Race Report – Turkey Trot 5k

So y’all know I ran the turkey trot on Thursday – my chip time was 32:10 – about a 10:20 mile. I was 870th out of 1760 runners, and 238/420ish in my age bracket. Not too shabby considering I’ve ran once since the Hartford Marathon and haven’t been going to the gym as regularly as I should be. I have about another month of “kind of slacking” – though not really since M and I are doing the Jingle All the Way 10k in about two weeks! In January, after the Inaugural I’ll start ramping up for the GW Parkway 10miler, the Cooper River 10k (both in April) and the VT City Marathon in May. I plan on peaking this year between 20-23 miles instead of the 18 i did for Hartford. My goal is to hit sub 5 hours – not sure how realistic that is but i figure i train for 4 months, train as hard as I did for hartford and hopefully I can knock another hour off my time.

My friend M who ran with me (in the picture) was 2nd for overall women, first in the her age bracket. She finished in 18:38 – a 6:00 mile! This is also a girl who ran XC in college – so she’s pretty hard core. She does more speed workouts/intervals/track workouts than longer runs so I’m not surprised she kicked ass 🙂

I’ll announce the winner of the contest for those of you who donated to the race, seriously I can not thank you all enough, you all are so awesome 🙂 Hope you all are having an excellent long weekend, this weekend has been incredibly refreshing, and relaxing. Today we have a birthday party to go to tonight after we rendezvous up to Georgetown, tomorrow we’re going to work on our Save the Dates (finally!) and pop over to a potluck at Church that Fiance is making an apple pie for.

Happy Saturday!

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Marathon #3!!!!!!!

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!!!!

May 24th I’ll be running in my hometown marathon shooting for a sub 5:00 time for marathon #3!!!!

Training starts after the holidays – before then I’ll still be running since I’m committed to the 5k on the 27th and the Jingle all the way 10k in December. Guess i’m going for a run tonight AND tomorrow! Time to get my butt back in gear (at least i know i can still do a sub 30:00 5k!!!)

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BOOK REVIEW: Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Stayed up till 12:30 finishing this book. Loved every minute of it. But the ending? Shocked the crap out of me.

I mean, you’re going along reading about a mother and her 13 year old daughter,   the book alternates between their voices which allows the reader to understand how the daughter (Joy) and mother work and how their relationship is viewed from both points of view. This is especially important because you see Cannie, the overbearing mother who hides her past from her daughter and Joy, the daughter who finds out about her mother’s past and does everything in her right mind (including running away to California) to find out what’s true and what’s not without asking her mother directly.

I don’t want to give too much away but the ending? Let me make you aware that you WILL need the tissues. I mean, I love Jennifer Weiner’s writing, and “Good in Bed” was the first book of hers I’ve read and this is the sequel to that book. Through the book, you wonder what’s going to happen next and the beginning of the ending…let’s just leave it at “that came out of nowhere” and for about the last 50 pages or so? I was wiping my nose on my pillow case and the duvet cover trying not to wake boyfriend.

I give this book a 5 out 5. I thought it was going to take me forever but I finished it in about a week, her writing style is fun, and leaves you wanting more. Her descriptiveness is detailed but not the point that you’re like “get on with it…” but mostly? Her story is telling of the sensitive mother daughter relationship between a 13 year old who just wants to grow up and a mother who is afraid to let her daughter do just that because she wants to protect her. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loved any of Jennifer Weiner’s other books (In Her Shoes, Good in Bed, Little Earthquakes, The Guy Not Taken) or anyone who loves chick lit that’s a little deeper than your run of the mill chick lit.

Enjoy!!

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