Last night, I completed my first 8K race.
(pause for a congratulatory woot! woot!)
It was the Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest – or the Rockville Twilighter for short. 4.97 miles through an urban neighborhood, college campus and town center.
I did not train. I should have.
I tried but only managed to run once a week (rather than 3 times) and no more than 3 miles, if that.
And I’m feeling it today. Oh, boy, am I feeling it today. Stairs are not my friend.
I easily ran the first two miles – in light rain and on slick pavement – but got discouraged and walked the next hill. It didn’t help that the second mile marker intersected with the finish line, which runners were crossing at the time (24 minutes in)!
I kept going, mostly running, walking more hills. When I got to mile 4, I kept on running. I was determined to finish strong.
My running partner and I crossed the finish line in just under an hour (our goal) – 58:57!
The highlight for me was hearing my name called as a finisher. Got to love technology and electronic timing chips.
After the race, there was beer. Lots of beer. Four 16-oz beers per runner. I had two.
And there was food – lots of yummy treats (like Dunkin Donuts), most of which I could not eat because of food allergy restrictions. The watermelon, though, was the best I’ve ever tasted.
I’ll likely run this race again next year. It’s a fun change of pace running at night (although the recovery is a little harder — or maybe the lack of training is to blame).
Next up? Most likely the Women’s Distance Festival. Then the Color Run and the Rock N Roll 10K. I really need to train for that one.
Have you run an 8K? How’d it go?
Where do you dream of vacationing? A sandy beach? A hip and happening city? A mountain retreat?
I’ve been dreaming of Disney.
I really want to run the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Early registration ends today, though, and I don’t see it the
budget cards for me this year.
I also really want to take my son. Not just because he’d love to meet Mickey and the gang but because I hear Disney is a fabulous destination for kids with food allergies.
But this dream vacation will have to wait. In the meantime, I’m going to check out the live Disney Parks web chat with Melissa Joan Hart tonight at 9 p.m. EST.
The former star of Sabrina, The Teenaged Witch and current co-star of Melissa & Joey on the ABC Family network will be chatting with Disney Mom Panelists Amanda Ficili and Jill Cooper live on the Disney Parks blog, sharing her experiences vacationing at Disney with little ones, and answering questions from moms, dads and fans.
Did I mention that it will be live? And I’ll be streaming it below along with the online chat.
For a chance to participate in the live video chat with Melissa, email Tiffany at email@example.com.
What’s your dream vacation? Let me know in the comments below.
At yesterday’s primary election, I voted for the cupcake.
Ok, not really. But I am endorsing Candidate Cupcake. He’s the mascot for the 3rd Annual Cakes for Cause Cupcake 5K.
The first Cupcake 5K in 2010 was my very first 5K. I walked a lot of it but managed to run across the finish line in under 45 minutes.
I was proud of that time.
The upcoming race will be my second this year (I ran the Heartly House Break Away 5K, a race to end domestic violence, in March and earned a new PR, 36:26).
I’m looking forward to it because so many of my friends are participating – we have a team of about 20 runners.
And, did I mention, there’s a cupcake at the end?
I’ll always run for a good cause…or a cupcake.
Why do you run?