Despite the cramp and slow speed, the race was really great. We ran through some spectacular neighborhoods where people were handing out fruit and even mimosas! I saw five golden retrievers, which made me think of my "baby". (Note: I did put him to sleep. I intend to post a blog dedicated to him... I just can't bring myself to write about it yet.) It was challenging dodging between so many people, but Kelly and I really pushed ourselves at the end. About two miles from the end we hit the big bridge, which was pretty rough, but once we started going downhill we really picked up our speed. Garmy says my best pace was a 6:11!
I am really proud of myself for running the race, and I enjoyed it enough to run it again next year. I'm also proud of Kelly and Caitlin for running their first races. Granted Kelly is a runner (soccer, refereeing, etc.) but it was still her first official race. After we all met up we went out to eat and met up with Katie's parents and my mom and niece. Then we headed back home. I was completely exhausted by the time I got home!
This week I went to the gym with Kelly. She had a three day pass to her gym. She does weight training and cardio all the time, and works out at least 6 days a week. So we made plans for her to teach me her weight training routine. The first day we worked out biceps and back. I do not think I have ever intentionally worked out my back. And I definitely have not done weight training in... well... I don't even remember how long! The work-out was wonderful! We also did abs and some cardio. Unfortunately the next couple days I could not move! My entire upper body and even my legs were sore. I definitely need to be working out with weights more often! The next day we were both too tired to work out, and the third day did legs. It was a really great work out!!! I would like to do more weight training, but to be honest I probably won't significantly increase that until the semester is over. I seriously cannot wait for this semester to end! It is killing me.
Oh yes, after the race last Saturday, Caitlin, Anthony (a guy who works at the lab with us) and myself went to see the shuttle launch. We played mini golf, went shopping, walked along the beach, then saw the launch from Cocoa Beach. It took us 4 hours to get home! (What is usually a 45 minute trip). It was a lot of fun though!
Now I need to get back to studying for a big organic synthesis test I have on Monday. Bleh. Hope you all in blog world are doing well. Thank you for the support for Syd. I really appreciated it.