South Shore YMCA Y5K


On Sunday August 4th I ran in th local YMCA’s 5k!

I spent the week before this race on vacation in France where I consumed an unearthly amount of croissants, cheese, potatoes, ice cream and French fries! While I did run on vacation I was pretty sure that no amount of running could combat the amount of deliciously greasy food I consumed. Either way, race day had come and it was time to put it all out there on the table-  the good, the bad and the ugly.

Lilly and I arrived early so I could drop her off at the Y’s babysitting center, pick up my bib, and spend some quality time nervously pacing the halls! (My husband, O, was in NJ this weekend and couldn’t make it to the race :().



The Race

The race organizer said, GO!, I clicked start my Garmin, then pressed play on my iPod and was off! I must have missed the button because the music wasn’t playing- oh snap! There was no time to stop and correct my mistake, I had a race to run! And that’s how I decided that this would be my first time racing without music.

Even though I started off in first for about a half mile a younger girl quickly passed me by. She was running at about a 6:20 pace and her stride appeared effortless. She donned a hot pink shirt and had her hair pulled back into a long braid; obviously her race nickname was “Mrs. Pink Braid.” I spent the majority of the race thinking, “Must pass Pink Braid! Come on legs, move faster!”

Since it was such a small race there were few, if any, spectators to cheer the runners on. However, since the race route was an out and back, runners- being simply awesome people- cheered each other along the route. When I turned to begin the return route I was gleefully surprised by the support I received from other runners who were still on their way out. You can catch her!… She’s not that fast!! …Get it girl!!… Run hard! I couldn’t help but smile the entire return trip, even though I could barely breathe and was sweating croissant butter.

I chased Mrs. Pink Braid for the entire race but with each passing mile the gap between us continued to widen. The race ended with a lap around the track; as I entered the track I saw Mrs. Pink Braid cross the finish and glanced at the clock- some time in the 19’s. My previous 5k time was 21:31… it immediately occurred to me that a PR might be possible.

I pushed as hard as I could during that lap and finished with an official time of 20:58!! I could not be happier! My splits for each mile were: 6:39, 6:55, 6:56.


Post race stretching and snack with Lilly!


First was not in the cards for this race- and that’s A-ok with me. It’s one of the things I love about running- there is always someone faster to chase! Someone to motivate you to go harder and faster than you could ever imagine.



A huge thanks to the ladies from A Healthy Balance and Brown Family Chiropractic of Quincy, MA for stretching out my horribly tight hamstrings after the race!


Even though it ended up being a small race the support from other runners, the community feel and the PR made for a fun, memorable day! Lilly and I hung out for a little while, chatted with the other runners and enjoyed the summer sun. A perfect Sunday morning– I only wish my husband could have been there!



She’s actually running towards me in an attack stance saying “on-guard!” #qualityparenting

Another 5k come and gone! Next up: Providence Half Marathon on September 29th!!


Week in Review: 7.29 to 8.4

 Picture of the Week


France: where they serve cookies with their coffee. Seriously.
Me and France, we’re besties. #destiny


30 min strength training in France.

I did what I could in a small bedroom with a set of 5 lb weights and 10 lb weights: 2 sets (12 reps each) of bicep curls, overhead shoulder press, front and side raises

Body weight exercises:  3 sets of the following: 15 push ups, 12 L and R side planks, plank, and tri dips off the bed’s footboard (had to get creative!).

Not a thorough lift, but I did my best!



9.5 mi run at 8:39 pace (82 minutes)

Last run in in the alps… and it looked like this:

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As you can tell I started the run at the top of a hill and went down, down, down, which only meant I had to climb all the way back up at the end. A total elevation gain of 2,068 ft. Whoa!

The goal of the run was survival- not speed. As you can tell mile 9 and 10 nearly killed me with a whopping 10:46 and 11:36 pace– yes, I had to circle in many driveways during my final ascent.

But the view from the top- simply amazing!



This is pretty much what I looked like eating for the rest of the day!! Rungry!


Rest day!



14.2 mile run, 8:05 pace (114 min)

This run started off a little rough (I blame the 3 cheese calzone from Wednesday’s flight!), but once I settled in I found a nice brisk pace that I could maintain (errr, sort of).

Please note the drastic difference between the elevation charts below and above. Bottom line: Braintree, MA is much flatter than the alps!

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This run took a lot out of me mentally and physically. I pretty much walked around like a zombie for the rest of the day eating everything in sight (Fage yogurt with honey, banana, Kind bars galore, chocolate lover’s protein shake yes please!). It was glorious- yet exhausting.


60 min whole body lift, abs and lots of stretching/foam rollering



3.1 mi recovery run, 9:40 pace (30 min); stretching



3.1 mi, 6:46 pace  (20:58) – Race report coming soon!


Post race stretching and snack time on the track with my biggest fan!

Total Miles: 29.9


Quote of the Week
Me: It looks like there will only be 200 or less people at Sunday’s race.

Hubs: Then you should win it.

Me: (sarcastic) Err, ok- I’ll get right on that one.

Hubs: It’s not that hard. You just have to beat everyone else.

Me: Yes, I do believe that is the definition of winning.

(fyi, I did not win the race… that’s the best part of running- there’s always someone faster to chase!)


France Part 2: Repose par le piscine, encore de la glace, et finalement Geneve!

Check out the first part of the trip here: France: Running, Eating and Ice Cream!

The second part of our vacation included lots more running and food (mostly coffee, croissants and ice cream) and a short stop in Geneva before heading back to the States.

Lilly, O and I enjoyed a lunch in La Clusaz at La Caleche. La Clusaz is primarily a ski town in the winter and a stopping point for cyclists biking the alps in the summer. We watched a ton of (foolish) youngsters [guess I’m getting old] mountain biking down the ski slopes and going off of man made jumps. Oh the glory days of engaging in activities that will likely cause you serious physical harm (ahem, college).


Lunch was delicious- as usual. I have learned that even if I don’t know what I am ordering on the menu, the French know food- it’s called trust. So, I took a leap and ordered the duck. (I jump, you jump, right?).

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Enjoying a meal in La Clusaz! Un café (top right) and duck with a honey sauce (bottom left) for me! Yum!



Before we left Thones, France (for Geneva) I squeezed in my last run (9.5 miles). Check out the elevation chart below- just brutal!I just kept reminding myself that I’ll reach the end faster if I kept running!

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After the run we packed up and headed to Geneva, our last stop before home! O and I tried to relax by the pool. Relax with a toddler? I know, oxymoron (bottom left). We even tried to coax her with ice cream! She shoveled it down and sulked when it was all gone (top right)

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We walked around downtown Geneva for before dinner. We came upon a large water fountain that Lillian desperately wanted to swim in, so we compromised…


Contrary to what it may look like, no, I am not throwing my daughter into the fountain.

Even though the vacation in France was super fun and the runs were absolutely beautiful I’m glad to be home!!

Tomorrow is RACE DAY! 🙂