2010 MCM10K Race Report

This was my first race with the ROTE contingent! Unfortunately, I didn’t meet up with them til afterwards.

As the title indicates, this 10K is part of the Marine Corps Marathon weekend, and with that comes a lot of perks. The expo was possibly the best expo I’ve been to in a long time – and from what I hear, it was smaller than last year! Great goody bags with lots of fun samples, and amazing vendors. I got to talk to the KT Tape people (who have amazing customer service) and I finally bought the running necklace that I’ve been searching for. The one thing I didn’t find was a long-sleeved red technical shirt. They have them for men, but all the womens’ shirts were in “girly” colors. Not that I’m complaining about girly colors, but I really wanted red.

This race was on Halloween, which meant that there were a lot of people in costume.  I am a little embarrassed to say that I was beaten by a guy in a crab costume running sideways.  Yeah.

Strangely enough, this was my first 10K.  I’m not sure how I missed this distance before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Sure, I had run 10Ks in training, but never as a race.  I wasn’t sure how to pace myself.  It wasn’t as long as a 10 miler, but definitely required more stamina than a 5K.  Either way, first race, so it’s a PR, right?

Finished in 1:20:25!  I struggled with letting my HR get too high, because it was “only” a 10K, so I shouldn’t have needed the walk breaks, right?  Well, I paid for that later.  I was absolutely wrecked by the end of the day.  Of course, that could have been due to what I did the rest of the day.

I met up with a number of ROTErs and we made our way to around the 22 mile mark of the marathon, where we met up with even more ROTErs.  And we cheered.  And we cheered and we cheered and we cheered.  We cheered on our friends and we cheered on strangers.  We cheered until the last person passed us.  And man, what fun that was.  I think that might have been the best part of the day.

Answering questions

Yesterday, Kris asked

By the way, how did you get to sing in the choir at the Capitol Fourth?  Can you share your background in music?  You’re also a runner!  When do you find the time?  What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist?  These are things we’d love to know about you.

I actually got to sing in the choir at A Capitol Fourth almost by accident.  The choir that performs is officially the Choral Arts Society of Washington.  Of which I am not a member.  Because they don’t have enough members available every year to perform in A Capitol Fourth (it’s summer, people are busy, spending time with family, etc), they put out the call to other local choral groups, including the group that I am in, the Cathedral Choral Society.  A few weeks back, I got an e-mail through our listserv asking if anyone wanted to sing on the Capitol grounds for the Fourth of July.  I honestly didn’t know that this meant A Capitol Fourth – I really didn’t know what it involved.  But we were given a person to contact for more information.  So I did, and I secured myself a spot, and then I realized what I had volunteered for.  Dumb luck, I guess!  I’m definitely watching closely for the call for volunteers next year!

I actually ended up in CCS almost by accident as well.  I was telling a co-worker that I missed singing, and she told me she had a friend in CCS and sent me the address to the website.  Just so happened that auditions were coming up in a week, so I auditioned and I was in.  I actually only sang one concert with CCS this season – I auditioned in January and sang the March concert, then was out of town for the May concert.  But I’ve reauditioned and am planning to participate next season.  Singing in the National Cathedral is incredible!

My background in music… I think I sang my first solo in church when I was in kindergarden or first grade.  It was a Thanksgiving song and I still remember some of the words.  I sang all through school, performing in choirs at school, cantoring at church, performing in musicals both in school and with community groups.  In college, I pretty much ditched voice for band.  I could sing anywhere at anytime, but getting the chance to play my French Horn was much more rare.  I still took voice lessons and gave a senior recital, but never bothered to major or minor in music.  I didn’t want something I loved to become a chore.  I’ve sung a few weddings as well, though not since I moved to D.C.

Other than voice, as I mentioned, I play the French Horn, though not much lately.  Played from 4th grade through college though.  I started piano lessons in kindergarden and took lessons for years, but it’s definitely not one of my talents.

I don’t know what my favorite type of music is.  I like a lot of different kinds of music, and it kind of all depends on my mood.  But I really like a good melody, especially if it’s something I can sing along to.  But it can be a slow ballad, an upbeat pop song, or the chorus to a rap.  Doesn’t matter.  I also really like orchestral music with a lot of brass.  I loved getting to sit right behind the orchestra (and right behind the horns!) while they played John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare last week.  It was so good that it gave me chills.

Favorite artist?  It probably all goes back to James Taylor, to be honest.  I was sort of raised on his music and you really can’t go wrong with his stuff.

According to iTunes, lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Kate Voegele, Girlyman, Hem, Vienna Teng, Michael Buble, LeAnn Rimes and Timbaland.  Yes, that’s a weird “and,” I know.  But TH fans, I did just buy his album from the iTunes store and so far, I’m really liking what I hear!

When do I find the time to run?  Well, looking at my training log, the answer is “I don’t.”  But really, it’s not so hard to set aside 30 to 45 minutes after work to get in a workout at least three times a week, sometimes more depending on what’s going on that week.  I’d like to get back to working out before work, but 5:15 is just so early!  I try to put in a chunk of time on the weekends as well.

Thanks for the questions, Kris!  I really enjoyed answering them!

The Taylor fans come and the Taylor fans go

Well, as I have learned from yesterday’s post, the way to drive people to your blog is to talk about Taylor Hicks.  Don’t expect any of those readers to stick around, but thanks to everyone who commented.  And yes, I did delete a number of comments that were clearly designed to be inflammatory.  Mr. Hicks sure has an interesting following of lovers and haters, that’s for sure.  But hey, even the haters spread the word.

Still not quite recovered from my plague, which is disappointing.  But I guess when your sinuses are completely congested for weeks, it takes a while for all of that to clear out.  Which is exactly what’s happening, to everyone’s disgust.  I sound horrible, with all the coughing and nose blowing, but for the first time in weeks, I feel good!  No one believes it though.

I updated my running log yesterday and realized just how long it’s been since I’ve really been on a good run.  It’s disappointing.  I ran a ten mile race in April and now, I’m not sure I could run a mile without stopping.  I recently read something that indicated that if you take more than 4 weeks off from running, you should start from scratch, though you’ll find yourself improving faster than a real beginner would.  So that’s my plan.  I found a beginner running plan and I’m just going to work from there.  I figure if nothing else, maybe I can use this as a chance to work on my speed.  Yes, I ran a ten mile race earlier this year, but I was SLOW.  And this way, I hope to prevent any injuries. 

I’m planning to start this new running plan tomorrow.  Why tomorrow?  Because it’s supposed to rain tonight, and while I don’t mind running in the rain, it doesn’t seem the best way to usher in my return.


I think I have the plague.

Ok, it’s not really the plague.  The plague would be worse. 

But this is not fun.  I have been sick for three straight weeks with head and chest congestion, a super sweet cough, and general fatigue.

(Yes, the men have been flocking to me lately, obviously.)

Before you ask, I’ve been to the doctor not once but twice.  The first time, I was given an armload of drugs and sent on my way.  I have improved muchly since then.  The second doctor told me that I’m on my way to recovery and that my vitals look good, but I can expect the symptoms to last another 8-10 days.

That will make it an entire month of plague.  Ugh.

I’ve watched a lot of movies in this month, since I have no energy to do anything else.  I also discovered the wonder of Comcast’s On Demand.  I haven’t been running whatsoever and am pretty sure I’m going to have to pick up a beginner’s training plan for all the strength and stamina that I’ve lost.  I tried to workout last night and managed about 10 minutes before I thought I might collapse.

Yep.  I’m hot.  Who wants to hang out and get germy?

Disney recap

I think I have finally recovered from vacation.  At least enough to write about vacation and post a few pictures.

The first part of my trip was at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.  I love that place.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been there, but it really never gets old.  We went during the Flower and Garden Festival, which meant lots of Disney topiaries.




But of course, it also meant lots of great traditional Disney sights as well.  The weather wasn’t quite perfect – it rained a bit just about every day, but that kept temperature and the crowds down a bit.  I can’t say that the rain ever ruined part of the day.  Plus it was funny to see all those kids in plastic covered strollers.  I understand the practicality and necessity, but the kids just looked like they were being wheeled around in little boxes.

We ate at a bunch of great restaurants, but one big favorite was Raglan Road, a little Irish Pub over near Pleasure Island.  So delicious.

Having been there makes me want to consider training for the Disney Marathon again.  Of course, I’ve not really been running much as of late, but I keep coming back to that marathon as one that I want to do “someday.”  I think we might be talking doing it in 2010.  Which is far away.  And yet I still should get out and start running again.