A 5K and a Pedicure

Another active weekend and luckily the weather is much warmer today than it was for last Sunday’s Bike the Drive.  This morning, I ran the Pathways 5K.  Pathways Center is a non-for-profit pediatric therapy clinic in Glenview, IL and the annual walkathon/run is a fabulous community event where all abilities are welcome to walk, run, roll, bike, etc.  Of all the race distances, a 5K is probably my least favorite.  It is shorter than my typical weekend runs and therefore faster.  And speed has never really been my strength. 

I usually fuel up pre-race with oatmeal, but I was worried it would be too heavy for today’s race.  Instead, I had a scrambled egg and 12-Grain toast, saving my banana for 30 minutes before the race. 

Since we were expecting the heat, I tried my new Nike dry fit T-shirt that I just got at the annual REI sale.  Although I am unable to run in Nike shoes, I am always a big fan of their workout wear!  I loved this bright orange color!

In every race, I like to try to beat my time; however, I ran a PR of 22:00 minutes in last year’s 5K and didn’t think that was possible this morning.  I was hoping to run sub 8 minute miles (like the Shamrock Shuffle) and finished with an unofficial time (straight from my watch) of 22:52.  My mile splits were 7:03, 7:24, and 8:24.  Not a PR but definitely a respectable finish and one I was proud of! 

Plus, I finished first in my age group (one of the best things about smaller community races) and earned a medal!  My dad walked the 5K at an impressive pace himself AND he didn’t use the shortcut.

After lunch with the family, I was in desperate need of a pedicure.  It was wonderful to sit for an hour, soak my feet, enjoy a foot massage, and catch up on a magazine. 

On tonight’s agenda…I’m taking my colorful toes, Tina’s Monkey Bars (with chocolate chips) and a bottle of wine into the city to meet up with some girl friends.  A recipe for a stellar Saturday night!

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