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Happy 1 Year Running Anniversary to Me!

Happy 1 year running anniversary to me!

There's no point in celebrating an anniversary if there's not cake involved.

This week has been so busy at work. I’m really sorry to have just completely vanished from the blogging and twitter world.  I was so busy that I completely missed my 1 year running anniversary!  Thanks to technology, I can share the embarrassing details:

I may be slow now, but I was really slow then!

Yep. That was Week 1, Day 1 of Couch to 5K.  I decided I wanted to run but knew I couldn’t do it on my own and that program was a life saver.  I made a lot of mistakes, like running ever single run on a treadmill, but the guide times were crucial because I never really played sports or ran before.

I remember thinking I’d run my goal race (Clarendon Day 5K on 9/25) and maybe a few more but I’d never aspire to run more than 3 miles. Only crazy people would want to run for longer than that! I did the 9/11 5K as practice – I had a horrible cold and was totally miserable – and was TERRIFIED to run Clarendon Day.  I ended up having a really good time though. I was thrilled with my time of 33:54. I figured I’d run a 10K sometime in the spring… maybe another 5K.

But then Suze talked me into the Rockville 10K in November and I had fun doing that, even though I’m pretty sure I got through the race on adrenaline alone.  Prior to the race I’d only run more than 3 miles twice – once I ran 4 and once I ran just over 5.  We did the 10K with a 4:1 run/walk ratio and came in at around 1:09.  I’ve only run 2 10K’s and this is actually my PR.

After this I was hooked on running but had no idea what I was doing training wise.  I ran the Jingle All the Way 10K – it was crowded, freezing and pouring – in December.  I started training for the GW Parkway 10 Miler in January. I tried to do every run as fast as I could and not surprisingly I ended up with some IT band problems in February.

Coming back from the IT band problems led me to discover some heart/thyroid issues I didn’t know about.  I didn’t get an awful lot of quality training in before the 10 Miler but I finished it and I’m proud of it.

I ran a series of 5K’s in my neighborhood in April and knocked my 5K PR down by nearly 90 seconds.  My goal of taking it to sub-30 in 2011 is still possible – hopefully at this year’s Clarendon Day (yes, I’m going to use that super big downhill to accomplish my goal – I’m crafty like that!).

You know you've run a PR when your finish pics all show you staring down your Garmin!

Also accomplished in my first year of running: running as part of a relay team for the National Half Marathon, completing the Warrior Dash, running my first trail race as part of a marathon team at the North Face Endurance Challenge and starting to run with a group/coach so I can get to my half marathon goal without getting hurt.

I can’t believe that I’m a month into training for my first half marathon.  I can’t believe I got the guts to train with a group and I REALLY can’t believe the workouts I’ve pulled off in the short period of time I’ve been working with them.  It’s been an amazing confidence builder and I’ve met some awesome people.

So here’s to my first year running. I can’t wait to see what year two brings!!

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Warrior Dash Maryland: The Mud Pics!

We have Warrior Dash mud pictures! Suze is pretty awesome and she already got our photos developed from our disposable cameras. They came out pretty well!

Before the race - Go Team Sesame Street!

Photo Op in the middle of a mud pit

Danger! Enough said...

Hey there barbed wire. I actually went around most of these because I was scared to lose a shoe.

Hanging out on the net.

I look weirdly graceful here. I'm actually trying not to fall on my face.

We clearly took this race seriously, like real warriors would! 🙂

In all of my muddy glory! So awesome!

The mud… well we’re still not sure it was all mud. The squishy factor leads us to believe there may have been a fertilizer type component mixed in. But the pictures are great and we had fun.

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Warrior Dash Maryland Recap

Yesterday, Suze & I took a trip out to Maryland for Warrior Dash.  We put together costumes on Saturday (pictures coming soon) and couldn’t wait to show them off.    Expecting tons of mud we brought waterproof disposable cameras so we don’t have any pictures yet, except for the one we took with my cell phone after we got hosed down at the end of the race:

After being hosed down. Costume and mud pictures were taken with a disposable camera and we should them them tomorrow.

So our wave was at 1:00 pm and we showed up at around noon to pick up our bibs, shirts, and helmets.  Everything was pretty well organized, it was really easy to find where we were supposed to be.

We took off with the 1:00 pm group and it was so muddy. I feel like the mud got more intense with each wave that ran through and by the time we went, after the course was open the entire day before and the entire morning, it was really hard to run.  I’m not sure how people were getting through the mud pits so quickly! My Warrior Dash turned into a bit of a Warrior Stroll in effort to keep my shoes (we saw a poor girl lose both shoes in the mud and finish the course barefoot!).  I’m also pretty sure there was more than mud going on out there.  The mud was just so slimy and slippery.  And kind of stinky.

Suze was a real champ and she hit every obstacle.  I definitely skipped an early one that I thought would be dangerous with my shoes – there was more mud than foot inside.  We definitely took pictures of each obstacle, some looked as bad as they did on the website and some looked pretty different.  The bales of hay were pretty much worn down by the time we got to them.  And the “petrifying plunge” was more like a slide than plunge, but it was my favorite part (though it was the obstacle that caused the most cuts and bruises – I hope the official photographers got a picture of us during this because we got totally tangled up and ended at the bottom with my legs wrapped around Suze’s waist.  It was hysterical and I’m not at all sure how it happened!).  We made it through the rest of the obstacles pretty easily (though I overjumped the first fire pit and had to go around the second one because I was too close to get a running start.  At the very end, before we hopped into the Muddy Mayhem two girls offered us some beer and took our cameras to get pictures of us as we finished.  It was awesome. We emerged for the pit completely covered in mud.  Our costumes were trashed and it was great.

Looking at the website, there were 3 obstacle that were missing (no Road Rage, Deadweight Drifter or Cliffhanger. Boo!) which kind of stinks but we didn’t notice it at the time.

We didn’t stick around much after the race.  Neither of us were in the mood for a turkey leg 🙂  It was definitely a good time but if I decide to do it again I’m going to sign up for an early wave on the first day to make sure the course isn’t torn up by the time I get to run.

Have you ever done a Warrior Dash or mud run? What did you think of it?

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