Capital Crescent March 2016

5 Mar

Gearing up for the Northface Endurance Challenge in a little more than a month.  My friends and I are doing the half marathon on trails from DC to Virginia.  This is my third long run: 8.1 miles (up two from last week). My hope is to get a couple ten milers in before the race. 

  
I ran from the Iwo Jima Memorial and  across the Key Bridge into Georgetown. Once in DC, I continued down the C&O Tow Path to Fletcher’s Boat House.  At the turn-around point, I jumped on the Capital Crescent Trail for the return jog past the remains of old homes and bridges.  So beautiful when the leaves are off the trees!  

   
 

It’s a dead heat!

26 Jul

Anyone else compete with friends or their spouse for monthly mileage totals? I’m less than a mile ahead of my husband. There’s no better motivation for running!

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Potomac Heritage Trail

30 May

Spent time today with the family, hiking the beautiful Potomac Heritage Trail. Despite the heat and humidity, we made it nearly to the Key Bridge, then back to Windy Run Park.

I tried out a new hat from the fantastic Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, VA, and used my brand new day pack from Georgetown’s Northface store. Great reviews on both, especially the pack. I was able to hold five waters, snacks, sunscreen, a wallet, phone, and keys…all comfortably for our 4 mile hike. Highly recommend-and it’s a steal at the sale price of just about $60!

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Wildflowers

25 May

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View from the morning’s run. I love the smell of honeysuckles!

Trail Running with Winnie

14 Feb

My upcoming trail half marathon is definitely not going to run itself…but this cold weather is not making training easy!

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Today I set off with Winnie, the only one willing to brave the icy trails with me. Together, we did almost 3 miles: from home to the Potomac and back, via Windy Run Park. Not nearly long enough, but better than nothing! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Lucky Run!

11 Jan

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Guess what I found in the ice on today’s run? Let’s hope all my 2015 runs are as lucky!

Fresh Start 5k-Washington, D.C.

4 Jan

Celebrating the first day of 2015 with perfect weather and a free 5k in a beautiful Washington, D.C. neighborhood?  I can’t think of a better way to start the new year!

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The “Fresh Start” 5k was hosted by D.C.’s new mayor, Muriel Bowser, as part of her inauguration festivities.  The race had a convenient 9:00 AM start time for those of us who were, ahem, “over served” on New Year’s Eve.   Starting and ending at the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School on Calvert, the 5k winded through some of D.C.’s most gorgeous (but hilly) residential streets.

We arrived early for the race and had a chance to meet Mayor Bowser – only the second female mayor in D.C. history!

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I ran with  my daughter Anna…who, at 10, was thrilled to finish before both the Mayor and D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh.  She’s a natural!  Lilly and Mike (our 7-year-old twins) finished soon after.

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Water, juice, Gatorade, and fresh bananas were available for runners at the finish.  Super nice, especially for a free race!

I wish I could say that the race was my favorite part of Mayor Bowser’s festivities…but my husband and I attended her Inaugural Ball on January 2nd, and WOW!  What a swanky affair.  Here’s a shot of us celebrating D.C.’s new mayor!  Happy running!

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Last Long Run of 2014

31 Dec

2014 is coming to a close. For me, it’s been a year with happy moments…but with far more loss and sadness than I expected or even thought I could handle. This summer was especially tough, and I credit my faith and wonderful family for getting me through some very difficult times.

A dear friend told me recently that she’s thankful for life’s challenges, because they are instructive; they help her learn, grow, and become a better person. I hope to one day be as accepting of hardships…but for now, I can only focus on the positive: more time with family, a return to cycling, a renewed focus on running and health, daily commutes to work on my new road bike (an accepting husband who didn’t bat an eye at the cost), hiking part of the Appalachian Trail with great friends, and epic walks through NYC with my little starstruck kids (nearly 20 miles in two days).

I’ve decided to tackle a trail half marathon in March of 2015 (the Northface Endurance Challenge), so I’m working on getting mileage up now. After all, who knows if the winter weather will cooperate with my training schedule?

So for my last long run of 2014, I set off from Arlington on the Custis Trail, then hooked onto the Mount Vernon Trail alongside the Potomac River. After running across the 395 bridge, I took a right past the Jefferson Memorial and landed at DC’s Maine Avenue Fish Market. Just over 6 miles in an hour…I was pretty happy with my pace.

As a special treat for my family (including in-laws visiting from out of state), I picked up several pounds of crab legs from the famous Jessie’s.

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Not willing to run another 6 miles home with boxes of frozen seafood on my back, I made a quick call to my husband and arranged a ride back.

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I had worked up an appetite… so maybe I over-bought, but our crab feast was delicious (I highly recommend Jessie’s Seafood) and we didn’t have a single leg left over! A wonderful run and a wonderful new family holiday tradition.

I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and safe 2015. May you land gently in the new year!
Happy running!

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SOME Trot for Hunger

28 Nov

Our family’s running team, the Rupert Rascals, did it again!  We placed in the top 10 for fundraising for the great, local Catholic charity, So Others Might Eat (also known as SOME).  Check out the standings here!  We’re so proud to have raised $2655.00.  Thanks to everyone who contributed donations and encouragement!

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The race itself was fantastic-flat and easy: an out-and-back, starting at Freedom Center and running by the Capitol.  The weather was a bit chilly, but that didn’t stop droves of participants from coming out to do the 3.1 miles.  Equally as impressive: there were tons of police and volunteers supporting the nearly 10,000 runners and walkers.

For the second year in a row, we brought our little dog along, too.  Winnie (a Jack Russell, Dachshund, Bichon mix) runs with me regularly, so she’s totally up for a 5k.  Still, it’s funny to see the surprised looks on people’s faces as she bounds past them on her tiny legs.  photo-4

Finishing in 33 minutes isn’t great…but running with 3 kids and a dog slows a girl down (plus, we stopped for pictures)!  SOME Trot for Hunger race results can be found here.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Turkey Trot for SOME

21 Nov
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Lills and I at last year’s Trot for Hunger

Every year on Thanksgiving morning we bundle up and run in the SOME (So Others Might Eat) Trot for Hunger in Washington, D.C. It’s a quick 5k, starting from Freedom Center and heading out in full view of the Capitol and the U.S. Botanic Gardens.  Tons of runners, walkers, and sweatered pups participating in a great race, benefitting D.C.’s homeless population.

This year we’re hosting my family (in from Alabama) for Thanksgiving dinner, but not before all of us tackle 3.1 miles (or roughly half a serving of mashed potatoes).  If you’re looking for a great family event, consider joining us!  Registration is open right here.  If you can’t make it, but would love to donate to this wonderful organization, here’s our donation page!  Team Rupert Rascals!

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