This Runner's Trials
31May/1117

A furry solution

Posted by runnerstrials

My husband is the cyclist.

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I'm the runner.

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While we both love triathlons, we always thought it would be fun to do a co-ed triathlon relay. But we don't know any strong swimmers…

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I have no idea where we can find one.

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Do you?

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Too bad there aren't any co-species triathlon relays around ;)

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! We were lucky enough to spend it at my in-laws' lovely lake house, and we had gorgeous weather.

I have a really exciting post coming later this week. Stay tuned :)

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29May/1114

Seneca Fest 5k Race Recap

Posted by runnerstrials

Yesterday, I finally ran my first 5k race :)

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Why did it take me years to finally take the plunge?

The distance scares me. I prefer races that focus on distance and speed, like half marathons. Going balls to the wall the entire time in a race makes me shiver.

That and I always assumed I'd better be able to break 22:00 in a 5k. I don't know where I come up with this arbitrary number. But that's a lofty goal considering my only other semi-5k race experiences came up short:

  • 23:52 during my sprint tri.
  • 22:40 during a 5k "fun run" I ran on an island during a cruise in March.

But that was then. Now, my outlook on running and racing isn't consumed by PRs and fast times. Now that I've barely been running for the past two months, I just wanted to fall in love with the sport again.

What's the best way to do that? Race :)

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Can you find me? Yeah, I can't either.

And I am so, so glad I ran a 5k yesterday! It was SO much fun.

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I won't lie; it was really challenging to attempt to "race" when I've barely been running. But the race was about so much more than that. I was ecstatic to be running and surrounded by other people who love running. A race truly is a celebration, and that's how my 5k felt yesterday.

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For possibly the first race ever, I didn't care about my time. I wasn't staring at my Garmin, just truly happy to be out there.

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I finished in 26:49, an 8:40/ mi pace. Believe it or not, I was thrilled with that time. I honestly didn't know if I'd be able to run the whole thing, but I did :) So go me!

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My thoughts on 5ks?

They're awesome because they're only 3.1 miles. And they kind of suck because they're only 3.1 miles. I prefer more distance in my races and a slower pace.

But I'll definitely be back to the 5k. When I get back into shape, I can't wait to kick it's booty ;)

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26May/1126

One

Posted by runnerstrials

Today my little blog turns one :)

I can't believe I started blogging a full year ago with this post.

What I can't believe even more is that this is my most popular post. I totally did not expect that when I wrote it!

I started blogging last year because I had some goals. I thought it would be cool to document my progress towards those goals. Unfortunately there's been some bumps in the road and I wouldn't call my goals completed, but instead a work in progress:

  • I tried to set PRs. I set an 8k PR, but you all know the real PR I strived for was one in the marathon. Not only did I not meet that goal, but I also didn't finish the race.

 

  • I tried to tri. And I did! I completed my first sprint triathlon and first Olympic distance tri. But my huge goal of a half Ironman didn't happen, partly because I missed the registration deadline. Oops.

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While I fell short of my goals, I did get something very unexpected out of blogging: like-minded, crazy friends :)

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Picture from Sara.

Sometimes it's really hard for me to blog and share my feelings, but I am so glad I do. Because you guys are awesome :) Connecting with people in-person and online because of the blog has been such an amazing, unexpected gift.

You guys are the reason I continue to blog. So thank YOU so much for your comments, support, and and ability to make me smile. And thanks for granting me my first blogiversary!

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Sometimes ice cream > cupcakes ;)

Here's to another fun year!