Friday, November 22, 2013

8k racin’ in my pajamas

This has been on my to-do list for a long time: run a silly race. This past weekend was the weekend to do it for the Philadelphia Marathon weekend. I remembered the amazing energy and excitement from last year’s cheering & signed up early in the semester.

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I convinced Kathy to run the Rothman 8k in a silly costume. First we wanted her to dress up as a banana and me as the sock money (since she was going to pace me anyway…) but because the banana went missing, we ended up being two PJ’d sock monkeys.

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Ended the eight kilometers with a high-five from Mayor Nutter at finish line! It may not be 13.1 miles but I was struggling especially at the final uphill. I hadn’t been running as much as I hoped. But considering I was running in fleece pajamas, I was happy with my time of 48:09.

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It was a super fun and a great weekend overall! Later in the evening I even had a carb-loading dinner courtesy of next day’s marathon runners. ;)

I love running and every time I go out for a run I never regret it. I’ve been playing with the idea of training with a group. At the DC half I saw so many Team in Training runners and was so inspired to do something similar. I’ll be held accountable which is great on days where it’s laziness holding me back but on other days where I’m crammed with school, another stress factor adding to my anxiety.

Happy weekend! Next week is Thanksgiving!!! Which in my world means sweet potato pie.

-Yesle

Have you followed a training plan for a race? Have you trained with a group?
What was your experience like? I’d love to hear about it.

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