When I originally signed up for the Shake Your Shamrock race I had great intentions of running the 13k (8.08 miles). Since getting the news of starting my new job last week, my running schedule had to be amended just a wee bit.
It was definitely more doable for me to run my 13k in two takes. So that’s just what I did.
I ran part 1 on Friday morning before heading to work.
Before even starting this race, I offered to run a fellow army wife to the airport. So I was up and at ‘em at 6:00 a.m in the morning. I ate a bit of breakfast, laced up my shoes and decked out in my green headed out to the track in front of my house by 7:30 a.m.
Mile 1 flew right on by as I was in a great running groove. I was happy that there was a slight breeze in the air, and the humidity wasn’t too bad just yet.
By mile 2, I had a clothing malfunction…stupid shoelace came un-tied. I quickly double knotted my laces and continued on.
As I was closing in on mile three, I heard my name being yelled. I turned around to see another one of my neighbors flagging me down. I stopped my watch for a few minutes to chat and was back to running in no time.
I finished 4.5 miles in 46:30. It was a great way to start my workday, even if it wasn’t my most stellar run to date.
Part II of The Shake Your Shamrock run continued on Sunday afternoon. I wanted to “shake” things up a bit, so without much thought threw on my vibrams for this run.
Yeah, the pink doesn’t really shout St. Patty’s day but I went with it.
Starting this run at 5:30 p.m. made a huge difference in my running. It was super hot and humid and I quickly realized that this run would be a bit of a challenge.
There were not as many interruptions for this one, but I could feel blisters forming after mile 1 due to my vibrams. Eek.
I knew I only had 2.58 miles to go, so I ran through the discomfort – which I know was kind of a bad idea.
Check out the new addition to Sunday’s race outfit –a green sweaty band! [My first running related purchase since starting my new job at the running store!].
I finished the 3.58 miles in 39 minutes. And boy was I glad to be done!
Virtual races can seem kind of silly, but for me it’s a great motivator to get myself out there running. So for me to break up my race into two races, made it even more of a fun challenge for me.
I shook my shamrock twice, and was so glad I did. Even though both runs were less than stellar, it got me out there. And for me that is a great improvement.
Shake Your Shamrock Showcase: Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how the other Shamrock shakers did on their races.