Did you even run a race if there’s no photographic evidence? I kinda feel like that right now. It’s taken me so long to write this race recap because I’ve been waiting for an email from marathonfoto to say “Your Race Photos are Ready!” Well over a week later, I decided to check the website and alas it’s like I played Where’s Waldo with the photographers. After skimming through hundreds of unclaimed pictures, I FINALLY found one of me at the finish line. So proof. I ran that race lol.
Other than the lack of evidence of my race, I have to say that this is a race I would definitely do again. From the beginning it was well organized, news letters from the race were constantly being sent out with tips on how to get to the course, how things were set up, changes to the route etc. Bib pick up was easy and I was well guided to the right area.
The morning of the race did not start off without a hitch though. I will say, it’s my own fault. I should have planned on getting a Lyft a lot earlier, because while I scheduled it out in time, of course so was everyone else and the demand was HIGH. I started to freak out a bit when it was going to take them a half hour to get to me, but thankfully we had two phones going and one of them finally worked. We arrived to the race, hurried and searched for a bag drop off, (which I don’t normally do but it was unusually chilly in DC that morning and we knew we needed extra clothes) and got into our corrals just in time.
The first few miles were kinda tough, not because it was a hard race, actually it’s a really flat course, but it is super crowded. Some of the roads were pretty narrow, and there were a lot of walkers in my wave. I know I’m not a faster runner, but I’m not a walker. I am solidly middle of the pack. So this is my only gripe about the race, I was not seeded properly and it made my time much slower in the beginning than what I would have liked. I honestly felt like I was walking the first few miles, but I didn’t want to waste energy weaving in and out of people. One of the things I’ve started doing while running and biking is listening to audio books instead of music. This helped keep my mind off the actual race and just focus on my book and my environment. (If you need a good book, I just finish “The Wife Between Us” and it was SUPERB!)
After awhile, it cleared up a little bit, still a very crowded race overall, but more manageable. Like I said it was a flat course, so nothing challenging, but I will say it isGORGEOUS. This is absolutely the prettiest course I have ever been on. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, the city was clean and water sparkling. As I ran under the arches of the trees that hung over the roads, I was in awe. It made the first frustrating miles kind of disappear and made me just enjoy running for the first time in awhile. Last year, as you know was full of heart breakingly bad races, injuries and tears. While, I’m still working on getting back to where I once was, this race gave me the confidence that I needed to keep working and make my come back in 2018. So Thank you Cherry Blossom 10 miler for a great kick off to my 2018 race year! Up next is the Portsmouth Half Marathon this weekend!
1.Well-Fed Women (Formerly the Paleo Women Podcast)
This podcast is hosted Noelle Tarr and Stefani Ruper, who are extremely funny and you should expect witty banter (I laugh to myself on my long runs when I listen to it). But don’t let that fool you. They are EXTREMELY smart and well read. They cover topics from empowerment for women by women, health issues that most women don’t want to talk about, fitness and body image. With over 100 episodes there are so many topics that they cover, I’m sure you’ll find something that applies to you.
2. Mind Body Musings by Maddy Mood
I just recently discovered this podcast because I happened upon her instagram and her life experiences really speak to me. She talks a lot about escaping perfectionism and expectations, and stop wasting our lives with overthinking. She does talk a little bit about health and fitness because she comes from the body building world as well, but she really focuses on self care to be the best you.
3. The Body Love Project with Jessi Haggerty
The title of this one says it all. I share the same outlook as her when it comes to diets and body image in the fitness industry. My favorite episodes so far have been “F*ck your fitspo with Sarah Vance” and “Melissa Carmona on Body Image across cultures.” Jessi is real and honest and doesn’t try to sugar coat anything which I can really appreciate.
4. Bigger Pockets
Not really my favorite, but I’m into it because it’s helping me learn about a different way of earning money without really having a traditional job. Can I please retire by 35? K thanks.
5. Case Files
Ok, this is my guilty pleasure. I love shows like CSI and Criminal Minds, but now that I have SUCH a long commute (compared to me 10 minute walk) I don’t have much time for TV. So this supplements that for me! This podcast covers real crimes, solved and unsolved that have happened all over the world. It’s pretty interesting because there are some that were really big in the news and others that I can’t believe that it wasn’t bigger news!
Sorry for being so MIA this week, I spent all last weekend exploring Disney World and running the 8th annual Disney Princess Half Marathon!!! It has been one of the races that I have wanted to run for a very long time and I want to just say, now that I have had the opportunity to run it, I can say I was not disappointed. There are a lot of high lights from the race so let me just pick a few for you.
1. This race starts before the crack of dawn. Yes, I woke up at 3am so that I get the start line on time….at 5:30am. There were about 20,000 other runners that suffered through this early morning alarm with me though and the energy surrounding me made it seem a little less painful.
2. Every corral gets fireworks. Yes every single one. I was exciting when they went off the first time, then they kept going off and it was awesome! Yes, I am probably going to say everything was awesome because really it was. I was in corral E and the first wave went out right at 5:30am like they said it would happen. It took about 10 for my corral to cross the start line and then the fun began!!!
3. There are characters ALL over the course. I skipped the first few because the lines were ridiculously long or I just wasn’t interested in taking pictures with them. There was also other entertainment along the course like marching bands, brass drums and gospel choirs. Almost everyone running is in costume too, it gave me so many ideas for next time! This year I ran as Pocahontas which was a good choice because she’s such an underrated character, there was hardly anyone else dressed as her!
4. We got to run through Magic Kingdom before it opened for the day. As soon as I rounded the corner and saw Cinderella’s castle I teared up a little bit. Disney World has always had a special place in my heart and doing the run was really magical for me.
5. There are chEAR squads all along the course so there are constantly people cheering you on and making some noise as you run! It was really uplifting and at mile 10 really picked up my spirits. I got a burst of energy and started cheering a long with them. I thanked all the volunteers loudly and cheered on the people around me. I’ve never felt so invigorated after running 10 miles.
I would definitely do this race again and I definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to run a half marathon or enjoys running half marathons. Here are some of the highlights of why this race was so awesome:
-High energy from races and spectators!
-Lots of entertainment on the course to keep your energy up
-Tons of opportunities to take pictures with characters.
-Wearing a costume
-Music along the course so you don’t need your own!
-Lots of water stops and bathrooms
-Running through Magic Kingdom and Cinderella’s Castle!!!
-Flat course with a few hills
-Lots of water stops!!!
-SUPER organized for such a big race!!!!
This entry shall end my race recaps for 2015. I have one more 5k in a couple weeks, but that one is more for fun. I’m sad that my races are done for the year, but I’m also excited to get back into the gym and lift some weights. There a lot of things I need to improve on in order to become a better runner and triathlete and strength training shouldn’t be over looked.
My morning didn’t start off so well, my first Uber driver I ordered decided that after I waited for 15 minutes to not pick me up. I hate being late to races and I started to panic. Which is the last thing anyone wants to do on a race day. Finally another one did come and we picked up two other girls that were running the race also! One of the them got in the car and mysteriously had something sticky all over her jacket….which I found out later my Honey Stinger gel had exploded in my shirt pocket and got all over the car! So I had to do the race sans energy packets 😦
The course takes the runners from Franklin Park and in Jamaica Plain and along the Emerald Necklace. For those of you not from Boston, the Emerald Necklace is 1,100 acres of protected parks linked together by parkways and waterways and extends through Brookline and Boston. Even though you’re running through the city, you’re running through really scenic parts of it and it makes for a really great run. The end of the race is the best part because you run back through Franklin park….through the ZOO! I love zoos so it was the highlight of the race for me. I saw wart hogs, zebras, and giraffes (oh my!)
The weather was perfect running weather, a bit chilly standing at the start line, but once we got moving it was great. The course is fairly hilly, you start going down hill and there are plenty of those, but you quickly learn that you immediately go back up hill. I’ve run along these street before so it wasn’t a surprise to me and I knew that I couldn’t be fast enough to PR on this course. So I just decided to have a fun race. Especially since I just run Smuttynose the weekend before.
However, my foot started to hurt around mile 9 and at mile 10 I was in so much, for the first time ever I wanted to give up. I seriously considered stopped and getting picked up by the timing truck. But I knew I only had a 5k left so I pushed through. I did walk a lot and I met another fellow runner that had a painful foot as well. This is why I love runners, we became instant friends and finished the race together. He really helped push me and I probably ran my fastest at the end of that race than I have in any other race. Turns out he also lives nearby and gave me a ride home after the race so I didn’t have to pay another $20 to uber!
Needless to say it was not my best paced race, but it was really well organized. Everything was clearly marked and even though a lot of people run this race it didn’t feel too crowded or packed. The shirts are really nice Adidas tech shirts and the medals are really nice (gotta look out for good swag!) I definitely want to try it out again next year! I actually might even do the BAA Distance Medley which is the 5k, 10k and Half!!!