Whether the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run or 5K will be your first race or one of many, every runner can benefit from learning more about preventing injury, training through injuries, fueling for a race, and recovery. That’s why we are grateful for the support of MedStar Sports Medicine, and the educational seminars they are offering just for Cherry Blossom participants.
I feel like a perpetual new runner. I’ve started and stopped running so many times in my life, I’ve lost count. If anyone knows how to get started running, it’s me.
I took a break from running when graduate school and working full-time became too much to add running into my schedule. After a cross-country move and settling into new job, I wanted to start running again and found that I felt like a brand new runner again. Every step felt like it was hard, breathing was an effort, even the two-mile loop around my neighborhood was too much. I had to return to the basics of when I first started running. In case you’re new to running too, I want to share some of what I have found important in my many seasons of being a new runner.Continue reading How To Get Started Running→
If you entered the lottery for the 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run but didn’t get in, I have a story for you.
When I was a kid, I wanted a sparkly Michael Jackson glove so much. I mean, I wanted it BAD.
It was on my birthday wish list, but when my birthday came, no sparkly Michael Jackson glove. I was so sad. I was even a little angry. Then, a late birthday card arrived in the mail from a family member, and inside the card was some cash. I was able to buy myself that Michael Jackson glove.
If you entered the lottery for the 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run but didn’t get in, you can buy your own sparkly glove…I mean, race entry! Just raise $500 before February 15 and you can earn a place in the 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run as a Charity Race Participant.
5 years ago, if you would have asked me if I wanted to go for a “jog“, I probably would have laughed in your face. I was trying to be active by doing small at-home workouts and dancing, but I really had no desire to get out and start running.
That was until my dad and brother started running together and ran a half marathon. They, along with a group of friends from my church camp, inspired me to start running. But I didn’t know HOW to start running….because I truly couldn’t run 30 seconds without stopping to breathe. I wasn’t motivated enough to just go outside and run around the block–I needed something to push me. I needed a goal. So I signed up for a race, and things just took off from there! Continue reading There’s Nothing Wrong With Run Walk Training→
Running is a simple sport, right? You just put on your shoes and go! And I’m guessing you’ve probably said or heard that before. Well despite what many people think, running isn’t always that simple. I mean, the act of running is simple in theory – one foot in front of the other…repeat. But the execution of running and more importantly, staying healthy and training for a goal race, is what can be complex. But it doesn’t have to be.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves living a healthier lifestyle by eating well and exercising often, no matter whether you are new to a fitness lifestyle or have been running your entire life. But have you ever gone to the gym and did only what you felt like doing for the day, run endless miles without ramping up in mileage or varying your run type, or perhaps just did the same things as you have been doing, and eventually found yourself wondering why you didn’t get the results you wanted?If this has been you at some point, you might be surprised to learn that the likely reason you’re not getting where you want to go isn’t because you’re unmotivated or clueless about how to get there. It may just be that you didn’t go into it with a plan to get where you want to go and what to do next; a plan that included steps to get there, challenges to avoid the dreaded plateau, or a timeline of when you could take it to the next level. I’ve been that person, the one who crosses a finish line at a race wondering why I didn’t get the time I wanted when I thought I had put in enough work to make it happen. That’s called guesstimating, and I have learned that it doesn’t work well for reaching goals. Continue reading Mapping Your Fitness Journey→
Happy New Year! Do you have big running goals for 2017? Whether the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run is your spring goal race or one of many awesome events on your calendar, we want you to be healthy and strong when you line up at the start so you can be smiling when you reach the finish line.
As children we were taught that if we didn’t behave we might end up on Santa’s “naughty” list and get a lump of coal in our Christmas stockings instead of whatever was on our wish lists. Race directors have their own naughty lists, and take them quite seriously.
While most runners follow all the rules and regulations, there is growing concern about the unauthorized sale, transfer and use of bibs, particularly for popular races like the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Continue reading Will You Be Naughty Or Nice?→
While there are still a few good weeks of running left in 2016, a lot of runners are starting to fill out their 2017 race calendars. I know I’ve already got April 2 filled in with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. If you don’t have a guaranteed entry from volunteering last year, now is your chance to enter the lottery, which is open from December 1 through December 12.
You can find a full explanation of how the lottery works here.
If you don’t want to risk it with the lottery or you know you want to support Children’s Miracle Network, you can sign up to be a Charity Race Entry Participant. To qualify, you will need to raise $500 for the official race charity, Credit Unions for Kids. You will feel good knowing that every dollar raised for Credit Unions for Kids will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network, a network of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals located across North America. Please check out the official fundraising page for all the details.
We hope to see you at the
Washington Monument grounds on April 2!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, is #GivingTuesday, and Elizabeth is sharing one of the many reasons why she understands how important it is to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and Credit Unions for Kids. If you agree that all children should have access to the healthcare they need without regard to ability to pay, you can donate here too!
Running can HURT kids!
Yes, I’m trying to get your attention. But it’s also true.