Monument Ave 10k

This past weekend, I hit the road once again. This time to Richmond for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k.

I had plans to run this race with two of good friends: Meredith and Brook. Meredith’s parents live in Richmond (she lives up here in DC), and Brook lives in North Carolina. So we were all coming from different places and meeting in Richmond. Despite leaving work early, I hit an obscene amount of traffic. After about 3 hours of sitting on I-95 South, I looked like this:

Brook texted me and said that she was just leaving and was hitting no traffic.

Brook is a jerk.

Anyway, once I finally got to Richmond 4.5 hours later (seriously, longest it’s ever taken me to get there!) I went out in search of Italian (gotta carb load!) food with a few Richmond natives: Jim and Joe. The first place we tried was super crowded (I think due to a ton of runners with the same idea), so we headed across the street to the Village Cafe. The pasta was decent, huge portions, and exactly what I was craving. But my favorite part about this meal was that water was served in half pitchers:

As someone who chugs water like a camel, I appreciated this. Plus, I was trying to hydrate for my race!

A few weeks ago, Meredith approached me about possibly running this race in support of her friend Bess who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 26. Bess is a fellow JMU grad and an aspiring runner, so naturally, I was all for it. Last week, Meredith and I made t-shirts for the 3 of us runner girls, which turned out awesome (I think so anyway) and worked out really well for race day.

Front

Back

I had been monitoring the weather all week, which was calling for rain. Of course, mother nature delivered. It was a gloomy, wet morning. Meredith’s parents were nice enough to drive us to the start line on race morning, so we wouldn’t have to worry about parking. It was so clutch to not have to battle for parking with the 40,000 (!!!) other participants!

Seriously, this race is huge. All of Richmond must run it, because I have never seen so many people in one place at one time. There were about 35 corrals starting with elite runners and ending with walkers. I started in an early(ish) corral, pacing with folks who were planned to finish in about 56 minutes. My one qualm about the start line was that the bag check was located 6 blocks away. We actually had ask someone at the information booth where it was because we didn’t see any signs pointing us in the right direction. Once we checked our bags, Brook and I headed to our corral and Meredith headed to hers (she was running a few behind us with her cousin).

The race itself is a nice, flat, 3 miles down Monument Avenue. The beginning is pretty crammed. I had to weave in and out of other runners, and definitely found myself running on the sidewalk at times. I hate when I have to do that! But once we hit mile 1, the crowd thinned out. The cobblestone streets are slightly uneven and I had to watch my step a few times as to not trip. But I spent most of the race keeping an eye out for my friend Sarah, who was visiting friends in Richmond and said she’d come out to cheer us on. I spotted her just past mile 5 and it was the boost I needed to finish strong!

I felt great, and my legs felt strong. But I definitely did not PR. There were way too many people to dodge! Here are the official results:

52:15? Not too shabby for a rainy day!

Meredith and Brook did great too! Meredith finished in under an hour, and Brook was only a few minutes behind that. I’m so proud of them!

One of my favorite aspects of this race is that people have fun with it. There were a lot people dressed in costume like these guys, for example:

Post race, I had a margarita (necessary) and a quesadilla (and that’s not even close to everything I ate this day hahaha).

And then I did about 4 hours of this:

Note to self: get a hammock…and a dog.

Have you ever PR’ed at a crowded race? How do you deal with all the people?

A Day in the Life

You know what’s interesting? The day-to-day. You may think your life seems mundane, but it’s crazy how much stuff happens in just one regular old day. That’s why I decided to do this post: to track an entire day of my life via pictures and share them with you all.

Now, I can’t totally take credit for this idea. I stole it from my friend Cassie, who writes a great blog that you should all check out. After reading her “A Day in My Life” post, I realized how different our daily schedules are. It got me thinking about how everyone lives in such incredibly various ways.

So, without further ado, here is Friday, February 24th, 2012 in the life of Cait:

8:00am – Alarm goes off for the first time and I press Snooze. Oops

8:09am – Alarm goes off for the second time and I force myself out of bed.

8:10am – Assess the damage from the night. Ouch…


Yes, hello blog world, this IS what I look like first thing in the morning!

8:10am-8:50am – Ready for work, but still tired. I am SO not a morning person.

8:52am – Begin commute.

8:57am – Arrive at work (yes, I literally live 5 minutes from my place of employment)

9:02am – Get water from the fridge. CHUG!

9:02 ½ am – Go for round 2. This happens every morning.

9:05am – Breakfast! Usually a granola bar, sometimes a banana. Today was a PB Granola bar. Om nom!

9:15am – 5 hour energy shots with my co-worker Jane. This is a special Friday tradition that we have been doing for about a year. She found out that I don’t drink caffeine at all and decided it would be hilarious to make me take a 5 hour energy. I did it once and sort of became hooked. But we keep it limited to Fridays so that I don’t build up a tolerance and we can still laugh when I bug out.

9am – 10am – Do my job.

That’s my desk. Cool, right?

10:05am – Go downstairs to say hi to my Media Center pals.

Hi Sarah!

10:10am – The energy shot kicks in.

10:15am – I find funky toys to play with.

10:30am – noon – More worky, work.

11:14am – Remember it’s my Dad’s birthday today and send him this text!

12:01pm – Hunger sets in! Snack on some Easter themed Peanut Butter M&M’s.

12:38pm – Sarah sends me this cute picture of a bunny at a computer desk. I die of eternal happiness.

12:48pm – Peak over to my TV and realize that “What Not to Wear” is on. Secretly wish that someone would nominate me for this show.

1:00pm – Get pizza from the pizza truck that’s outside of my office for the day. 35% of the proceeds benefit the Discovery Dodgeball team that is playing in a tournament to benefit diabetes research.

1:03pm – Drink soda (which I never do). 5 hour energy + soda = trouble!

1:15pm – Lunch party!

Nice face, Pera.

1:30pm – Say hi to Jane who is sporting her dodgeball gear for the cause.

After lunch – 5pm – More work.

3:18pm – My favorite song from 5th grade comes on. Insta-nostalgia!

5:00-5:05pm – Rainy commute home.

5:06pm – I remember that I hate rain.

5:15pm – Pack a bag at lightning speed to beat the rush hour traffic. I head to my parent’s house because it’s my Dad’s birthday.

5:30pm – Get stuck in traffic anyway.

Traffic may not look bad, but I was keeping ample space between me and the car in front of me to take the picture.

5:45pm – Willard and I jam out to tunes.

6pm – I decide to wear this hat ironically.

6:30pm – arrive at my parent’s house.

6:33pm – My mom steals my laundry and starts to do it. I don’t protest. For the record, I am fully capable of doing my own laundry, but my mom always steals it before I have a chance and does it. She says she likes to do it. I don’t get it, but hey, whatever!

6:35pm – Say hi to the Birthday Dad and my sister.

6:37pm – Appe-teasers.

6:39pm – Dad starts making the first round of drinks. Maaaargaritas!!

6:55pm – Dad opens the first homebrew of the batch he just made. I have a taste. Yum!

7:00pm – My brother-in-law, Robert finally arrives.

7:15pm – Dinner is served. Burger and sweet potato fries for me. Om nom nom!

7:45pm – After dinner turds. At least that’s what my dad calls his favorite toy. It’s really a reindeer who poops out jellybeans.

8:15pm – Dad opens his birthday presents. I got him a personalized sign for his “Dad Pad”: think man cave, only cooler!

8:15pm – Second drink.

8:58pm – Bed time for the sister. She usually makes it until right around 9, but went out a little early this night. I snuck this sneaky picture and she is going to kill me for posting it. Worth it!

9:15pm – We wake the sister up for some birthday ice cream cake. If you can figure out our numbering system for the candles, gold star for you! Hint: my dad is 56 this year.

10pm – Erin and Robert head home and someone breaks out the mead. Yes, you read that correctly, I said: MEAD!

10pm – 11pm – Chill and unwind time.

11:05pm – Get ready for bed. Once again, only the most attractive pictures of me on this blog. Hah!

11:20pm – Night, night!

What did you do today?