Calories Earned. Calories Burned. Fit Foodie 2016!

Yes! Once again I’ve been picked to be an Ambassador AGAIN for Cooking Light & Health’s Fit Foodie Race Weekend in Fairfax, VA!

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This year’s festivities are hosted by John Hancock. The life insurance company. Not to be confused with…

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…that guy or…

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…Will Smith as Hancock.

As in previous years the festivities will be held in the fantastically hip Mosaic District of Fairfax where as has become my tradition I will go to the Target post-race for a giant Starbucks. But there are also some changes this year such as the date – May 20 through 22 – when in previous years it was held in June and featured all the uncomfortable humidity that one might expect in the mid-Atlantic right around that time.

Some other new additions for 2016 include meet and greets with four-time Boston Marathon and NYC Marathon Champ “Boston Bill” Rogers and the winner of the 2015 Boston Marathon, Caroline Rotich and the the new John Hancock Vitality Village celebration featuring fitness and cooking demos and so much more. Speaking from experience, the food they give out after this race is DELICIOUS.

Another cool new thing is the introduction of a PREMIUM registration which will get you a participation tank top and a $5 donation to a Fit Foodie charity. Oh and for those you of who love race bling, everyone will receive a finisher’s medal this year!

So you want to join me (and some of my other favorite local bloggers) right? Here’s some registration info for you:

Fit Foodie 5K – Saturday, May 21
$35 until April 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$45 until May 20, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$55 on race day – May 21, 2016

Fit Foodie 5K Premium – Saturday, May 21
$55 until April 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$65 until May 20, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
$75 on race day – May 21, 2016

$35 to sign up for a race with some great swag and entrance into the post-race festival is really quite incredible, so if you are in the area (or not like I am and feel like traveling a bit) I encourage you to jump on that before the prices go up on April 24. Additionally I can sweeten the deal by offering you a discount code: RUNSALTRUN at check out for 10% off!

There will also be options to attend the entire Fit Foodie weekend! This includes entrance to the kick-off party on Friday night, the 5K and post-race shenanigans, the Sweat Session led by fitness pros and celebrity trainers plus a delicious, healthy brunch on Sunday. Or just the Sweat Session and brunch if you can’t make it Friday night. I’ll have more information on those as soon as registration opens up!

I hope to see some of you there!

xo,

Salt

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I wasn’t going to do 16 in 2016…

…but the way my race calendar is shaping up, it looks like I very well might exceed that number. Let’s just start emptying out my bank account now, shall we?

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This is about as much as I will ever be able to make it rain.

I’ve been carefully planning out my calendar for the year; one that will include zero full marathons so I’m pretty excited at the prospect of doing a bunch of shorter races again and hopefully not injuring myself in the process. I haven’t committed 100% to anything yet – and by that I mean I have spent exactly zero dollars so far – but I think I have it all figured out by this point. All there is left to do is get a second job or win the lottery to fund all of it because unfortunately as you might be able to tell by the fact that I’m posting on my blog right now, I did not win the Powerball last week.

Salt’s 2016 Completed-ish Race Calendar

January

Oh hell no. It’s -12 degrees outside and we could possibly get 2 feet of snow this weekend. Unless there’s a treadmill race this month, I’m not doing a damn thing.

February

At some point between the 5 – 8: Nuun Year Dash. It’s virtual. I’m on Team Nuun so I felt inspired to participate. I’m going to do the 10K. (YAY TEAM NUUN!!)

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March

13: Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K. The first race in Charm City Run’s B3 series that I will be participating in again this year. This year I also know where to stand at the start so that I don’t trip over a thousand people walking during the first quarter mile.

April

Okay now let’s get down to business.

10: White Hall 15K. I’m so glad BRRC moved this one to April this year. The past two years I ran it, it was scheduled in March and had to be rescheduled both times due to bad weather. This will be my first race in the Grand Prix series for this year.

16: Sole of the City 10K. Second race in the B3 series. I love this race so hard and was sad to miss out on it last year.

30: Island to Island Half Marathon. Ocean City, Maryland. This is my goal race for spring. I had a hard time deciding between this and the Frederick Half the following weekend, but in the end went with this one. I would have chosen Frederick if I was going to go for the King Crab this year, but I’m not. So I didn’t.

May

15: Women’s Distance Festival 5K. Small. Local. Put on by my run club and all women as the name would suggest.

June

4: Baltimore 10 Miler. I’ve been wanting to run this race for forever, horror stories of hills be damned.

19: I’ve got two options. I’ll either be doing BRRC’s GPS 5K or there’s a small possibility that I might be signing up for my first sprint duathlon, either by myself or if I can convince another person who just so happens to be way stronger on a bike than I am.

29: GPS Meet of Miles. It’s literally a mile race. It seems like the easiest way to get points for the Grand Prix Series and yet I missed out on it the past two years due to injury. Let’s hope that’s not the case again.

July

It’s going to be hotter than hell, so probably nothing this month.

August

21: GPS Too Hot to Trot 10K. This will be year #3 for me. It’s a small 10K on the trail near my house. The past two years it has been not too hot to trot at all and instead was magically in the low 50’s in August.

September

3: Charles Street 12. B3 race #3 and one of my favorite races ever. My goal this year is to not completely brick at mile 10 like I have the past two years.

16-17: Ragnar DC! My first Ragnar!! I’m so freaking excited for this. My team is shaping up to be completely awesome.

October

2: GPS Half Marathon. Another one on the trail. This will either be my 4th or 5th GPS race and it’s where I have my current half PR.

15: Baltimore Running Festival. Instead of doing the half this year, I’d really like to form a relay team. Now to find 3 poor, unsuspecting people to sign up with me…

30: GPS Cross Country 5 Miler. I don’t know exactly why I want to do this one again because I generally hate cross country, but this race was pretty fun this past November even though it was gross and rainy all the way through.

November

Date TBD: Zoo Zoom 8K. I couldn’t do this one last year because it was too close to the NCR Marathon. It always seems to be freezing cold, but the past two times I’ve done it it was one of my favorites.

Date TBD: Restoration Run 5K. Small, fun local race that benefits trout restoration. And don’t we all need a little more of that in our lives?

December

Date TBD: Celtic Solstice 5 Miler. I think I might be one of the only runners in Baltimore who hasn’t done this one yet. I’m jealous of the cool jackets people get every year so I think it’s time I signed up.

In case you are more terrible at math than I am, that adds up to 18 races and it also doesn’t include the random 5K that is sure to pop up somewhere on the calendar. You all know how I love signing up for stuff last minute.

Thank goodness BRRC races are $2 apiece for members or I’d have to declare bankruptcy.

How is your calendar shaping up for 2016? Are you going to be at any of the same races as me?? Who wants to be on my relay team!?

I hope everyone is having a stellar week so far!

xo,

Salt

(Post #4 in the past two weeks! I’m on a roll!)

 

 

 

An unexpected PR on a perfect fall morning! {NCR Half Marathon Race Recap}

You know what’s cool about today for me? It’s the 2 year anniversary of when I ran 13.1 miles for the very first time. And now today I get to recap my new half marathon PR! 

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My very first half marathon in 2013!

Earlier this year I started setting some goals for myself for the fall. These goals did NOT include running a marathon, but rather focusing on shorter distances. Ultimately I wanted to do more halfs and possibly run myself a new PR. My best time of 1:45:27 happened last September at the NCR Half Marathon, a small race that is part of my run club’s Grand Prix Series. I also did not intend to compete in the Grand Prix Series this year, but now that I have 3 of the 4 necessary races under my belt…hey why not.

This year the NCR Half just so happened to fall on the day when my training schedule told me that my long run should be a very convenient 13.1 miles. And even better? The race is on the very same trail as the upcoming marathon so I would be able to practice on familiar terrain.

100 people showed up to run on Saturday morning and as usual I loved seeing some familiar faces, especially my friend Michelle who I’ve been doing my long runs with lately. The Baltimore Road Runners are a fun and welcoming group and the weather was absolute fall perfection. In my tank top and shorts I was more than a little bit chilly as we walked to the start, but after jogging around for a half mile I felt warmer and knew I’d be comfortable for the race. It was set to start at 8am and right around that time we all lined up on the trail facing north. The course is a double out and back, which I remember really disliking the idea of last year, but it ended up not being so bad.

PR thoughts had been in the back of my mind, but during the first several miles they all went out the window. I wasn’t feeling particularly well and even though I was coming off a couple days of rest my legs felt like lead. I even debated calling it quits when I got back to the start. In hindsight, I should have considered that it just takes me a lot longer to warm up now that my long runs are getting into the mid-teens. By the time I was three miles in and nearing the first turn around, my energy level had started to improve.

Then I realized as the leaders were passing me going in the opposite direction that I was the second female. I got way excited and as a result mile 4 was my fastest at 7:25. After that I had to remind myself to rein it in because I still had a long way to go.

From mile 4 until mile 11 I was feeling pretty great. When I race I like to pick out another runner up ahead, pace with them awhile, and then try to pass them because it gives me something to focus on when I’m getting tired. No one had passed me so I knew I was still the second place woman, but this was reinforced by several people who screamed it at me as they passed me going the other way. Even though I already knew, it still gave me a boost to hear it.

There were plenty of water stops with friendly volunteers, but I hadn’t stopped at any of them until mile 12 when I was suddenly very exhausted. I drank about 3/4 of the cup and dumped the rest of it over my head; it was freezing cold and helped a TON. The trail was crowded with people out enjoying their mornings, but there wasn’t anyone from the race that I could follow for the last couple miles; the guy who finished in front of me was like 2 minutes ahead. Because I run that part of the course all the time and know it like the back of my hand, I entertained myself by running from one landmark to the next. When a familiar bend in the trail appeared up ahead, I knew I was almost done and when the red, digital readout of the clock appeared I literally said “OH THANK GOD” and sprinted as fast as I could to the finish on tired legs.

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So I PRed by nearly 2 minutes, held on to second place and first in my AG which is great for the Grand Prix Series, but then this is also the first time I’ve run a half marathon with my average pace under 8 minutes. I don’t know which of these things is most exciting for me. All of them, I guess.

After sharing high fives and congrats with some of the guys who had finished at around the same time as I did, I visited the table that was set up with snacks and drinks. I helped myself to Gatorade and water and then there was also bagels, cookies and bananas which I appreciate for other people, but can’t eat without dire consequences. I had a lunch date and couldn’t hang out long, but it was nice to catch up with friends and cheer for other runners crossing the finish line.

Such a great day. 🙂

How do you pass the time on long runs? Did you run or race last weekend? How is your fall season going?

xo,

Salt