ACLI Capital Challenge

Last week, my physical therapist gave me the green light to participate in a three-mile race I had signed up for at work.

The ACLI Capital Challenge is an annual race that brings together teams from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government as well as the media for a little friendly competition.

Me and Galen Rupp post-race. He was the official “whistle-blower” [Har har get it?]

This race was full of some insider DC/political humor. Hats off the race organizers who came up with some of the witty signs.




Some of the funniest signs were definitely on the porta-potties. They were all labeled things such as: Climate Change Deniers, United Airlines Customer Service Trainees, Real News Media, Fake News Media, etc. etc. (If you want to see some more photos of the funny signs, Dorothy over at Mile Posts shared some good ones on her Facebook page).

I’ve wanted to run this race since I read about it in Runner’s World a couple of years ago, but at the time, I don’t think my agency sponsored a team. This year though, our CIO pulled together three teams from my agency.

So we all headed out to Anacostia Park last Wednesday for the run.

It was a super hot day, and I was under strict instructions to just see how things went and not try to set any records.

Emily and me before the race

For me, the run itself wasn’t anything to write home about. I ran the first mile and a half feeling pretty good (and probably harder than I should have). But then the heat and my hip got to me, and I walked a lot in the second half. My hip would feel kind of OK while running, but if I stopped to walk and then had to start running again, it really hurt.

The pain never got worse, and I didn’t feel worse after I finished than when I started, so I guess there was that. I ended up finishing in 26:50.

One of the teams from my agency placed second overall, and we happened to have the first female finisher too. Turns out there are some super speedy people at my agency.

If you saw my post on Instagram right after the race, you know that a couple people, including a senator, went down because of the heat. One of the guys was in pretty bad shape and the medical staff performed CPR for what seemed like an impossibly long time before a helicopter arrived. According to some news reports that I read after the fact though, it seems like everyone is Ok.

I’m hoping my CIO will organize teams again next year because despite the heat this was a really fun race, and it was fun to spend some time out of the office with colleagues.

PT Pits and Peaks

When I was out in Snowshoe, WV during inauguration weekend with friends, one of the guys in our group had each of us go around the table every night and share our "pit and peak" (basically our high and low point) of the day. We were on vacation, so I mean, the pits weren't very pitty. Maybe someone ate it on the mountain while skiing, but life wasn't hard that weekend. We all got a good laugh out of playing along. Photo stolen from Pete, who made us play pits and peaks So I thought I'd … [Continue reading]

I’m the Most Impatient PT Patient

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Books I Read April 2017

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Physical Therapy for My Hip

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Running the Vegas Strip

Man I can't believe I've been back from my Las Vegas vacation for a week already, and I'm just getting to write about it now. I feel like my schedule has been pretty much insane since the last weekend of January, so it was really nice to have a vacation on the calendar where the plans were to sit by the pool and go to the Backstreet Boys concert. Yes, that's right. I went to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys residency, and it was amazing. This was my first time ever in Vegas, and … [Continue reading]

Stripes’ MilestonePod Review

You may remember a little ways back when I did a review of the MilestonePod -- a small device you attach to your shoe when you're running that gives you data on your foot strike patterns, cadence, etc. I enjoyed using the MilestonePod and ran with it for a while on several pairs of shoes (and then forgot to replace the battery when it died). My friend Stripes (who you might remember from when I spectated his Ironman) read my review and talked to me about the device, and then decided to … [Continue reading]

Dailey Method Battle of the Boy Bands Spin Class

This weekend was the first time in more than two months that I had a free Saturday morning. My schedule has been bananas since the end of January, so I¬†was ready to embrace my low-key day. My big plans were to get up and work out. I originally thought about a long run, but I poked around on ClassPass and found a Dailey Method class called Battle of the Boy Bands. BSB concert in 2011 I signed up immediately. This was my first Dailey Method class, so I wasn't totally sure what … [Continue reading]

Books I Read in March

Hi friends! It's a gorgeous sunny day here in Washington, D.C., and I have so much fun stuff I'm looking forward to sharing with you this week. I tried a couple of new (to me) workouts this weekend, and I have a guest post from one of my friends that I think you'll enjoy! But before we get too far into the month of April, I want to make sure to share my book recap from March. I read more books in March than I realized thanks in part to having five and half hours on an airplane home from … [Continue reading]

Iceland Adventures Part 4: Blue Lagoon

Our last day in Iceland was spent relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. After several days of being on the go nonstop, I was looking forward to a nice relaxing day of soaking in the Blue Lagoon before catching our flight back home to DC and then getting a good night's sleep in my own bed. The Blue Lagoon is one of the more touristy geothermal spas in Iceland. It sits on a lava field about 20 minutes from the airport, making it an ideal destination either right after you get off a flight or right … [Continue reading]