Run Buff 5k


West Texas A&M University
13 April 2013
32:12 Finish

On vacation, I had the opportunity to run a 5k with my sister-in-law and her friend.  Both had run 5ks before, but not without stopping or walking, so they both had a goal to run the whole thing. I had a goal to have fun and get a good run in. The race was called the Run Buff 5k and was sponsored by the West Texas A&M University women’s cross country program to raise money for scholarships.

On race day, it was hot, windy, and stormy.  The race was delayed for about 30 minutes while we waited for a thunderstorm to blow over.  The wind, however, did not diminish.  We spent a full half of the race running headlong into 40+mph wind.   The course ran alongside the western perimeter of WT’s campus, then headed east for about a mile before winding back to the north and west—full sun, no shade.  Most of the run was on asphalt; the rest on concrete. Read More

Valentine 5K


Prospect Park, Brooklyn
12 February 2012
28:31 Finish, 5k PR

Two PRs in two weeks in a park that I could never imagine running fast…it’s a 2012 miracle.  I registered for the Valentine 5k on a whim, because I found out it was part of a race series and I was already registered for the other two races.  (If you run all three you get a bag.  I’m a sucker for schwag that isn’t a t-shirt.)

Race morning was COLD.  C-O-L-D.  The high (for NYC) winds meant windchills in the low teens and I didn’t even come close to getting warm until halfway through mile three.  At that point, what did it matter if I warmed up?  I just ran as fast as I could and beat my former 5k PR by four seconds.  Yeah, it’s not much, but when you’re me and you don’t train for speed, it’s a big deal.  lol Read More