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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Harley’s Birthday, and a Fitness Tip

St Patricks day

There is no weekly workout summary post this week because I’ve had to take the entire week off from any form of exercise. Make sure to check back tomorrow to read my Polar Bear Series Half Marathon race recap where I explain the lack of exercise this past week.

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Today is not only St. Patrick’s Day but also my dog, Harley’s birthday. She is a black lab/border collie mix and today she turns 15!! I bought her a special bone for a treat as well as a Beneful soft dog food dinner.

Fitness Tip of the Week: Inner layers should fit tight to keep you warm and dry. Outer layers should fit loose so that the air between layers helps evaporate sweat.


Polar Bear Series 5K

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The local YMCA holds a series of runs from January to March, each race increasing in distance. Today was the first race, lovingly called, “New Year’s Resolution” 5K. All the races start at 1:00 pm, which seems late to me, but whatever.

My husband and I both signed up to run the whole series; 5K (today), 10K, 10 miles and ending with a half marathon on March 10, 2013. We arrived at registration about 30 minutes prior to the race starting and picked up our bibs and race shirts; really nice dri fit long sleeved shirts. The course was the same one I ran for the Turkey Trot back on Thanksgiving, so I knew what to expect as far as hills, turns, etc.

I’m not sure exactly how many people ran today, but saw bib numbers in the 100s. As an alternative to running, you also have the option to do walks, each one increasing in distance, the last one being 6 miles.

Today’s race was chilly, only 21° F, windy and we recently had 12 inches of snow. The conditions were icy and slushy. Lucky me, I had received a pair of Yaktrax for Christmas as well as cold-weather running gear. I was still cold while waiting for the race to start, but as always, warmed up quickly.

I managed to get my music started in time for the gun to go off, this is a first for me! I got a new watch/HRM for Christmas and had intentions of using it to time myself. I thought I had pushed “start” when the race began, but once I crossed the finish line and checked my time, it still said 00:00:00, oops!

I didn’t feel very fast today and my lungs/chest felt tight and I felt out of breath. I used my husband to set the pace and ran about 20-30 feet behind him for the majority of the race. When there was about 1/4 mile left, I made my move and increased my pace to pass him. I saw the finish and put my legs into high gear. My unofficial time was 27 minutes, I will post the accurate time once the results are available online.

I’m not exactly happy about my time, but there’s always room for improvement, right? My goal for 2013 is to run a sub-25 minutes 5K.

**Updated: 27:09 minutes is the official time**

Check out my other races!
Next race: Polar Bear Series 10K
Herbivore Triathlete Race Results Page

Weekly Rewind

It’s that time of the week when I share my favorites from around the blogosphere!

On Monday, Angela over at Oh She Glows posted this incredible looking Mocha Nutella. Boy do I wish I had a food processor after seeing this recipe. I know what I’m asking Santa for this year!

Cara from Fork and Beans is once again joining Brooke from Crackers on the Couch and making the 12 Days of Christmas cookies. Cara’s will be gluten, egg and dairy-free versions of Brooke’s cookies. Check out last year’s delicious cookies!

On Tuesday I was pressed for time to workout, so I did a quick workout at home. I love Fitness Blender’s Kettlebell HIIT Workout. 30 minutes of exercise burns between 8-14 calories per minute!

I’m on a quest to create a healthy and delicious homemade granola bar and happened to find this recipe on Gluten Free on a Shoestring! Who doesn’t love chocolate?

I picked up some SeaSnax at Wegmans this past weekend, and the logo is absolutely true! “Strangely Addictive”, I sure am glad I picked up a package in each flavor available!

Wednesday I read a few interesting articles. First up, this article on veganism and reduced rates of cancer. Next, I learned that Ellen DeGeneres eats eggs, but only “happy eggs” from her neighbor’s “happy chickens”.

Healthy Voyager posted a fantastic holiday gift list that’s healthy, vegan and green!

Somehow on Thursday I came across the blog, Pinch of Yum. How I have not found this site before I don’t know, but I am super glad that I did. I’m seriously considering buying Lindsay’s ebook, Tasty Food Photography. I also really like this series of posts by Lindsay’s husband, Bjork.

Thursday night my Princess goes to dance and my boy has karate. Both are at the same time (convenient right? LOL) and the hubs was working late so my father-in-law took the boy to karate and I drove my Princess to her dance class. Conveniently for me, the dance studio is across the street from the YMCA so I was able to fit in a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical. The YMCA is updating all their equipment, including their spin bikes, so I ran upstairs to get a peak at the new spin bikes, M3 Indoor Cycle by Keiser. I am so excited to go to class on Monday night to ride one of these!

Did you find any great articles on the internets this week? Any plans for the weekend?