Sunday, May 15, 2011

5K for Kurt

**please excuse my appearance. TOTALLY drenched, with layers of clothing on and NO make-up. But, excited that Kurt did his first 5K! Yay Kurt!

A few weeks ago, Kurt realized he CAN run further than he thought! :). Over the past few months, he has been running on the treadmill, but the most he has ever gone is 2 miles. he does run pretty fast, so I had no doubt he could run further if he paced himself. I kept trying to talk him into doing a 5K with me, but he was sure he could not run that far, and he also told me "running is not done for fun, it's done to maintain my weight". Anyway, I started running outside a few weeks ago, both near the house and at the local state park. One day, about two weeks ago, I talked Kurt into going to the park with me. the area I run at is gorgeous. It's a loop around this lagoon, with herons, swans, fish, lots of different other birds, and is just pretty in general. plus, I think running outside is just more interesting, fun and relaxing.

So, he decided to go with me one weekend. And, he ran the entire time! Which is a 5K! He was pretty impressed with himself, LOL. So, the next time I went, I took him a different way, which made his run 3.6 miles! he was now convinced he could go run a 5K race and I talked him into it. I actually talked him into a 5 mile race in Pinconning in June, so he is going to start training for that as well, but we may have a bump in the road, as he had an MRI on his knee this weekend. The results may mean surgery for him, so if that's the case, his running will be put on the back burner. BOOOOOOO.

Anyway, his first 5K was today! My first in a long time as well, even though I have been running at least that daily anyway. I picked one about 30 minutes from our house, at the Van Buren Park in Belleville. The race raised money for kids prescription glasses. Woke up to pouring rain. Michigan has just had shit for weather this year. Anyway, it continued raining, but we were not staying home. It's just water, right? yesterday, I ran at the park with it sprinkling and actually enjoyed it, but this was different as it was COLD and raining hard. We drove to the park and checked in, got our super kewl t-shirts and waited for the start. We started running together, but I ran ahead after about a tenth of a mile. I kinda thought we were going to be dead last as everyone at the start RACED off, and since I know myself, I know I have to pace myself. The trail was nice--some dirt road, some paved, up a couple hills, down a couple hills. The hills were pretty brutal, but I enjoyed them. hard on Kurt's knee though. As I was running, I started passing a lot of those people who were going crazy fast at the start, they were now walking. I guess they needed to pace themselves too? Anyway, got to the end and looked at my GPS and this "5K" was really a 2.5 mile race. When they said I ran it is 22.05 I knew it was not a 5K. However, they equates out to about an 8.5 mile, which I was psyched with. When I run on my own, I usually run a 10-11 minute mile, so this was my best running by far. Kurt ran in at 24:47. We were both drenched and freezing, so we grabbed some bananas and a diet coke and left. The hot shower I took felt amazing and I stayed in longer just to warm myself up.........But, he is ready to do another one, so I need to find another soon to go do. :). So glad to have him as a running partner. I have lots of friends who run, but they either live kinda far away, or run MUCH further than I do, i.e. marathons.

Had dinner out on Friday night with law school friends at Fishbones in Detroit. It was awesome to catch up with them. I had seafood gumbo which is like my fav soup ANYWHERE and sushi. Saturday night, we had dinner with our friends, Chris and Michelle, in Plymouth, at Compari's. Dinner was great, then we had drinks at Box Bar. The bar had the largest beer selection I have ever seen in my life. I tried a beer, per Michelle's suggestion, and it was amazing. Framboise Lambic (raspberry). and I dont really even like beer. Yum.

Anyway, after working all weekend on top of everything else, grocery shopping AND doing laundry, I am exhausted! Need to be off to bed, I think! :). Hope everyone else had a nice weekend.


Rachael said...

That's such an awesome thing to do together! How fun & way to go Kurt!

Rebecca said...

Great time!

RoseAnn said...

I'm doing my first 5K this weekend but I'm signed up to walk and have agreed to stick with a friend.

Megan said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting for you guys! Love it!