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Steel Pier Classic 5k + Celebrating

With Global Running Day to celebrate this week, I’ve been busy but that’s no excuse to skip a race report.  Last Sunday I ran the Steel Pier Classic 5k.  It’s part of the annual Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo surfing competition and very beachy art show that take place at the south end of Virginia Beach’s boardwalk.  This was the first time I’ve participated and it was a completely last minute decision when I registered on Friday afternoon.

The over an out and back race was small, barely over 200 runners, including vacationers and out of towers who wanted to tackle 3.1 miles of boardwalk.  I ran the mile from my house to the start as warm up then a few strides and some mobility to finish getting ready.  It was, of course, the first morning of the year things were really humid and sticky.  My warm up had been decent and I wasn’t expecting much after nailing the ‘what not to do the day before racing’ list Saturday.  Wrapping up a day of biking three miles, walking over a mile and spending 3.5 hours on my feet at a wedding less than 12 hours before race time definitely isn’t ideal.  Did I mention steel pier classic 5kI’d already run all of y weekly miles?  I had.

The Steel Pier Classic 5k started unceremoniously right on time and I quickly settled into a mildly uncomfortable pace thanks to the humidity.  I had to dodge a few walkers and dogs on leashes on my way out and it was definitely distracting.  There were a few men in front of me as we turned back toward the finish but I was first female by a pretty large steel pier classic 5kmargin.  Right around Mile 2 my right leg got a little upset with the slanted surface and I slowed a tiny bit.  No need to push things or get hurt.  Hearing the people I had run around on the way out yell cheers of ‘go girl’ and ‘first female’ helped me smile and remember to have fun on a less than amazing run.  I eased through the last mile to cross the finish line as first female in 22:21.

I got a medal, a trophy and a squinty eyed photo after downing two bottle of water and jogging a barefoot cool down.  Winning the female division, seventh overall, on a hot morning with tired legs felt good and I’m looking forward to fresher legs for this weekend’s OK5K.  It was a good way to kick off a light week of training that included a Global Running Day fun run with my best running friends and J&A Racing.global running dayMeredith

How did you celebrate Global Running Day?  Do you ever run a 5k on vacation?

Global Running Day!

Wednesday is National Running Day.  At least it used to be.  Starting this year it’s Global Running Day or World Running Day and that’s just fine with me.  Everyone who loves to run, no matter how fast or slow, short distance or global running daylong, should have an opportunity to share that passion with others.  In accordance with that opportunity, I’ve joined a fun link-up where a group of Sweat Pink bloggers will be sharing our feeling with you.  You can check out all of the great responses here, on Kristen’s blog, JonesInForaRun.

Why do you run?  Lots of reasons!  It’s fun, it helps me relax, it’s a place to make friends, it challenges me and pushes me to see what my body can do.  It’s an excuse to be outside and appreciate the weather, no matter what it is.  Sometimes I run for those who can’t and sometimes I run to clear my head.  No matter what the reason, I’m always happy at the end.

How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?  I’ll be attending J&A Racing’s Global Running Day Celebration and racking up a few miles with a bunch of my best running friends before enjoying some food and drink.

How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?  As of May 30, I have run 517 miles with no mileage goal for the year.  I think having one two years ago actually hurt my training because it made me feel pressured to get in a certain number of miles each week instead of listening to my body and following a flexible training plan.  My goals in 2016 are quality workouts and faster races.

What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?  I finished my first marathon even though it wasn’t pretty and am looking towards new PRs at 5k, 10k and the half marathon distances this fall

Before I leave for a run I must have:  Water.  I can do without shoes, a watch or a tank top.  I can run in a bathing suit or sunglasses instead of a visor.  Fasted runs have their place, too.  What I can’t live without is water.

Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?  I track 97% of my running using my Garmin and Garmin Connect.  The ones that get left out are the repeats included in Crossfit workouts and watch-less recovery outings.  I’ll guesstimate those miles and add them on but I’m not picky about it.

Who is your favorite running partner?  It varies.  Because of my work schedule I run the majority of my workouts alone.  I really like running with the sunrise or sunset but any of my running friends are just right.

What races have you run so far this year?  Mississippi Blues Half Marathon, First Light Half Marathon, One City Marathon, ODU Big Blue 5k, EquiKids 5k, Coastal Delaware Half Marathon, Hot Chocolate 15k and Rock the Parkway Half Marathon.

If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?  Have fun.  Appreciate that you can run when there are lots of people who can’t.

Describe your relationship with running in one word:  Perfect.


How are you celebrating Global Running Day?