Lordy! Just when I wanted to get back on a roll with blogging, that nasty-ass winter ick tried to beat me down. I spent two hours in the ER this morning around 3am :( Apparently my eardrum hadn’t bursted … until now. WOW, worst pain in my life. It really scared me because I couldn’t hear very well outside of that ear and I was almost nauseous. Anyway, two hours, one bottle of stronger antibiotics and one bottle of Vicodin later … I’m a pretty happy camper ;)
Last time I mentioned my fitness goal for this summer : to run five 5k races! For those of you who haven’t been around since the beginning of this little blog of mine, I ran my first 5k a couple of years back. (Sweet video of me crying in that post, FYI. lol)
It was such a life changing experience. Going from the mindset of “I’m too fat to run, EVER” to meeting my goal of running a 5k in under 45minutes really gave me an enormous boost of self-confidence and pride in myself. A lot has happened since then: graduating, moving, getting pregnant, etc. I’ve gone back to my pre-runner weight, and honestly, a little of that pre-runner mindset. I’m so looking forward to starting the momentum again!
So here I go! I’ve got my five 5ks picked out. If you live around these races (I’m talking to YOU Ivy, Dessie, Sarah!) you should probably run them with me :)
#1 : “Ronald Runs” 5k | May 8th | Iowa City : This will be a great opening 5k for me. The proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House (yay kids!) and the race is casual and fun. It winds through the hospital area in Iowa City and a beautiful golf course. Kids, pets, strollers, walkers, everyone is welcome! I would love to bust out the jogging stroller for this one and take The Little One with me! Even Foxy Fiance says he’ll come along!
#2: “Dam to Dam” 5k | June 4th | Des Moines : The Dam to Dam holds a special place in my heart. This was my 1st and only 5k, so I really want to beat my previous record (42 minutes) here. This is an enormous event in Des Moines – making it the largest 1/2 Marathon in the entire nation! The 5k has over two thousand participants. It’s usually hot and fast – winding through downtown and ending along the river.
#3: “Midnight Madness” 5k | July 9th | Ames : My old stomping grounds! I went to college in Ames, and was always envious of the runners in this city. Ames is kind of known for their unique races to get the college kids involved. This race is at night! It starts around 10pm (with several race lengths) and ends at Bandshell park with all the pasta you can eat! There’s lots of people and a band usually plays as well. It’s basically one big midnight party :)
#4: “Willowwind Fun Run” 5k | August 6th | Iowa City : I hope to make this my fundraising race. Willowwind is an amazing private school in Iowa City. They put an enormous amount of time, money, and effort into establishing school that focuses on the arts. Iowa has had many public grade schools have to cut out their art/music programs entirely. This fun run is to help raise money and awareness to keep this school running and providing it’s students with an amazing education. In a perfect world, my Little One would go to this school. Tuition is pretty crazy, so I’m not sure that will be possible. If I can’t help with tuition, I certainly can run a few miles for a good cause!
#5: “Seawall to Seawall” 5k | September 3rd | Clear Lake : I’m most excited for this race, because I’ll be running it with my brother’s girlfriend, Ivy, and my step-mom Deb. Which means they can’t back out – now that you’ve all read this ;) It takes place at Clear Lake, a community in northern Iowa. It’s beautiful, quaint, and always a good relaxing time. I love that their name echo’s “Dam to Dam,” but more lake-verbage. :D September sounds like a great time to run a race, weather-wise. Also, I’ll be getting married one month later! What better way to blow off some steam and get away for the weekend.
What do you think? Sounds like a good variety, right? Even if I have to walk part or all of these races, I still want to complete them with pride. Remember my theme this year? Determination. I’m making big goals, and doing everything I can to complete them! I plan to start up the Couch to 5k plan, which I did back with my 1st 5k. Once this sickness is over, it’s just me, my nike plus system, and the open road :D
Do you have any goals for running season?
Anyone else fighting off a winter ick??