Third Annual Girls on the Run 5K

Well, tomorrow is the big Girls on the Run race! It seems like it just crept up on me, but here it is! Like the last two years, the 5K will be held at the Marilla Center in Morgantown and will offer a variety of activities and booths. To name a few:

  • Zumba – 10 a.m.
  • Yoga – post race
  • Happy Hair Station (That’s where you’ll find me!) – available all day. This is a great place for our GOTR participants to stop by and get some awesome Goody hair decor.
  • Pinky Promise Station – available all day. Stop by this booth and take the Pinky Promise Challenge to help put an end to bullying by having your pinky nails painted blue.
  • Shopping Area – available all day.
  • Eco Race Events (ERE) will be recycling and will also be accepting donations of any old race shirts and other clothes, including old running shoes. Clean, usable clothes and shoes will be donated to be used again and will also be used to make new textiles and shoes will be given to Nike to chop up for running track surfaces. Old trophies will also be collected for reuse.

As you can see, this will be a fun-filled, jam packed event. Don’t worry, we have a map for all of these awesome activities! So, what if you’ve already registered? You can pick up your pre-registration packet tonight at Health Works in Morgantown between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Any questions you have about the race can be answered by me or one of our volunteers. If you can’t make it, you can always get your packet tomorrow morning starting at 8:30 a.m. Remember the race starts at 10:30 a.m., so get your packet early! If you haven’t registered, you can register starting at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow inside the Marilla Center. The race does fill up quickly, so come early if you want a spot.

Parking is available along East Brockway Avenue and in lots surrounding the Marilla Center, including the lot by the upper ball field and playground. Carpooling is encouraged! Lastly, if you play to come, don’t forget to bring a towel, as we won’t let rain stop us from enjoying the day! Should thunderstorms be in the area, participants won’t be put at risk. Cancellations will be posted on our Facebook page.

Ok, that covers it! Have a great weekend and hope to see some of you there!

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Registered for Race! Oh Wait…

Well, I finally got my registration in for the upcoming Burgh’s 10K/5K Run & 2 Mile Fun Walk on Sunday April 21, 2013. So exciting! Oh wait, except that I can’t do it now. Ok, here’s the story. I registered on Monday last week, only to find out that my friend’s bachelorette party is going to be in Roanoke the night before, which is a little under 3 hours away from the race. Normally I’d just say “Oh I’ll squeeze that in!” However, I just can’t imagine trying to get up and leave that early AND be in high spirits. Cat Hair in my Coffee moment, much?

So, if you know anyone who would like to take my spot, please shoot me an email at bailee.r.morris@gmail.com. Much appreciated!

I fell way behind in my 10K plan, leaving me at around the 2.75 mile mark right now. It’s probably for the best that I push back my 10K. With all of these bridal showers, weddings and bachelorette parties, my schedule is left with just a few days a week to train. However, despite falling behind in my training, I’m feeling better than ever about my strength and endurance. Slow and steady is definitely the way to go for me. Here’s what the next few weeks look like.

Week 7 Day 1-3 

  • Brisk five minute warmup walk
  • Jog 2.5 miles
  • Five minute cool down

Week 8 Days 1 & 2

  • Brisk five minute warmup walk
  • Jog 2.75 miles
  • Five minute cool down

Week 8 Day 3

  • Brisk five minute warmup walk
  • Jog 3 miles
  • Five minute cool down

So you see that I’m pretty far behind and very far behind from where I was about a year ago. No big, though. I plan on hitting the trail as much as possible over the next few weeks so that I complete this plan at least within a week or two of the upcoming wedding I’m in.

Never Going to Finish

My cheerleaders.

 

Would You Care for a Spot of Tea?

My mom sent me home with a tea pot and matching cups and saucers over the weekend, so on Sunday, to add to my already exciting Downton Abbey viewing experience, I decided to enjoy some tea with my PBS.

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I thought I was all cool with my fancy tea cup and saucer.

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…but my cats quickly corrected me with their disapproving stares.

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U’z an idiot, hooman.

I know girls, I know.

In other news, my half marathon training starts in two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited. I decided to start four weeks earlier than the plan suggested to get myself back into a routine. Here’s what the first few weeks are going to look like.

*Sunday
(Rest)
Monday
(Easy)
Tuesday
(Cross Train)
Wednesday
(Easy)
Thursday
(Cross Train)
Friday
(Rest)
Saturday
(Long)
Rest 30 minutes
(3 miles)
30-40 minutes 30 minutes
(3 miles)
30-40 minutes Rest 3.5 miles

After I finish week four, I’ll launch into the actual training plan. Here’s a sample.

*Sunday
(Rest)
Monday
(Easy)
Tuesday
(Cross Train)
Wednesday
(Easy)
Thursday
(Cross Train)
Friday
(Rest)
Saturday
(Long)
Rest 35 minutes
3 miles)
30-40 minutes 35 minutes
3 miles)
30-40 minutes Rest 4 miles
Rest 45 minutes
(4 miles)
30-40 minutes 45 minutes
(4 miles)
30-40 minutes Rest 5 miles
Rest 45 minutes
(4 miles)
30-40 minutes 45 minutes
(45 miles)
30-40 minutes Rest 6 miles

You can do the math on how it will work out, but I actually only run as far as 10 miles before the race. This made me nervous at first, but I was told that once you get that far, a quick 5k is to finish it out is nothing. That makes total sense! Anyway, I’ll be posting the plan on my Fitness page sometime this week.