Rock’n’Roll Nashville 5k – Race Report

It’s now several weeks since the Rock’n’Roll Nashville 5k, so forgive me for being very delayed in writing my race report!  I’ve had a crazy few weeks with lots of work and travel so blogging has unfortunately taken a hit.  Hopefully things will start to calm down a little now and I can get caught up!

The Rock’n’Roll Nashville 5k took place on a very, very, VERY rainy Saturday morning on 30th April 2016, with 5k, half marathon and marathon distances to choose from.  I was on a road trip with occasional guest blogger Sarah, and this was her First Ever 5k, so we were super excited for it!   Sarah included a brief summary of this race in her last guest post, so I’ll be keeping this one short and simply covering the race in a little more depth.

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Couch to 5k review and my first 5k experience! GUEST POST

I’m sure you all remember Sarah and her great post about starting the C25k program earlier this year.  Well, she’s only gone and finished it, and run THREE 5k races already!  I can’t wait to hear her couch to 5k review, so take it away Sarah! 

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I’m back! Thanks so much to Pam again for letting me share my story here. I hope it helps even one of you reading to get hooked like me (spoiler alert!)

You guys, it’s been such a long time since I posted here about my first ever run I can’t quite believe how much has happened in that time. Are you ready for a rundown of 8 weeks in one go? Let’s get into it then.

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My first Did Not Start, and why it was a good thing

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I’ve been a little bit MIA in the past few weeks!  I’ve been struggling with motivation because I’ve been injured, but have not handled it in the best way, if I’m honest.  Instead of working through the problem like a rational, adult human being, I complained about it and then had an almost completely sedentary month full of junk food and bad moods.

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I’m still not entirely sure what the problem is, but what I do know is that I can’t run without shooting pains in my left leg.   A couple of weekends ago, I was due to run a 5k and instead I ended up with a big fat DNS – Did Not Start.  However, I think this was absolutely the best thing I could have done, and I want to take some time to talk about WHY.

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My 2016 Race Calendar

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We’re nearly into May, and comfortably back into running season.  Now that I’ve got my first half marathon out the way, it’s a good time to think about all the other races I’m doing this year.  I’ve signed up for a lot so far!

My 2016 Race Calendar: The Road to NYC Marathon

Nashville Rock’n’Roll 5k: April 30th

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Considering that I haven’t run in two weeks due to injury, and the weather is looking so rocky that I’m getting warnings my flight may be affected, this one is in danger of not happening!  I’d hoped to run my first ever sub-30 5k on this race, but now I’m aiming to just be able to run it after having some severe issues with my knee and hamstring.  Fingers crossed!

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Couch to 5k – my first attempt at running

Today on the blog, it’s all about Couch to 5k and what it’s like to start up the running program as a new runner.

If you have any friends who are trying to lose weight, or have taken up a new exercise hobby, you will know that they will not rest until EVERYBODY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN LEARNS ABOUT THEIR NEW LIFESTYLE CHANGE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT TOO.

Seriously.  Imagine doing something like that.

Oh did I mention? I have convinced my good friend Sarah to try out the Couch to 5k exercise program, and today she’s taking over the blog to tell you all about it.  Enjoy!

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Half way to half marathon! Training update

Half marathon training update time!  I’ve just reached the end of week 6, which means I’m half way through my training plan already!  I have 6 weeks left before the More/Shape half marathon in Central Park, and I’ve hit the point where the long runs really start stacking up the miles.  Time to really get serious about this!

Photo from NYRR.com
Photo from NYRR.com

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Diet forgotten, match abandoned. 2016 is go!

Happy new year everyone!

I haven’t written a blog post in a few weeks, for a couple of reasons.  I’ve been really busy with work, I’ve done some travelling and had a business trip to France which was much more stressful than I expected, and had some personal issues too. All in all, December was a split month for me, in some ways it was not the best month for me, but in other ways it was awesome. However, I did have some successes with running, so all was not lost!  I completed two more races since my last post, bringing my 2015 total to 19.

Ted Corbitt 15k, 9th December

It had arrived, the big race. My longest distance of 2015. The race that marked the final cell of my excel-spreadsheet-training-plan. It was an unseasonably warm December morning, which meant a last minute change to my running clothes. Running in one short sleeve tee was a nice novelty for mid-December!

 

Ready at the starting line with a running friend
Ready at the starting line with a running friend

 

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Pain is temporary. Internet race results last forever

Truer words were never spoken
Truer words were never spoken

Yesterday I ran the Garden State Plaza 5k, a quick flat race round the perimeter of the largest mall in New Jersey.  Not gonna lie, I struggled to add on another 2 miles after the race (as I had 5M in my training plan) – not from exhaustion or injury or laziness, but because a shopping mall doesn’t exactly have anywhere to run!

It was fine when we had the road closed off for the race, but afterwards I resorted to weaving up and down the car park aisles to get my extra distance in.  People kept looking at me like I couldn’t find the finish line so had resorted to just running up and down in neat little lines instead.  Let’s just say it wasn’t one of my favourites!

Car park selfie. I really need to start bringing people with me to these races, get some better photos!
Car park selfie. I really need to start bringing people with me to these races, get some better photos!

Anyway, I digress.  One of the supporters had a sign that said ‘Pain is temporary, internet race results last forever’.  It made me chuckle, and pushed me on to run that little bit faster as I approached the end of the timed race.  When I got home I decided to test the theory – do internet race results really last forever?  

To test it out, I searched for results from a 10k I’d walked in 2011, before I’d taken up running as a hobby.

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Dash to the Finish Line 5k

It’s NYC Marathon weekend!   For those of us not quite ready to run a marathon (yet!), this Saturday 31st October was the NYRR Dash To The Finish Line 5k, running through the streets of NYC and finishing in Central Park at the actual finish line of the marathon.  It’s a way to get involved in the marathon and get a feel for how amazing it must be to cross that finish line for real!

I ALMOST missed this race.  I’d planned on picking up my bib on race day as it had been so easy to do so during last week’s Poland Spring 5M.  By sheer chance, I was checking the NYRR website on Friday evening for the start time, and noticed that there was no race-day pick up for this race.  I had to pick up at the NYC Marathon Expo, and had till 7pm before registration closed.

It was 6:30pm.  I was at home.  In New Jersey.

Daaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmiiitttttttttt!!!

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Down and Dirty Obstacle Race NYC

TL:DR – Amazing fun and great introductory obstacle race.  Prepare to get very muddy!

October 4th 2015 was a big day for me – it was my FIRST proper obstacle race, the Down and Dirty Obstacle Race in Pelham Bay Park, NYC.   Prior to this race the only thing resembling an obstacle race I’d completed was the Wipeout Run, which was less about challenge and more about slip’n’slides and other fun things.  So I’d consider this to be my first proper experience of a mud run.

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