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Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby Countown

I am less than a fortnight away from my second — yes, SECOND — 5K. Me, the person who swore she would never run unless it meant escaping from certain death or achieving face-to-face interaction with Ryan Gosling.

Team “I Run For Dessert” is hitting up Music City for the greatest Cinco de Mayo 5K run EVER. I am so stoked.

“Why are you so excited today, Emily, when you have barely mentioned this race over the last several weeks?”, you might ask.

Well, this renewed vigor stems from the fact that Julie and I completed a full three-mile run this morning at the gym. And we only walked ONE LAP. This is earth shattering. Since completing the initial 5K on March 17, we have not neared the three-mile mark.

Today was a bit different because my iPod’s battery died so we didn’t use the GPS/MPH tracker at all; instead, we tracked our progress the old-fashioned way — counting laps around the 1/8-mile track. We didn’t even watch the clock. It wasn’t our fastest run, by any means, but we finished, which means so much more! Continue reading

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Gaining Speed At What Cost?

Following our first 5K on March 17, Julie and I took a few days off from running. When we began again, we decided to concentrate on improving our speed prior to the Cinco de Mayo 5K we are running in Nashville.

That has been the focus in the weeks since then, and since I haven’t updated my loyal followers in a while, I thought today would be a great day for it.

I’m proud to say we have shaved nearly two minutes off our time for the mile, going from over 11 minutes per mile, to around 9.5 minutes per mile, fairly consistently. In talking to other runners who are of similar build to us (short), we are feeling pretty good about that speed.

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A Course and a Cake

We are now less than 36 hours from the 5K start time (Midnight on Saturday, March 17). I’m not running today, since I have to work and make a cake (five-layer, white chocolate lemon cake with lemon curd filling and lemon Swiss meringue buttercream – photos and recipe to be posted soon), but I thought I would share a map of the 5K course, so you can pretend like you’re running along beside me and Julie while actually laying in your nice, soft bed in a temperature-controlled room, or perhaps even sleeping – if you really want to rub it in.

This is the course we have been running at Arena Park for the past week, in preparation for the event tomorrow night. I’m not positive which direction we will be running (clockwise or counter-clockwise), but the distance is the same either way.

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Gallery: NEDA 5K Run/Walk

Although I finished my Couch to 5K training program on Thursday night, I wasn’t ready to actually run one YET. However, since I was given the assignment of taking photos of something relating to my blog for my social media theory class, I chose to document a local 5K benefitting the National Eating Disorders Association.

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Via Flickr:
First NEDA 5K Walk/Run in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday, March 3, supporting the National Eating Disorders Association (www.myneda.org).

Forty-seven participants raised more than $1,500.

NEDA 5K Walk/Run Photo Set on Flickr
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Put a Fork in Us, We’re DONE!

No, those aren't gang signs; three fingers for THREE WHOLE MILES.

Today is a day that will go down in history.

At least, in my own personal history — along with the day I won $100 from Victoria’s Secret “Secret Rewards” game.

We finished the Couch to 5K training program tonight. Julie and I ran a total of 3.2 miles in 35 minutes, averaging around 11 minutes per mile.

My app says we are “true winners” and you know what? We are.

P.S. I signed up for the Cinco de Mayo 5K in Nashville this week. Go team “I Run for Dessert!”

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