Baltimore 10 Miler 2014: Race Recap

This past Saturday, I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler. I went into the race with no expectations, but I of course wanted to do well and give it my all. I drastically cut my mileage to recover and let my knee heal, so I wasn’t quite sure how running 10 challenging miles would go.
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The race was scheduled to start at 7:30 am, but it ended up starting about 15 minutes late. The reason they gave was “due to the traffic in the surrounding area”…people were running late I suppose.

Start line selfies!

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Barefoot runner…

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We lined up with the 1:20 pace group and started off at an easy pace. We settled into a nice, sub-8 minute pace for the first few miles. Right before we reached the half way point (slightly under 39 minutes), we passed the 1:20 pace group.

Our goal was to try and keep pace for the second half, but the second half is HILLY. It was definitely challenging and I thought I was going to have to walk during a hill at mile 8. The last two miles were brutal for me and I gave everything I had to keep up with Jeanette. I finished right next to Jeanette in 1:18:14.

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I am very happy with my time. My knee felt great the whole time (3 Advil did the trick :-)) and I beat my time from last year (1:22 ish).

The after party is always a great time. Running, free beer, and good friends. Such a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

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And the best way to spend a Saturday evening…

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Race weekend, a great snack, and bath time.

I’m running the Baltimore 10 Miler this Saturday and to be honest, I’m a little nervous.  I haven’t done a lot of running since my marathon back in May and my knee is still being bothersome.  The course is a bit challenging (read hilly!) and the weather has turned hot and humid…I have not adapted to the humidity yet this year.  However, the race was a blast last year and I’m running with a bunch of friends and I am just going to hope for the best.  🙂

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I decided it would be a great idea to take a new class during my lunch break today.  What class did I take?  Kick It.  This class was a high intensity kick-boxing class and I left nice and sweaty.  I have a feeling I’m going to wake up pretty sore tomorrow…

Once I got back to my desk, I couldn’t wait to eat my lunch.  I had leftover grilled chicken (cooked on a charcoal grill=so good) and pasta salad (from a box=so good).  I also chopped up the Mini Babybel cheese and mixed it in.

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A few hours later, I was starving and reached for this Kashi bar.  For someone with a ginormous sweet tooth, this really hits the spot.  Best of all, it’s healthy and tastes great!

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After a long day at work and a long commute home, I didn’t have much energy to cook dinner.  The solution…Eat Fresh!  Yup, Subway for the win.  Just in case you were wondering, I had turkey and ham on wheat with spinach, tomatoes, and onions.

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Annabelle didn’t really seem like she needed a bath tonight, but when her normal bath time rolled around she kept pointing to the stairs and crying.  I finally understood what she wanted and she started giggling as soon as we reached the stairs.  I think the real reason she likes to take a bath is so that she can run around nude afterwards.  😉

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She definitely keeps us on our toes, but I love her to the moon and back.

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Charcoal or gas grill?

What does your perfect running weather look like?

How do you get a toddler to properly brush her teeth?

 

 

Happy 5 months Annabelle!

I can’t believe she is already 5 months old! We are very fortunate to have a happy and healthy baby girl.

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She had a great day because she finally got to meet this bird we are always talking about. BTW, Chris didn’t even smile this big on our wedding day. LOL.

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In honor of AB’s 5 month birthday…

I got up before 5 and went to the 6 am Bikram class.

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I took a body pump class during lunch and I did 500 squats.

I microwaved my Amy’s lunch for 5 minutes.

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I made a 5 ingredient omelette for dinner…zucchini, squash, mushrooms, spinach, and cheese. Having half of an avocado with my omelette was the best decision of my day.

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I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and I added milk chocolate chips AND white chocolate chips. I will eat 5 of them tonight. JK, I won’t. 🙂

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On Saturday, I will double 5 miles while running the Baltimore 10 Miler.

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Are you racing this weekend?

Cookies/pastries or ice cream?
Both…duh.

Happy National Running Day!

Just in case you haven’t heard, it’s National Running Day! If you have ever thought about wanting to run a Rock n Roll race, today is a great day to sign up. For today only, you get a $20 discount on race entry fees. Also, head on over to the Rock n Roll website and enter to win a prize package. 🙂

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Since I couldn’t run today (still letting things settle from my half on Saturday), I celebrated by registering for two races.
1. Baltimore 10 Miler on June 15th

2. Boordy Vineyards 5k Trail Run on August 25th. What’s better than a run, wine, and spending time with friends!

I hope you get a race on your calendar soon!