Sunday, October 16, 2016

TPG's Enthusiasm for Fitness Continues!

My Shadow self is AWESOME!!!
Well, this month's theme is "Don't Give Up!"

September got away from me, and I forgot about the 5K I had planned for the last Sunday of the month. When I searched for a replacement run I was luck to find one on September 32nd...also known as October 1st, :-) WHEW, I snuck it in at the last minute!

I ran a PR (personal record) at the Harley Davidson Scarecrow Run, with a race time of 36 minutes and 56 seconds. I was also 4th in my age group! I was particularly pleased with these results because on race day, minutes before the start, I realized that my I-Pod battery was dead and I would be running alone and without music. Despite these obstacles and several big hills, I finished the race strong!

 Two weeks later the real October 5K was an evening run, on October 13th. This was also my 10 year wedding anniversary, and I was happy to celebrate with fitness. It was a beautiful Fall day, and I had the pleasure of watching the sun set as I went West and the moon in the sky when I turned back East. The Great Pumpkin Run was held at Berkely Riverfront Park, and I knew it would be a mostly flat course, which is my personal favorite.

The obstacle with this race was my own thoughts and emotions. I was really annoyed and frustrated with the traffic and parking difficulties, and was in a bad mood by the time I got parked after taking 30 minutes to go a quarter mile. I wrestled with thoughts of turning around and just leaving, but at the same time being excited about my tenth 5K for 2016. Fitness enthusiasm won, and even though I was late I decided to stick it out and run my race.
I was not expecting to beat my time was two weeks ago, given the level of frustration I was starting with. My mind was focused on just finishing without stopping. I had my music ready and shifted my thoughts to visualizing crossing the finish line.

I felt so accomplished after this race, and could not wait for the results, because I felt pretty sure I ran my fastest time to date. When the results posted I was proud of myself for not giving in to frustration and I was reminded of the power of positive thinking. I hit another PR, with a race time of 36 minutes and 18 seconds! That's a far cry from my time way back in January when I completed the Groundhog Run at 48 minutes and 57 seconds...proof that great things happen when you honor your fitness goals by showing up consistently and following through. Every. Single. Time. #10down2togo

Sunday, September 11, 2016

8 down, 4 to go! TPG's 5K Challenge

We are eight months into our year-long challenge of completing one 5K per month in 2016. It has been a wonderful adventure in dedication and self challenge. June brought the good doctors to the Donut Dash in North Kansas City, with a wonderfully urban flat course. 

July's 5K was Rock the Crossroads, and it was a ridiculously hot night run. But the t-shirt and medal were too cool for Dr. Meyers to pass up, so she strapped on the camel back and when Dr. Turner took a pass, she recruited her husband, Jerry, to fill in. He was a trooper in the heat, and it was exciting for him to complete his first 5K.

A friend suggested the 5K for August, Head for the Cure, located at Corporate Woods. This was by far the largest 5K TPG participated in so far this year. There were thousands of people in attendance, and the atmosphere was like a huge party.

We are planning to participate in the 13th Annual Smithville Dam 5K Run/Walk and the Great Pumpkin Run for our next two races. Think about joining us in September or October for fun and fitness!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

We Caught the Running Bug!

Dr. Lisa invested in better footwear before February’s Mardi Gras 5K because after the Groundhog Run in January she had a blister that didn’t heal for a week! She now tells everyone who will listen about the benefits of proper fitness enthusiast gear, especially running shoes. At the urging of Dr. Turner, she went to Garry Gribble’s and got an assessment and recommendation for better sneakers. She found out that she need a neutral shoe to better support her foot shape and stride.Boy did it make all the difference! Not only was there no blister the past four races, but she no longer has to wait a day or two between runs. 

TPG’s running duo had high expectations for the TropiColor Run, but the morning of the race Dr. Turner was pulled away to provide family support in a crisis, so Dr. Lisa represented TPG at the Color Run, our fifth 5K for 2016
This was a great opportunity for Dr. Lisa to see if she had what it takes to go it alone. The solo run was cathartic, and she achieved a personal record, as her race time was 41 minutes.

 The good doctors make time to train in between 5K’s and they had the opportunity to continue this practice while in Puerto Rico recently for the annual AASECT conference. There were no beach-side trails; however, there was a lovely lagoon nearby that made daily runs enjoyable despite the heat and extreme humidity.