Posts Tagged ‘10k’

I decided I needed to do some speedwork this week.

I was really pressed for time and needed to hustle to get my workout in. Originally, I was hoping to run 5 solo, pick up the monkey in the jogging stroller and run another 4 miles or so pushing my paycheck eater most wonderful child on the planet.

What ended up happening was running a 10k PR. I had laid off pushing myself since returning from Michigan so my legs could rest and I could assess to make sure my foot and hip pain was not anything significant to worry about. I’m the person who will lay awake at night fretting over how a twinge of pain might impact my next race. I used to not really care and would push through runs and races, but having a child to chase after and really busy work days means I have to be 100% functional even injured. Anyway, I was pain free but limited on time. I ended up running my hilly loop from the house which is a good 10k distance. I didn’t have my watch charged so I had to rely on my phone to track my time. No watch meant no pace per mile or random calorie killing checks. I had to “go old school.” I checked the time on my phone and head out the door. Up and over some hills and decents just pushing myself with ease. I focused on my breathing and how my form felt. Halfway through I looked at my phone and saw I was only 22 minutes in at my informal 5k mark. HOLY CRAP! Seriously, I was just planning to push my self “just enough” and get these hills under my feet. I decided I might as well keep the current pace and see how I was feeling. By the end after stopping for traffic to cross the road I made it home in 44:50. Sub 45 minutes for a 10k. My previous PR was a 47 and change. This was freaking awesome!

I did however have some casualties and got a huge hankering blister under my big toe and cut it underneath the foot. Ouch! Probably some rock sliver that came home from Michigan in my sneaker bag. I figured the evening called for a celebration so I went out and bought new kicks. Some pretty Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8. Look at these bad girls! I think the color palate is: “Throw Uppingly Delicious!” Now I’ll have to run faster so I don’t look foolish in the bright hot mess.


Hope ya’ll are treating your feet to some new kicks or flip flops even. Today, June 21st is National Flip Flop day. Look it up, it’s true! XOXO

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Giralda Farms 10k

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend as we slowly get back to normal and gas rationing ended this morning in NJ. I was a busy little bee attending a wedding Saturday for friends, so of course dressing up occurred and the flat iron was brought out to tame my wild hair. It was a fun and happy event that left me tired on Sunday, where I was volunteering for my running club’s annual Giralda Farms 10k race. Back in the fall of 2007, this was my first running race. I had signed up on a whim because at the time I lived close by and I wanted a goal as I was starting my fitness journey. This race has always held a sweet spot for me in my heart. I met my running club here and really developed my love of running all over again at a time I really needed the support and a healthy hobby as I went through many other life changes during that time. Considering all the weather we’ve been experiencing here in NJ, I think we lucked out with one of the most beautiful falls days to date. The temperature was perfect, even a tad warm in the upper 50’s as many runners commented. This year my job was once again to help sweep the course of runners. My daughter and I did both the kids fun run, of which I am so proud of her because she ran about half of the kids race (3/4 of a mile!) before jumping in the baby jogger and also the 10k sweep! The course also includes a 5k distance on the Giralda corporate park grounds and the 10k ends up looping twice through as runners get to the finish line. It’s a hilly course run partially on roads and bike paths self contained within the park. Plenty of parking, port-a-castles and post race bananas, apples, bagels and water for the runners. I think what makes this race so much fun and a real tradition is the close knit group of volunteers who come out to help put on this race. Many of us involve our whole families and children between the course marshalling and water stops to the registration tent. We have it down to a science and really strive to put on a first class event which celebrated its 28th Anniversary!! Registration for runners is $25 or less depending on when you register and every participant receives a long sleeve cotton T-shirt, this year’s color was a steel grey. Age group winners all receive a mug and prize money for USATF winners. I hope you will consider joining us next year at our 29th Anniversary!

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