This is a post I’d never thought I would write. I hated running for the longest time then one day I did a run/walk combo and fell in love with running. A girl who mainly did the elliptical at the gym is now running on the dreadmill. In rain, snow, or humidity, you’ll find me outside running. I love running outside as much as possible.
As part of the Relationship Bucket List, number 22, Run a 5k and the Boston Marathon, was running a 5k together. Since I ran my first one I’ve been hooked ever since. Below is the list of the 5ks I ran from when I started the blog to today.
- Night Nation Run
- Charity: Stand Up to Cancer
- Outcome: I ran with one of my runny buddy and it was so much fun! We attended the after party at Xfinity Live where we enjoyed craft beers and brink oven pizza.
- The Color Run
- Charity: Back on my Feet
- Outcome: I hated running after this. I arrived around 9am. Didn’t get out on the course until 10:30. Didn’t finish until 11:30-11:45am. Was hot and humid. I wanted to died. I didn’t do any type of running until mid September because I HATED running after this. WILL NEVER DO THIS 5K AGAIN.
- Run Now, Wine Later
- Charity: The Bucks County Playhouse
- Outcome: LOVED!!! The course was through historic New Hope. The houses were beautiful and the town had a historic charm to it. I met a #TIUGirl there who ran with me and she immediately was very kind and welcoming. She’s such an inspiration to me. A friend from New Jersey met me there for lunch because it’s halfway between Philly and NJ. It was a great race in a gorgeous town.
- Shamrock Shuffle
- Charity: Green Parrot Restaurant and Pub (I’m not sure if this is the charity for this race, but was told it was)
- Outcome: Ummm… on the fence with this one. My friend and her then boyfriend ran it together. I met up with them after the 5k was over. It was awkward to say the least.
- The Hot Chocolate Run
- Ronald McDonald House
- Outcome: If I do this race again it’s going to be the 15k because I’m not waking up at no 5am just to get down there by 7am for the 5k. I love the look on my face.
- The Hard Cider Run/The Hungry Apple
- Charity: Several charities through their volunteer program
- Outcome: SO MUCH FUN! I was staying over another #TIUGirl house for the weekend to do this race. It was up in Gettysburg. The race itself was on a winery trail, but the weather that weekend was horrible. It rained the night before and that morning of. It was muddy. It was soggy. But it was fun! I walked for a good portion of it because my feet were dragging me down. But the ladies I ran with kept reminding me “No Runner Left Behind.”
- The Great Inflatable
- Charity: Ryan’s Case for Smiles
- Outcome: This I did on my own. I felt it was very unorganized. I was in the 8:30am wave, but because of the weather we didn’t start till close to 10am. I walked the whole thing almost because it was in a community park and it poured the day before. It was very muddy. My shoes and socks were socked from the puddles. Let’s just say I’m glad I bought a change of clothes and shoes. I don’t think I’ll do this one again.
- Insane Inflatable
- Charity: American Cancer Society
- Outcome: I had so much fun! It was a complete body workout. The inflatables were far enough from each other that if we were about to take a break in between each. The inflatables were part of the workout too! It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again next year!
My next #5k isn’t until September 9th. My runny buddies and I are already training for it doing speed work and cross training.
See you at the starting line—> Peace and Love —> Jenn