While in Utah in 2012, I went to the UP house. This house was built as a Parade of Homes model, and then was being auctioned off. I wish I could live there! The details of each room were amazing and it was so fun :)
Since not all the rooms were shown in the movie, the builder/decorators used their imagination! Downstairs was a media room, and two children's rooms.
July 12, 2012 - This was my second ever 5k race. I had signed up for this just a few days prior to my first 5k race. This race took place in East Hartford, CT on the airfield. This was an evening race, starting at 6pm, and I had just come from a day of classes at the University of Hartford.
I started out excited and ready to go. Unfortunately, once the race started, that all changed. I started to get overheated and tired all during the first mile. I really thought that I wasn't going to finish. The mixture of the heat radiating up from the tarmac, the hot sun, and it being later in the day was really getting to me.
I ended up having to walk a good majority of the 5k because I had absolutely no energy.
After the race we went and explored Cabella's. I had not been there before and was amazed that they had a huge fish tank, as well as animals displays.
Lesson learned from this race: hydrate, be prepared for heat, don't run too fast, and it is ok to walk if needed!
On July 7, 2012, I ran my first 5k. Ever. My friend Holly wanted to run the race, and since I was in town attending the University of Hartford for summer classes, I agreed to run with her. Now, I maybe trained once or twice for this race by running a few minutes here and a few minutes there, but I was in no way prepared, physically or mentally. But I went anyway.
The race started at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT and went around a neighborhood before ending back at the park.
I ran the first mile super fast. It must have been nerves. I was at the mile marker around 9 minutes. I pushed on for a little longer, but soon was having trouble and I had to walk. I was super frustrated about this but there was nothing I could do. I had used all my energy on that first mile.
I kept trudging on and finally made my way to the finish line. Beginner's luck proved kind and I finished in 34:26. I immediately collapsed to the ground and felt like I was never going to recover. I was so drained of all energy. No one ever likes that feeling.
I went home and took a nap. That evening I was on the computer looking up races. I found a 5k the following week, and Holly and I signed up.
There was no looking back. I was hooked!