Monday, January 7, 2013

Life Lately - Polar Bear Strut 5k!!

In high school, I was on the track and field team. HEAVY emphasis on the "field".  Which means that I was also a sprinter (or tried to be) and not a distance runner. This year, approximately seven years since my high school graduation and last track meet... I've decided to make running a 5k a 2013 resolution. Took me long enough, huh?  

Last year, you may remember my blog post about the Polar Bear Plunge here. Inspired by a fellow teacher and friend, I put on my wig (really) and ran into the freezing cold Lake of the Ozarks. It was INCREDIBLE! Sure, we were quite chilly and wet when we climbed out of the water but knowing that I was doing it for athletes all over the state of Missouri made my heart happy. YOU should consider taking the plunge in YOUR state! I even heard on the radio that Dierks Bentley (that country one!) does the plunge every year. I can't seem to find a list of all plunges around the country, but if you're a resident of the Show Me State and you're interested in plunging click here

Ready to Plunge!

This year, I decided to rekindle my lost love for track and field (emphasis on the field) and try my luck in the "Strut". The Lake of the Ozarks hosts a unique 5k the morning of the plunge. I've rallied some troops to join my team and we're are going to be running in the freezing cold for a reason. 

Since I've been running, I have been capturing some little moments on Instagram. Partially because I'm obsessed and quite proud of myself for going into week three of 5k training!

Running with my BF & Chip

Long Legged Waldo
Have you ever participated in a plunge or strut? What other types of 5ks have you ran in? I am thinking of signing up for more if this one goes well. Now, I must go because I have many thank you notes to write. 

Happy Monday!



  1. Hi Friend-

    Wow that looks cold! Thanks for the apps you suggested... I'm downloading as we speak.

    I did Couch to 5k a few years ago and did a 5k race at the end. It is a good program. But sometimes it makes huge jumps like from walk for 3/jog for 6 to run 15 mins. Haha I wanted to die on those big jump days.

    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

    1. YES! Those "jump days' are horrible!! Week three started off with a bang. Pray for me! haha

  2. I am doing a 5K in April- it is for SIDS research and put on by a dear family I know. It's in Jefferson City- if you are free, you should join us! I love running. Actually, I don't necessarily like running but I love the sense of accomplishment when you have finished a good, solid run! AND I have done the Polar Bear Strut once and it was quite possibly the hardest route I have ever ran. BUT it is such a fun day... I know you will have a great time!!!

    1. I would love more information on the one in April!! That would be fun/rewarding to do.

      Do they keep the route for the strut the same? I am SO NERVOUS! I want to practice before hand.
      Hope you're enjoying little Sam at home!!

  3. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
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