Wednesday, November 30, 2016

U Can Finish 5 miler - recap

Back on October 16th I ran the U Can Finish 5 miler, another race as part of the Track Shack Fanatic Series. 
U Can Finish 5 Mile & 2 Mile Presented by Florida Hospital

The last time I ran this race was back in 2010.  I was excited to run it again and see how much the University of Central Florida campus had changed. 

The day before the race was homecoming at UCF.  Since Ryan and I are alumni we decided to take the boys with us for some tailgating.  We didn't go into the actual game but did enjoy hanging out with some old friends and buying Mason a new UCF tshirt.

On our way home from homecoming I made sure to pick up a cheeseburger for my pre-race dinner (no picture and no review ... wasn't too memorable).

Sunday morning I headed out to campus on my own (the boys stayed home with Ryan).  I remember thinking to myself that I would actually try to race and try to run hard. 

I finished 6th in my age group, with a time of 38:20 minutes. 

I've realized that the women in Orlando are FAST.  The next race as part of the series is in January ... I better work on my speed.

Santa's Christmas Tree Forest

In between eating cheeseburgers and running, my family and I have been getting into the holiday spirit.  Early Friday morning we drove out to Santa's Christmas Tree Farm in Eustis, almost an hour away from us.  Heading out to a Christmas Tree Farm has been a tradition that Ryan and I started 6 years ago in North Carolina.  We were excited to continue the tradition in Florida.

Once we arrived, we loaded onto a hayride and were taken out to where we could choose our own tree.  My dad has been pretty handy with the saw, and did the honors of chopping it down for us. 

I must say the trees up in North Carolina are much prettier, but I'm just happy that we were able to keep the tradition alive that Ryan and I started so long ago.  Hopefully the boys will appreciate it as they get older. 

November miles total

Guess what everyone, I'm still running!  I may have stopped blogging about it (temporarily), but I've definitely been hitting the pavement. 

I finished my November miles this morning while Anderson was at the YMCA.  I squeezed out 4.15 miles to bring my grand total for the month to ....

I haven't had a 100 mile month in over a year (I think).  It's been a while ... and it's tough to do without any half marathon training going on.  I did manage to do a 10 miler back on November 13th just to see if I still could.  You never know when someone is going to challenge you to a 10 mile race ...
November was a fun month of running ... I ran with Ryan a couple of times and even ran with a mom group on early Saturday morning (hello 5:30am!).  Hoping December is full of fun runs as well. 
I'm so close to ending the year at 1,000 miles ... a feat (feet?) that I've been trying to do for almost 5 years.