Tuesday, May 31, 2011

You Come From Georgia Where The Peaches Grow...

"they drink lemonade and speak real slow..."
If you decide to stop following my blog because I open with lyrics from old LFO songs, I'll understand. If you're one of those people who LOVED Summer Girls and listened to it on repeat in the summer of 1999, then you can stay.


That was just a really long and awkward way to get onto the subject of peaches. I know Georgia is associated big time with peaches, but in the 4 months that I've lived here I haven't had one--until this weekend. See the above picture? That would be 5 pounds of peaches (well, 4 and a half maybe....I had to try a couple before the camera even came out). I have been eating these guys non stop and I couldn't be happier. Local produce just can't be beat, and in this 90+ degree heat they're so refreshing. 

I'm mostly eating them on their own because they're so sweet, but it turns out that there is an even better way to enjoy them--with plain Greek yogurt. Holy deliciousness, this is such an awesome combo! 


Today I wanted some redemption for my somewhat disappointing 5k race yesterday, so I hopped on the treadmill at midday for a run. I've really been trying to run outside more, but it was 95 degrees and the sun was out. NOT A CHANCE I was heading outside to run. So the old 'mill it was. I ran 6 miles in 55:10 (9:11 pace). There's a little chance I may be getting just a little faster, woo-hoo!

I'm at a bit of a standstill with running right now---I am planning on my first marathon in November, but I wont start training yet for that. So what's a girl to do? I may just try to focus on speed for a month or so until I have a new goal to work towards!

What is your favorite fruit to eat in the summer?
It may be peaches, so delicious! Although fresh strawberries really come in closely behind, I get so excited when they appear in the store each year.

Do you always have a fitness goal you're working towards (a race, weight loss, etc.), or do you sometime just exercise because you like it?
I usually have something I'm working towards, an upcoming race to train for. I think I will sign up for a 5k in a couple months since I think it will help keep me motivated. 



What Does Your Race Fee Get You?

Just a quick one: I wanted to show you that with races, you really get what you paid for.

Example 1: this is what an $80 trail half marathon will get you:


A cute pink tech shirt that---wait for it--fits!

Example 2: this is what a $20 local 5k race will get you:



Really, no words are necessary. 

What's the best swag you've ever gotten from a race?
I think this pink tech shirt might be it--it's really nice, pink with orange trim and I love it!!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Good Person > Good Racer: My 5k Recap

Today I ran in a Memorial Day 5k. I didn't pre-register, and decided to just show up and hope that they still had some room. I haven't run a 5k in years (since I started running more seriously) so I really wanted to see how far I could push myself in a shorter race. Hubs decided at the last minute (aka--at 8:20 for a 9am race) to run as well. I was so excited--he has had calf pain lately and really hasn't been able to run in a while. We didn't have a racing plan, but I told him to pass me if he was feeling especially speedy, or slow down if he needed to.

Fast forward to the start--one mile in, and the 80 degrees and bright sunshine were not agreeing with me. I managed the first mile in 8 minutes but that was way too fast for the hills and the heat. I slowed to a walk for about 30 seconds, and let's just say my attitude? It rhymed with "witchy" people. Let's stick with that. My poor hubs slowed with me, and then we started running together. Another mile down in a little less than 9 minutes. At about 2.5 miles, I had to walk for a bit again. I got ANGRY and nearly yelled at hubs not to stop--to keep going. I really hated the thought of him slowing down for me. A wonderful woman ran alongside me and pushed me along (thanks, whoever you are--you were awesome!)

I managed to pick up speed and booked it the rest of the way--the last .1 mile was around a 5 minute mile pace. I ran past hubs, not even thinking about it. Yes, about 10 yards to the finish line. Of the 5k that I asked him to run with me. All I could think about was the finish line and my time, and I completely forgot about everyone else. Seriously? This really got me thinking. At what point does the PR, the medal, become more important than the experience or the run with those you love?


I ended up 3rd overall woman, and 1st in my age category. But instead of being HAPPY like normal, it was a little bittersweet. Those few seconds I shaved off my time at the finish kick weren't worth it, in my mind. There is so much more joy in crossing the finish line together. Winning together (and celebrating together) or not--as long as you complete it with your friends or family!

Hubs kicked butt and got a medal too--3rd place in his age group. Woop woop!


Of course, in typical awesome hubby fashion, he had forgiven and forgotten within 15 minutes of finishing the race and was ready to enjoy the day. The race was part of a cute small town festival with an antique car show. This really felt like a typically "American" town and like we had stepped back in time!


I'm curious to see how you race with others. If you start together, do you finish together? What's worse: to slow someone down or to be slowed down by someone else?
I guess it's best to have a plan in place, whatever you decide to do. I hate slowing others down SO much,  but in retrospect it doesn't feel great to have passed someone either.

I know there were lots of Memorial Day race today--who else ran?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Real-People Clothes and Jawbreakers

Yesterday started out just like a normal day for me lately--headed to the house building site and got working until lunchtime. Headed home for lunch and then surprise! Hubs and I made a midday trip to a nearby outlet mall. Let's just say that Memorial Day weekend is a FANTASTIC time to discover an outlet mall. The sales were phenomenal! I bought real people clothes--aka, not running wear. Very exciting in my book!


I actually showed a bit of self restraint, but ended up with a couple new pairs of shorts, a top, and a new sundress. Hooray! After walking around the outlets for a while, hubs was low on energy so we got him an iced coffee and I stumbled upon some candy jars. I picked out some jawbreakers and it was so much fun to eat these again. Obviously I'm a fan of all things sweet but I haven't had these in ages.


After the outlets we headed to New Echota, the Cherokee National Capitol. We ended up skipping the museum since we were low on time but we will definitely be heading back. Here are some photos from our time there:



All in all, a great Saturday! We finished the day back at the house doing some more work. Tomorrow--fingers crossed---we will have our roof put on. Then I'll start really getting excited!

What are your Memorial Day plans?
Hopefully I'll be running in a 5k tomorrow morning, and then having our roof put on in the afternoon. 

What is your favorite place to buy clothes?
Non-running stuff I like to get from Old Navy and Gap. Cheap and cheerful!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Foodie Survey--ABC's!

There's been a foodie survey circulating and I wanted to jump on board! I saw it on Hungry Meets Healthy most recently but I know it's been all over the place. Here you go!


A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?
Braeburn or Fuji apples. I can not STAND red delicious ones. Ugh. I must have had a bad one growing up because now I am so grossed out by them.
B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?
A toss up! Either a nice french baguette or a slice of really dense, hearty rye bread. EIther one with butter, please!
Wouldn't say no to some nice bread like this!


C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)
This changes often, but right now I'm all about Rice Chex. Not with milk, just dry as a snack.
D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?
I don't get crazy about donuts. They're good of course, but not my go to dessert. I can remember having an apple crumble donut once though that was amazing--warm apple pie filling inside!
E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?
Favorite way is to get fried eggs in a diner. Otherwise, boiled or poached is best!
F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?
Fat-Free Greek Yogurt is so delicious. I can't get enough of the stuff.


G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?
Most of it from a combination of Bi-Lo, Wal Mart, or Food Lion. Some special stuff from Whole Foods. 
H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?
Lately I've been on a hot tea kick. I drink black tea with a splash of milk. Must be the English in me coming out.
I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
I prefer frozen yogurt, but ice-cream favorite would be mint chocolate chip. Toppings: colorful sprinkles and maraschino cherries!


J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?
I love jelly! I eat PB&J way too often. I go for sugar free kinds if possible, and always strawberry. 
K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?
I have an actual problem with Kashi GoLean Crunch. If it's in my house, I eat it all. Just in handfuls, every time I walk past it. I have no problem finishing a box in 2 days. So it's my favorite, but I don't buy it!
L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?
Today's lunch was a spinach salad with mozzarella cheese, flax seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette. I had a slice of rice bread with Pb&J on the side, and a handful of grapes.




M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
Popcorn. Definitely. Bonus points if it's covered in peanut butter. Yum. 




N: is for nutrients, do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?
Well, I kinda gotta go for all three, right? I think taste wise carbs are my favorite. 
O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?
Olive oil more than any other kind.
P: is for protein, how do you get yours?
Protein powder, greek yogurt, almonds, peanut butter, bars, some dairy and a little meat!
Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?
ANY WAY THEY COME. Seriously, love oats. Don't mind having oatmeal more than once a day even. 


With chocolate protein powder, PB, flax, and strawberries!


R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?
I can devour a whole tray of roasted broccoli. Yes please!
S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?
The most common one I eat is an open faced PB&J. I have the taste of a 6 year old.
T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?
I enjoy myself and eat the special things. I don't need to eat packaged cookies in Rome, but I do need to split tiramisu for dessert and have a gelato on a sunny afternoon.
U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?
I don't know--I don't think any of my combos are that weird! I dice pickles and put them on a salad with tuna--maybe that?
V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?
Gummy multivitamins every morning and a calcium chew.
W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?
Nay. Way way too spicy for me. 
X: is for XC Foodie, why is she so awesome?
I feel like this has something to do with whoever started the survey--so if that's who XC foodie is, she's super awesome!
Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?
Ice cream sundaes! We used to each have our own special sundae glasses and I would make every person in my family their own special one with toppings. 

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?
Stir fried with tomato sauce and a fried egg in the pan--holy cow it's seriously good, you have to try it!





I've answered my share of questions: now you answer one of the above questions!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Iron Women: Do You Get Enough?

There seems to be a common trend among the diets of healthy eaters in the blog world. With such an abundance of people exercising and eating vegan or vegetarian meals, it's no surprise that low iron is something I see written about often. The last time I went for a check-up (3 months ago) I too was iron deficient. Are you one of the 20% of women who have low iron levels? Here are some symptoms:

-Fatigue
-Dizziness
-Shortness of breath
-Cold hands or feet
-Chest pain
-Brittle nails
-Restless leg syndrome

As women, we are even more prone to low iron levels since we lose blood because of that lovely monthly visit. Awesome. (Seriously wish there was some sort of sarcasm font to really make my point)

Sometimes I get caught up in different areas of health: running, lifting weights, yoga, enough veggies, protein, etc. I end up focusing more on pumping this kind of iron:

And forget about the nutritional kind of iron. 

If you are concerned with your iron levels, you can supplement them several ways. The easiest way is simply to increase the amount of iron-rich foods you eat. While a lot of animal based foods contain lots of iron, they aren't the only ones. Here's a list of some of the best foods to consume if you're low on iron. Bonus points if you consume them with Vitamin C: it helps the body absorb the iron. 

-Red Meat
-Egg Yolks
-Dried Fruit
-Liver
-Dark Leafy Greens
-Lentils, Beans, Chickpeas
-Fortified Foods: lots of cereals and packaged foods

Spinach Salad

Many people opt to take an iron supplement as well. For some, this can cause stomach problems so it is best to eat something when you take them. Keep in mind that woman need a minimum of 18 mg. of iron per day--and significantly more if you're pregnant. 

Are you low on iron?
Yes! I'm not anemic, but my levels are low enough to need to pay attention to. I try to include as much iron in my diet as I can. 

What are your favorite iron-rich foods?
Spinach, hands down! I could eat that stuff all day long. I also realized that Rice Chex have got a HUGE amount of iron in each serving. Perfect for me, I've been eating at least one serving each day as a snack! 

Have you ever taken an iron supplement?
I tried taking a chewable iron supplement, but it made my stomach really upset. Eventually, I decided to try to get my iron from my foods instead and so far, so good!

**PS--those of you who already sent me your running in costume photos, AWESOME! So great! If you haven't yet, you still can! I'm compiling a post of all of your awesome photos. Send them to gourmetrunnerblog@gmail.com! **

Thursday, May 26, 2011

4-Leaf Clovers and Dream Prizes

I'm thinking there must have been some hidden 4-leaf clovers in my last spinach salad. I have been ridiculously lucky in the blogger world lately! I've won 3 giveaways in the last few weeks and I am way behind in thanking the lovely ladies responsible for this.

First, I won an iTunes giftcard from Liz at Pojo Fitness. Her blog is so fantastic, she's really knowledgable about fitness and gives some amazing tips. Check her out!

Somehow, the giveaway gods were still smiling at me and I won a giveaway over at the awesome blog I Run Like A Girl. The prize was a box of Honey Stinger Waffles. I haven't received them yet (or tried them before) but if they're good enough for Lance Armstrong, they're good enough for me. Actually, they're probably too good for me. 


Last, but CERTAINLY not least, I got lucky over on Kayla's blog, Running Through Life! I won a metal display for my medals from Allied Medal Display. I'm so excited! Right now, my race medals are in a ziploc bag. Ridiculous? Why yes. But since there are only 2 (so far!) it's not a big deal. But now I can hang them up on this baby and hopefully the collection will keep growing!

I've been pretty relaxed about running this week. I had one easy 4.5 mile run on Monday, and another easy 4 miles yesterday. I'm not in a big rush to get back up to 30 mile weeks, so I'm happy taking it easy for a while! Plus, hubs and I have been putting in crazy hours at our house site. I think if my arms are too tired to raise above my head I'm exempt from the push-up challenge, right? Please? 

Dream giveaway prize: what would you want to win? (Somewhat fitness/food related!)
If I didn't already have a Garmin, that would be it. I was wondering if you could give away a gift certificate of sorts from Active.com--then you could pay for your next race with it for free! Hmm...I may need to look into that for my next giveaway. Thoughts?

Do you keep or display your medals/bibs/race photos anywhere?
As of now, just the ziploc bag! I want to think of a creative way to save my bibs as well, I'd like to remember the races that I didn't get a medal for too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sleeping While Running

You probably don't know this, but I have a TON of hidden talents. I can twist my tongue in both directions, crack my own back, and run while sleeping. Don't believe me? Proof:


Can you imagine how speedy I could have been in this half if I was awake? Seriously. The lovely lady behind First in Philly also ran this half, and killed it! Her hubs took some photos and happened to snap one of me. For your viewing pleasure:

I'm at the back in blue!

They had a helicopter taking photos, which I thought was kinda crazy high budget for a trail race with 500 people, but whatever. Cool shots for me! Here's an overhead shot at the start of the race. Again, I'm way at the back. Sensing a trend?


I have a new awesome plan to run in a Where's Waldo get-up at the next race. How much more fun would it be to spot yourself in race photos? I've never run in costume but if there's ever an occasion for it, I call dressing up as Waldo!


What??!! Someone beat me to it! So bummed. There's no way I could top this lady. Never. 

Have you ever dressed up in costume for a race? Or any funny clothing/wigs/whatever?
No, but I would love to do it for a fun run. I love costumes in general so this would be right up my alley. Bonus awesome blog points for anyone who emails me pics of them in costume, I'd love to do a post with them all! Plus, we will become cyber BFF's. Send to: gourmetrunnerblog@gmail.com !

I've never raced a BIG race, but never seen helicopters at a race! Fill me in-- normal or not?
This was the first I'd seen. I guess they would be at huge marathons like Boston and Chicago? 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Champagne Dreams and a $1.07 Budget

Ugh. I caved guys. This afternoon hubs and I were heading to the house site, it was 90 degrees, and there were only 3 words running through my mind on repeat.
Frozen. 
Strawberry. 
Lemonade. 

Yes, I got all your comments reminding me of the sugar. Of the mystery ingredients. Did I listen? No. Did I get one from the drive through? Oh yeah.


And.....I completely wasted that $1.07. Supposed to be sweet and sour, yet it ended up being salty. Blech. Have you ever tasted a flavored margarita and thought, "I can barely taste the alcohol?" That's what this was. A weird aftertaste. But no liquor. Downside. 

Talking about alcohol--I just realized I haven't had any in about 5 months. WHAT? That's none since I came to America. I'm not a big drinker (....anymore) but in Hong Kong I often had a drink out for dinner, or over at someone's house. 

Don't mind if I do!
Now for some reason there just hasn't been the opportunity. Hubs and I aren't the drinking at home types really, except for a celebratory bottle of champagne every now and again. THAT I can get on board with. I'm curious how it might affect my running if I phase it back in. I'm going to go ahead and assume it won't be great!

Have you ever had a food let-down? Where you get excited to try a new food or drink and then....not so much?
Obviously the strawberry lemonade. Boo. 

Do you drink alcohol? If you do, do you think it affects your fitness? Fave drink?
Being hungover obviously makes a difference, but one usually is fine by me. Favorite drink? Champagne. Veuve Cliquot. Go big or go home, right?


Hot, Hot, Hot!

It's hot. Like, I'm actually looking forward to a ice bath hot. The idea of running outside is making me cry but I actually cancelled my gym membership yesterday. Why? Once the house is completed, I'll be running on my very own treadmill. Woo-hoo! No idea what kind it will be, haven't gotten that far along but I'm so excited to be able to run for longer than an hour without the treadmill stopping. Yay!

This morning I finally got around to using up some of my empty PB jars. Oatmeal this morning was mixed with chocolate protein powder and a little extra PB with some sliced strawberries-all served up in a PB jar. It really is so much more fun eating breakfast out of a jar like this!



Salads never taste better than when it's hot out, so lunch was a spinach salad topped with corn, mozzarella, and turkey. On the side = my favorite blue bowl filled with grapes and strawberries. 


Has anyone seen the ads for the frozen strawberry lemonade from McDonalds? I may or may not be thinking about this guy CONSTANTLY. I haven't eaten there in I don't know how long (ok, fine, but their twist cones don't count) but I may have to break the boycott for one of these guys. 


I looked up the nutritional stats and found a surprise. Can you spot it?

Yeah, apparently the ice in this has both sodium and calcium. I'm genuinely curious about this--can anyone explain? The sodium I can understand, but the calcium is beyond me. Anyone? 

Do you own a treadmill? If so, what kind? Any advice for me about the purchase?
Thanks! Don't have a big budget for this and I want to make sure I know what to look for!

Have you tried this Frozen Strawberry Lemonade before? Do you want to now?
I give it 48 hours TOPS before my craving for this wins. I'll fill you in when I try it!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm a Level 2 Assistant Apprentice House Building Helper!

Somehow I missed the memo on resting after Saturday's race and hubs and I have spent the last 2 days on our land getting the siding up all around our house. I graduate from Level 1 (only being allowed to pass things) to Level 2: being allowed to use the nail gun. I'm super excited. I don't understand why hubs didn't make me a certificate of achievement or anything. It's obviously a HUGE deal.

Level 3 is using the table saw. I'm DEFINITELY not there yet.

Whatever. I'll let bygones be bygones! Today was my first run after the race and I hopped on the treadmill at lunch time for an easy 4.5 miles. I was pretty tired from working on the house, but my legs felt fine which was a pleasant surprise. Easy pace of about 9:40 for the run.

I've been trying to stick with some gluten free meals, and made the best purchase ever today of Rice Chex!


This may become a new favorite! I'm not a fan of cereal with milk, but this stuff dry is addictive! Tonight all I wanted was something cold for dinner so I made Greek yogurt combo with strawberries, grapes, almonds, flax seeds, dried cranberries, and rice chex. Yeah, that's basically everything I could think of to toss into a yogurt!


So I'm curious: how long do you wait until you run after a long race--half? Marathon?
I took Sunday off from running, but today I was feeling alright and decided to try an easy run. I just wondered if I should have taken another day off or if it's ok to get the legs moving again. 

I know tons of you are yogurt/Greek yogurt fans. Do you eat it plain or with mix-ins?
I love Greek yogurt and somehow always end up eating it with fruit--it's perfect! If I need it to be a bit more filling then I'll add in some extras like almonds or cereal (or both!)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gluten-Free Week Recap

As you know, my "week" of gluten-free eating was actually only 5 days long: Monday-Friday. I wanted to eat my normal food during the half even if it wasn't GF, and I also wanted to be able to indulge afterwards with whatever I wanted!




In those five day, I eliminated all gluten from my diet. Some big switches were wheat/rye bread for rice bread, wheat tortillas for corn ones, and replacing some of my snacks foods like pretzels and crackers for gluten free versions. In terms of my energy in that period, I didn't notice any difference. Where I did see a difference, however, was on the digestive side of things. While I definitely don't suffer from Celiac's Disease, my stomach was much happier eating wheat free. Less irritable, happier bathroom trips. Getting all the innuendo folks? Talking about poo. Please don't stop following me. Just trying to be honest! This alone would be worth me eliminating most gluten from my diet. The plan right now it to eliminate wheat products, but not be so worried about cross-contamination since I don't think I'm that sensitive. I'll start reducing the amount of gluten I consume and see how I feel about eliminating it completely.

Price wise, snacks were more expensive. I think if you eat mostly unprocessed foods, this would be much easier to do. Relying on speciality items (especially here in Georgia) can be pretty expensive. But a sweet potato and some salad is naturally GF!

This all being said, on Saturday I was less that concerned about what was best for me. I just wanted goodness in my belly. Here's my bag of necessaries taken in the wee hours of the morning yesterday:


I fueled with nuun and jellybeans, and had the blueberry muffin Larabar immediately after finishing. So far, all gluten-free. And then? Fro-yo and pizza. Yes, in that order. All I wanted was cold sugary goodness, so hubs humored me and we had dessert first! Also, I finally got my fro-yo price down to $4.39. I'm super proud! I got peanut butter, vanilla, and butter brickle flavors with almonds, chocolate chips, sprinkles, cherries and coconut. 

Can you tell I needed a few bites before I could take a photo?
Buyer's remorse. Does hubs have the prettier fro-yo?
After this we booked it to Whole Foods and each got a slice of pizza--loaded with gluten and dairy but this girl knows what she wants. I most definitely wanted that pizza. Eaten within 120 seconds in the car. No pictures!

What foods do you crave after a race?
It's really different every time, but always lots of it! After a hot race I want something cold and sweet, and after a cold run usually something warm and savory.

If you eat gluten-free, what differences do you notice?
I already told you mine, now share your experiences please!

Race Recap--Scenic City Trail Half!


Brace yourselves for a full race recap! I've decided against the traditional mile-by-mile breakdown and opted instead for a list of pros and cons. It was such a great race!

Cons:
-The start was delayed by half an hour. When the weather was as warm as it was yesterday (90 degrees by the end of the day!) 30 minutes makes a big difference. No worries though, with all the extra time we had a mini photo shoot!

I promise this wasn't even staged. This is just my game face!

-The hills. Yowza. It was definitely a challenge, but I wasn't really prepared. My hamstrings were begging for forgiveness by the end. 

-The bottlenecks. About a mile in, the course changed to single track the rest of the way. There were quite a few places where we had to wait, just standing in place. Definitely lost time this way, and I was just anxious to get going!

-The slow pace. It's hard for me to wrap my head around being proud of a 10:35 pace when my training runs are so much faster. I need to remember that trails are different, and unpredictable. Garmin checks are unnecessary on such a trail!

PROS:
-Such gorgeous scenery. There were a few times when I was alone in the woods and it was so beautiful. A deer ran straight at me around Mile 12 and I actually just stopped and watched for a minute. Can't get that at a busy road race!

-Fantastic running community. Standing in line for the bathrooms before the race, the women were chatting and most of them were really experienced and had some great stories to share from recent trail ultras, Boston streaks (12 years for one woman!) and more. People were so considerate on the trail, letting you know when obstacles were ahead, and generally being positive. 

-Jellybeans. Seriously. I had 26 beans for the race in my handheld pouch, and at the end of the race I needed them big time. Such good encouragement to keep running!


-The victory lap. The last .3 miles were in a circle at the finish area so there was lots of cheering and hubs got some nice photos. Such encouragement at the end and I definitely sped up!




Overall chip time was 2:18:51. Certainly not winning anything (the woman winner came in around 1:40- oh yeah, and she was 50 years old. No biggie. ) but a respectable time. I counted up the results page and it looks like I was 57 out of 127 women, which I'll be happy about! Can't wait to break my time next year!!

Thanks for all the kind comments about this race, it was so encouraging to read!

Have you ever run a trail race? Would you like to?
Yes! My last 3 races have been on trails, and they're so awesome. Although I'm looking forward to some road races in the future so I can have some faster times!