This is most likely the longest gap in posting for me! Lots of news, little time, and bullet point style it is.
# Planned to run a 10K early May, but ended up running a 5K as the 10K was sold out. Great course, with some hills, perfect weather. Went 19:04 for 3.2. Yes, I went from racing a short 2.99 5K in 17:30 to a long 3.21 5K in 19:04. No matter how you look at it, I ran slower the second time. In my defense, I slowed down a lot in the last mile bc of lack of space - the course was an out and back and we went on a narrow bridge where I got faced with the slower runners running straight into me. Still, not happy about seeing that 19 in front of my 5K time. My battle with the 5K is not over, and will surely go back at it sometime in the winter.
# I spent 10 days in Hawaii! I attended a work related conference in Oahu and before it I flew to Maui with the entire family: Chris, Petru and mom (who turned 70 early May). Chris and I had our honeymoon over there 12 years ago.This was no honeymoon (as we joked!) but in so many ways it was even better. Life is settled and we have grown into the persons we are, and into our marriage. Plus, we have our not so little imp of a boy! Maui was beautiful. My favorite island. Before I left I developed a bit of leg pain (which I would have ran through had I been home), and after my first swim in the ocean (along with a sea turtle!) I decided to take a break from running and just swim. I swam about 2 miles every day there and it was peaceful and beautiful. Some of it was alone, some with Petru who is becoming a little fish. I would go out into the ocean and let my mind go blank for a while. Precious!
# I am back to running right now, a bit slower than before (of course) but not concerned. I am no longer afraid of taking breaks from running bc I know in the end I come back stronger. My main goal moving forward is the Baystate Marathon in October (my 4th - I went 3:29, 3:19 and 3:14 there for the past 3 years). This year, my goal is loftier than ever. But, I feel confident it can be achieved on a good day. After having trained for the 5K for a few months, I am very excited for a change of pace and some longer running. I miss the marathon, which is unusual for a self professed marathon hater. Ha!
# That's it...I'll leave you with some pics for a change:)
Building a clock
8 months ago