Posts Tagged ‘Susan G. Komen’
As you may remember from last year the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K is my competitive race I do every year. I suppose I have a healthy amount of competitiveness during every race I run (well maybe not The Color Run) but this is my race where I set goals and really do my best to achieve them
The goal this year was same as last… 5K in under 30 minutes. Even after running for over a year a 10 minutes mile is still a challenge for me. My distance has improved which in the grand scheme of things is my goal but my speed has maintained relatively steady over the course of the year. A solid 11:30 is comfortable and a 10:50-11:15ish is my norm for a challenge that doesn’t kill me. So when I say a 5K in less than a half hour I mean serious business.
Similar to last year we recruited some awesome gals to run the race with us! We had some that returned from last year (Kara and Brittany) and we had some newbies that joined us as well… Ashley, Christy, My mom Carole, Jeff and Peggy. It was a bunch of men and women getting together for such an awesome charity to raise money to help fight breast cancer.
When I started the race I was feeling pretty good. I managed a pretty steady 9min mile for the first mile and made it to the Sheetz gas station in downtown Akron in an impressive amount of time (or so Tim said because I was texting him to let him know where I was). Just when I started to slow down from the monster of a hill in Akron I was reenergized by a group of men and women on their motorcycles revving their engines and yelling good lucks and way to go’s at all of the runners. By the third hill my calves were ON FIRE but as I finally caught up to Christy gave her butt a good pick it up smack I was ready to keep going.
At the very end I managed to complete the race in a full out sprint in 29 minutes 36 seconds with Jeff by my side- who kicked some serious butt!
I rocked my Sweat Pink shoe laces and my mom rocked the Sweat Pink tank during our run! Turns out the fact that we wore all black made it VERY hot but made us VERY easy to see on the news that evening! Between this and my brief stint on the news during the flashmob I participated in I may be on to something =)
There just couldn’t be a better race than Komen’s. The event is so full of love and laughter and HOPE. When you start to get tired and slow down it takes only a second to think about a loved one you know that has battled breast cancer or look around and see the pictures of loved ones on other’s backs to know that you are strong and that you can push yourself. This is my FAVORITE race and I hope to continue to do it every year.
Then as an added treat (painted faces and all) we went to Wally Waffle to celebrate the success with mom and dad (Dad and Tim were waiting for us cheering us on at the finish line) and devoured a buckeye (peanut butter and chocolate) banana and an omelet! Delicious!
This past weekend Tim and I completed our FIRST 5K TOGETHER! This was Tim’s first race ever so I was really pumped to see how he would do and of course his naturally running ability kicked in right away and he stayed with me the entire time!
Tim and I before the race!
The race was at Buckeye Woods park in Medina and while I usually LOVE that park and really enjoy running there it was way too crowded. 500 people on one course that goes into the woods on a pretty narrow path was not the best for running. Honestly at about a mile in it really wasn’t too bad. Everyone started to break up a little bit and we ran at a very steady 10:21 pace which is honestly faster than I have been at. But that initial mile- gosh I bet at some points we were at like a 13 min/mile pace trying to dodge in and out of other people.
But enough with the complaining and on to the good stuff! This race was at night and as you can imagine from the name we were meant to look like little lightning bugs and ya know what? We did! Our t-shirts were dark green but the bug on them lit up and Tim and I both wore a necklace and bracelets made out of glow sticks. I thought we looked pretty darn awesome until I noticed what the other people were wearing! One group of girls actually like weaved in their glow sticks into their laces on the tennis shoes so they looked really cool! On little kid accidentally busted open his glow stick so his face had the actually glow stuff on it (and his clothes for that matter which his mom did not seem too pleased with) and while I’m sure it felt gross it looked really cool!
So after breaking away from the pack by some miracle we found my and friend and fellow CrossFitter Ashley! I never would have thought out of 500 people I would actually find her but turns our our pace is pretty similar so there we were.. running together! Her friend Becky was awesome too- they were both working hard and I was impressed! There is just something about being surrounded by people that work hard and do their best that inspires me. Those girls were awesome and I’ll tell you what.. I was ridiculously inspired by Tim. I was so impressed by how well he did and how he stuck with us the entire time. We clocked in at just over 32 min which I think considering the very slow first mile was an awesome time! Realistically I think we could have been right at or under 30 if we hadn’t had such a slow start.
Tim and I after the race! YAY!
Even better than the race was when Tim said to me “I see why you like these races” and then even proceeded to say that he would participate in the Susan G Komen race. If you can remember last year at Komen I hit my best 5K time yet clocking in under 29 min… my goal was to finish under 30. It is the one race that I really consider to be my timed competitive race. Other than that one I enjoy doing them but don’t beat myself to come in at some amazing time. For me, races are mostly about having fun.
The reason I think everyone should do a race just one time is because it is awesome. Clearly Tim is a good example of this… he claimed he would never race and due to some weird things happening he had to race with me on Saturday and he enjoyed it. There is seriously something so amazing about a group of strangers coming together for a common cause (I love when it is like a cause for good) to inspire each other and participate in something amazing. The Komen run for example is all about running for those men and women who are truly inspirational. Those that beat such a terrible disease and those that fought and didn’t win but were strong and amazing. Even if you do not consider yourself a runner…. which Tim does not at all… I think getting into one race is an experience you will enjoy and never forget. The entire concept of it is just a really cool things to be part of.
Plus, after the race they always have good snacks to eat
Do you have a favorite race you participate in every year?!
Any races in the Akron/Cleveland and/or Charlotte area you want to share?
So the other day I was asked by my friend Kari to do a little recap of my running experiences. It has been about 8 months now (can you believe I’ve been engaged that long already) since I started documenting my runs…. I had dabbled in some running for maybe 8 months or so before the blog began. So today I will you through an overview of how I got started, where I struggled, where I succeeded, and I’m sure I’ll remember some fun memories along the way.
Remember Day 1? I got up in the morning at 5:30AM and headed out to run! I started my running journey with intervals because there was no way I would have made it running even 10 minutes straight at that point and time. I had my usual breakfast of toast and peanut butter, laced up the tennis shoes and headed out.
My first interval looked like this
- Warm- Up 2 min
- Run- 5 min
- Walk 2 min
- Cool-Down 2 min
*Complete 3 rounds for 25 minutes total*
I thought about the wedding, about the running, and about the very funny and determined dog that I ran past. These runs were filled with thought… all of the time. Constantly thinking of things to do and everything going on in my list. At this point and time in my running career it worked for me to have my thoughts wander. That way I wasn’t worry about my heavy legs or shallow breaths but rather everything else going on in my life.
So after my first great interval run, it was less than 3 days later when I was just too darn tired to get out of bed! This was the day that I started to feel disappointed in myself but was also the day I realized well to be frank, shit happens. Sometimes you are going to feel too tired to get out of bed, sometimes your legs will just hurt like hell, and sometimes you just won’t feel like running and I didn’t know it at the time but that is OK. It is OK to take a break, it is OK to prioritize something else if you have to, it is OK not to run every single freaking morning at 5:30AM. I wished I had known that back in July!
So after feeling disappointed and just defeated I still got myself back up again and started running again.. and Tim started to come with me! At this point we were at week 3 and still on intervals. I really found this was the best way for me to train… run a little then take a break and walk a little. It allowed me to last a lot longer than if I would have just ran until I couldn’t anymore. So week three my intervals looks like this…
- Warm-up: 5 min
- Run: 6 min
- Walk: 1:50 min
This was the week when I really started to realize that if I had set my interval trainer for 25 minutes of a straight one I probably would have given up long before my mind was ready to! Since I did it a little bit at a time my body could keep up with how much my mind wanted to succeed! This run totaled a little less than 30 min which was a little over 2 miles. I repeated this interval for a few days until I was ready to move on to a new one!
*special note here… don’t move on to the next goal until you feel confident that you smashed the one you are currently working on. There is something about accomplishing that goal that will strengthen your mind and body!*
It was also during this interval that I really started to realize that it takes some time to hit your pace, catch your breath, and warm up those legs! Your legs aren’t just automatically warmed up- especially if you are exercising in the morning so it was really important for me to remember that just because the first 2 six minutes of running were tough didn’t mean the rest of the intervals would be just as tough. Usually- they just got easier!
I started to up my intervals even though some days I just wanted to quit. I was tired A LOT and my legs were sore and tired A LOT but I knew that the hardest part was just getting my butt OUT OF BED! Once I was out there and doing it I felt 100% better. For the next month I essentially just increased my running intervals my 1 min at a time and decreased by walk by 20-30 seconds!
In the middle of August I ran in a 5K with some friends and made it in about 32 minutes which I was very happy with. At this point I hadn’t done much more than interval run so I was thrilled with a time that was under 35 minutes! It was tough and I had to walk a few minutes during the race but I FINISHED which is an accomplishment in itself!
Then at the very end of August I finally did it… I just ran! I started stopping at the park on the way home from my parents and had made a goal to run at least 2 miles after rowing class. Then I ran for 45 minutes!!! I just kept going… just felt like it was a good time to reflect back on all of the hard work I had put into learning to love to run. I totally and completely cleared my head- didn’t worry about a thing- and just ran. This was one of those days when I really didn’t care how far I ran- because I ran for me… not for time or fitness or miles but for me. This was the run that I finally declared myself a runner- not a good runner but a true to yourself, run because you want to run, runner.
September was a great month! I did the Susan G. Komen in record time for me (which is still my record by the way). I was so committed to running I ran in Milwaukee when I was visiting for Casey’s bridal shower. I completed a 5K for work. September was just a great race month. Races really inspire me. There is something about the event and the people coming together for a cause that really inspire me to do something good for myself and others. Honestly, I would run in a 5K every weekend if I could because I LOVE these events and I really think it helped to contribute to my love for running.
After the races I started to amp up my running to include runs that were 20-30 minutes long with around a 11:50 min/mile. Slow but steady was my moto. It was about making the most out of my runs in terms of how much I enjoyed it- not how far I could run. I also started using the IPhone RunKeeper app and I very much recommend using an app if you can. It helps keep me accountable because I can track my progress. Plus, it allowed me to share my screen shots with all of you which was truly inspiration. I kept this up until winter hit hard and I just couldn’t run outside anymore!
So the last few months have been a world wind! I have been trying to up my mileage and managed to do 4 miles and then 6 miles a week later. I’m on track to finish strong for the halfathon in September!
But more important than training has been the journey to get there. I’ve struggled. I’ve cried. I’ve been disappointed. I’ve been let down. But mostly I’ve felt strong. I have more confidence. I’ve been more positive. I feel like a better me.
I think the benefits far out way the bad stuff right?
Look, if you are interested in running (Kari or otherwise) just get out there and try it! You are a runner as soon as you decide you are. It truly goes not matter if you can run 2 min or 2 miles- it is up to you to decide who you want to be! Get out there- put one foot in front of the other- and just go for it! If I can do it- anyone can!!