Posts Tagged ‘Running’

Ocean City Police Chase 5K

Our group is growing and we are racing again.  It has been over a month since the last race, even though it seems like a lot longer, but we are back!  We participated in the Ocean City 5K Police Chase and what a beautiful view as we ran…and no I am not talking about the police, I am talking about the Atlantic Ocean 🙂

Biggest disappoint of the race…we thought we were going to actually be chasing cops…no such luck!  There was one cop at the front of the race.  And he was on a motorcyle.  How is that even a fair competition?!?  He had motorized power.  We had just our two legs.  Not fair at all and needless to say, he won.

Epic fail of the race…we ended up starting at the front of the crowd.  Let me see if I can properly describe what happened when the starting gun went off…we were bum rushed by a crowd of people.  Yup, that pretty much describes it.  Crowds of people literally began in a sprint and we were in their way.  We all managed to stay on our feet but that was a scary start and needless to say, we will not be in the front of our next race!

Great moments of the race…we all finished the race, some of the girls set personal bests in a 5K, we got to race along the Atlantic Ocean, the weather was beautiful, we learned more about Students Run Philly Style, and our goody bags included some yummy Jersey shore caramel corn!

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Training Update

The last week or so I’ve been suffering from a serious case of writers block.  I’m not sure if it is the hot temperatures, the fact that summer is imminent, or the fact that I am trying to find direction with the blog. I’ve still been running but I’ve been struggling to find the inspiration to write about the running.

But I digress, here is an update on our training…

Our next race is Saturday, June 12th and fortunately this race is a 5K so training wise I feel ready.  We ran six miles this weekend so we should be able to manage 3 miles for the race.

The real training is for the Philadelphia Down & Dirty race coming in July.  The race is a 10K so as long as we continue to run the 6 miles we’ll be ready for the distance…the twist is all the obstacles included in the race!  I don’t know what all will be included but I know there are five-foot hurdles, something called “slick mountain” and a mud pit.  We were told that we should be strength training to prepare so now several days a week Jillian Michael’s kicks my butt with her 30 Day Shred.

And so we press forward and continue training…and hopefully I’ll break out of this writer’s block soon!

p.s. More is coming as a follow-up to the school lunch series

Broad Street Run: Pre-Race

Yesterday we ran our first “big” race…and I’m proud to say that I finished!  However before we get into the actual race (coming in Wednesday’s post) let me give you a run-down of everything pre-race.

First off I am so proud to say that not only did we decide we wanted to run in the 2010 Broad Street Run, but we mapped out our training schedule and stuck to the schedule.  There were definitely times during the last couple of months where I wanted to just stay at home and skip a run, but now I am so glad that I didn’t!

The morning of the race we got up at 5:15am (that’s more than an hour before I normally get up, so that was early!) so that we could be up to the starting line on time.  And boy am I glad that we got there early.  I think it really helped make the whole experience to be there as the runners began streaming in to the warm-up area.  Arriving early also gave us the chance to scope out the runners.  Including…

-The runner in the neon green fan suit (seriously, you have to check out the link to follow appreciate what this guy was wearing)

-The runners in super hero costumes

-Runners who look like they have not bought new running clothes since I started kindergarten in the late ’80’s

And best of all it gave me the opportunity to be the first person to use a port-a-potty.  Now I don’t know if you’ve ever had the opportunity to use a port-a-potty at a race, but let me tell you…there is NOTHING pleasant about the experience.  But today I have to admit that I did feel a little better when I walked in my chosen port-a-potty and discovered the rolls of toilet paper had not even been unopened.  So while I still do not enjoy this experience, I have to admit that if you have to use one, this is the way to go!

Pre-Race

Come Unity 6K Run

This past weekend we ran in our second race this year.  We participated in the Come Unity 6K Run for water.  The facts we learned at the race about the need for clean water in Africa were startling and it was eye-opening to fully comprehend that the distance we ran today is the distance that many women and children in Africa walk on a daily basis to get clean water for the families.  Money raised from the race helps to fund the building of new water wells in Africa.

As for the running aspect of the race…this race felt a lot better in terms of endurance than the race a month ago.  Even in just a month I can tell that I am able to run longer distances.  HOWEVER, one incredibly difficult aspect of the race were the hills on the course! The course started off with a big hill and then were several more smaller hills throughout the remainder of the course.

So lesson learned today…check out the race course before race day!

Race stats…
6K – 34:08 minutes – 25th place overall

Also, on a positive note…I think we’ve added a new member to the group…welcome Juli!  Glad you could run with us today

Mile Marker Musings Part 3

I know that I am not a meteorologist…BUT I had always assumed that if you set off running west and the wind is blowing at you head on, then when you turn back for the second half of your run and run east then the wind should be blowing from behind propelling you forward…NOT SO!!!  I would like to hear from a real meteorologist why this is so but I all I know is that one particularly windy run last week the run blew at us head on, both ways…in my opinion this is strange, very strange.

I need to invest in a running water bottle.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m blonde, but I CAN NOT unscrew a water bottle AND run at the same time… I just can’t.  So my choices are either run dehydrated or invest in a running water bottle…I think I’ll shell out the money and stay hydrated.

Coming this weekend…

Saturday, April 17th  – Philadelphia Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale…this event is going to be amazing!  The list of food bloggers participating continues to grow and all of the food sounds delicious!  Stop by and support Share Our Strength by buying a baked treat between 10am-3pm at A Full Plate in Northern Liberties

Sunday, April 18th – Come Unity 6K Run – We are running to raise awareness for the need for water wells in Africa.  Women there walk a 6K each day to get water for their households, so we are running the 6K to represent that distance.

A run without an Ipod

This weekend we were scheduled to do a 7-mile run.  We are just three short weeks away from the Broad Street Run so we are slowly working our way towards running those 10-miles.  Kim, Sara and I met up to go running and after we were at the trail and ready to run I was suddenly struck by a terrible thought…I had left my Ipod at home.  The thought of running 7-miles without an Ipod was similar to how I feel when it’s time to give blood…absolute and utter dread.  How would I possibly run that far without music?  Only listening to the sound of my breathing, the cars passing by and my feet pounding the pavement.

Well, not only did I survive but we ran 7-1/2 miles.  And even better…it was AMAZING!  I finished that run and I was struck by how much I really enjoy running.  My life is crazy busy…grad school, two jobs, volunteering, the list goes on, but when I lace up my shoes and set out on a run I get a break from it all.  Granted when I get back the emails and texts have piled up, but while I’m out there I don’t have to try and multi-task like I do the rest of my day…for that hour I get to simply run.  And it is for that reason that my run without the ipod was my best run in months.

Side note…trying to figure out if P90X would be a good investment…

Philadelphia Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale

The Philly Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale is coming this Saturday and I’m looking forward to all of the yummy treats bloggers and bakers are bringing.  It’s a good thing I’ve been running a lot lately to compensate for the calories I will end up consuming this Saturday!

The sale will benefit Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States.  Funds raised through the Great American Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America by helping fund afterschool and summer feeding programs.

The Philly Food Bloggers Bake Sale will be held this Saturday from 10am-3pm at A Full Plate on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties.  A Full Plate is located at 1009 N. Bodine St, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

If you are not able to attend the Bake Sale you can still donate to the cause by going to our team page and making a secure online donation.

Check out links to some of the bloggers that will be participating in this great event…once you see the food featured on their sites, you will not want to miss the Bake Sale!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels from RhodeyGirl Tests

Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Glaze from The Sunday Flog

Black Cocoa & Orange Zest Brownies from No Counterspace

Whole Grain Apple Pie Pockets from Apples and Cheese, Please

And seriously, that is only the beginning of the list!  Just thinking about all those amazing treats reminds me that I need to lace up and head out for a run!

Mile Marker Musings Part 2

I have discovered as we run that we think about so many different things.  Some of them are totally random, some make sense, and some are just downright bizarre.  Sharing all of our random musings seems like a good way to wrap up the week…

Me (Julie)…This week I learned that I run with my left fist open and right fist clenched.  I have no idea why but I know that the result is a sweaty, clammy right palm…and that’s annoying.

Janelle…ugh!  I wish I had new knees like Jamie Summers from the Bionic Woman.  Ok, I just dated myself because some of you have no idea what I’m talking about.  I’m just thankful that I can still run or I should say walk really fast.

Sara…It is really hot out when we run and it is just going to get hotter…bikers scare me…enjoying admiring God’s creation!…I like running in the winter because you can always add clothes but summer means just being hot.

I couldn’t agree more with Sara’s last thought…in the winter if you throw on a couple of layers and start running you’ll be warm up and be fine.  This time of year is a whole different story!  There are only so many layers you can take off and it’s just downright hot.  I may have complained some about having to bundle up in the winter to go running but that was only because we hadn’t yet trained in the summer.  Next December if I start whining, someone remind me of today’s post!

Side note…today’s run is supposed to be 7 miles.  I’m hoping it doesn’t run because the Broad Street Run (the 10-mile race we’re training for) is in just three weeks!

Coming Monday…Updated details on the Philly Food Bloggers Bake Sale…you’ll definitely want to check out some of the blogs that will be participating!

Runner’s Diet

This post is really more of a work in progress than a summary of what has already happened.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about wanting to run smarter.  I wasn’t sure what all this entailed but I knew that in order to continue increasing our training we were going to have to get smarter about how we were going about this…knowing how to strength train, what to eat, when to eat, the best workout gear, etc.

Sara found this great article detailing a Runner’s Diet.  Essentially, according to the runners diet, 50% of the calories consumed in a day need to come from carbohydrates, 25% need to come from protein and 25% need to come from fats.  Each meal does not have to be distributed in the same way but the calories in a day need to be distributed according to those percentages.  And so we begin.   We’ve sat down and made a chart and cards to help us track what foods we should be eating, when we should be eating them and what foods we’ve actually eaten.

Implementing this will be a process.  We will not be successful overnight, nor will this be easy and yet I believe that it will be well worth the effort. As we figure out how this diet works I’ll keep the blog updated with our progress.

p.s. I still love baking and cooking so all of the great recipes that I find on my favorite blogs to try out will simply need to find homes willing to take them…this could be good news for many of my friends!

Phillies Phanatic Scavenger Hunt

I love running.  I really do, but you should know that even more than running I love baseball.  More specifically I love the Philadelphia Phillies.  Today is opening day for the Phillies of the 2010 baseball season and I am excited about what this season has in store.  So combining my love of baseball and running, I have discovered a way to make my runs through the city more interesting.

When I was out running last week I saw a huge Penske truck unloading what looked to be a statue of the Phillies famous mascot the Phanatic.  I did some inquiring and found out that the Phillies have a great project this season…Phanatic Around Town! The Phillies have put up twenty Phanatic statues throughout the city decorated my local artists and representing the locations where the statues have been erected.

And so I begin a journey while I’m training for all of these races…to find all 20 of the statues.

Here I am with the first one at Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row…only 19 left!  If you find a statue let me know so I can set off running to check it out!

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