Frederick Running Festival Relay Recap

The 10k may be my favorite race distance, but I am quickly becoming a fan of relays. I think it’s the comradery of having a team of friends that are all working together to finish a race. So when I found out the Frederick Running Festival had a relay race I knew I need to run it! I had previously participated in the Frederick Running Festival 5k a few years back but this year I managed to convince my sister to run the half marathon relay with me.

Being the incredibly organized pair of sisters that we are it was we decided on our legs of the race two days before. I ran the first leg (7.7 miles) and she ran the second leg (5.4 miles but with way more hills). Yeah…we love to procrastinate which was apparently the theme of this race.

Neither of us felt entirely prepared for this race. Due to a combination of horrible weather, and the fact that this race occurred right after the last week of my old job and right before starting a new one, I wasn’t able to properly train for the distance due to the stress of wrapping things up at work. However, both of us managed to run the Kennedy Krieger ROAR for Kids 5K without stopping the week prior, which made us feel better about tackling our distances in the relay.

The morning of the race, the weather was, thankfully, cooperating and I knew it was going to be a great day! Unfortunately, we didn’t properly plan for the traffic getting to the start line and my sister ended up missing the bus to take her to the relay exchange point. See, procrastination…theme of the day.

                            Obligatory pre-race selfie

Luckily her husband was able to drive her, and two other runners we randomly bumped into who also missed the bus. On the bright side, this meant that she was able to cheer me on as I crossed the start line! Silver linings!

Check out all the runners!

To say I was nervous about this race was an understatement. With everything going on I am still struggling to motivate myself to get out and run on a consistent basis and I didn’t feel as prepared as I did when I ran the Sole of the City a few weeks prior. However, I surprised myself!

Despite starting off my leg a bit too fast, I managed to slow down my pace enough so I made it four miles without needing to stop. After mile four I took brief walk breaks for each mile after but each walk was minimal. Then when I hit mile 7 something weird happened.

I became incredibly emotional. Please comment below if you have ever experienced this, but this isn’t the first time this has occurred. This doesn’t happen often, but occasionally, during a run, I will feel a huge swell of emotion (usually when I am really pushing myself and it is almost always during a time of stress in my life). Most of the time I am able to hold it together and suppress the tears but that wasn’t happening during this race.

The tears just started flowing, I am thankful it was just tears and not ugly crying, but it was enough that other runners noticed. That moment, my friends, was when I realized how much I LOVE the running community and how supportive they are. All of a sudden two runners beside me yelled “Relay runner! Yeah you! You’ve got this, you’re almost there you’re looking great!”

I wasn’t crying because I was struggling, but hearing words of encouragement kept me from feeling embarrassed, and pushed me to run even faster. By the time I reached the exchange I felt so proud of myself and with a quick hug my sister began the second leg.

I did it!

My sister did great too meeting some of her own personal records, which I say made the Frederick Relay a success all around!

The sister squad!

Afterward, I celebrated the best way I knew how with brunch at the Family Meal and then driving four hours to Roanoke, VA halfway to Asheville, NC where I spent the next week on vacation. In case you were wondering, driving four hours after running over seven in the morning didn’t become my favorite decision in the world. I wouldn’t advise it. However, I did manage to end my day with a delicious Patty Melt in my hotel room, #treatyoself!

It was 100 worth it

Have you ever gotten emotional while running? Please share your story in the comments so that I don’t feel so weird and alone….🙂

Non Scale Victory Friday!

It’s Friday! I may or may not be singing the Rebecca Black song in my head. Don’t worry, I won’t make it a habit, I’m just excited for the weekend!

I’ve been to the Baltimore Running Festival before, for work. My previous job would have runners raise money and run for us in the race. It always seemed like a fun event as a participant, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dread waking up before the sun on a Saturday, so I could stand shivering while we waited for our runners to arrive and then finally leave.

Well tomorrow I’m going to be waking up before the sun on a Saturday, except this time by choice! I’ve heard so many good things about this race, so I’m really excited, but also really nervous. This will be, by far, the largest race I’ve run in. Plus I’ve never done a relay race. I know once I get started running I’ll be fine, but I keep having nightmares about the exchange points going horribly wrong.

Anyways positivity is key! So non-scale victory Friday it is!

  1. I had a bad run on Wednesday, which isn’t a victory, but the way I handled it is. I managed to make myself stop stressing about the bad run, and stay positive so that I’ll have the right outlook going into the relay tomorrow!
  2. I signed a lease on a new place that I’ll be moving into in December! I’m super excited. It’s much closer to work (five minutes as opposed to the hour I’m doing now) and it’s cheaper!!!
  3. I started my Whole30 on Monday and aside from some headaches on Tuesday and Thursday it’s been going really well! I only have 25 more days to go!

Don’t forget to share your non scale victories below and have a great weekend! To anyone running in the Baltimore Running Festival, or any race for that matter, this weekend GOOD LUCK!!

I Can’t Let a Bad Run Get Me Down!

Yesterday morning I got to go in late to work so I was excited to get in a morning run to start off my day! Then I started running and I knew it was going to be rough. In hindsight it was a perfect storm of incidences that meant my run was less than stellar.

My goal? Run 5-6 miles, to get myself ready for the relay I’m running in the Baltimore Running Festival this weekend. The result? I ran/walked a little over four miles, my legs felt like lead, and towards the end I felt like I was going to be physically sick if I pushed myself any harder. I definitely did not feel amped, I felt discouraged and disappointed, and started doubting whether I would be able to finish my leg of the relay.

Which is ridiculous! I can’t let one bad run get me down! It’s true that I’ve had a lot on my plate yesterday. Buying a car, going back to school for the first time in five years (meaning my first midterm in five years eek!) and looking for a new place to live means that I’ve been busy! It also means that there have been nights where I’ve prioritized each of these things over running, who can blame me there’s only so many hours in the day and I have to sleep at some point as well! Couple that with a change in diet that left me with an awful headache on Tuesday as my body yelled at me for giving up sugar, it’s no wonder my running suffered on Wednesday.

Still I’ve managed to get at least one or two runs in a week and last week I ran a full five miles. So I am prepared for this weekend. I’m definitely more prepared than I was for the Arbutus Firecracker, where I was coming off a sprained ankle and hadn’t run at all for three weeks. If I can do that (with a pretty good time considering!) then this is definitely doable.

That’s what I keep reminding myself of. One bad run where I felt miserable is not an indication of how I will do on Saturday. Besides I got my bad run out of the way for the week, that means I can only go up from here right (it’s all about that positive thinking)? I wouldn’t want to have my best run on Wednesday and then my bad run on race day!

My plan is to stay positive, have whole30 compliant food options available before and after my race so I’m properly fueled and run my best on Saturday. Plus I’m going to stop thinking about my Wednesday run after I publish this post!

Have you ever had a bad run or work out? What do you do to get past it?