Monday, March 18, 2013

2013 Free to Breathe 5K

Greetings and Happy Monday! I had a jam packed awesome weekend and loved every minute of it! We had three performances of our Easter Production this weekend and it went over very well! There were a few bumps in the road but for the most part, it all flowed very smooth! (You’ll hear more about it this week!)

Besides the production, I also ran the Free to Breathe 5K in my hometown. I’ve run this race one other time (2010), so it was neat to compare the differences overall!

I made a video of the race and also posted a recap posted below! :0) Hope you enjoy!


Saturday morning was chilly and I wanted to wear something with at least a little green in it for St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t find a green top, so I decided on this skirt (which has a little bit of green) and my brown arm warmers!


The sunrise was beautiful! Overall, it was a gorgeous day!


My running group! :0)


For some reason, they let the walkers start first. Not sure why, but that’s what happened – which means the runners were left to stand around for an additional 20 minutes before being allowed to run. By the time 20 minutes had passed, we were frozen!

As we started running, my watch decided to do something funky, so it was off by at least .1 miles the entire race. Very frustrating!

It took a little bit for my body to warm up once we started running but by half a mile, I was fine!


I was very grateful for my sunglasses on the way back! The sun was SO bright! I tried to keep below an 8:30 pace the entire time. I felt great and had an awesome race! My ultimate goal was to break 25 minutes, even if it was 25:59. Since my watch was off, I had no clue how close I was. As I approached the finish line, I saw 25 minutes and my heart almost stopped. I picked up my pace but wasn’t fast enough - I crossed the finish line at 26:10. SO close. I wasn’t disappointed though, because I still PR’d by 15 seconds and I now have a goal to work towards for the next 5K!


The official clock time said 26:10.


Heather and I after the race! She placed second in her age group! So proud of my friend!! :0)

The race was awesome and I had a great day with my running group and friends. I’m not sure when I will race another 5K although I am running the Color Run 5K (for fun) with friends in Houston, Texas next weekend!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Did you run? How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to know, please share! :0)

Also, don’t forget about my Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway! It officially ends tomorrow so if you’re interested, enter today!


  1. Congrats on that PR girl! I wish I could run that fast lol! You are just too cute! I enjoyed your have the sweetest voice! :-)

    1. Thanks Mindy! It's definitely been a progressive thing, my first 5K was 32 minutes! Thanks for watching!! :0)

  2. I totally understand what you mean about 60 degrees being cold! On the other hand, I have to chuckle when our more northern running neighbors complain about 70+ temps :) Last summer I believe I ran 3 straight months in 80/80... 80 degrees+ with 80%+ humidity :)
    I enjoyed your race recap!! And your running outfit was adorable!

    1. Yes, I do the same thing! This humidity can get crazy! Thank you!! :0)

  3. Congrats on the PR! You are going to shave off those last 11 seconds for sure!

  4. congrats! I SO wish it was freezing for the start of our race haha! quite the opposite. Love the arm warmers :)

  5. Awesome!!! I have been trying to get into the 25 minute time frame forever. My 5K PR is 26:38. Since I am getting older by the minute, I don't know if it will ever happen. Maybe! :)

  6. The only St Patrick's day race around here was a 5K, an since I'd paid for a 10K last weekend, I opted to keep my green in my wallet and just do my standard Saturday run. I'm so over cold temps!

    1. Can't say that I blame you! Hope it warms up for you soon!

  7. You're a speedy little thing! Congrats on the PR.

  8. Congratulations on your new PR! I'm sure you'll break 25 in your next 5K!


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