First things first. Thank you to everyone who entered my Chocolate #9 energy gel giveaway! This product is really great, and I'm excited to share it with some of you! The winners of the Chocolate #9 3-packs are...
Kim @ Finally Fit 2011!
Rachelle @ Running for Trevor!
Melinda @ Melge Hates Running!
Congratulations ladies! I know you will LOVE chocolate #9. Email me your address asap at juiceboxesandcrayolas AT gmail DOT com to claim your prize! Stay tuned for another fun giveaway tomorrow!
In other news...Yesterday I lined up at a starting line with other runners for the first time since June! Miss R and I ran the Lung Run 5K and had the BEST time! I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty darn nervous about how my legs would hold up since they've been a bit touch and go these days as I've been returning to running. But I'm happy to report they felt GREAT! The race was at a beautiful location--right in the heart of the city, just off the lake. Miss R and I hung out in the cool sunshine killing time before the race...
^I may or may not have had those CEP sleeves on nonstop for about 36 hours before the race...
Hey, I'll take all the help I can get!!
The race was pretty small in terms of participants, but it definitely didn't have a "small race" feel! (In a good way.) Since it was for lung cancer research, there were a ton of great sponsors (read: a ton of great swag). Mario Tricocci beauty school was even giving free polish changes! Truth be told, the polish was put on quickly and was kind of sloppy, but who can say no to painted nails while waiting for a race to start? Not me!
After hanging out by the lake for a bit, it was finally time to line up with the other runners, and before we knew it we were off! Miss R and I ran 3/1 intervals and ROCKED some negative splits on this race! We managed to shave over a minute off of our average pace between miles 1 and 3! Mostly, we just had a wonderful time. When we passed the 3 mile mark, we both kicked it up a notch and ran our own races to the finish. My plan for this race was to do my best and use it as a gauge to see where I'm at in terms of speed and fitness after my spotty past 2 months of running and injury. I had no time goal in mind, but was ELATED to see that my final time was only 1 minute slower than the PR I set in May! After the summer of injury I had, I couldn't believe it! I finished at 32:35 and Miss R finished just 1 minute behind me. She rocked this race!
After the race we ran around scooping up all of the food we could carry, including cupcakes from a local cupcake shop! YUM! Everything was delicious except the muscle milk, which was probably one of the grosser things I've ever tasted...Seriously, do people really drink this stuff??
I then proceeded to collapse in the grass and refuse to get up for about 15 minutes...
Don't worry, I am fully planning on using the next SEVEN months to gradually build up a mileage base and increase my mileage ridiculously slowly. I have definitely learned from my Stupid Runner training woes! I also made a pact with myself NOT to put cross training, strength training, and yoga on the back burner. I know now that they are important part of my staying injury-free.
Who first inspired you to start running?