Monday, March 11, 2013

5k, 20 miler, Monster Trucks & more!

Oh boy was this an eventful weekend! Top it off with losing an hour, lets just say there are 2 extra shots of espresso in my latte this morning (and that may not even be enough).

Friday: Typical, worked 16 hours between both jobs, came home and crashed.
Saturday: up early, had a 20 mile run with a 5k race in the middle of it.
Saturday Night: Monster Jam Monster Truck Rally with my Fiance, his brother, sister and her man and their 4 year old son (Hence the reason we were going to this....)
Sunday: Baby shower for my sister (I made a great running themed gift!!)
Sunday Night: Went to the Rochester Auditorium Theater and saw the musical "Book of Mormon", then dinner out

Saturday's run was a 20 mile 5k sandwich, not typical way to get 20 miles in, but either way I got the miles in and that's what matters....It's not like I break all of my long runs up like this, not many of them at all actually. But it was important to me to do the race in my hometown to support a program I used to be a part of, and still get my training miles in.

This was the first time they have done this race, and it was to benefit the soccer program at my Alma Mater. For a first time race it was very well run, and had 202 people finish the race! It was great to see so many people I know, and see so many people becoming more active. The winning male time was 17:14, and I took it for the females in 20:00. Not a PR for me, but I was super happy with this time, as it is my first race of the year. Training the way I have been is paying off. I may be dysfunctional at best with my training, but obviously hard work pays off.

Pre-race run: 6.68 miles @ 8:13 average pace
Race: 3.1 miles in 20:00 (6:27 pace)
Post-Race run: 10.6 miles @ 8:03 average pace

Total: 20.4 miles @ 7:51 Average Pace

 Me and a group of wonderful ladies from my hometown who have taken up running....(I am 2nd from Left)
While collecting my award for winning, this was my "oh hey" when the guy on the left called my name and was like "wait, Laura Anderson who I used to coach in soccer when you were little", hence the "oh hey that's me" look, everyone got a kick out of it, he kept saying "you're all grown up, and always could run circles around everyone on the field"

Moving on....Saturday Night
Saturday nights festivities, you know the monster trucks and the family time and food.....I have never been to a show like this before but I have to admit it was entertaining. Most importantly it was great to spend time with my "future" family, even though I already think of them as family. J's nephew is the cutest little 4 year old ever (I'm not bias...), and I spent most of the show with him on my lap as he was mesmerized by the trucks. For the record, if you like people watching as much as I do, grab a ticket for one of these things, we were surrounded by a plethora of different kinds of people (not that this surprised me)

 When a 4 year old asks you to put on a race car hat, you must kindly oblige. Oh, and I ate cotton candy for the first time in 20 years.... to Sunday
On Friday I posted  that I had my sister's baby shower this weekend and that I was making her a RUNNING THEMED BABY SHOWER GIFT, so to my running friends, you should appreciate this. Again this was not the only thing I got her, but this was her non-boring gift ( I got her the car seats and stroller...things she needs, and need to keep my little nephew to be, safe). My sister and I have an odd relationship, we love each other and will always be there for each other no matter what though.
 I made onesies (color printer, and iron on transfers)
"First steps today, 26.2 tomorrow", "my mommy & aunt are faster than you" (with a picture of my sister and I from a race), "Who fartleked", "Mommy's future running buddy", "Daddy's future cycling buddy", "When I am cranky I take a nap, when mommy is cranky I send her for a run"...also made a few that said "I love my aunt" (duh.)
"Race Bibs" (Clever, I know!)
"Race 4 Huggs" (Hugg is my sisters last name), Diaper Dash and the bib # is their anniversary, A medal, Go green 5k, Pumpkins in the Park 5k (My sister and I always do this race together), I <3 to run, Boston 26.2 (My sister qualified a few years ago but didn't go because she was in fertility treatments), and Baby Steps 5k.
 This was the "Baby Race Kit" that I put together for my sister.
Bottles (Hydration), Baby Food (GU), Sneakers, Ice pack, Baby cereal with vitamins in it (Carbs and supplements), Bib's and pins, Diaper Rash Spray (Because no one likes Chaffing), all of the onesies I made, Finish Line says April 2013 (When she is due).

What would a baby shower be without Cake? Folks, I know some people say they wont eat cake because they are runners, let's be serious I eat cake, I run, I eat some more cake and I seem to be doing just fine. So get off your high horses you non-cake eaters.

Sunday Night
The show was incredible, funny, crude and very entertaining. I laughed through the whole thing, and also laughed at watching people's reactions to things. But here is the thing, folks it was created by the same people who made "Southpark", what did you expect, sunshine and daisies? Some people were clearly not amused (It mocks religion, and well...everything else under the sun), I get we all have our beliefs, but you have to be able to have a sense of humor and laugh at things.

So my first 20 miler of the year/ this training session is done, and it was on a great weekend. May have been an unconventional way to do it but the fact is I got the miles in and had a wonderful weekend. I call that a success.

What did you do this weekend? Did anyone race or do anything fun??


  1. Great job on your race! That's an awesome time and pretty impressive that you got in so many miles before and after! I don't know how some people live without cake. I ate it four times this weekend and I'm not even sorry about it.

    1. You shouldn't ever feel sorry for doing something that feels right for you, even if it's eating cake!!

  2. I actually think that that is a great way to get your miles in. Often times we run all our long runs at X pace but running at different paces is so good to get you used to running fast for your longer runs. I think it was a good change of pace (literally). Either way your weekend looks like it was pretty good and I have heard nothing but good things about that Book of Morman.

    Also I'm in love with the baby gifts. Adorable seriously.

  3. that cycling baby onsies is AMAZING. love it. and what a great way to get miles in. I personally would love to break them up if some of it was at that faster pace..practically a speed session for ya :-D I ran 10 miles for the first time this weekend and it wasn't that bad lol. First half in one week!

    1. this is katie ( btw, only way it would let me comment :)

  4. I love the baby gift! I'll have to remember that if any of my runner buddies gets pregnant (although most of my running buddies have kids heading to middle school LOL).

    I run so I can eat cake. You mean it's not supposed to work that way?

  5. Wow, you sure are one busy lady! Congrats on the 5k win too! Loved your creativity for the baby shower!!! Traceb


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