR or place, I still pushed out an awesome run after a hiatus. Three, it was fun to do a race not only with my sister and her friends, but also for a good cause. All of the proceeds went to a foundation that supports ALS research and our team raised a ton! It was such a great day and I cannot wait to do the race again next year! Everyone did awesome and I am really excited to have a challenging 5K to aim for each year. It’s one thing to PR on a flat course, but it’ll be amazing to keep improving my time on this one!
Oh, and this is what our backyard looks like right now.
Craziness. I didn’t lose power or anything and luckily the roof didn’t leak much. Someone is supposed to come this week to fix the soft spot. No idea if they are going to redo the plaster in my closet (a second time).
How was your weekend?