It’s T-Shirt Time!

This weekend, I am going to be running in the Cupid’s Crawl 5K for the third year in a row. Several of my friends are all also going to be participating, so I ended up hosting an impromptu t-shirt decorating party at my new apartment.

Arts&Crafts CollageFriends + Arts&Crafts + Wine = One great Friday night!

My friend Hotaka agreed to run the race with me, annnnnnnnd he said that he would wear whatever I picked out. Talk about a brave guy!

I've been teasing him a little.

I can’t post a picture of our actual shirts because I want for him to be surprised (and I’m a little scared that he will back out). So get excited because they are coming soon!

 

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Sam’s 5K

Aside

Every year the sorority that I was a member of as an undergrad organizes a 5K race in honor of one of our sisters who lost her battle with cancer. It is our biggest fundraiser, and all of the proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I have volunteered at the event the last four years, and have always considered it one of the highlights of the school year.

This year as an alumni I was no longer obligated to attend, but there was nowhere that I would have rather been this morning. I was thrilled to be able to participate in the event for the first time. I tried to have a relaxed and nonchalant attitude about the race. I have not been doing a whole lot of running lately (lots of group fitness though), and I have been fighting a little bit of a cold, so my expectations were low. My only goals going into the race were not to walk and not to throw a temper tantrum when things were less than perfect.

I actually felt surprisingly great throughout the entire race, and ended up finishing really strong. I was not even wearing a watch, so I didn’t have any indication of what my time would be, but I had this FEELING as I was coming around the last turn that I was going to be pleased.

Nice face Layne -SUPER attractive!

And wouldn’t you know it, I managed to pull out a new 5K PR by a minute and thirty five seconds. Not too shabby considering I was honestly concerned that I might have to walk some of it- silly me!

It made for a great morning: the weather was perfect, everyone was in a good mood, I got to spend some quality time with my sisters. I spend a good portion of the afternoon thinking about how much I love running, and how I know I could go at least teeny bit faster next time.

Warning: Drama Queen

While my last 5K was about being happy and rainbows and unicorns, the race I ran this morning was a little more serious. I knew that I wasn’t going to have a great finishing time a couple of weeks ago, but I really really really wanted to PR today. I KNEW that this was my race. I could feel it.

My sixth race PR sense is clearly a little unreliable because I definitely did not PR. In fact I ran the exact same time to the second as I ran the Cupid’s Crawl 5K a whole year ago. After running consistently for an ENTIRE year, and switching to a flatter course I am in the exact same place. I’m just having a little trouble wrapping my mind around that.

Anyways, I came off the course frustrated and my friend Michelle was bubbling over with excitement because she had taken a whopping 5 minutes off of her last time. I was being a drama queen. Instead of being the supportive friend that I should have been, I snapped at her. So now I (obviously) feel even worse. Not only am I a bad runner. I’m a bad friend too.

Point being: It’s only running. It’s just something that I do for fun; not anything to get all bent out of shape over. But I am disappointed in myself, and I do need to put in work if I want to improve.

***Also, I was being such a brat about the whole thing that I did not even take a single picture, which makes me even more upset.***

Cupid’s Crawl 5k 2012

I ran a 5k this morning! Not just any old 5k, for FOUR of my friends it was their very first race ever, which made the whole event really exciting!

Lindsey, Megan, Rebekah, and Katie

I knew that this was not going to be a great race for me for a variety of reasons excuses that are totally irrelevant, so I made a different list of goals today:

  • No matter what just keep running- DO NOT WALK!
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Thank every volunteer.
  • Be as encouraging as possible to my friends!
  • (Hopefully beat my time last year.)
All of us stood together as we waited to cross the start line, but as soon as the race began we broke up into groups. Katie and Sarah were power walking divas, Michelle took off like a shot, Rebekah and Megan disappeared (sneaky AND fast). I ran the first half of the race with Lindsey.

I may have briefly mentioned the massive hills in this race when I ran it before (that’s a joke. I was a total baby about the hills), and the course did not get any flatter over the last 365 days. My legs were burning (in an AWESOME way)!

I ended up seeing those power walkers at the turn around and I gave a big two arm cheer for them! That may have been my favorite part of the whole race. The people around me thought I was nuts, but the goal was positivity! (Is that not a real word? I definitely think it is, but the red squiggle line disagrees).

After I finished I walked back and ran in the four of my girls who ended up behind me. Katie called me her personal cheerleader, which was sweet.

Then, like the sorority girls we are we had to partake in a photo session!

I don't know how Sarah got cut out of the second pic, but she finished people I promise!

From left to right in the first picture: Michelle, Me, Lindsey, Sarah, Katie, Rebekah, Megan.

My form is so stellar! I don't know why I don't have faster times???

Anyways, it made for a fun Saturday morning. I feel satisfied that I accomplished all of my goals, except for beating my time last year, and honestly that one was the least important.

 

Reindeer Dash for Cash 2011

Posted on December 5, 2011

Yesterday my roommate ran her first ever 5K!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, the lighting sucks. Forgive us. We were just excited to be there! Take notice of our matching Grinch tees! Be jealous!

Basically, I agreed to run this race with the understanding that I would be wearing candy cane socks. I may start wearing them all the time like Holly Madison.

It was a great race. It was very well organized, there were plenty of volunteers, and post race refreshments. Also, the t-shirts were bomb (and you know that is always a deciding factor).

Cupid’s Crawl 5K 2011

Ash and I after the 5K

My Timing Chip

My Sisters

The 5K this morning was a blast (actually as you know from my previous post on thepractice run it was uphill the whole way and actually not such a blast). BUT overall an amazing experience. I had a few sorority sisters there running aswell. I also had sorority sisters volunteering at the water station, and they all cheered as soon as I saw them, and that really made the whole race. I L-O-V-E-D their enthusiasm. I wish that I had my girls to motivate me at every workout!

I didn’t want to say anything before the race about a time goal. I haven’t been timing myself in my workouts, and the goal was really just to run the whole thing. Secretly however, I was hoping to finish in under 36 minutes. That was my record from this summer and I feel like a 12 minute mile is a pretty good starting pace. Well I blew that record out of the freaking water with a time of 32:44!!!

I have been EXTREMELY tired all day. Running at a faster pace definitely took it out of me. I have A LOT of work to do before my next goal of a 10K