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OC Hope and Harmony 5k and a long run

So I am excited to announce that my next and last race before the LA Marathon will be OC Hope and Harmony 5k! It takes place on February 27th and is at University of California, Irvine. I’m excited to get in some quick miles before LA and I totally believe in the cause that Beckstrand Cancer Foundation stands for. I love running smaller races and I know this race will be fun because a few girls I went to college with are running it too! If you are looking for a great race at the end of February this could be a little hidden gem and I’ll be there! You can read more about it from an article I posted to the Examiner about it here too, so you can get all the juicy details about the race. I’m excited, I haven’t ran a 5k in quite some time and I love going fast for very limited periods of time. :)

I also realized while running the Surf City Half Marathon that…maybe I do like running marathons too? I’m still thinking about this in my mind and mulling over the statement that I just threw out there. I think I’m a runner now who has started to think, we’ll might as well do the whole freakin’ thing and lets run the full, or let’s run a 5k. What has my life become. Crazy either way. We’ll see what I’m saying after LA, in.. um… yea, let’s not talk about how close that race is right now.

This past weekend I got in a 17 miler. Man, it’s been a long time since I ran that far. I figured though since I ran the half last weekend, that it was only four more miles. I can play sick mind games with myself. It was a great day out for a run and I was seemingly very inspired by watching the Olympics Friday night. I LOVE the Olympics and watch as much of them as I can. Saturday morning I was up and ready to go fairly early and did a 8 mile loop out and then passed by my house and took off on the beach path. I haven’t packed my fuel for my run and the whole ‘long run’ thing in a while. Everything seemed to go off without a hitch and I was excited to give my new K-Swiss shoes a pretty big test! Towards the end of my run I was REALLY tired and REALLY sore. It was getting warm and I forgot how it felt to be out there for so long.

Then I icebathed, napped for a little bit, showered up and prepared myself for the remainder of my day which included watching the Olympics, cleaning and preparing my picnic for Sunday! I’m such a little hopeless romantic and I made a pretty sweet picnic. It was a beautiful day on Sunday so everything was perfect for a picnic on the bluffs. After lunch somehow I ended up at a Scottish Festival at the Queen Mary, but it was such a nice day out.

Now I’m having some slight issues with my hip popping when I walk. Going to take it relatively easy this week and do some cross training and try to get it to pop back into place. What am I? 90? I think I will try to swim this week, but I’m hoping to feel better to go snowboarding again on Thursday and also I’m going to San Francisco on Friday for the weekend! I am so excited to see my friends up there.

Tomorrow, I have a guest post about running in cold weather, since there are many readers who are battling snow and slush on their running routes. Yea, today it’s suppose to be 76 here. So maybe that monthly rent is worth it :)


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