My slowest 5k ever

On Saturday my tri club held a 5k event, a special kind of challenge that is a bit different than your typical 5k.  Called “Up A Creek”, the entire event takes place in a creek bed.  In some spots there was just sand and mud, other spots the water was up to my belly button.  There were logs to climb over or under, mud, sand, rocks, water and more. 19 people from my tri club took part, including my husband who decided this would be a good first race ever!  We all got slowed down, got dirty and had a blast.

My official time was 44:52, which was good enough for 3rd female.  To put in perspective the difference of this vs. a normal 5K, the fastest time 32:56.   I can say that I think I smiled the entire way.  Here are the pictures.

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Team Godzilla
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Showing off our post-race smiles and dirty clothes.

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New challenges in the off-season

Since my triathlon season has come to a close I’m enjoying a variety of workouts, some have a specific purpose, others are just for fun.

  • Incorporate strength training
  • Plyometrics
  • Running with my husband as he becomes a runner for the first time
  • Running with my kids
  • Making myself do flip turns for every swim workout

A fun event was when my daughter’s cross country team included parents in one of the meets.  She has improved a lot over last year and is officially faster than me, but took it easy on me in the meet and we ran together.  It was great to see what they experience through a meet, hear how encouraging they are to one another and have such a great shared experience with my daughter.  In the final 200m of the race, we were sprinting at an all out effort.  In the last couple steps, Grace out kicked me and earned bragging rights amongst her teammates for beating her mom, it was awesome.

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Look how similar our running styles are

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I’ve also been spending more time on trails, both on foot and on bike.  In the next couple months I have a few trail races coming up which is totally out of my comfort zone.  I enjoy trails but am slow…real slow.

In October my tri club is putting on a race called Up A Creek.  It’s an anything goes run/race where you run up the creek bed, then back down.  I really have no idea what I’m in for, but it should be fun.

Then in December I am signed up for the Pere Marquette trail race, which is “considered the toughest and most grueling race in the Midwest”.  The race fills up in a matter of hours and I’ve never done it.  While I may not win any awards at this race, I plan to spend more time on trails to prepare for it.

Also on Sundays when kids’ activities don’t conflict, my husband and I have decided to implement #singletrackSundays for the winter months.  While our first outing was just mountain biking, future weeks will include trail bricks.

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Mountain biking fun
Mountain biking fun

I have lots of room for improvement on trails and am looking forward to the change of scenery!

Although I’m looking forward to 2016 and am already making goals, I’m really enjoying the variety of workouts and change of scenery for now.

What different activities do you do in the off-season?