Life: Full-time teacher, part-time adventurer.

 

An adventure around every bend.

An adventure around every bend.

School started August 1st, and I’ve been busy getting myself adjusted to working full-time again; so the blog has been idle for a few weeks. I hope you missed me.

Since the last post (JUL 25), I’ve reviewed a children’s book over at A Beach, a Book, and a Breeze. ┬áIt’s the story of a young rabbit family who have to adjust their vacation plans because of Father’s pay cut at his job. The author weaves biblical teachings with adventure and fun. Great read for parents and elementary aged children.

Last weekend, my younger daughter and I participated in our third 5K race together at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, GA. She managed to eek out a third place finish in the 25-29 year old age group. As for myself, well after taking a dive around the 2 mile mark (tripped over a root, but only scratched my palms and my pride) I finished the race in 53 minutes.

My daughter has lost count of the races she has run, but this was my third. I started this madness back in January, and now, it’s a new passion. Not only is it helping me to stay fit in my “senior” years, but I have a purpose for traveling and a source for new article ideas, as well as, an opportunity to hone my photography skills. Look for updates here on the main blog and here, Georgia Adventures with Pauliana, where I write about the different places my husband and I visit around the state.

Third place finish for Brandy; Wounded Warrior award for me.

Third place finish for Brandy; Wounded Warrior award for me.

Lessons Learned from Experience

At the beginning of 2013, I decided that I will start to fulfill a long time goal of running 5k races. My younger daughter and I entered our first race together in January. The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, in Downtown, Atlanta.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

I had great intentions of training every day, building my stamina and making a great showing in my first ever 5k. HA!

The fact is I got out and “trained” about three times the week before the race.That means I walked 90% of the time and ran the rest, sometimes.

During the race, I had to walk up the hills. Going downhill seemed easy at first, but then toward the 2 mile mark, it seemed if I started running, I would pick up too much speed and then the fear of rolling down the rest of the hill caused me to walk again.

I didn’t come in last in my age group (50-54), but I was about 300 runners away from first. It was embarrassing, but I finished. We had some great refreshments afterward: hot chocolate, fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, bananas, and a free hoodie.

Despite the goodies, my body reminded me a couple days later that I was out of shape. My calves and thighs were on fire. I tried several remedies for the soreness, but nothing helped except to rest. I swore I wouldn’t let that happen again

My next race, The Color Run, in Hampton, GA. was a race around Atlanta Motor Speedway, not on the track, but around the outside wall. This one was totally for the fun of it. Every 1/2 mile or so we runners were doused with packets of powder in a rainbow of colors. It was somewhat hazardous to your health if you suffer from respiratory issues, but other than that, crazy fun, especially the after party.

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So I’ve learned to have fun when I run, but I’ve also learned that training (even when you are only running for fun) is important to keep that youthful feeling all year.

What lessons have you learned from your adventures? I’d love to read your comments.