Opposite Race Recaps

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend. This is one of those posts that I selfishly write so I can relive the last few days for years to come. So, get comfy and prepare yourself for way too many pictures.

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I kicked off my Friday night with a very low key dinner and big kids sleepover at a friends’ place. We exchanged Christmas presents, baked holiday cookies and watched Rudolph, so yes, it was perfect. I started my Saturday with an easy run to and from the gym, where I did a quick upper body lifting routing. I’m still winging it there but I’m enjoying the variety and excited to see how I improve in a new-to-me area over the next few months. After the gym, I headed to Newbury Street to meet my former work wife, Alia, for some Christmas shopping. I cherish any time I get to spend with her and still don’t know how I got so lucky to sit next to her every day for 2.5 years.

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And then it was time for my first beer mile. Yes, me, the girl who can barely drink two beers before falling asleep. If you’re unfamiliar with a beer mile, it goes a little something like this: drink a beer, run 0.25 miles, and repeat three more times so you ultimately drink 4 beers and run a mile in total. If you vomit, you’re disqualified. And that’s about it. I’ve wanted to try one of these for awhile so when Chris let me know about a beer mile hosted by our friends at Janji and Ciele, I was in. I didn’t have high hopes of actually completing it but I knew I had to try.

So we headed to the Janji pop-up store on Newbury Street and from the minute we walked in the door the energy was amazing. We had about 25 people participating – some dudes who clearly “train” for this, some girls who didn’t think they’d get through a lap, and everyone in between. Eventually we couldn’t put it off any longer and it was time to crack open the first beer. It was organized perfectly (and all very legally) by drinking only in the Janji store and then running through an alleyway. Each loop was a little over 0.25 miles and you constantly had company since we all regrouped at the store.

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Well, four beers and 12 minutes later, I did it! It’s so strange feeling like drinking anything is an accomplishment but man I’m still shocked I actually did that. It was a weird but awesome bonding experience with some old friends and just as many new ones.

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Sunday morning came early with a run + yoga class back at Janji that I led with my friend, Britto, who’s a yoga instructor. I planned a three mile run along the Boston Public Garden and Esplanade, and then Britto led the group of 15 through a vinyasa class afterwards. It was such a cool experience and amazing way to start the day.

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I resumed the Christmas shopping all afternoon and then Chris and I met our friends, Kath and Kreg, who were back in town visiting from Dallas. We grabbed drinks at Clery’s then had an incredible dinner at Mela in the South End. If you’re in to Indian food, I highly recommend that place!

And that brings us to today – the Sunrise 6K. November Project tribes across the country pick a day around the same time of year to host a 6K race every few months so you can track your progress and get that competitive race day environment for $0. I ran my first 6K back in June after I took a few weeks off dealing with that heart scare, and I was really happy with my time of 27:30. I’ve been running well recently so I was confident that I could beat that time, but I tweaked my ankle attempting a handstand yesterday so I wasn’t even sure if I should be running at all when I got out of bed this morning. The course around Castle Island was an out and back that turned around at the start/finish line so I figured I’d at least try to get through half of it and then I could tap out if I was in pain.

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I lined up with the rest of the 5:30 a.m. group and took off into the pitch black with no real concept of pace. I didn’t feel any pain at all so I knew I’d be racing this and decided to run by feel since I couldn’t see my watch. My legs felt relatively strong but the nasty headwind warped my effort level and it started to feel like an uphill climb for at least half the course. I (think) I picked up my speed on a bit on the way back, and I finished in 26:15, 1:15 faster than my time six months ago!

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I wanted to average under 7 minutes and this had me at 7:02 so in all honesty I was a little bummed and think I could have pushed harder, but it was a great experience running by effort and still crushing my PR. Plus, check out the view we had when the 6:30 a.m. group took off.

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Photos can’t even do it justice but you get the idea. I’m loving racing these short distances and can’t wait for the next chance to see how things are coming along. Alright, now it’s time to finish up my Christmas shopping. Have a great night, friends!

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Welcome! My name is Jana, and I'm a 20-something girl building a life fueled by good food, an even better sweat, and all things outdoors. I started this blog as a way for me to share my love for health and fitness. Follow along as I figure out what balance means to me these days through a little (sometimes a lot) of trial and error.

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