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Make Track for the Zoo 5k Race Recap

Sunday morning I was up bright and early to run the 30th annual Make Tracks for the Zoo 5k.

I say bright and early but in reality it was rainy and early.

I took a few risks the night before the race and had sorbet and crayfish and shrimp which is definitely not something I have on any kind of regular basis, so I had to cross my fingers there and hope for the best.

I wore my Asics 2000’s, lululemon Inspire crops, and a Run:Swiftly short-sleeved top. I really liked this ensemble because it was definitely muggy once the sun came out about five minutes into the race, and neither the shirt nor the pants got overly soggy and weighed down.

5kmapThey changed the course a bit this year and it was a little flatter than the past. I will say I did like it a little more because I thought there was a bit more shade on this route.

It rained the entire way there and stopped just as I was getting out of my car. I arrived to the start line with maybe 6 minutes to spare, just enough time to put water in my handheld and make my way to the actual starting area.

Because of this I was definitely at the back of the pack and had to weave around a lot of people before i could settle into a semi-comfortable groove. Even then I still did a lot of weaving and pass all the way up to the end, which was a bit of a bummer. Plus, it was easier to let myself slide into a very comfortable pace instead of pushing myself because all the people around me were going slower as well.


My first mile clocked in around 15:50 (or 15:34 moving time) and there definitely a few times I had to slow WAY down before I could move around a person. Just before mile two the sun came out and it started to get swampy real fast around the course. I took a one minute walk break at the beginning of the second mile and clocked the second mile in 15:56.

The second mile on the course actually came .2 of a mile sooner than it should have, but they made up for it in the third mile, which made it seem extra long. My third mile came in at 16:28 and then I tried to pick it up and get to the finish but it was hard given how muggy it felt.


Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my results given how crappy my training had been and how sucky I felt at the beginning of the race. There was a time where I thought I actually might puke on the course, which I’ve never done. So all in all, I’m not terrible upset by the numbers. It just means I need to buckle down and work on my training a little better for the next 5k in June.



My official stats are a little off from my Garmin pace, with my Garmin giving me an average pace of 15:59/mile and my chip time from my bib giving me a pace of 16:21/mile. Not really certain were the 21 second difference comes into play and which one to call my official pace, but I’m thinking I will go with the Garmin time (obviously!).

I do want to make one little note though-

I get that it’s a family event. I do. I understand little kids wanting to participate in the big race with mommy and daddy. But at what age is that really appropriate? How young is too young to be pushing 3 miles? And if they do want to run with you, guess what? You need to go their pace. Not drag them with you, or scold them for not “keeping up” with you or holding you back. You should be encouraging and positive through the whole thing, stopping when they need to stop and all that other jazz. Because that’s what’s best for them, mentally and health wise!




This past weekend was full of activities.

Saturday I was up early and headed out to Swansea with my favorite yellow dog in tow to do a little dock dogging. We’ve been doing this little doggy activity now for probably close to 7 years, and even went to the World Championships a few years ago.

He didn’t have the best jumps in his wave but he still has fun and that all I can ask for, so it’s been a blast getting to meet people from all over the country who are just as dog crazy as me!

After we packed back up and stopped off at the dog wash to get him all cleaned up, we headed home and I got all cleaned up. M & I headed to the French Quarter bar to partake in their annual shrimp and crayfish boil. For the past few years, M’s cousin’s husband has been coming up here from Louisiana and cooking all the shrimp and crayfish that the bar is serving. We stopped by last year and it was all WAY too spicy for me to eat, but this year everything was so good! I never thought I’d really be into eating crayfish (or crawdads, as we call them up here), but they are actually pretty tasty.

Then we stopped by the Mexican restaurant for a friend’s surprise birthday party. We really only know him through the restaurant, because like us he goes there about every Friday for dinner. So it was nice to get to meet some of his family and friends. On the way home we made a quick stop by Chill for some fro-yo and sorbet. M just recently decided fro-yo was acceptable and actually enjoys eating it now.

Sunday I was up bright and early to head down to the Zoo for the annual 5k that they hold. It rained the whole way there and then the sun came out just in time to make the race nice and humid. I will post a race recap tomorrow.

After the race, I realized that none of the places I needed to run my errands at would be open until 11-ish, so I just headed home and showered and changed. Then I let both dogs out, and we wandered around the orchard, where they both found nice mud holes and dead crap to roll in. So it was back in side and bath #2 of the week for both of them.

I went and picked up my jewelry from being cleaned up, and did a little shopping because I needed some new shirts and a new pair of jeans. I have a tendency to wear things until they are quite literally falling apart at the seams or just don’t fit anymore, so my wardrobe need a few new updates.

Once I got home from those adventures, I cleaned and organized the pantry, did a little laundry, and made a really delicious roasted chicken dinner. All in all a pretty successful weekend in the books!

Running, Running

Monday night I stopped off and got my allergy shots. I think that they are working, I don’t know if it is too early to tell yet or not. But I did forget to get my allergy medicine filled so I went without for a week and wasn’t horribly miserable so I’m going to say that they appear to be doing their job. I suppose.

The worst part of the whole shots isn’t getting stuck with the needles, it’s the 30 minutes wait after. I understand why you have to wait 30 minutes, I do. But it still stinks when there are other places you’d like to be.

Once I was done with my 30 minute wait, I got checked out and hurried to my car to grab my bag with my running stuff in it. I did a quick change in one of the building’s bathrooms and then headed to the Katy Trail to put in my 3 miles I had on the schedule.

It was really humid and I don’t know what I’m going to do once it gets even more humid and hotter during the summer! I guess I will figure out a way around it I suppose. Or figure out how to run through it. I definitely need to get my handheld water bottle together because I felt a little dehydrated on this run. I managed to stay pretty consistent with my first two-mile splits (15:58) and then the third mile got a little strugglefest. I clocked that one 16:40 looking at my Garmin’s info. All in all I was fairly happy with the run, even though it sucked pretty good at the end.

I took yesterday evening off, with plans to work on the house work a bit. That didn’t really happen other than doing some laundry. Tonight I think I have either speed work or a tempo run on the schedule (that you know, I really haven’t been following), which I plan on doing as soon as I get home. I’m looking forward to the Zoo 5k coming up not this weekend but next. I don’t think a PR is in the plans for me at this race, but I am curious to look at my times and see what the differences are between all of them and at least better my time from last year’s race.

I don’t know if I mentioned here on the blog, but we all know my weight is a struggle for me. I’ve been working on making a better effort to eat more healthy and exercise a bit more, which was a definite struggle at the beginning of the year with tax season, various illnesses, and then general lack of motivation. BUT, I did manage to lose 10 pounds and keep them off over the course of those three months. April wasn’t such a fantastic month workout wise and eating wise, but I’m doing alright so far this month. I took all my measurements and everything at the beginning of the month and I hope to see some kind of change come June. I will try to keep you all updated on my progress!


This weekend was pretty fantastic!

Saturday I got up did some stuff around the house and then grabbed my bike and headed out to the Katy Trail to get in my first ride of the year. I drove out to Defiance and got all settled in and headed off towards Augusta. I rode just past Augusta and then turned around and headed back towards my car for a total of 15.25 miles. The trail was pretty nice, with a few spots that were washed out and a spot that had been repaired. It was definitely sunny and warm when you weren’t in the shaded parts of the trail, but for the most part it was tolerable. IMG_1761IMG_1768IMG_1769

After my bike ride I hung out for a bit and had a grape soda at the bike stop before packing my bike back onto my car and heading home. There I changed into shorts (shocking!) and proceeded to clean out my car. Now my living room is filled with all the crap out of my car and my car is pretty clean on the inside. The dogs and I chilled for a bit then I put on jeans and headed out to hit up the gas station, car wash, and grocery stores. I decided to grill hot dogs and pineapple for dinner, and I picked up a couple of things for Sunday’s dinner. I need to get my May dinner calendar finished up so I can know what I’m planning on making. After that it was just chill at home and watch some TV until bedtime.

Sunday I got up, got ready, and headed out the door to photograph the cutest, most squishy-cheeked baby around and his family. It was shaping up to be a pretty warm day by 10 o’clock but everyone managed to push through like champs and we got some really cute shots. I’ve been editing them through-out the day today and I just about die every time I see his chunky little self on my screen.

Then I headed back home and attempted to get the whole bush situation in front of the house under control. I hate those bushes with a passion, but they are nearly impossible to pull out without them being dead and they are almost impossible to kill, so I had to do something. Post-pruning I took a quick little nap and then headed out the door for photography session number 2 for the day.

I hit up Busch WIldlife again and this time got the pleasure of working with two black labs who are trained in Search & Rescue. They were phenomenally well-behaved and it was pretty awesome to watch them both work a little bit. I haven’t had a chance to go through all their photos yet today, but I’m thinking we got some pretty awesome shots. Then it was one more trip through the car wash and home to grab my running shoes and then out to Indian Camp Creek to get a run in. I put in two miles, and then hurried back home to make dinner. IMG_1770IMG_1772

I thought I had plenty of time to chill before bed, but M decided we needed some froyo so a quick trip into town procured some of that and we had a pretty decent dessert for the evening.

On deck this evening I have a run schedule after hopefully getting my allergy shots. Three miles on the schedule and I even managed to pack a bag so I can run on the trail instead of heading back to Indian Camp Creek. Woot Woot!


Yoga and Other Adventures

So this weekend was pretty fantastic. Other than having to carve two big chunks out of it to come to work, which wasn’t all bad, I had a relatively relaxing weekend. After work on Friday, I got my allergy shots and headed home to meet up with M to go see Furious 7. It wasn’t my most favorite of the franchise, but you could definitely feel the connection all the actors had, and knowing that Paul Walker is gone, certain scenes did feel a little more meaningful. I can’t believe I was in high school and has carried on for so long! It’s crazy to think that I hadn’t even gotten my license when the first film came out.

We also hit up Bass Pro before the movie since we had some time to kill. We got some turkey decoys and I got a blind chair/hunting chair. I was able to price match with Cabela’s so I got $10 off. I’m getting really excited for turkey season coming up. I can’t wait! Hopefully it will be a little more successful than my past couple of deer seasons!

Saturday M got up early and headed off to help a friend take his daughter out for youth turkey season. I headed out to the yoga studio to take my first yoga class in forever! I can’t believe how much better I felt just after the one class. It was crazy. My back has been bothering me quite a bit and it hasn’t felt nearly as compressed since class. Now I just have to get there a little more often. It was also great for my mind. My brain has been running like crazy here recently and I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed and stressed about things that shouldn’t be bothering me so much. My journal has been getting quite the work out here lately.

After yoga, I hit up Picasso’s and got a smoothie and then headed to work to take care of the work critters and do some stuff at the office for my dad since he is out-of-town. I passed what had to be 200+ motorcycles on my way to work though. They all had the same patch on their jackets, so I assume it was some kind of club and not just a random group of people riding together. It was pretty impressive to see!

After taking care of things at the office, I headed to the fish market since halibut is back in season! It’s more or less our favorite fish, so I was happy to add it back into the rotation for the dinner menu. The recipe I tried out for dinner with it was alright, but could use a little tweaking to make it perfect.

Once I got home we had some lunch, and then it was nap time for the whole house!

Sunday was the last Loin’s Club breakfast of the season, so we went to that with the family and then I headed home and M headed to his parents house to do a little work with his dad. I cleaned and organized the bathroom and the dining room and started on the kitchen before I had to head back to the office to take care of the work critters again and then stop by my parents house to take care of their cat. Then a low-key evening at home in which I tried out my new pasta roller attachment for my mixer. I don’t know if I just need to find a different pasta dough recipe or what, but they were a little on the thick side. Mostly because the dough kept ripping when I tried to roll it thinner. So I don’t know. I will clearly have to do a bit more research on that and find a good dough recipe. Because I LOVE pasta!

Yesterday was boring and I didn’t get home in time to make my run. I’m hoping to get it in tonight before dinner and then tomorrow is the LAST DAY OF TAX SEASON!!! Finally! It has felt like it has taken forever for that to come. Ugh, I can’t wait. I think this year everyone is just done with taxes!

Quick Update

So as far as my first week of training for the Zoo 5k went, it didn’t. I didn’t manage to make a single run happen that week. Between being busy with work, and the shitastic weather we had last week (Uh, yeah, 70 degrees one day, SNOW the next) I just couldn’t find the time or the motivation to make it happen.

Casino birthday crawl for my dad went pretty good overall. No one really won a bunch of money, but it was still a good time.

I got three miles in on Tuesday, which I was supposed to do on Monday but it didn’t happen. I should have done a 30 minute tempo run last night, but getting out of the tax office was a little hectic. I should do three miles tonight, too. But we will have to see how it plays out. The weather is being a little suspect today and the treadmill at the free gym has been a little crowded lately.

My three-mile run was a little tough. I’m not 100% sold on my new shoes yet, but they did feel a little better last night than they did when I took them for their first official spin. I did not hit my goal pace at all, but I’m still trying to get this flem crap out of my throat from having the flu. Plus, I forgot to use my inhaler before running. I mapped it out and might do the loop backwards next time and get all the hills out-of-the-way at the very beginning versus the middle of my run.

Over the weekend I have a three miler and a five miler on the schedule. I also want to make a little time for my bike as well because I haven’t gone riding in FOREVER!! We shall see since it’s not only a holiday weekend (Easter Sunday), but I also have two going away parties to attend as well as my sister bikini competition on Saturday. Then it’s nothing for two weekends in a row! I’m really hoping it stays that way with turkey season coming up soon I need some time to fine tune my bow sights.

I turned the draw weight up as well, so I definitely need some more practice at the higher draw weight.

So this is most likely all you will hear from me for the rest of the week so I hope you have a great weekend! I know I’m looking forward to my three-day weekend like nobody’s business!