Run for Charlotte and CrossFit Doggie Date

On Sunday morning, I participated in the Run for Charlotte, a 5K and 10K road race in honor of 5-year-old Charlotte Rose Kelly, who lost her battle with neuroblastoma in December 2011.

From the Prayers from Charlotte website:

Neuroblastoma is an aggressive form of cancer associated with the nerve cells and adrenal glands. It commonly occurs in infants and very young children. Its cause is unknown. Only 650 new cases are reported in the United States annually. Neuroblastoma therefore is regarded as an orphan disease, one that does not attract funding. As such, it is left largely to the families of neuroblastoma patients to raise the necessary funds to further research to find a cure.

Prayers for Charlotte, is a 100% volunteer organization that works to raise funds for neuroblastoma research and relief for families fighting cancer. There are no salaried employees and all proceeds from our events will support this dual effort.

The Run for Charlotte was a wonderful race: well-organized, super friendly volunteers, fast (mostly flat) course, awesome after-party, and, of course, it benefited a great cause. It was all around a fabulous road race. I definitely want to run it again next year!

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The race started at 10:00 AM, and the later start time was much-appreciated, especially after a late night of rocking out to 90’s music with CrossFit friends.

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I didn’t really have a time goal or anything like that for race day. Of course, it would have been nice to PR, but I planned to just enjoy the race. Mal and a ton of people from our CrossFit box were running too, so I just set out to have fun.

Well, I guess my non-plan was a good one because I ended up tying my previous 5K PR time! (Is that still a PR?) And, apparently, I placed second in my age group! Not too shabby, right?

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Post-race with CrossFit friends:

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And Mal, who finished in 19:59 and placed 8th out of almost 700 runners. Speed demon. Imagine if he actually liked running!? Haha!

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The post-race after-party was a lot of run. There was beer, food, music”¦ awesome time.

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After the race, Mal and I met up with some CrossFit friends at Southside Tavern for some celebratory drinks. I drank an Angry Orchard while there.

Then, Mal and I stopped at home, grabbed Murphy, and then met some different CrossFit friends at Bare Cove Park for an epic doggie date.

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We ended up having 10 dogs and 10 humans. Obviously, the pug was psyched.

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After Murphy did his pug mayor thing (he’s all about the meet and greet), he mostly hung out by himself and not with the rest of the pack. It was a little unlike Murphy to be so anti-social, but he was acting normal otherwise, so we let him do his own thing. Clearly, he was marching to the beat of his own drum yesterday.


We ended up walking the big loop of Bare Cove Park, which took us almost 2 hours (it’s 4 miles), so the dogs (and humans) were pooped by the end.

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Big yawn from Murphy!

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Question of the Day

What’s your favorite race distance?

What was your favorite outdoor activity from this past weekend?


  1. Soon Mal’ll be like “Yeah sure, I’ll meet you in 10 minutes, I’m just going to run a 5K before” haha.

  2. My fav distance is 10K. I like that it’s challenging and I can get some speed going but the distance is just enough to really kick my butt for a bit. Then I am not super dead once it is done.

    My favorite thing from the weekend: Cooper River Bridge Run!

  3. 5K is my LEAST favorite distance. I really loved my half-marathon, and I’m doing a 10-miler in October, so anything 6+ is great in my book. I can’t believe how fast Mal is! I get excited to finish a 5k anywhere in the range of 24-27 minutes (I’m not fast), but he just puts me to shame! Good for him! And congrats to you for placing! Does laying on the beach like a log count as an outdoor activity? Because it was by far the highlight of my weekend. Although, I did go to a party Saturday night that was outside in this old barn and that was kind of fun, but I think the beach takes the cake.

  4. If you and Mal decide to have kids, they are going to be pro-athletes! Seriously, between your impressive CrossFit skills and Mal’s 5k in less than 20 minutes. Amazing! Love the doggy play-date too – It is nice to wear them out like that sometimes 😉

  5. Awww! I love when dogs hang out together 🙂
    My favorite race distance is half marathon. I had a wonderful time being a pacer this weekend at the Santa Cruz Half Marathon. It was so much fun to pace my favorite distance!

  6. I love half marathons — which sounds so weird coming from someone who once hated running! On Friday, The Boy and I went for a nice, hilly bike ride; it was only four miles, but it was so nice just to get outside for a while. I’m loving the spring weather!

    (On a different note, The Boy is in Boston right now, and I’m trying to convince him to sneak an iced coffee from MaryLou’s on the plane to bring to me back in Des Moines. I’m not sure he can make it through security with it in his carry-on, but I’m crossing my fingers!)

  7. I did the Santa Anita 5k on Saturday. It was a pretty flat course and I enjoyed it. My next event is a mud run…my very first one!

  8. Congratulations on your time and coming second in your age group!

    My fave distance is a half marathon. Tough, but not too tough.

    This weekend I went for a cold but lovely walk at the beach with my mam, sister and baby niece 🙂

  9. I enjoy training and doing half marathons! I only have one on the calendar this spring/summer, but hope to add some more as time goes by. Favorite weekend outdoor activity was walking the 3 golden retrievers both days. It’s so soothing!

  10. I ran Charolette’s last year and would have run it again this year but I’m in AZ on vaca…my company, Braintree Cooperative Bank, runs a water station…it’s a great race…Ill def be running it again next year!

  11. I think that my favorite distance is a 10K. It can be fast but still feel like an accomplishment!

    This past weekend, my favorite outdoor activity was my 11 mile training run with my friend. We talked the ENTIRE time 🙂

  12. My brother got a rescue dog two weeks ago so we introduced him to the dog parks in our area this weekend. Three hours and three different dog parks, man were we tired.

  13. I think anywhere betweeen 5-10 kms is good. I have never been a natural runner but I always have a sense of achievement when finished a good run which I try to do between 3-5 times a week.

    I went for a 7km run this morning after I did my 100 burpees, OMG…I struggled big time. I told my sister she had to do all the talking today…lol!

  14. My favorite distance is the half marathon. It’s much easier to train for than a full marathon but still very challenging. I’ve actually never done a race that was less than a half but that will not be true after this weekend…10k on Sunday :-).

    My favorite outdoor activity this weekend was a half marathon on Saturday!

  15. Just had dyslexia for a moment and read thought the title read “Run for Chocolate”.. hehe… Wonder what was going on there subconsciously… 😀

  16. Nice job to both of you on the 5K!! 2nd in your age group is amazing! I missed commenting on this earlier, but I’m super excited for you to be embarking on CF level 1 training. I bet it’s going to take your crossfit to a whole new level and you will be a great instructor! I’m looking forward to reading all about it here.

    I’ve run a few marathons and looking back, I MUCH prefer shorter races now. Like after starting crossfit, even 5K feels long to me. I love 400s and milers. Though I would like to train up and run a 5K in under 20:00–a very lofty goal! But it would be fun to try. I cannot imagine doing another marathon. I find anything over 5k to be super boring.

  17. I’m not a runner these days, but used to enjoy a lunchtime 3-4 miler.

    I only do weights now and fell and look so much better for it.

    I did go for a walk this weekend, as the sun finally came out here in the UK!!

    Just discovered your blog Tina, and love the content you have here. Will be back for sure!


  18. Congrats to you both on great times for a great cause! I’m partial to the 10K…a good workout, but doesn’t entirely wipe me out. I took my 3 kids to Providence to do the MS walk (5K) with my SIL who was diagnosed a little over a year ago.

  19. I love running Halfs and 10ks. Im a negative split runner so I perform a lot better on the longer races. I ran the Cohasset Race by the Sea on Sunday (10k). It was a beautiful course. Will def. do it again next year.

  20. Oh, I’m so glad to see you participated in the Run for Charlotte! If I wasn’t sick, I would have run this year. My coworker’s son, Jesse, is fighting neuroblastoma, and he was in the hospital with Charlotte just before she died. Jesse ran on Sunday as well.

    It is certainly a cause near and dear to my heart.

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