Aug 26, 2014

Race Recap: Road Race 5ks

This year in prep for the St. Jude half marathon that I'm running in December, I decided to sign up for MRTC's Road Race Series. You can sign up for the whole series ($65 if you are a MRTC member, which I strongly recommend) and you get 10 races! That is a bargain! Each month from July to November there are two races and the distances increase each month (5k, 5 miler, 10k, 10 miler, and half). You change locations each month too, so the 5ks are at the same place, 5 milers, etc etc etc. 

The first 5k was a few weekends over a month ago at a park in the East Memphis area. We basically ran around the block around the park to get to 3.1 miles. The route was simple because there weren't many turns but there are still some rolling hills. And it has the potential for having my running nemesis...running on an incline into the sun! For the first run it was sunny and it had gotten hot by 7:30 when I was on that last mile. That part felt awful but I liked knowing my route for this race. I liked seeing the next turn and seeing the finish long before I got there. And most importantly I loved having so many friends running this series too! {and insert picture we took at the first 5k that I can't find. This is another reason I need to post my recaps a little more timely hah!}

My plan for this series was to take it easy on the first race and push myself more on the second race. But one of the things I've learned about running is plans change. Right? 

The weekend of the second 5k in the series came around and my husband decided to go out to the hunting cabin to do some work before the seasons kick off. Hindsight: at that very moment I should have gone online and registered Brooklyn to run with me the following morning. I didn't. And it's my own fault. We didn't get there by 6:30 to get her registered. That was fine. Again, it was my own fault. But I realized just how much I love running because I was nearly in tears that not only was I not getting to run but I wasn't getting to run a race with my mini. She was actually really excited about doing it with me. Several weeks before, I told my husband I actually wanted to just go be a spectator one day and watch when the really fast people coming running in, so I guess I got my opportunity. Spoiler alert....they look just like regular runners only they make it look super easy! It was nice cheering for friends and strangers as they made their way across the finish line. We even got some pics afterwards. 

I usually have a donut (or two) after race Sundays, and even though I didn't race that Sunday I still stopped for a donut with B. 
Next up is the 5 miler recap. Anyone else run a series like this? Or run this series? Anyone prepping for St Jude this December?

Aug 25, 2014

New Routine

It's back to school time in Tennessee! I know a lot of areas don't start back quite as early as we do, but kids are out around mid-May in Tennessee so that means starting back in August. This year we aren't only getting used to starting back to school, we are getting used to having a middle schooler now. It's still unreal to say I have a middle schooler. I definitely had more anxiety about her moving to middle school than she did. I have learned to let go a little and let her learn some more responsibility this year. 
I threatened to come inside and take a picture of her by her locker, but she pretty much knew I was just messing with her. 

On top of school, she is getting used to playing middle school sports. Middle school sports = practice every single day. And you better be paying attention! I love it. I just have to fight the urge to yell, "Put me in, Coach!" at her games. I miss it, can you tell?
Cell phone quality pics because I can never seem to get my camera, a charged battery, and an SD card all together at one time. 

Back to School night was last week, and I felt even better about this year. They have so many teachers that truly love these kids and love to teach. Makes me very happy. Also, they are at the age where they get a little variety in their classes. This year they will all take Drama to help them get comfortable in front of people and prepare them for the presentations class next year. Some (mine) opted to take choir this year as well. So they get all their traditional classes plus some arts as well.

Remember when we used to get a study hall every year? And we had 7 classes a day? Yea, no. Now there's no study hall and they have 5 classes a day. Their year is divided into trimesters and sometimes their classes change from tri to tri. It's definitely different, but so far so good. And it's week 3 now so we seem to be back into our routine other than running late all the time. Wait, I think that IS our routine. Before we know it, it will be time for fall break! 

How's school in your area? Or how is school prep if you aren't already in school? Anyone with new middle schoolers this year?