T1 Diabetes Awareness 5k Recap

A few weeks ago, a post was brought up on the MCRR page about a local 5k that would be happening in town. An eagle scout had planned his big project as a 5k for Type 1 Diabetes awareness, in honor of his sister who was diagnosed when she was 7 years old. If you remember, I’ve done fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and American Diabetes Association, so this 5k was something that I couldn’t miss.

With an 8am start, my normal Saturday morning was completely thrown off, but I did enjoy sleeping past 5am for once. I got up, got ready and was out the door by 7:15 to get to the race early for registration and a warm up. Once I got out the door, I was greeted by a thick cloud of fog and some pretty heavy humidity.

Living in the clouds

Living in the clouds

Beforehand I didn’t know much about the race or course, as it was all race day registration and no course map was available online. There was no charge for the race, but donations were appreciated. In return you received a blue wrist band from JDRF. I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, probably around 50 people showed up to help this young man out.

After about a mile+ warm up, we met on the track at the middle school and got instructions on the race as well as information about Type 1 Diabetes. I couldn’t help but almost tear up after seeing how much had been put into this race. With final instructions done, we lined up on the track and were ready to go. Unfortunately, I don’t have my splits since my Garmin had a total meltdown and I wasn’t able to upload it in time.

We started off with a lap on the track, and I tried to find a comfortable pace knowing that it was a little hotter than what I was used to. I was hovering between 7:58-8:01 pace and was feeling great. Once we finished our lap, we made our way onto a path and back near the elementary school. From this point on we were on all grass, and the race quickly turned into a cross country course. Not expecting this, I tried to slow myself down because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up the quick pace on the grass.

During the first mile I could feel myself slowing down, but I was still feeling ok. I tried to watch my footing, because the last thing I need is an injury from a 5k. We were in and out of the shade as we made a large loop in the grass. It wasn’t until about the first mile mark that I noticed how many people had dropped back. I was currently sitting in 4th female and probably 8th/9th overall.

I grabbed some water at the water stop and was thankful for the fluids. It was also around this point that I had a young boy right next to me that I just couldn’t shake. We made our way around the giant loop again, and just before the second mile marker, I was able to pull ahead, leaving the young kid behind.

With a mile left to go, I was starting to feel worn down. My legs felt tired from the uneven ground, and I was sweating more than I think I ever have. We came up around the front of the middle school and along the sidewalk next to the road. I was finally able to get some speed and noticed that Liz, the 3rd place female had disappeared.

I continued on my way, making it through the last section of grass before we made a final lap on the track. That lap felt like the longest lap ever, but it was nice I was able to see who was in front of me. About 200 meters in front of me, was the 1st and 2nd place female, and about two other men were finishing up on the track. I had my final kick in the last 150 meters and finished up 3rd place female with a time of 28:06.

This definitely wasn’t your normal 5k, but the meaning behind it was the most important thing to me. There was no official timing or places/awards so I can only go off the time that was yelled out as I crossed the finish line. My time was much slower than what I anticipated, but based on the fact the course was about 90-95% grass, I’m not really surprised. I’m so glad I made the time to come out for this 5k, and I’m proud of the eagle scout for accomplishing his goals with this race.

Running for a cause

Running for a cause

Medina Half Training: Week Three

This week was pretty low key, which was exactly what I needed. I wanted to focus on working on my eating habits, hoping I could find something that would help ease my stomach even when I can’t avoid eating dinner at 9:30 every evening. We usually stick to the same meals, every day of every week. Tacos on Monday, Steak on Tuesday, Chicken on Wednesday, Leftovers or Pasta on Thursday then Friday and Saturday night we go out to eat. It may seem boring, but it’s easy, and we don’t have to spend a half hour trying to figure out what we want to eat (we save that for the weekend). I ate a decently healthy lunch every day, but we’ll save that for another post. This week I switched Monday and Wednesday around and it seemed to help a little, but eating so late will always cause a slight issue. I also wanted to stay hydrated, so I made sure to drink a ton of water and Nuun to make sure I was getting enough fluids in my body. Coincidentally, I somehow managed to stay away from alcohol Monday through Wednesday, which I think helped as well.

Class on Monday was pretty intense. We focused on our legs a lot and I knew I’d be hurting. With the combination of running and lifting, I can definitely tell my muscle is starting to bulk up. Not in a bad way, but I feel that I look more toned. I’m also feeling stronger and quicker when I’m running. After two months of class, I can tell that I’m hooked and plan on taking the class for as long as it’s offered.

Tuesday’s run was a little tough. I was still sore from class, so I took it easy with 3 miles. I expected to loosen up towards the end of the run, but I still felt stiff. I made sure to stretch and foam roll afterward. Wednesday’s run was better than I had expected. I was more sore than Tuesday and felt that I looked like a stick trying to run. I made sure to stretch and foam roll before and after, which did help a little. It was supposed to be a tempo run at 9:17 pace, but I felt I could do much better than that. So instead I tried to keep a solid pace for 4 miles, which I almost pulled off with the following splits: 8:55, 8:56, 8:44, 8:54. I’m not sure what happened in mile three, but I could tell I was speeding up. Overall it was a good run, and hopefully it will help me to keep my miles consistent.

Monday: Body Fusion Class – 30 minutes of lifting/abs/squats & 30 minutes of yoga

Tuesday: 3 Miles

Wednesday: 4 Miles

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off

Saturday: 8 Miles

Sunday: Off

Total Miles: 15 Miles

Saturday ended up as my long run day this weekend. With the potential storm coming in, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to run safely on Sunday with the group, so I attempted to run it Saturday by myself. I wasn’t feeling the best when I started, due to my stomach yet again, but this time it was from a bad meal at a restaurant the night before. My legs were finally loose, so I started at a decent pace. I hadn’t planned out a course, but decided on 2 out and back, and then another 2 out and back. I headed out and had to slow down a lot due to giant chunks of ice on the sidewalks, so I alternated from grass to sidewalk a lot. I knew if I did this my entire run, I’d never really enjoy it, so I turned at the 2 mile mark and headed home.

I made a pit stop a little over half way through to use the bathroom and dropped off my gloves and fleece headband. I immediately felt better and headed out on my second out and back. I ran up a familiar back road and couldn’t help but to enjoy the “warm” weather. I ran on some new roads and even found some potential new neighborhoods to run in. The miles were going quick and I felt great. I headed back towards home and around the neighborhood to finish up with 8 miles. Looking back at the splits, my 7th mile was my fastest with 8:58 and mile 8 would have been the same had I not had to stop for some major ice spots. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well I could pull off some quicker miles in the later part of my run. At only 3 weeks in, I can feel that this will be my best training cycle yet!

Next week is a cut back week in training, but I may add in extra miles. I’m also hoping to run a few more days if possible, and hopefully join the Second Sole in Medina for a group run!

Do you change your diet during training? Have you cut out alcohol too or limit yourself more?


Weekly fact about Type 1 Diabetes: How common is Type 1 Diabetes and who is being diagnosed? Diabetes as a whole is unfortunately becoming more common, but there is a difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Almost 3 million Americans have Type 1 Diabetes, and more than 15,000 children are diagnosed each year, that’s about 40 kids each day! And unfortunately that rate is only rising. Type 1 Diabetes is also more commonly found in those with lighter skin and is more common in places with colder climates. Each diagnosis is different, it’s on the rise and there is no cure at this time.

Please help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and donate today!

Running for a Cause

With less than 6 months to go until the Medina Half Marathon, I know I have to get my butt in gear. I haven’t started training yet, but I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself for this race. I’ve got some major goals and I plan on meeting all of them. However, one goal I have is pretty important. This year I’ll be running to spread awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, and running for Team JDRF. I ran for the team in 2012 at the Cleveland Half Marathon, but this time I’m doing it on my own.

You may or may not know, but Darren was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just three years old. He’s had to deal with the ups and downs, but he has everything pretty much under control now. Over the past four years I’ve learned a lot about Diabetes and I want to help find a cure. Darren has been a wonderful support system with my running, traveling to races and getting up at the crack of dawn to stand outside for hours, just to see me pass by for a few seconds. There seems like no better way to thank him than to help find a cure for Diabetes.

Braving the wind & cold for me

Braving the wind & cold for me

So now until May 31st, I’ll be running my tail end off, not just for myself, not just for a course record or a sub 2:00 time. I’ll be running to help find a cure for Diabetes and spread awareness. If you’d like to help as well, you most definitely can. Spread the word about Type 1 Diabetes, read up on it, or donate to help find a cure. Any way to help is always appreciated!

And don’t forget, you can still sign up for the Medina Half Marathon & 5k! Registration for the half is only $40 until 12/31 so sign up and BEE there!