I bought tickets to the concert of my 2004 dreams: Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI.
I AM SO EXCITED.
I have nothing too exciting to report so here are Five Things For Your Friday:
- Go away snow and ice. Hit the treadmill for my runs this week because I don’t even want to deal with it.
- However,18 miles for tomorrow morning will have to be outside. Hopefully a lot of ice and snow have melted.
- I’ve completely overscheduled myself for the next 36 hours: dinner/drinks tonight, run tomorrow, brunch, basketball game, Cards Against Humanity…. I will survive. Hopefully.
- I am le tired. Not enough sleep this week. Hoping I get a solid 8 hours tonight but worried I might not.
- House related: I need to find some contractors for my kitchen and various other things. Does anybody think Angie’s List is worth it?
Happy Friday beautiful people! Hope you have an amazing weekend!
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I signed up! Hopefully we can train together!
YAY! We definitely should :)
ohhh? is it free?
It IS free! And apparently you get a “Mountain Athletics head buff.” Not sure what that is exactly but who cares, because swag!
I found a thing! I registered for the 8 am running event for obvious reasons (and somehow this will all fit into a possible long run). But I thought other people might be interested in these too!
The North Face Mountain Athletics Event Series -Washington, DC
I didn’t want to crowd my race report with other life notes, so here’s some bullets:
- I gave up desserts/sweets for Lent but like two weeks ago. My habit was getting out of control and I didn’t like that I was craving sugar. The cravings have mostly stopped and I think I can see an overall difference in my skin and my general mood.
- Despite this, I’ve gained 5-8 pounds (I have no idea where I was before). I don’t like it. I can feel it in my clothes and I can see it. I’m not about to go on a crazy diet but really, wtf.
- It’s fucking cold. Go away winter. No body likes you any more.
- Not only is it COLD but once again there’s a nice layer of snow and ice everywhere. It will make this weekend’s long run…interesting.
- I have a jealousy problem (I’m not exaggerating) and deleting my facebook news feed has been…amazing. Seriously. I cannot recommend it enough. Sure, sometimes I get curious and I look up people or click through to see things but overall, it’s amazing to not get slapped in the face with relationship changes/baby photos/look how awesome my life is updates.
- Marathon is in seven weeks. Gulp.
Such a pretty medal!
This past Sunday, I ran the Reston 10 Miler as a tune up/dress rehearsal for the marathon.
The race began at 8 am at a high school in Reston. I arrived early to pick up my packet and do my warm up. It was probably in the high 30s around this time so I wore a super stylish cotton t-shirt that I was planning on bringing to Goodwill over my running shirt. I ran 2.5 miles as my warm up on the course itself since it was already marked.
The race started pretty informally: at some point everybody meandered into the middle of the road and then people started running over the timing mat. I ended up somewhere in the middle of the pack which is usually a-okay. However, since everybody was restricted to a side of the road, it was super packed and I did something kinda bitchy: I ran up the median to get around a lot of people (maybe I only think this is bitchy? I have no idea, I felt a little weird).
After the first mile or so, people definitely spread way out. I didn’t have any problems passing (or being passed: curse you old man in the Army 10 miler shirt!) for the rest of the course.
(Speaking of passing: I have never had so many people act so ridiculous when I passed them. I came up on one guy around mile…3 maybe? And he would not let me go. He would pass me and then fade so I would pass him because what do I care what his pace is, I’ve got myself to worry about it. And then so on. I knew he couldn’t hang because he was breathing heavily already. It went on for at least 1.5 miles until I lost him on a hill. Dude. Get over it. I’m not actually racing you. Then this happened again later with a girl later on as well. What are you people doing??)
The course itself was pretty much on the road and through a residential/quiet business area. It was scenic in a peaceful, not much to see kind of way. Trees, houses, etc. There were definitely some hills but none that felt out of my comfort zone. The worst was actually a downhill near the end: I felt that one in my knees.
I focused on keeping an even pace for most of the race but I know that I went too fast, especially in the beginning. I was aiming for 7:40 but was hitting around 7 at times (for about half a mile I dipped into 6:57 but that could have been a Garmin mistake). I was definitely worried about burning out. Luckily, I didn’t!
Here’s the breakdown:
PR! Well, I haven’t ever actually raced a 10 miler so of course it’s a PR.
I’m pretty happy with this, of course. The best part is: I felt really strong even at the end. I had more miles left to give. Which is a good sign, I think.
I graduated in 2000 too!
i graduated in ‘79 and i have children older than you. ha.
I graduated HS in ‘97, I’m practically decrepit.
I graduated in 2009! Wait…
I graduated in 97! ;)
Really, we should be looking at this as a bonding moment amongst all of us, not as a time Mallory stuck her foot in her mouth :)
Yay for being awesome, no matter when you graduated (or maybe if you have yet to graduate, that’s cool too. YOLO and all that).