Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sightseeing Tips For Cherry Blossom Spectators

There’s something I think every runner needsNope, it isn’t shoes. After all, some people wear those shoes that look like feet (“feet gloves”). I even saw one guy at the JFK 50-miler walking to the start line wearing sandals.

And also off to the USPTO . . .
I came up with “Feet Gloves” myself. I’m so proud.

It’s not even wearable tech, although believe me, I’m old enough that when I started running in high school, it was a lot more cumbersome. Continue reading Sightseeing Tips For Cherry Blossom Spectators

Runner Spotlight: David Heyman

David after completing Havana Half Marathon in November 2015
David after completing Havana Half Marathon in November 2015

I “met” David Heyman on twitter in 2014 when we were both preparing for the Philadelphia half marathon. His twitter feed is one of my favorites & is full of insights on what’s happening in Washington, DC – everything from sports, to politics, to the metro system. He also tracks how long it takes media outlets to report breaking news, shares travel tips, and (of course) has running-related content!

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Cross-Training Ideas for Runners

While running is my main sport, I really love other types of fitness training too. It’s great because cross-training is really important when training for a race so I never have to completely give anything else up. Cross-training or doing other activities besides running helps build strength and flexibility, stops boredom, and prevents injury. It’s also very easy in these cold winter months to be convinced to workout indoors (where you can even wear shorts and pretend it’s not below-freezing outside!). Here are some of my favorite ways to cross-train:


  • Yoga: I love doing hot yoga and vinyasa yoga at least once a week. It is a great way for me to warm up my muscles and focus on lengthening and flexibility while also building strength. Sometimes the classes are more about my mental wellness and a relaxing rather than being strictly a workout.

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Wanted: Generous Runners Who Know Every Second Counts

How long will it take you to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run? This year, I’d love to run it in 90 minutes or less. Let’s say you finish in 90 minutes, too, and we cross the line together. That’s 5,400 seconds.

Did you know 62 children a minute enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment? That’s 1 child a second.

That means 5,400 children may enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment while we are participating in the Runners’ Rite of Spring and enjoying the view of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Hains Point.

Caregivers Need You

Friday, February 19 is National Caregiver Day, and that got me thinking about the parents who bring their kids to children’s hospitals. Continue reading Wanted: Generous Runners Who Know Every Second Counts

Our Valentine To Running

Happy Valentine’s Weekend! 

Runners can be pretty passionate about running, and why shouldn’t we be? There are so many thing to love about running. We’ve tried to explain our love for running in the essays below. Why do you love running? Tell us in the comments!
Valentine To Running

Why Do You Love Running?

LaurenI love running because, while there’s a million things you can buy for running, all you really need is a good pair of running shoes. I love running because every run is different. Sometimes it’s therapeutic, sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes it’s really challenging. It never gets dull. I love running because, while I like running races, the sport is really all about me. Me pushing myself to do my best, to work hard, and get stronger.  Continue reading Our Valentine To Running

Runner Spotlight: Jamie Seifert

Jamie tackles Marine Corps, her second marathon, with ease
Jamie tackles Marine Corps, her second marathon, with ease

Jamie and I met a little over a year ago during Potomac River Running Distance Training, but she’s the kind of person that you feel like you’ve known your whole life. Now our kids run track together, she gives me mom advice (who knew elementary school would be so hard for me to navigate?!), and comes over to run on my basement treadmill when the winter weather makes an outdoor run treacherous. Everyone should have a friend like Jamie! 

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How to Train for Cherry Blossom From Afar

Training for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler is underway and I couldn’t be more excited!  I can’t wait to be back in DC for my second Cherry Blossom Run on April 3!

If you’re running Cherry Blossom and live in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, you are so lucky to have the race course in your backyard!  You also get to take advantage of signing up for =PR= Training, which includes a training plan, weekly group runs, track workouts, and so much more!

Living in Philadelphia, I don’t have that same convenience, but in order to have the best racing experience, I have to make a few slight adjustments in my training.

If you’re traveling to the race from out of town, state, or country, here are some tips that will help you train for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler no matter where you are!

How to Train for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler From Afar

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Tips for Training for the CUCB Ten Miler!

Happy February! Before we know it, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler will be here! I thought this was a good time to talk through some training tips as we all prep for the big day.

CUCB 2015
This race is such fun!

This year will be my fourth year running the CUCB and each year, I’ve picked up a few more tips on how best to train for the race. I hope you all will find these helpful as you move forward with your training.

  • Get ready to run with {lots of} friends. The CUCB Ten Miler is a VERY popular race and if you are not used to running larger races, you might find yourself thrown off your game during the first mile or so. Don’t let this happen to you – prepare mentally for a somewhat crowded start and resolve to use that first mile to settle in. Each year that I’ve run, my first mile has been my slowest. Don’t let that bum you out – it’s the perfect way to try and negative split the race (negative split = run the second half faster than the first).
  • Check out the course map (including the elevation chart). You’ll note that the course takes you through a pretty scenic route – you will start and end at the Washington Monument, go over the Memorial Bridge and run through Rock Creek Park before heading around the Tidal Basin towards Hains Point. If you are paying attention, you can see numerous other monuments, memorials and museums while racing. While looking at the elevation chart, you’ll notice that this is a really flat course. It’s great to try and push it for a PR, because it’s so flat. There is one teeny (extremely teeny) hill at the very end of the race, but it is so close to the finish that you can ignore the pain and finish strong.
  • Prepare mentally for Hains Point. The last couple miles of the race take you through Hains Point. Hains Point is flat, isolated and many runners nightmare. There isn’t a ton of crowd support because it’s isolated and it can feel like it stretches on forever. However, you can be prepared to not let Hains Point take you down! The best thing about it is that once you reach Hains Point, the end is near. Take advantage of the quiet and the flat portion of the course to concentrate on slowly increasing your pace for a strong and fast finish. I like to just put my head down, run hard and push it in. Once you start hearing the crowds again, you’ll have made it through Hains Point and be pushing up that last tiny hill. Don’t let Hains Point defeat you – own it and you will have a great race!

What are your tips for CUCB newbies?