Adrenaline Run 5k (18:29)

Adrenaline Run 5k (18:29)

Last weekend I ran two races. Initially, I didn’t plan to do both. However, it just worked out. I needed to stay in New Jersey until Saturday, and at that point, I was in town for my local running stores biggest 5k of the year: The Adrenaline Run 5k. Before my plans changed to stay in New Jersey, I had already signed up for the Shamrock Half.

My new goal was to run as hard as possible at the Adrenaline and then just pick up the pieces at the Shamrock. I know I’m in good shape, but in short, Adrenaline didn’t show that. I had reasons I needed to stay in NJ, and I underestimated how busy I would be the week before.

I arrived to the Adrenaline Run and didn’t feel as good as I would have hoped. I felt very meh. I warmed up with my friend Shae, arrived to the start, and by the time I knew it, we were off. During the first mile, I was caught in a pack of people and got a slow start. Not only that, but I just felt stale. My legs felt heavy, and my speed wasn’t there.

I hit the first mile in 6:00 and immediately felt defeated. I couldn’t get in a rhythm and I felt like nothing felt easy.

I know I’m in PR shape and possibly in sub 18 shape, but it wasn’t my day. After I realized that, I just moved past my mentality and just wanted to run a strong race.

During the second mile, I was running with a pack of women, many of whom I knew personally and are friends. We went around a few turns and down a small hill. I nearly slipped, and I panicked I had pulled something. Due to my form, running downhill in a race is one of the most likely places I’ll get injured.

I rounded the turn and saw my coworkers at the water stop, and I gave a quick wave and mile. To be honest, seeing all three put me in a better mood (thanks, Shawn, Ralph, and Jeff) and I knew I was halfway. I climbed a hill and hit the second mile in running haddonfield adrenaline 5k

I went from feeling happy back down into a slump. Apparently, I rode a lot of emotions during that race. The last mile felt like I finally woke up and just powered to the finish line. I was still with the pack, and we all powered through. We ran the last mile in 5:47 and I crossed in 18:32 with a chip time of 18:29.

Thank you for the photo Norm

me running adrenaline 5k haddonfield nj

While I’m not exactly satisfied with the race, I do know I didn’t feel good and it wasn’t my day, I had a great time seeing so many of local NJ friends and runners. I was 10th women overall and I believe 106th overall. It is my fastest 5k in the calendar year, despite not the fitness I know I’m in.

Questions for you:

Do you use positive self-talk to get you through races?


Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup 4 Miler (24:30)

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup 4 Miler (24:30)

This is my third year running and also my slowest time yet!  The wind played a role, and I think my body caught up to me after trying to assimilate back into the real world from vacation.

I woke up on Sunday feeling exhausted.  I had gotten a deep tissue massage a few days prior, and while my legs had recovered well my half PR, I don’t think they did from the massage.

My in-laws, husband, and I got to the race around 9 am.  I did and quick warmup, realized how windy it was, and made it to the start.  By the time I knew it, we were off.

The first mile got out extremely slow.  It loops around the park and you go back under the start line before heading to down the canal.  My husband and a pack of four men was shortly ahead, followed by me.  My byline of racing lately is always chasing someone but never running with anyone.  I hit the first mile in 6:13 and wasn’t all that pleased.  I knew I was sore and it was windy but it’s always hard not to compare to what you have run before.

During the second mile, my husband and the lead pack separated.  I found myself running with another male chasing them down.  The towpath is on soft dirt/gravel and runs along the canal.  It was windy but not headwind or tailwind.  It was a crosswind where I somewhat worried I would be blown into the canal.  I hit the second mile in 6:08.

We made a 180 during mile 3 and headed back the way we came.  I enjoy mile 3 of the race because you see everyone else running and seeing other racers always motivates me.  I hit the third mile in 6:08.

The last mile was just trucking back to the start.  I felt better than the start but not great by any means.  I separated myself and was running alone.  I could see the finish and I saw my husband had pulled away and was going to win which was motivating.

I finished in 24:30 and it’s my slowest time yet, but the wind was definitely a factor.  This is only the second time both my husband and I have won a race together.  There are plenty of grilled cheeses and tomato soup at the end of the race (instead of the traditional banana), which makes it more fun.

grilled cheese and tomato soup 4 miler sick

Questions for you:

Have you done a unique race recently?

Where is the best grilled cheese you’ve gotten?

Frostbite 5 miler (30:25)

Frostbite 5 miler (30:25)

Last weekend I ran the Frostbite 5 miler.  To be honest, I hadn’t treated my body well the week before.  Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, and I like to celebrate with sugar.   It doesn’t have to be a fancy date, but I’ll be the first to tell you I didn’t make healthy choices.

I have always wanted to do the Frostbite 5 miler.  It’s competitive race as well as challenging course too.

My husband and I arrived at the race a little later than anticipated and I got about 2-mile warmup in.  I would have preferred a little longer, but took what I could get.  As I was delayering at the start; the race went off.  I panicked threw my long sleeve off and sprinted out.  I was boxed in, but I was able to run on the outside and slowly progress where I wanted.  The first mile I went out fast trying to get to a better spot.

I had no idea what place I was in, and I didn’t care.  I made an arbitrary goal of under 31 minutes for 5 miles.  6:10 was fast, but I thought my fitness was there.  I hit the first mile in 5:57.

During the second mile, I settled in a good rhythm and was going back and forth with another local female runner.  I gathered I was in the top ten of women which was cool with me.  We hit the second mile in 5:51 and I knew I was not going to hold that forever.

The next two miles climbed several hills.  We did makeup with downhills, but the long hills definitely took their toll on my quads.  Every uphill my friend would pass me, and downhills I would run by her.  Ultimately she passed me and never looked back.  We hit both miles in 6:14.

The last mile was almost all uphill and my legs were not in the mood to climb anything else.  I kept looking at my watch and hoping the race would finish soon.  The final mile felt like it took forever, but I finished in 6:05 and crossed the finish in 30:25.  I was 6th women overall.

frostbite 5 miler me running

I’m happy, and pleasantly surprised with my finish.  My goal had been under 31 and with the rolling hills, I can’t complain.  Technically I also ran an 18:35 5k which is my fastest 5k in a while too.  It feels good to be coming back to fitness.

Questions for you:

What’s your favorite distance to race?

Do you run downhills or uphills better?

20 Running Podcasts to Keep You Entertained

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Podcasts I liked and listened too.  Many people chimed in and added more.  As I mentioned previously, I hate to sit in silence so I love listening to podcasts or background noise.

20 Running Podcasts to Keep You Entertained

Podcasts are popping up, and I’m by no means an expert (and you will not see a LOLZ Podcasts anytime soon) but here is a bigger and better list.  Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions.  I’ve listened to an episode of each podcast, but not every single episode of everyone.  If there is an episode you love, comment below!

Here is a bigger list of more Running Podcasts:

1609 Podcast (focuses on all things running)
Ali on the Run (funny, runners of all skills)
BibRave (race related and everything running related)
C Tolle Run (informative, Carrie was an Olympian herself)
Endurance Planet (performance and health-based running advice)
I’ll Have Another (funny, informative, runners of all levels)
Keeping up with Kelsey Cansler (informative and fitness related)
Man Bun Run (informative, interviewing many ultra runners)
Marathon Training Academy (everything marathon-related)
Marathon Talk (Based out of the UK, everything running related)
No Meat Athlete Radio (200+ episodes of plant-based information and interviews
Not Real Runners (One of my new favorites about Running, racing, and snark)
Ordinary Marathon (Running based and interviews a bit of everything)
Rambling Runner (everything running related)
Rich Roll (plant-based podcast about running)
Running for Real by Tina Muir (informative and about everything for runners including nutrition and well being)
Running Rogue(training tips and information on the current running world)
Trail Runner Nation(All things trail running)
The Extra Mile Podcast (Follows runners training for anything from a 5k-full marathon).
Ultra Runner Pod (all things ultra running!)

Questions for you:

What kind of podcasts are you listening too?

What is your favorite podcast? (running or not)

Training: Recovery and Turkey Trot

Last weeks training was spent relaxing after the Philadelphia Half Marathon and preparing for the yearly Turkey Trot.

me running

Since I didn’t run at 100% at Philadelphia, I felt as though physically I recovered decently to race last Thursday.  Mentally, not as much, but from a physical standpoint, I felt decent for the turkey trot on Thanksgiving.

Monday: Easy 45 minutes
Tuesday: Short hike in North Jersey
Wednesday: Easy 60 minutes
Thursday: Turkey Trot 5k (19:02)
Friday: Easy 45 minutes
Saturday: Easy 60 minutes
Sunday 14 miles/6.5 7:23 pace


In all, I feel good about the week.  My food poisoning still has me feeling more tired, but on Sunday I was able to finish 14 miles and not be sick (unlike Philadelphia haha).  I’m now 21 days (out of a possible 70) from initially coming down with the disease.

While I am starting to feel better and I don’t feel like I’m going to be sick as frequently, but I do feel more tired all of the time.  After the half marathon, I did increase the dosage to the recommended amount of antibiotics (I was taking a half dose).

Turkey Trot: (19:02)

I’ll have a full recap tomorrow, but I was thankful to run with a good friend of mine who pushed me along the way.  We also ran part of Philadelphia together.  I didn’t feel great, but I was happy with how I ran for the day.  I’ve had a hard time not comparing myself to times I was running in October, but I know once I feel better I’ll be back down to where I was.  I had a great time as always at the Turkey Trot, and it’s one of my favorite races of the year.

Posts from the week:
Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap
Hiking 7 Bridges (Colorado Springs)
Visiting the Grand Canyon

Questions for you;
Did you race on Thanksgiving?
How do you recover from races?

Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:27.57)

I wrote about 1000 words recapping the Philadelphia Half Marathon.  Then I forgot to save it…not the first time this has happened.

Most people know, but food poisoning prevented me from having the “race of my life”.   I raced with how I felt for the day, and that is all I can ask from myself.  I’m not disappointed, in fact, I’m thankful I finished injury free.

I should rewind.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been suffering from food poisoning.  I’m not violently vomiting, however, I’m often tired and I never feel “great” or like myself.  Occasionally at night, I’ll feel extremely sick.

I contracted it coming home from vacation.  The first night home, I spent violently getting sick.  It was bad enough, we thought maybe my appendix had burst.  After getting some tests done, I found out I had food poisoning.  As I mentioned, it isn’t the typical “24-hour bug” but can stay in your system for about 70 days.  Not violently vomiting for 70 days but more tired, just not feeling great.

The doctor told me I could run, but I might feel sick.  From that day until the Philadelphia half marathon, I had 13 days.  During that time period, I ran 2 5ks and a few runs.  I never puked during any runs, but I did feel like I was in a “funk.”

The problem was, I ran most of my mileage untimed and easy.  That’s not necessarily a problem, except running easy miles is very different than running a fast half marathon.  My stomach showed me that very quickly.

I didn’t have a goal at Philadelphia.  I’ve never run particularly well, in fact, my fastest time was from the only other time I’ve had food poisoning (a completely different strain). Then last year I felt like garbage.  I live about 10 miles from Center City, and while I can’t say I even “love” the race, I seem to just keep signing up.

And so here we are year 3 of running the Philadelphia half.

Like many race days, I slept in later than anticipated.  It wasn’t an issue, and my husband and I arrived to Philadelphia, parked, and stood in line at security around 6:30.  The security to get into the race is lengthy, and we waited about 40 minutes.  It left us with 20 minutes to drop off bags and use the bathroom.  It was probably not enough time, and we made into the corral at 7:28.  My good friend, Erin, thought I decided to DNS considering we basically had to beg security to reopen the corral.

The race went off, and Erin, my husband, and I started together.  Erin and I ran the Atlantic City half, and we had discussed possibly running Philly together.  The first mile went out fast. I chatted with Erin and my husband, and we hit the first mile around 6:45.  I felt decent, but I also wasn’t sure how I would feel later on.

The first few miles of the race are the fastest and easiest.  We ran mile 2 in 6:17 and 3 in 6:27.  The pace didn’t feel uncomfortable, and I was able to mumble a few words.

Around the 5k, I noticed my husband getting a bit antsy.  I knew he was going to drop me.  I also knew we would still be married either way at the finish line and I was happy he was feeling good.  He hasn’t raced a lot of half marathons since his 1:20 PR, so it was motivating to see him pick it up.  I had no energy to keep up though.

At mile 4, I ran into Alana who is gearing up for the CIM.  We ultimately ran a good portion of the race together with Erin.  I ran mile 5 in 6:37 and 6 in 6:43.  Around the halfway point, my stomach started to hurt.  Not like use the bathroom hurt, but like I might puke hurt.  I thought it might have been not interacting well the Gatorade (I’ve never had an issue before) but realized the doctor was right.

I began scanning the course for a restroom to vomit.  Then, of course, I saw no less than 5 of my good friends or people who have come into work.  I gave a wincing smile, while also not trying to puke on them.

Somewhere between mile 9-10, I found a bathroom and vomited.  It wasn’t a huge vomit, but breakfast and Gatorade came up.  For about 10 seconds I thought, should I just stop?  I stood straight and didn’t feel awful, so I quickly exited the bathroom.  I think the situation lasted all of 30 seconds to a minute.  I still saw Alana and everyone else ahead, so I knew I had not gotten that far.

I told myself if you need to stop…you need to stop.  No one cares if you cross the finish line.  No one cares about your pace, time, or speed.  We climbed a few hills and I didn’t feel as bad.  As weird as it sounds, after that stop I felt as though I was finding my groove.

Around mile 11, I saw Philadelphia in the distance.  I told myself 2 miles.  20 minutes and you’ll be chillin’ (a real thought I had).  Due to delusion and downhill, I crushed mile 11 in 6:25.  Somehow I found myself running entirely alone for the final mile.  I saw both Alana and Erin within the minute ahead, and I was just…alone.  I seem to always find the pocket of running by myself in big races.

I crossed the finish in 1:27.57 and I was shocked.  A week ago, I wasn’t sure I would run.  In the early parts of the race, I believed a 1:30 might be doable.  (I told Erin it was my goal).  While I know I’m in much better fitness than a 1:28, you must race for how you feel for the day.  Whether that is good or bad.  I’m happy I finished and even finished strong, though I know it was probably not my smartest move.

tim and I philadelphia half

That was my last planned half marathon for the year.  I’m looking forward to shorter things while my food poisoning clears up.  As I mentioned in my training log, it could last up to 70 days (I’m on 17 now?).

Questions for you:
Have you had food poisoning before?
Have you stopped during a race before?
Postive Question: How was your Thanksgiving?

Run the Runway 5k (20:54)

Run the Runway 5k (20:54)

Last weekend my husband decided to do a 5k that started and ended on a runway.  When you think of a runway, you think of a flat, straight, wide piece of road and for the most part that is true. At major airports they are flat but small, local, airports might have a few inclines on the taxiway.  “Lucky for us,” this was not the flattest runway out there.  But that’s fine, just a surprise.

We saw the race earlier in the week but wanted to play it by ear.  Neither of us knew how we would feel (especially me).  The night before we decided we would do it.  Of course, I “slept in” until 5:30 when we needed to be out the door by 6.  After scrambling around and making breakfast, we were out.  That was a miracle by itself.

We arrived around 7, signed up and did about 2-mile warm up on the runway.  We noticed the taxiway (not the actual runway piece) had a bit of incline.  It didn’t matter much to me since I wasn’t looking for a showstopping PR.  Just to run faster than normal.

The race started at sharply at 8, and we went off.  The first mile went the same way we had warmed up with a few small inclines.  We turned around and headed down the half mile runway (which was completely flat and straight).  Since you could see everything, the race felt like it was taking forever.  I kept looking at my watch thinking “why haven’t I reached the first mile.”  I ran a 6:25 which felt as though I was working much harder than that.

The second mile left the runway and went up a steep hill on the local road.  I had thought the entire race was on a runway so wasn’t expecting to have any significant hills.  I powered up the hills but was running alone for most of the race.  During the second mile, I was running alone.  There were plenty of people ahead of me (including my husband) and plenty of people behind, but no one with me.  I focused on the people about 30 seconds ahead and wanted to pass them. I hit the next mile in 6:36.  I thought perhaps I could run a flat mile and break 20 minutes if the course was a perfect 3.1.  Neither of which happened.

Run the runway 5k me

During the third mile, we wrapped along the local roads and headed back on the runway.  Half of the mile was hilly and the other half was flat and straight.  Around 2.6, we headed back towards the finish.  Since it was a runway, you could see the finish line from that point forward.  I thought it might never come.  I powered through the third mile in 6:33 and the finished the race in 20:54.  I believe the race was a little long (maybe about a tenth) but no big deal (which I think they had mentioned beforehand).  My husband finished in 18:22, which was decent for him on a long course.

Run the runway 5k me

As I went to cool down, I promptly tripped and fell.  I have a bunch of surface wounds on my knee, elbow, and shoulder which are more obnoxious than anything.  Luckily it’s not a running injury, just as a nasty surface wound. The staff was friendly and cleaned and bandaged me up.  We cooled down and watched the airshow for a bit, which was fun!


The first race back is humbling and adding a fall made even more so. I’m happy with my results, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to consistently build upon my results.  I don’t plan to integrate a lot of speed workouts right now but find local 5ks for speed.  That was my plan in June, but life took over.  I can’t say I’ll absolutely have the time to train but I do believe I’ll have more time this fall.

Questions for you:

Have you ever run a race on a runway? 

Do you like flat races or hilly?

I like hilly half marathons but flat 5ks.

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