I am promising to get back in the swing of blogging here. As summer is approaching (or really more or less already upon us since the Memorial Day weekend brought on the humidity), I need to up my workouts, share more recipes, enlist some new guest bloggers and much more! I have some good excuses for why the blogging has taken a hit–I bought a condo! So I’ve been super busy doing the homeowner thing. My mom asked me a few weekends ago after I had a marathon day of weeding my garden (talk about muscles I did not know existed) if I was going to stop running now that I had new duties on my plate. I told her, “I don’t think so…running is my sanity!” And sure enough it really must be because even if I have lost my base mileage of however many miles I was up to and now feel that I can only put in 2-3 miles it still is a great stress reliever to me.
This past Sunday I ran the Teal Ribbon 5K to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Center Foundation, Inc. Two of my friends and I headed out early Sunday morning to drive over to Philadelphia. Becky–who guest blogged on her first 5K with me last year–and I stuck together for the race and finished in 30:49. Our friend Joe followed us not too far behind. It was a humid 70+ degree day and was a nice jaunt past the Please Touch Museum (which I vaguely remember going there for a field trip in elementary school) and looping around through a park and some streets. The views of the city in the distance was a much different feeling from running the marathon in November. The pool of runners was smaller, the crowds were lighter, but it was so nice to have company for a race! And when I looked at the winners online today I realized that I could easily have been a top three finisher in my age group (second place for 30-39 year old females finished at 25:08, which is only a few seconds faster than I ran the Hot Chocolate Run in December). But Sunday was not about winning, but about having some fun out running with friends and all in the name of fighting cancer.