I’m in a new state!The state of Virginia, you guys. Since Anthony moved out here to his (soon-to-be-our) place, it means I get to do glorious runs through the DC outskirts on some days. Things out here are a lot bigger, but a lot quieter, than in the city.
Not that I was quiet today, though. I was too busy chatting away with with the fantastic Anne! We ran a little over four miles and gabbed about running, food, blogging, running, running, and running. And then we took this amazing blurry photo. Nothing else I’d rather be doing at 6:30 in the morning! So excited to have made a new friend and running buddy. Who also happens to craft delicious recipes on the regular.
We ran through Ballston and Rosslyn, which is exactly where I was running about 12 hours prior, actually. Last night I headed to the PR Running store in Ballston, where the Rock Recovery team gathered eager runners for a 5k.
They gave us a quick run-down on the cause and the course, and then were off! (Don’t worry, I passed this guy.)
Even though I realized this was a “fun run” 5k, I still tried to treat it as a race. Short distances are new to me so it was a bit difficult knowing how to pace myself… but before I really had time to think about it, the race was over. It was sort of like running a marathon but like WAY shorter. I think 5ks are the way to go.
21:36. Which is slightly faster than my last 5k — hoorah! (And fast enough for me to take first place, had anyone cared!)
BUT there are a few considerations to take in: 1) this “race” was on the Custis trail, the hilliest trail in town; 2) I got stopped at a stop light for about 20 seconds; 3) according to my Garmin, the course was 0.07 miles short of being a full 5k. All things considered, I’m pretty happy with my time… but of course hoping to crush it as I run more of these!
But moreso than the run, I’m really happy I went to Carpool for some fun afterwards. It was really neat getting to know the other runners and the staff at Rock Recovery. When I signed up for the race, I didn’t know what charity/organization was sponsoring it; but learning more about the cause behind this event made it even better.
Rock Recovery is dedicated to bridging eating-disorder treatment gaps by offering more affordable services and treatments to people struggling with disordered eating. Many articles and bloggers will tell you that disordered eating is a serious issue in the running community (and in America in general), so it was nice to participate in a running event that tackled this topic in a very straightforward way. Go, Rock Recovery!At the end there was a raffle with gift card giveaways. I didn’t win anything! But there were free quesadillas which I consider better than a gold medal. The end.
- Favorite: Quesadilla, taco, burrito, or chimichangas? Salsa: Mild, medium, or hot?
- Have you ever met someone in real life who you met online?
- What charity/organizations have you run for or support?
- Food and Other Things: Mexican Breakfast Burritos
- Runner’s World: New device turns running shoe into battery charger
- Competitor: As a runner, are you strong enough?