On Saturday, Neal and I ran the DC Hot Chocolate 15K race at the National Harbor, just outside of Washington, DC. Our training began back in August and was a modified training program from when I ran a half marathon back in 2010. I really enjoyed our training program, which prepared us for a 10K, a 5 mile race, and of course the 15K.
90% of our training was done by running intervals. We ran the time or distance listed on the calendar but ran it on a 2 minute run/1 minute walk ratio. Through October, I used gymboss as my interval timer and then switched to my Garmin Forerunner 305 in November. On Thanksgiving day, when we ran the Turkey Trot, we decided to run the entire race… and have been running non-stop ever since! We still use the interval timer, slowing down a tad on the 1 minute interval but we haven’t been walking during the intervals.
Saturday morning, Neal and I woke up at 5:00AM for the race. We both got dressed and then headed to the kitchen for breakfast.
I had 2 waffles (4PP) with 1 TBSP peanut butter (3PP), 1/2 a banana (oPP), and 1 cup of coffee with FF half and half (1PP).
Neal had 1 bowl of fruit loops, skim milk, and 1/2 a banana… funny how different our pre-race breakfasts are.
Once packed, we picked up Liz and then headed to the National Harbor. Although we’re only 5 miles from the race, we were stuck in race traffic for 3 of those 5 miles. Liz even had to hop out of the car and head off to the 5K start as we had been stuck in traffic for an hour. I had a feeling the traffic was going to be bad, but I had no idea how bad it was going to be. Once parked, Neal and I headed over to the start (about a mile walk).
The start was crazy and extremely unorganized, but people were excited to run! Unfortunately the 5K start was delayed 30 minutes and the 15K start was delayed an hour… lets just say our legs were quite stiff by the time the race actually started, and we were freezing.
The 15K started at 9:00AM and we crossed the start at 9:20AM. It took a while considering there were 20,000 people running the 15K. The weather was honestly perfect, once we got running. The first few miles went well, though Neal and I both had heavy legs from standing so long in the cold. Neal and I crossed the 5 mile mark at 56:38, just about 30 seconds slower than the Turkey Trot. We crossed the 10K mark at 1:11:44, right on track with our 10K race a few weeks ago.
The course was pretty hilly, but what goes up must come down… so I thoroughly enjoyed the downhill stretches of the race. In the last few miles, Neal and I really turned the burners on. I didn’t tell Neal, but my goal was to break 2 hours. At the beginning of November, Neal and I ran 10 miles in 2:18:52 and I knew that we could break 2 hours having run 5 miles in 56 minutes. The last half mile of Saturday’s race was straight uphill. I kept my eyes on the pavement and just kept pushing.
Neal and I finished the 15K race in 1:47:08!
So what do you do after you’ve run 9.3 miles? You eat chocolate fondue of course!!
Neal and I LOVED the fondue. It was perfect. Along with the chocolate came a banana, pretzel rod, marshmallow, rice crispy treat, and an apple. It. Was. Awesome.
I’m so proud of Neal and I and what we accomplished this fall. Let me be the first to say, when we ran our first training run back in August (3 miles) I was pooped, but you can really train your body to do amazing things if you push it. Neal and I are now looking to improve our times and possibly sign up for a half marathon next year. My goal is to be able to maintain our ability to run 10 miles.
The DC Hot Chocolate race may have been a hot mess operationally, but Neal and I still had a great time. I encourage you to find a race to run, whether it’s a 5K or a marathon, and make a plan for how you’re going to be able to run, run/walk, walk that race. You. Can. Do. It!! I also want to congratulate Molly and Amanda on running the 15K. I didn’t get to meet y’all, but I appreciate your virtual encouragement!
Weekly Plan: December 5 – December 11
|Monday||Morning run (2.79 miles to be exact) and afternoon weight lifting||Interpersonal Relations final exam (PM)|
|Tuesday||Elliptical and weights||Weight Watchers Weigh-in, Biggest Loser, Laundry|
|Wednesday||Morning run (4 miles)||Basketball Game|
|Thursday||Elliptical and weights||Dinner with friends|
|Friday||Morning run (3 miles) and afternoon weight lifting||Date night with Neal|
Today’s Meal Plan
Breakfast – Cinnamon steel cut oats (recipe coming tomorrow), blackberries, and coffee
Lunch – Ham and cheese sandwich, humus, broccoli, carrots, and seltzer water
Dinner – Green Chili Chili and cornbread (recipe coming Wednesday)
Today’s Workout Plan (#20daychallenge)
Morning run with Neal (2.79 miles) and afternoon weight lifting
This week is a little crazy, but I know that I need to just take it one day at a time… Happy Monday!