Virtual Heart Throb 5K – WAY post race recap!

heart throb 5kBack in February, I had done another virtual race. If you’ll remember, I also participated in the Tackle The Miles Virtual Race with the #13in2013 group. I may have mentioned that I did the Virtual Heart Throb, but I didn’t do an official review of it. I honestly don’t even know if I can remember how it went.

I know it was a rainy day outside. I had just gotten back from a class I believe, so I cheated on my work (Bally’s), and ran into 24 Hour Fitness by my house to get a quick 5K done on the treadmill.

All I remember really is talking to the desk guy about zombie books, powering through the run, jumping off the treadmill, running into a classmate and then heading right back out the door.

It wasn’t that eventful but I did wear my “I’m a Heart Throb” shirt.

It may have not been that eventful for me, but the entire event was a great deal for other people. The proceeds went to benefit The Arvada Community Food Bank.

Post Race Recap Collage!

Post Race Recap Collage!

This race was also put on by the 3W race series which is the same people that put together the Resolute Run I did the 1st of the year. I love this “company.” They put together super awesome events, have great communication and are super nice as well. I’m going to try to participate in all there events this year.

Anyway, the reason I am finally doing a post-race recap is because I got an email this week with our “placing.” Turned out I didn’t do too bad!

I placed 10th out of 72 other women racers! My time was 28:39; +5:31 behind the lead female. I have no idea what my age group placement is – they didn’t separate that information out. Overall, I’m really happy with the event, my time (I always run slower on a treadmill for the record), and I absolutely love my I’m a Heart Throb T-shirt!

Erin Go Braugh 7.77kToday, as this is schedule to post at 8am on Saturday morning, I am running in another 3W race…live! I am participating in the Erin Go Braugh 7.77K in Westminster, CO!

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY! I toast to you a green beer! 

Tackle the Miles 5k – Virtual, Post Race Recap

Tackle the miles virtual raceThis is actually the first virtual race I have ever done. I have done one or two “challenges” through the blogging world, but they weren’t virtual races by any means. They just required you to run on a trail, or take some kind of running picture, blog about it and call it good. I was once featured in a #RunChat blog for my Trail Run Challenge!

This time, I had to keep track of my time, milage and report back to the race director, who is Jill Conyers over at Fitness, Health and Happiness, through a google document. (Speaking of google docs….isn’t that the coolest idea ever!? A document that you can update and share with everyone; and everyone else can update as well! Well… I think it’s cool).

Anyway, I already needed to run 3 miles for marathon training, so why not just add a tenth of a mile, time it, push myself  and call it a race?

Welcome to the Tackle the Miles Virtual Race! (I was able to select any distance, so I chose a 5k).

Look at the weather! In February!

Look at the weather! In February!

Race Day Conditions: Beautiful! Yeah, it was quite a lovely day in Denver, CO. I even got to run in a t-shirt and capris! I probably could have even gone with shorts and a tank…but I didn’t want to chance it….knowing my luck, if I had broken out the tank top, it would have immediately starting raining or something.

Race Course: Just a jaunt around my neighborhood. Because I had limited time to squeeze in training, I stuck to the streets around my house. I would love to get to the trails more, but that’s not that plausible right now, so my race course was sidewalks and asphalt.

Time: I finished in 26:11! I thought that was pretty decent, especially for a lone race. I’m definitely a feeder of competition. Having other people around me defnietely makes me run faster.

Tackle the Miles 02 copyOverall: Being my first virtual race, I wasn’t sure what I would think. I mean, I would have been running anyway, but having the idea of a race behind it gave me an excuse to really challenge myself. It’s kinda cool to know that there were a ton of us running around, somewhere in the world, for the same reason!

I do want to point out that I TOTALLY ran with my race bib. Yep. I’m a dork. But I loved all the looks people were giving me; even people in cars! I know Jill is posting an accumulation of everyone’s results today as well, and I’m curious to see how I did compared to others (see…competition) but I also just want to see and read about everyone else experiences! I already have seen a handful of Tackle the Miles race completions that have popped up on the 13in2013 facebook page!

tackle the miles colage

New Year’s Resolutions

How’s everyone’s first week of 2013? Mine is already fantastic, for lots of reasons! However, I haven’t had a chance to post my actual new year’s resolutions yet.

Love Calvin and Hobbes!

Love Calvin and Hobbes!

You get a whole week+ to decide on New Year’s Resolutions, right?? I took the whole week anyway. Resolutions take time to think about and make. You don’t want to make them TOO unrealistic that they never get accomplished, but you also don’t want to make them too easy that you don’t have to do any work. Most of my resolutions are geared around my active lifestyle stuff, but I have a few other mixed in as well.

This is how it works, right?

This is how it works, right?

Here it goes:

1. Run one Race a month. I think this will keep me busy enough, but not TOO busy!

2. And 13 races in 2013. I joined the 13in2013 group. Started by this girl named Jil, and now has over 700 participants! They’ve even been throwing around ideas for shirts and medals when complete. I think it might be too late to sign up now, so sorry if you’re just now finding out about this!

I chose the "variety" category.

I chose the “variety” category.

3. Keep track of all my miles this year. I’ve never actually done this. I’m curious to see home many TOTAL miles I run throughout a year. I don’t think I want any goals of having to run a certain amount of miles because I have no idea what is going to happen the rest of year. Now, I just have to remember to write my miles down! And you better believe I will be tracking down to the last tenth of a mile! You never know when those will add up!

4. Volunteer at a race. I’ve volunteered at a couple races when I was in college, but it was for a volunteer organization I was involved with at the time. I want to just sign up on my own as a volunteer. I think it would be fun and a way to give back to the running community.

5. Do a full marathon. Yes, I do want to finally do one. Starting to train again looks daunting.

6. Add 5 more 14er’s to my list. I did my first two last summer and want to keep going! I’d like to do at least 5 more this summer!

7. Meet at least two more bloggers! I met two last year, so that seems like a good number to shoot for.

8. Graduate from NPTI! I mean, this is inevitable, but you never know! I also want to try to get “honors” in this program…but we’ll see after I get the first test back! And obviously, in addition to this, is to get a job as Certified Personal Trainer.

9. MOVE! I want to be out of this house before 2014. I actually want to be out of this house tomorrow, but that’s not realistic.

10. I want to knock off a few more states. I don’t want to put an exact number because I have no idea what this year will bring for me financially or time wise, but hopefully I’ll get to do a few more!

11. Write a sponsor letter. I really think I have a good idea to get some sponsors, and it’s more than just my run a race in every state. I NEED to get a sponsor letter written, and then the rest will fall into place, hopefully.

I think that about covers it! I don’t have any big blogging resolutions, but I will promise you I wont disappear!  You’re stuck with me now!

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