Monday, May 28, 2012

My own 13.1

There is no doubt that Washington DC is the place to be for Memorial Day weekend. While most natives flee as early as Thursday for the long weekend, there is much to be enjoyed here in the city.  Of the many planned events here there are MANY races scheduled. I was so very tempted to sign up for one. I even found myself browsing Craigslist for people selling bibs at a big discount, but the cheapest bib I found for the Alexandria Half Marathon was $50.
While normally I would be happy to pay $50 to run a half marathon, I decided I would save myself $50 and run my own half. So as soon as I got home on Friday I laced up the shoes, slapped on the sunscreen and filled up my water bottles. The weather was pretty warm and I initially planned to just run 6 miles, but once I hit 4 miles, I found my stride and there was a nice breeze following me along the way. 10 miles quickly came and at that point, I decided I would run the whole half marathon distance.
While I missed the screaming crowds normally present during a half marathon,  my run took me along the Potomac River, through Roosevelt Island and back south on Mt. Vernon Trail to Old Town Alexandria. It was a great 13 miles that went fairly quickly. I could have used at least one more water foundation, so I will have to keep that in mind when I set out to run longer than 2 hours again.  Here are a few of the great views I get to enjoy in my "backyard"!

Not quite a PR, but not bad for a Friday afternoon run.

I may take this statement back at some point, but I think going for a long run on Friday afternoon is the best way to start the weekend! 13.1, less or more....helps to get out your stress from the week and set you up for a good weekend! Or at least you have a reason to indulge all weekend if you run 13.1 miles on Friday, right?!

The rest of the weekend was filled with dog walks, naps, eating, and reading.  Sasha is a big fan of lounging in the sun and enjoying these warm days! 

 In addition to getting in a good long run on Friday, this morning I did a Hero WOD. In Crossfit, Hero WODs (work out of the day) are developed to honor service men and women who have lost their lives in combat. The workouts are known to be TOUGH and are designed to really test you! The Hero WODs that I have done last anywhere from 30-90 mins. Normal WODs last about 20 mins. So anytime a holiday rolls around, our gym hosts a Hero WOD and you know you are in for a real good workout.
Today's Hero WOD was "The Seven".  On December 30, 2009, a suicide bomber killed seven CIA officers at a remote base in southeastern Afghanistan.  So to honor them, we did 7 rounds of the following:

  • 7 handstand push-ups
  • 7 thrusters
  • 7 knees to elbows
  • 7 deadlifts
  • 7 burpees
  • 7 kettlebell swings
  • 7 pull-ups
My team of 4 finished in 44:07. It was not easy and left me completely exhausted, but that is what Crossfit is suppose to do if you push yourself hard enough. I will most likely be feeling this workout for many days to come. It makes yoga tomorrow sound really good! 

And my reward for finishing a half marathon distance run and Hero WOD.... my favorite oatmeal cookie. The salted, pecan, chocolate oatmeal cookie from Teasim. If you haven't had one of these, GO NOW to try one. They are delicious!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and spent some time reflecting and thanking those who have served our country.

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