Running, is faster better?

Lately, I have been running. Not so much over the holidays what with bronchitis and all. But, after participating in the 1st run and making it a goal to hit six (Yes, 6!) 5ks over the next year, my enthusasim has once again taken hold.

Beginning of the 1st Run by Metro Parks

Beginning of the 1st Run by Metro Parks

As I run on a treadmill, I notice – I can usually run for about 3minutes +/- if the rate of speed is set to a 5.0, whereas I can only run for about 2minutes +/- if I ratchet the speed up to 5.2. (Point of clarity: I never said I would WIN the race, just run as much of it as I could.) I am slow, and I am okay with that.

But, I have a burning question:

As I start running more and trying to aim for running during the whole 5K, what is better: running at 5.2 for 2 minutes or 5.0 for 3 minutes? Ive tried the couch to 5K and Im not sure if I should aim for the time or the speed, because frankly, if I aim for the time, I have not completed a 5K. Im that slow.

Any runners out there who can help me out with some advice?


Thank Goodness it’s Almost Friday!

Thank goodness its almost Friday is a new series where I highlight one or two things going on around town that are fun and pretty inexpensive. My life and my blog have somewhat changed over the years from focusing on things to do around town to focusing more on the everyday life of my family. I hope you enjoy these things, because frankly living in the South Sound is pretty fantastic, even when it rains!

This weeks events are:

Daddy Daughter Dance

put on by Metro Parks Tacoma Star Center – 6pm

Metro Parks Tacoma – Click for Registration

3973 S 66th Street
$30 for Daddy/Daughter ‘Couple’ + $10 for each additional Daughter.

Included are:

  • Dancing
  • Refreshments/Dessert
  • Momento
  • Photo

They say dads have a great impact on a girls life. Having once been a young girl (not THAT long ago) I would agree. I hope you dads out there are able to have a fun ‘date’ night with your girls. Have fun and enjoy

Family Day at Museum of Glass

Reserve yourself a pass at your local Tacoma Library and go for free from 1-4pm, or pay
$12 – Adults
$5 for kids 5-12
Free for kids under 5

You get to do an art project, watch the hotshop and participate in other activities throughout the museum. Ive been and its a good time to be had for all!

Pier Peer with Metro Parks

Metro Parks

We are still not old enough to go, but wish we could! Pier peer allows you to see what goes on underwater, at night. A ton of fun!

February 2 7:30-9:00pm Pt Defiance Marina
February 23 7:30-9:00pm Foss Waterway Seaport
March 2 7:30-9:00pm Pt Defiance Marina

Sponsored jointly by Foss Waterway Seaport and Metro Parks Tacoma, these popular programs are a great way to see the sea life in your area. Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists!

See and touch creatures brought up from the deep by local divers. Participate in a plankton tow.  After this exciting outdoor adventure, we’ll go inside to warm up, drink hot cocoa and talk about what we saw.

Dress for the weather – the docks can be wet – and bring your own flashlights. We provide life jackets as well as scoops to catch sea creatures. Reservations requested.

  • Ages 8 and up ONLY!
  • $8.00/person
  • Each child requires one adult companion.
  • Pre-registration required.
  • Bring a flashlight or headlamp.
  • Personal flotation devices (life-jackets) will be provided and required, but feel free to bring your own.
  • Wear good shoes and warm clothes. Docks may be wet and slippery!

via Pier Peer > Metro Parks Tacoma.

5th Annual Green Tacoma Day


Metro Parks is hosting a Green Tacoma Day on October 20th. This is a city-wide effort to help clean up green spaces, enjoy Arbor Day through awareness and education.

For the first time ever, Green Tacoma Day will wrap Tacoma’s Arbor Day celebration and Metro Parks’ Fall Tree Festival with the celebration of Tacoma’s open and natural green spaces.

Activities at Point Defiance Include:

* Kid’s tree climbing
* Art activities including Poet-tree (featured at last year’s Arbor Day event downtown)
* Tree tai chi
* Coupons for discounts on trees at local nurseries and TAGRO coupons
* Ask an Arborist booth
* Commemorative planting of cherry trees
* Presentation of Tacoma’s 19th Tree City USA award and Tacoma Power’s 9th Tree Line USA award by the Commissioner of Public Lands to Mayor Strickland

Fall Tree Festival
This year the Tree Festival will be held at Point Defiance in conjunction with Green Tacoma Day! Kids can climb a tree, create leaf art projects, go on a scavenger hunt and participate in other activities. Staff arborists will be on hand to answer tree care questions.


Summer Bash and Movies in the Park – Tacoma

Summer Bash at Metro ParksI apologize for the lateness of the post, there are only 2 more weekends left!! Treat your kids to a unique experience, reminiscent of the Drive Thrus of our parents (Grandparents?) time.

Summer Bash is a great event that happens throughout Tacoma.  As we wrap up our summer vacations, get ready to go back to school, there is nothing better than popping some popcorn at home, driving to your nearest or dearest park, lounging on a blanket and enjoying a movie.

Just remember, the movie starts at DUSK, and that usually means around 8-9pm. So, be aware of bedtime routines and the fact you could be out until 10pm, or later on these nights! Sadly, because my guys are still so little, they would never last.  But it won’t be long till I need to chase them down and wrestle them to the bed. When that happens, we’ll be there!

Movies in the Park

August 24th at Norpoint: 4818 Nassau Ave NE
Movie: The Lorax

August 31st at Peoples Community Center: 1602 MLK Jr Way
Movie: Puss in Boots (One of my favs!)