Cosmic Run 5K Recap!

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Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

After the Baltimore 1/2 I headed back to the apartment for a few hours of recovery before the next race. I put ice on my legs, wore my compression socks , drank coffee and before I knew it Cameron and I were in the car for an hour drive south to Waldorf, Maryland. This was a hike. It was curious that the Cosmic Run was selling out all major cities, yet the Washington, DC date still had openings… It was definitely because this wasn’t in DC or Metro accessible. The drive wasn’t too bad and by the time we arrived it stopped raining.

This 5K was AWESOME. It felt like a rave, the kind you see in the movies.  We drove out into the countryside to this barn (okay, it was a ballpark) and people were wearing light up tutus and had flashing LED grills in their mouths. Everyone had a ton of glow sticks and the energy was like a party. I joked that we should have had a few drinks before this race.

start line

start line after the race was over

Every kilometer or so there was music (like Daft Punk!) blaring and a dance party station that would cover you in fluorescent powder so you would glow in the lights.  My pictures are a vast understatement to what was going on, but it was such a messy race neither of us wanted to bring our phones, just in case.

finish tunnel to the ball park

pulling into the parking lot pre-race!

I LOVE night running and haven’t done it in over a year. I miss the cool air and how fast you feel. And yes, in case you were wondering, after a half marathon earlier in the day, i surprisingly felt fast and wonderful during and after the race.

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still feeling good!

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happy run 🙂

Sunday was spent mostly on the couch being lazy cause we were going to see Bonobo at the 9:30 Club later in the evening. It was a great set and my legs still didn’t give out on me haha.

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Loved their light show!

Loved their light show!

cameron took this without me looking :)

cameron took this without me looking 🙂 

Can't help it, he's handsome
Can’t help it, he’s handsome

train ride home

train ride home

Been resting since this weekend has been non-stop action and I’m fighting the start of a cold. Hopefully I’ll feel good by the weekend and get a run in. Happy Tuesday!


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I made it rain! (and i didn’t even have to dance)

Remember my last post?? Well a day later it started raining, pouring and the temps have dropped about 15 degrees. I’d rather run a race in light rain and cooler weather over hot & humid any day of the year. One of my favorite races was Cincinnati’s Flying Pig 1/2 Marathon and it started off in a downpour and misted/showered the whole time. Instead of getting upset that it was raining, i put my iPod in a ziplock bag, looked up at the sky and laughed. Besides squishy shoes, I enjoyed the rain. It kept me cool the entire race and made me feel like a kid dodging puddles and trying not to slip.

the very wet Flying Pig 1/2

i’m actually smiling at the finish 🙂

I will be drawing inspiration from that race to get me through Balitmore’s wet hills tomorrow morning. My only goals are to enjoy the race, SMILE, and try to stay around an 8:15 pace <—and if this doesn’t happen i’m not going to be upset, it’s just an easy pace I can hold comfortably, but with slick roads you never know!

Here’s a few tips for running a race in rain:

Put your electronics in Ziplock bags–cell phones, ipods, mp3 players etc. Put these in ziplock bags if using them. If they’re going in your checked bag–put them in a ziplock.  Your bag could leak and get your things wet. Better to be safe with your expensive items. If possible, leave them in the car.

Garbage bags/Rain Poncho- Before the race begins, its much more comfortable to sit on dry garbage bags than the wet ground. You can also wear these to stay dry & warm before the race starts. I’ve seen people start their race or run the whole race wearing a poncho or bag.

Bring dry clothes/shoes/socks & towels-– have these dry items in your car ready for you to change into.

Anti-chafe stick/friction cream– whatever you have use it, especially on your toes/feet/chest/thighs, if possibly carry it along the race and reapply

Stay away from cotton or clothes that get heavy when wet.

Wear a hat/visor–to keep rain out of your eyes if it’s pouring.

Picture the End- If running in the rain is tough, uncomfortable and just not fun for you, try picturing the hot shower you will get once you’re finished and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or whiskey 😉 that’s waiting for you at home.

I picked up the Cosmic Run’s bibs and shirts for the 5k Cameron and I will be doing tomorrow night, which I hope will happen. He’s battling a lingering cold, and I’m hoping my legs will still move to complete 3.1 more miles in the same day haha.

Shirt, Bib & Glow Stick necklace!

Shirt, Bib & Glow Stick necklace & tattoos!

This week has been a real easy running week, just a lot of rest, foam rolling & stretching. Here’s me bored in between clients, just stretching and waiting for the races this weekend…

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Also, it’s about that time of year to make my famous Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies. Okay, not mine, more like Food Network’s, but I can follow a mean recipe. 🙂 Okay, not even, cause I accidentally used the wrong recipe. It wasn’t as good as last years, but it’s my first batch and they still turned out awesome! As soon as I get the right recipe I’ll be sharing.

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Alright, gotta get my race gear laid out for tomorrow, hope everyone is having a great Friday!

GOOD LUCK LAURA & MATT!!

AND GOOD LUCK TO MY CLIENT SARAH!!!