Washington DC – March 17, 2012
On a brisk early Saturday morning, I, along with 35 of my soon to be closest friends volunteered at the Rock-N-Roll marathon in Washington DC at mile 17. We arrived there between 7:30 am to 7:45 am. Volunteers set up tables, poured tons of water into cups and waited for the runners to arrive. The marathon began at 8 am. We anticipated our first runner around 9:40 am and sure enough, here came Michael Wardian, 5 time winner of this race and local elite running favorite. About 30 seconds later, another runner came by and then a few minutes later other runners. These guys are fast!!
Around 10 minutes later, our first female runner arrived. What I didn’t know at the time was, this runner who wound up winning the race; had not run more then 10 miles before this day. That’s impressive; but left me wondering how her legs felt on Sunday morning.
All in all, it was a great day! We saw waves of runners pass us, many runners thanked us for volunteering and the race director came by and told us we had the cleanest aid/water station. What he didn’t know is DC Capital Striders Running Group are pro’s at this stuff.
Thank you ALL volunteers – please join us again at another local race and give back to the running community!
This morning I woke up and thought I’d take it easy and give my left hamstring a break. I then turned on the tube and saw the movie “Prefontaine” on Showtime Extreme at 6 am. Of course my eyes were peeled to the screen and seconds later I felt the itch.
Luckily, DC Capital Striders has a Saturday morning run minutes from my home. I hop out of bed, grab my favorite running gear, and made the quick trip to Mcdonald’s to fuel up on oatmeal, which surprisingly is pretty darn good. I then headed to the W & OD Trail in Vienna, VA near the caboose to meet up with Erica W and John L. My garmin was ready to go, heart monitor attached, some orange flavored Gu brand chomps in my pocket and my Ipod shuffle on hand.
Today’s run consisted of 7 1/2 miles at an average pace of 9 1/2 minutes per mile. I am signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon in the fall running for one of my favorite charites, High Cloud Foundation.
Tip of the day: Make sure your Ipod has power before you roll out the door. Mine died within the first few minutes of my run leaving me motivated to the sounds of birds chirping and Zip wheels passing me on the trail while hearing “on your left”. On this day, I wasn’t saying, “on your left”, I was hearing it.
Stay tuned to this blog for updates on training for distance runs, various endurance events, and tips and tricks on being a better endurance athlete, and opportunites to serve and participate in various local fitness/endurance events.