I Endured!

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My blog has been pretty quiet for a few weeks – September has been a chaotic month. On a sad note, Jason’s grandma passed away two weeks ago. As I know quite well from when I lost my father, a death in the family really throws life into a tailspin. In a way, I’m glad that it does – it serves as a valuable reminder of what’s really important in life.

On a much more positive note, I have had one crazy busy beginning to the fall semester at work. While I’ve been working longer hours, it’s all for good stuff. However, I won’t be too upset when October comes around 🙂 .

I Finished!

Today, Jason and I completed The North Face Endurance Challenge 5K. Due to the chaos of the last few weeks, we had fallen behind on our training schedule. This definitely worried me before today’s run, but I figured I’d walk if needed and do my best.

I did much better than I expected to do. I finished with a time of 36:44, which I didn’t feel to badly about seeing that I took a few walk breaks. About one mile of the run was on the Ice Age Trail. I knew that trail running would be different and would pose a new challenge, but I really liked it! Don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t easy, especially given the wet and muddy ground. But it’s definitely something I’d like to do more of.

Beautiful Day for a Run?
Beautiful day for a run??

Last Minute Downpour
A last minute downpour as we arrived at Ottawa Lake.

Finish Line
Crowd around the finish line.

Ottawa Lake
Ottawa Lake

The North Face put on an excellent event! We received an Endurance Challenge string backpack and an awesome Flight Series tee. At the finish line, we got water bottles courtesy of Gore-Tex. There were booths for The North Face, Leave No Trace, and Gore-Tex, among others, plus food and beer. Even though the Endurance Challenge’s two days included a 50K, a marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K and kids’ runs on top of the 5K, we felt just as supported as the more hardcore distance athletes. Not even the rain could put a damper on the event.

So now what? Well, I want to run more! I’m planning to backtrack a little and follow the original Couch to 5K training plan. By the end of November, I hope to have completed the program and can start running 9-10 miles a week. Next summer, in addition to more hiking, I would like to run a few more 5K’s. When I hit next fall, I might consider training for a 10K. We’ll see how it goes…

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