But I have been training and running and have completed several more 5Ks. I know you want to hear about them, so, here:
5K twenty five and 5K twenty five and a half were back to back loops of the Preddy creek trail. I wanted to see if I could, with some hussle, fit two loops in right after a work day. It turns out that I can:
I went one direction for the first lap and then switched directions for the second lap; you know, because boredom!
5Ks twenty six and twenty eight were yet more loop at Preddy Creek:
5K Twenty Seven was the longest “5K” that I have done this year. It was the Charlottesville 10-miler. After I ran this race last year, I swore I would never do it again. It’s hilly and difficult, starts REALLY early in the morning and it was very cold last year. After some convincing from my race wife, I found myself signed up for this race again!!! I never saw her during the race. I found her at the finish line and assume that, as always, she beat me. But it turns out that she crossed the starting line far ahead of me and also crossed the finish line far ahead of me, but I spent 12 second LESS on the race course than she did, so I beat her!
Here’s me at mile 9. I am glad to almost be finished:
It was a bit faster than last year and overall the race felt much better and easier, so there’s that.
An injury in karate the week after the 10-miler has put a bit of a damper on my training, so I haven’t really been in the gym or doing training runs. I was practicing self defense with a team mate who put me in a very tight headlock that I couldn’t get out of, so I took him down to grapple with him and on the way down, my rib and his knee or elbow collided. It’s hard to explain the pain that comes with that and how much core/rib muscles are used in everyday life, especially in activities such as sneezing or coughing. I’m still not 100%, so I am wimpy training and doing what I can. But I DID make the decision to try to run the Charlotte Spartan Super that I was signed up for with my race wife. I had to wimp out of a few of the obstacles and my burpees were weaksauce, but we finished and it was 5K number Twenty Nine:
This race was MUDDY, but the water was warmer than I thought it would be. Here are my race wife, my tiny baby bicep poking out of my race jersey and I at the finish:
And us at the fire jump, which is the last obstacle. Notice the man with “surly face” photobombing our otherwise perfect photo:
Keep in mind my rib is still injured. Yet I was signed up for TWO 5Ks on April 13th. I’m the kind of gal that doesn’t want to back out of a race that has been paid for. 5K Thirty was the Virginia Institute of Autism Run for Autism 5K. Autism Spectrum Disorders affect so many children and their families and loved ones. A friend took the time to message me after the race and thank me for running the race and bringing awareness to ASD. This is why I love running charity races. David, the friend that I ran the race with (I say this loosely as he finished many minutes ahead of me, go DAVID!!!!) asked that I make the $10 donation to VIA. I have added another $10 for the friend that messaged his support after the race.
I’m so sorry this post is so long; I promise to blog more often. Finally, 5K number thirty one was with my race wife. It was the very challenging Albemarle CiderWorks Hard Cider 5K. Because we are who we are, we opted for the donut option, so we also ate a donut at each mile. It was not a fast race at all:
That’s the mile 2 donut right there! By the way, we both wore totally appropriate shirts for this race; I’d like everyone to notice that. She chose The Haven as the beneficiary of the $10 donation, so $10 has been sent to The Haven.
I technically have only 9 5Ks to go, but I am upping my ante. I’m going for 100!!! If you feel inspired by what I am doing, please donate to some of the causes that I have been blogging about and supporting. Or please ask me when you can do a 5K with me. Remember, all fitness levels are welcome. I’m happy to walk with you if you aren’t able to run. Or we can figure something else out if you aren’t mobile!
Help me hit 100, y’all!