A-ster and I ran in a halloween 5K this Saturday. I think that a race is the best date for a Saturday night.. Don’t you agree? I finished 2nd in my age group with a time of 26:37. I was faster last weekend, but this course had some major hills, and zombies in the road ;). Here is a little before picture action..
Besides running, I wanted to talk about another topic today..Happiness!
Lately I’ve been reflecting on my life and the blessings that I have received this past year. We bought a cute little house that I love, I married the man of my dreams and I have been able to recover from an illness. However, every once in a while I still feel a sense of gloom looming over me. These feeling usually come on when I think about how I am not quite doing what I love with my life. I have always dreamed that I would use my love for health and fitness to help people in some way. However, I haven’t seemed to pursue that path quite yet.
I know that God put me in my current position for a reason. Even though it’s not easy, I know he is with me through it, and that better things will come out of it. I just try to remember that God does not look at stress or problems the way we do. With the stress and trouble that we face, he has a plan. Just read Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Another scripture I have to remember to call upon is..
Philippians 4:6,7- do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So for now, I will continue to trust in the lords plans for me. I will cast my stress and worry on him.
The morning started out with making the A-ster and myself breakfast…
A-ster headed out for his dental volunteer clinic and I had the house to myself. My race wasn’t until later in the day so I decided to do a little P90X core work and yoga! I’ve been ignoring workouts that involve anything other than being outside, which happens just about every fall. However, to stay injury free, I know building up my muscles is a must.
A pizza was made for lunch. This is my kind of pizza. It is made with a brown rice flour wrap, tahini, garlic and veggies. I baked it on 320 for 15 minutes. Crispy YUMMYYNESS.. I took a bite before I took the picture. Whoops!
I did some relaxing around the house which felt good. I’ve been feeling super busy since the start of the school year. Since it was raining outside I felt justified to just sit on the couch and watch Parenthood on Netfix. Something I RAIRLY do.
My 5K race started later than what I am typically used to. I have always been a get up and run first thing in the morning type of gal. However, this race was a nice change. When we arrived to the race start and the sight was beautiful. The run took place on back country roads around a vineyard. There was a band with music playing and food trucks set up grilling BBQ, hot dogs and hamburgers (needless to say A-ster was in heaven while he was waiting). I met my brother and brother-in-law at the start and we were all ready to run! We decided that it was every man for himself during this race (aka we wouldn’t try to stay together).
I tried to keep up with both of the guys at the start of the race. I think this is how I hit a new PR. I was 4th in my age group!
A glass of wine is the perfect way to end a 5k. Lets see if I can beat my time next weekend!
Well, I did it! I ran the furthest consecutive miles than I ever have in my whole life! On saturday I did my 14 mile training run. Note that my legs were still kind of recovering from last weekends red eye relay race.
I started the run out strong with a pace of around an 8 minute mile, and by the end was running a 10 minute mile. Although I would have liked to have a little bit of a faster pace, I couldn’t be more proud of myself. So many times during the middle of that run I wanted to stop to walk..even if it was just for a minute. However, I kept pushing myself. Telling myself NOT to stop. I was my biggest cheerleader!!
One of my favorite blog is written by this girl.. One time she posted about what she thinks about during a run. She said that when she is tired and wants to stop she keeps thinking about this quote.. . “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”- Lance Armstrong.
This quote not only made me run faster during my last race, but kept me going on Saturday. As much as I wanted to stop, I knew I would eventually make it to the end and the pain I was feeling would go away. I would walk away from this run being a stronger runner.
Just as I thought by the end of my run I was on cloud nine. I accomplished something that I wasn’t sure that I could do..
Then I jumped into the lake to ice my legs ;)..
And because I have no pictures from this past weekend (sorry i’m a bad blogger) AND because this is also suppose to be a blog about upcoming wedding, AND because I dislike when blogs don’t have pictures…I will leave you with a incredibly random picture of my amazing fiance and I the night we got engaged.
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After dinner came a speedy/hilly run… I have not done speed work since before my injury. If I wasn’t running with someone else, I would have probably stopped and curled into a little ball on the side of the road. Also, my stomach was not happy with the salad I ate for dinner 30 minutes prior.. We started out with a one mile warm up then heated things up with a pretty quick pace. All together we did 3.25 run with a mile warm up and .25 mile cool down. I spent most of my run trying to keep up with this guy (my brother in law). Don’t mind my amazing photography skills….
My legs were toasted afterwards and I spent some needed time with my foam roller.:)
Since I had plans to do some wedding dress shopping this afternoon, we planed another run for this morning (approximately 12 hours later).. My legs felt super tired but we were able to pull out 5 miles on a flat trail. Tomorrow is my last day before I go back home and we are going to do some of the trails that we will be running during the Red Eye Relay. I can’t even begin to explain how massive these hill are that we are going to run…I have to admit I am a little terrified!
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