My First First on the First!

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)!

ImageAmazingtastic tri bag!

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.

ImageI 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!

4 thoughts on “My First First on the First!

  1. I’m really happy for you on all fronts of this post. First, Justin is seriously right. A win is a win and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It would have been fun to have you at the Hair of the Dog but glad you had a good race (as good as it could be) over there.

    I can somewhat relate (though I’m not married obviously) about a distance relationship. It will only make you guys stronger though, that I’m sure of. 🙂

  2. cdog781 says:

    Thanks, Hollie! I’m confident that I would not have made it this far with this level of success in both school and athletics with Justin’s encouragement and help. It feels wrong and empty when he is away for prolonged periods of time but I owe it to him to make the best of our time apart.

  3. Dabel says:

    Jealous about the new tri bag… put one on my Christmas list and Santa failed to deliver. Maybe I should be really subtle and send this post to my girlfriend? haha.

    • cdog781 says:

      I must say, I was totally surprised by my tri bag. Justin had seen me browsing them online but I could never “commit” to one because they’re so pricey! I’m glad he made the commitment for me! 🙂 I say, if the subtle hints don’t work, be bold! 😉

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