So Monday sure came quick!
This weekend my Dad came to visit. Next week is my birthday (which I share with Mothers Day!) so we celebrated a little bit by heading into DC and just exploring.
Because the weather was supposed to be gorgeous, I couldn’t stand the thought of walking into a museum and being indoors. Dad and I ended up at the Sculpture Garden outside the Art Museum.
I’m not sure how impressed I really was with it. Some of the sculptures didn’t require much thought…like a giant piece of flat steel?! What’s up with that!? Maybe I just don’t have an eye for art.
But Dad sure found this steel tree to be interesting. I think it was the coolest sculpture of the exhibit.
From there we headed over to the US Botanical Garden, which was a perfect place to be on a sunny Spring day. Many of the flowers were in bloom and it was adjacent to the capital building which we ended up walking around before heading for lunch.
We walked around the National Mall for almost 2 hours, so at that point we figured we earned out lunch We drove into Georgetown for a bite to eat and for also another location to explore.
We ended up at Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin which was a complete fluke. Both of us just wanted to grab a sandwich and enjoy a beer, and a tavern seemed like the perfect location to do so! The Tavern has been a popular meeting place in history for famous politicians. JFK actually proposed to Jackie here! I ordered the Bison burger which was HUGE but delicious. Bison is actually a very lean red meat which is why I’m always inclined to order it when I see it on a menu.
After lunch we walked around Georgetown and the Washington Harbor and even enjoyed a margarita in the sun for an early Cinco de Mayo celebration
How was your weekend?
As you know, I’m a Zooma Annapolis Race Ambassador, which I am super stoked about. I love running and especially turning other people onto racing. Right now, two of my friends are signed up and training for their first half marathon at the Zooma Annapolis Race.
One of the things that held me back from running my first race was just the thought that I’d never finish. This is why I interviewed my two friends (Kelly and Wendy) to get their perspective on the upcoming race (25 days to go!).
First Time Half Marathoner!
M: Why did you sign up for Zooma and why did you want to do a half marathon?
K: I have always wanted to run a half marathon and I decided 2013 was the year to do it. As cheesy as it sounds, it was my New Year’s Resolution to do it. I had heard about the Zooma Annapolis half at the end of 2012. I read some great reviews and it seemed like a very supportive community that was encouraging of my participation. This definitely made it less intimidating to run my first half!
M: How did you choose a training plan?
K: I did some research about half marathon trainings and created a hybrid of a few different plans. I used blogs and training websites to map a 4 month schedule to train. I used 4 months as my timeline because my schedule is incredibly unpredictable and I wanted to have time to catch up if I missed a run (or three).
M: What has been your favorite and least favorite part of training so far?
K: My favorite part of training is experiencing an increase in my endurance. Before, there were days when a 3 mile run seemed like a daunting task. But as my runs got longer, the first three miles became easier. Additionally, having the goal of the half has ‘forced’ me to run. Sometimes I think I can “do it tomorrow’ but I always remind myself that although running 6 miles may be hard today, its going to be a LOT harder to run 13 in the future. Having my goal in mind pushes me to get it done. I have found myself much more committed to running and working out.
M: What are your goals for race day?
K: Since this is my first half, my goal is to finish. I do not have a specific time in mind, but somewhere between 2-2:30hrs would be wonderful. My biggest goal is to do the whole thing without walking. Even if I run really slow, I would be really proud to say I ran the entire half.
M: Any suggestions for those who are thinking about running and training for their first half?
K: It’s not as hard as you think! The training process has always deterred me from running a half. I always thought it was such a commitment to run all the time. The biggest piece of advice is to plan out your training ahead of time. Doing this allowed me to see major events (vacations, weddings) that I would need to plan around. Plus, if you take it slow, adding a mile a week is nothing and actually becomes exciting. On top of that, without having a goal of a time to beat, I know that if I stay in good shape, even if that means I am not running all the time, I will be able to finish!
Thanks Kelly for all your insights and tips! I’m so excited to see many first time half marathoners at Zooma on June 1!
Let me know if you have any questions, either for me or Kelly!