A few days ago, I took a much needed complete day off of waitressing, and this is what I did instead. Brandon and I signed up to run a 5k–which is only 3.1 miles. Well…if you haven’t been running consistently 3-4x/week, you may not get the time you want to run it in. So I’ve been running when I can with my running gear, but still not enough to break any of my own records. So I thought I’d just wing it and see how I do in hopes for the best. To my surprise, I did much much better than expected.
9/29/07 Hit the Brixx 5k ran in 30:30
10/06/07 Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure 33:15 (I remember this instinctively being PACKED with people and I blame my slower chip time on that).
11/03/07 Dowd YMCA 5k 30:06
08/29/09 Greek Festival 5k 36:00 (slowest time yet…taking 2 years off is a factor here)
06/18/11 Summer Breeze 5k 33:20 (As you can see, a much improved time since 09, but still not quite as fast as I was in 07)
Brandon’s chip time for Summer Breeze 5k was 24:00–which is awesome!! I was so proud of him and he was so proud of me, b/c I wasn’t expecting to break 35min!
This is my favorite tip from Angela (OhSheGlows)
5. Boot it: Expect to haul majah booty during the last few minutes! No matter how fast I try to run during the first 90% of the run, I always have to make up for lost time during the last few minutes. And anyways, it’s fun to sprint hard the last bit! I often have negative splits when running short distances with tough goals…it literally forces you to run faster at the end.
I did exactly this during my race and killed it at the end of the race. I believe that’s how I broke 34minutes was finding every last bit of energy left in my body and sprinting thru the finish line. I told Brandon after the race, that I felt like everyone at the finish line was clapping for me and yelling my name! haha…funny
Hiking the trails at Wilson’s Creek
So after running our 5k, I was still determined to go to Wilson’s Creek, a wilderness and hiking area in North Carolina. At the end of the hiking trail there is an awesome waterfall you can climb down into and sit at with beach blankets, so we were excited to do that at the end of the hike. We got our puppy life jacket, water bottles, sandwiches for the ride, and backpacks and were ready for our hike!
Brandon and Lacey led the way thru the trail. I liked to follow in Brandon’s footsteps behind him to make sure I was stepping in the correct spots on the path. Wrong false move and I was slipping on a slippery rock and breaking my knee…again.
Apparently Lacey’s been here before in her past doggie life. She led the entire way there to the waterfall, like she knew right where to take us.
Today was Lacey’s big day to get as dirty as she wanted to. Many times when we go out for walks I pull her back and have her avoid walking through mud and rolling around in worms…but today was her day and she was allowed to do all that, if she wanted to.
There were several other dogs, kids, and families around hiking and at the waterfall.
I saw a stream so I knew we were getting closer to the waterfall, so we kept hiking…
and kept hiking….
and hiking…past a smaller waterfall…
Until…we finally made it!!!
First things first, the little one needed her life jacket put on, and I’m not talking about me.
Lacey must have known we were taking her for an adventure, because she didn’t fuss at all with us about putting this contraption on her. She just let us, like she’s worn it before.
Now to get down to where the waterfall is from the trail, you must climb down a large rock backwards and hold onto a rope connected to a tree with both hands. We weren’t sure how we were going to get Lacey down at this point….but good thing she had a handle to hold on to her with at the top of her life jacket! I watched Brandon carry her down then back up the steep rock like he was carrying a briefcase! He was very gentle and careful with the sweet girl of course, so she wasn’t jostled around.