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Race for the Cure Review and a wonderful weekend away

Monday, June 06, 2011

It was a lovely sunny weekend in Seattle – without my girls and Mark. It was the first night I’d been away from them and it went pretty well (although the house was a bit of a mess when I got home!).

Gwenna, who’s two, had slightly sunburnt arms as Mark forgot sunscreen when they went to watch a parade. She’s better now though – I smoothed on some Aloe Vera moisturizer and she was fine this morning. It was great talking to her on the phone on Saturday night as her conversation skills are really improving every day. She told me about the parade, that she had a balloon and a lollipop. It sounded like the perfect day for a two year old. Kerensa, on the other hand, didn’t really say much to me as she was busy colouring her balloon.

Food wise for the weekend – I was bad. No excuses really, I just ate what I chose, and although I did chose fairly healthy options I ate too much of everything. Oh, and breakfast at Denny’s after the race was not healthy!

Exercise wise – we walked the streets of Seattle all day, although we were shopping so stopping and starting a lot. We also walked back from the Seattle Centre (2kms) but unfortunately it gave me a horrible blister on my toe that split and gave me quite a bit of pain for the race. It’s still sore now :o(

On the Saturday night we went to The Crab Pot and had some delicious crab and seafood, which I’m sure was pretty healthy – although the cocktail was very sweet and probably undid all the good walking I had done all day!

We had to get up early for the race and we walked to the monorail (a cute ‘60s style monorail to the Space Needle area) and arrived in plenty of time to pick up some freebies (including cute bright pink flipflops from Old Navy!) before getting to the start of the race. Amanda ran most of the route so we split up as I did my first week 2 C25K program.

I started with a 5 minute walk, although jogged a little at the very start as it was a run race. Lots of people walked from just after the start. I then kept with the program mainly, although the race took us up and down a few small hills. I sometimes ran more than I was “told” to and pushed myself a little bit more. I did feel a bit breathless at one point but soon managed to get myself under control again quickly. It was pretty hot too, the sunny parts of the race made me pretty hot. I often pushed myself a bit harder – “I’ll just run to the end of the shade” or “I’ll keep running until this starts going uphill again” which I felt OK with. The race clock said 41.05 when I crossed the line but I reckon it took me at least a minute to cross the start line as it was pretty busy.

It was a great race, there were 15,000 or so competitors in all the different races. I was in the women’s only run which was the smallest of all the races, apart from the kids race. There were “cheerleaders” and all the volunteers helped to cheer everyone on. My blister felt worse after the race as I concentrated on the running and tried to ignore it! My knee went fairly well. I bought a new strap that was much more comfortable and flexible at Walgreens. It was really good and didn’t slip down or bunch behind the knee. I might get another next time I see a Walgreens.

It was a great weekend. I’m so glad we did the race too as it really topped off a good weekend. Amanda enjoyed it too. She ran nearly the whole way with her stroller and baby and made it in 36 minutes. We’re talking about the Seattle half marathon in November, although I will probably walk it – but still, that’s a pretty good challenge. She might not be able to do it though as she has a trail race in November too which might be on the same weekend.

I am at work today but off tomorrow so I’m looking forward to my swim and I hope to do another C25K session. Tonight it’s Circuit training. I hope my thighs and legs stop being stiff by then!

I hope everyone had a great weekend too. I can’t believe it’s Monday morning already!
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  • HAPPYHARTZ
    Congrats on your race. Sounds like it was a great weekend for all!
    3632 days ago
  • RWALTON730
    emoticon on your 5K!!! Your weekend sounds like it was a wonderful time.

    Rhonda
    3632 days ago
  • DIVAGLOW
    How awesome your weekend sounded! That was great that you were able to spend time with your girlfriend and race for a great cause.
    3632 days ago
  • JANEZAP
    way to go sounds like you had a lovely weekend! who cares about the food too much, its not very often you go away with your girlfriend so i think its ok to slip up for one weekend :)

    congrats on the race! another great time!!! especially with a blister!!! that track sounds a lot harder (with all the hills and stuff) it sounds like your improving heaps (running when your not even told to woo hoo!!!)

    keep it up girly you are going so great :) i think you've found your inner runner :) yay

    have a great day!! you deserve a bit of a rest after such a big weekend! hope the blister heals asap!
    xxx
    3633 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9005788
    CONGRATS!!! I'm so happy for you that you finished and pushed yourself just a little more than normal! You're doing great! Keep up all your hard work before you know it you'll be running those half marathons :)
    3633 days ago
  • MISSME1223
    sounds like you had a great weekend. You are doing great, even with the food issues. You will figure out the balance...I'm sure of it.

    3633 days ago
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