How was everyone’s weekend? I kind of fell off the face of the earth (or blog, whatever) and now don’t even know where to begin with this weekend’s recap. I guess I’ll start with the 5K I ran this morning…
Someone peer pressured me into signing up for it 😉 The Ras na hEireann 5K (say THAT 10 times fast! 😉 ) is a St. Patrick’s day/Irish themed run with the runners racing towards their first drink. I figured if I were to sign up for a random race, this would definitely be a fun one to do. Well, mother nature threw us all quite the curve ball. I think today was the worst weather we’ve had EVER. Ok, I may be slightly exaggerating but the rain was crazy hard, it was cold and the wind definitely brought chill to our bones. Notwithstanding, thousands of runners showed up for the race today and (I think) I am proud to say that I was one of them. 😀
Oh wait, wait… pre-race breakfast. 2 Food For Life millet bread toasts with homemade almond butter, a small banana + coffee
Back to the race…
I ran into Shannon right before the race and we patiently waited for the starter gun to go off. So many people were cheering, I was really getting pumped. Shannon had an under 24 minute goal and although I knew it would be waaay too ambitious for me, I figured I could try to stick with here. Well, this girl is a speed demon because we took off at a 7 minute mile and I didn’t last long. My lungs were burning, the rain got more intense and my mind quickly shut down. I wanted it to end. I let Shannon get ahead and do her thing, and instead concentrated on having a little more fun. I’m not going to lie – it was hard. I decided that my goal was to finish, regardless of the time, so I slowed down and just kept trekking. I was surprised to find out that I was still in the low 8’s going uphill and in the high 7’s going downhill. Hey, apparently I could still make a great time! A little over a mile in, I thought this whole racing this is really not for me. I was writing a blog post in my head about how running no longer excites me and that I’m going to put my half marathon training on hold (possibly permanently) but before I knew it, there was a little over 1/2 a mile left in the race and I got a jolt of energy. I couldn’t get in between people ahead of me to speed up (seriously, there was like a wall of people and every time I took a step to the left to squeeze in, the guy in front of me would take a left step as well… *sigh*) so I just figured I’d finish at the speed I was going instead of trying to fight it and stress about it. The finish line did in fact come fast. I finished somewhere around the 25 minute mark. My garmin said I averaged 8:03 minute miles but I don’t think that’s right. Probably a little slower but still a very respectable pace for me (I’ll let you know what my official time was once I find out). EDITED TO ADD: my official chip time was 25:11 – 8:07 pace (I finished my previous 5K 2.5 years ago in 28:42 – 9:16 pace – quite the improvement!).
After the race, I found Adam, Shannon and my friend Katy all waiting for me at the nearby Starbucks. I was soaking wet but happy. My throat was definitely burning. I told Adam to take a picture of me so I could remember to never do this again. Haha 😆
Yes, our finishing medals were bottle openers! 😉
Am I going to stop running? Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve had a rough running week and this race did not quite reignite my running fire. I’m going to go with the flow. I’m not a quitter so I’m probably just talking smack right now but I would like to follow my passions instead of attempting to chase stale dreams… so there may be changes in my future after all.
After the race I checked out Joshua Tree but it was way too packed and smelly and I didn’t see Tina (who was planning on being there) so I went back to the Starbucks and we called it a day. At home some delicious leftovers were waiting for me.
Mystery pasta leftovers. SO good!! It’s “mystery” pasta because I did not make it and I plan on writing a separate restaurant review post about it. Cool?
I also made a small sundae with Amy’s vegan chocolate cake, Stonyfield nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt and a drizzle of TJ’s chocolate syrup
The cake is kind of boring, the frozen yogurt has been in our freezer for way too long and was icy but combined this became a satisfying dessert. Works for me! 😀
With a happy belly and a warm blanket, I plopped myself on the couch for hours. With weather like this, I was not motivated to move at all. My husband was antsy, though, so somehow eventually I got my act together and we met up with some friends at Jillian’s to bowl. It was actually really fun. I even scored over 100 during my second game. Awesome!! [There was a crazy happy dance, if I recall correctly 😉 ].
Expert bowler in action… haha
What do you think of my new (first!) specs?
Bowling was followed by dinner out and once again this post has become way too long. I’m going to stop right here but I promise a few “bonus” posts to cover the rest of this weekend’s eats. There were some good ones and even a new kitchen experiment that I think worked quite well. Stay tuned.
Any weekend highlights for you? Are you excited for St. Patty’s day?