Heroes of Midlothian 5K

I’m a little behind in posting my recap from last Saturday’s 5K, but it was a busy week for me. As a country, while we pause to remember those who have served and lost their lives, it seems an appropriate day to share about the Heroes of Midlothian foundation.

I am a member of the Midlothian class of 1992. I was a classmate of Chris Kyle. Some of you may have heard of him or read his book, American Sniper. As a former Navy Seal, Chris was well-known in the military community and soon became known throughout local communities as well. When he was killed in February along with another resident of Midlothian, several of my classmates took action to honor their memory.

The Heroes of Midlothian Foundation was the result. This event on May 18, 2013 included a 5K run and benefit festival. While distance and scheduling kept me from participating in the planning or setup, I wanted to be a part of it. As a runner, I’m always up for a race, but I wanted to do more. So I signed up my 16 year-old son as a volunteer.

He enjoyed being a part of it and helping out where needed. Of course, what teenage boy wouldn’t enjoy free donuts and cinnamon rolls?

It was nice to see old friends, and I was impressed with the professionalism of the organization. With an inaugural race, you never know what to expect but this race was well executed. Over 500 runners registered, with 471 who started and finished the race. Along the straightaway near the finish line, one of my friends from was passing out small flags for the runners to carry through. It was an emotional event.

The perks:

Age group awards were awesome. I ran a PR, and my dad ran his second fastest time. I was in my hometown among many friends.

Me and My Dad

Me and My Dad

2nd in Age Group 35-39

2nd in Age Group 35-39

 

The downside:

I forgot how much it can hurt to run 3 miles all out. My pacing was off with each mile getting slower. I need to work on my quick turnover.

I’m glad I was able to participate in this event, and it will be on my schedule for next year. I’d like to see a fun run for those who think a 5K is too long. That would be a great way to increase funds raised.

I’m thankful for those who have served in our armed forces, including my husband who was in the Navy for over 10 years. As we celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary today, I am grateful to have him by my side.

In my next post, I’ll write about today’s run which was for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Taking a Break from Training

I’m enjoying my break from marathon training so far, and have been able to do some different things with my fitness. My seven year-old wants to run a 5K, so we’re looking at a race on July 4th.

I ran with him a couple of times last week. The first day he wanted to run for 15 minutes, but after 10 I could tell he was tired. I asked him if he wanted to stop at 10.

He said, “No, I want to run 15. I have good lungs.”

My Saturday long run was 8.25 miles and it felt great. I ran with another runner from our local group. We chatted the entire time. It was nice for me not to look at my pace, and to start a long run in the daylight and still finish in the breakfast hour. When I got back home, the kids were just barely getting out of bed.

On Mother’s Day, we went to the park. It was a beautiful day. The two youngest have been asking to run with me at the park. They lasted a minute, then dashed off to the swings.

photo (19)My husband took them for a walk while I ran a few miles.

More silliness at the park

More silliness at the park

I enjoyed stopping to walk a bit with them – not constrained by number of miles, pace, or training plan.

This Saturday, I will run my first 5K of the year in my hometown. The last 5K I ran was last August. I’m looking forward to it, not just because it’s a short race but because of what the race represents. I’ll elaborate on that more with my race recap next week.

Have a great week!

 

 

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 2013

It’s been three days since Sunday’s marathon, and my body is still reminding me I am in recovery. My quads and calves have been compressed, foam rolled, self-massaged, and rubbed down with Ben-Gay. My legs still cry every time I stand up.

This was my second year to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Both years the weather affected my performance, but this time, I went with a “no PR” attitude. It was about what the race represents. This race was set up to remember the ones killed in the bombing of the federal building in 1995. With the bombing in Boston just two weeks before, it was a run to remember for two reasons.

A movement within the running community encouraged runners to wear red socks to remember Boston and green laces for Oklahoma City. The green laces are part of the fundraising for the race. The turnout I saw along the course was amazing. The groups of  firefighters walking the half course in their full gear is enough to choke anyone up. I was also impressed by the many inspirational shirts I see along the course. Many were running to remember someone, and there were shirts for Boston. The most memorable for me had three lines printed across the back:

Run for Oklahoma City 1995

Run for NYC 2001

Run for Boston 2013

I won’t spend a lot of time on this post talking about my race. I’m still tackling running well in rising temperatures. I did have a great time and I plan to go back again next year.

Dick Beardsley at the race expo

Dick Beardsley at the race expo

 

Start corral with two friends from our running group

Start corral with two friends from our running group

 

Finish photo with part of the memorial behind me

Finish photo with part of the memorial behind me

My time? Well, I don’t know how I did this, but I was seven seconds faster than I was last year. Those last six miles get me every time!

I can say with absolute certainty, I am ready to take a break from marathon training. Three marathons within five months was time consuming. A break from three hour long runs will be welcome. I’m looking forward to running some 5 and 10ks this summer.

What’s a favorite race for you that is not based on PRs?