Franconia Color Run 5K – July 2016

Family Photo at Franconia 5K Color Run

Our family is returning from vacation in Franconia, New Hampshire. No resorts and spas for this group, although we did visit Santa’s Village.

For the most part, we spent the time hiking with an aim at “bagging” 4,000 footers, cooking on the campfire, and running.

Franconia Recreation Department holds an annual 4th of July 5K (use to be a 10K), and since I started running, it’s become a highlight of the vacation. The run is your typical small town run, no chips and a small field of runners, but I LOVE THE RUN!

Franconia Color Run 5K Course
Franconia Color Run 5K Course

This winter and spring I was dealing with lingering running injuries (Plantar fasciitis and hip pain) and I’ve been desperately looking forward to some decent, injury free running this summer. Over the past month, I’ve been noticing slow and steady improvements although the pain is not entirely gone the runs are much more enjoyable.

While I did not beat my previous course time I felt great and came in sixth place overall, not too shabby! My wife did an excellent as well. Did I mention the benefits of a small field of runners?

Family Photo at Franconia 5K Color Run
Family Photo at Franconia 5K Color Run

Small town run also allowed my two boys to get recruited to help throw “color” at the finish line, the whole family had an awesome time. Enjoying the running journey – July 2016

Enjoying the running journey – July 2016

Race results, posting here for my own future reference.
Race results, posting here for my own future reference.

 

 

Winter Running

Trail Running at the Cumberland Monastery
Trail Running at the Cumberland Monastery
This is my first winter running outside, it’s still early in the season but I’m hoping to keep this up.

Runner’s World Magazine has a great series, Newbie Chronicles which is great source of motivating articles for folks starting out. Here’s the one that motivated me to purchase some light winter running gear and hit the trial: Foul-Weather Friend

Temperatures today were in the mid 30s and ice in spots, which began melting during my second lap around the grounds. The outdoors are really motivating.

The big obstacle for me right now is my diet, I need to do a better job. My diet is holding me back from better runs.

12/23/12 RunKeeper Stats
12/23/12 RunKeeper Stats

Sandy Hook 5K, January 19th

Thanks to Runners World for spreading the word on this

On January 19, the first Strides for Sandy Hook 5-K will be staged in Newtown. The 5-K will be a fundraiser for a memorial dedicated to the victims of the school tragedy. Pre-race registration will be $25, and race day registration will be $35. Volunteers and donations are welcome. You can donate here.

 

Read the article: Sandy Hook Benefit Races to be Run in January | Runner’s World & Running Times.

Reached 5-mile running goal

The following is a Facebook post following my run on August 29th:

I was SOOO close to talking myself out of running tonight…I was too tired, had a headache, it was getting dark, stuck in traffic. Anyway I decided to give it a shot. My best run ever! I set a personal goal to get my long distance up to 5miles (I don’t think I’ve EVER run 5 miles before). I finally broke that wall and got into a mode where I felt I could run forever.

No music…About a 1/4mile into the run I randomly took my earbuds out (@Jeff Mutter style according to Jenny Copans) for the fun of it and just kept going.

Sorry for the long post, but I finally feel like I’m making progress. Thanks to all for the positive feedback and motivation.

6.14miles Avg. Pace 9:27 58:05