Friday, July 12, 2013

& Now We Run...

Finish Line / Pacemakers 5K
It all started with a late-night conversation about the Fodderstack 10K, an annual race held every  April in Rappahannock County, VA. Alex & Kris were planning to run it for the second year in a row and asked me if I'd be interested in running it with them. I've always wanted to be a "runner", but I've never been that awesome at it...of course, I've never been one to back down from a challenge so I said yes.

A few weeks later, Molly's Irish Pub in Warrenton posted the information for their annual Wearing O' The Green 5K. We thought it'd be a good idea to test the waters with a 5K before we ran a 10K, so we signed up. We showed up and ran the whole thing, which to experienced runners I'm sure is hilarious, but to us we were pretty excited. A couple of weeks later, we found an 8K in we woke up at 5:00am to get down there for it and we ran that whole race, too. By this point, we were getting pretty addicted to this racing thing!

After that it was time for the original race - the Fodderstack 10K. First off, this course is no joke. It's almost all hills (one of which has an ambulance waiting on know, just in case!) but it has some of the most gorgeous views. The Fodderstack 10K begins in Flint Hill and ends in Little Washington. We ran it with respectable times and even won a couple door prizes! We also have two friends that ran with us at Fodderstack (Jon & Troy - father/son team!) and Troy joined us again for the Bodies in Motion race. Troy has been training and he gives us all a run for our money! Phil came out and ran the Pacemakers 5K with us and has since taken up running again.

Since Fodderstack, we have run another 10K and two more 5Ks, and have more on the calendar. The last 5K we ran was the Fourth of July 5K in Culpeper. Alex set her personal record at 29:00 minutes!

Pacemakers 5K/10K

When we started, we had no idea it would turn into something we loved doing so much! It's like a constant competition against your last race, always trying to better yourself. It's fun to train for it and it's fun to have two awesome girlfriends to do it all with. We made a team name (Pretty Little Pavement Pounders) and we even have super cute t-shirts that people love taking pictures of at races haha. We went to The Running Store and had the analysis done and bought the shoes that were perfect for our individual running styles. Running in the right shoes makes a huge difference!

The big event we are excited for now is The Color Run in Richmond in September. We're making a weekend out of it and it's going to be a BLAST! That will definitely make the blog...

My Running Shoes
Fodderstack 10K 2013
Our Team Shirts

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