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I’m running DC!

5 Dec

On a whim, I joined a group of other women to enter the lottery for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. scheduled for April 27, 2014. I didn’t really think about it much after entering the random drawing because I honestly didn’t know what kind of chances we had.

Well…

On Tuesday, my bank account had a charge from Nike (squee!) and later that night, I received an e-mail with these beautiful words:

imageTo say I jumped for joy is an understatement! I bounced around the house in excitement, doing a victory dance (it’s true, just ask my husband).

Two of my favorite things to do are to run and to travel. For a while, I’ve been wanting to do a destination race as a way to combine both of these loves. This will be the perfect opportunity to get a taste of that!

The Nike Women’s Half is also known to be quite an event with a huge expo, limited edition running shoes, motivational training campaigns, and typically little blue Tiffany’s boxes waiting at the finish line*. NWHM also raises millions of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is incredible!

All around, I’m really looking forward to participating in April! I’m hoping this will be the spark I needed this season to put energy back into my running routine.
imageWho’s running DC with me?!

*Nike has not confirmed nor denied the finisher award for 2014.

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It’s not you and the last Fall 5

2 Dec

First, I’d like to say that I know my posts have been crazy inconsistent and I apologize for that. Despite how much I enjoy blogging, it comes in dead last on the priorities list when life is full and busy. A major change in my work schedule has been a blessing, but a blessing that cuts down on free time for blogging. I choose to spend that free time being with people I love and enjoying life (read: actually running) and I’m not sorry for it. I like you guys, I really do, but it’s just…

Starting after the holidays, I will again have another change in my work schedule. This one will free up my evenings and potentially make it easier to blog more regularly. So, if you’re hoping to hear about more of my running and life adventures, stick around!

On that note, I think I have to talk about how I’ve been struggling with my motivation for running since coming back from Italy at the end of October. Running the Stockadeathon did give me a nice (yet brief) boost in that department, but since then it’s been a bit…stale.

I’ve been making excuses not to run and sometimes I haven’t even felt that into it during runs. Maybe I’ve been avoiding putting these facts to paper (er, blog?) for fear that it will make them real and then I’ll have to do something about it.

One big example is that I had planned to run 10 miles on Sunday for the last installment of the Fall 5 or 10 Virtual Race Series, but just couldn’t get myself going. Instead of skipping it, I decided to drop it down to 5 miles – mostly because I knew I would only regret completely blowing it off.

Somewhere in the first couple of miles, the motivation spiked just enough for me to get through it at a decent pace and finish without regrets. And in 41:50, my last run of the Fall 5 or 10 series was over! I am really glad I had that bit of accountability to at least get me up and moving.

Another confession: I am really, really craving a fantastic long run. You know the type – giddy with anticipation, smiling the whole way, letting your heart decide the pace. I know that will come. I also know there are some things I have to do for myself to get there.

Some ideas I have to bust these blues:

  1. Sign up for a group run with my local running club
  2. Try a new cross training exercise
  3. Sign up for a winter race
  4. Get new winter running gear
  5. Seek advice and support from other runners
  6. Participate in something fun like the #RunChatHunt
  7. Just keep running

Question for you: How do you deal with the running blues?

Race recap: Stockadeathon 15K

10 Nov

Today will go down in personal history as the first time I seriously considered skipping a race I had already registered for but ended up running anyway and setting a personal record.

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It’s no secret that I was underprepared for the Stockadeathon 15K, considering that I’ve only run a few times in the past few weeks. And I didn’t feel especially great on those runs.

When we finally got out the door this morning and headed to the starting line, my only goal was to finish and hopefully give my running battery the jump start it needed.

When the gun went off, I eased into a pace my body felt comfortable with – 8:00/mile. I just told myself to stick with what felt good and I kept moving. The course was pretty, historical, and peppered with spectators so that helped a lot.

I felt surprisingly good until miles 5-6 where I lost a little momentum in the hilly part. (Turns out the second half of this course is harder than the first.) It took a little while but I got back on pace for the most part and worked my way around Central Park to finally hit the finish line at 1:14:34 (unofficial Garmin time) – a 3 minute PR!

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As soon as I finished, the runner’s high kicked in and I was ready to immediately register for 105 more races get back on track.

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We headed to the post-race refreshment pavilion and couldn’t believe the amount of goodies! Cider donuts, hot cocoa, chocolate milk, oranges, cookies, candy, juice, soda, water, pizza, bagels, bananas, granola bars and more. There was also a big fireplace. Post-run heaven!

Now, I’m feeling motivated, refreshed and ready to get running again. In the wise words of my brother, you’ll be surprised what you can do after a little time off!