Best Buddies 5k Race Recap

I am happy to report that after all my reservations in my last blog post about the cold temperatures on Saturday morning I made it to the race and survived the Best Buddies 5k despite the below freezing temps.


I knew that the race was going to go well when I managed to get a really great night’s rest the night before. I don’t know about anyone else but I never seem to sleep well before a race. I don’t know what was different, but Saturday morning I woke up completely well rested. I had set out my clothes the night before and so after I put on all the different layers that I had planned I was ready to go!

When I stepped outside I was so grateful for all those layers. It was just as cold as I had thought it would be! I got a text that morning from my friend who was also running the race declaring that “It’s freezing!!!!!!!” My sentiments exactly.

Once I got to the park where the race was held I picked up my packet and then caught up with some old coworkers that were there either working or supporting the event. It was so great to catch up with everyone, and I even ran into my old coworker Jen who I didn’t realize would also be running the event. Turns out we run at the same pace so we decided to run together!

All bundled up before the race!
All bundled up before the race!

Before the race an instructor from Brick Bodies led a warm up for all the runners. I am so glad they did! I think it would have been a lot harder to run after just standing around being cold for a half an hour. Right after the warm up ended all the runners lined up at the start and the race started.

I was so glad that I had a friend running with me! Having never run in the cold I wasn’t prepared for how different it feels. However, being able to chat with with Jen distracted me and even though I ran slower than I normally do I felt like the miles were flying by.

The course was great, a little hilly but not bad. It was a straight 1.5 miles one way and then you turned around and back tracked. at the 1.5 mile marker they had a water stop set up, which I took advantage of and promptly choked on the water and had to stop for a little to catch my breath. That’s what I get for trying to drink water while I run! Despite that minor hiccup the rest of the race went great!

It wasn’t timed but they did have a clock at the finish and someone at each mile marker telling you your split time as you ran past. Jen and I finished at around 36 minutes. Definitely slower than my normal pace, but we weren’t focused on time and factoring in the cold I am so happy with how I did.

After the race I spent more time catching up with my former coworkers and enjoying the post-race bagels. I was so glad I thought ahead and packed a blanket in my car and a thermos of hot water with lemon and honey for after because it helped warm me up so much.

Overall, I thought the race was so well planned especially for their first year. Best Buddies Maryland had over 300 runners which I felt was the perfect number. My only complaint was the weather, but I’m a baby when it comes to the cold. I’ll definitely be planning to do this 5k again next year!


I Was Not Made For Cold Weather

Tomorrow I’ll be participating in the Best Buddies Maryland 5K. I’m excited to participate. I worked for Best Buddies Maryland for 4 years before my current job and I had volunteered with them in high school. They’re a great organization that provides one to one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


This is their first year doing the 5K and when I heard about it I had to sign up, and I’ve been counting down the days. However, when I signed up I don’t think I registered that it was happening in the middle of November, which means it’s going to be freezing. Correction, below freezing. Saturday morning it’s supposed to be 29 degrees, and saying that I’m not looking forward to it is an understatement.

Now I approached the cold weather optimistically. I bought some cold weather gear, I was fully prepared to go running outside in the weeks beforehand, so I would get used to running in the cold.

Yeah, that didn’t happen. I am a wuss. I have not run outside at all recently. The second the temperatures dipped below 50 I was running inside on a treadmill, using the fact that it gets dark earlier and I don’t feel safe as an excuse. Let’s be honest though, I am not Elsa from Frozen, the cold has always bothered me, and I don’t think there will ever be a time that it doesn’t bother me I could be completely bundled up a la a Christmas story and there is still a very high likelihood that I will not be running outside.

At least it’s warm!

Needless to say when I stepped out last night after work and it was 34 degrees and I realized Saturday morning would only be colder I entertained thoughts of not showing up. However I do think I’m amply prepared for the race, even if I don’t want to be. I’m just going to think of all the volunteers on Saturday that don’t get to run to keep themselves warm and how cold they must be. So THANK YOU volunteers!

You can find me after the race, I’ll be the one wrapped up in the blanket I kept in my car for after the race.


Whole30 is Over!

Yesterday was day 30 of my Whole 30 which means it’s over! I am excited it’s to be over, but to be honest I don’t know that there is going to be a huge change in the way I eat. I did this for the second time to reset my eating habits. I had started giving into my sugar cravings, and while my habits weren’t the worst they’d ever been I wasn’t always making the smartest of choices. With the holidays, and all the delicious food that comes with them, fast approaching I wanted to make sure I was ready.

My takeaways from my second Whole30:

  1. This is a whole lot easier the second time around! This was the case for a number of reasons. To start with this time was a lot shorter because I decided to do it for Lent the last time so my Whole30 was actually a Whole48 the first time. Plus the second time around you know what to expect, and since I still largely follow a Whole30 way of eating in my day to day life with some exceptions it makes it much easier.
  2. I have never wanted sweets more than I did on Halloween. While my sweet tooth is still alive and strong, I don’t eat candy nearly as much as I used to even before I did this Whole 30. If I’m going to eat something sweet I will almost always choose a baked good than a piece of candy, it needs to be worth it. However, when Halloween rolled around and there was candy everywhere all I wanted was a Reese’s peanut butter cup. I’m happy to report, that I did not give into that urge!
  3. I am bored of chicken! I had so much chicken this past month because it’s cheap and it’s easy to make. However, by the end I had had enough. I mixed things up with some chicken salad made with homemade mayonnaise that definitely helped, but I think I’m going to have to start experimenting with new recipes, that still involve chicken, because I still have so much of it left haha.
  4. Quiche is my current favorite way to have eggs! In looking for a quick breakfast that I could also take to work, because heaven knows I’m never waking up early enough to make anything morning of, I started making quiche with a potato crust. This is my go to breakfast for now, and I don’t think that’s going to stop when the Whole30 does, although I may make it with a traditional crust a few times.
  5. I miss bread. I don’t normally eat a lot of wheat and I have never been a huge fan of pasta (shocking I know) but I have been craving pasta. Give me some goat cheese ravioli in a creamy sauce with no redeeming nutritional values and I’ll be in heaven, until I start to regret my choices with a stomachache that is.


All in all I enjoyed my experience these past 30 days and chances are high that I probably have a third one in my future, but I’m not thinking about that quite yet. Right now all I really want to do is go out to a restaurant and order whatever I want on the menu without having to quiz the waitress on whether the dish has added sugar!