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Weekly Running Log

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sweetheart 5k

It's been quite a while since I've run a 5k as well as doing even a little bit of speedwork. So before I even got outside, I was challenged. The race started at 9:00 so we didn't need to leave too early. It was a lot cooler than when we went to bed. Temps are beginning to drop with the lowest being tonight. Thank goodness!! It could have come in one day earlier and we'd have frozen. As it was, we ran in 46 degrees and a little gusty wind with some sun. The Sweetheart Race was a 5k, 5k Walk and a 10k with a Fun Run at the end. All in all there were over 800 participants with most in the 5k.

I was not as prepared for this 5k as in the past. Since focusing more on longer races this last year, my speed has slowed and my speedwork has about gone to pot. So I was not as concerned this go around. Surprisingly, I didn't choose the 10k instead of the 5k. I usually do and was a little nervous in a different sense. The course was flat and an out-and-back. I loved it. Boy, I had not realized how much I'd missed running the shorter races...but I LOVE the longer ones. I'm just betwixt in my loves here. Oh well, this topic is for another post.

I felt strong my last mile. Though I didn't place this time, I'm well pleased with my 8:34 pace!! Highly unusual, there were 15 in my a/g and the worse part-there some really strong runners that showed up. On the other hand, I couldn't believe I had recuped my speed as well as I did, not having run in 5k's in a while. Kent did well and won the Senior GrandMaster Racewalker. There were over 150 walkers!! Here he is coming in.


After the race, we enjoyed scrumptious nachos. The best part...you could fix it yourself! Here's Kent's bowl with brownies.


I LOVE jalapenos!!! Soooo, I got mine and two other peoples...yay!! Of course, mine looked terrible but it tasted fantastic. The thing with mine is that you could not even tell there were colorful chips hiding underneath it all for ALL the trimmings I added. I like everything on them (ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, cheese sauce, sour cream and jalapenos), sooooo...my bowl is fuller than most! And, by the way, yeah I ate every bit of this mess...yummmm! I got a brownie but had to save it for later. Wonder why???


We ran up with Ginny and Chad while we were eating. Of course you never want others to know how MUCH you eat...well, we were caught grinning from ear to ear. Ginny won 1st place in her age group. She recently qualified for Boston next year...go, girl!! I'm so proud of her.

Until next time...keep your body moving and
Run 4 It

1 comment:

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

I too, am torn between marathons and 5ks, but I always seem really sucked into the marathons. Currently, I'm supposed to be focusing on 5ks, but I still want to run half and full marathons with our current weather. Such a bummer our good weather season is so short. I love the variety that the different distances offer. It helps to keep things fresh and fun.

thanks for your sweet comments. great to see you and Kent.

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half



2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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