I live for the weekends these days. That is for sure.
This past Saturday, I drove to Long Island for a 5k to support the Quinn Madeleine Foundation (the funds raised aid in the prevention of, and support research on, treatment and a cure for Niemann-Pick Disease Type A, and to facilitate memorable experiences for children under age 3 who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness. My BIL’s coworker started the organization, in memory of her daughter, Quinn, who passed away at a devastatingly young age of 14 months. The vibe was emotional but fantastic. Unfortunately, it started pouring as we were called to the start of the 5k. Fortunately, a mom in my running group graciously gave me a cover for the BOB stroller so Jennie was completely dry! It was a small race, which I love! I didn’t wear a watch so I don’t know my splits but I think I maintained a pretty even pace and was able to speed up during the last mile. I crossed the finish line at 23:44 (7:38 avg) and was the second female (I guess technically the third, since Jennie crossed in front of me)!
I am so happy I was able to be part of the (1st) 5k for the foundation and hope to go back every year!
I’m also so happy with the results and celebrated afterwards by eating a huge meal at the diner with my family! I am seriously loving running short-distances right now and plan to race them all summer! It is a very welcomed break from half marathon training.
Here is my race schedule so far:
I am looking to add a few more as well! I don’t want to sign up for too many because I never really know where I will be on the weekends (we like to go to our parents’ places on the weekends during the summer).
I *might* buy the Runner’s World 8 week “Break 20 minutes 5k” plan and adjust as needed. LOL I am not trying to break 20 minutes, I am just trying to get back down to 21-22 minutes for now. I am not positive if I feel like following a plan right now though so that is still up in the air.
Quick knee pain update: it feels so much better. Most days are completely pain-free. The only time it hurts is when I am sitting too long at work or on the train (again, my commute is quite literally causing me pain:) I’ve been going to PT 2x a week (at 6am), and doing a set of strength exercises at home everyday. I also foam roll every day!
Unrelated: I love drinking summer brews outside.
Do you prefer long-distance or short-distance running/races?