Heading into Monday. . .with a smile!

After having an awesome Mother's Day-Sunday . . . heading into Monday will be a piece of cake!

I ran the Mother's Day 5K at Mission Bay Park and it was the perfect for someone just getting back into running shape.  The crowd was small, nice flat course and the weather was perfect.  The only thing that concerned me was my endurance to run fast for AT LEAST 24 minutes! Could I do it?

 Sunday's Course Map

Sunday's Course Map

The gun goes off and I felt pretty good.  There were young kids running and one lady caught up with me right away and we ran most of the race together.  Then there was a young woman who was FAST!  Not sure where she came from but she held her pace and past me and the other woman as if we were walking.  Uh. . .I was ok with that.  I wanted to maintain my pace and finish strong.  Right around 2 miles, I decided to make my move for second place and try to hold on to it.  My daughter was near the finish line screaming for me to finish strong.  I had no more leg power but I did use my arms to get through it.  Thanks, Marz!  

Needless to say, I got 2nd place and I am very happy with my run.  

Thanks to Sandy Feet Events and Mission Valley Sunset Rotary for such a fantastic event! I hope to do the next race in June.  But for now. . .today. . .it's all about the recovery run.  What will you do to get moving today? 

Below is a quick warmup that I did to get me going for my 5K race.  You don't have to be a runner to do these easy warmups for any workout.  The stretches should be "active" stretches, getting your heart rate up, your body warm and this will help to prevent injuries.  Stay safe and keep moving!

 Goodies from Sunday's Run: 2nd Place Winners received $50 gift card to Foot Locker & Dinner for 2 at Sycuan Casino!

Goodies from Sunday's Run: 2nd Place Winners received $50 gift card to Foot Locker & Dinner for 2 at Sycuan Casino!

Pre-Race Snack & Warmup:

  • Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Light 2-3 minute jog in grass
  • Hip Flexor Stretch
  • Side Lung Stretch
  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Cross-over Toe Touches
  • 3 X 50 meter sprints

Nicol Hodges

Nicol Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.