Pre-Birthday Gifts and the 50K on My Mind
Thank you to Amanda @ Running with Spoons for hosting!
Today I’m Thinking Out Loud about all running related stuff!
1. Happy Pre-Birthday to Me!
My birthday isn’t until August 4th so this gift to myself is a bit early. Is it too early to even call it a pre-birthday gift? Who cares! : )
My new Adrenalines!!!!
I haven’t run in pink shoes in *forever* and I like to match my shoes/running clothes a bit, so obviously I also had to get a matching sports bra and top (FYI both are on sale and the top is only $16!).
The top is super sheer mesh which is great for staying cool, but I like to wipe the sweat off of my face with my top sometimes and the mesh kind of hurt when I did that last night. I think I am still going to buy another one though because I love how lightweight it is!
(This post isn’t sponsored, I just love Brooks and a good deal.)
2. Chicago Lakefront 50K
A few weeks ago I wrote that I thought I had found the 50K that I wanted to do but I didn’t say which one it was because I’m so dramatic : ) It’s the Chicago Lakefront 50/50.
It’s a 50K and 50-miler that takes place every April (AND November). It is supposedly a small race that is first-timer friendly.
The 50K course consists of three out-and-backs, and is described as flat and fast. The flat part is really important to me coming from pancake-like Fort Lauderdale!
This race will be 6 months after my first marathon which I think gives me time to maintain a solid base, run a few half marathons for fun, possibly run a second marathon as training and then hit the 50K distance with a bang!
That’s how I feel right now anyway. We’ll see how I feel after I run 26.2 miles in October! : )
3. Breaking 24 Mins in the 5K (Adam)
Yesterday Adam and I signed up for a 5K that takes place at the end of August.
This will be the second 5K that A runs with me this year, thus fulfilling his annual quota of running two races per year before declaring that he has retired from running.
He told me last night that he plans to break 24 mins! I’m excited about that for him since 24:XX is his PR. I wish he would stop retiring so he could officially be in our cool club of sexy people.
I haven’t decided on my goal for the race yet since I will be neck deep in marathon training by then. Plus the race is on a Saturday when I normally do my long run. I will have to talk to my coach and see what she thinks!
Bonus: I saw this on the Internet…
and thought you needed to see it too!
If it didn’t make you smile I don’t know what to say! : )
Hope you’re off to a great Thursday!
How did you pick your first big race?
Did you do a lot of research, or sign up on a whim?