2013 Total Mileage To Date: 1,051.00
December: 42.9 and counting
I messed up.
I gave in to an old habit.
This past weekend I made myself throw up after eating too much.
I was weak.
For those that don’t know, I have battled both anorexia and bulimia. You can read a little about that here.
I never say I am someone who is healed. Those eating disorders haunt my thoughts and dreams to this day.
But thanks to Weight Watchers I learned that I could in fact lose weight in a healthy manner and control the urges.
This past weekend was different. I felt mentally weak. I ate too much. I felt sick. My immediate response was to purge.
How did I feel after the fact?
Horrible. Mentally exhausted. Ashamed. Weak. Like a failure.
Wow – crying while writing all this. Okay, I can do this.
I didn’t want to do it. But I did. I have to accept that fact.
But I need to know I am stronger than that.
This was Saturday, December 7.
I didn’t tell anyone. I wanted to hide it. I wanted to ignore it happened.
But it ate at my soul and my self-esteem.
I am not defined by the eating disorders I have suffered from.
I am human.
It is the first time I have slipped up in well over a year.
But it shows that I am not 100% rid of eating disorders or the mental side of them.
I’m not sure if anyone truly is.
Can I take good away from this situation?
I recognized why it happened and I know the next time I feel the urge. I will reach out to someone. I will not be afraid to show weakness. I will ask for help.
Because when I don’t ask for help – I suffer.
Phew! I feel better already getting it out there.
Eating disorders are tough. They consume you mentally and physically.
I knew that I hit rock bottom with them in 2006. In terms of anorexia and bulimia. Over this last year, however, I’ve come to realize that I also was a binge eater and closet eater.
Whenever home alone in high school, college or thereafter, I would eat and hide the evidence. I didn’t want people to know what I had done. I didn’t want them to see my shame. In my mind I would say I was a “boredom” eater, but that wasn’t the case. I was burying emotions deep down by food. I was finding comfort in chips.
I lived in the Boston area until I finally moved to San Francisco in 2007. Once I left Boston, I worked hard to stop the closet/binge eating. You know trying to start fresh.
When I started planning to move back to Boston in early January 2012, I was scared. Would all the old habits come back? I would be working odd hours with Weight Watchers and spending much of my time during the week alone. The thought of the old habits coming back terrified me. Especially since we would be housing with my parents until we found an apartment. They would have foods that I had banned from the house since starting WW – aka trigger foods.
WW and tracking saved me this time around. Many people dislike the fact that WW stresses “tracking” your food choices. But for me I HAVE to. If I don’t track, it “doesn’t count.” Will I ever reach a point where I don’t have to track? Maybe.
For now I need to track for more than just knowing what I have, it keeps these eating disorders in check.
I know that ended up going on a total random tangent there. But I had to get these thoughts out.
Please know if you are someone suffering from an eating disorder, you are not alone! Reach out to a friend or me. I am happy to listen.
I am human. I slipped up. That slip up, however, does not define me.
I live. I learn.
Here is how the 2014 race schedule is shaping up so far:
January 9 – Disney Family Fun Run 5k – Starts at 6:15 a.m. ET
January 10 – Walt Disney World 10k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET
January 11 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET
January 12 – Walt Disney World Marathon – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET
March 1 – Black Cat 20-Miler – Starts at 8:00 a.m. ET
April 19 – BAA 5k – Starts at 8:00 a.m. ET
April 21 – 118th Boston Marathon – Starts at TBD
May 25 – Boston’s Run To Remember Half Marathon – Starts at TBD
May 25 – Freedom Run 5k – Starts at TBD
June 7 – Runner’s World 5k – Starts at 7 a.m. ET
June 7 – Runner’s World 10k – Starts at 8:30 a.m. ET
June 8 – Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon – Starts at 7:30 a.m. ET
July 13 – VERT – Sasquatch (Trail Run) – Starts at TBD
September 7 – Pumpkinman Half Ironman – Starts at TBD
September 20 – VERT – Big Bad Wolf (Trail Run) – Starts at TBD
October 5 – Oktoberfest 5k – Starts at TBD
December 7 – Yulefest 5k – Starts at TBD
One month until I take on the biggest challenge of my running career.
The Dopey Challenge begins one month from today.
How time flies! I announced on April 9 that “I’m Dopey!”
And now the final decisions and training gets done.
Trip – January 7-14.
Flights – booked.
Hotel – reserved. We got into Pop Century after our original hotel fell through.
Park Tickets – bought.
Magicbands – secured.
Race Retreat – registered.
Meetup – set.
Make sure you join Kat (@KatrinaElleP), Linzie (@SeeSharpRun) & I at Downtown Disney on January 9 at 1pm for a sweet TweetUp. There will be fun, friends and prizes!! Stay tuned for a list of the awesome prizes we will be giving away that day!
Costumes – decided.
5k – Minnie Mouse
10k – Tinker Bell
Half – Jessie from Toy Story
Yes I am reusing costume from the Disney Half in January 2013! It was a winner!
Full – Snow White
Training – ummmm….
So here’s where the plan goes a tad awry. I was rocking a great training plan until September 22nd when everything changed.
I think you can see how it has affected my training:
So where do I stand today? My longest run since I started Dopey Training in August has been a half marathon. I haven’t run that far since October 27 when I took on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Los Angeles.
At this point in time, I should be knocking out a 20-mile training run every weekend in December. But that won’t be happening.
My goal now is to build as good of a base as I can. I am taking part in the #RWRunStreak and have put in at least 1 mile every day since Thanksgiving.
I am going to try to get in at least one 20-miler before I head to Disney if possible. If I don’t, it will be okay. I know I will finish the Dopey Challenge.
I am not participating in the Dopey Challenge for time, but for fun! You can bet I will be taking pictures with as many characters as possible and sharing laughs with friends.
Did that sound desperate?
No matter what I will complete those 48.6 magical miles and these 6 glorious medals will be mine.
And I will enjoy every single second of the journey!
Are you also taking on the Dopey Challenge? How is your training coming along?
New toys. New shiny things. New running clothes.
I love finding new gadgets or clothing to improve my running/gym experiences.
Here are a few things that I have found through the interwebs.
1) Cory Vines
Cory Vines is a clothing company out of Montreal, Canada. I had the honor of speaking with their founder Daniel over the phone a couple of weeks back. Their products are available online only, which helps with cost, and are all about the buyers’ needs.
We aren’t trying to sell 10,000 items. We only make things we are really excited about. Our goal is to keep it simple by providing a seamless shopping experience. We produce everything you need and nothing that you don’t.
I sampled the Essential Long Sleeve in Sunset (pictured above), which retails for $35 USD. The fabric is soft, light and extremely breathable. Not only did it serve as a great base layer for my run it also is soft enough to wear while lounging on the couch watching movies.
Don’t you love a versatile and functional piece of clothing?
2) KT Tape
I have been using KT Tape on my knee for all of my big races, especially since many of the bigger races have KT Tape booths at the expo so you can try it for free.
But as my body took a beating during marathon training for The Boston Marathon in April 2013, I needed support more often. I finally got the courage to try applying KT Tape myself rather than letting the experts do it at a race expo.
KT Tape has instructional videos on their website that make it easy enough for someone like me to correctly apply the tape.
I use it on my knee on almost a daily basis for stabilization during my runs/workouts. After injuring my wrist during an obstacle race this past summer, I needed something to help stabilize my wrist while strength training and KT Tape came to the rescue.
After seeing my friend Heather post on Instagram about KT Tape helping her ball-of-foot pain, I had to give it a try. I was diagnosed with Metatarsalgia last month and the metatarsal pad wasn’t helping my pain in the slightest so I turned to KT Tape to help relieve some of the pain. I was skeptical at first because how could tape help relieve the pressure, but it has really helped. More so than the metatarsal pad. Now the pain isn’t 100% disappearing, but it is making running bearable. I’ve even been able to participate in the #RWRunStreak thanks to KT Tape.
I was contacted to test out Armpocket and I am so happy they reached out! I had never heard of this product before.
The Armpocket (this model valued at $29.95) can hold your phone, ID, credit cards, train pass, money for a post-run low-fat chocolate milk or coffee and more. And by more I mean I could fit my ENERGYBits, my natural running energy boost, in the armband so I wouldn’t have to bring an extra bag to a race when traveling solo.
Traveling to races or long runs solo is always nerve-wracking to me. Where will I bag check or stash my stuff along the way. But Armpocket can actually hold all of my essentials in one place, while keeping them dry (it’s water resistant), being lightweight on my arm and keeping me fueled throughout the run.
The Armpocket offers different colors and different models to match all smart phones!
How many times have you tried to change a song on your iPod during a run only to have your glove fail at “swiping” the smart phone screen?
Enter the Zensah Smart Running Gloves (retail $29.99).
The gloves not only keep your hands warm, but they also allow you to finally change the songs on your iPod or text a friend without having to take your gloves off. Let me tell you as someone that runs in the unbearable cold temperatures of the Boston winter I am psyched for these beauties. They are going to come in pretty handy while training for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
The gloves in action setting up my Runkeeper for my latest run. Look ma gloves on and I can still work my phone!
Active Accessories’ On-The-Go Accessory Pouch is a versatile, sporty clutch designed for people of all ages who are always “on the go”. Designed to fill the reoccurring need of a “fun and athletic looking” accessory holder to put jewelry in when going from work to the gym or running outside. Never lose an earring again!
Since I usually head to the gym from home, I haven’t had to use it to hold my jewelry accessories (as the owner of Active Accessories, Nancy, does) but instead as a way to bring my essentials on walk with a friend to get coffee or a trip to the gym. This cute clutch (value $9.99) can hold my ID, credit card, cash, keys and my iPhone while I am out and about. This is a HUGE help since I usually jam all of that stuff in my pockets, which isn’t the most secure way to do it, or I leave everything on top of the piece of the exercise equipment I am using and inevitably fall of mid-workout. So now all of my valuables are in one safe spot.
Plus, I can rock this on a daily basis while running errands as well. Talk about getting your $10 worth.
But, I like where Nancy was going when inventing this product. When I had to go straight from work to the gym or vice versa, I would just shove my jewelry in the side pocket of my gym bag, which wasn’t a safe way to hold my valuables or a way to keep my necklaces from tangling with my earrings.
I am one forgetful person when it comes to heading out for my run or leaving the house on the norm. So when I found 1BandID I got excited that I could now attach my information (which every runner should have on them whenever they are out hitting the pavement) to my Garmin. I never run/walk without my Garmin so having my info attached to the Garmin itself seems genius.
I was sold after reading their website:
What Makes 1BandID Different
- It attaches to your watch, GPS or Heart Rate Monitor band, the one thing triathletes, runners and most cyclists wear most often. It simplifies safety and helps make ID unforgettable.
- Patented design that minimizes bulk and weight. It’s an identification tag that is so light and comfortable you won’t even know it’s there until you need it the most. So while you’re checking your heart rate, distance or time, or clocking another lap at the track, 1BandID has your back.
- Neoprene instead of nylon so it doesn’t absorb water. It’s ID that is built to withstand countless hours in the pool or any weather mother nature throws at you on the road or trail.
- Nearly indestructible stainless steel tag holds up to 6 lines of crystal clear contact and medical information. Because seconds count in an emergency, the most important information is plainly visible on the front of the tag.
- Available in lots of colors so you can accessorize your race kit, show off your mood or just pick your favorite.
- Made in the USA and proudly shared around the world.
All of that for $19.99. Seems like a no-brainer to me!
There are just a few of the new products that I’ve discovered and enjoyed using on my runs/trips to the gym recently!
I hope some of these can help you!
January 1 – 1st Run 5k – 23:07 (7:27 min/mile) – RECAP
January 12 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon – 1:48:09 (8:15 min/mile) – RECAP
February 3 – Super Sunday 5 – 38:34 (7:43 min/mile) – RECAP
February 24 – Half At The Hamptons – CANCELLED (we made our own virtual run)
February 24 – *VIRTUAL* Half At The Hamptons – 1:58:04 (9:01 min/mile) – RECAP
March 10 – Half Of Quincy - CANCELLED (rescheduled for May 5)
April 14 – B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) 5k – 27:35 (8:54 min/mile) – RECAP
April 15 – 117th Boston Marathon – 4:04:08 (9:19 min/mile) – RECAP
April 27 – 26.2 Challenge Team Relay – Team: 3:04:57 … Me: 31:18 (7:11 min/mile) – RECAP
May 5 – Half of Quincy – 1:44:30 (7:59 min/mile) – RECAP
May 12 – MOM’s Run 5k – 23:31 (7:35 min/mile) – RECAP
May 26 – Boston’s Run To Remember (Half Marathon) – 1:53:00 (8:38 min/mile) – RECAP
May 26 – Freedom Run 5k – 24:57 (8:02 min/mile) – RECAP
June 15 – Ruckus Boston – 47:33 (11:53 min/mile) – RECAP
July 14 – VERT – Sasqautch Trail Race – 19:15 (8:12) – RECAP
July 27 – Urban RAID Boston – 36:03 (11:35 min/mile) – RECAP
August 4 – Boston Triathlon – 1:24:58.6 – RECAP
August 18 – Race To The Row 5k – PR 21:59.2 (7:05 min/mile) – RECAP
September 8 – Women’s Triathlon – 1:25:48 – RECAP
September 15 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon – PR 1:44:12 (7:58 min/mile) – RECAP
September 16 – The Dani Ryan Holmes-Kirk 2nd Annual 30th Birthday 5k Run-Walk Ramble – 26:40 (8:36 min/mile)
September 21 – VERT – Big Bad Wolf Trail Race (5 miles) – 40:38 (8:08 min/mile) – RECAP
September 28 – ZOOMA Cape Cod Half Marathon – 1:47:35 (8:13 min/mile) – RECAP
September 29 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon – 1:57:22 (8:44 min/mile) – RECAP
October 4 – Electric Run 5k – untimed – RECAP
October 6 – Oktoberfest 5k – 23:20 (7:31 min/mile) – RECAP
October 12 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn 10k – 50:30 (8:08 min/mile) – RECAP
October 26 – Haunted Trails of the Night 10k – 1:20:54 (13:03 min/mile) – RECAP
October 27 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon – 1:53:19 (8:39 min/mile) – RECAP
November 3 – FBC Autumn Trail Race (4+ Miles) – RECAP
November 28 – Gobble Gobble Gobble 4-Miler – 38:55 (9:44 min/mile) – RECAP
December 1 – Yulefest 5k – 24:47 (7:59 min/mile) – RECAP
December 7 – Jolly Jaunt 5k – 23:56 (7:42 min/mile) – RECAP
It’s the FINAL countdown… da da da daaaaa!
After finishing Yulefest 5k on December 1st, I knew I needed to add one more race to my race calendar for 2013. Why? Well Yulefest marked my 30th race of the year and seeing as how I turned 31 in September I thought it would be fitting to complete 31 races the year I turned 31.
Was I really just finding an excuse to sign up for one more race? Maybe.
But let me live in my own little world here. Okay? Thanks.
I turned to Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the interwebs to find one more race supporting a great cause.
And there was the Jolly Jaunt 5k on Saturday, December 7th in Boston Common in support of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.
On Friday, December 6th, I got a ride in town to pick up my bib at New Balance on Boylston Street. As we drove down Boylston, we drove over the Boston Marathon Finish Line. I tried to act cool, but like usual I started tearing up. Someday I am sure I won’t start crying when I am in that area of Boston but for now I let my body and heart feel whatever emotions it needs to.
The bib pick-up was easy peasy and I was in out and in about 3 minutes. Score!
I love the long-sleeved t-shirt – a nice benefit of running winter races in New England.
The race kicked off at 10am on Saturday, which meant I could sleep in a little. It would be my last Saturday to sleep in since Boston Marathon training with Tedy’s Team starts December 14th.
My wife dropped me off at 9:30am. I wandered around Boston Common looking for the two people I knew running, but unfortunately never connected with them. I did, however, find the awesome folks of ENERGYBits so I was able to catch up with them.
(Note: If you are looking to try ENERGYBits, you can use discount code WeightOffMyShoulders for 25% off your order!)
Before I knew it it was time to line up. Yes recently at races I have gotten so caught up in chatting with folks that the whole “race” thing sneaks up on me.
The race had just under 1,000 participants on hand – running and walking – and most of the field were rocking some amazingly festive outfits. I loved the buzz before the Start. There were so many families participating and lots of kids getting ready to
beat me run fast.
After the police gave the A-okay, the race was on. Pretty much right on time – I love a prompt Start.
I decided to leave my music at home and just take in the atmosphere. I also went into the race without any expectations. I just wanted to go out feeling happy and healthy.
My right foot felt better than it had at Yulefest and I noticed a slightly quicker pace on my Garmin. I knew I wouldn’t PR, but I made sure to give the race my 100%.
The number of spectators were small since it was supposed to be very cold temps, but the ones along the course were sure vocal! I got distracted by all the costumes around me that I didn’t realize we were already at the half way mark.
As we made the turn at the half way mark to head back to Boston Commons, we actually merged on to a portion of the Boston Marathon course. I got lost in my thoughts and transported back to Marathon Monday – the last time I had run this part of the city. I allowed only the happy memories to flood into my brain.
It gave me the little boost in my step that I needed.
I checked in on the Garmin and saw I had just 1/2 a mile to go. My Santa socks were slipping down and my headband was starting to slip back on my head, but I was tuning that stuff out.
I looked to my right as we turned on to Arlington St and there was my stoop. It was the stoop I sat on with my friend Robin after the Boston Marathon where I waited for my family. Every time I pass that stoop I start to tear up and I could feel myself doing it again. So I turned back in front of me and focused on getting to the Finish.
I needed a distraction.
So I found a person in front of me and made it my goal to beat them. I got a little deeper into my form and pulled any extra speed I had from inside.
The Finish Line was buzzing with supporters, families and racers who had already finished.
Race #31 was in the books. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, a fun race and great awareness raised for one amazing organization.
Despite my bum right foot (damn that metatarsalgia), I posted a 23:56 finish time. Wow! I was definitely happy with those results.
I am missing my speed from earlier in the year, but I know that it is out of my control right now. I know I will get in back in due time.
But I need to thank New Balance and the Special Olympics of Massachusetts for a great race. I will be back next year for sure!
For now, I will continue planning my 2014 racing schedule as 2013 has officially come to a close.
Do you have any more races in 2013?
Feel free to read the 2012 race recap HERE.
Yulefest was my second to last race in 2012 and would also prove to be my second to last race in 2013. Interesting.
I had the honor of running with Team Slumbrew for the second year in a row.
Note: I did NOT run the race holding the tree! ;0)
The 2013 team would be even more special than the 2012 team. Why? Because one of Slumbrew’s founders, Caitlin, would be making her first race appearance. Yay! I love seeing new runners born.
I wanted to allow plenty of time for members of the Slumbrew team to pick up our SWEET team jackets that I set up shop in front of City Sports in Harvard at 8:30am.
Aren’t they amazing?
After handing out jackets to our 37-person team, it was time to get my wristband so that I could enjoy the post-race party! Eddie (Cambridge 5k race director) did a great job having plenty of staff on hand checking IDs and handing out wristbands. It took me about a minute to get myself all hooked up.
Before I knew it it was 9:15am and time to head over to the Yulefest starting line. It was the same course as last year, which was comforting. I have been nursing the ball-of-foot pain in my right foot so it was nice to know what to expect over the 3.1 mile race. I knew I wouldn’t be putting up a PR, but as always I would be giving it my 100%.
I need to send a HUGE thanks to my girl Kim (friend and fellow Slumbrew runner) for hanging back and running the race with me. I knew I was slowing her down, but it was great to catch up and chat. Kim and I had run the Boston’s Run To Remember Half and Freedom Run 5k together in May. If you don’t remember she got hurt during the half, but pushed through and finished the Half and then finished the 5k about an hour later. One of my heroes and good friends.
But I digress…
I knew my foot felt off from the beginning so I wanted to run conservatively. It would be a steady run through the streets of Cambridge. Kim is also running the Boston Marathon in 2014 so it was great to talk strategy and fundraising ideas while we ran.
Eddie is an amazing race director and has fostered a great following in the local running community so I ended up seeing a bunch of people I knew along the course. A great way to stay motivated over the three miles. I cheered on fellow Slumbrew teammates, high-fived folks in some outstanding costumes and just enjoyed the atmosphere. Plus, I knew there was some yummy Slumbrew beer waiting for me at the Finish Line.
As we approached the final 1/4 mile, I told Kim to run ahead. I thought she could still make a PR, but I messed up the pacing math in my head. Oops. It was great to see her speed off in front of me.
I ended up posting a 24:47, good for a 7:59 min/mile pace. I finished 327th out of 1,467 overall. I will happily take top 23% with a bum foot.
The frustrating thing about facing this foot injury is that the rest of my body feels amazing. You know what I mean? It is tough to tell my head and the rest of my body to slow it down and to reel it back in all because of my stupid right foot.
But, I have to think in the long term and the races I have in the future so it is OKAY to sacrifice a time in the present for my long-term racing/running career.
And hey I can’t be upset that as my running has progressed my “this feel comfortable” pace is around an 8 min/mile pace. The me that started with a 12 min/mile pace is doing cartwheels over this fact.
Now again I love running with team because as I came to the Finish and crossed there were a small group of Slumbrew-ers there yelling my name.
As more folks crossed, we decided to move ourselves to a spot just before the Finish so we could cheer on the rest of our teammates, especially the folks finishing their first ever race.
Thanks Jamie for this photo!
Gosh I LOVE cheering people on at races. It just makes me so happy. I love seeing people push themselves and accomplish things they never thought possible.
After we finished cheering on all of our runners/walkers, it was time to head to the post-race party and celebrate!! Plus stretch for the always epic post-race dance off, a Cambridge 5k series tradition.
Isn’t that one sexy team? I am so proud to be a part of it.
It really has been a great experience being part of a team like this – meeting new people and sharing a love of running and beer.
Amy and I post-race
I was just a little excited over Caitlin finishing her first race!
Since it is December and it was getting chilly, the wife and I headed to Davis Square (Somerville) for lunch at Joshua Tree. Joshua Tree happened to have Slumbrew Porter Square Porter in bottles so I kept the theme of the day going.
The Cambridge 5k series has quickly become one of my favorite local Boston running series and you can bet I’ll be back for 2014.
Have you run a Cambridge 5k race? Do you love to celebrate a race with a nice local brew after?
The day before Thanksgiving when most people are cooking, shopping for appetizers for Thanksgiving or meeting up with friends at bars, I was freakin’ out because I didn’t have an outfit picked out for the following day’s Gobble Gobble Gobble 4-Miler ($28) in Davis Square (Somerville, MA).
I headed to Target, Kohl’s, Party City and KMart with no luck at finding anything that could pass as a Thanksgiving-themed hat. I was feeling deflated. One of my favorite parts of races is finding an appropriate costume to rock!
I had lost hope, but I wasn’t ready to give up. After picking my wife up from the train station later that day, I gave it one last shot – Christmas Tree Shops. I mean that store usually has everything…
… and they came through in the clutch!
I found this beauty for $5!!!!
Amazing, right? The store had three different options (yay!) and this seemed like the one that would actually stay on my head while running.
Once I had my headgear set, I could sleep soundly. It is the little things with me apparently.
Thankfully my friend/fellow Weight Watchers Leader Heather would be running the race as well so she offered to give me a lift. I had already made up my mind that I would run the race with her, but hadn’t shared the news with her yet. I was going to surprise her when we got to the race.
Heather is new to running – she started in 2012 – so she likes to get to races with plenty of time to spare. A lady after my own heart.
Her husband dropped us off in Davis Square and we went in search of a warm place to hide out until it was time to line up for the race. We decided to step into a Starbucks. After about 5 minutes in the shop, I realized I was wearing a shirt that said “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Starbucks.”
I can think on my feet so I used my awesome hat to cover my shirt. As we approached the 9:00am start, we ducked into the local Boston Sports Club so I could use my membership to use the nice bathroom instead of the port-o-potties. Score!
Just as we hit the Start Line my dad showed up! Yay! We had a fan at the Start AND someone to snap our pic.
I told Heather that I would be running with her for the race and she was surprised and excited. Phew! She was pushing for a sub-40 4-mile race and I was going to make that happen!
When we checked out the weather report in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving Day race, there was nothing but COLD COLD COLD temperatures being reported. But thankfully New England being New England actually had better weather than predicted. I didn’t need the scarf, but forgot to toss it to my dad before we started.
It was nice to get so many compliments about my Sparkle Athletic skirt. People wanted to know where they could one for themselves. I love sharing the sparkle.
The gun sounded and we were off.
Being from Somerville and doing countless races in the Davis Square area, I knew the lay of the lands without needing to look at a course map so I could prep Heather as we ran.
I had a great time chatting with Heather the whole race. She was OWNING it. We had a bit of a clog at the start of the race, but I love the 4-mile distance because it really spreads out the paces. I find some 5ks are congested the whole time since so many people have similar 5k paces. I don’t know if it is fact or just in my head, but after we hit Mile 1 – we had plenty of space to get into a zone.
We were chatting about my upcoming Dopey Challenge and how Heather is currently training for her first half marathon (I’m wicked proud). She is going to take on her first Disney race in 2015 – Princess Half. As we were talking Dopey Challenge costumes, a girl next to us chimed in about her experience doing a Run Disney race.
I LOVE chatting with other runners during races. Not all of them like to talk back, but that’s okay. I was glad this girl did.
As we hit Mile 2, I let Heather know that she was doing awesome and that we were rocking a 9:45 min/mile pace. She was rocking it.
I knew the second half of the race would be a tad hillier.
When running with others, I never know if they want encouragement throughout the race, if they want to know when hills are approaching, etc. So I made sure to keep checking in with Heather to make sure I wasn’t taking her out of the zone. We were on the same page.
We headed up one of the bigger hills and reminded Heather that we could slow down whenever she needed it. Slow and steady up the hill and use the downhill to recover.
We took the final turn and almost immediately hit the Mile 3 marker. It was a straight shot to the Finish from there. We would head up one more small incline and then it was downhill all the way to the Finish line. I love that part of the course back into Davis Square.
I counted down the last 1/2 mile or so for Heather in case she wanted to give it a final push to the end.
AND SHE DID IT!
Heather’s official time was 38:54 and mine was 38:55 – both good for a 9:44 min/mile pace.
Ah-may-zing! And my dad was right there at the Finish Line cheering for us both!!
I was so proud of her and happy we were able to enjoy the race together.
And my outfit got some great shoutouts during the race! Yay!
Of course I had to celebrate another race completed with a Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee. The folks working at the Dunkins I went to appreciated the shirt. If only it scored me a free coffee – maybe next time.
Did you participate in a Thanksgiving Day race? Rock a costume?