Race Report: Running with Ollie Virtual 4 Mile Fun Run and Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday I joined Lea and Ollie from Running with Ollie in a virtual 4 mile run and scavenger hunt. The best part of a virtual run in you can do it anywhere and anytime! I grabbed my shoes and Gracie, and we headed out on a beautiful fall day on the Katy Trail. I took Gracie on the first 2.5 miles of our 4 mile run. I have her on the Couch to 5k program to increase her endurance, so we completed a run from our week 3 workout. I always let her dictate needed stops for important sniffs or business. When a dog’s gotta go, a dog’s gotta go. She did really well on this run. After we completed the Couch to 5k run, I took her back inside and headed out to complete the remaining 1.5 miles on my own. My lungs felt strong, my legs felt strong, but there was an ache in my left knee. I lengthened my stride to ease the pressure and completed the race. I’ll be sure to watch this and make sure it doesn’t become an issue. For the scavenger hunt, we were looking to photograph the following items: something beautiful,...
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Race Report: Plano Balloon 5k

Last weekend I participated in the Plano Balloon Festival 5k in Plano, TX. My goal for this race was to not race (huh??). I know that might sound odd, but sometimes it’s nice to take the pressure off and just enjoy your time out there. I decided my first race at the Plano Balloon Festival 5k would be determined by Gracie’s walking speed. I invited my friend Novia of the Texan Triathlete to join us on our Sunday stroll. We ran into another friend along the course, who joined us for the last 1.5 miles of the walk. It was so nice shooting the breeze with friends, sharing good laughs, and getting to chat with fellow walkers. We met so many nice people along the course. There was an older gentleman wearing a shirt that said “WHY ARE YOU CHASING ME?” on the back. He was a retired marathoner due to age and stress-related injuries, but I loved that he was still out there giving it his best speed walk. They were groups of families and friends enjoying a walk or an alternating walk-jog. I saw a father with his young daughter jogging along at her speed. She was having...
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Life Planning

Mondays usually bring up thoughts of ‘what now?’ and ‘what’s next?’. A fresh start to the week makes me want to start planning ahead. Being in last three months of the year also lets me know next year is right around the corner. I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time recently doing what I call “life planning.” Planning helps me feel prepared and in control, and hey…I like being in control (there I said it!) “I can control my destiny, but not my fate.” -Paulo Coelho The three biggest items I want to plan for are: Which races I want to compete in 2015 Planning time off work around races and vacations in 2015 Financially preparing for upcoming expenses including races I have an idea of a distance for my goal race in 2015, but I can’t seem to find the right combination of time of year and location. Choosing this goal race will help me back into my training plan. Until I have that goal race identified, I’m withholding the desired distance. I know as soon as I write and say it, I will be fully committed. But until then, it’s going to continue to float around in my head...
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