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backontrack - Race Day

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The town I live in had their final summer blast. An all-day event starting with a 5K and ending with fireworks I just watched from my driveway.

Today was the first time I ran in about a month. When the heel pain set in, I bought new running shoes, a special sock to wear every day, a foam roller to massage my calves and iced my heel a few times a week.

I have done a couple short walk/runs but today was the first day I kept running. It felt SO good! Not so good now but I have a doc appointment on Tuesday to see what needs to be done about this heel. It never hurts while I'm running.

It was a picture-perfect day for a run. My daughter and I were pretty tired as her evening went all kinds of wrong last night and wasn't able to catch a train out to me until 12:30am. Needless to say not much sleeping! Good thing the race was a five-minute walk from my house!

We started with a group warm up/stretch session, led by the local zumba instructor. Very fun.

Once we started running, I kept up with my daughter until just after mile two, then I started wilting a bit. I slowed down to a trot to keep moving but walked a little bit after the second water station.

I caught up to a guy who was also walking. He said "Tons of fun huh?" I said "yes" and then he clapped his hands and said "okay, come on let's do this, let's go" and we both took off running.

We caught up with two more guys walking, maybe he knew them, not sure, but he said "Come on ladies, let's go" and the four of us got moving together. Not sure where the energy came from but I barreled into the finish line. I just love the running community! The picture below is not my most flattering but it was a good moment!

My official time was 32:16 which I was happy for considering I have done very little running the past month and I was not pushing myself. I was just enjoying the day.

We walked a couple miles to our favorite after-race breakfast spot, back home for showers and headed back to the festivities. I saw canoeing on the list of activities and I wanted to try it.

We had so much fun. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and it felt heavenly. Any time I can see water and trees, I am instantly at peace.

There were several families of ducks in the water. Of course my daughter was quacking at them. One baby duck quacked back a couple times and started heading in our direction, breaking away from the family. We had a good laugh. It quickly got back in line. Maybe momma gave some kind of signal that conversing with humans will not be tolerated.

Freggies have been taken care of today, pushups and stretching done and YAY, I hit 90 seconds on my plank. I'm determined to hit the two-minute mark by the end of the month.

I'm going to take the dog out one last time, close the kitchen and hit the hay. I'm pooped.

I hope everyone had a sparkly Saturday!

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    emoticon on your 5K. I love running with my daughters! It's a great way to spend time together and do something healthy at the same time.

    It sounds like you had a great day all the way around. I love caneoing and it's a great upper body workout, to boot!
    1667 days ago
    So glad to hear your race went well! I love how running can be so family involved! Hope you get your heel figured out as well!
    1667 days ago
    What a wonderful race! I'm so happy for you. Congrats on getting it done!!

    Looks like you had a great day - congrats!
    1668 days ago
    Wow! It's so neat that your daughter is your active buddy. I'm inspired to take my Mom with me. emoticon
    1668 days ago
    Me too! Anytime I see water and trees I am at peace, as well. For a long time I'd only visited the ocean. I love that, but it's missing the greenery. Then after that period. I went to a lake with my hubby. We sat on a dock and dangled our legs. Tears just rolled down my cheeks. I don't know why I don't visit lakes and rivers more often! (My first 6 years of life I lived with a river in my backyard. I love the water, surrounded by green trees and blue sky...ahhh)

    Have a great Sunday!
    1668 days ago
  • KANOE10
    What a great day and congrats for finishing your run. I hope the doctor can help you with that heel pain. I love your pictures.

    1668 days ago
    It sounds like a perfect Saturday, Kellie, and sooo much fun with your daughter ! I haven't been canoeing in years, but I have all kinds of funny stories about the many times we have been canoeing in years gone by. The last three times I was on a river it was in the form or tubing which I think is much more fun.

    Hope you can find out what in the heck is going on with that heel of yours.
    1668 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Sending good thoughts and vibes your way that your heel dilemma gets sorted out quickly!
    1668 days ago
    What a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing it - especially with pictures!

    We have had a canoe for decades - we need it to go from our pier to the good swimming place (Our waterfront is all mud and marsh) Our canoe is a traveling one 18 feet of aluminium - so I used to put my bike in the canoe and then ride that on the island across the creek from us. Well. there you have it. I wasn't even 30 then. LOL
    1668 days ago
    What an excellent day!
    Hope the heel situation gets sorted out - sounds painful.

    Oh, and well done with the 90sec plank!

    1668 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    emoticon Good for you!!

    The heel pain could be plantar fasciitis...good luck with that if it is, I've had it, not fun!
    1668 days ago
  • ANRRN12
    1668 days ago
    emoticon emoticon have a great Sunday emoticon
    1668 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Great job! You had a fun-filled day!! Hope you heel feels better!! emoticon
    1668 days ago
    Well done!! Hope you can get your heel sorted out so you can enjoy running more.
    1668 days ago
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