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Leesburg 20K Race Recap

This race did not go well for me. I had high hopes of staying around a 9:30 pace (or under) but finished with an average pace of 11:00…far, far off from my goal. I finished the race but it was a mental DNF.

Courtney and I decided to get an inexpensive hotel room for the night to save the hour drive in the morning pre-race. I am so glad we did because it was a hike and it would have been miserable to do at 5:30 in the morning. Even though I thought we left plenty of time, we were still rushing around to park, get packets, port-o-potties and bag check. We manage to quickly catch up with a few fellow run-blogger friends before parting ways to get ready for the race. We started at the very end after the majority of the people had crossed the start. Thankfully it was a small race so there wasn’t too much weaving and it spread out nicely on the trail.

Drying my race outfit that I forgot to wash till an hour before we were planning to leave

The first 2 miles went well but they weren’t easy and I was really struggling with mentally getting around the distance ahead of me. I’m at this weird level where I expect 12ish miles to not be that bad since it used to be a step back week during marathon training. But then I go out for a 12 or 13 mile run and it still feels really really long. I can’t really explain what happened but I kind of gave up after the first 2 miles. I had no real reason, no weird pain, no debilitating stomach issues, no legit excuse other than I was just not feeling it. My legs felt fine but my lungs were burning (90% humidity likely a factor) and I took about a million short walking breaks. I later realized that the whole first half was uphill which was probably a solid factor. It felt like the turn around was never going to arrive and I remember just feeling so defeated by mile 4 that I just wanted to quit. I stopped looking at my pace and just inched along the course because even though I was having a shitty run I wasn’t going to quit just because my time was screwed.

Once I started seeing the lead runners come back around I knew that the turn around was on the horizon. I stayed distracted with the fast runners keeping an eye out for some of my fellow run blogger friends. I handed some gel chews off to Courtney since she had forgotten to pack some and cheered on fellow runners as we passed. FINALLY the turn around at mile ~6.5. The back half was net downhill and it seemed to go by much quicker than the front half but it was still a struggle-fest.

Approaching the finish line - I ran the majority of the miles in my sports bra but put my singlet back on for the finish line photo

Hanging out with Courtney post race

PR puts on an outstanding race. Very well organized, good course, good snacks, fun medals and really nice shirts. Overall I was very pleased with the race and if I wasn’t have a super shitty run day I probably would have really enjoyed this race (well except the elevation). This leaves me very confused (and a lot bit scared) for my sub-2 attempt but i’m going to brush it off and call it good training. I learned most of all that I am mentally very weak so I really need to work on improving my mental game. Enough complaining, the race was great but my run was not.

The super adorable finishers medal - we actually ran by barns and cow and horse pastures - very pretty!

Up next: Watertown 1812 Half Marathon in just under 2 weeks – this one however is net downhill and hopefully not 90% humidity so fingers crossed it goes better than this race.

Overall it was a great experience and most importantly I got to meet meet up with some awesome run blogging ladies JennyKathryn, DoraDeb & Sue. Shout out to Deb who paced first in her age group and Sue who tagged on an extra 6 miles to get her 18-miler in!!



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39th Marine Corp Marathon

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I am embracing my fears and I am officially running my 2nd (err 3rd) marathon in October (MCM). As I mentioned previously, when I signed up I had no plans to run this year and instead had a plan to defer. But then circumstances changed and I didn’t have a valid reason to defer and felt comfortable with tackling another marathon. It’s weird to commit to a marathon by simply not-deferring. There wasn’t the pre-registration anxiety, the intense planning logistics, it was just an act of NOT doing something. Now I am sitting 72 days pre-marathon wondering if this was really a great idea. I’ve got to get my act in gear and figure out my game plan for the next 10 weeks. 

A normal training plan is 16 weeks but I’m already solidly at the half marathon level so I think 10 weeks is enough time to comfortably ramp up to the marathon distance (I say this now, ask me again in a few weeks if that’s true). I’m not chasing any crazy time goal and want to just run it and enjoy it, plain and simply. Sure, I’d love to beat my previous time but I haven’t dedicated months to this race so a PR isn’t a realistic goal. My current plan is to go into this with a more relaxed attitude. By the end of Shamrock training I was kind of sick of running and one of the things I have really enjoyed about this training cycle is that I still want to run. I have enough non-run days that I get that urge to run which mentally makes the whole process way more enjoyable. During Shamrock training I missed a bunch of runs, life got in the way and that translated to feeling guilty for missing runs. I’d rather set a realistic number of runs and actually make the majority of them and if I’m feeling great I can always add on more. So I am going to stray from the standard Hal Higdon plan and instead try my own version of the Hal Higdon + Run Less Run Faster combo plan. 

2 solid training runs during the week - Ideally Tuesday and Thursday, starting around 5 mile range and ramping up to max of 8 miles (very similar to the longest mid-week runs in Hal Higdon). With a long commute, work, errands, cooking, etc. I just don’t have time (or rather don’t want to stress about making time) to realistically fit in 3 mid-week runs. Last training cycle I inevitably missed one a week and just felt guilty, so this time I’m going to drop it and adjust the other two to reflect some of the lost mileage. 

1 long run on Saturday (not to be pushed to Sunday) – I was notorious for pushing my long run till Sunday afternoon because I was dreading it. Because it was over the winter, waiting until mid-day was nice to raise the temperature a bit but it absolutely killed my whole day. Since Courtney has agreed to help me train for MCM (even though she isn’t running it, quite the trooper!!) I’ll have some company for at least some of the miles which is going to be awesome. We’ll stick to our early Saturday morning long run schedule and explore some different routes around DC. I am currently planning to go up to 20 miles but I might not go any more than that. The dreaded 20-miler is always the hardest pre-marathon training run and although getting two 20 milers in or even a 22 or 23 miler would be ideal I don’t know if I’ll have time and it’s not absolutely critical to a successful marathon so I’ll play it by ear. I will still incorporate a step back week to provide a little bit of long run relief. 

1 short recovery run on Sunday (slower pace) – The Hal Higdon plan typically calls for some recovery run the day after a long run and I almost never made these last training cycle. Your legs are sore and you just ran a long ways and the last thing you want to do is get up and move when you are sore. I’m going to make use of my extra time on the weekends and really try and nail these recovery runs down. They will help me get used to running on tired legs and will be good bonus mileage since I won’t be doing as many miles mid-week or as many really long runs. 

Proper taper – I will start ramping down training for the two weeks prior to the race. I felt great going into Shamrock and even with the bonus 8k on Saturday my legs still felt fresh on race day thanks to proper tapering. 

The Marine Corp Marathon isn’t as flat as Shamrock and the weather conditions can be variable so I’m going to keep an open mind. My sister is planning to run it with me just like Shamrock so that will be a HUGE help to keep me moving and pushing through!!

Que the “oh my god I’m running another marathon” panic attack!!!

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Goals and Fears

I am 1 month out from my goal race, the Navy Air-Force Half Marathon. Between now and then I have a 20K local race and another half to get me prepped and mentally ready. I’ve been hesitant to commit 100% to going for the sub-2 goal because it is scary and it’s going to hurt a lot. I’ve given myself an out, a B goal of “just PR” because I’m scared of failing. This goal is a challenging one, I want to try and take off 1.5 minutes PER mile off my average half marathon time and 1.25 minutes per mile off my current PR for a total of a 16+ minute PR….that’s HUGE even for the half marathon distance. I’m slowly gaining confidence and feel that if the stars align and my legs are working with me that I can get pretty darn close to that goal (if not achieve it) but I also know that sometimes my body just doesn’t want to perform and my legs feel like lead and if that happens I’ll be lucky to get a PR.

This training cycle has gone better than most; I’ve made almost all the scheduled runs and all with a solid effort. I think part of my fear stems from the training runs being very challenging, all of them have been pushing pace so it’s been a while since I’ve had a really comfortable run. But, then again, this race isn’t going to be “comfortable” so I guess I’m training to be uncomfortable. I have moments on runs where I am hurting and I think “what’s the point?” and honestly I don’t always have a good answer (especially when I’m hurting and just want to quit). I think the whole “point” of all of this is setting goals and following through, pushing yourself, getting fitter and healthier, learning your limits and bettering yourself. I’ve never been a fast runner and honestly I still really enjoy a more relaxed pace run but there are benefits to pushing hard.

So even if I “fail” at achieving a sub-2hr half I should still hold my head up high because I made a goal and went for it. I got up early many a morning when I really wanted to hit the snooze button. I pushed through the pain and I worked hard. It it’s not in the cards then so be it, I’ve learned a lot this training cycle and it will still ultimately be worth it.



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To Marathon or Not To Marathon…again

The day before running my first “official” marathon (Shamrock), on a whim I decided to jump into the Marine Corp Marathon lottery with the plan to defer to 2015 if I got in. I’ve always wanted to run this marathon and I wanted to run it with my sister so figured if we both jumped in the lottery, we could defer if one of us didn’t get in the first year – use the extra year to guarantee we both got in.

Well of course, a few days later, at 7:30 in the morning I get the, “congrats, you are in” email. Kristen didn’t get her email until later that evening but she also got in! Then they raised the deferral price and it had us thinking, hmmm, maybe we should run it this year after all. Then I think back to those 20 miler training runs and get freaked out and want to postpone it. The deferral program opens today and has limited spots so I need to decide soon – also because the clock is ticking down and I’d need to adjust my training plan. I’ll already be solidly in the 13-15 mile long run range by the end of August with this Run Less Run Faster plan for a potential sub-2 half. So I’d just have to ramp it up and hang in there for another 1-1.5 months of training which doesn’t sound all too daunting. My father was is a Marine and seeing him run the last bit in with my sister in 2012 and up that massive hill has me wanting to run it. It is one of the most coveted marathons and there is so some much energy and support along the course.

I will run it, it is just a question of this year or next year….



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Moving on…

July 24th came and went and I didn’t make a big deal out of the date. I was talking to my sister that morning and I was trying to find a politically correct way to say “I’m over it”. It’s not that you can ever really “get over” the death of a close friend but I’ve moved on. It’s been 3 years and it no longer haunts me. Rethinking through the day still gives me chills but not tears.

On the anniversary of his death, another group of divers went out to the Andrea Doria. I saw pictures of the boat and it brought me back to that beautiful summer weekend in NY that I spent with friends. It would have been an epic weekend…fun with friends and some great dive…had it not ended so tragically. The group that went out had a wonderful and (most importantly) safe trip. Honestly, part of me was jealous. I’m happy that they completed another successful journey to the Andrea Doria but I’m jealous that our trip wasn’t so perfect. I’m sad that I will never be able to step foot on that dive boat again or that I won’t be able to see the mount everest of ship wrecks again. Sure, I could dive it again but it will never be the same and I would never be able to find enjoyment out of it. 

I haven’t gone on a big dive trip in a while and I miss it. I miss diving, I miss taking long weekends with friends and diving deep. I miss the challenge and I miss the energy (and exhaustion) of it all. Diving hasn’t been the same since then and likely never will. He made it real, he made the risk of it all so very, very clear. I know how it affected his family and friends and relationships.

It was his fault but at the same time it wasn’t.

There is everyone to blame and no one to blame.

We all learned a lot but unfortunately, the very hard way.  

Miss you LaPrade!

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My relationship with Social Media - Monday Ramblings

Social media has consumed our lives and it is a huge part of my life but I wanted to address some pros and cons and my overall views on social media.

Social media has allowed me to keep in touch (even if it is just for major life updates) with so many long distant friends. It is a great way to share major milestone (new baby, wedding pictures, finishing a big race, getting a new job or moving cross country).

Facebook - I used to LOVE Facebook, would upload pictures and status updates frequently but I find myself only contributing on rare occasions and spending less and less time on it. My current issue is that it is 90% sharing stupid viral videos and articles that just clutter it up. I have far and away the most “friends” on Facebook but i’m losing interest and seeing less and less value in it as a social media platform. 

Tumblr - Home of my little blog. I don’t have a huge following on Tumblr and I don’t get a ton of hits per day but i’m ok with that. Sure, i’d love to have more influence but I love it for a place to document my life and express my opinion. I don’t have to stress about scheduled posts or brainstorming topics. I discuss what I want, when I want and it is a perfect platform to just write, to express emotion and to communicate to my family and friends. I also like the community aspect and their web building templates are great for html novices like me. 

Twitter - I still don’t “get” twitter - I don’t think in 140 character phrases and I don’t find much point in jotting down my every thought and whim to my followers. However, It’s a great way to connect and meet other people. It can be overwhelming at times and I know there are apps to organize everything but I haven’t invested the time into figuring that out. Twitter is great for up to the minute breaking news (before polished press releases can be drafted) which I find to be its biggest perk. 

Instagram - I love Instagram which is mainly because I love photography and I am a visual person. It’s simple, it’s streamlined and frankly I like looking at pretty pictures (the filters are nice too). I share important stuff and stupid stuff but it’s a nice easy way to document my random happenings. I post almost all of my workout related activities on there, not because i’m trying to gloat or rub it in but because seeing other peoples run photos helps keep me motivated and I want to pass along the inspiration and at the same time it acts as an a method of accountability. I have a handful of fitness buddies that are my main audience, we encourage each other and motivate each other to keep training and keep pushing – whatever our goals might be.

From a totally different aspect, social media has provided me with some pretty awesome marketing opportunities through the Scuba Diver Girls. I have traveled to Finland and the Bahamas, to trade shows and photo shoots. I’ve had input on product design, marketing launches, and color choices. I’ve given feedback and written reviews and it has been so much fun. Operating one of these top ranking social media marketing companies is hard work. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to build a fan base, develop content, and recruit sponsorships. So then the question is, what is the benefit?

Of course, from a readers perspective the number of times I have read a good review or seen a picture of someone wearing some gadget or decked out in a specific brand or raving about this super awesome place they traveled, it sinks in and occasionally I respond by whipping out my credit card. There is a fine line between the in your face, “i’m trying to promote this product because the company is paying me” to the “hey, look at me, i’m having a great time here, oh and by the way i’m wearing this watch while doing this activity”. You have to be subtle while at the same time actually promoting the product. I love a good product review, one that is honest, give a few cons (because no item is perfect) and from a person who has actually used the product more than just once before writing the review. It’s is an art form that I would love to perfect.

However, not all marketing it trying to sell stuff, there is another side, the non-monetary, informational, content creation side of social media marketing. A Facebook page can act as an informational site to educate people and spread awareness about a topic. Sure there are likely some sponsorships involved but if done correctly they can interact seamlessly with the sites overall purpose and do not come across as a “hey, this company paid me to say that I like it so hey buy this”. For example, this photo received 7,800 likes on Facebook (i’m the one in the middle with the green mask on).

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Not only is it a bad ass photo but it helps spread awareness for Tiger Sharks as well as marketing for Ocean Technologies Systems (the full face diving mask). People saw it, interacted with it and it hopefully had an impact on a small fraction of those 7.8K people. The companies that I interact with all have an overall purpose of promoting a healthy ocean, conservation, animal rights, saving sharks, reducing pollution as well as empowering women (cause that never hurts). Sure they might be trying to sway you towards a certain resort that is great for diving a well protected reef or using a certain brand of gear that supports them or buying a certain type of underwater housing for your camera. The dual purpose is often necessary to keep these sites operating, to pay for content creation, site monitoring and server fees.

So where do all the “mommy bloggers” and “baby blogs” and “running blogs” fit into all of this? That’s a good point, I would love for my blog to become a resource for people, to educate people on issues that I am passionate about and to promote brands that I personally love and use daily (and not just ones that people pay me to promote cause that hasn’t happened yet). Honestly, I think there are way too many pointless blogs out there, people who ramble on endlessly and devote hours of time discussing a topic that is seemingly pointless. It’s all freedom of speech and more power to someone who wants to use a blog for whatever reason they want, I just only read a certain niche of blogs that I get valuable information, inspiration or personal entertainment from. I follow people on twitter and Instagram that inspire me and that keep me informed of cool tips/tricks/gear/suggestions. I’ve been on a super fitness kick and I follow a lot of people casually but I don’t make it my job to stalk their blogs and read every single word they post cause I have a job and a life and I really want to find a balance.

The problem is, social media has consumed my life and I need to find a better balance. I love it and I find it extremely useful but I find that I am missing out on real life things as a result. I want to schedule a total social media break, be it one day, one weekend or one week - where I won’t check instagram/twitter/tumblr/facebook and try and reset my normal. All too often I find that I get fidgety if I don’t see what the world is up to. I lay in bed at night and check Instagram one more time to see if anyone else liked my stupid photo of my dinner. I can’t sit down and watch a movie without checking my computer or phone the whole time – i’m literally addicted to multi-tasking and I don’t have a healthy relationship with social media right now.  I haven’t set a date for this detox but i’ll probably pair it with some sort of real life vacation. Stay tuned!



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Tuesday Rambling

I’ve had some serious blogger-block recently mixed with not really enough time to sit down and type any thoughts out. So, i’ll give you a bullet point run down of life high lights. 

- Officially training for a sub-2:00 half marathon attempt and so far it is going well. I’ll have to knock 16 mins off my current PR and it’ll be a fight but i’m going for it. The heat and humidity is brutal and this is the first time I have legit trained for something over the summer so it’s been an interesting adjustment to winter training. Race is the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon on Sept. 14th. 

- Michael and I celebrated our 12 year date-iversary this month, still like him, will likely keep him around ;) 

- Caitlin and Zach came up to DC over 4th of July and we had a super fun weekend of running, BBQing and fireworking. 

- Kristen, Tim and Will are moving to NY and are planning to swing by DC later this month. I’m super pumped as it’s been way too long since I’ve gotten my nephew snuggle fix (though rumor is that big boys don’t like baby snuggle anymore). 

Yup, that’s about it folks. Sleep, work, run, sleep, work, Barre, work followed by bing watching Game of Thrones and Scandal on the weekends. We’ve been busy but nothing too terribly exciting, hoping to get a legit beach vacation on the schedule for later this summer. 

If you want to keep up with my day-to-day happenings I post of Instagram WAY more than here but will definitely try and keep this blog more up to date!

- Julie



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Why join “The Flock”

Oiselle is a women’s athletic apparel company that I’ve been fawning over for the last year. They have a team of elite runners as well as everyday runners that they sponsor. I heard from a little birdie on the team (pun intended) that they were planning to open up some more spots but in a different fashion than they have in the past. No selection process but rather a limited membership to a run club. A ran the numbers, as anyone who has to justify the credit card balance to their spouse every month, and I decided it was ultimately worth it. Then I thought, hell, I’ve spent $100 on far stupider things (insert any random scuba gadget here) so joining a run club (of sorts) seemed like money well spent. Not to mention, I think the benefits will definitely make it worthwhile. 

I found my running buddy Courtney through Oiselle and for that reason alone, I support their company. Their randies (technical fabric underwear) were the final puzzle piece to my pre-marathon anti-chafe training experiment. Their flock of elite and everyday runners flood my social media every morning with motivation, and keep me excited to lace up my shoes. Sure, I like fun colors and matching outfits and wicking fabric but more than that I like a company with good customer service that is run by a bunch of smart beautiful ladies. Some people might give Oiselle a hard time but as a female runner I stand behind a brand that is honest with its customers and that strives to empower women.

A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking because its trust in not on the branch but on its wings.
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Why join “The Flock”

Oiselle is a women’s athletic apparel company that I’ve been fawning over for the last year. They have a team of elite runners as well as everyday runners that they sponsor. I heard from a little birdie on the team (pun intended) that they were planning to open up some more spots but in a different fashion than they have in the past. No selection process but rather a limited membership to a run club. A ran the numbers, as anyone who has to justify the credit card balance to their spouse every month, and I decided it was ultimately worth it. Then I thought, hell, I’ve spent $100 on far stupider things (insert any random scuba gadget here) so joining a run club (of sorts) seemed like money well spent. Not to mention, I think the benefits will definitely make it worthwhile.

I found my running buddy Courtney through Oiselle and for that reason alone, I support their company. Their randies (technical fabric underwear) were the final puzzle piece to my pre-marathon anti-chafe training experiment. Their flock of elite and everyday runners flood my social media every morning with motivation, and keep me excited to lace up my shoes. Sure, I like fun colors and matching outfits and wicking fabric but more than that I like a company with good customer service that is run by a bunch of smart beautiful ladies. Some people might give Oiselle a hard time but as a female runner I stand behind a brand that is honest with its customers and that strives to empower women.

A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking because its trust in not on the branch but on its wings.
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Dear William Hudson

One year ago you entered the world and forever changed all of our lives. I know you have brought so much joy to your mom and dad but boy, oh boy have your Aunt Julie and Uncle Michael had a blast watching you grow up!

I have been super lucky to see you on a very regular basis in spite of our 2000 mile separation. In fact I have seen you 11/12 months this last year…crazy! 

There were a lot of races and you were a trooper through all of them. You were there (in utero) to cheer me on through my first half marathon and then you were there in person to give me a high five during my first full marathon.

Your mom has taken you on so many adventures in the past 365 days, none of which you will ever remember, but we have the pictures as proof blackmail. 

July - I changed my flight (since you came 2 weeks early) and flew to El Paso to bond with you for a week. 

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August - I met up with you and your mom for the Great Grandparent tour where you visited all of your grandparents and great grandparents in one awesome week. 

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September - You donned your first track suit and helped cheer on me and Caitlin for the Navy Air Force Half and attended your first MLB game!

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October - We helped celebrate Caitlin and Zach’s marriage by tearing it up on the dance floor together. 

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December - Another race and another track suit for our #1 fan. We also celebrated an early Christmas and your baptism!

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January - RTB weekend in Richmond, you and your pal Austin survived a whole weekend surrounded by 8 girls. 

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February - Your Uncle Michael and I came to visit you in Texas. We lugged your through a cavern and your mom and I survived a killer marathon/training run. 

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March - You donned your 3rd track suit and cheered us on for the Shamrock Marathon (and chewed on a plastic necklace). 

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April - I booked a surprise weekend flight down to NC to spend Easter with everyone and we took some glamour shots

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May - You spent your first night without your mom while we all ran across Cape Cod

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June - You made an impromptu trip to the east coast and got to visit Williamsburg (another race to cheer for) and Jamestown. 

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July - TBD but I assume you’ll be making a trip through DC on your route to your new home in New York. 

It’s been a blast buddy, can’t wait to see what this next year holds!

XO,

Aunt JuJu (or whatever you want to call me as long as you say my name before Uncle Michael’s)



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My first track workout
In all my race training I have somehow avoided the somewhat dreaded track workout. Mainly because there isn’t a track nearby that is open and easy to get to so I just opt for local roads. I don’t know what my next big goal is but for the time being I am keeping Courtney company for her planned training runs. Yesterday she had 6 x 800s at @ 4:10 pace (90 sec rest) planned and we were meeting up with Nevie at a track up in Maryland. 
I haven’t run laps on a track in ages (and I generally despise races that end on tracks however they are growing on me) so I was pretty nervous going into this workout. Thankfully the pace felt pretty good, well at least for the first 400, second 400 was a bit more painful. I tried to control my breathing, slower breathes and keep a consistent pace. The thing I like most about the track is the fixed distances. Coming around to our starting point after lap 1 was a nice, ‘half way there’ marker and then after the next half lap I knew I just had a half a lap left (~1 more minute of running) which always seemed hard totally doable. The intervals ticked by and I actually found myself enjoying the speed while cruising on the inside lane. I felt fast, even though we almost got lapped by some speedy HS guys. 
I was never on track or cross country so my experience with HS track work consisted of the timed mile which I inevitably run/walked. It was nice to change my perception of the track. I’m excited and nervous for future track workouts…it’s a different type of running and training and they are a great way to mix it up compared to running my same neighborhood route all the time. 
1/2 mile warmup then 4:05, 4:14, 4:10, 4:08, 4:11, 4:09. 

My first track workout

In all my race training I have somehow avoided the somewhat dreaded track workout. Mainly because there isn’t a track nearby that is open and easy to get to so I just opt for local roads. I don’t know what my next big goal is but for the time being I am keeping Courtney company for her planned training runs. Yesterday she had 6 x 800s at @ 4:10 pace (90 sec rest) planned and we were meeting up with Nevie at a track up in Maryland. 

I haven’t run laps on a track in ages (and I generally despise races that end on tracks however they are growing on me) so I was pretty nervous going into this workout. Thankfully the pace felt pretty good, well at least for the first 400, second 400 was a bit more painful. I tried to control my breathing, slower breathes and keep a consistent pace. The thing I like most about the track is the fixed distances. Coming around to our starting point after lap 1 was a nice, ‘half way there’ marker and then after the next half lap I knew I just had a half a lap left (~1 more minute of running) which always seemed hard totally doable. The intervals ticked by and I actually found myself enjoying the speed while cruising on the inside lane. I felt fast, even though we almost got lapped by some speedy HS guys. 

I was never on track or cross country so my experience with HS track work consisted of the timed mile which I inevitably run/walked. It was nice to change my perception of the track. I’m excited and nervous for future track workouts…it’s a different type of running and training and they are a great way to mix it up compared to running my same neighborhood route all the time. 

1/2 mile warmup then 4:05, 4:14, 4:10, 4:08, 4:11, 4:09. 

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Dad, this year you became a grandfather and you jumped into the role with the such vigor. I could tell you were equally terrified and exhilarated which I can only imagine is the same feeling you had when your first born was placed in your arms (though i’m sure twins was an equal rush of emotions but just a little more terrifying!). You and mom have gone above and beyond as grandparents and it’s been a pleasure to watch. 

You always have faith in me and although you had your doubts about my marathon goal (as did I) you supported me fully and were there to cheer me on to the finish line. The marathon is just one giant analogy for just about everything I attempt in my life and I love that you support me in all my crazy adventures. I know I terrify you by going cave diving but you know how much I love it so you do the only thing you can, support me and have faith that I know what i’m getting myself into (most of the time). 

Happy Father’s Day!

XOXO

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Lawyers Have Heart 10K

I pretty much stopped actively training for anything since Ragnar (not that I really trained for Ragnar either, just tried to coast off marathon training) and I am thoroughly enjoy the freedom. I am just now accepting missed runs and not stressing over getting X many runs in a week. However, I still had two 10Ks and a Half marathon on the schedule post-Ragnar that I had to get through. At the Capitol Hill Classic 10K I tried to race and push myself and got a PR in the process, though it was a lot tougher than I anticipated. The Run for the Dream Half was part race mentality part just survive 13.1 miles.

So I went into this race with a very open mind. Throw in a late evening of dinner and drinking with friends + a 5:30 alarm and I knew this was not going to be a push it kind of race. I set out to run for fun, not stress about pace and take the occasional walking break if I wanted to. I’m honestly quite shocked with my time since it felt like I was going much slower. The course was much better than I remembered from last year, seemed there was more shade and not quite as hot. The first half felt like a slight downhill but then when I made the turn back (it was out-and-back) it seemed to be mainly flat/downhill again - love that! My watch was also reading 0.2 miles short (GPS kicked in late since we started under a bridge) so I was pleasantly surprised by each mile marker. On the back half my right calf kept cramping up, likely dehydration, so I took it slow. 

Overall time of 1:03:58 for a 10:15 min/mile average pace. I am very happy with my time and enjoyed running it just to run it. Even if i’m not actively training I enjoy having races on the calendar, pinning bibs on and spending a weekend morning out running with friends. 



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