9/11 Run to Remember, September 8, 2013- 30:57
NFL Back to Football 5K-, September 4, 2013-30:04
Baltimore Woman’s Classic, June Time-27:57
The distance was measured incorrectly and was actually 2.95 miles.
GMBC Father’s Day 5k, June 16, 2013- 29:18 Finally broke my PR and made it in under 30 minutes!
The Color Run, May 11, 2013-Untimmed race
Baltimore Women’s Classic 2012 , June 24th, 2012-Time 31:08
9/11 Run to Remember 5k-09/11 Time 31:2
Baltimore Women’s Classic-06/2011 Time 30:13
My first race ever!
My first time participating in the BWC was in 2011. The Baltimore Women’s Classic is an all female race that raises money for the awareness of gynecological cancer. Last year, the BWC was just my second race ever and prior to it, I had sustained an injury which kept me off the pavement for several weeks. It wasn’t until the week prior that I started running again. Even so, I finished the race. Ironically enough, I had encountered a similar experience this year and was out for 8 weeks prior to the BWC. This time, I had been training for a marathon. It wasn’t long after running 23 miles, that I started having trouble with my foot ( a recurrent problem from this past fall). Is there some reason I shouldn’t be running this race? I will try again next year and hopefully injury-free. With all of the injuries I have incurred, I made the decision to take on a few training sessions with a personal trainer at my gym who also has experiences with running. We only had one session so far, so as time has gone by I will put up a post to share all of the wonderful new things I have learned from him. This had to be my worst 5K yet (aside from the Jingle Bell, which I managed to start 4-5 minutes late), coming in at 31:08. I’m not too upset over it considering I hadn’t run in such a long time. With my new training in motion and my new […]
I did it, I officially finished my first half marathon!!!!!!!! The Disney Princess ½ marathon takes place over the course of a weekend, but like many other participants, I extended my trip to six days. If you are thinking of running your first half marathon, here are some reasons to participate in a Disney marathon: · It’s fun! · Disney goes all out to make this a great event · In addition to participating in a race, you get a trip to Disney World · Discounts on Disney Hotels! · A fabulous medal for completing the race · You get to dress up as a princess! (men this applies to you too) · Seeing men dress up as a princess · Wearing your medal around Disney Parks after the race and receiving “congratulations” by ALL of the employees · In addition to being congratulated, you are referred to as a “Princess”. Where else will people call you princess? · Character photo ops all along the race course · Awesome music and performers on the race route Tips I learned during my race: · I read this over and over during my preparation for the race: DO A TRIAL RUN IN YOUR COSTUME! Did I? Of course not, I felt like it would have been so silly for me to run along my local trail in a tutu for 13 miles. However, I knew there was an important reason to do this. I had decided to make my own tutu (a little […]
For those that don’t know, PR stands for personal record. It wasn’t the time I was going for, which was under 30 minutes, but I did beat my first time of 30:44 with a time of 30:13! I came in 513th place out of 3,000 people, not to shabby considering I just started running 6 months ago. If you are wondering about the long time gap since my last post, I have a lousy explanation. I just didn’t feel like I had much to say, but more so I was completely frustrated. My injury had sustained itself until a week prior to my second race. During the month and a half in between races, I had run only one mile! I feared any further injury in addition to loss of all the training my body had built up. I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. I really wanted to run and continue with my training. I knew the course for my second race was going to be much easier than the first and that I could bust through my first time. I was eager to run, run, and run some more! For those of you that are runners, you understand the desire to run a 5K every weekend once you have completed your first race. But every time I stepped onto the treadmill and started into a light jog, the pain immediately engaged itself. So do I continue to run and train through the pain in order accomplish my goals at risk of […]
My first race ever!
So today was the big day! Everything I worked for thus far was going to show in my performance today. Injury or not, I was determined to run this race. Not only did I want to complete it, I wanted to do so without stopping and that’s just what I did. I went to bed early last night, around 9:30 and managed to get a decent nights sleep. I woke up at 5a.m., in anticipation of today (I had planned to wake up at 5:30). I was nervous to say the least. My stomach was doing all kids of flips and all I was hoping for, was to make it through the race without having to stop for a potty break. We had a great warm up with a vegan body builder (yes, it’s possible) leading the way. We did 150 jumping jacks, 10-15 push ups, and a variety of stretches. My son loves to work out with me and came along to cheer Momma on! Once I got in line to start the race, my nerves managed to calm themselves, I was ready to go! Something I didn’t know; place yourself in line according to your running pace. Faster runners in the front, slower towards the back. I didn’t know this and kind of just followed everyone towards the back of the line. I did jump in somewhere, so I wasn’t completely in the back. I was however, further back than I should have been. This caused my start to go […]