Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the Fifty 5k 2015

This past Friday I ran the Finish at the Fifty.  This is always a special race for me because I remember how I felt really sick for 4 days after running it 2 years ago (read more on why here).  Every year I go back I feel like it is an accomplishment!

This year was particularly special since it was my first race with my new minimalist running form I was getting trained in at the Spaulding National Running Center.  I was pumped to see how I felt after so I could also give my PT some feedback when I went back for a check-in.

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  From some of my past runs, I was hoping to get an 8:30 pace however I ended up killing it and doing much better than I thought.  I had a net time of 23:44 which ended up being an average pace of 7:39!  I felt good throughout the entire race with the exception of the balls of my feet (especially my right foot).  It felt like I was developing a huge blister on both feet.  I realized this probably was because I was running much faster than I have been and my feet weren’t used to it yet.  After the race, my hips haven’t been hurting any more than the typical soreness they have from sitting all day.  I think this is a good sign that I can keep training for upcoming races…I’ll let you know what is in store soon!

I also was proud of our friend Derek who completed his first 5k and his wife Beth who PR’d from last year by 7 minutes!  Last year was her first race and since then she has been a running maniac and completed her first half marathon–I can’t wait to see where her running shoes bring her next!

Overall this was a great race experience.  I only had one pet peeve and that was the race start.  I am a huge advocate of everyone participating in a race, however I think it’s important for people to respect the pacing groups at the starting line up.

I went to around the 8:00 pace group since I know some people often move to a faster group when they shouldn’t (I mean even I was guilty of this when I was hoping for an 8:30 pace!).  Once we got started running, there were SO many people who started the race walking that must have been in the 7:00 or faster pace group!  It was so frustrating to get stuck and not be in a groove to start.  I was able to find my way to an area where I could run at a consistent pace, but the start was not ideal.  I know that it is a fun race, but I think it can be a fun race but also organized in a way.

Last thing I wanted to mention was how impressed I am with the female winner.  She was 14 years old and had an average pace of 6:17!  I won’t underestimate that kid standing next to me next time I’m at a start line! :)

Hope you all had a happy 4th!

Read my past year recaps to learn more about the course and experience:

2013 Recap

2014 Recap

Questions for you

How do you feel about people lining up in pace groups at the beginning of races?

Do you run any races on the 4th?

I got a Kindle Paperwhite!

One of my 30 before 30 goals was to read 3 books this year.  I know that it seems like an easy goal but I have MANY books that I purchased to read on my phone Kindle app but haven’t really gotten through any of them.

I thankfully ended up completing my goal of 3 books (A Whole New Mind, Poke the Box, and Leadership and Self Deception) but realized that I didn’t want to stop there.  A new goal of mine is to start to read more on my commute on the T or when wifi is terrible on the Amtrak.

In order to help me get to my goal, I decided to use up some credit card points to get a Kindle Paperwhite.  It arrived yesterday!

Kindle Paperwhite

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To Whole30 or Not to Whole30?

About a month ago I completed the Starr Nutrition’s Strip Cleanse Quickie–a 5 day clean eating challenge.  It was tough but I did feel good after.

The clean eating challenge got me wondering about Whole30.  I know a few people who have done it and felt really great after.  A few of the people even went through Whole30 a second or third round!

In the past I thought these short stints of clean eating were not really worth it. Why not just eat healthy all the time and eat things you want in moderation?  I thought depriving myself of a treat I want for too long would actually do myself more harm than good.

However, even though I still believe that everything in moderation is the best way to go, I have been coming around to the thought of trying such a challenge and here are a few reasons why…

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Finding a Place to Do Work – Breather

Disclaimer:  I received 2 hours time free in a Breather space in exchange for writing this post.

Working from home has its pros and cons.  One con is that I live at least a 30 minute T ride from most fitness classes.  I like to make my trips downtown worthwhile if I can.  I either try to do some reading on my commute, plan out my day or work downtown for a few hours before heading home.  If I stay downtown, I need to find a spot that has good wifi and sometimes need a spot that is easy to talk on the phone for calls.  I have tried a few coworking spaces for the day but I often just find a spot in a Capital 360 internet cafe or Starbucks.

Recently Breather has made its way to Boston and reached out to me to see if I wanted try out their service.  I was very excited to give it a try.  Breather is a service that allows you to book a private space to use for whatever you need it for–a meeting, a quick yoga session, a workshop and whatever else a space may be needed for.

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