Inspirangles – Hopping back on the 5K band wagon

9 06 2010

I just read such an inspiring half marathon recap post at Half of Jess, I had to share it. I’ve been following Jess’ blog for the last few months and have read about her slow and steady progress with running. In the last 3 months alone, she conquered a bunch of 5k races and ran her first half marathon the other day. 3 months! It’s awe-inspiring for me because Jess went from hating running to becoming a runner in a matter of months. It’s real proof of what determination, diligence and hard work can accomplish.

Now I want to finally run my first 5k. Actually run it non-stop. Even if my walk is faster than my jog.

Which reminds me, I should talk about the 5K I participated in back in May.

The start line

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I had originally intended to run the Walk of Life 5k, but I went on vacation and just stopped training for it (or exercising altogether) when I got back. I had convinced a bunch of friends to join me, but none of them were runners and they were all going to walk the 5k. The race was also a laid back event, not so much a race as a charity fundraiser. There was no official finish time tracking or anything like that.

While were were walking, I managed to convince one of my friends to do some running intervals with me. The first opportunity we got to break away from the mob, we started running and ended up leading the walking pack.

I couldn't find any pictures with me in them, but randomly saw my friends in this shot (front far right in the black and grey)

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We finished the 5k running and walking in about 44:28 according to the finish line clock. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of the time so I’m not entirely sure how accurate that time is since I don’t know what time we started after the runners.

If it was our real time, I’m not too happy with it since I’ve done 5k jogs on my own in 30-35 mins, but we also did get caught behind all the walkers for the first 1.5k and that probably slowed us down a great deal.

In the end, it was a good experience and I felt great that I had fundraised for a charity that means a lot to me personally.

But like I said, now I’m ready to fully run my first 5k!

I’m signing up for two 5Ks this summer:
Beaches Jazz Tune Up 5K on July 25, 2010 – not chip-timed so it’ll be more of a practice run for me
Toronto Women’s 5K on August 28, 2010 – this one’s chip-timed, so it’s the real deal!

Time to get serious and start training! (Go figure, I’m actually excited to run again đŸ™‚ )


Entertangles: Cuba Recap

1 06 2010

I have been in vacation mode ever since I got back from Cuba. I can’t believe the impact a relaxing vacation can have on the body. All that exam stress just vanished after a few days of sun, sand and surf. Of course, mojitos and unlimited booze helped!

Strangely, it also seemed like the longest week ever. The weeks before and after the trip breezed by, but during, I started to count down the days until we went back home. There’s only so much tanning, swimming and drinking you can do for 7 days straight!

I won’t bore you with the details because, frankly, we didn’t do a whole lot to report back, but I did get some pretty pics.

Here’s the soundtrack of our vacation to get you in the mood…

At Pearson International airport in Toronto, I saw:

We said goodbye:

And endured 4.5 hrs in the air…

To arrive at:

The beaches were beautiful:

The weather the first day was not:

After a few days of on/off rain, we were finally able to enjoy the sun, surf and sand:

We went into Varadero one day to see the sights and do some souvenir shopping:

Of course, we traveled in style:

I also saw a lot of strange and beautiful critters:

There were dinners and dancing:

Near the end of the trip, we visited:

And enjoyed some:

Followed by:

Finally the week came to an end and we headed home off into the:

But what’s a health blog without some food pics? (However, the buffet meals were not at all appetizing and I forgot to take my camera with me after the first day…)

My friend Emily being cautious for our first meal, sticking to fruit, cukes, potatoes and pasta

Lasagna from the a la carte Italian restaurant

Dessert at the a la carte - Tiramisu

Final Thoughts – The vacation came at the perfect time and really allowed me to learn a lot about myself. I traveled with my good friend and her friends who I didn’t know at all.  In the end, we all shared a lot, having spent almost all of our time there together, and became good friends. (Bonus: I progressed with my new years resolutions of getting out of my comfort zone and making new friends!)

Also, I discovered my love for the ocean, stinging salt water and all! Past experiences swimming with slimy fishies in boat-filled diesel-y fresh water lakes and burning my eyes, nose and throat while snorkeling in the salty Caribbean had me convinced I was only meant for chlorine filtered pools, and though I realized last year that swimming is my exercise, finding that I was thriving in the ocean really proved to me I’m a true water sign (cancer)!

It’s already been a month, but since I’m only taking one course in summer school, it’s been hard to get back into work mode. Especially with the nice weather we’ve been having. Makes me want to go back to this:

One day, I’m going to move to the west coast so I can live by the ocean…One day…*sigh*