It’s been over a year since I raced a 5k and since Justin had duty on News Years Day, I signed up for a race to bide the time productively. There were two 5k’s to choose from today and I decided on the one closest to home. The All Access Fitness 5k, which will supposedly occur annually, was quite the adventure. Information regarding the race was scant and I should have more actively pursued information but I didn’t… sooooo I was surprised to discover that it was a cross country course. “Oh well,” I thought. “I’ll just start out a bit easier than planned and see how it goes.” So, I was just beginning to really pick it up in mile 2 (despite a quick half-spill in the mud) and then all of the sudden, I saw the 3 mile marker… and then the finish line… a HALF MILE EARLY!? Okay, so, I know there wasn’t a lot of competition today but my husband says “a win is a win” so… I WON! I was first overall female. 🙂 It was an absolute first for me. It was a great way to wrap up the holiday season and begin a new year! And I got to use my snazzy new tri bag that my amazingtastic husband got me for Christmas (see below photo)!
It’s been a great two weeks off from school and hard training. I had only one workout a day for fourteen days and spent a ton of time with my husband while he was on leave. He will be leaving for deployment in a few weeks so we cherished every moment together. It was also a great opportunity to participate in activities that we don’t normally have “time” for with our crammed training schedules, diet restrictions, school and work. It was truly fantastic to relax for a while and put training on the back burner.
I had time to volunteer as a running buddy for Girls on the Run. I got to escort Naomi, the daughter of my dear friend and training buddy, through a 5k in Portsmouth, VA! Meanwhile, Justin cheered us on with Naomi’s 5 year-old brother, Jonah. So rewarding and so much fun!
Decorating our first Christmas tree together, Justin and I received a surprise gift from our dear runner and triathlete friend, Rosanna. The ornaments read “All I want for Christmas is a new PR” and “Happy Ironman.” Thanks, Rosanna!
Justin and I, preparing to participate in the Coat Run from Final Kick. The store organized a run/coat drop so that the running community could easily donate winter coats to the People in Need (PIN) ministry/organization. Good times with good people for a good cause… oh, and there was good food around, afterward!
Visiting Williamsburg with my love on Christmas Eve
Not only was this break great for our relationship but I think it was great for my training, both mentally and physically. After two down weeks, I was ready and raring to go! I even threw in an extra easy ride on my regularly scheduled off day and then drug myself out the next morning for a cold, rainy 40 mile ride with my friend Bryan!
My unscheduled ride with a friendly group from Final Kick.
Me, convincing myself that I will be a stronger triathlete after a nasty, rainy ride… once I convinced myself to get out of the car.
We did so much more during our break, together! I don’t know how we fit so much into such a short amount of time. I’m definitely going to have a new challenge ahead of me, training hard and preparing to propose my dissertation and take comprehensive exams… without the presence of my best friend. I hope the next six months becomes a season of growth and that Justin will be back home with me (training for his own olympic-trials qualifying marathon) in the blink of an eye!
Happy New Year, all!