Monday, April 6, 2009

Cherry Blossom 10-Miler

Yesterday was the much anticipated Cherry Blossom 10-Miler in D.C. I got to the metro later than I was comfortable with and the whole way there was annoyed with myself. I was sure I was going to miss the start. Luckily for me, being slow has paid off. I was put in the purple wave which was the last to start. When I got off the metro I ran to the starting line and got there just as they were getting ready to send off the purples. Whew, I had made it just in the nick of time! It took me 1 to 2 miles to warm up and start to get into a groove I was comfortable with. I ran the Army 10-miler in 2:05:12 and became determined to finish a 10-miler in under 2 hours. I wasn't too worried about making that goal during this race though, because I had taken a few weeks off due to injury (new shoes have helped and I'm doing great now!). During mile 6 or 7, I pushed it to put some distance between myself and these 2 women who would run and pass me, then walk and I would pass them. They were wearing perfume and it was getting very annoying. I decided to put a stop to it once and for all and zoomed past. I never saw them again. I slowed it back down so I wouldn't tire out with 3-4 miles left to go. I started feeling tired in mile 8 and my feet were killing me. I told myself that there are people who go through worse pain and I kept pushing. I realized I had a chance of making my goal, so I sped up a little in mile 8 and once I saw the sign for mile 9, that was all she wrote! I kicked it in the last 800 meters and finished strong with a time of 1:58:30! It was amazing and I felt surprisingly great. My first half marathon is schedueld for May 31 and I'm actually excited for it. I'll let you know how I do! The pic above is of me and Monica (she's in my running group in the speed development program) after the race and the one below is of me finishing. I'm wearing a red tank top and a pink headband with black pants. If you see the clock, it says 2:15:05. That's the gun time from when the first wave started.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


On February 15 I ran the Country Roads 5 Miler. It was very hilly and hard at first, but a little more than half way through I picked up the pace and finished strong. I have a 5k this Sunday and an 8k at the end of March. My group is running 7 miles on Saturday! My 10-miler is on April 5 so I think starting next week I'm going to add on a little more mileage than what the group does each week. We've got a really good core group and we all run about the same pace. I've started running on Thursday nights with them too. I'm feeling stronger and more conifdent which each run and I'm glad to be running 3 times a week. I'm trying to add on weight training and other activities on days I don't run. We'll see how that goes! I did get a gym membership though so I should use since I'm paying for it. Here's a picture from this past Saturday after finishing our 6.5 mile run! That's the most I've run since the 10k in November!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Races Galore

So far this year I've run in 3 races. The first was the New Years Day 5k, which I surprised myself by actually getting up to go and finishing strong. It was my first time running in the cold temperatures and it was brutal. It wasn't as brutal as the Shooting Starr 4 miler I ran a couple weeks later though. It was only about 3 degrees that day and it was horrible!! Each race has had less than 200 people participate and I feel good being one of those 200. The third race was the USATF Cross Country Community 4k. A couple of runners from my speed development group ran it also. We thought it would be a great run, being only a 4k and all and the weather was beautiful. It was ridiculous!! The hills were intense and we all thought it was a pretty tough course. Even more experienced runners who train on hills thought it was hard. The picture above is all of us from the program after the run. We're glad it's over and we finished in one piece! Our group is running a 5 mile race this Sunday and I think I have a 5k March 1. This year I'm running in race after race after race! I'll post info about the races and my times and all that later on! Enjoy a pic of me during the 4k...I don't look as happy as Marguerite does!