"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Circle K 5k - Pensacola Beach

Boy, was it cold first thing.  37 degrees with a wind chill of 31!!  So, on goes a double layer of clothing for the Circle K 5k Race at Pensacola Beach.  The sun was out and it was a beautiful day!!  We went to pick up our packet and shirts and they gave us a swag bag.  This was no flimsy bag, mind you...you had to hold it with BOTH hands!!!  It was not only full but heavy.  There were 3 bottles, large Dasani water, an extra shirt with Florida Lottery on it, key chains, all kinds of candy bars, 5-Hour Energy drink, Twizzlers, earphones...I mean there were so much stuff in that bag, you can't imagine. 

This course is flat and is an easy one to run; also, the roads are good to run on.  As I neared the first mile, I realized that my right knee was going to make me walk as it was hurting.  I had stayed off of it the past two days hoping that would help.  Oddly, my knee never hurts when I'm not running; it will swell [and it has been] but it doesn't really hurt.  I finished my first mile running and proceeded to take the pressure off my knee by walking some.  Unfortunately, I had to walk a good bit of the race.  Running short stints followed by walking was the way it went.  Oh, well...what can you say.  I finished and don't feel like I damaged or hurt my knee further.  Will ice it and wrap it the next few days. 

After running Lulu's 10k last Sunday, I knew my knee was going to give me problems.  So, I walked 5 miles Monday and Tuesday in my neighborhood.  The weather prevented me from getting outside some but was okay with that since I had walked some...all the time thinking the 5k coming up wouldn't be affected.  Well, that just wasn't the case.  I had not run any since last Sunday's race! 

I am proud of my fellow runners for securing good race times.  Mo won Sr. Grand Master and Irene got first place in her age group.  They are both getting stronger and stronger.  Jane also received first place in her age group as walker.  Congrats, ladies!! 

Kent finished first place in his age group as well.  He received a nice cap, large plastic bottle with straw and a $10 Circle K card. 

When we crossed the Finish Line, there were bottles of water, oranges, different flavors of Danishes and different flavors of bagels.  THEN...we crossed the street where the real post race event was and boy was it something else!!  Not only did they have many, many different drinks to choose from [as well as a high-end chocolate milk] but they had red beans and rice and many kinds of Subway sandwiches.  Also, on the tables were different kinds of jerky, large chocolate and M&M cookies, more Danishes, gummy worms and gummy bears, packages of trail mix and a cooler full of 4 different high-end ice cream bars on a stick.  There was a double peanut butter, Thin Mint sandwich, cherry covered chocolate and another kind that slips my mind right now.  There were so much, I'm sure I left out something. 

I was going to share a picture of what we got in our swag bags, then another of what we got at the post race but when I laid it out on the bed, it was so enormous, I figured I'd include it all.  They even gave us a large canvas tote and were giving out extra race shirts.  These were tech and we definitely got another one...yippie!  The first pic is of everything followed by close up's in four pictures.  Here goes:

Can you believe all of this??  Oh, and I forgot to mention that we were given free Florida lottery tickets every time we went in and out of the area.  How cool??  Well, all I can say is that it made my bad race feel real good afterward, ha!   

Hope you've had a good run today or better yet a good race...after all, no race or run is bad unless you don't do it.  Keep up the good work and I'll see you later when I will

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2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

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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