Hot Chocolate 5k

The Hot Chocolate 5k was Sunday, and while it would have been a normal race with the exception for the chilly temperatures and the wind, there was something remarkable about this particular event. It was the first 5k race for my wife Julie! She has been training, and while running is somewhat hard on her due to back pain, she has pushed on and been running three miles with me in our neighborhood.

A couple of weeks before the 5k, my friend Stephanie texted me and asked if I wanted to do the event with her. I jumped at the chance, as Stephanie and I have logged in many miles together and I consider her a mentor as well as a dear friend. I failed to mention to Stephanie that my wife was running, and after our conversation I asked Julie if she wanted to run with us. I was excited when she said “yes”. We decided to surprise Stephanie and kept Julie’s running a well guarded secret until we were to meet up with Stephanie on race day.

We agreed on a meeting spot before the race, and when we arrived I asked Julie to hang back a little in hopes that Stephanie would not see her right away. That didn’t work, as Stephanie spotted her right away. Then she noticed Julie was wearing a bib number! The surprise on Stephanie’s face was priceless. She hugged us both and after chatting for a bit with Stephanie’s husband Paul, and our friend Justin who was running the 5 mile event, we lined up and got ready to run.

The race went well, and Julie stayed consistent throughout the run, finishing with a time of 38:50! She stopped only to sneeze because of the cold, and to grab a water, and pressed on. To say I am proud of her is an understatement. It took a lot of courage to train with a bad back, yet she did and she succeeded! I hope that she joins me in other runs in the future.

Julie and I crossing the finish line together at her first 5k.


Stephanie, Julie, and I at the Hot Chocolate 5k.

Thank you Paul for making us all breakfast after the run! What a great Sunday!

Live healthy, be happy!


Rest and Recovery Time

You have to make sure to give your body a chance to rest and recover, and that’s what today is for me. I got off of work late today, so I decided to use today as a recovery day and focus on training again tomorrow. It looks like I’ll be hitting the treadmill for my run (it’s supposed to hit 100 degrees Tuesday). I’m not a fan of treadmills; they don’t give you any feel of the road, it’s a constant pace (which I hardly ever keep), and there is nothing to look at to let your mind wonder. The gym has numerous televisions, but I don’t care to watch TV. I’ll be glad when the heat wave tapers off and I can run before it’s pitch black out. But I may have to do that anyway, I love running outside.

Please remember that the Hy Vee triathlon is this Sunday. Come down and cheer on the athletes as they compete in an Olympic length triathlon. A shout out of good luck to Connie, Eric, and Andy who are competing this year (did I miss anyone?). It takes a lot of time, dedication, and willpower to prepare for these events, and I and proud of all of you and admire each of you. Good Luck and I’ll see you at the finish line. Cheers!

Live happy, be healthy.