I don’t event know where to begin! Again, there has been lots going on. At least in the world of running, racing and fitness.
First off, not only am I now an ambassador for FitFluential, I am also a Sweat Pink ambassador. I submitted my application to Fit Approach last week and received my approval just a few days later. I am so excited to be a member of the Sweat Pink community!
The mission of Fit Approach, according to its website is this: “We believe that kicking ass is best down in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick. We sweat pink.”
Additionally, Fit Approachs’ Sweat Pink Ambassadors are a tight-knit, fun-loving community of healthy people who support each other in living well and chasing their goals. The Sweat Pink community, according to the website, brings people from all walks of life to support and motivate each other, including, but not limited to: fierce competitors, people on weight loss journeys, newbie runners, ultra marathoners, professional athletes, Zumba fanatics, vegans, paleos and everything in between!
FASTEST 5K EVER!
So, this happened on Saturday, September 20 in the small town of Osakis at the Western Grebe Rush Fun 5K, a race with about 20 participants.
Not sure how the heck it happened either. The weather was crappy – a storm had just passed through and dumped a ton of rain on Osakis. It was still raining when the race started. AND……I was not feeling well. Both Al and I have colds. He is at the end of his and I am just starting mine. I really, truly DID NOT want to run. Every ounce of my body told me NOT to run. But, I did it anyway. About the middle of mile one, I was on the verge of quitting. My body hurt, I couldn’t breathe and I just didn’t want to do it. I felt like I was running so slow. My legs felt like they were filled with lead. BUT…I kept going. I just kept thinking, “The faster I run, the faster I’m done.” (Thanks to my friend, Tonya, that saying runs through my head often!)
Well, my watched beeped/buzzed at mile one and when I looked down, I saw that my pace was around 9:20. I nearly fell over. I truly did not feel I was running THAT fast. (It’s really not THAT fast, but it’s THAT fast for me!) I thought, “Wow! Maybe I can do this after all.” It actually made me feel better. Yes, I know that sounds weird. And yes, I know it was all in my head, but I don’t care. I decided to try and pick up the pace a little more. At mile two, my watch beeped/buzzed again and even though I told myself not to look, I couldn’t help it, I had to. My pace? It was at 9:16. HOLY CRAP! I did actually run faster.
I knew the course was short because at the beginning of the race, the organizer was telling us about the route and he said it was just shy of three miles. I wasn’t going to cut it short like our race last weekend. (We ran another small race last Saturday and the course was only 2.95 miles.) As I approached the finish line, I hollered out that I was going to keep going and run until I hit the 3.1 mile mark (the official distance for a 5K). I am so glad I did. I got a PR (personal record!). My pace for the last mile? It was 9:04. I had negative splits for the entire race. WHAT? How the heck did I do that. I’ve never done that before. Seriously, check it out:
So, not only did I run my fastest 5K ever, and I mean EVER, I also ran my fastest mile. WHAT THE HECK! I seriously have no idea how I pulled that one off.
I’ve been running/racing for a little more than four years and I have NEVER, EVER ran a 5K – a true 5K – as fast as I did yesterday in Osakis. I was so excited and I have to say, proud of myself. And to think, I was going to stop before I reached the one-mile mark. Sure glad I didn’t!
FIRST TIME VOLUNTEERS!
Since Al and I began running races, it has been on my bucket list to actually volunteer at a race instead of run at a race. Volunteers are a vital part of the race and we appreciate them so much. I wanted to give my time just like so many of the volunteers we have encountered over the last few years. Races could not be as successful as they are if not for the volunteers. Volunteers play a big role at a race and can help in all aspects – from registration to water stops to finish lines to making sure you don’t get off course. Thank you to all race volunteers. You are appreciated!
Yesterday, September 20, Al and I got the opportunity to volunteer and it was AWESOME! And something I will definitely do again.
Alexandria, more specifically, Andes Tower Hills, is home to the Norseman Trail Bike and Run race. You can find the website here or the Facebook page here. This race is a fundraiser for Play Outdoors. The event offers a 5K or 10-mile trail run or a bike race – either one lap (4.5 miles) or three laps (14 miles). Definitely something for everyone. We opted to volunteer at this race because it was close to home and because it was as a trail race. We have done a trail race, but we – or at least I – prefer running on regular ground, not trails with hills. And let me tell you, this course had HILLS!
Anyway, Al and I got to man the registration table, which was pretty cool. We got to meet and greet the participants as they arrived at the event. It was a little chaotic at first, but after we got a system down, it went smoothly. It seriously was so much fun! We had a lot of same-day registrants, which surprised the organizers. We thought we might actually run out of bib numbers! That’s a good problem to have. This is only the second year for the event and the organizers were very pleased with the numbers. There were approximately 100 participants – about 85 runners and about 15 bicyclists. Overall, the event was great – even the weather cooperated!
When we left the event, I had to have Al pull the car over so I could capture some pictures. The view was gorgeous – the colors of the trees, the lake, the clouds, the winding and hilly gravel road – it was perfect. My picture definitely does not do it justice, but at I had to try!
To celebrate our great day – volunteering in the morning and racing in the afternoon (by the way, my hubby rocked the race, too! He ran his fastest mile ever, too, at a pace of 6:30 something. Seriously! WTH!) – we celebrated with a wine, steak and couscous supper. Al made the steak one of our favorite ways – with the B.O.P marinade – fresh basil, fresh oregano and fresh parsley! It is SO good. I made the couscous and it turned out fantastic. I have found that when I make couscous now, I just love tossing stuff together and seeing how it turns out. So far, we haven’t been disappointed. So far! In this version of couscous, I added red bell peppers, artichokes, eggplant, green onions, cumin, garlic and juice from one orange. Seriously, it was so delicious. Here’s our meal with pics of the wine we had to go with it. (I just loved the cab, especially the name!)
We had chocolate and white chocolate chunk cookies for dessert, but I ate them so fast I forgot to take a picture! They were sure tasty!
Stay tuned tomorrow, it’s my son’s 21st birthday! I will be blogging again! And by the way, don’t forget to check out Confessions of a [former] Fat Girl on Facebook. You can find it here. And you can find me on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!