7 miles + 5k = crazy lady

November 20, 2011

Yesterday was a great reminder of why I love the community I am a part of. As mentioned before, I was planning on running the Every Step Counts 5k in honor of two high school girls who were struck with unexpected illnesses and even more unexpected medical costs. (You can read more about their stories here).

When I mentioned the race earlier last week, my running buddy told me she would be there to run the 5k. Seeing as I had to make yesterday a 10 mile day, I asked her if she would be willing to run seven miles before the race with me. Katie ran a 10 mile race at Navy Pier last weekend, so she was fairly hesitant, but towards the middle of the week her legs were not as sore. Fresh legs = running buddy for me!

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We met early at the race starting point, around 7 am, and I am pretty sure the workers who were setting up for the race thought we might be a little crazy. “Someone needs to tell those girls the race doesn’t start for 2 hours!” Little did they know, we were off on our own adventure for the next hour!

Those seven miles flew by, but we both felt like we were dragging. I never pay attention to my time when I am running with someone else — I always pay more attention to the company and the conversation instead. The wind was also pretty horrid, so when we finished our 7 miles in exactly 63 minutes, we were both surprised. 9:00 miles for 20 mph winds? We’ll take it!

We got back about 45 minutes before the 5K started, which was good since I am a procrastinator and did not sign up until the day of. What I was really trying to do was make sure I could donate an extra five dollars for the “day of” race fee. Regardless, I got my bib, my water bottle (I had to get a shirt after the race just in case they ran out). Katie and I had time to re-stretch, and I was able to introduce her to a lot of my family and friends. It was fun!

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photo courtesy of Katie since my camera never left the car — Thanks!

When it was time for the race to start, Katie and I headed back outside and cursed ourselves for not bringing new shirts to change into for the race. We forgot that our sweaty shirts would make us quite cold when it came time for the 5k!

The 5k was really nice and well put together for a first year event put on by a youth group! There were volunteers helping at every turn to mark the course (which went mostly through neighborhoods) and they even had a water station halfway through. They really thought of everything!

Katie and I definitely ran the 5k for fun, but we really pushed it as well. Towards the third mile, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. There was a slight incline (like seriously, miniscule) in the last half mile that had me begging for mercy!

I have no idea what my time was, but I really wasn’t running for time. I was running to help support my community as well as a great cause! I have to say thank you to all the great volunteers who helped make this outstanding event a success — it was awesome!

After the race, Katie and I got stretched and we parted ways. I had a busy day planned, so it wasn’t until later I realized just how sore my legs really were!

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Foam rolling and icing are in my near future.

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Khushboo November 20, 2011 at 7:19 am

Way to go Chelsey! I love how positive you are about giving back to the community :) !

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 20, 2011 at 7:33 am

Haha that “incline” was rough! But I had a great time, we need to make this a habit! Off to Bikram to stretch out my sore, sore legs…

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

I agree!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 20, 2011 at 7:35 am

Sounds like a great double-run. Running with a buddy is always sooooo much better than going it alone!

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Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

You are seriously a running machine! Having a runnin buddy always makes runs go by faster:)

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

Nice job Chels!! Those are tough miles and you kicked some ASS!!

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christinacadden November 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

Love your post!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

Thanks for the recap of race day! Those shirts are cute! ….I’m so glad you posted about these girls and let me (well, the whole CEC community) in on their story. I have been praying for them in my prayer journal. Every prayer is worth something, so thank you for sharing and letting so many other hearts and prayers for the girls and their family go up.
Way to run, Chelsey! You have a great heart, waiting for race day to pay <3

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

Thanks for praying for them, Julie! You’re the best.

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Laura @ LauraLikesDesign November 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

That’s so cool that a youth group put it on! What a great cause to run for.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

They did such a great job too!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 20, 2011 at 7:53 am

I had forgotten about the 5k…was so confused yesterday. Glad you pulled those 10 miles out – wonderwoman for sure! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:03 am

haha, I figured as much with your confuzzled tweet.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles November 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

Nicely done on the 7 mile time, and congrats to you for running such a well-intentioned race!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:03 am

Thanks, Kaitlyn!

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Lori Lynn November 20, 2011 at 8:10 am

I’ve only done one 5K, but when I did it, there were two girls that I met where one of them was training for a marathon, so before they ran the 5K, they ran almost 17 miles!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

Oh my. Not only does that put me to shame, but I wouldn’t want to have to do that!!! :)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

A running partner always seems to make time fly! That’s awesome that you ran the 5k for such a good cause. I’m doing the same on Thanksgiving! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

Have a great Turkey Trot, pretty lady!

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katelyn November 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

Whew girl, foam rolling makes me cringe! I would much rather be put into an ice bath. haha

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

haha -it hurts SO good!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb November 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

what a great morning run(s)! glad to hear the race went well… and that you had a running buddy for the early morning 7 :) always makes the miles go by a little more quickly!

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Nadine November 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

That quote is fantastic! I don’t think I will ever get used to the “mile” I always have to google (what is 7 miles anyway?), it’s like fahrenheit, always stumps me, 80 degrees sounds boiling, but really it’s not even 30.

Glad that the race went well.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:05 am

haha! I like that perspective!

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nicole marie November 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

such a fulfilling day!
this post made me smile. that is all that i have to say! :) x

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Crista November 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

That is awesome, great job!!

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Bryn November 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Would you share whats on your running playlist for the days you don’t have a running buddy?

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:05 am

Sure! Be on the lookout tomorrow, Bryn!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Nice job on those runs! I can’t imagine running 7 miles before a race even if I was running to for “fun.”

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

That first quote is so true! Even if I’m in pain after a run, I always have a giant smile on my face because of how accomplished I feel.

Nice job on your 7 miles and race this morning!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:05 am

Some people just don’t get it! :)

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Mac November 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Nice work on the running! Love the race shirt!

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Kit-Kat November 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Sounds like fun! So how long in minutes were both of your runs put together, then?

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:06 am

Hmm, I don’t know what my official time for the 5k was, but I’m thinking it was around 26 minutes or so – so… 1 hour 30 minutes? 9:00 min/mile pace or so.

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Linda Kiser November 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

That is awesome. I can’t wait to find a racing buddy. I hear it makes such a difference.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:07 am

It does! It makes the time fly!

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Emily November 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

That is awesome, Chelsey! I’m glad you guys had such a good time and were able to help out the cause as well. And that is such an amazing quote.

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Kirstie @ Musings of a Happy Life November 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Woohoo! Go you! Your determination is inspiring! :-)

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kalie November 21, 2011 at 1:00 am

GO YOU GUYS!

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Fran November 21, 2011 at 5:13 am

I love Saturday morning long runs. I can’t believe you went that far before a race! Sometimes running with a friend can be such a great motivator. Good job!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 21, 2011 at 6:07 am

I usually love Friday evening runs! Then they are out of the way!

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas November 21, 2011 at 5:56 am

You go girl!!! I ran outside recently when the winds were pretty tough too, and I could not belive my timing-I ran faster than normal! hmph

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Alyssa @ Life of bLyss November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

love that race theme. the mission and the shirt are both so adorable! get that foam roller and hydrate x a million. ;)

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Lisa @ Healthy Diaries November 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

Great job Chelsey. So nice that you supported your community and those two teenage girls. Running isn’t always easy, but you did a great job at pushing through!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

I love it, you’re so hardcore. I’m running a 5K today? Let’s triple that. Love that attitude!

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