Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

On my quest to run a race in all 50 states, I figured I should run in DC too, even if it is not a state, it’s the nations capitol and my favorite American city, so an excuse to hit up the museums and memorials and run a race, come on, I wasn’t going to miss out on this.  When I put my name in for this race (it is a raffle race) I wasn’t sure I would get picked, but I was super happy when I did.  I was able to get a time ticket to my FAVORITE museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and booked a hotel in an area I hadn’t stayed in before, was nervous about that, but it ended up working out nicely. But first, let me tell you about the race.

The race takes place during the Cherry Blossom Festival (hence the name) so first off, be prepared for DC to be SWARMING with tourists when you do this race, but hey, those blossoms are damn pretty.  The race starts right in front of the Washington monument, and there are 6 corrals of runners, all separated by color, I was in orange, and then of course the corral of elites.  This year it was cold race morning, starting temp was about 34 degrees, I was prepared with layers, so I did ok waiting around.  Once the race took off those, I was ready, cause I couldn’t feel my fingers.  Luckily it was a nice sunny day, so once you were running, it did warm up.  The race has some rolling hills, but nothing at all crazy I would say it is fairly flat and tons of beautiful scenery, you run by monuments and all the blossoms in bloom was amazing.  They have entertainment through out the race, from drummers, to a sax player, it was great.  There are not crowds through out the race, and some points were pretty quiet, but I like that mix.  My only issue is, you are never out of a crowd, almost all races I end up running alone, or with only 4-5 other people around, never happened in this race.  And I would think it would be difficult run this race for a PR because you would always be trying to get around people.  You finish in front on the Washington Monument too, plenty of people there to cheer you on.  30414835_10211347535224438_3104628710620266496_o

Overall, I did very much enjoy the race, I ran it in under 2 hours, so pretty happy with that.  I did have some knee pain, so I took today off to hopefully hold that off from becoming something, shall see how the rest of the week goes.  I did also do a TON of walking around DC, so that probably didn’t help.

If you didn’t know, I am a giant history nerd and so DC, is my joy I love to visit the museums and memorials, if you want to see all my pics, check out my instagram @RuninRedSox but here are some photos

Also the hotel, I picked the Courtyard DC in the NoMa section of DC, and I couldn’t recommend this place more.  Super clean, super pleasant workers, and SO CLOSE TO THE METRO, like a 5 minute walk to the metro.  I will use this hotel again, because I will go back to DC soon, hopefully with Lars, so we can visit some more museums.  If you can, do this race, and make sure you hang out in DC, such a fun city to visit

oh hey, another one checked off the map 20180409_182911

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Frosty Half Marathon, Last Race of 2016

So, this past week I took a break from running, I am having some pretty serious hip pain, and last week I tripped pretty hard going up the stairs and cut up my knees and bruised multiple other parts of my body, so I knew I needed a break.  I have been going to the gym to use the elliptical  and I started doing some yoga to help stretch out my hip.  But, I had signed up for this race a few months ago and I don’t not do a race, unless something serious happens (you know, like breaking my wrist)

This race is put on by the Colonial Road Runners, this is the second race I have done that has been put on by them (Paddy Kelly Road Race in February) and they really do a great job.  This race was in Raynham, MA and it started and ended at Raynham Middle School, so we had a nice warm place to wait before the race and Lars had a place to stay warm during the race.  The route was nice, some hills but nothing crazy, the volunteers were great, the course was very well marked and even though it was freezing today (temp at race start was 12 degrees) they had plenty of water stops, and manged to keep it in liquid form.  I decided to not go all out on this, considering the hip issue, I was hoping to do 2:30 or better and I finished in 2:21, so quite happy with that, and my hip didn’t bother me a ton, but I could still feel it, so from now until January 1st 2017, I shall not be running, yoga, stretching, and elliptical will be the exercises I stick to.  I also still attend boot camp, but I can modify there.

Pretty excited to be done with 2016, it was a pretty decent race year, I will do a year in review post later, and then a goals for 2017 post after that.  I hope you all are enjoying the Holiday season, and keep on running.

Paddy Kelly Road and running on a super cold day

So today I ran the Paddy Kelly road race in Brockton, MA.  Very nice race, great park to run through, no cars and great views, you know, if you didn’t have to close your eyes from the biting wind.  So here is what today’s temp was…

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check out that real feel temp

So rather then tell you about the race, since really it was holy crap just finish and get back into a heated building.  I will show you what I wear to deal with this BS.

First and foremost, don’t run in this.  I only did because I haven’t run a race since I hurt myself and was desperate to have that race experience, too desperate.  This is super dangerous cold and you can get hurt so, I know the treadmill sucks, but use it.  If you must run outside in this, here are some of my tips.

LAYERS ALL THE LAYERS!!!

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3 shirts base layer, long sleeved tech t and my fancy new balance winter shirt
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3 pants, base layer, running pants then swishy pants

yes, 3 layers on top and bottom.  I bought my base layers at Target, the champion brand
http://www.target.com/p/c9-champion-women-s-brushed-fleece-lined-thermal-legging/-/A-17184577#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=champion

and these are my running tights, I love them, I own 3 pairs
http://www.target.com/p/c9-champion-women-s-premium-run-tight/-/A-18822341#prodSlot=medium_1_21&term=champion

So, now onto socks, I wear ski socks in the winter, they are like running socks but they go up your calf so keep you that little bit warmer, they are also thicker then regular running socks so be prepared for that with your sneakers .  I buy all mine at Marshalls or TJ maxx.

Next up, hands, again layers.  I wear running gloves, but they are thin and really don’t protect you much from the cold

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don’t mind the brace, you don’t need that

so to help with that, I then wear mittens over my gloves, well right now 1 mitten and a sock, since I need something to go over my brace

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spiffy sock, right

so then onto the head, really the most important part, today I wore my ear cover headband and then my new balance shirt which I bought because it can cover your head and face

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the lower part comes up to cover my nose and mouth

I would post a link for the shirt but New Balance keeps telling me it no longer exists, odd, but it’s a great shirt, it was $80 but so worth it.

So there you go, how to deal with a race in the bitter cold.  Did I enjoy it, yes.  Would I do it again, NO!!!.  Stay inside on days like today and, I will leave you with this

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I ask this all the time