Leprechaun 5 Miler Race Recap

Also known as: the race I almost didn’t run, but thank goodness I did. Also known as: the race I took Uber to.

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Alright, so let me paint this picture for you. The race started at 9AM and the start was 1.3 miles from my home. It was cold (about 42 degrees) and rainy. I woke up that morning, having barely done any real training for the race, and immediately thought about not showing up.

It was cold. And I was tired. And I didn’t have a plan of how to get to the race. And I couldn’t find my SpiBelt to stash all my things in.

^  TL;DR- I didn’t want to race.

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Charging my Garmin and music the morning of. I was so prepared.

But, once my loving boyfriend informed me that I was, indeed, going to run and I was going to do great (which I didn’t believe) I decided to call myself an Uber (the race provided a code for a free Uber ride!) I even treated myself to a black car (instead of Uber X) because my first ride was freeeeeee!

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Pro Tip: Put your hair in a bun if it’s going to be rainy, otherwise your hair will be one giant dreadlock. Also, I don’t like braid ponies because they whip me in my face. #wannabeballarina

I tried out a new bib placement since it would have been too bulky with my jacket if I placed it on my torso. I didn’t have any problems with it being on my leg, in fact, I really liked having it there!

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When I got there, everyone seemed super excited about the race.

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Just kidding, we all hung out under a bridge near the start until the MC begged us all to come over to the start line at 8:50.

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My people. *PS the race posted pictures, but the link isn’t working, so I may have pictures at some point, but until then, just enjoy my photography skills. I call this one “Lone Volunteer in the Slow-ish Corral”

Special shout out to all of the volunteers who made this event possible. It sucks to run in the rain, but it’s gotta suck more to stand/ volunteer in it.

My whole race strategy (which I came up with on my way to the race) was to keep it steady for the first 3 miles and then try to pick up the pace on the last 2. It was an out and back course which I like (sometimes) because then you know exactly what is coming. Plus, you get to see the super fast people on their way back, while you’re still chugging along.

I thought I was totally going to crash during this race. Miles 2 & 3 felt hard while mile 4 stretched on F O R E V E R. But going into the 5th mile I realized I still had some energy in me!

These 2 girls in tutus and I had been neck and neck for a while, but into the last mile they made a surge to pass me. I thought about letting them pass, but then I remembered what my old cross country coach (whom I hated, just to be clear) used to say: “If someone makes a surge to pass you, stay on them, chances are they’re just surging to pass you, then they’ll slow down again, and you’ll be stuck staring at their back for the rest of the race.”

So I surged with them. And I’m so glad I did. It gave me the mental edge to keep pushing myself hard for that last mile. Eventually, in the last 400, I picked up my pace even more and left both of the tutu ladies behind and sprinted for the end.

My last mile was 8:45/mile.

My official finishing time was 45:37.53. 9:07/mile

That’s a PR for me! I mean, this was my first 5 miler, so anything would have been a PR, but that pace is close to last year’s 5K pace for me, so that’s exciting!

My Garmin’s timing was a little slower because I started it a hair too soon and ended it after I crossed the finish line, but it was ON POINT (or do we say “on fleek” now?) in the distance category. And the race started exactly on time.

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So many round numbers. Some obsessive people have to be happy about this picture.

So, the moral of this story is, sometimes we can surprise ourselves, and sometimes, running the races that we don’t want to run, are the ones we should run the most. Also, I really like the 5 mile distance :-p

Have you ever totally not wanted to run but then ended up doing amazing?

Planning Vs. Doing- Leprachaun 5 Miler Tomorrow

Guyssss I’m nervous :-0 I have my first race of 2015 and in true fashion, I haven’t really prepared for it.

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-Said no one ever

Not to mention it is supposed to rain tomorrow 😦 and I will probably end up walking the 1.3 miles to the start line because there’s no good way for me to get there, unless I hail a cab or call an Uber…maybe I’ll do that?? I have no idea how I will get there tomorrow.

Luckily, it’s only 5 miles, and while it may not be the best 5 miles of my life, I at least know that I can finish that distance. And, this is at least solidifying my prior thoughts that I should NOT sign up for any long races this year.

Really, I just love planning things. I was the person who played the Sims just to build the houses and decorate. My Sims would always wet themselves and starve to death or cry from not having any friends because I couldn’t take care of them. I’m much better at the planning to do things rather than DOING the things.

So aside from my rainy, terrible 5 miler on Saturday morning, I’m hoping to go see this movie in the afternoon.

If you’re as obsessed with ballet as I am, then this movie looks super good, right??? I’ll probably end up seeing it alone though, that’s what happens when you have 1 friend (and they have a life).

Just kidding, I actually like going to the movies alone. I’ve only gone alone once (to see Looper) and it was kind of awesome. I highly recommend everyone tries going to the movies alone at least once.

Aside from the movies, my boyfriend and I are going to his family’s place Saturday night for dinner so things are probably gonna get CRAAAZY. Just kidding, that’s my side of the family where things get crazy and weird 🙂

Most Reyes gatherings as they go into the night

Sunday I will be desperately trying to find a dress for my best friend’s wedding which is at the end of the month! I’m like a quasi-bridesmaid (since she’s not having bridesmaids) so I’m super confused if I have any perimeters of what I should wear. It seems like every suitable dress is either black or white. Neither of which are colors I think I can wear! (Well, definitely not white at least).

Anyone know of any good places to buy a dress (in person)? Have you ever gone to the movies alone? What movie?

I Have Workout ADD

I have self-diagnosed Workout ADD. I can’t help it. I start a workout, I fall in love and say THIS IS IT. This is what I was meant to do for the rest of my life. I’m all like

Then, after a few months, I find a new thing and I’m all like

First it was yoga, then pilates, then spinning, then Lithe Method, then Tone It Up, then Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide and now Ballet Beautiful. So this is something we all just have to get used to. I have workout ADD.

Currently, I’m still loving Tone It Up, Kayla Itsine’s BBG, and I’m REALLY loving Ballet Beautiful right now.

What I’m loving most about Ballet Beautiful is how low impact it is. These past couple of weeks I have been majorly stressed out and it’s been permeating every aspect of my life. I feel anxious when I’m at home and I feel rundown at work. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day, so it’s been really difficult to wake up and try to workout in the morning or work up the energy to workout when I get home. The thought of doing some of the super strenuous routines I’ve been doing (looking at you BBG) would make me curl back up in bed, even though I’ve been seeing great results with them.

Enter, Ballet Beautiful. I first tried Ballet Beautiful on BeFit’s YouTube channel a while ago and I really liked it. So much so that I bought the first Ballet Beautiful DVD- The 60 Minute Classic workout (which is still my favorite of all the DVDs).

With the start of the new year I hit a major health book craze, and I saw that Mary Helen Bowers, founder of Ballet Beautiful, had her own book about living Ballet Beautiful. When I bought the book off of Amazon, I also bought 3 more of her DVDs (I told you, I was, and still am, in a craze).

I’ll be honest with you, the book is okay. The meat of the book is a page by page guide of different workout routines to do, but usually paper workout routines, especially for complicated (to me) moves and combinations, don’t really work for me. Instead, I find it helpful to follow along with her on the DVDs instead.

I loved reading about her time with the New York City Ballet, though. MHB just seems to have this quiet elegance to her that I’m really drawn to. She makes having a healthy, balanced lifestyle look easy and simple. And surprisingly, I don’t hate her for that.

I just signed up for her custom workout option on her website and I’m excited to try it out this month. It’s $39.99 a month, but since I don’t pay for a gym membership, I give myself some flexibility in what I spend on fitness DVDs, programs, books, or online memberships.

I’ll write up a review about the custom workout option once I’ve had some more time to play around with things.

As for right now, Ballet Beautiful is adding some much needed zen to my workouts. There are plenty of times when I want to go hard when I workout and I want sweat dripping down my face and my legs to reach muscle failure, but then again, there are times when I just want a deep, slow burn that gets into my muscles and leaves me feeling sore yet refreshed. So far, Ballet Beautiful is doing just that!

Do your workout preferences change as much as mine do? What program (if any) are you currently following?