Seashore Striders Five Miler: My Second Age Group Award

It’s become an annual tradition that the first Sunday of my family’s beach vacation in Rehoboth I run the Seashore Strider’s 5 miler.

I don't want to leave

This tradition started five years ago when we happened to rent a beach house right on the course. I figured how could I not run a race that went right past the place I was staying.

I’ve done the race every summer since (except for the one where I had a stress fracture in my foot).

I’ve had varying degrees of success in the race. It’s usually pretty hot and miserable, so I’m certainly not putting down my fastest times, but despite the weather it’s a race I’ve come to really enjoy and look forward to every year.

Three years ago, when the weather wasn’t the best (rainy and overcast) I actually placed first in my age group — my very first time winning an age group award. And this summer, the five miler marked my last race in the 25-29 year old age group.

I knew going into the race, I certainly wasn’t in my best running shape, plus it was hot and humid at the start. But I took off with the rest of the pack, enjoying the shaded neighborhood the first half of the course weaves you through.

When I turned back onto the main drag, I saw my parents had come out to watch. Gave them a wave and kept running.

Untitled

At that point, the sun was starting to get to me and I knew there wasn’t going to be a ton more shade the rest of the way. I took a quick walk break to re-group, dumped a cup of ice cold water over my head at the water stop and gently picked up the pace again.

With about 3/4 of a mile left, I didn’t have too much left in the tank and I was really looking forward to a nice cold bottle of water at the finish line. I kept plodding along and finished in 46:59.

Untitled

I didn’t really think that was good enough for an age group award of any type, but as I was looking around at the finishers, I noticed there didn’t seem to be too many around my age, so I figured I’d hang around and see if maybe I’d gotten lucky.

Turns out I had. When they posted the results, I finished third in my age group and got a nice little medal.

Not a bad way to close out my time in the 25-29 age group. Third place finisher in this morning's race.

Not a bad way to close out my time in the 25-29 age group!

Books I Read on Vacation + a Few Others

Man it's been a long time since I've done a book update -- in part because I've been lazy, but also in part because I haven't been reading nearly as much this year -- which makes me a little bit sad. But I just got back from my beach vacation where I read a ton of books, so figured it was time to do another update! Books I Read in April Devotion by Adam Makos I really like the first book I read by Makos, and I might have loved this book even more. Here's the description from … [Continue reading]

4th of July Weekend Fun

Long weekends go too fast. Or I just try to cram too much fun stuff into them -- this one was no exception. I ended up taking Friday off and spending the day at the pool with Emily before we headed downtown for an event at the Air and Space Museum. The museum was celebrating it's 40th anniversary and was throwing an all-night party. Emily and I got there around 9 p.m. hung out and listened to the Air Force band and then wandered around in some of my favorite exhibits. My coworker … [Continue reading]

Starting from Scratch

Hi friends. So June has been a pretty busy month for me with work and school and softball, and if you've been reading for a while, you know I had definitely struggled to find time for running last semester with school being so brutal. But now that summer semester has wrapped up and I have a few weeks of blissful freedom before the fall semester starts, I'd like to get back into some sort of a regular running rhythm. If nothing else, I'd like to be not stupidly out of shape for the five … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: County Clare, Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Our last day in Ireland was the only day it ever really rained while we were there. We know we got pretty lucky to only have one real day of rain, since it rains a lot in Ireland. Our last day in Ireland was also one of our longest days. We left our hotel at 7 a.m. to board a bus to take us through County Clare and eventually to the Cliffs of Moher before dropping us in Galway to catch the train back to Dublin. I was really excited to see parts of County Clare since that is where my mom's … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

Friday was one of the only days of the trip where we didn't have a super early wake-up call for planned activities. So instead of sleeping in, I decided to explore Killarney National Park on a run. The entrance to the park was a short ways from the hotel, and one of the hotel employees gave me directions on how to get there and told me I'd be very safe, and I'd only have to worry about seeing very large deer. So around 6:30 a.m., I set off to explore. I ran up past St. Mary's Cathedral, … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures in County Cork, Blarney and Cobh

So after our three nights in Dublin, we packed our bags and hopped a train to the countryside. I was excited to get out of the city because everyone told me if you want to really see Ireland you have to get out of Dublin -- and they were all right. The Irish countryside is gorgeous and some of the places we stopped on our remaining days of the trip were just breathtaking. Our first stop on Thursday morning was Blarney Castle. Yes, yes I know it's extremely touristy, but it was totally … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Drinking and Castles In Dublin

At the rate I'm going here, I'll finish blogging about this Ireland trip by Christmas time. But seriously, it's summer and I just don't spend a lot of my free time at a computer, so apologies for the super delay between these posts. I'll try to be better about making time to write the rest of them. Anyway, we're now on day three of the trip, which was our last day in Dublin, and also the day everyone else got to Ireland. We sort of went on the trips in waves. Four of us flew over from DC … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Belfast, Giants Causeway and More Northern Ireland

Ok so where did we leave off on my Ireland adventures? I think we'd just finished up day one. So day two was definitely one of my favorite days of the whole trip. We took a day trip outside of the Republic to Northern Ireland, spending time in Belfast, Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede. Quick history lesson to put this day in context: Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. It is under British rule and is not part of the Republic of Ireland. This has caused tensions for years and … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Fun in Dublin

Well I've officially been back from Ireland for about 10 days now, and after this crazy month of travel, I think my internal clock has finally realized I'll be staying in the Eastern time zone for a while. Unlike my trip to Japan, which was very spur of the moment, this Ireland trip has been in the works for at least a year. My friends started kicking the idea around last May or June, and we started keeping an eye on flight prices in the fall. When we found round-trip tickets for $530 … [Continue reading]