Murph and a 5k on Thanksgiving Day…

What could be better on a gorgeous Thanksgiving Day than two of my favorite workouts?

I ran the Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot where I won 2nd place and an apple pie.  And then I went to my box and did Murph.  I didn’t PR Murph (I just didn’t have the final run in me), but it was awesome and I felt amazing afterwards.image3

This was my third year doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day and my second year running the Pelican Lakes 5k and then doing Murph afterwards.  Such a great way to give thanks for this amazing country we live in and our freedoms by doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day.

To all the service men and women past and present and future I thank you!!!

I’m Officially a PROFESSIONAL Athlete!

I ran a 5k today.1007171046a_hdr1526998721.jpg

I came in 2nd place.

I won $50 cash.

In the last 5k I ran, I also won a $50 gift card for coming in 1st place.

So….

It’s official…I’m a professional athlete, earning money doing sports.

“You just need to win 50 more,” my husband tells me upon telling him the news.

“Thanks, honey. Love you too.”

The day was perfect for October in the town of Timnath in Northern Colorado at their Taste in Timnath Fall Festival & 5k Event. Started brisk. Warmed up with the Colorado sun. Glorious!

I PR’ed my 5k by 2 whole minutes and my two kids PR’ed as well!10071710461784078248.jpg

Beautiful day. Fun Festival with face painting, pop corn, candy corn, snow cones, pumpkin painting, bands, food, and much more. Won Starbucks money. And I got a new career!

It was a glorious day indeed!

 

 

“I Won!”

I love winning.

Anything.

Writing contests.  A $5 gift card.  Uno.

CrossFit 5k

Yesterday, I won a 5k.

I came in 4th overall and 1st place for adult women.

I was pretty happy with my time.  It was a course of hills, but I felt the best I’ve felt running in months.

It was for a good cause and afterwards the kids jumped in blow-up castles and collected free gear.  The weather was cold but my competitive spirit warmed my heart!

Running a 5k…

Yesterday, I ran my first 5k of the season.  I beat my time from last year by a whopping….wait for it….8 seconds!

I just can’t seem to beat my time.  And I know why:  cause I don’t train it.

I used to be a runner.  I ran a marathon in college, but then I hurt my knee shortly thereafter and gave it up.  Now, with running showing up in a ton of CrossFit WOD’s, I’ve taken it up again.timing-your-run-580

I want to improve my 5k time.  However, injuries plague me still.  I’ve had a calf muscle injury that waxes and wanes so I now do not run as often.  I’m trying to listen to my body and be smart about it.

My solution to improving my time:  run more 5k’s.

I know myself.  I won’t push myself unless there are others to beat.  It’s why I do CrossFit.  It’s the beating everyone in my box (which does occasionally happen when it plays to my strengths) that I live for.  Otherwise, why run hard?

I’m planning to run a 7k next in 6 weeks.  I’ve never run more than 3.65 miles before so this should be interesting.  I’m excited about it!  However, I’m gonna practice in the meantime and see how it goes.  And I’m sure CrossFit will help.  And Murph.

As long as you’re moving, you’re improving!