I thought “Beat The Deadline” was a cute name for the 5K put on by the National Press Club to support the National Press Club Journalism Institute. We all know that journalists have to get their stories written in time to meet their publication deadlines, but did you know that lawyers live with deadlines too?
In my work as a patent attorney, I often have to make sure a patent application is filed before my inventor’s work is published in a scientific journal, so I have my own publication deadlines to meet. On Saturday, I proved that lawyers can beat the deadline too!
(Thanks to Natalie DiBlasio from RunHaven–who won her age group!–for inviting me to participate in this event!)
The race started and ended at the National Press Club in downtown D.C.
I’ve been to the NPC several times,
but this weekend I noticed the beautiful architecture!
Since my husband started the long weekend camping with his buddies, I had to be my own sherpa. I wasn’t sure how early parking meters are enforced on a Saturday morning, so I decided to take the easy way out and park at the Ronald Reagan International Building (also known to lawyers as the International Trade Center), which was barely 2 blocks away. Spending $13 at a garage to avoid a $30 parking ticket is part of the cost of living in this area!
Can you believe he’s 57?!
Tony Horton–honorary race martial for the event–led us in a fantastic warm-up with cycles of 6 counts of running in place alternated with 6 counts of different stretches. Here’s what I can remember:
As we crossed in front of the Capitol, I saw a group of my MRTT friends out for their MCM training run. It was so fun to see them–hopefully I’ll be running with them soon.
Most of the route was very flat, except for that obligatory hill at the end!
Now, I told you I wasn’t going to race this race, but I was feeling pretty good after my track workout on Thursday, where I accidentally ran laps at an 8:30 pace. (I was aiming for a 9:30 pace–clearly I need to brush up on my track math!). After the downhill start I saw 7:30 on my Garmin, and slowed down. I settled into an 8:30 pace and held that pretty well.
I was pleased with my time, but even happier that my foot felt fine the whole time. Really, I didn’t “feel” it at all!
After the race, there was a pancake breakfast at the National Press Club. It felt odd being in sweaty post-race mode at such a lovely place, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying a pancake with bacon and fruit. I’m glad I hung around because this happened:
As part of the race events, I also was invited to a “Tweet Up” with Tony Horton on Thursday, and participated in his P90X boot camp. Of course I’ve heard of Tony Horton and P90X, but I haven’t tried his workouts. That will be changing soon, since we were given the P90X3 DVDs at the Tweet Up!
I was impressed how nice Tony was–both at the Tweet Up and during the boot camp. He was really motivating and funny–but I am a sucker for corny jokes. I like his “do your best–and forget the rest” approach, and think I will enjoy his workouts.
Now that my comeback 5K is in the books, it’s time to figure out how to get my training on track for the Army Ten Miler in October. I need to build up my mileage and add in some hill work … all without getting injured!
What was the highlight of your Labor Day weekend?