Posts Tagged ‘5K’

Park City Trail Series 5K

Date: June 10, 2017

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

Time: 34:50GarminConnect

My daughter asked me awhile back about doing this race series and of course I agreed. She thought it would be fun because it’s dog friendly; I thought it would be fun because it means I get to hang out with her.

Today was a beautiful day for a race. The race announcer said there were over 500 participants, and we also saw lots of dogs. As far as I’m concerned, this was a perfect way to start a day: sunshine, mountains, running, and getting to hang out with one of my kids and one of my dogs. Loved it.

I also wore my “Stop the Clot” gear for the first time. Recently, I ordered a shirt and a hat from a fellow runner and blood clot survivor. He is doing such good work to spread awareness of clots and I’m gaining a whole new network of supporters. There are lots of us who have survived DVTs or PEs and it’s pretty inspiring. Not everyone is so lucky.

Next month: the 10K!!





We crashed the party–Diva Day 5K

Date: October 3, 2015

Distance: 5K

Location: Missoula, MT

Time: ?

I used this race as a way to spend time with friends from my Portland Marathon group and to also provide support to a very close friend who has been treated for GIST cancer for almost ten years. The event is one of those low-key, fun events where individuals and teams of people commonly dress in costume (think tutus and tiaras). diva

I decided to do this race only four days beforehand, so it was very last-minute. I know, however, that my opportunities to spend time with these friends is pretty rare so I jumped at the chance. The primary purpose of the race was to promote breast cancer awareness and provide support to survivors and those fighting the disease. That didn’t describe us, however, so you might say we crashed the party so we could acknowledge how other types of cancers have touched our lives.

In a month filled with pink everything, I’m reminded that my friend’s cancer is one that is not as well-known or supported.

In protest of all the pink we knew would be on full display, Our group decided immediately, “no pink” in our costumes. Instead, we had teal t-shirts printed–a color symbolizing GIST cancer–and we included thigh-high rainbow socks in honor of our friend, Todd, who was not able to join us but who is certainly a member of our “Montana Mamas” Portland group. He was with us in spirit.

The race was fun–we walked and talked the whole time. The best part, though, was the time we got to spend the rest of the day catching up and reconnecting.diva2

That opportunity more than made up for the sixteen hours of driving I had to do to get there and back. What a great group of friends. I’m grateful that we have remained friends for over thirty years.


F-you (ewe), cancer.

Dirty Dash 5K

Date: September 9, 2015

Distance: 5K

Location: Midway, Utah

Time: ?? 

I agreed to run this race with colleagues and students from work. I had never run an obstacle course race before but knew friends who had. “Why not?” I thought. I’ll try almost anything once.

I made sure to wear an old pair of running shoes that were in my donation pile. Heaven forbid I should ruin any of my “real” running shoes.Halfway through.

We lucked out with the weather, but there was some miscommunication about our group’s start time so half of us started at an earlier time and half of us started later. Still, we had fun and definitely got muddy–which, I guess, was the point.

Did I like spending the afternoon laughing with people from work? Oh, yeah. Did I like seeing what these types of races are all about? Sure. Did I love the race experience itself? Mmmmm. Not so much. I would do it again for the same fun, teamwork-building reasons I did it this year, but there were two main things I didn’t particularly like: the risk of significant injury and the long waiting lines at some of the obstacles.

The race took about three hours to finish because of the slow going through mud and water and also for the long lines at both the water slide and the rope bridge crossing.

I was pretty scraped up for the next few days after the race, but all-in-all, it was fun and I will probably do it again next year if we put together another team.

Catching up on race posts, grief, loss, and continuing the journey

I have been neglecting my race posts and need to catch up.

Missoula, MT Half Marathon (July 13, 2014) Time: 2:14:01

Oklahoma City, OK Half Marathon (October 11, 2014) Time: 2:31:08

Savannah, GA Rock and Roll Half Marathon (November 8, 2014) Time: 2:25:04

Run SLC Race Series (5K on February 7, 2015; 10K on March 7, 2015; 15K on April 4, 2015) 

Eisenhower Half Marathon in Abilene, KS (April 11, 2015) Time: 2:23:43


Life certainly got in the way as I faced two especially tragic events over the past few months–the tragic suicide of a current student, and the cancer-caused death of a former student. As you can imagine, my world abruptly changed and priorities certainly shifted.

I can’t even begin to process the suicide death. The loss of someone so talented and with so much promise is incomprehensible. That loss happened in November and was sudden and shocking. I must leave it at that. I will never understand that one.

The other loss unfolded over the course of months–allowing me to be a bit more emotionally prepared, but that loss was closer to home. TJ was a former student of mine who asked me to help him through his cancer journey late last summer and through the fall. At the time, his relationship with his parents was virtually non-existent and he needed support. I was honored that he asked me, but that journey was particularly difficult as I had to watch cancer steal his life away despite his most valiant efforts, through the summer and fall, ending in December. With each daily hospital visit, I watched as my dear friend TJ’s life slipped away and he died on December 5th at the young age of 24. I am grateful that, over the course of his illness, he used that time to reconnect with his family members, which was a blessing to all involved. We are all, however, still reeling from the unfairness of it all.

During the emotional turmoil I was experiencing, I was grateful for the well-being of my own husband and children and tried my best to carve out time for occasional runs and yoga classes. As a way to process stress and have some semblance of control in my life, I decided to use the month of December to complete a 30-day yoga challenge. I wrote about that in this blog, and that experience probably helped me a lot as I was processing a great deal of pain. My running, however, became an afterthought and during the first few months of the year, I barely ran at all.

I have now recommitted, and know how important my running and yoga classes are to my own emotional and physical well-being. I didn’t take time to post pithy, cheery details of my races, however, because I just wasn’t in that place. Not sure I am still.

I do, however, look forward to my continued race journey and this half marathon 50-states goal. As of today, 32 are in the books and by the end of this week, I will report having finished numbers 33, 34, 35, and 36.

5K for Boston

Date: April 22, 2013

Distance: 5K

Time: 30?

Exactly one week after the Boston Marathon bombing, my local running store

We both hate this picture, but it proves we were there!

We both hate this picture, but it proves we were there!

hosted a free 5K run for Boston. They sold commemorative “Keep Running” shirts and 100% of the proceeds will go to the victims of the bombing.

Just before the race started, they announced that over $10,000 had been raised.

Before the race began, we started with the crowd-pleasing “Sweet Caroline”–you have no idea how much Utahns love Neil Diamond–followed by a moment of silence, and then the singing of the National Anthem.

This race was made even more special because I got to run it with my daughter Kait–who, by the way, has also agreed to run the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay race with me in June.


Salt Lake Running Company 5K

with Kait at start

Date: August 4, 2012

Distance: 5K

Time: 32 minutes-ish

I love my local running store. Every so often they host a free 5K race that includes free tech race shirts. Both times I’ve run these my daughter, Kaitlin, has joined me.

Fun way to start the day and I LOVE when Kait joins me. If she decides to get serious about running, she is going to do very, very well. Maybe I’ll be able to talk her into some of my traveling races–perhaps, if she thinks the destination sounds fun.

5K Wasatch Osteoporosis Race

Date: October 22, 2011

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

Time: 29:01

Started the day by running a 5K race with my dog. Or should I say, “spent the morning navigating a race course with my easily distracted dog?”

My physical therapist invited me to run the race since her practice was one of the sponsors of the event and she promised she would also be running. Conveniently, the race was held at Sugar House Park–just a mile-and-a-half away from my house.

The morning was perfect–brisk with clear skies and no winds. My foot felt great and my time was respectable–despite having to manage my dog’s impulsive tendencies the whole time. Here’s what I imagined went through his mind as we ran:

“This is GREAT! So many people to look at any try to greet. Kids in strollers too! I’m sure they want me to come up to them and say ‘hi’. Everyone is running with me. This is fun! Oh, look! A dog up ahead! I’m sure he wants to play with me. Oh, and STOP. I’ve got to sniff this. Oh, never mind. I guess we are running. Look, look! Another dog who is running alongside a bicyclist–I bet I could keep up with them up ahead! Wait a sec. I need to stop and pee. Ok, now I’m ready again. Oh, sure, I’ll stop and get a drink of water. Let’s go again! Yay! This is fun! Can we do this EVERY weekend?!” 

As you can imagine, my pace was NOT consistent and I felt as though I got a great upper-body workout as well with all of the leash tugging I ended up doing.

We had fun, though, enjoyed a beautiful fall morning together, and we have both gotten our workout in for the day.

Now it’s time for laundry, vacuuming, and the many other things on my weekend to-do list…