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 commitment to a better diet alongside my marathon training, I think I won’t have to much trouble improving my time.
Here’s a few pics capturing race day. There will be some more to post once the race committee gets the professionals up, so be sure to check back! (if you sign up for a subscription, you will automatically be notified):
I’ve got to say, I was a little disappointed. The kids received medals, which is wonderful. Alongside it, a bag of candy?!? I’m so confused. Isn’t this a race to promote health? Isn’t running a sport? I of course, handed my son the toys and confiscated the bag o’ junk! Please BWC, find something more nutritous or education to fill the children’s bags with!
Happy Running!by Veg Writing Momma with 2 comments
Last night, I had the privilege of attending yet another amazing raw dinner at the prestigious Black Olive in Baltimore, Maryland. If you read my post on my dinner with raw food guru David Wolfe, then you already know how great the Black Olive and The Olive Room are.
Known actor Woody Harrelson, is not just a vegan, but a lover of raw foods and a friend to the Black Olive. The restaurant arranged a glorious raw food dinner with limiting seating available and a fantastic view of Baltimore.
The evening of the event, Woody was coming in by train and ran into some bad luck when the train stopped as a result of a nearby accident. After jumping into a taxi and hopping on a plane from NY to D.C., he had hoped to make it to dinner on time, but managed to get stuck in some traffic. Needless to say, after much deterrent and patience, Harrelson made his way to Baltimore and dinner at the Olive Room. Luckily, there were so many amazing people attending the event, that we hardly noticed his delay in arrival. I had such a fantastic time meeting new and wonderful like-minded people throughout the evening.
Hors d’oeuvres were served early on during the mingling phase, so I didn’t catch a photo, but boy they were good! They included:
As we all made our way to the table, we were served a delightful guacamole (avocado, mango, onion, lime, and cilantro) along with raw corn tortilla chips (corn and cayenne).
Next up was the Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho. You may recognize this from my Dinner with David Wolfe, but I sure didn’t mind having it again.
The main course was a wonderful Butternut Squash lasagna. It consisted on layers of butternut squash divided by a cashew ricotta, marinated mushrooms, and basil pesto.
Finally, we finished off the meal with a delectable Strawberry and rhubarb ice cream served with a pistachio cocao truffle.
Wow, did I feel spoiled by the end of this meal!!
Thank you to the Black Olive for making me a part of your family!by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet
At the last minute I decided to run in a local 5k, the Jingle Bell run. It was something I had checked out before and was eager to take part in although I wasn’t sure that I would be able to participate due to my recent injury. I waited until the day before the race to make my decision. Once I remembered that the race benefited Arthritis, I knew I had to do it!
I was going to run no matter what, and on top of that, I wanted to set a new PR! It was my goal to achieve my best time ever, regardless of how much I was hurting. Isn’t that always easier said than done? It’s so easy to say, “no matter what, I am going to run my ass off!” But sometimes, it’s just not that easy.
We managed to make it downtown (Baltimore), find parking, and get into the building with ten minutes to spare. I jumped into the line for the restroom with hopes of getting through the quickly. I was wearing a borrowed watch that was set just five minutes fast. So when the clock said I had about three minutes until the race start time of nine, I was less concerned than I normally would have been.
Someone walked by and said we still had ten minutes, so I thought, “maybe they are starting the race a little bit later”. Still, I had the inkling to jump out of line and get to the starting line. I never had pushed my time this close before, but decided to take my chances. After all, I never heard an announcement made for the race start. Would I though? I was inside an arena and the race start was outside.
To get to the starting line, we had to exit through the loading ramp out of the back of the venue, and walk around to the front of the building. When I turned the corner to make my way around the side towards the starting line, I noticed there was no line.
I looked at my watch and it said that it was now ten after nine. Anotherwards, it was really five after. I began to run towards the “race starts here sign” and realized I could barely even see the last of the runners about a quarter of a mile ahead of me.
I was late!! I started late and to make mattters worse, this race was not a chip timed race, agh! For those that don’t know, many races provide chips which you thread through your shoelaces. They record your actual start time as you pass the starting line and do the same as you pass the finish line. Therefor calculating your “actual” running time.
This race had no chip, so my time would be a total of my finish time minus the actual race start time.
While my goal was to set a new PR, I was quickly discouraged by my late start. Once I realized how far behind I was, I took off running. I was pulling through the walkers and weaving in and out of the slower runners. It was strange to be passing so many people, and not something I was really used to.
My groin muscle started aching, so I tried to adjust accordingly. I wanted to set a record, but thought it was out of reach. No use in further injuring myself with an important half marathong coming up!
Most of the race I slowed my pace and speed up in intervals. Once I came up to my threee mile marker, I started to go full force, but in the end, slowed my pace back down.
Once I crossed the finish line, I was waiting to turn in my number when I overheard the person in front of me say, it’s 9:33, what?! No way, it’s only 9:33! I went over to my mom who was watching my son and when I told her I got off to a late start she said, “when I saw you come in, my phone said 9:33.” Okay, how was this even possible?
Normally, I would be upset by that time, but being as though I started late, I was shocked in a great way. According to the official times, I came in at 34:26. Officially, this is my worst time yet, but I know better. I started five minutes late and came in at 34:26, so my actual race time was 29:26, my best time yet and a new personal record!!!!
But me being me, I am still disappointed, it’s not official, so it doesn’t really count right? What if it was really nine after, not ten after and I misread the time? On another note, I started out last-very last, and came in 414th place of 878! That means I passed more than half the people in the race during my run. Wow!! I am super surprised and have to say, a little more happy with my final outcome.
I’m not going to fret over the race, I know what happend and have learned a valueable lesson. So to my next 5K I say, “bring it on”!
Until then, onto my half marathon training….
Happy Training!by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet
5 minute warmup walk
jog for 5 minutes
walk for 3 minutes
jog for 5 minutes
walk for 3 minutes
jog for 5 minutes
5 minute cool down walk
my total distance was 2.1 for a time of 31 minutes. I was a little bummed that my distance went down, but my total running time was less than that of my last run. Now the focus is shifting to getting me to run for longer amounts of time during one sweep and not shorter intervals of time. So, I’m keeping focused and excited to get to day 2 of this week tomorrow!
I thought you might like to know what music I am listening to that helps keep me going. “I gotta feeling” by Black Eyed Peas is a get up and get going kind of song. You just can’t sit still when it plays and it makes me feel like the rest of my day is going to be great once I complete my goal! “Soak up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow is a great one! When I am running and the sun is beating down on me while this song is playing, I briefly close my eyes and take a deep breath in. I absorb the beauty all around me and enjoy the run so much more. “Bulletproof” by La Roux gives you that faster than light, invincible feel, lol.
Today I made avocado smoothies following this recipe:
Blend them all together and voila! I didn’t have vanilla yogurt, so I used Silk strawberry yogurt. Since I was using flavored yogurt (which is high in sugar) I only added two tablespoons of agave instead of the three. Next time, I am going to try this recipe with vanilla almond milk and the vanilla yogurt. All in all, it turned out well and Anson loved it!
For dinner, I made an attempt at this recipe…..http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/tofu-tempeh-and-seitan/versatile-tofu/roasted-barbecue-flavored-tofu-and-vegetables/
I only used one pack of tofu instead of the two (since that makes enough for 6). I also used one carrot, one red pepper and didn’t have zucchini. I caramelized the onions first and chopped them instead of sliced rings.
I thought it was okay, not as flavorful as I would have liked and I think it could have cooked longer. It seems Anson doesn’t like BBQ sauce (this was my second attempt giving it to him), so we made sandwiches instead!
Wish me luck tomorrow, I run for eight minutes straight! I’m worried and excited, but won’t give up……by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet