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Location:

Washington,DC,USA

Member Since:

May 01, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

One marathon: 4:08; Half marathon PR: 1:48:30; Ten-miler PR: 1:23; 8k PR: 39:00; 10k PR: 46:51

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Lose 10 lbs. to get in shape to run faster and --> Qualify for Boston!

Race calendar:

May 18: Capitol Hill Classic 10k (50:23)

June 14: Lawyers Have Heart 10k (48:20)

July 12: Caribbean Sounds 10k (50:23)

July 14: Bastille Day 4-miler (30:55)

July 27: Riley's Rumble 1/2 Marathon (1:48:30)

(Stress fracture/broken jaw break)

Nov 9: Veteran's day 10k (46:51!!!)

Nov 27: Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-miler

Dec 6: Gar Williams 1/2 marathon

Dec 14: Jingle All the way 10k

February 14, 2009: Myrtle Beach marathon? (goal: 3:40!!!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finish a 1/2 Ironman before I'm 40 years old

Finish 10 marathons in 4:00 hrs or less by the time I'm 40 years old.

Run the JFK 50-miler

Personal:

Just another single 30-year old Argentine girl living the American dream in Washington DC and trying to run faster. Graduated from Southern Utah University in 2003, then moved to DC. I have a full-time job as research economist for an association in the transportation industry and I'm attempting to get my Master's degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins, part-time, while keeping my sanity!

More adventures in my personal blog

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Ran with Mike from work at lunch

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Ran on the C&O Canal after work, didn't feel good at all, my shins hurt lots - got home and iced it a lot.

Biked to work and back.

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Patriot's Cup Corporate Challenge 8k in George Mason. Team won 2nd place in co-ed division. Started slow, then picked up the pace after mile 3, felt like I was pushing strong.

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Easy run at lunch with Ashley

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From work on C&O Canal towpath to bench and back. Shins hurt :(

Biked to work and back.

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From office, around Jefferson Memorial, through US Chamber, White House, back on Pennsylvania Ave.

Shins hurt!

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Slowed waaaay down as suggested by Sascha. Shins still hurt... Will keep icing and going to run and swim in the swimming pool this weekend, and hope for the best.

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Easy run by RFK and Lincoln Park with Betsy/then Fragers alone. Shins hurt but not too bad.

Pool exercises for 45 minutes prior to the run.

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Ran with Betsy in the pouring rain, it was great! Shins hurt a little but not too bad.

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From office on C&O towpath. Felt great and took it easy the 3 miles out; then was chased by these fast college girls and HAD TO speed up a bit... Ran 2 miles back fast and slowed down in last mile. Took 50 minutes altogether.

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From office, C&O canal to Key Bridge, on the Mt. Vernon trail, back on Memorial Bridge, on Rock Creek trail, up P St. and back to office. Felt heavy and slow... Shins hurt a little but not bad.

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Reverse bridges run after work, over to P street, and checked out a little of the Potomac Heritage trail. Felt pretty goods, shins bothered a little but not too bad. Took 55 minutes.

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6 miles on C&O towpath after work - shins hurt quite a bit. did 5 miles easy and tried to run hard one mile... sad to know the hardest I can run a mile is 7:50, though I'm hopeful that the mile markers on the canal are a bit off... About 50 minute workout altogether.

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Biked 15 miles fast, to work and then to Kassandra's house.

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Ran the Capitol Hill Classic 10k in 50 minutes and change (plus a warm-up mile and a mile back home). Was able to keep 8-minute mile pace until mile marker 5 - then the hill reaaaally caught up to me. I bike up that hill every day on my way back from work, I've ran the hill several times but on the sidewalk; running on the street appeared a lot steeper! The fact that you could see the runners going up it was terrible. This was a new course; the years prior you went down one side of the capitol building and up the other side, so you didn't see the runners going up, and you didn't go down and up the same exact hill... I think it made a difference. My pace was 8:07, not that bad but 2 minutes off my goal. I know I need to be patient... eat better - that's a big thing for me, I know if I can eat less "empty calories" I could improve my performance. I have a sweet tooth and it's hard for me to say no to baked goods and candybars... 

Now there's another 10k coming up in June that I'll probably do and try to hit my goal again then. Until then, I'll keep focusing on improving my endurance and not so much speed yet. I need to be patient, I know it! 

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Ran to work from home in the morning in the pouring rain with my big backpack, after getting pretty much no sleep.

I'm very proud of myself.

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Ran to work from home after a stop in Union Station to find out that MY BIKE GOT STOLEN!!!! Very very sad. My car got stolen two months ago, which adds to the madness.

At least I still have my running shoes and my legs! Maybe that's God's way of telling me I should run more!

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After work on C&O Canal towpath, from work to Fletcher's boathouse. Ran very slow, about 10-min/mile pace. Took 1 hour.

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Same route as yesterday - Office to Fletcher's boathouse. Ran slow the 3 miles there, and faster the 3 miles back - took 55 minutes. I love this route! Shins hurt a little, and the back of my left heel hurts somewhat too. I need to go to the store and get some new shoes. Not sure if the Superfeet insoles help or not.

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Backpacking trip to West Virginia = 8 miles, very tough and mostly uphill, with very heavy backpacks because there is no water throughout the trail. No running, but my legs did get a good workout! Beautiful day.

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Moderately difficult hike, sometimes with light pack and sometimes without it, in West Virginia. We left our packs and equipment at the camping spot and set off for 7 miles out and 7 miles back to the site, very fast hiking, we were doing less than 3 miles an hour. Fun times.

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Backpacking out of our camping spot in West Virginia, 8 miles back to the car, with backpacks heavy but almost all the water gone so not as bad as before at all - mostly downhill but a few hills too. Then when I got back home I went out for a 6-mile easy run - the day was too nice to pass. My shin pain is still there but not too bad at all. I dream that one day it is completely gone!!! It'll happen, I know it! A great day overall, great ending of the 3-day backpacking trip. I feel already a little lighter, like my clothes aren't as tight as before. I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow morning... yikes!

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Short run after work by Anacostia park and around RFK stadium, back by the Congressional Cemetery. Felt I could go faster and further but brought my neighbor's dog, Cushlin, with me and she was very tired, poor thing - she's not used to running... But we made it back safe. Felt really good the entire time - shins not bothering much.

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7.3 miles with Georgetown Running group, out on Key Bridge and back on 14th Street/395 bridge. Went out fast (8 min/mile) for first 4 miles, then slowed down to probably 9 min/mile. Felt really good. Shins hurt only a little.

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From home to work in the morning, with my little backpack. Went very slow, took 45 minutes including stop lights, etc. Shins hurt........ :(

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Lunch run from office, 4.1 easy miles with Mike, out the C&O canal, cross Key bridge, then on Mt. Vernon trail, cross the Memorial Bridge, back to office, then I did a little more around Georgetown. Went out really easy cause Mike isn't in great shape - had good conversation with Mike about training for our upcoming 10k that we're all doing with a bunch of people from the office, and about his twins, and about his weight loss success! The guy lost 60 lbs., starting by biking 10 miles to work every day and back, as soon as his wife found out she was pregnant. Very moving. He's younger than me but more inexperienced as a runner, so I feel I have some stuff to teach him (like not to run too fast or too far too soon, stretching techniques, etc.), a lot of things I learned from other more experienced runners on this blog too! Now I'm off to the beach for the weekend - looking forward to doing some barefoot running on the sand, but not too much. A few years ago I got tendonitis that way... I'm planning on trading barefoot beach running with trail running.

To any St. George runner that reads this, what do you guys do to run in the summer? Do you still run outside when it's super hot, or do you use treadmills? Here in DC it can get quite hot and humid, but typically I manage to run outside no matter what. Some don't think it's healthy, not only because of the heat but also the pollution levels...

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Camping weekend in Assateague Island! Gorgeous weather all day. The guys left to go to Frontier Town, a kid's amusement park a few miles away. I was good and decided to stay and go for a 2-hour run. I left the campsite and ran on the bike path for 25 minutes, then heard the rangers giving warning to everyone that a tornado warning was in effect in our area! So, I had to cut my run short to try to get back to camp and save our stuff from getting blown away or soaked! I took off my shoes and ran back on the sand. So nice! I ran for about 1 hour total, probably around 6 miles, against the wind! Got to the campsite in time to wrap everything in the tents in plastic, and then the winds were insane, everything was flying away but I was able to keep everything from getting too far... all by myself, I managed to switch back and forth between the three tents, staking them down one by one and then moving to the next one as soon as it was flying away, then moving to the next one... crazy! Rained lots. Then it calmed down. Everyone wanted to leave cause the sand was wet, but I stayed for the night. It wasn't bad at all! Overall, a nice run, though not as long as I wanted it.  

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