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I was given a digital copy of this book. I thought that it would be good to read, even though I am a Gen X'er. There is just so much talk about the Millennial's right now that I thought that it would be good to get to know what is going on inside their head.

About the Book  The Millennial's Guide to Changing the World teaches young people everything they need to know to change the world, while building a happy, healthy adult life for themselves. It explains how our current social systems work, the challenges young people are inheriting and how millennials can step into our power to create a critical mass conversion to solve them. Everything from politics to spirituality to love relationships to education to sex to economics to mental health is covered. And it includes 50 or so juicy, true life stories from millennials across the country…

Spirit of Magic Valley Half Marathon & 5K

I recently took a slight road trip that "just happened" to coincide with errands that the boy had to do in the Magic Valley area.

Since I am on the 5K bandwagon, I signed up for the Spirit of Magic Valley 5K.

You know, it wasn't that bad of a race. I have some issues with the people of Twin Falls being a little more, well, laid back. I sat behind a car at a stop sign for waaaay longer then I should have because someone couldn't or refused or didn't know how to turn left onto a busy main road because of whatever reason. I got me some road rage. (we won't go into any more details here about what I did to resolve the situation) With the laid back 'tude of the residents, I figured the racers would be too.

Packet pick up was the Friday before race morning where the start would be. I got there early and there wasn't many people waiting. Of course while waiting, I had lady cut in line before me. There wasn't anyone behind me. I wasn't too close behind the person picking up their bib, but I wasn't that far away either. I glared at her and called her an F'n B. in my head. Sorry. But I had some race anxiety going on. I didn't need to be dealing with anything else.

BUT the race swag was really nice. There were cotton race shirts - mine will be sadly going into my thrift store pile, but there were those drawstring backpacks. And a gel and biofreeze and some snacky things. So nice to get THINGS I can USE in my swag bags. TOO many races have just, well, really nothing other then crap I have to toss in the recycle pile or the thrift store pile. OR they have nothing at all.

After packet pickup, I started getting some major anxiety. Now that I have calmed down, I know why it happened. But we are not going to discuss it here. :-)

I attempted an early bedtime. I don't think I got to sleep until after midnight. A 6am wake up call, some oatmeal and coffee, and I set out early. This race weekend was Western Days in the town and there was a parade closing the main vein in town. So I had to leave early so I could beat the road closure.

The crowd was small, and I hoped they were as slow runners as they are drivers. I did a quick warm up and got close to the front of the group. I figured most of them were going to be walkers.

My starting position
Everything started right on time. I thought I was going at an easy pace but I felt like the first .25 mile was hella hard. I checked my pace and noticed I was doing a 7:xx. Yea. I had to slow my roll.

I had the opportunity to check out the coarse the day before but I declined. I was told something about this hill. I was a little worried about going back up it.

This is the bottom of that little hill. The path was greenbelt-y and fairly nice. There is a creek thing on the left of the pic. I was thankful that the weather was cloudy and right around 60 degrees.

Around the 1st mile, I started going the same pace as another girl. I think I came up on her and started going her pace. I was huffing and puffing and she was snot rocketing and burping. You know when you burp, nothing good comes after, right? I was trying to speed up and she was trying to keep up. At the half way turnaround she didn't turn around but kept running because she had to puke. I want to say that was thanks to me for pushing her pace but I think she was just having a bad morning. She passed me and finished a bit before me. 


There was a nasty sewer vent and you had to pass it twice on this out and back. It was pretty nasty and I think I heard some Ewwwwws! because of it. Me, I tried not to breathe.

5K's are hard. I think I really have to spend more time training specifically for it, then I do with any other distance. In my running world, if I do miles, eventually they will start to get faster. With how I have been training with reduced miles, 5k's are hard.

It's not often you can see how steep a hill is when a pic is taken of it. This was taken on the way up. I walked this. I was already breathing heavier then I should have been.

I plodded back to the finish and was able to kick it a bit at the end. I didn't win anything, but I was close enough I should have kicked it harder and I would have gotten 3rd in my AG. It was pretty close. I got 4th, and I have no complaints.

The finish line

No complaints because this is what was waiting for us at the finish!

Coors, Alaskan IPA and some porter. I picked the porter.

3 ice filled coolers of beer!
And the food! Kiwi Loco fro yo - all the flavors. I picked chocolate which I smooshed my brownie into it. Watermelon, hot dogs (I wanted another, it was really good), the butteriest corn and ON Amino energy drink stuff. I picked the orange. Which was really good.

I would so go back and do this race. If I train a little harder for the 5k, I would actually have a chance. My knee is doing better and since that is a reason why I have gotten slower, I should be able to bounce back get my leggies to remember that they have been faster.

Any advice for a faster 5K? I'm sure speedwork is the answer. :-) How was your weekend?


  1. Yes, speedwork is the answer. Looks like a good race. I agree most race bags have nothing these days. I feel like they've at least made an effort when they throw in a couple of fun samples or treats.


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