- The Sweat Your Thorns Off Virtual 5k @ The Boring Runner
- The Beat The Heat Virtual 5k @ Running Through Life
I've been trying to cram in as many 5ks as I can this summer because it is soooooooo hot and I work all day in the sun, which makes it really hard to convince myself to go out and run. At least with races, I won't back out. Anyways, I went searching for a 5k for this weekend a while ago and came across the Boring Runner's 5k. I've never seen his blog before, and the race looked like a lot of fun, so I signed up immediately. Then, Kayla from Running through Life posted about her virtual 5k that same weekend. After my last virtual race that I hosted, Kayla emailed me about wanting to do one of her own, and I had been really excited for hers to come up. So that's how I ended up signed up for two races at the same time, and I decided to run one 5k and count it for both because it's too darn hot here.
Both of the races had a heat-related theme and my run didn't fail at living up to those names. Here's the forecast for next week, which is supposed to be cooler than it has been, but you get the idea.
|You're kidding right weatherman?|
|Me in my beat the heat bib|
|The super cute beat the heat bib|
|sweat your thorns off bib pic|
|My "sweaty" pic haha|
|The sweat your thorns off bib|
- First 5k without walking - I've never run a whole 5k before (without walking breaks), and for some reason I could last night. It felt amazing!
- First 5k in Vibrams - I tried running the 5k in my toe shoes last night and it felt pretty good. No aches or pains and I ran farther than usual. I will say they take more work than other shoes since they use other muscles, but I've heard this goes away before too long. I'm really falling in love with these shoes. When I bought them I thought I would only use them for very short training runs, and now I'm debating wearing them in my half marathons. After wearing these, regular running shoes feel so heavy and uncomfortable.
- First near-death running experience - I run at night in my neighborhood sometimes to avoid heat because my neighborhood is gated and there are virtually no cars around here at night... Until last night. A car came flying around the corner and almost hit me so I jumped off the road to get out of the way. BAD idea. I landed in a pile of pebbles and junk from some construction going on and got a rock in my shoe and the blisters to prove it. Oh well!
- First time using Runkeeper - I used the Runkeeper app on my iPhone last night (mostly because my Garmin wasn't charged). I liked the app a lot. It allows you to listen to your music and interrupts at predetermined intervals (I chose every 5 minutes) to provide you with your choice of data (I chose distance and average pace). I think my Garmin is probably much more accurate and it's a little easier to use because it's on your wrist and sweat doesn't affect your ability to touch buttons (like it does a touch screen) but it was also nice to have information automatically relayed to me and not have to look so much.
Thanks guys for hosting these great races. It was a blast and I can't wait to hear how everyone else did!