Friday was jam-packed with things to do.  I was on the go from before 6 AM on Friday until almost 1 AM the next morning, so a workout was not in the cards.  It was OK though, because a day of rest was in order for a couple of reasons.

First, giving my body a break gave me the chance to do something good for my soul.  I went to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform The St. Matthew Passion by Bach.  It was fantastic.  The conductor was mesmerizing, the instrumental solos were inspiring, and the voices from the Westminster Choir College and American Boychoir were just incredible.  Apparently the rest of the audience thought so, too – the artists received an insanely long standing ovation at the end of the performance.  Music does a body (and heart and mind) good!  Info about the program is on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s website.

Second, a workout-free day gave me a much-needed opportunity to rest before the 5K I had signed up for this weekend.  I haven’t been training for this race in particular, but had decided to register a month or so ago as motivation to keep up with my running.  After a week of new activities (Power Cycle!  Swimming!) I just wanted to finish the race – and maybe break 30 minutes if my legs weren’t too tired.

Saturday was a gorgeous day, and the morning was perfect for a 5K.  (Is spring finally here?)  The 2nd Annual Cherry Blossom 5K followed a lovely course by the Brandywine River.  I’m happy to say that I not only finished, but also came in under the very attainable goal of less than 30 minutes.  I’m also inspired to look for some more 5Ks and 10Ks that would provide convenient motivation for my running over the next few months.  I’ll let you know if I find anything good!