Tag Archives: Running

Crossing the Finish Line

21 May

I finally got around to uploading video from the Cherry Blossom. The below clip is of my Dad and I crossing the finish line! (hooray)

But really, the best part of this video is my mom’s commentary. She was completely unaware I was running next to my Dad! Good thing it was captured on video so she can relive the moment!

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10 Miles of Fun

18 Apr

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Yesterday brought to a close my parent’s week-long DC visit. Having them around reminded me just how nice it is to have someone you can count on for even the smallest, most mundane tasks. Who else besides your mom wants to go to the DMV with you?

The trip was planned around running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler with my Dad. It was my fourth year running and his first 10-miler. Despite the morning chill, the day turned out perfect for a long run around the city’s monuments. I can’t think of a better way to take in DC’s sites.

My Dad and I ran the whole race together from start to finish even though he is a much faster runner than me. Having him there to push me through the last three miles was the motivation I needed to keep pace and meet my goal race time. Without a doubt, it was the best Cherry Blossom yet!

To offset all the running I showed my parent’s DC’s culinary sites by taking them to all sorts of must eats. We grabbed burgers at Ray’s Hell Burger, chicken at El Pollo Rico, Mexican at Guajillo, and pizza at Matchbox. Alpharetta just can’t match the food here.

All in all, it was a fun-filled, productive week. Now it’s back to regular DC life…

Experiencing the SunTrust National Marathon

24 Mar

In the world of running there are two huge milestones – the half marathon and marathon. Both require endurance and perseverance to cross the finish line. Both seem unattainable. Both seem outright impossible. In fact, less than one percent of the population has completed a half marathon or marathon.

Yet, this past Saturday one of my closest DC pals, Caroline, joined the elite few who have stepped foot across that line. She completed the SunTrust National Half Marathon!

A handful of us were on hand to cheer her on and greet her at the finish line. Being out at the race supporting all the runners was inspiring and invigorating. Watching the marathoners near the finish line with looks of determination and pride had us ready to jump the barriers and run right along with them.

As a runner, I can attest that having people on the sidelines yelling words of encouragement is often the boost you need to keep going. In a way you feel accountable to your cheerleaders and dig down deep to put a smile on your face and keep moving.

I’m proud of Caroline for completing a running milestone and hope I can join the 13.1 club by year’s end (my 2010 New Year’s resolution). I think I am going to run the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon in September…who’s with me?

On your mark, get set, train

1 Feb

Cherry Blossom training officially started today. This will be my fourth year running the race, and I am excited to report my Dad will be running with me this year!

I convinced him that running 10 miles really wasn’t that much farther than the Peachtree Road Race’s 6.2 miles — his longest race to date. I must be pretty persuasive since he caved, signed up for the lottery, got a number, and now has to train to run 10 miles. I’m a fantastic daughter.

After my disastrous race last year, in which I killed my knee somewhere around mile six and limped the rest of the distance to the finish line, I’m hoping for a more successful experience this year. In fact, I’m so confident I will have a good race year I signed up for the advanced training program.

This seemed like a stellar idea until I actually received the first week’s training schedule. I run a long distance a few times a week typically, but this has me running more long distances back-to-back. Yikes. The first few weeks are going to be rough.

Let me know if you have any good training tips!