Monday, August 9, 2010

XC 5k and random facts

Thursday night I headed over to a local park for the XC 5k series. The races are being held every Thursday in August and I signed up for 3 out of 4 since I will be on vacation one week.

I had run this course five years ago and I knew where the BIG hill was and I wanted to conquer it. The last time I had felt like death for 2/3 of the race and so I went out slower this time.

We started by running across an open field of grass which was not pleasant. I was afraid I was going to roll my ankle and fall over - but I didn't. I came into mile 1 (and the BIG hill) at 7:15 and felt good. I was in a small pack of men and I just kept moving. After the hill we headed into the woods and onto the trails. This was my favorite - I felt good and it was shaded!

All through the trails there was a woman running behind me. She really helped to push me and then with about half mile left she ran along with me and encouraged me to pick it up! It was nice to have some one to run with in a race!

Goal time: Under 24 minutes
Official Time: 23:27

And now some fun random facts! Katie over at Legally Fit tagged me to list ten random facts about myself!

1. In my wallet I keep a quote; "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."

2. I learned how to cross country ski when I was 2 and downhill ski when I was 6.

3. I am named after my Grandpa Joe and Great-Grandma Anna.

4. I love to scrapbook and have pretty much my whole life all scrapbooked.

5. I don't drink much alcohol but when I do have some, it goes right to my legs and makes them feel all tingly.

6. I love to wear high heels but Brian is only about an inch taller than me so I don't get to wear them as much because we both don't like me to be taller than him.

7. I have been to Canada and the Bahamas but besides that I have never been outside the United States.

8. I have lived in the same city my whole life.

9. I can never make a manicure last. Within a few hours of painting my nails, there is always at least one nail chipped, smudged or messed up in some way!

10. I had my appendix removed just 5 days after graduating high school. I couldn't run or lift anything for two weeks.

I am tagging:
Lacey at Common Objects
Amy at Amy Runs a Marathon
Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker
and anyone else who wants to play along!

Happy Monday!


RunningLaur said...

Congrats on hitting your goal time!
I can never make nail polish last either. I guess we're just not meant to be perfect housewives, huh? :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Well done on the run! I would be nervous about running in the grass and rolling an ankle, too! That is an awesome time.

I loved reading the random facts. I think I am going to write that quote down & put it on my computer at work as a visual reminder. I am a terrible, terrible worrier. I need to remind myself that worrying about things does not solve a thing!

Marlene said...

Fun list of random facts! I'm with you on the manicure. My nails never look good for long.

Congrats on the XC race! You nailed it!

Maureen Lisa said...

Congrats on the 5K. I did the Philly Mud run and know what it's like to run through those hills. AWFUL.

No Longer Using said...

J! woo woo! XC!!!! i have xc envy :) although i'm also intimidated by it b/c it is "real running" :) i'm looking at a road 5k this saturday... way to play it smart and go out at a pace that wouldn't kill you for the rest of the race. bring on the big hill!! :)

YAY facts. my fave is the naming biz- combo deal!!!!!!!! and you have a beautiful name, too. lucky it wasn't a combo of something less appealing, lol.

and you should TOTALLy do a post all about scrapbooking! i would love some tips!!! i have done some here and there and really wish i did more!

Jamie said...

Congrats on the XC 5K! You did awesome! And love your random facts :)

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great race! I love that a random woman helped push you along to the end! You never know what's going to happen during a race! I think I'm too afraid of rolling my ankle to run a xc race!

Love the random facts!

Molly said...

I am awful about manicures! Love how your name is from your Grandparents.

nice job on the xc race, and thanks for the tag!

Nicole said...

I love how your named after your grandparents! super clever and very unique! your name is so pretty! i miss the ole xc days but dont miss the drama that goes along with high school! been there done that LOL :)

Badgergirl said...

Nice job on the XC 5K!

Loved the list of randomness. And I agree with Lacey, tell us more about your scrapbooking! I like to scrapbook, but haven't done much lately.

Anonymous said...

awesome job on makin ur time!

The Laminator said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your 5K! I think it's an awesome time!

Amy said...

Nice job on the 5K! I love your random facts - I once screwed up a manicure on the way out of the salon! I'm hopeless! I'll get to my facts in my next post!

Unknown said...

Great job on smashing your time!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on such an awesome time! You killed it :)

Love the random facts! I really like the quote you keep in your wallet. So true!

Anonymous said...

Love the quote!

I also had my appendix out!

Chelsea said...

Great job at the race. Alcohol makes my legs tingly, too!

RunToTheFinish said...

OMG!! I needed that quote today, thank you so much for sharing it

Felice Devine said...

GREAT job on the XC 5K! (Feel like I'm writing in code...)

I love that quote. SO TRUE!

Glenn Jones said...

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." - I LOVE this quote. Thanks J!