Smoothie King’s Fool’s Run 5k

Ahhh…I love local races.

And I really love new post-2nd-baby PRs! 🙂


Official time: 32:04 (avg. pace = 10:21min/mile) and 6th out of 20 in my age group!

But let me start at the beginning.

I really thought about backing out of this race. Saturday was a HUGE day at work (that went GREAT by the way!) and I was pretty exhausted. Regardless, we set our alarms, my parents came over to watch the babies, and we headed to the race start. It only took about 10 minutes to get to the race and we were able to park about 20 yards from the starting line itself. Have I mentioned that I love local races?


I think they had about 300 runners and the morning couldn’t have been more beautiful.


We headed out to the starting line…




Nate came decked out in his work shirt to advertise his company, Smart Records Management. It’s not everyday you see a guy running in a button up shirt!


He made his way to the front of the pack…



And before I knew it, we were off!

I went out and felt GREAT. I didn’t wear a Garmin, but I did have RunKeeper going on my phone. But I didn’t wear an iPod, so I listened to my favorite radio station (the JoyFM) on my phone. I really think not over-analyzing my pace and distance helped me in the long haul.

I came out strong and ran the first half mile at a 9:05 min/mile pace. I literally said out loud, ‘WHOA!’

First mile? 9:30.

I had fleeting thoughts of finally getting that sub-30 minute 5k, and I held on as long as I could.

Second mile? 10:14.

And then…I fell apart. I let myself walk and, well, I had a hard time getting back up to speed after that. Third mile? 10:52.

I really need to work on my endurance, but quite frankly, given the fact that I have been running an average of once a week, I’m okay with my 32:04. Thrilled in fact. 🙂

And my speedy husband? He took second place in his age group with a time of 22:03.

I was so proud of him getting his medal!






He finished just 22 seconds behind our friend Larry – who also happens to be in our running group – the Island Running Club! 🙂




Guess who also came out to run this morning – my sister Shannon! She totally surprised me by being out there – and finished in 42: 17! I love that she is really claiming this running thing as her own. She is a middle school teacher and has started helping with Girls on the Run at her school. How awesome is that?!?


Fantastic weekend. A great start to my desire to start focusing a little more on me and my health. That new journey continues…

My goal? To cut out sugar for the next two weeks. I seem to have lost all concept of what is a “treat” and what is normal food. For instance, ice cream should be a treat, not a daily habit. So wish me luck. And please send me any suggestions you might have. Here goes nothing!



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9 Responses to Smoothie King’s Fool’s Run 5k

  1. Congrats on your post 2nd baby PR! I am doing a 30 day eating challenge that involves no added sugar right now… I snack on fruit, raisins, or dates to get my sugar fix. Oooh a great ice cream replacement is banana “soft serve.” Stick a super ripe peeled banana in the freezer, then mash it up and enjoy with some coconot flakes, berries, nuts. Yum 🙂

  2. Great job on the 5k!!!

    I keep dark chocolate squares around for when I need a treat. a little dab of peanut butter and I swear I’m in heaven.

  3. April Brown

    I get my sweet fix along the same lines as Amber…I take 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk and put in blender with any type of frozen fruit (without added sugar if frozen from the store) and blend and viola! Milkshake! Being that you live in Florida you could totally use fresh mango, peel and freeze and blend. Super Yummy!

  4. You ALWAYS have the most wonderful pics!!!

  5. Kathy

    Way to rock that 5 k! My only advice about the sugar thing is to remind yourself that it gets easier to do without sugar the less you eat it. And you’ll feel so much better!

  6. Looks like a fun race. I love small races too. I love supporting local races. I just actually signed up to one here in my town. It’s going to be in June. So excited! :0
    Congrats on your PR! 🙂 Awesome!

  7. Great job! I love local races too. One time at a race for a local high school booster club, my wife got second in her age group. Her medal? A loaf of chocolate chip banana bread! lol It was awesome!

  8. Jacquelyn

    I gave up sugar for lent this year so to get a little something sweet (and to help me sleep) I drink warm milk and honey…

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