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Why 1/2 Miles and 5Ks Are Awesome

Why 1/2 Miles and 5Ks Are Awesome


First of all, before I go into the weekend races, I have to say that even harder than running a marathon is surviving a week on your own working two jobs and being on it with two 6 year old twins. Holy smokes I’m lucky he doesn’t travel that often, but I seriously feel like I’m still recovering from last week. Ha ha.

The boys and I had a lot of bonding time though with highlights of watching Dancing With the Stars, playing on playgrounds and having a blast at a Ghostbuster birthday party.

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Right? How awesome is that? They made proton packs (or whatever Ghostbusters call them) out of priority mail boxes. So darn cool. A little messy with the silly string, but so darn cool.

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I managed to get some running in, but once the hubs got home I actually got to go outside for my long run. I was pretty excited until a little dog came at me and bit me 1 mile into my 20 miler.

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It wasn’t that bad, but mane it hurt so bad when it happened. The dog didn’t even look mean which just makes my fear of ALL dogs (yes even the teeny tiny ones) worse. Ugh.


Okay, moving on. So this weekend was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Junior Carlsbad and Carlsbad 5000. The boys have done the Junior Carlsbad the past two years so they were really excited and even more excited this year because we roped our young cousin into the fun. He he.

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So this year since they’re now 6 years old they got timing chips for their shoes and everything. It was kind of a big deal. This was also the first year where they were brave enough to just run by themselves and I was going to trail behind them. They were after those PRs. He he.

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We had to take a prerace Mizuno shoe picture of course. They had on their Wave Rider Juniors for the special day.

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Judah took off and kept going. Joaquin sprinted for about 2 minutes and then was done.

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Talk about a quality race photo, right? Ha.

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I’m pretty certain this is they guy who won the elite 5K today.

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They got some pretty cool medals, a bunch of goodies at the end )I was must excited about the KIND bars)

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and even a goody bag as they finished.

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We met up with our cousin Charlotte afterwards who was doing her very first Toddler Trot.

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They boys showed her the ropes.


They even had results posted by age group so the boys officially have their first 1/2 mile PR. Woo hoo!

We had a 4:34 and a 5:00 minute time. The new had all kinds of fun at the expo.

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It was about then that the third person asked me if I was running tomorrow (as in today). I kept saying no because I waited too long and the All Day 20K was sold out. I wasn’t too upset about it because I knew I just needed a long run with Boston being two weeks out.

Well, about 10 minutes later I was signed up and running. Ha ha. Gotta love those last minute decisions.

My plan was to just take the 5Ks easy and then run enough miles afterwards to get to 19-20 miles for the day.

I ran the All Day 20K two years ago (recap is here) and it was so much fun. Really, it’s so fun to run a short race and then just get right back to the start line. There’s just enough time in between races to chat with a couple friends, use the bathroom and then get ready to go. Here was the schedule.

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I have not been putting any speed work into my training lately. I’ve totally been letting life get in the way, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. I’m getting older and slower by the day. I try to tell myself I’m not, but if I’m being honest I really am. Hopefully it’s just a stage, but I’m just not sure. Ha ha. I just haven’t made up my mind that I want to get faster right now. I’d rather be a better mom and get enough sleep. I’m hoping my mojo for speed comes back someday soon.


Everyone doing the All Day 20K got to hang out at the VIP lounge in between races. I met up with Smitha and Nicole.

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I’m usually running super late and barely in time to start the race, but I actually had time to check my gear and chat a bit before the first race started.

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It’s bard to not try to keep up with all the speedsters at the front of the pack on short races. I’m so used to starting conservatively, but when people are doing a 5K they don’t hold back. I mean don’t those men look like they mean business?

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My time for the first race was 22:44 (just to put it in perspective two years ago I got 21:18 my first race).

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It’s kind of weird to fell like “oh hey, yeah I’m done” after crossing the finish line and then 15 minutes later you’re at the start again. But I liked it.

I finally got a medal on the third race (you only get a medal for your age division race). I didn’t realize until later that the first 250 finishers of each race get a different medal.

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I made the cut. Woot!

After I completed my final race and made it back to the VIP lounge I got my All Day 20K medal.

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This one mean a lot to me. Here’s why:

Life is different and I’m still searching for that fight to want to get faster and stronger, but I’m content with a lot in life right now. The best things that came from this weekend were that the boys had so much fun and loved being able to try their best and really have their own race and they got to share their joy and excitement with their cousin. I love anything that can be a family affair.

Also, I can’t tell you how inspired I was to see so many different runners out there today. the 5K distance is such a great starting point if you’ve never run a race before and for a lot of the people out there today even just completing it was an accomplishment. ANYONE who steps out of their comfort zone and gets uncomfortable and makes goals is so brave and so awesome. I really wanted to give random people  hugs and tell them how awesome they were, but I held back. I only show my freak flag to friends and family members. Ha ha.

I’m going to make Mom sign up next year. Yep. I think I’ll make the hubs and Dad sign up too. Then I’ll have someone to run with ever single race. PERFECT!


Speaking of, they are already taking registrations for next year.

And, I’m not the brightest tool in the shed (nothing new, I know), but I gave you the wrong discount code for all the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series races. Here’s the right one! I’m already signed up for San Diego, but need to pick a few more. You can check out all the tour stops here and use code STUFT for the $15 discount.



Okay and I’m going to post this on Instagram too, but I have less than 2 weeks to meet my fundraising goal to run with Team For Life at the Big Sur Marathon. I’m running in honor of my father-in-law who we lost before the boys were born due to pancreatic cancer. Team For Life donations go directly to the Lazarex Cancer Foundation that provides resources and assistance to cancer patients who have been told they have no other options.

I would love it if you could help me reach my goal.

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This was two years ago. Obviously I’m not running for time this year, I’m running to so what I can to help others in need.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your April is off to a great start!



Okay, so to you mamas out there…… have any of you gotten your running mojo back in your late 30s? I’m hoping I get mine just in time to do well in the Masters (40 and over) since that’s just about 9 months away. I’ve got a little time.

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  1. 1

    Oh no! I definitely understand your fear of dogs but I can assure you they aren’t all bad 🙂 I sure hope the owner accepted responsibility and apologized!

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    Paula says:

    Sorry to hear about that dog bite. I carry pepper spray and have never had to use it but did have it aimed and ready a few times. I’ve been running for almost 30 years so have probably been really lucky.

  3. 3

    Looks like such a great weekend with your boys! I love the proton packs at the b-day party, definitely filing that in my idea file for b-day parties. The Carlsbad 5000 looked like such a fun 5K event and love that your boys were pumped up to run the kids race. Good luck at Big Sur!!!

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    Kristin, love this so much! Life is so crazy for you now & I think about how much it has changed for you but moments count, not blogs, right. xoxo

    How cute are the boys but that girl next to them at the beginning doesn’t look too happy! 😉

    I already wrote about my dog bite on IG. If you went to the doc, they have to report by law. I found out cause they reported my doc visit to the police.

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    Debbie says:

    I think both my husband and I will do the 20k next year. It really looks like fun, though I have to say that running a 5k with no expectations (or training), was tons of fun too. When we were both done and ready to leave, we realized it was only about 8:45. Heck yeah, 5ks are great! It was fun to FINALLY meet you 😉

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