It's April 1st and that means the Jelly Bean virtual race begins today. No foolin'
Are you ready?
Run, walk, bike April 1-8. Take a picture. Have fun!
Report back your time here before noon on April 12.
Email your photo to email@example.com
Signup will close on Tues, April 3, so be sure you're registered!
We had a wonderful sunny morning in Peoria for the Jelly Bean kickoff. Over 40 runners came out to run with me... and eat jelly beans. It was a super fun morning and neat to see some new faces. Running is contagious...
See all the photos from the Peoria Jelly Bean race here.
I headed out on my bike early to measure the distance and stake signs at the turnaround points for the 5k and 10k. While doing so, I got distracted by a big dog and took my first digger on the bike. Geesh, how embarrassing! Here's my little bicycle boo-boo...
I started off the Jelly Bean 5k chatting with my friend KO who ran a half-marathon yesterday. My legs were still a little sore from Friday night's long run, so I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to run today. As we moved down the paved trail, I felt good, then better. I picked up the pace so that I was working. There were a couple challenging hills in the middle, but a nice straightaway for the last mile. The run felt difficult and fun all at once. I ended with 3.2 miles in exactly 27:00 minutes. That's an 8:26 pace, which is pretty darn good for me. It fact it beats my standing PR from last spring. I have definitely found speed in the past year... I think I need to register for a flat 5k and blow that old PR up!
Good Luck this week with your Jelly Bean runs!
Lots of runners already reporting in today.