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Ras na hEireann 5K recap

March 14th, 2010 · 19 Comments · running

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. :mrgreen:

Any weekend highlights for you? Are you excited for St. Patty’s day?

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19 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    Wow! I am impressed at how many people went out for the run today! My husband is from Ireland, and we didn’t even sign up. 😉 I ran 21 yesterday, and it was miserable. I am definitely losing my running zest. Lets hope that when we have gorgeous weather we will want to get out there to run!

  • #2 - Melissa

    Good to see you today! Even though the running conditions were less than ideal! 😉

  • #3 - Gabriela (froyolover)

    Congrats on the amazing race, Elina!
    You definetely rocked 😉
    Amazing eats and pics, as always!
    You look great with those glasses on! Haha.
    Have a terrific week!

  • #4 - Kerstin

    Cute glasses!

    And congrats on your incredible time!! I’m so inspired by how fast you and Shannon are :)

  • #5 - Run Sarah

    Congrats on the super fast time!! Your new glasses look great too – I love bowling with friends, so much fun.

  • #6 - MelissaNibbles

    Good job in the race!

  • #7 - sarah (the SHU box)

    CONGRATS on the race!

    and, i like the glasses :)

  • #8 - Tiffany

    I think you did a great job by pushing through your run. Ok, so you thought you were losing your mojo for a few, but you regrouped and refocused your energies and did it. And that’s not a small thing.

    For me, I think running comes naturally to some people, and others have to make themselves into runners with great effort. It’s not an easy thing to do, but you have to look at how far you’ve come since you first started running. You’ve become a great runner! Don’t let one bad week set back all the great work you’ve done.

    And you know I like your glasses, but I’m biased 😉

  • #9 - Eve @ nutritionbyeve

    Congrats on your run! Sounds like you pushed really hard despite some mental frustration. If you are finding that running is more often not fun than it is enjoyable than it may not be right at this point in time. Obviously it’s normal to have times when things frustrate you, but if they become more negative than positive, than what’s the point?! But I wouldn’t base it on one week, try it a little more to see how you’re really feeling about it.

  • #10 - Bridget

    Awesome job!!! Yeah I was shocked that I actually did better than expected with the weather, I threw the thought of a PR out the window, but ended up reaching it anyways :)

    I definitely saw Adam in Starbucks right before the race! I was thinking “why does that guy look so familiar?” then it hit me. I looked for you, but you were probably lined up already.

  • #11 - Tina

    We are crazy people for running that race! I am STILL cold!

  • #12 - sister inna

    i can’t believe your time! it’s amazing! i can’t even imagine running that fast — that is sooo awesome. i’m really inspired (that reminds me i haven’t run outside in a while).
    i think i’ve been bowling a total of 2 times in my life and that is one “sport” i’m not likely to improve in 😉 i really suck and then people feel bad for me and try giving me “tips” hehehe
    nice glasses! how was i unaware of this development? lol

  • #13 - Cara

    I’m impressed by everyone who did this race in the rain! I’m a total wimp when it comes to running in the elements, ha!

  • #14 - Elina

    Meghan – I was actually really happy that I didn’t have to do a long run this weekend. Doing those 3 miles sucked and the only thing that made it better was the fact that it was fast. We’re supposed to get 58* in a few days. Hang in there!! 😀

    Melissa – you too. :)

    Kerstin – I hope you enjoyed your first 5K despite the rain!!!! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hi up-close. I thought I would see you in a minute but then you guys were gone. Oops. Next time!

    Tiffany – thanks for the comment. You’re sweet. Running definitely does not come naturally to me but I know I’ve gotten better over the years because of the training I’ve put in. I need to be reminded of this sometimes. Thanks! 😀

    Eve – you’re totally right. This week is going to be my test. I’m definitely being positive!!!

    Bridget – haha, that’s funny. Sorry I missed you!!

    Tina – I can’t believe I didn’t see you. You finished literally 15 seconds ahead of me. Crazy.

    Innz – Inspired, really? Hopefully some nicer weather will inspire us all to get out there again. Bowling is awesome. I actually changed my technique this time and did better. For years people made fun of me and I think it finally clicked. I always loved it, though, despite being terrible. 😉 And oh yeah, got the glasses a few days ago. I can’t believe how blind I’ve been all these years. 😳

  • #15 - Sophie @ yumventures

    Congrats on the race! I almost signed up for that one but I’m glad I didn’t, the weather was so awful! Extra points for making it to the end =) I think if running isn’t your passion, I’m sure you will find something else that is, and it will be so rewarding to work towards the goal!

  • #16 - Jen

    Great job on your race!! It is always so much harder in the rain and wind!

  • #17 - Kelly

    I am so impressed with you for even getting up to do this. it was TERRIBLE weather and I hated running from my car to the grocery store!

  • #18 - Julie

    I love your glasses! They fit your face nicely.
    Good for you for running, I would’ve stayed home! ha!

  • #19 - Dominique

    Your run time and bowling score were amazing! I don’t think I ever score above 100 though I rarely bowl.

    My weekend plans involved picking out a new stove and fridge with my parents. I managed to convince my dad to get a stainless steel, flat surface convection oven–yay! I can’t wait to use it…but it’s not coming for another week.