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army ten miler 2015 recap

I love this race. 

It’s my second year running it, and it was everything I remembered. From the perfect race day temps to running past all of the best monuments to the Hooah tents at the expo and everything in between. It was great.

Have I mentioned I love this race?

Saturday morning J and I made the four and a half hour drive up to Atlanta to fly to D.C. with points (Flights out of Pensacola both with dollars and points are outrageous). It was a quick, overnight trip so we headed to the Westin in Georgetown to drop off our bags before taking the Metro to the expo/packet pickup.

But first, lunch.

  
The expo:

DOD ID card holders have priority pickup coming through the expo. My favorite thing about this race is that unlike a four-month wait for class start after a rushed PCS everything else in the Army, it’s impeccably run and organized so well. Bib pickup is organized by numbers and you quickly show ID with minimal lines for pickup before getting your ATM shirts.

After a quick loop of the expo, stocking up on #allthegu and a stop to break the Nothing New on Race Day Rule at KT Tape we were ready to go.

We made a Whole Foods stop for morning iced coffee and instant oatmeal, walked down M Street for dinner and headed back to the room for an early bedtime. We’re old. I’m over it.

But first, cupcakes.

  
Race day:

As part of my marathon training plan I needed 20 miles this weekend. I planned to get in 10 before the 10-miler but miscalculated a little thing called sunrise. I woke up to darkness and could hear my marathon training coach’s voice telling me to wear reflective clothing I didn’t have so I headed to the Westin gym to dreadmill it for six miles.

Around 6 I got J up and we ate before taking the Metro to the Pentagon.

One thing I definitely suggest for the wait at Pentagon City is throwaway clothes. We learned from last year that it can get pretty chilly while waiting for the start so we bought $3 sweaters at a local thrift shop before leaving for D.C. We made long but efficient lines at the Porta Potties and headed to the corrals. A cannon start sets waves off every five minutes and around 8:25 it was go time.

  
10.25 beautiful miles in the nation’s capital:

Although spectator support is spotty at this race there are sections where they line up in droves. The first two miles or so along course, the finish and underneath any bridges are where you’re bound to see your fair share. The ones that do show up are more than enthusiastic.

Last year I loved a man who played the flute for the entire race while maintaining just under a 10-minute pace. Flute man wasn’t anywhere to be found this year, but I kept my music off and enjoyed the slow, marathon pace crawl through one of my favorite cities along the east coast.

  
I didn’t need to use them but one of the things that struck me most about the difference between this race and my terrible experience running the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in April was the number of aid stations, stocked water stops and bathrooms along the course. Seriously, CUCB can learn a thing or two.

  
Since I wasn’t shooting for a PR after already running six miles that morning, I ran a super comfortable 10:45ish stopping for pictures along the way and high-fives from spectators. 

 
   
 I hit 10 miles about a quarter mile early but I could honestly run this course twice and be ecstatic (Might there be an MCM in my future? Hmm.).

I crossed the finish line, got my $60 banana, found J and this lovely human

 We only had a few more hours in D.C. so we headed to the hotel for showers before checkout.  

But first, brunch.

  
I’m sad the trip was so short but I’m crossing my fingers and toes that many more trips to D.C. are in our future after this next PCS. I’m not done with you D.C. and can’t wait until next time.

  

2014 trot for the troops 10k

Fort Campbell (and the local YMCA) continue to put on fabulous races and this year’s Trot for the Troops was no exception. I did the Trot for the Troops 10K last year (with fabulous pre-race hair might I add) and it’s still my 10K PR.
My phone (and CardioTrainer) died at 5.7 miles, but while I’m pretty sure I came in around 57 minutes this year, clock time says 1:00:03. Eight seconds isn’t a huge deal but the runner in me really wants those eight seconds off my official time. Silly, I know. TrotfortheTroops2014The course was exactly the same as last year and it was just as cold, but I learned from my previous year’s mistakes and wore shorts since I knew I’d be warm soon enough.
trot1Trot for the Troops is hosted by the Hopkinsville Christian County Family YMCA as part of Fort Campbell’s Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. It’s a year-long schedule of local races and fitness activities with a medal for competing six or more. Last year I heard about the tour too late, and while I’ve done way more than six races this year, I’ll be right at six for this year’s tour.
trot2Along with being pretty affordable, I love that the local MWR posts free race pictures to their Facebook page. Otherwise, how else would you see all this sweaty beautifulness?
Official finish time: 1:00:03

lourdes paducah iron mom half marathon recap

2:18:19 official finish
10:34 pace

This pacer was literally the bane of my existence Saturday but I finished!
Fox Fotography: Fourth Leg &emdash;

Fox Fotography: Finish Line &emdash;

Fox Fotography: Backdrop &emdash;
316/635 overall finishers
31/66 iwomen 20-29

It rained the entire trip there and home but for two and a half hours there wasn’t a drop of rain in sight. The Lourdes Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon was a race I’d do over and over and over again. It was so well organized and there were real flushable toilets! It doesn’t take much, I know.

There was a decent-sized expo and finisher area with tons of food: hot dogs, ice cream, bagels, pastries, chocolate milk, Muscle Milk, Refuel…and bananas. Always got to have the bananas.

The course had us run through scenic Paducah, Ky., which was lovely. I need to come back soon for a day trip.

But the best part of this race is that after Nashville it qualifies me for Half Fanatics. Woohoo! Time to make it official.

Any half fanatics out there? Roll call!