Warm Your Heart 5K Race Recap

Indoor 5K. I think running laps, but the website said a one loop course. I kind of think that was a lie. No, we did not run in circles, but we did have something like 20+ 180 degree turns. The picture below doesn’t really do it justice.

The race didn’t start until 9:00am which meant no early wake-up. Of course my body hates me and I woke up at 6:00. I took my sweet time getting ready and then we drove into Chicago. Early Sunday morning is probably one of the easiest times to get into the city. Parking and getting to the race were both easy. Mo and I walked in and looked around and started staring at each other:

  • What did we get ourselves into?
  • I guess this is something different?
  • I blame you. (me to Mo)
  • OMG, are we really doing this?
  • Hmm, where is the start?
  • What about the finish?

These comments/questions were mostly from both of us. We decided to sit on the floor and just wait. We finally checked out bags after taking off all our layers. I think my most frequent comment at races this year has been, “I don’t want to take my pants off”.

We wandered over to the start which appeared to be a mess, but really wasn’t. They had one area for people running 6:00 and 7:00 minute miles and then one that was 8:00 – 12:00 minute miles. We immediately put ourselves in the first area. I planned on running 7:45s or faster so we went to the back of the fast group. Turns out that was wave 1. It was great to just get to go. They started the waves 2 minutes apart so it wasn’t too crowded on the crazy course.

Mile 1: 7:23 (oops)
Mile 2: 7:38 (much better)
Mile 3: 7:44 (I blame mile 1)
Finish: 23:48 (7:40 pace)

Sub 24! Sub 24! That’s all I really wanted. I know I said I wanted a PR, but this was not a PR course and I ended up being 5 one hundredths of a second off my PR. And this gets me into Corral B for the Shamrock Shuffle. I am very happy with this and think it was a great test of where I am at right now.

Next up: Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans 3/4/12


Warm Your Heart 5K Goals and Thoughts

It’s that time again. This is my first race of 2012 that I have high expectations and goals for. I have had some fun racing this year. One race with fun in the name, an indoor marathon relay, a snowy 5k. All fun, now it’s time to get down to business. The Warm Your Heart 5k is indoors. That means really good racing conditions. As in no snow, now wind, no unpredictable obstacles.

Current 5k PR: 23:43 (7/10)
Most recent 5K: 24:16  (1/12)


  • A Goal: PR, sub 23:43
  • Goal: Sub 24:00
  • Goal: Sub 24:16

That’s it. None of my I’ll be happy to finish crap. This is a 5k not a half marathon.

On top of my 5K I get to play with Mo all weekend, which really means drink beer and eat food because we are awesome like that.

It also means matching outfits because that is just fun. Check out some of our previous races together:



I am full on obsessed. I haven’t been obsessed with one song in quite a long time. But I don’t want to listen to anything other than “One Day” by Matisyahu. I love the rhythm. I love the lyrics. I love everything about the song. According to my ipod/itunes I have listened to the song 38 times in 2 days. That doesn’t include today. I did branch out yesterday and listen to the rest of the album, but that was on repeat as well. It has helped me write and concentrate on a big project at work. It has helped me get going in the morning. It has me go to bed at night.  And I am not sick of the song yet.


Sometimes I lay under the moon
And I thank God I’m breathing
Then I pray don’t take me soon
Cause I am here for a reason

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know someday it’ll all turn around because

All my life I been waiting for
I been prayin for
For the people to say
That we don’t want to fight no more
They’ll be no more wars
And our children will play

One day

It’s not about win or lose cause we all lose when they feed on the souls of the innocent blood drenched pavement keep on moving though the waters stay raging and in this life you may lose your way, it might drive you crazy but don’t let it phase you no way


One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence down with the hate one day we’ll all be free and proud to be under the same sun singing songs of freedom like…


4-5-3: Too many Races?

Remember when I was going to read a calendar before signing up for races this year? Apparently I still suck at that. I realized today that I have 4 races in the next 5 weeks in 3 different cities. Oops.

The good news is I get to see a lot of friends over the next month.

RnR NOLA is going to be a bunch of us who did Ragnar together as well as half of twitter and dailymile. I can’t wait to see my Ragnar girls. It’s been quite awhile. While yes, we are running a half marathon, we will also enjoy New Orleans. There will be hurricanes.

RnR USA, which until this year was the National Marathon is a half I will always go back to run. I love running through my city. I know the course and even though I don’t run it all the time anymore I can still picture most of it. Plus it’s my birthday race (2 years ago it was actually on my birthday). Now it is a great reason to celebrate my birthday with my DC friends.

And then toss in a 5k and an 8k in Chicago and I have 4 races in 5 weeks in 3 cities.

Bonus: I get to celebrate my birthday in Milwaukee, DC and Chicago!

When running goes well

It’s no secret I have had a lot of ups and downs with my training over the last year. I finally feel like I am on track. I am getting my runs done. I am hitting my goal paces. I am not making up excuses. It’s February 16th and I have already run more miles this month than I did in 6 different months last year. I have a 5k in a week and two half marathons in March. I have goals, big goals for some of these races. I plan on kicking ass and having fun.

I don’t even know how to express how great it is to have several good training months under my belt. I feel as though 2012 is going to be a really good running year.

Yay Running!

What comes next?

A friend of mine had to come up with goals for a new job: health, personal, and career goals. This got me thinking, sometimes a dangerous venture. I am just over a month from my 27th birthday and sometimes I still feel like I have no idea what I am doing. Is there where I thought I would be? Honestly, I have no idea. I am not someone who has expectations of where I would be at 25, 30, 35, etc. I have direction and am not lost as I was in late 2010. Although let’s take a look at the name of my blog. I do believe I am still looking for something new. What? I couldn’t tell you. I also believe that you never really should stop looking for something new.

Health goals: Those are pretty simple. I want to remain healthy and improve my fitness and running. I have already laid out my running goals for the year and added a marathon to that list. I think I eat pretty healthy. I still enjoy feeding my sweet tooth from time to time. I plan on watching my diet more as I get into marathon training this year. Marathon training has always been the easiest way ever for me to lose weight as I have trouble taking in enough calories as I increase my mileage. I want to do a better job stretching and foam rolling. I am *considering* finally adding in some strength work, but I really hate it and I think it is more important to do the stretching and foam rolling right now.

Personal goals: I think that is pretty broad and well, personal . I have have some. I don’t think those will be shared on the blog. They are personal after all. Most important I just want to concentrate on being happy and let go of negative things from the past, which I am already doing.

Career goals: Wow do I wish I had some of those. Four years ago (cannot believe it’s been that long) I decided I wanted to go to grad school. I was sitting in a job that I enjoyed, but had no potential for growth at the time (silly hiring freeze). I was pretty underpaid, but that wasn’t really an issue at the time. I had a fantastic boss who helped me grow as an individual and professionally. She gave me all kinds of opportunities. I felt bad asking her for a letter of recommendation for graduate school because I had to tell her I was ready to moved on. We both cried on my last day.

Four years later I feel as though I have been on quite an adventure. I learned a lot in graduate school. I grew up as a person. But I have a job that is only so-so. I had a horrible time finding a job after grad school, which led to the mess that was the end of 2010. Moving forward, I like my job most of the time, but I hate it some days. Thankfully I haven’t cried because of work in over six months. I also happen to know that there is no way to work my way up in my current position. Sure I can get and do get an annual raise, but this is not a lifetime job for me. And I only kind of know what I would want to do otherwise. I have also gotten to the point where I question the time and money I spent on a graduate degree. I don’t think that is a healthy road to go down, but I tend to get in my own head and drive myself crazy. The thought of applying for jobs again cause anxiety.

So my plan is to think about what comes next. To come up with a plan. To find something new. Whatever that may be.

Phantom Pains, Real Pains or Paranoia?

My left knee hurts. While sitting still. I noticed at lunch today.

I have not been to an orthopedic doctor in a whole year. I haven’t done that in a long time. I realized this just the other day: One whole year. I find this to be exciting. I ran a whole season without injury! (Minus shin splints, but that didn’t require a trip to the doctor, just a love affair with KT Tape).

But now my knee hurts. And I don’t know why. It didn’t hurt yesterday after my run. A totally normal 5.5 mile run. I didn’t slip or twist it. Nothing happened.

Is the pain real? Am I just feeling pain because I’m paranoid?

Why left knee? Why?

I have a strong hate for orthopedic injuries. When you have your first knee surgery at age 11 it kind of ruins everything. I think college was my most injury free phase. It might have something to do with my laziness during some of those years, but whatever.

I need the pain to go away. Right now.