Race for the Cure 10k

I ran my first 10k this weekend!

My friend Karen forms a team each year for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Her nickname is Blondie so her team name is Blondie’s Boobies. Too cute. I thought this would be a great chance to get a 10k under my belt and help out a great cause!

For not being prepared it went so much better than I thought it would.

I started off following my 10k training schedule to a T. Then work got busy. Life got busy. Runs started to slip…especially the long ones. Eventually I came to the realization that I was not going to be fully prepared for this race, but to keep training as best I could the last few weeks.

Saturday morning came and thank goodness I’m some what of a light sleeper. I heard my phone vibrate and saw a text from Karen asking if I was close. Then I saw it was 6:30 a.m.! I had set my alarm for 6 a.m. with hopes of already being downtown at 6:30 a.m. I jolted awake, scarfed down some peanut butter on bread, downed some water, got dressed and was out of there in 15 minutes.

The traffic wasn’t as bad as I expected, but still backed up with people trying to park. Luckily, Karen reminded me of a parking garage close to Vinoy Park and it seemed like no else remembered it because it was practically empty. I speed walked to the team’s meeting point to say hello. After a few minutes the gun went off to start the 10k. We were right by the start line so we hopped a fence and brought up the rear 🙂

My plan for the race was to just stay at a steady, comfortable pace. My ideal goals were to run the whole time and to do the race in an hour. But I was fine with not meeting those goals if I felt I couldn’t.

My average paces:

Mile 1 – 11:18

Mile 2 – 11:16

Mile 3 – 11:11

Mile 4 – 11:18

Mile 5 – 9:22

Mile 6 – 10:01

The first mile was a little rough. I was starting to wonder weather I could do the whole 6 miles. But I told myself the first mile is the worst. I was happy to be keeping around a 11 minute pace. My speed felt good and I started to feel really comfortable. This was actually my best run yet. I got in a zone and was just enjoying the course and people watching as I ran. I don’t know anyone who has or has had breast cancer, but seeing people who were wearing “In memory of” and “In celebration of” bibs inspired me to keep going and to finish strong.

I felt a surge of energy at mile 5 and picked up my pace, thinking I could hold it till the end. I ended up burning out towards the end some, but once I saw that finish line I went for it.

Time: 1:06:37

I’m pretty proud of my time. Not the hour I wanted, but I still thought I did pretty good for not being fully trained.

I grabbed some fruit and water and headed back to our team meeting spot to wait for the others who were doing the 5k. After congratulating them I headed home (with a stop for bagels on the way) to eat breakfast and to take a nap.

I eventually got up to meet up my friend Kyle at Folkfest.

Folkfest is an annual festival that acts as a fundraiser for Creative Clay. I’ve always wanted to go and have always missed it so I was glad to finally be able to check it out. It wasn’t as big as I thought it was going to be. There was music, some food and drink vendors and some art vendors. I was just expecting more art vendors. Kyle and I grabbed some refreshing sangria (it was HOT out) and walked around the different art booths. Some were really unique and there was one in particular that I really loved. The name is escaping me now, but the artist did found art, which I always find interesting. We listened to some of the music, but once our sangria ran out we decided to hit the road.

Sunday I tagged along with my friend Ashley to International Mall. I really need to make it up there more often. They finally put in a Gap, they seem to be revamping Forever 21 and they’re putting in a White House Black Market. Love it!

Later that night my mom and I went to American Stage for Hawk and Wayne’s improv show, which was very entertaining. Gavin Hawk, who is part of the two man show, was my theater professor at Eckerd so it was great to see him perform after such a long time.

More in depth blogs to come on Folkfest and Hawk and Wayne on my Articulate blog 🙂

Have you ran a race lately or have one coming up?

Tampa Bay Watch, Spring for the Arts, Girls Day

I am a bad blogger.

I had such an amazing weekend. However, there are few to none photos to prove it :/ Sometimes I just plain forget. Others I feel awkward taking photos of every little thing. Either way I wish I had more to showcase my fun. Guess you’ll just have to settle for words 🙂

Thursday wasn’t so much “fun”, but still an experience I’d like to note. I volunteered with the Junior League at Suncoast Center’s Illuminating Hope event. Suncoast Center offers help to those who have suffered things such as physical and sexual abuse and Illuminating Hope was an awareness event and encouraged people to speak out. There were expressive art pieces on display as well as a series of speakers. Tears instantly welled up as the first speaker, a 20 year old girl, spoke about she had been through. It was some hard stuff to sit through, but I am glad I got to be a part of it.

On Friday my work had a volunteer day with Tampa Bay Watch. We met at Weedon Island where we were presented with a huge pile of fossilized shells. Our job was to shovel these shells into mesh bags, transport them down onto a boat and then go out on the boat and help place them along a shoreline to create an oyster bar. This oyster bar helps to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. We spent 3 hours in the FL sun doing real, physical labor. By back and arms were sore all weekend, but I loved it! I love that sense of accomplishment and being able to actually see the difference you make. Can’t wait until we do it again!

Saturday morning was spent at our Junior League Leadership Retreat. Our speaker talked a lot about different personalities and eventually we got seperated into our different personality groups and learned a lot about how we work and how to work with others with different personality types. It was really helpful!

That night I got to attend Creative Clay’s Spring for the Arts fundraiser on behalf of Creative Pinellas (I’ll be blogging for them soon). Never knowing how much food is actually available at events Jon and I went to Ceviche beforehand for a few nibbles. When we got there there was a half hour wait so we went downstairs to their Flamenco bar area where there were very little people…score! We grabbed some seats at the bar and enjoyed some lovely wine and tapas. We hadn’t been to Ceviche to eat in so long and we forgot how much we enjoyed it. And we definitely favor the downstairs area better…it’s less hectic and I just like the atmosphere a bit better. The service seems to be better as well for some reason.

We had the Tabla Mixta, which had Chorizo, Morcilla and Serrano ham with Mahon, Manchego and Tetilla cheeses, sliced fruit and homemade pâte. Piquillos rellenos which are stuffed red peppers with ground veal and chorizo served with a sherry sauce. This is by far my favorite dish here. The flavor is perfect and they’re just delicious! We also had an asparagus dish, which was a nice side…got to have those veggies!

Spring for the Arts was a great event.

Beautiful music and wonderful artwork.

Tons of raffle and silent auction items.

A good amount of food and drink. I enjoyed some white wine and snagged some bread pudding from Ricky P’s for dessert.

(Since I’m reporting on this event for Creative Pinellas I won’t give too many details away.) We ran into a few people we knew and ended up chatting away the 2 hours we were there. They had member artisits doing free portraits and unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to do that 😦 The event was on the third floor of The Pier, which is used for lots of events. Beautiful views of the water and St. Pete!

Sunday I joined some lady friends for yoga at The Dali. This was actually my second yoga class of the week…imagine that! Afterwards we had a late lunch at Red Mesa Cantina. Jon and I had gotten dim sum that morning so I only had half of my mahi mahi torta, but it sure was good. Complete with a pomegrante mimosa 🙂

This week is going to be quiet. Jon is working nights this week so I’m on my own meals wise…might try my hand at some dishes! But I also don’t have anything planned outside of work for once. The only thing I do have planned this week is taking my mom to Hard Rock this Saturday for an early Mother’s Day present so that should be fun!

What fun things did you do this past weekend? Have you done any volunteering lately?