Torture Report: Color Fun, 5Ks and Truth Revealed!

(L) People, I feel as though I have been liberated! Liberated from the notion that a race means we must train hard, run long hours and if you want the bling you need to be amaaaaa-zing! No, no, no that is not the case. I have been brainwashed, by none other than G and Swaggy J, to believe that any self-respecting runner cannot run less than a half marathon. Why would one waste time on a measly 5k? It’s hardly worth getting out of bed for such a small amount of time. Well, let me tell you something:

IT’S ALL LIES, LIES I TELL YOU!!!

There is nothing wrong with a 5k. Truly, the most stressful part of a 5k is finding a parking spot before the race because so many people enjoy these races. It’s no wonder either because at the end of running 3.2 miles they give you bling. I don’t mean cheap plastic, I mean like a seriously thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to run this race with us, we appreciate you kind of medal. It’s crazy. I thought you had to bleed, endure blisters, lose toe nails and be rendered unable to walk for at least 4 days to get that kind of medal. Nope, you just have to sign up for a Color Run near you.

Oh, and I didn’t even mention the swag bag.  Wait for it…a tri-color headband that looks like it may be straight from 1985 and glittery tattoos.  I mean, what more could an 80s girl in her mid-40s ask for?  It has been the highlight of my weekend,

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In all seriousness, I signed up for this run with my 13-year-old daughter. We had the best time! She was so happy and she could not get enough of that COLOR. The best part? She and her friend spent the whole afternoon looking for more races to do together. Looks like we are on to something here. Hey G, want to come to Colorado for a 5K?

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And just to update you on my week. I am happy to say that I worked out another 6 out of 7 days this week. That is 2 weeks in a row. I also added planks, ab work and push ups to my routine. This week I intend to pick up the pace and get a little more done.  You never know when I will need to be ready for my next 5k!

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(G): I do feel a little like I have been maligned, misrepresented with these libelous and hateful accusations but… there is a possibility that they are all true. 🙂

I have to say the headband was my highlight of the week as well!

Seriously September Salad, already!! Wow, 8 days in and things are progressing. I have worked out every day but Friday. I determined I was tired and it was as good as any to take the day off.
Otherwise, I was on point, on task or on something.

September was all shiny and new on Tuesday and I have broken it in and it’s nearly lost it’s new car smell.

After 5 miles of hill work on Tuesday and 8 miles on Wednesday, I was starting to think that I should’ve said that S was for September and Sissies! But since I was only a few days into September I thought I couldn’t crap out, just yet. But no promises for this week.

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With our surge of 90-degree weather, I dragged myself out early on Saturday for 10 miles. And by the end it was hot and I am not wanting to do any more training in the heat this year. I am not a good hot weather runner anyway so by this time of the year I am over it.

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Swaggy J went out with me on Sunday and we were pleasantly surprised by several horses out on the trail. They were all beautiful although it did make us much more diligent as we tried to avoid the steaming piles of poo that our ginormous quadrupeds left on the path.

The holiday almost went by without a workout but late in the day I salvaged it with a tough strength workout. I did it mostly so I could tell you all in the Torture Report that I did. We all need accountability any way we can get it.

We are officially 2 months out from the New Jersey One Day Trail Series 24-hour event. I feel confident there won’t be any running from me at this one but I am still training and am sure to learn something good as I attempt 24 hours — or at least to go longer than I did at the Outrun this year, time-wise.

Sunshine & Sarcasm, 
Lowi & G
The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

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