Summer Half Training

Every year I tell myself I’m not going to sign up for an early fall half marathon because training through the DC heat and humidity in July and August is just brutal.

And then just about every year, I find myself throwing down money for a half marathon in September.

This year is no different.

All hopped up on post-race endorphins after Shamrock back in March, Emily and I threw down the entry fee for the Navy-Air Force half marathon in early September.

Diana, Aila, me and Emily after Shamrock

At the time, training seemed like it was such a long way off.

Fast forward a few months and all of a sudden we’re about to head into July and training’s kicking off.

And of course…the DC humidity is here to stay.

I have a feeling, it’s going to be a long hot summer of training.

My body isn’t built to streak

We're officially 22 days into the Runner's World running streak, and for the past three weeks I have religiously been running every day. Some days just a mile to make sure I get my distance to qualify -- other days 3-5 milers. It's been a good run, but I think my streak is coming to a very premature end. I've noticed a nagging in my left hamstring since Saturday. I'm not sure if I did something specific to irritate it in my softball double-header Saturday morning or if it's just sore … [Continue reading]

Happy National Running Day!

Happy National Running Day friends! I hope you all go out and get in some miles today to celebrate. I woke up early this morning to knock out a short four miler before my day was overrun with work projects and before it got to be a million degrees outside. Summer humidity is hitting DC hard this week, and I was very glad I didn't wear my Garmin on this morning's run. I would not have enjoyed seeing my pace. It felt slow and labored. But the miles are done, the running streak is … [Continue reading]

Zooma Annapolis 10K Recap

So back in March, I used my super persuasive powers to convince two of my closest friends to sign up and train for their very first 10K. Meg, me and Emily in Annapolis And this past Saturday was race weekend! We all piled into my car Saturday morning after way too few hours of sleep the night before and headed to Annapolis for the Zooma Women's 10K. I wasn't sure how this race would go for any of us. Emily was at a work event until close to midnight. Meg was at the Nat's game and I … [Continue reading]

Dear Summer, Welcome Back

Long wonderful, but always over way too fast. However, it's safe to say, this weekend officially welcomed summer back to DC. The weather was amazing, and I spent my fair share of time overdosing on vitamin D. Doesn't this picture just scream summer? Between softball, happy hour, tailgating for the NCAA lacrosse semi-finals and my cousin's fifth birthday party, I spent a ton of time outdoors. And other than the unfortunate sunburn I picked up because I ran out of … [Continue reading]

Going Streaking

If you read the title of this post and thought I was getting naked and running down a street somewhere, I'm very sorry to disappoint...I'm not going that kind of streaking. I'm going on a running streak. Runner's World is hosting its annual Memorial Day to July 4th running challenge. The goal is to run at least one mile per day every day between the two holidays. If you succeed, you'll run for a total of 40 consecutive days. I've signed up for Runner's World streak challenges … [Continue reading]

My friend finished an Ironman this weekend; I played softball

One of my Ironman training partners from the gym completely crushed his very first Ironman in Texas this weekend. He finished the whole thing in 11:40 and put up a 4:02 marathon time, which is a whole lot faster than my fastest marathon time...and I didn't swim 2.4 miles and bike 112 miles before running it. Shamelessly stolen from Facebook Congrats Aziz! You rock dude! All those crazy, crazy workouts through the winter clearly paid off! You know what I did this weekend? I played a … [Continue reading]