Friday Five – Five More Things I’m Missing While Pregnant

Let me just preface this post by saying that I’m very excited to meet our son in just a couple of short months.  Being able to feel him kick and move inside of me has been such a surreal experience.  But if I’m being honest, I’m hitting the point of pregnancy when I long to no longer be pregnant.

I shared a number of things that I’m missing being able to eat and do back in July.  Now that I’m in the third trimester, physical activities are becoming progressively more difficult, and I just want to feel like “me” again.

So what am I currently missing?

1.  My Endurance

Simple tasks like household chores are becoming more and more difficult.  We live in a three story townhouse, and constantly going up and down the stairs while taking care of things around the house often leaves me out of breath and needing to sit for a few minutes.  I miss the days of being able to run up and down the stairs, especially if I’m trying to get out the door and realize that I’ve left something in the house.

2.  My Flexibility

Barely able to touch the ground while stretching at the gym about three weeks ago

Barely able to touch the ground while stretching at the gym about three weeks ago

My growing baby belly is making it more and more difficult to stretch pre and post workout like I’m used to.  I’m can barely able to reach my toes anymore.

3.  My Ability to Work Out Like I Used To

While I’ve been staying active while pregnant, my workouts aren’t anything like they used to be.  I can’t lift heavy weights, nor can I weight train for as long as I could prior to becoming pregnant.  My cardio workouts are at slower paces, as well as shorter than they used to be.  While working out, I find that I need to drink water more frequently, as well as take breaks in order to catch my breath.

4.  Running Like I Used To

Running at the Dulles Day 5k about three weeks ago Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Running at the Dulles Day 5k about three weeks ago
Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Not only has my pace slowed down significantly, but I can no longer run the long distances that I could prior to pregnancy.  Over the past couple of weeks I’ve come to accept that about three miles of running at any given time is my threshold before pain and pressure from my baby belly starts to set in.

5.  Sleeping Through the Night

I can’t remember the last time that I didn’t need to wake up at least once in the middle of the night to pee.  There are also some nights when leg cramps jolt me out of a sound sleep.  And once I’m up, it usually takes awhile to get comfortable and fall back asleep.

Again, I can’t stress enough how excited I am to meet our son.  Its been a joy and an honor to be able to be pregnant, especially after our long journey to conceive.  But that doesn’t mean that I’m not wishing that I could do some of the things that I used to be able to do.

QOTD: For those of you who have carried a baby, what did you miss most while pregnant?  For those of you who haven’t carried a baby, what do you think you would miss most while pregnant?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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Tips for Being Race Day Ready

Now that the fall racing season is upon us, many runners are worried about doing everything necessary in order to make sure that we’re ready for the start line.  Aside from putting forth your best effort with your training, what else can you do to be ready on race day and reduce pre-race stress?

race day ready

The Day Prior to the Race:

  1. If the race has a pre-race packet pickup option, such as at an expo, take advantage of this.  This will be one less line you have to wait in on race day.
  2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.  You want to be well hydrated for the big race.
  3. Try to stay off your feet as much as possible.
  4. Check the weather forecast and plan your race day outfit accordingly.
  5. Lay out your race clothes, as well as any running gear you might need for the race (including but not limited to socks, body glide, hair tie(s), headband(s), sunglasses, hydration belt or handheld water bottle, gels and/or chews, and watch).

    flat Kathryn

    Flat Kathryn ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach last month

  6. Make sure that any electronics that you need on race day are charged (GPS watch, iPod, camera, etc).
  7. Pack your gear check bag, if you plan to check one.
  8. Eat a dinner that you’ve previously had.  The last thing you want is an upset stomach the night before a big race.
  9. Go to bed early.

On Race Day:

  1. Eat a pre-run breakfast that you’ve tested out previously.  Race day is not the time to test out new foods.
  2. Put your bib and/or racing chip on before you leave.  The last thing you want to do is leave these behind!
  3. Leave with plenty of time to make it to the race without being stressed.  Be sure to leave enough time to check your gear bag and to use the bathroom, and plan for there to be lines.  There are always lines, especially for the porta potties.

Following these 12 tips should make race day a bit less stressful, and allow you to focus on running your best possible race!

QOTD: What tips do you have for runners to ensure that they’re race day ready?

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2015 Clarendon Day 10k Recap (and Run Now Beer Later Recap)

Disclaimer: As a Gone for a Run Ambassador, I received a complimentary virtual race entry.  As always, all opinions are my own.

2015 Clarendon Day 10k Recap

A week and a half ago I ran my last long race for this pregnancy.  While I’ll be toeing the start line of a half marathon in another three and a half weeks, I’ll be walking the majority of that race.  And after the pain I experienced during and after Clarendon Day, I’m very happy with the decision that I have made about Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly.

I was very excited going into race day.  Preston wasn’t initially going to be able to come with me to the race, but a last minute change to his calendar allowed him to come.  That, coupled with being able to see a number of other bloggers, made this race that much more exciting.

Preston and I arrived in Clarendon around 8:00 a.m., which is when the 5k started.  We had no issues finding parking, and within five minutes of arriving had both my race bib and t-shirt.  We walked back to the car to drop off my shirt, and still had plenty of time to hit up a local coffee shop so that Preston could get himself a cup of coffee and we could both use a real bathroom.  Around 8:45 we headed out towards the start line.  The race was self seeded, and I positioned myself in the middle of the crowd on the far right side of the course, knowing that I’d be relying heavily on run-walk intervals during the race.  The race started at 9:00 sharp, and as I started, Preston wished me good luck.

My plan going into the race was to try and maintain my 2:15/0:45 run-walk intervals.  With the first 1.5 miles of the race almost all downhill, it was certainly tempting to keep running for longer than my planned two minutes and 15 seconds.  At a couple of points during that first part of the race I ran an extra minute when the course took us on a steep downhill.  While I wanted to take advantage of the downhill, I also didn’t want to overexert myself, especially during the first part of the race.

Photo Credit: Pacers Running

Photo Credit: Pacers Running

After running down what’s called the “hill of death” in Rosslyn (running uphill on it is a huge challenge), the course took us out onto the highway headed towards the Pentagon.  After the “hill of death” the course leveled out, and the remainder of the course had slight elevation increases and decreases.  I felt strong until about 3.5 miles into the race, when I found myself feeling more and more pressure from the baby, as well as some round ligament pain.

The further that I ran, the more that I wanted to walk.  But I tried to talk myself out of the “need” to walk and focused on maintaining my 2:15/0:45 intervals.  While my pace slowed significantly, I tried to focus less on my pace and more on just putting one foot in front of the other.  There was a turnaround point on the course around 4.5 miles, and the course doubled back on itself.  It was definitely a mental help to see that I wasn’t the last runner, or close to it, which is part of what helped to keep pushing me forward past the pressure and pain.

I slowly but surely made my way towards the finish line, and finished at 1:10:24 (11:20 pace).  Given that my pace was all over the place, and that I was in pain during most of the second half of the race, I’m impressed that I ran this race as quickly as I did.

clarendon day splits

Clearly I not only stopped my watch a few seconds late (oops!), but I also took advantage of those downhills during the first part of the race.

After crossing the finish line, I immediately saw Preston, as well as a handful of other local bloggers.  It was great to be able to catch up with everybody, as well as to help cheer in a couple of other bloggers as they crossed the finish line.


Post race with Caitlin, Courtney, Kathryn (yes, we spell our name the same way!), Julie, and Jenny

Although part of the race packet included a Metro ticket to get back up the hill to the start line area, we all opted to walk instead.  While I was in pain, I know that walking and letting my body stretch itself out was a better option than potentially tightening up during the short Metro ride back up into Clarendon.

And while 10k runners did not receive medals (only double participants did – those who ran both the 5k followed by the 10k), I did still earn a medal for running Clarendon Day since I also completed the “Run Now Beer Later Virtual 10k” that morning.  It was nice to be able to come home and put my hard earned bling around my neck.  The medal was a great way to commemorate my last long race that I’ll run until after the baby is born.  And I’ll be cashing in on my hard earned beer after my little guy’s arrival.

bib and medal

Like I shared a couple of days after this race, Clarendon Day was a good indicator of what my body is able to handle at this point in my pregnancy.  Three miles seems to be my threshold before pressure and round ligament pain set in, and I’ll be limiting myself to running that distance between now and when the baby is born.  But I definitely look forward to returning to higher mileage runs after the baby is born, especially when I’ll be working towards getting my pre-pregnancy body back!

QOTD: What race have you recently run that was physically and mentally challenging?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 4

I am now halfway through my eight weeks of training for half marathon number six.  Its hard to believe that in just four short weeks I’ll be toeing the start line of my next half marathon, my second one while pregnant.

Just like my first week of RnRPhilly training, this past week was very uneventful when it came to my training.  After coming down with a cold last Sunday, and making a phone call to the on call OB Sunday afternoon since I had a fever, I’ve been battling one symptom after another.  By Wednesday I had gotten even sicker, and was put on antibiotics to battle an upper respiratory infection.  Definitely not fun under the best of circumstances, but even worse while pregnant.

The first thing to take a back seat while sick was of course working out.  Even though I wanted to work out, I physically couldn’t.  Its always a difficult battle when you’re mentally up for something that you just can’t physically do.  Thankfully by Saturday I felt well enough to head to the gym, and logged eight miles.  It felt so good to run a 5k and walk another five miles, and overall just sweat a bit.

3.10 mile run

After coming to the realization after last Saturday’s Clarendon Day 10k (which I know I still need to recap) that my body can’t handle running much more than three miles anymore, I headed to the gym on Saturday fully intending to run no more than a 5k.  And I’m so glad that I made that decision.  By the end of my run, my pregnant belly was very heavy and I had a lot of pressure from the baby.  During my almost two hours on the treadmill I had to take two bathroom breaks, which I’m sure is just a preview of the number of porta potty stops that I’ll be making in Philly on race day.

While I wish that my overall training mileage were higher than it currently is (I’ve only logged 37.95 miles over the past four weeks), I’m also just thankful to still be moving.  Now that I’ve entered the third trimester, I’m sure I’ll be slowing down even more, but as long as I can keep moving, no matter how far or for how long, I’ll be happy.

QOTD: When was the last time that you mentally were up for a challenge but your body just couldn’t cooperate?

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Friday Five – Potpourri v. 6

Happy Friday everybody!  If your week has been anything like mine, its been long, dreary, and exhausting.  With being sick all week, my mind has kind of been all over the place.

1.  After being sick all week, I’m finally starting to feel better.  Wednesday night I got more sleep than I did in the four previous nights combined, and I think a lot of that is due to my OB prescribing an antibiotic to help me start fighting off this infection.  Between the antibiotics and other medicine that she has me taking, I finally feel like I’m starting to combat this bug, though I know I still have a long way to go in terms of getting better.

2.  After almost a full week of not working out, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to workout this weekend.  With the current forecast for Northern Virginia including both a nor’easter that’s supposed to arrive today followed by Hurricane Joaquin later this weekend, I’m pretty confident that any working out I do will be at the gym.  No need to be crazy and run or walk in the rain while I’m trying to get over being sick!

Photo Credit: NBC Washington

Photo Credit: NBC Washington

3.  We finally started working on the nursery this week!  After coming home with lots of gifts from our baby shower two weeks ago, the nursery became a bit of a dumping ground.  One night this week I felt somewhat up to working on things around the house.  We emptied out most of our dress clothes that were in the nursery closet (we bought a portable wardrobe for our storage area in the basement), Preston assembled the storage shelving unit that I bought for the nursery closet, and I spent some time emptying boxes and gift bags of baby items and putting things away in the closet.  We still have a long way to go, but it felt good to get a start on organizing everything.

4.  This week marked the beginning of the third trimester of my pregnancy!  While being sick certainly overshadowed a lot of other things this week, its exciting to know that the little guy and I are in the home stretch.  This pregnancy has flown by, partly due to how busy Preston and I have kept ourselves, and we can’t wait to meet our little man!

5.  The excitement on the blog this week centered around my SmartyPants Vitamins Giveaway.  Congrats to Sadie B. who won a bottle of SmartyPants Vitamins!  Be sure to continue checking back here in the coming months, as I have a couple of other SmartyPants products that I’ll be reviewing and giving away!

QOTD: What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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October 2015 Monthly Goals

Its the first day of a new month, which means its time for another look at my monthly goals!  Like the past several months, September absolutely flew by.  Between the start of my eighth year of teaching, running my fifth half marathon, our baby shower, and life in general, I feel like I blinked and this month just blew right by me.

With how busy this past month was, I’m trying to not be too hard on myself for not meeting most of my monthly goals.  I put forth the best effort that I could, and I’m trying to remind myself that not every goal is meant to be reached, but rather meant to help serve as motivation for working towards something.


sept 2015 goals

1.  Run, walk, and elliptical at least 60 miles.

Grade: C

My September total wound up only coming to 46.9 miles.  Given that I had a week and a half this past month of zero working out (almost the entire week after Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, as well as this entire week so far), I’m impressed that I logged as many miles as I did.  This was actually my lowest mileage month since last December, so I’m hopeful that September was just a fluke and that this isn’t a preview of what the remaining months of my pregnancy will look like.

2.  Continue to listen to my body.

Grade: A

This is the one goal that I can proudly say that I fully achieved.  When my body screamed for extra rest I took it, and not once did I let myself feel guilty about taking the extra rest.

3.  Weight train at least once a week.

Grade: B-

Just as I mentioned with my mileage goal reflection, I’ve had almost a week and a half this month of time when I couldn’t work out.  But the weeks that I could work out, I did fit in one weight training session each of those weeks.  Was it as much as I would have liked?  No.  But at this point I’ll take what I can get.

Now that I’m 28 weeks pregnant and in the third trimester, its hard to predict what my body will be up for each day in terms of physical activity.  Like always, I’ll continue to set monthly goals, but I’m also not going to beat myself up if I can’t reach my goals for some reason.

oct 2015 goals

That’s right, I’m going to give my September goals another try.  Its another month, and hopefully things will go a bit better this month, especially now that I’ll well into my school year routine.  I know it’ll be a slow start to the month since I’m currently sick.  Like I shared yesterday, I’ve been sick since Sunday.  What started as a cold and what I thought had turned into a sinus infection turns out to be worse than I thought.  I found out yesterday afternoon that I have an upper respiratory infection.  At 28 weeks pregnant.  Definitely not something fun to be dealing with.  But hopefully the antibiotics that I’m now on will start taking effect soon and I won’t feel couch ridden for too much longer.

I’m definitely eager to get out there and get moving, but also don’t want to get out there too soon and prolong being sick any longer than I have to be.  Thankfully, my OB settled my fear yesterday that being sick is putting the baby at risk, but I’m also looking forward to our scheduled ultrasound tomorrow afternoon just so that I can see our little guy moving on the screen and hear his little heartbeat.  Though trust me, he’s been kicking me enough lately to make his presence well known.  It feels like he’s been kicking me harder than usual over the past couple of days, almost as if he’s mad at me for all of the sneezing and coughing that I’ve been doing.

QOTD: What are your goals for October?

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Out of Commission

If you follow me on Twitter then you probably have seen that since Sunday I’ve been battling a cold that has since turned into a sinus infection.  Its definitely never any fun to deal with, especially while pregnant when you can’t take any decongestant to help relieve the symptoms.

Nonetheless, I’ve been feeling pretty miserable the last several days and while I had planned to share my Clarendon Day 10k recap with all of you today, I just haven’t had the energy to write it.  Nor have I had the energy to work out.  This week has just kept me out of commission.

But I at least wanted to pop in and remind everybody that today is the last day to enter the SmartyPants Vitamins giveaway.  You have until 11:59 pm EST to enter!

smartypants review

QOTD: Has the transitional fall weather taken you out of commission yet?  What do you do to try and avoid getting sick?

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2015 Dulles Day 5k on the Runway Recap

Disclaimer: As a For Two Fitness® Ambassador, I received a complimentary “Running for Two” tank top.  No additional compensation was received.  As always, all opinions are my own.

dulles 5k recap

Ten days ago, I ran my third Dulles Day race.  After running the 5k during the inaugural race year, when the 5k was the only distance offered, and after running the 10k last year, I opted to run the 5k again this year.  There were a number of reasons that went into my choice of opting to run the 5k, which included that I had just run Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach two weeks prior to the race and that our baby shower was the afternoon of the race.

In hindsight, I’m very glad that I chose to “just” run  the 5k.  Ten days ago, I ran a very strong race, and it felt amazing at 26 weeks pregnant to run what felt like a very solid race.  Since my runs have been very inconsistent lately, especially when it comes to the amount of round ligament that I experience while running.  I never know whether it will be a good day or a bad day for running when I lace my running shoes up and head out the door.

The race started and ended at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, which is only about 15 minutes from our house.  Since Preston had also picked up our race packets the afternoon before the race, we decided to leave our house only about 45 minutes before the start of the race.  By just after 7:00, we were parked and I was in line to use the real bathrooms inside of the museum.  Real bathrooms at any race, especially when you’re pregnant, is well worth the wait, despite the fact that we were told that there weren’t any lines outside at the porta potties near the start/finish area.

Just before the race started we met up with Jenny and her friend Rachel, who both ran the 10k.  After wishing each other good luck, we parted ways, since the 10k started ten minutes after the 5k, and at a different start line.  Preston and I headed out towards the 5k start line, and just as the race got ready to start, wished each other good luck.  Although Preston ran Virginia Beach with me, he decided to run at his own, much faster, pace at this race.

with Jenny

Jenny and I before the start of the race

The first three quarters of a mile of the race were on the service road between the museum and the Dulles Airport runway.  And as we turned onto the runway, it was clear that there was lots of excitement among all of us running the race.  When you combine the flat course that a runway offers, in addition to running past a commercial airplane, it just helps propel you forward and makes you want to run as fast as you can, which is exactly what I did.

running past a plane

Even though this was the third year in a row that I ran this race, running on a runway past a commercial airplane will never get old!

Thankfully, my pregnant body cooperated that day, and the further I ran the faster that I felt I was running.  Though I didn’t quite run negative splits, mainly due to my inconsistent walk breaks since I was trying to enjoy the scenery as much as I could and lost track of my intervals on my Garmin, there were certainly times when I felt like I was flying at my pre-pregnancy 5k pace, no pun intended :).

Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

The 5k course was a loop course, which took runners out part way down the runway before we looped back on the parallel runway.  (The main difference between the 5k and 10k courses was that the 10k course took runners along the entire length of the runways.)  The only part of the course that repeated itself was the service road between the museum and the runway itself.  The closer I got to the finish line, the more confident I felt about meeting one of my goal finish times.

Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

I crossed the finish line at 33:29 (10:47 pace), just shy of meeting my A goal.  But I wasn’t disappointed in myself at all.  I felt great while running, I crossed the finish with a smile on my face, and I didn’t experience any round ligament pain that morning.  It was a great morning for a race!

dulles day 5k

And sporting my For Two Fitness® “Running for Two” tank was just the icing on the cake.  It felt amazing to show off that I was a pregnant runner on a morning when I felt absolutely fantastic while running.  I’ve previously shared what I love about the For Two Fitness line, and the fact that their clothes are cute just adds to their appeal.  My post race photo with my medal is one that I’ll certainly treasure and have to show off to my little guy once he’s old enough to appreciate just how great I felt running at 26 weeks pregnant during the Dulles Day race.

Preston and I post race with our medals

Preston and I post race with our medals

QOTD: What’s one of your proudest race stories?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 3

This past week was quite the week!  I was slow to get going after a super busy weekend last weekend with friends and family who were in town for our baby shower, but I’m proud to report that I worked out four times this past week.  And that was in the midst of another super busy week too.

Mon 9/21 – Rest day

Tues 9/22 – 3.12 mile run, 0.41 mile cool down walk

Wed 9/23 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 0.31 mile cool down walk, kettelbell squat swings, arms, back, shoulders, glutes

Thurs 9/24 – 1.74 mile walk with Riley

Fri 9/25 – Rest day

Sat 9/26 – Clarendon Day 10k

Sun 9/27 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 14.48 miles (2.91 miles more than week 2)

Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 29.84 miles

This past week was Homecoming Week at school, which always makes for an out of the ordinary schedule and lots of extra activity and excitement at school.  In order to be able to fully participate, I had to borrow clothes from Preston’s side of the closet on three different days – on Monday for Hawaiian Day when I wore his Hawaiian shirt, on Wednesday for Multiplicity Day when our department decided to dress like our department chair (who every single day wears a white shirt, tie, and black pants), and on Thursday for Music Genre Day when I borrowed one of Preston’s plaid button down shirts to dress in country attire.

spirit week

Another highlight from this past week took place at the gym on Wednesday.  Last month, I shared my frustrations about the looks I was consistently receiving from those who didn’t appear to support me working while pregnant.  However, on Wednesday I was wearing my “Sweating for Two” tank at the gym, and as I got ready to get onto the elliptical one of the trainers walked up to me, gave me a high five, and said how much he liked my tank top.  His support definitely gave me the motivation to push myself just a tad harder during Wednesday’s workout.

sweating for two

I closed out the week on Saturday by running the Clarendon Day 10k.  I’ll fully recap the race at a later date, but for now I’ll share that while I felt great during the first half of the race, the last three miles were a physical struggle.  Lots of pressure and round ligament pain during those last three miles confirmed what I was thinking when I went into the race – this was my last race that I’ll run until after the baby is here.  Three miles seems to be my threshold (I felt great last Saturday running the Dulles Day 5k), and its not worth the pain to push myself any further than that.  We’ll see in the next four weeks whether I’ll run the first three miles of RnR Philly before I walk the rest, but the big takeaway from Saturday’s race was that my body is telling me that running long distance isn’t going to work for now, and its important that I listen to what my body is telling me.

With my takeaway, I’ll be forging forward with limiting my running to no more than two days a week.  And depending on how I’m feeling, some weeks I may only run once a week and focus on other cardio on other days.  Thankfully, walking and the elliptical are both still low impact enough that they haven’t been resulting in extreme pressure or round ligament pain.

QOTD: Have you ever needed to modify a training plan in the middle of a training cycle?

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Friday Five – Five Things I’m Looking Forward to About the Clarendon Day 10k

Tomorrow morning I’ll running the Clarendon Day 10k in Arlington.  This will be my second year running this race (I first ran it last year).  Though I contemplated signing up for the Clarendon Day Double this year (5k followed by the 10k, similar to what I did back in March for the St. Patrick’s Day Double), I decided that at 27 weeks pregnant that a double race was not in my best interest.

After last year's Clarendon Day 10k

After last year’s Clarendon Day 10k

I’m looking forward to this race for a number of reasons:

1.  This will be my 13th race of the year.  I’m still on my quest to complete 15 races this year.  My 14th race will be Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, but my 15th race still remains undecided.

2.  The course is a net downhill.  The majority of the downhill occurs during the first 1.5 miles of the race, after which the course has slight elevation increases and decreases.

Photo Credit: Pacers Running

Photo Credit: Pacers Running

3.  Preston will be there to support me.  When I initially signed up for this race, he had other plans on his calendar for the morning.  However, those plans have since fallen through, so now he’ll join me in Arlington to cheer me on during the race.

4.  Several other DC area bloggers will also be running this race.  I know that both Courtney and Jenny will be there.  And I feel like a couple of others also told me that they’d be there but I honestly can’t remember who!

With Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Julie from Diving into the Gene Pool, Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes, and Mar from Mar on the Run

With Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Julie from Diving into the Gene Pool, Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes, and Mar from Mar on the Run after last year’s race

5.  It’ll likely be the last race I run before our little guy’s arrival.  Running is becoming progressively more difficult and I’ll be seriously evaluating how much more I’ll be running, if at all, after tomorrow’s race.  Some days running goes fine and is completely pain free, while other days are a completely different story.

QOTD: What race is next on your calendar?  What about the race are you looking forward to?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


Also, if you haven’t entered my SmartyPants Vitamins Giveaway, be sure to do so!  The giveaway runs until September 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

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