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It has been a while since I’ve updated. I’m still here, and I’m still training and working hard towards my goals.

I will be traveling to Florida (where I’m from) for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and I thought that I’d like to do the Tampa Bay Turkey Trot 5K. My running hasn’t been the greatest the past week, but I figured if I aim for the Turkey Trot then I would step up my game in my training. I was thinking about it on Friday, and thinking that I wouldn’t be ready to run the whole thing, but I’d really like to.

So I set out running Friday after work intending on repeating W6D2 of C25K like I had been, since that was all I seemed able to do.

But this time I decided to slow my pace down and see how far I could go without stopping. I chose a song with a much slower beat than I’m used to and ran to the beat of it.

Once I reached mile 1, I felt great! I knew I could go much further at that pace, so I decided to shoot for three.

I ended up running 3.25 without stopping! This is a huge step for me, since I have never been able to run that far and could barely do 2 miles when I did. It’s so refreshing to know that I can run a full 5K without stopping!

(I walked the first .25/5 minutes)

My pace was a lot slower than I’m used to, which is why I was able to go further I think. I averaged at around an 11 minute mile, which isn’t bad, it’s just slower than I’m used to. But I was stoked to know that I finished a whole 5K!

I think I will keep that pace a few more times until I’m used to running a full 5K, then once I’m used to it I can increase my speed little by little to work on my time.

Turkey Trot here I come!
My boyfriend and I went hiking at Lost Maples State Park yesterday with a hiking group. The foliage wasn’t as colorful as it was when I hiked it last year, but it was still a gorgeous hike, and quite a hike! There was a pretty big elevation change that was quite a climb! Overall we hiked a total of around 8-9 miles. We were quite exhausted by the time we got home. It was a beautiful hike!

Tarantula we saw on the hike!

Monkey Rock

<3 Jordan

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