What a great week it has been for learning more about running, how to become a better runner, and how to stay fit as a runner. Jill and Jen are so kind to share their knowledge with us, and we still have another post coming from Jill with the answers to the rest of the questions y’all asked her!
I did a bit of running myself this week. On Wednesday I completed my Fairy in Training 5K along with my son who did his Superhero Kids Run. These were both virtual runs, so I could choose the distance I wanted my son to run. I figured a mile would be great for him, so after he finished his swimming lesson on Wednesday (he swam quite a bit of laps for 30 minutes), we headed upstairs to do a mile together (I had run 2 miles during his swimming lesson, so that I could complete the rest of my 5K while my son did his run).
We got to the upstairs track, and my son broke out into a fast run (well fast for me). I reminded him that he should pace himself and not go super fast to begin with. He then looked up at me and said, “But super fast is my natural pace.” I told him to go ahead and go for it. I figured he would peter out fast and learn his lesson. Instead, I learned that my son can run a 9:08 mile while his mom is huffing and puffing behind him praying that she won’t die before the mile is over. Mommy learned her lesson!
Have any of your kids reached the point that they are now faster than you?
As for my run today…well, we are suppose to have a blizzard start-up today. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to the gym to teach my cycling class and get my own workout in. If I can, I’ll hit the treadmill or indoor track and do a 4 min jog and 1 min walk, and try to build up more endurance. I also have my Best Body Bootcamp workout to get in today too. This round of workouts are amazing! Thank you Tina!
What is your workout for today?
Since we are talking about running this week, I figured I would share some more virtual races and a totally awesome race that are open for registration. So far, I have all the races I’ve signed up for listed on my 13 Races in 2013 page.
- 5k Course (3.1 miles, run or walk)
- Women Only (sorry, guys)
- Mud (lots of it)
- Architectural Obstacles (much better than shabby hay bales and shaky plywood)
- Pretty Epic Finish Line Party (entertainment, music, drinks & celebration galore)
This race just looks like so much fun, and I want to do it so badly! Just check out the obstacles on their site. There is an obstacle called Better than a Dirty Martini, and it looks like a ton of fun. Plus, who wouldn’t want to an obstacle with that name!?! Sadly there is not one near me…yet (I would fly to one too). They are still adding more locations for their races this year, so keep checking back with them!
St. Baldricks Virtual Race – My son and I will both be running this virtual race in March. You can chose from the 5k, 10k, & 13.1 race registration is $25 and gets you a personalized race bib, swag bag, and custom finishers medal. 1 mile kids fun run registration is $10 and gets you a custom finishers certificate. Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to run, walk or crawl, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.
Kyle’s Krusade Virtual 5K, 10K and Half Marathon – The Kyle’s Krusade Virtual race is to benefit Kyle O’Connor, a 6 year old boy fighting cancer, and his family. Read Kyle’s story HERE. Kyle’s Krusade Virtual 5K, 10K and Half Marathon is a race anyone, anywhere can participate in. You can walk, run, push a stroller, do it with a group or by yourself. The registration for this event is $10 a distance, you can sign up for one, two, or all three distances. 100% of your entry fee will go to The Talbert Family Foundation’s Kyle’s Krusade fund. In turn, to assist with the exorbitant costs associated with having a child with Cancer, they give 100% of their donations directly to the O’Connor family. There are prizes for the runners which will be given out at random to participants — the more you race, the more chances to win!
Shamrocks for Shannon – Run before March 29th. This virtual event honors her memory by raising money to support the Curt and Shonda Schilling ALS Clinic at the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. Its mission is to provide care and support to ALS patients and their families.
Mad March on Cancer Virtual 5k and Half Marathon – Put on your wildest hat, get your Mad Hatter on and run either a 5k or a half marathon! You choose the location, you choose your pace. You can even do it at once or split it up over a few days. We just ask that you finish your run between March 15-24. Cost is $30/person and includes a personalized bib and awesome finisher’s medal. As an extra bonus, we’ll throw in the warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get knowing that you’re making a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.