Mama & Papa Kant join the 5k club

Today was my parents very first 5k! When I started running last year, I think part of the “getting active” bug wore off on them. This winter, they asked if we could do a 5k walk sometime this spring, and of course I jumped at the chance to do it!

Lining up before the race

I was their pacer 😉 and I could tell that the first mile I took a little too fast so I slowed it down a li’l for the last 2. I’m so proud of my parents! I hope they catch the bug and do more 5ks soon! I know it won’t be running, but I’m happy to get them out there!

After the 5k! We Did It!

This race will always hold a special place in my heart – last year, the very first race I did was the Brown Deer Run. Now it’s my parents’ first 5k as well. YAY!

Oh, and a bunch of my coworkers came out and did the race too. They all ran or ran/walked so I caught up with them after the race for bloody marys. Don’t judge.

The Real Milwaukee/FOX6/Sara's Friends Gang

9.23, eat my shit.

This is the farthest (and fastest) I’ve ever ran all by myself! My average pace was RIGHT on my goal for the half marathon in 2 weeks, so I’m pretty happy about that.

Today I started with a walk to warm up then went to a 5/3 run/walk interval. I was able to keep up with that interval pretty well until the 5th or 6th mile. Then it got more difficult. I let myself walk for like 5 or 6 minutes then I went back to a run/walk interval, but the intervals were more like 3-5/3. I never let myself walk for more than about 3 min, but I let myself stop walking after 3 a number of times. But, the last mile or two I picked up the pace and made up the time I lost in miles 6-7.

This was HARD. But I did it. I thought I was going to die. The wind was ridiculous. Only for a short while was it a tailwind for me… much of the run I was running against it or it was coming from the sides. I think I tweeted around mile 7 something like “running uphill against the wind? Fuck you very much” cuz that’s how I felt. LOL.

I got home and did a good 20 min of stretching. I plan to foam roll and use the stick tonight, as well as relax, ice my knee and enjoy the hell out of these compression socks.

I’m also going to enjoy some Easter candy, cuz, hell, I just burned 1800 calories.

I couldn’t get up. seriously.

Remembering what’s important

I need to stop comparing myself to others. What I accomplished in 2010 is fscking remarkable. Look at that. 561 miles covered by foot and bike. 334 workouts. WHAT?!

It’s no 1500-mile year. It’s no marathon. But it’s me. And I’m proud that I was able to do all this, amidst injury after injury and illness.

Suck it, Trebek. Suckit.