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Running with Santa

Does a 5k warrant a race report? Probably not. But since it was a costume-friendly 5k filled with Santas, I thought I'd share for just the photos alone. photo3

Let's see... woke up way earlier than I would have liked to drive up to Reston, VA in freezing rain. Naively, I thought "hey, maybe I'll do well overall since this rain will probably scare people away." Nope. Showed and up got myself in the packet pickup line pretty early, at least before the line of Santas started to round the block.

After a nice and easy two miles for warm-up, I opted to brave it in tee shirt, shorts and my favorite Pearl Izumi arm warmers. This ended up being a great idea because even in the 40-degree weather, I was toasty by the end of mile 1. And that's why the arm warmers are so great - just ripped them off and rolled them up in my hand.

And then it was your typically terrible and much harder than expected 5k race. I basically felt like I was redlining the entire way (note: this also doubled as my run test so the perfect opp). In the end, it was so uncomfortable that I'd almost rather run a half-marathon off of a HIM bike leg then suffer through another! Finished in 21:15—bummer because I had hoped to break 21-minutes, but not terrible for the sort-of-off-season.

For a cool down, I then jogged the course backward and got a good look at some of the hilarious costumes. Plenty of Santas, elves, red and green tutus, as well as a random penguin. Next time I guess I'll have to plan my race day costume a little better...




Don't Panic

Things have been quiet around here... mostly because I'm coming off three months of what feels like non-stop travelling. I did the math and figured out I was only in DC three short weekends between the start of September 9th (Vegas) and November 9th (New Orleans). I have some VERY exciting news (for me, at least) but before that, I wanted to share some details about a race this weekend in the DC area that my teammate Kiersten passed along: It's the second annual "Don't Panic 5K" that benefits the Don't Panic Foundation. Kier does a great job of describing it:

Don't Panic supports firefighters and police officers injured outside the line of duty. Most recently they have supported individuals and their families who have suffered from both medical emergencies (such as stroke and heart attack) and traumatic accidents. It is a small local race with a great feel. The finish line party spills over to McGinty's Irish pub (firefighters, bagpipes, beer...what more can  you ask for??).

Sadly I can't make the race myself and a 5K is probably the last thing I want/need after a race-filled october, but if you're in the area and looking for a fast race that includes hot firefighters (i'm just assuming they're smokin'), beer and bagpipes... you might want to check it out. also: FYI, did you know firefighters and bagpipers actually are a thing? Thank you, Google.

Unfortunately online registration is closed but it's only $35 at the door for a good cause, so check it out:



5k Charity Challenge... mid-week surprise!

I've been "tapering" for Rev3's Half Full Olympic this weekend for, oh, about a month or so (since Vegas my training has been anything but that...) so I figured a little race week speedwork couldn't hurt, right? ...right?

My company's community service group was throwing a 5k charity run mid-week, mid-afternoon and right in the backyard of our building... there was no way I wasn't running. At about 3pm (after sneaking a pre-race Powerbar gel in the girls bathroom) we all headed out to the field. About 400 of us took the field (in waves) and headed out to the course. 20121003-215254.jpg My wave was the first and included like six people and only two girls. Naturally, this was a great goofy photo-op:

The only problem was that the course meandered through some of the slightly narrow streets around the office just east of Georgetown. There were a few very confused passerby as we dodged past them at a 6:30 pace.

There was an initial pack of about five or so, including one other speedy girl, that I hung with the for the first mile until the heat and mugginess started to get to me. I started to fade and dropped back but managed to keep a gap no greater than, oh, 300m behind the #1 girl. Overall, never felt miserable but the legs were just not there.


  • 6:14
  • 6:44
  • 6:36

Yep, it was a short one - right at 3-miles for 19:35. plus a significant hill that we went down during mile one and back up during mile three.

And now that I actually think of it, I think this may have been my first 5k since high school. I've done a lot of random 5-mile races and 10ks and triathlons galore but i'm thinking this was a first, which totally means an automatic PR.

But the best thing? Because of my job, I know a significant number of people at my firm. Lots of cheering as I came back on the out and back course. The worst thing? I know a significant number of people at my firm. :) Bright red, gasping for breath, sweaty to the point of looking like I dumped water all over myself. No thank you...

If today's race and last night's swim session (took 3k and lots of drills to remember how to actually swim) prove anything, this weekend's race is going to be... interesting. Not holding my breath for a PR but just looking to go out there and have fun.

On the bright side: home from work, done with my workout and ready to kick back and maybe take part in a little debate action. Ah, if only I could get out of work at 3pm every day...