I CAUGHT THE RUNNING BUG

5K Races Columbia SCI’ve been MIA for a while because I have been suffering from the running bug..lol. Ok, that’s not the real reason why have have been MIA but I thought it was a great excuse. Honestly I haven’t made the time to blog, create, or share recipes. A 9 year old soccer player has taken over my life. I wouldn’t trade it for the world but I just have to find a balance. I’ll write more about finding balance in a separate post.

Running has always been something that I did every now and then. My previous employer had a running club where you paid a $25 fee for the year and they paid your entry fee for just about any local race. I ran more then but that was back in ’09. On a whim, I signed up for the Women’s Heart & Sole 5 Miler in 2015(top right pic) and decided to let Amiyah run with me. She had never ran a race before and I drag her out of bed early for a 5 mile run…yikes! She was a trooper, dnt only was it 5 miles but it was raining that morning and continued throughout the entire race but it was very well worth it!

We ran/walked at her pace because since she hadn’t done any training for the race I didn’t want to put too much pressure on her. We crossed the finish line together at 1:00:03 and grabbed our medal, rose and chocolate covered strawberries at the finish line. This is one of the best races that we run, mainly because its for bad a%% women ONLY, so no men allowed! 🙂

Heart and sole 5 miler

Fast forward 1 year and 7 additional races under our belt(including a 5K at Castaway Cay- Disney’s private island in the Bahamas) and we are back at the Women’s Heart & Sole for 2016. I managed to persuade a group of bad a&& women to run with us and it was lots of fun! We had beautiful weather and we managed to shave a few minutes off of our time from the previous year. Amiyah crossed at 47:48 & I crossed at 48:17. Normally she’ll wait for me but because I beat her in the previous race, she made sure she beat me in this one. She definitely gets her competitive genes from me!

In one of the races(Run For the Troops 5K) I placed 3rd in my age group…woohoo! Amiyah and I were headed to the car but still listening to the age group announcements and when I heard my name we took off running towards the stage and laughed the entire way in disbelief! We were both shocked. She would have won in her age group but I didn’t “officially” sign her up. In most of the races she has placed first in her age group. Including in the below pic, the Savannah Women’s 5K. Her age category was 19 and under so not bad if I do say so myself

Savannah Womens Half 5kWhat I enjoy most about running and I think what keeps me signing up for races is that fact that we can do them together and she enjoys it! We aren’t able to do as many because of her full soccer schedule but when we have a free weekend we try to take advantage of that. I have to admit that I’m now obsessed with getting a finishers medal at the finish line. I may not win my age group but I at least want a little bling to take home. 🙂 #willrunforbling

Race Medal Bling

One observation is that I do need to do better with training for these races. I’ll admit I normally don’t train much but I have been doing some cross training on my Peloton bike. My next race is June 4th, Sweat It Out 2016 and I’ll be doing this one solo!

Are you a runner? Do you have any tips to share?

XO Selena