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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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Q&A: Episode One

A week or so ago I asked for questions from my readers (all four of you) and promised answers from the experts. For this first episode of I Run for Dessert Q&A, I spoke with a personal trainer at Fitness Plus in Cape Girardeau. He answered a great question submitted by Michael.

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. I hope to feature more answers from the experts soon.

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Got Questions? Get Answers!

Do you have questions about running? If you just started a running program or are doing it regularly, I bet there are things you are wondering about. I’ll be taking your questions and getting answers from the experts for a post. Ask me anything you’ve ever wanted to know about running!

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New Time Record!

Yesterday was so gorgeous we decided to run outside after I got off work. Such a better idea than getting up before the sun today. 🙂

We ran at the park where the 5K will be held on Friday night — just four days away now! I found a map of the course, but we aren’t sure which direction we’ll be running the race, so we ran counter-clockwise last Friday and clockwise yesterday. Because we are so close to the event, we have started tapering our workouts this week. So, full 3.1 miles on Friday reduced to 2.1 yesterday. Tomorrow we will run for 20 minutes.

Although beautiful, yesterday was extremely windy. The longest straight stretch of the course had us directly facing the gale-force winds. Even with that resistance (it felt like running through a swimming pool), we still improved our pace from 10 minutes, 58 seconds per mile to 10 minutes, 16 seconds! Not quite the pace we’re hoping for, but much improved!

On a different note, I ran across this article on Twitter today and wanted to share: “6 Running Myth Busters” from Active.com.

I guess this means we shouldn’t pig out at Olive Garden on Friday before the race, Julie.

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