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Christopher Martin’s 2012 Christmas Run for Children 5K

CM 5K LogoThe Annual Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for the Children 5K was held on December 9th in New Haven, CT.  This race has a special place in my heart since it was the first local, non-Disney race that I ever ran.  And can you believe that was only one year ago?!?  Seems like I’ve been doing this running thing forever!  (Check out last year’s chilly race recap here.)

The weather for the race was about 45 degrees and overcast…perfect New England running weather.  Last year it was sunny, but a frigid 28 degrees…not so ideal.  So immediately, I had high hopes of a better race, not just because I’m in much better shape this year, but because the weather was in my favor.

I picked up my race packet on Friday, so I didn’t have to worry about it on the morning of the race.  I also got the race shirt, which I LOVE.  I still wear mine from last year all the time!


B (my #1 cheerleader) drove me into New Haven getting there about 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.  We proceeded to drive around for about 10 minutes looking for parking and I was about to jump you to go to the start line when miraculously we got one right on Orange Street.

We walked over to the starting area, which is right in front of Christopher Martin Restaurant on State Street and we saw this festive house on the way:

Xmas House

The starting area was PACKED!!  There were close to 2,700 participants this year, which is the largest amount yet!  I couldn’t even get on the street and had to wait in the gas station parking lot until the crowd started moving.  I didn’t cross the start line until almost a minute after the actual start.

Finish Line

The plan was to do a 3 minute run/ 1 minute walk pace for the race.  This is what I’ve been training with and it works really well for me.  I was going along at about a 10:40 average pace, which I was REALLY happy about…well until my Garmin died just before the first mile.  I unplugged it the night before and unfortunately I think it froze so the screen stayed on all night, which in turn killed the battery.  Awesome.  So I whipped out my iPhone and started the timer on there to try and keep the same pace.  This proved to be much more difficult, but it worked for the most part.

New Haven

That 10:40 pace I had during the first mile is fast for me and unfortunately it caught up with me.  Buy the time I finished mile 2, my legs were starting to feel tired and I cut my intervals down to 2/1.  I also felt some uncomfortableness in my left quad, which was new for me.  Ugh…did I push too hard???

Well, that might have been so, but I pushed it really hard for the final ¼ mile.  I was determined to get a PR.  I wasn’t really sure what my time was, but I felt that I was somewhere around 33 minutes at that point.

I crossed the finish line and overall felt great (except for that leg tweak)!  I found B and he said I looked so much better this time at the end of the race compared to last year.  That’s a pretty awesome compliment 🙂

My time for the 2011 race was 39:45 and that was my fastest 5K time to date.  This year for 2012, my official time was 35:52…that’s a 3:53 minute improvement!!!  Plus, my last 5K PR in early September was 36:40, so that’s 48 seconds faster there.  Even though I haven’t been putting in the mileage for my marathon training, I’m really happy with my progress.  I’ve come a long way in a year 🙂  Maybe next year I’ll sub 32 minutes!!

That's a PR smile!

That’s a PR smile!

Do you have a yearly race you run? 

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: December 16, 2012

After my horrible travel experience getting to South Carolina, I’ve had a pretty great time so far.  I don’t get to see my Mom very often, so this was a nice treat.  After they picked me up at the Columbia airport, we all went to this great place in Aiken, SC called Magnolia Natural Market and Cafe.  I completely fell in love with this place from the moment I walked in!  I’ll take you for an in-depth look at the yummy food later this week.

I am VERY far behind in my blog reading this week, so sadly I don’t have any RAD Reads.  But I promise to bring you some good stuff next week 🙂  Let’s jump right into my weekly review…

Weekly Review
Well this was the week of PRs and I loved every minute of it!!  Sunday started with the Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for Children 5K.  My official chip time was 35:52, which is 48 seconds faster than my last 5K time.  I actually felt pretty good during and after the race, with only some slight soreness in my left quad/hip area.  Even better news is that at this race last, year I had a time of 39:37 and I was struggling to get that…it’s amazing what a year can do.

I also owe a lot of this improvement to CrossFit, which you all know I am in love with (are you sick of my gushing yet??).  I’m stronger, fitter and have more endurance than ever.  I also hit some pretty huge PRs in CrossFit this week as well.  For dead lifts, I hit 193# for a one rep max – 50 pounds more than my last one rep max back on November 1st.  That’s a pretty big improvement in 6 weeks!  I was totally psyched 🙂

I also PR’d a 100# front squat this week and that felt amazing.  I love hitting those triple digits!!  Last Week I made that 73# one rep thruster, which was quite amazing to me.  I never in my life thought I would be able to lift 73# over my head.  I’m not saying it was easy, but damn it felt good!

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Christopher Martin 5K
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Lots o Squating
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead Lifts, Romanian Dead Lifts & Shoulder Press
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Box Jumps & Kettlebell Swings
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

While I’ve been in SC, I’ve had both a laser therapy and a reflexology treatment in preparation for the upcoming marathon.  They felt uh-mazing!!  I’m hoping this will help with the rest of my training this month and overall with the marathon.  I’ll keep ya updated on the progress.

Last but not least, I received the results of my chest x-ray, blood test and my allergy test back this week.  My chest x-ray was normal…yay!  For the blood test, the good news is that everything was normal.  The bad news is that we have no idea what is causing my night sweats.  I’m relieved, yet frustrated.  Blech.

The allergy test showed an egg allergy…so interesting!  The results showed that I have a severe allergy to egg whites and a moderate allergy to egg yolks.  I never would of thought of eggs…ever.  All of the other 88 foods tested were in the normal range.  I’m not 100% convinced of that since I have found certain foods that don’t sit well with me.  Anyway, the plan is to cut out eggs for at least 3 months and see if it makes a difference with my colitis.  Fingers crossed it will 🙂

Oh wait there’s one more thing…the winner of my RAD Holiday Giveaway!!!  There were 116 entries (awesome!!!) and I used to select the winner.

Giveaway Winner

And the winner is:

Katherine of Food Fitness Fantasy!

RAD Giveaway Winner_Katherine

Katherine, I hope you enjoy and that the hat and Bondiband come in handy when you run the WDW Marathon!!  I’ll be in touch via email to get your address 🙂

Hope you all have a great week!  Stay healthy out there!