Reindeer Run 5K and cookie time!

Up early this morning, although not that early since the race was pretty close to home.  I woke up around 6:40.  Made a delicious prerace breakfast:


  • cream of wheat
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • cranberry sauce and almond butter on top.

So good and really good race fuel.  With cafe au lait.

The temperature was about 30 or 32, and not windy, although it was cloudy.  Definitely waaaay better than the 15 degrees last year!

Here I am with my sister and niece (who did Girls on the Run):


This is why you should always watch what you are doing.  I had no idea I was being videoed here:

Okay – ready to start any time!  I was cold!


My goal was to shoot for 29:30.  The race started on a hill, but I moved to the edge so I could pass people.  It was good in that I happened to be in front of the clot of people, so I didn’t get slowed down by this.  I had my pace music on, and my idea was to play a 6.5 mph pace and run that 3 times for 5 minutes each to hit my goal.  It worked pretty well.  When I did the faster speed, I was passing people right and left, which was kind of fun!  The time went by so fast.  It was a flat course, other than the first hill.  On my last pace segment, I accidentally hit the wrong button on my player and ended up on Sweeney Todd, so I couldn’t go back to it.  I just tried to play the music in my head and go.  I ran really hard at the end and saw I was close to hitting my goal.  I crossed in 29:32!  I was really happy with that!


30 degrees and soaked in sweat! 🙄  Can I tell you how much I love this jacket?  I hope it never wears out.

One thing about the Adirondack Runners – they know how to put on a spread after races.  This was 1 of *3* tables of  stuff:


Someone whose name begins with L and ends with I managed to eat back all her race calories and more at this table!  Sooo good.  I can get helpless after working hard when I want food.

After the race and after all of us went for coffee, my mother and I went to a country art/craft show.  It was pretty neat – it was out in the country, and it was a bunch of homes that had artists and craftspeople showing their wares.  Lots of driving, but so pretty and fun.  I had some serious house jealousy!  Plus it started snowing!


Our first real snow of the season.  Each of these places had cookies and drinks, too.  I was fueled by cookies today!  I never even had lunch, either.

Ornament of the day:


Tuba ornaments are for John.  He is a tuba/trombone player and was at school in Colorado getting a masters in composition when I was working on my doctorate.  That’s how we met, by being put together in a graduate brass quintet! 😀

John made a whole wheat pizza that is in the oven for dinner!  Have a great night!

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29 thoughts on “Reindeer Run 5K and cookie time!

    1. Lori Post author

      I didn’t finish my doctorate. It was in music performance. I did 3 (or maybe it was 4 years) into it. Long story short, it wasn’t for me. I probably should do a post on it some time. 😀

  1. PTG1002

    That is a fantastic time – fanfreakingtastic, Lori! You did great!! I am seriously doing a little happy dance for you…I’m hoping to do a little better on the next 5K myself – dare I say, break 30min?

    Love the spread too – no races around here do a spread like that!!

    Where did you get your running jacket from? I love it!
    .-= PTG1002´s last blog .. =-.

  2. Shelley B

    You look so cute, bouncing along to your music – John did a great job capturing you getting psyched for the race! Congrats on your time – bet it was fun to pass people! With all of those homemade cookies, I don’t blame you for eating back your race calories…hard to resist!
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Friday Catch Up =-.

  3. Ishmael

    Whoo hoo! Everytime I read about one of your races I get so excited about running one of my own. I am hoping that I can ease into running now that I’ve broken the seal, so to speak, and actually shown myself that I can sustain a jog for longer than 2 seconds. I am really worried about my knees though — I am still on the heavy side and I really fear banging them up. I used to run frequently in my teens and early 20s, and I wasn’t exactly light back then. But I was younger, and fitter. I haven’t been running since I got really heavy (gee–correlation there?) and I’m trying to figure out when is a good weight to go for it again. My jog last week did give me sore knees and hips and various aches and pains for two days. Not muscular as much as structural, if you know what I mean. My bones/joints were sore, not my muscles.

    Can I ask if you encountered that when you started jogging? Did you wait until you got to a certain weight before you put that stress on your body? Any advice on how to ease into running so you don’t irritate bad knees? When I say bad, I don’t mean ripped or torn ligaments, etc…Just stressed knees, prone to inflammation. A good icing and some advil usually put them right in a few days.
    .-= Ishmael´s last blog ..That Stubborn Scale =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I have chondromalicia, and funny thing is, my knees don’t bother me when I run. I never ice or heat them, either! It’s weird. I started the C25K about 20 pounds heavier than I am now. I didn’t necessarily weight to jog, I just never thought I would like it, so never really did it.

      I also started very, very slow. I think when you try to run too fast and pound the pavement, that is what causes the stress stuff on the legs. Good shoes are a must.

      Don’t ever feel pressured to run more than your body is capable of. I don’t think it necessarily totally correlates to weight, as there are tiny people running who have constant struggles with injuries.

  4. Cindy

    so did you do the couch to 5k program? (I saw in a comment c25k…is that what you are talking about?) I am starting week 4…and it’s getting challenging but I love it.

    I had to slow my pace to get thru the long run but i did it and that, to me, is what’s important…even if I am a bit bummed at myself. oh well.

    NICE job on your 5K! I hope to be there some day!
    cookies make great post run fuel…so I’ve heard!

    great job..I’m jealous!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..the day is not over =-.

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