Race Day Recap: Peter Cottontail 5k

So today was my first race back since January… and it went great!

First off, I did not even get a run in until yesterday after work! I did my favorite HIIT workout on the treadmill to work on my speed, but I took it easy. I can honestly say that I feel like doing yoga for the past week definitely helped my posture and core. I felt really good after my run last night. I ended up finishing the night with Day 3 of Adriene’s “30 Days of Yoga” Challenge – which by the way, I highly recommend, even for the beginner!

After the gym, I also received the most recent issue of Runner’s World in the mail. YES!

The race started at 7 am, which meant that I had to get up early today, 5:30 am, to be exact.. and I haven’t gotten up this early in so long. It was tough. After a cup of black coffee and some cereal I headed out the door.

The race was held by a local organization, so there weren’t too many people; probably under a hundred runners. It was held at a popular trail in my area, which was nice since I haven’t ran it yet! Since there were still a lot of people coming in a little late, we didn’t start until about 7:15 or so, which was fine since I needed to warm up a bit.

I went into it with a clear head: I was just going to go my own pace – a comfortable pace – and just finish it. I didn’t want to look at my app to see my pace per mile or how far I had left to go. I really just wanted to run it. Since I haven’t ran outside n a while, it was nice that there was a dirt trail next to the paved path. Running on the dirt trail definitely was easier on my legs!

I ended up finishing in 30:28 for 3.16 miles – not too shabby, averaging at a 9:38 pace! They haven’t released the official times yet, so I’ll keep you all posted – I’m hoping it’s actually lower than the time recorded on my app, hehe!

And there you have it – I have my Easter bunny medal! Whoo hoo!

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Once I got home, I already had to get ready for a museum day trip for a friend’s birthday: the Getty! I was super excited since I had never gone, so it was great to finally check it out! The museum nerd in me was absolutely in love!

View of the city from the Getty!
View of the city from the Getty!
Trying to imitate the sculpture! As you can see,  I'm working my core! ;)
Trying to imitate the sculpture! As you can see, I’m working my core! πŸ˜‰

Overall, today was a great day. Reminded me of how much I’ve missed running – however, I will point out that after my run, my allergies had been bugging meΒ all day. That’s one thing I didn’t miss.

Till next time,

P.

A weekend run, allergies, and museum fun!

This weekend came and went so quickly – I would like to thank Daylight Savings Time.

I also did a lot of house beautifying this weekend: I finally put up curtains in our bedroom! Next project is the living room. Although, TIP: don’t get your curtains at Target – get them at Ikea instead! At least you’ll purchase a PAIR of curtains for the same price you’ll find at Target.. possibly better options too. I’ve learned my lesson.

Anywhoo, in running news, I finally got to try out a new route I’ve been wanting to do. It went extremely well: it was a nice, flat run and I finished in no time: it was about 3.25 miles total. I actually planned a 10k around this route, but I had first wanted to see how that side of town was like. It wasn’t too bad, so I think I’ll explore a little further until I feel like it’s comfortable enough to run a full 10k in. πŸ™‚

I ran for a total of 33:15. Not too bad, considering I started my run at around 9 am and it was already sweltering hot by the time I finished. Ugh. THANKS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. My allergies were also killing me this whole weekend. Spring is definitely near.

I also didn’t plan to run for too long, since I had a 5 mile hike scheduled the next morning. Unfortunately, my running buddy who I was going to hike with got sick, so I didn’t end up going on a hike. I ended up sleeping in after she had let me know our plans were cancelled.

However, my Sunday wasn’t over yet. I had a trip to the Norton Simon Museum with my boyfriend later on during the day since he had to do some work for his Art History class. Of course, I was excited, especially because I FREAKING LOVE MUSEUMS. AND OLD, CLASSICAL ART. It was amazing.

I got to see so much beautiful works of art, including pieces from Van Gogh, Degas, Raphael, Matisse, and even Picasso!

Here were a couple of my favorites:

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These two pieces are by Van Gogh!
These two pieces are by Van Gogh!
"Young Woman in Black" by Renoir
“Young Woman in Black” by Renoir
"The Black Shawl" by Matisse
“The Black Shawl” by Matisse

Overall, it was a great day. We spent about 3 hours at the museum and totally lost track of time. Afterwards, when we finally got home, I made some steak and baked sweet potato for dinner. So yummy!

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Tonight, I have a run planned out on the treadmill. I’ll most likely be running for time again: 40 min.

Which reminds me, I have a question:Β do you run for time, or do you run for miles? In your opinion, what’s better?Β 

I feel like I shouldn’t always be focusing on the miles. Running for time is just as important, isn’t it? After all… you’re still running. πŸ™‚

Happy Monday!

Till next time,

P.