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Boring Exercise Update (please don’t read)

March 11, 2018

Hey all! I told you I’m boring now, so here’s proof. I ran my second 5K race this morning.

My first one was in early February, and I ran with my buddy Elizabeth (who you might remember as my yarn whisperer) and my husband Johan:

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They gave us hot cocoa and bagels afterwards, which was nice because it was 17 degrees.

This morning my husband watched me run the same route but without cocoa:

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This morning it was a balmy 33 degrees at race time.

My goal is always simply to finish the race without stopping, which I’m happy to report I did both times. I run really slow, though, so it always becomes this thing where I’m near the very back, with people who run by me and then stop to walk, and then I slowly pass them, and then they run by me again. By the end of the race I’m kind of the last always-runner and ahead of most of the sometimes-walkers.

I’m happy to report that this second race was easier to complete (I never felt like I wouldn’t be able to, whereas in the first race there were definitely moments I was forcing myself to keep going) AND my time went down! From 39:00 to 38:55, so a full five seconds. For those interested, that’s 0.21% faster. Did I mention that I’m a slow runner? I’m also a very consistently slow runner.

I’ve signed up for a triathlon at Lake Welch in May. It’s a sprint triathlon, so the running part of it is a 5K, which is by far the hardest part for me. So I’m well on my way to training. For the next two months I’ll be doing lots of biking and running and trying to sometimes do two in a day, to build up stamina. The swimming is super easy so I barely need to practice that, but I will anyway because it’s nice sometimes to do something easy instead of forcing yourself to do something hard. Having said that, I’ve really been enjoying the running, it gets out a good portion of my urban aggression. Also I honestly enjoy being that slow runner whom everyone passes, because it makes them feel really fast, and I’m happy for them, and I don’t mind at all being slow. I’m just grateful to be healthy.

OK, sorry to bore everyone with all of this, but if you’re doing similar stuff, feel free to sign up for the same triathlon as I am and I’ll see you there!

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  1. Tam
    March 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Way to go you’re an inspiration. And looking good!

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  2. Sean Carey
    March 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Good for you!! Looks like you had as much fun as you can at 33 degrees. Keep on going and great job. I always look forward to what you write.

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  3. Katharina
    March 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Very cool! I’m struggling with some weight gain in middle age and need to do something like a triathlon. It’s hard to fit exercise in, especially with kids and work that is time-consuming and tiring. How do you/will you make time for the triathlon training?

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  4. John Hacker
    March 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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  5. March 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    really, really impressive… the hair I mean!
    No, no, just kidding; congrats, and going straight to a triathlon from just two 5Ks; more power to you! (…but hey, you need to take up pickleball!)

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  6. March 11, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Ah, we love this stuff, there’s nothing boring about running or cycling or triathlon! I love that you’re consistent to within 5 seconds over 5K too 🙂

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  7. dotkaye
    March 12, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    excellent !
    ” I honestly enjoy being that slow runner whom everyone passes, because it makes them feel really fast”
    is a good way to look at things..

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  8. March 13, 2018 at 2:14 am

    two a day workouts = the answer! but who has time? Good luck and do keep moving

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  9. François Loeser
    March 13, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Love you when you’re boring!

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  10. March 13, 2018 at 10:22 am

    This is so great!! I know NYRR races are a little pricey, but I hope to see you out there on some of them! They have some great “themed” races that honestly are like big festivals celebrating running and the theme of the run! The Japan Run (four-miler, May 13, 2018) is always super cool!!

    Glad you’re in the running community, and welcome :D!! (Or welcome back!! :D)

    Best wishes!
    Rachael

    p.s.
    On a much sadder note, I saw the following article on twitter; since you left twitter and I don’t know if tech crunch is a part of your dailies (not for me..), I just wanted to share. Talk about the ethics matrix.. Classification here is a grey area, but it’s really unclear how social media platforms benefit and harm society.

    https://beta.techcrunch.com/2018/03/13/un-says-facebook-is-accelerating-ethnic-violence-in-myanmar/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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  11. March 13, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Awesome!

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  12. cat
    March 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    The run/walk/run is a strategy some people do.
    http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/run-walk/

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  13. April 1, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    There is nothing boring about running. Get yourself some nice wireless sweatproof headphones (plantronics are great BTW) and you will see what I mean. On my way to work I am oftenly selecting some new songs to listen meanwhile running. You will love it and be willing for the next time you will be immersed with your thoughts and running. More speed comes with some more stamina that you will get along the way.

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    • April 1, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Yes I already enjoy listening to my son’s music on Bluetooth! It makes running much more enjoyable.

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