This past weekend, my daughter and I got out both days for some nice hikes on nearby trails (we do live in a Trail Town USA, after all). It was great to be out in the forest, away from everything else.
I hope that throughout 2019 we will make the time to get out on nearby trails throughout the different weather and seasons. There isn’t much better in life than spending time in nature.
When I started 2018, I had no aspirations to become “a runner”. I had run a few times here and there, but had no plan to drastically increase my frequency/distance running or make it such an integral part of my life.
For 2019, I plan on competing in a number of 5Ks, and also will challenge myself with at least one 10K and a half-marathon! And, I’ve just started incorporating some trail running into my routine for variety (as the photos at the top of the post allude to).
This morning I participated in the Reindeer Run 5K. The weather was excellent for around here in mid-December (38°F and dry). The course went along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester, which provided for nice scenery. And, my Dad showed up right before the race to cheer me on alongside my wife and daughter — what a great surprise!
This Thanksgiving morning, my daughter and I joined over 3,000 other runners in the Webster Turkey Trot, which is in its 47 year! It was our first year doing this — I ran the Four-Four (4.4 miles) and Ani ran the Two-Five (2.5 miles).
It was 18°F (the coldest Webster Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving ever here), but it honestly didn’t feel too bad. The heated tent that we were able to wait in beforehand and our many levels of gear helped for sure!
I’m quite pleased with my performance today, as well as Ani’s — she had a personal best for a 5K as well! 💪
This, despite the weather (or, maybe in some way it was enhanced by the miserable weather!), was great fun! It is incredibly inspiring seeing people of all ages and abilities running and walking together.
Yesterday, my Dad and I participated in the Beignet Dash fun run at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.
It was a great turnout. Lots of runners and walkers showed up bright and early to start their day off with a 1.4 mile race starting and ending at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. In-between, you go along the river through Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. It’s beautiful.
And afterwards… well, they don’t call it the Beignet Dash for nothing! Everybody who competes gets three Mickey-shaped beignets.
I ended up with third place — if it wasn’t for two speedy young kids I would have won (I’m sensing a trend here). And my Dad had a personal best for a mile! 🎉
Last August, I participated in the Derby Dash at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. It’s a “fun run” — 1.4 miles around the resort.
Yesterday morning, I walked over to Saratoga Springs Resort before work to take part in this again (I was staying at the nearby Hilton as part of Automattic‘s Grand Meetup).
I managed to take 58 seconds off my time and came in second place! (An incredibly speedy 10-year-old came in two seconds before me.)