September 28th I spontaneously registered for and ran the Grundy County Corn Fest 5k
in Morris, IL. I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it with my parents visiting and the early start but we got up at 5:30 and drove out to the burbs and all had an awesome race!
My brother-in-law came 3rd in his division, the hubster managed a personal best and I ran my fasted 5k this year while pushing a stroller! My finishing time was 32m02s
Then this past weekend on the October 5th I went to Morton Arboretum with my good friend to run the Fall Colors 5k
. It was a chilly but gorgeous day. I decided against running with the stroller this time as the Morton Arboretum has some killer hills. I lost my friend within 5minutes of crossing the start line because the crowds were crazy! I couldn't turn my head to look for her without fear of stepping on someone's heels. As much as I enjoy music while I run, I rarely listen to it anymore and it was rather nice to just enjoy the view without distraction. I found a couple of 'white rabbits' to chase along the way and that helped me navigate through some gaps in the crowds. At 2.5miles I managed to pick up my pace a bit (despite the hills!) and for the last .1mile I sprinted hardcore to the finish line! Finishing time was 31m15s!!!
Best time this year and 3rd best time since I started running in 2011 :) Feeling pretty damn chuffed with myself :)
I've started training for a 10k
. Mostly to push myself to get out once or twice a week and go for a run, because otherwise I'm only running once a month or so for any races I register for. I have a new local friend who's completed a half marathon so I'm hoping we can get out for a run together once in a while. I've upgraded the RunDouble app on my phone from the c25k to the B210k program which is 3 times a week for 6 weeks. So far I've been out for 2 runs with my little girl in the stroller and today I managed 4 miles! I started off a little too fast for the first interval so the last interval was *slow* :P but again I'm feeling pretty chuffed.
We just got our bibs for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Virtual Run
but we're still trying to find some time to go for a run together. Do We just go out for a run? Or do we try and double up with some other race?