This year is the year I have decided to push myself and give my body the attention it deserves; better eating habits, more exercise, and doing more physical activities outside of my comfort zone… running is one of those things.
Running was one of the “goods” I wanted to add into this month, and if I am going to be honest about it I am not the strongest runner. I can power my walk my butt off but running gets me entirely too winded and causes my heart rate to sky rocket. I have not been able to run in quite a few years because of some medical issues but now that all is well I am going to give it another go. That being said I signed up for one of my first races of this year; this month is the Leprechaun Leap 5k.
My birthday falls on March 17th, and this race is on March 16th I thought what better way to spend my birthday than doing something good for my body and something that will create lasting memories. My birthday every year since the day I was born until the day that I die will be on St. Patrick’s Day.. no getting around that. And every year since I turned 21 I realized that people just use this holiday as another reason to go out and drink beer (green of course) and get smashed, and although I will only be turning 27 this year I have come to the conclusion that I am over all of that already, sure I like to have an adult beverage every so often but getting belligerent because it is St. Patrick’s Day AND my birthday every year is just overrated. So I am doing something different this year I will pass on the green booze and throw on some green gear and run my first 5k since all of my medical ailments have been ‘cured’.
The Leprechaun Leap 5k is a 3.2 mile run/jog/walk in Tustin running on a portion of Tustin Ranch Road, going through the Tustin Blimp Hangars (the website boasts “The Worlds Largest Wooden Structure”) and back to the District at Tustin. I have a whole 10 days to prepare for this race, so I also signed up for a virtual 5k.
A Virtual 5k is a way to participate in a race and still achieve a goal or support a foundation putting on a race. For me it is a way to get in my second race for this month and a way to help me prepare for the Leprechaun Leap coming up. Participants in virtual races also are awarded medals for finishing and all of that fun jazz that comes with running a race. I have never actually heard of a virtual race until just recently so I will have to update once I complete the run to let you all know how it goes.
I am really excited to be getting my run back on and I am even more excited that for my first race my little sister has decided to join me.
If you are interested in checking out runs or cycling events in your area I strongly suggest using Active , I downloaded the iPhone app for Active and I am loving it I set the filters; what kind of event I am looking for, distance from your location, date, etc. and it populates all of the events going on that meet your criteria… totally awesome way to stay informed on events that are going on locally.
If you know of any races for the rest of this year in California please drop me a line, I would love to explore outside of Southern California to get my run on.
Oh I forgot to mention if anyone is interested in doing this run as well I was able to find a promo code that takes $10 off the registration fees, use promo code “RaceShed” at checkout 🙂 (I apologize in advance if the promo code has expired or what not but I promise you can probably Google search and find another)