A Holiday Run & The “Off Season”

Miscellaneous

This past weekend was the second annual Legacy Village Jingle Bell 5K. The race was put on by the Arthritis Foundation. I kept getting coupons in my inbox for race registration, but of course when I actually went to register, the coupon had expired. Then a few days later they emailed me another one. Can’t win ‘em all I guess. The boyfriend and I ran the race last year and had a great time.

Sunday’s weather was cold. I think I felt colder then it actually was because I’m a little bit of a wimp when it comes to snow. I thought I’d warm up once the race got started, but I didn’t and by mile two my lungs ached from the cold air and my toes were still numb. The crowd was a sea of red and green and Santa hats bobbed up and down all around me. The boyfriend drew a good number of whistles from his tiny Christmas boxers that he chose to wear over some athletic shorts. It was a funny sight to see. Event staff handed out jingle bells to tuck into our shoes, but after last year I chose not to. (They bothered me too much and eventually fell off anyways.)

post race

post race

I’ll admit I’m not in the best shape at the moment. I peeked in September and have let myself relax a little since then. I try to work out three to four days a week and my diet has been here and there with the holidays. I don’t mind though. I’m enjoying myself. The beginning of November was the first time I was actually able to run completely marathon-injury free. I also have big plans for 2014, so mine as well enjoy my off season at the moment.

I’m thinking about trying to run a race every month in 2014. The only thing I’m a little hesitant of is January, February and March. I hate cold weather and running in the snow. Of course most races would be a 5K with bigger races in the warmer months. Still giving some thought to that, especially with sticking to a budget with race fees. Stay tuned.

my 2013 Race Bibs

my 2013 Race Bibs

I also have plans to run the Cleveland Half Marathon in May again. I’ve gone back and forth so much with running the full or the half. I’ve decided if I’m going to race a lot in 2014, I can’t injury myself right away from a marathon in May. It took me over two months to recover from the marathon in September and since summer is peek racing season I don’t want to be out of commission for that.

I turn 24 next week, but I don’t really mind. I’m excited for what the next year has ahead of me and I don’t think I’ve felt like this for my birthday in a few years now. Life has been pretty darn good to me lately and I can’t wait for a new year to write down all my goals for 2014. I’m also excited for the holidays and seeing friends and family.

So runners and fitness readers, is this your “off season” or “break” too? Are you a little more lenient this time of year or is there never an off season for you?

A friend sent this to me so I don't know who it belongs to, but I want one.

A friend sent this to me so I don’t know who it belongs to, but I want one.

Train all winter, race all summer.

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I think this might be the summer of races, and I’m not mad about it either.

I’ve ran a couple races the past three weeks and have so many more marked down on my calendar over the next couple months. The boyfriend and I seem to be in an official racing kind of lingo lately. There’s just something so exciting about running a race. The registering, the bib number, lining up, the mile markers, the crowds, the excitement. I love hearing pace times being yelled out, running along side complete strangers and the cheers as you sprint the last few feet into the finish line. Anyone who trains all winter on a treadmill is really missing out if they don’t run any of the races offered in the summer around Northeast Ohio. I mean we only get four nice months of weather anyways, so as a runner you better take advantage of it!

I ran a 10K in Northfield two weeks ago. You could run either a 5K or a 10K. All proceeds from the race went to stop human trafficking and it was put on by a local church. The race size was relatively small, but the route included mostly bike trail running and a few good hills. My mom walked the 5K and set a new PR for herself! I finished the 10K in just under an hour, which I was happy about. More info on the race can be found here.

Mom and I after the race.

Mom and I after the race.

Yesterday night the boyfriend and I got a group of friends together to run the Mentor Flag Day 5K. It was supposed to storm, but it actually only ended up sprinkling as everyone started to cross the finish line. The event included post race food, which was awesome. I set a new PR for my 5K time (26:45), which isn’t amazing, but the last 5K I didnt was in December and my time was 34 something, so I’ll take it. The race was on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., which I actually really liked after a long work day. This is a great family event too. More information on the race can be found here.   

America!

America!

I really wanted to run The Lake Health Half Marathon this Sunday, but the race is sold out. Why they stop accepting entries? I’m not sure, but I’m pretty bummed. Plus the race was only a cool $50 compared to other halfs AND only 15 mintues from my house, but oh well.

This week marks 16 weeks out from the Akron Marathon. I’ve tossed around the idea of trying to run the full, but it’s not set in stone yet. I’m following a bare minimum training schedule for a full, but who knows if I’ll just stick with the half instead. The mileage is way down to only 18 miles a week right now, so it’s currently no big deal. We’ll see what happens I guess!

I hope everyone is taking advantage of summer and running a few races!

Keeping Running!

The Holidays Are Coming…

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I cannot believe next week is Thanksgiving! Fall has flown by, and it has been super fun, busy and fabulous!

I’ve already begun to think about Christmas. I want to get a head start this year. My birthday is December 16, so my goal is to have all my Christmas shopping done by at least then (hopefully WAY earlier.)

Since I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest lately, I made a calendar to hang on the fridge that is marked with all these holiday crafts and activities that I want to do with my friends and family. It’s really quite pathetically hilariously.
Activities include holiday baking, caroling, random acts of kindness, deadlines for having the Christmas tree up and cards out, etc.

Can you tell I’m excited for the holidays?

Also on my holiday calendar is this 5K. A couple of my girlfriends and I are  running it on December 8. You dress up in holiday themed costumes and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces, plus proceeds go to the Arthritis Foundation. More info on the 5K can be found here.

Tonight is also the Holiday Open House in Downtown Painesville. I interned with the organization a few summers ago. The event features local businesses all around downtown and you walk around and get your “passport” stamped at all the places listed on it. Once you have visited all the places you enter your passport into three raffle gift baskets. It’s a great way to support the local area, plus there’s free refreshments at all the places, a visits from Santa and Christmas carolers. It’s going to be a really fun night. More on this event can be found here.

I hope you are just as excited as I am for the holidays. I also hope you get inspired to be festive and spend time doing fun activities with your friends and family. More importantly I hope you all realize during the next month or so just how lucky we all are to be able to celebrate the holidays. I hope we all learn to count our blessings and treat others kindly not just during Christmas, but all year round.

I’ll leave you with this Christmas classic.