Daily Archives: May 28, 2014

Long overdue…

This is probably the most belated post ever… and I apologize for that….Writing blog posts has not been my top priority….In my head I write them all in the moment, but actually sitting down to type them out is a whole different story….So here is a general RACE RECAP from a few races in March/April!

March 29 – I signed up to do a 10k with a friend.  On race morning I was not feeling it so I switched down to the 5k.  It wasn’t really that big of a deal since we didn’t even get race bibs or timing chips for the race.  It was pretty much as simplistic as you can get with a race.  I ended up running the 5k through a parking lot, over a grassy field, through neighborhoods and back again.  My friend kicked-butt while pushing a double stroller!
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The fancy start/finish line
Before the race
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After the race, and shockingly, we got a medal (and a t-shirt, not pictured.)

Overall it was a so-so race.  Without my friend where I would not have made it through as well as I did.

April 6
The next weekend I headed to DC for the Cherry Blossom Race!  I was lucky enough to gain entry to this race via the lottery system back in November.  It was even more exciting that my family and some awesome twitter friends were ALSO going to be there!
After traveling and hanging out with my family for a few days I was ready to run.  Despite my efforts, my training did not go as planned, and so instead of doing the full 10 mile race, I opted down to the 5k!  I was really glad I did, as I know I would have been nicely picked up off the course for the 10 miles.
The race was really beautiful, and the weather was pretty much perfect.  It was chilly at the start but warmed up to perfect racing weather.  We ran around the area near the Mall, and over one of the bridges.  It was an out and back course.  I was hoping to PR this race, but was a 2 min over my best time for this year.  After the race I got to hang out with my Elfie, Lauren, (from the Elf for Health challenge), Lauren’s husband, mom & friend Kate, plus a few other twitter peeps (Patrick, Mandy, Natalie and Chelsea)! That was the true icing on the cake!! You can read about Lauren’s awesome race recap here!
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It was a great day, and I am so thankful that I was able to participate in such a great race!  I hope I can get in again next year and finally rock a 10 mile race!

April 12
I returned from DC and a few days later I headed to Austin for the Zooma race!  It involved a bit of driving since the race was not really in Austin, but a little ways outside the city.  It was held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort which was BEAUTIFUL! I was fortunate enough to stay with some wonderful friends when I found out that the resort was totally booked.
Race day I spent more time in a car or bus than the actual race took.  I drove from my friend’s house to the airport which was where the shuttle area was (about 30 min) and then another 25 min on a bus to the resort.  Once at the race I had about 90 min to spare so I just chilled out for a while.  As it got closer to race time I put on my proper gear and took my bag to the gear check.  I walked around for a few min to loosen up my legs and get ready to run. It was a really humid day so I already knew it was not going to be a stellar race.  Add my horrible allergies to that and I was hardly able to breath!  As we rode into the resort I realized the race routes were pretty much ALL  hills! Something I certainly had not prepared for!  But I figured I would just walk when I needed to.  I am glad that I again only signed up for the 5k!  I really don’t think I could have finished the half marathon course with my allergy craziness and all those hills!
As I suspected, the race was a bit rough.  Instead of running a 3:1 ratio, it was more like a 1:3 ratio…I was a little disappointed but thankful I was able to finish!  The post race picture op and the massage helped a lot!

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Cool map and some of the race swag!
Oh hey there Texas Longhorns!      Race bib 🙂
Ready to run!
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So slow, but I finished.  And the medal was cool!
Fun pic with the animals! And the post race food area.

April 15
This would have been my 8th weekend in a row with a race, but I got one week off when my race on March 8th was canceled.  So this ended up being my 6th race in a row!  It was a nice little local 5k sponsoring several local foster care agencies.  It was a beautiful day to run and I happened to run into several of my friends from the gym who were running the 10k.
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Overall I had a great run with all the races!  I got to be with some really amazing people, see how much I was able to push myself, and knock some time off my previous 5k time for 2014.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed hearing a little about my races!
In case you missed it, you can read about my must recent race here!

-Chocolate Runner Girl-