Back at the office today after a great race weekend and settling in for a busy week ahead!
Last fall, several people in my family decided to run either the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon or the Indy 500 5K (both races on the same day). As spring progressed this year, a few of the people signed up couldn’t make it and so others stepped in to fill their spots. Saturday morning my cousin’s Levi and Ashley, Dustin and I all woke early and met downtown Indianapolis to start the 5K. 3/4 of us had originally planned to do the half, but as I posted before stepped back to the 5K. It was a great run and a totally different experience than I have had before when doing the half. The 5K runners start an hour before those running the half and so early in the run, we got to run alongside the wheel chair race too. If you haven’t seen them go, you should check them out sometime. It was a rough morning getting up so early, but the weather was perfect for the run, bringing some literal and figurative sunshine into our day! 🙂
I told Dustin that we would have to weave around other runners, and he took my statement very serious- clearing the path and darting around all the slower runners or walkers and leaving us in his dust in the first half mile. Ashley and I decided to split up and she would run with Levi and I would catch up with Dustin and run it out with him. So that was how the rest of the race went. We weren’t running it for time or a PR or anything… so my time of 31:27 was okay with me. The half is definitely a more exciting run… but I know I made the right decision for myself in doing the other this year!
The first three pictures posted are pre-run and the fourth is afterwards… As much as anyone loves running the race, relaxing afterwards is always a favorite part!
As some of you may remember, I was really excited to get to the runners expo Friday night, and of course it lived up to its potential, minus one thing: I was most looking forward to trying on New Balance’s newest minimus shoe with a 0 heel-t0-toe drop (check them out at http://www.shopnewbalance.com/women/shoes/running/training/WR00CR) and was disappointed to find when I got to the NB booth, that they didn’t have them. They redeemed themselves though, thanks to a great NB sales associate who let me try on her personal pair, which she had only run in one time. They just happen to be the right size; it worked out perfectly. I wish I knew her name so I could give her a public thank you… but this will have to suffice.
I have to look at one more shoe, and then make the final decision between those two in a month or so.
Take a look at my headband I have on in the pictures from this weekend; I got my first one of these two years ago at my first runners expo in Indy, and absolutely love it. It actually stays on and keeps my hair back throughout my runs. This year they were buy 4 get 1 one free, so I got 5. 😉
This week will be a busy one- I have to cover 40 hours at work in 4 days because I’m taking Friday off for a wedding I’m in this weekend in Chicago and I am finishing my last few days of a class (hopefully my last one). So I plan to get in a few runs to keep it regular but nothing too intense. I’m looking forward to next week on when I can work on continuing building up my base mileage and enjoying my runs. Also, I get to start pushing my nieces to start running in preparation of the Color Run in July!
One last exciting note: another friend told me today that they wanted to start running. I LOVE when people decide to start. It’s SUCH a healthy activity- physically and mentally.
Until next time!