{Labor Day Virtual 5 Mile Race}

This Labor Day weekend has been…interesting, to say the least. After an emergency trip to the dentist this past Friday, my suspicion was confirmed, and I do indeed need a root canal. Bummer.

Being the day before a holiday weekend, no one was available to perform an emergency root canal, so I was prescribed an antibiotic and pain meds, and sent on my way till the root canal can be performed Tuesday afternoon.

I thought the dentist was a crazy person for prescribing me pain medication, but he must have known what was about to hit, because the last few days I have been cycling between excruciating pain and the loopy, swimmy feeling that accompanies the ingestion of pain meds.

Needless to say, I definitely hit a point yesterday where I was feeling quite sorry for myself. I was sick of hurting, sick of laying in bed, sick of feeling loopy, and I became a bit of a grump. Well I decided that pain or no pain, I was going to head out for a quick run, just to see if it would help. And it did! I went just 2 miles, and felt the best I have in days!

This brings me to the virtual race. It had been tweeted by fellow blogger Mommy Run Fast, and looked like a lot of fun! Basically, a virtual race is where you sign up online (it’s FREE!) for a certain distance, this one had a 5 mile or 10 mile option, and within a specified time period (in this case, Labor Day weekend), you are to run the distance you chose, and document your race! It’s a pretty neat concept! To read the actual blog post, click here.

So I signed up for 5 miles, and although I was concerned I may not be able to complete this distance due to my current circumstances, I was determined to at least give it a worthy try.

So this morning I got up, was feeling pretty decent, and hit the road! Although I had really wanted to head over to Clearwater Beach to document my virtual race, I figured it best to stick close to home today. I must say though, I have the privilege of getting to run in a pretty beautiful area, and I took some photos of my favorite spots along my run. From my front patio, and back again, here is my journey!

Getting ready to run! It’s a beautiful Labor Day morning!

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A wee bit toasty though…

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Mile 1, overlooking the golf course.

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About a mile and a half, one of my favorite views along my running path.

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Mile 2, a beautiful lake and overlooking a huge fountain and gazebo.

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Mile 3, one of my favorite houses. It’s so pretty!

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Mile 4, the country club.

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Almost home!

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I made it!!

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So no more feeling sorry for myself! I made the 5 miles, it felt great, and tomorrow I’ll put this whole silly root canal behind me! Thanks for a great race Mommy Run Fast! It helped pop me out of my funk. Running is truly therapeutic!

Have a fantastic Labor Day everyone!
~Holly

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7 thoughts on “{Labor Day Virtual 5 Mile Race}

  1. Ugh, so sorry to hear the root canal news… 😦 I love the way you recapped this with photos at each mile marker! You really do have a beautiful place to run. Great job- so glad you could participate!

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    • Thanks! It was interesting, that’s for sure, but I’m so glad I did it! I definitely ran for distance, not time, and had to make sure not to overdo it, but am still really happy with how it went!

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  2. That sucks about having to have a root canal! 😦 I just found out last week that my wisdom teeth have cut in (at age 34!!!) and now I’ve noticed a bit of soreness. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that i don’t have to have them taken out. Good luck on your root canal tomorrow and great job for pushing yourself out there! Love the documentation by mile!

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