Monday, May 16, 2011

I Just Felt Like Running...

Momma always said stupid is as stupid does.
I ran a 5k on Saturday. Not just ANY 5k. It was the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 5k in Reston, VA. I was also part of a team of amazing girls from Crossfit Tyson's Corner. Kari, gym owner and red head extraordinaire, suggested we create a team to help raise some funds for this coalition. She has been a part of this race for the last few years with her friend Lisa, who lost her mother to this terrible disease. One of the worst things about ovarian cancer is that it is a sneaky, sneaky cancer. Many times it isn't caught until it is too late. All the money raised for this event goes straight to ovarian cancer research. That is something I can get behind!

So we made a team and ran a race that was painful, but not as painful as what those families touched by this cancer have to go through. And not to be all melodramatic or anything, but that thought is probably what kept me going. I hate running. Hate it. Not one ounce of my body likes to run. I have run in other races, but stopped after awhile because I figured out that paying money to participate in something I hate really didn't make very much sense. This was a little different, however. Not only were we supporting a great cause, but we were part of a team, and that was what is super cool. Here we are in all of our finish line glory:


A pretty good turnout! If you haven't noticed, there are no men present. ::ahem, way to go guys:: I feel like our resident chef and food superstar Robin summed it up nicely (as we met up with her afterward at her market):

"If they aren't runnin' for our ovaries, we aren't runnin' for their prostates."

I laughed!

Anyway, my goal was to finished in under 30 minutes without stopping. I was a little nervous because my back had given me problems the entire week. We were visiting DTM's mom and I thought maybe it was because I wasn't sleeping in my own bed (though her guest bed is SUPER comfortable). I could hardly run 800m the whole week. Thankfully, I finished the 5k it in 29:21, though my back did not fare well. I woke up Sunday and it took me a good 30 minutes to get out of bed because of it. Neat. It is feeling better today!

Also, I did a workout yesterday at Open Gym that was awesome.

Sunday, May 15

For Time:
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 Push Press (75/45)
3-6-9-12-15-18-21 Push Ups

You alternate between Push Press and Push Ups, so the first "round" is 21 Push Press, 3 Push Ups and the last "round" is 3 Push Press and 21 Push Ups.

I use 55# for the Push Press and attempted to do all true Push Ups. The last few Push Ups were UGLY. But, I finished in 10:20. I would LOVE to do this one again, even though I have t-rex arms today because of it. ::rawr::

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