Lawyers Can Beat The Deadline Too

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?

Beat The Deadline

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.

National Press Club

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!

Tony Horton

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:

Tony Horton's Warm Up
Tony counted us down for the start, and we were off! The course followed an out-and-back route, mostly along Pennsylvania Avenue and in front of the Capitol.


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!

Beat The Deadline 5K Profile

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.

Beat The Deadline Splits

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:

Beat The Deadline AG Medal

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?

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45 Responses to Lawyers Can Beat The Deadline Too

  1. AmyC says:

    Congrats on your 1st place AG finish!
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  2. Congrats on your AG award! That’s amazing!

    PS – Are you sure that Tony Horton is 57?!? He most certainly does not look that old!
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  3. Kelli says:

    Congrats on your AG award! So cool that Tony was there. P90X was the very first program I used when graduating from couch into a fitness oriented lifestyle. And he totally does not look 57. I didn’t realize you were a patent attorney. I am a manager in R&D so my group works with our attorneys very frequently on drafting patents and all other aspects of IP strategy.
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  4. Seeing Tony H in person sounds cool. Congrats on a great race. That smile on your face was priceless!
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  5. Great job and congrats on that first place AG finish! Very cool that you got to meet Tony Horton! He’s proof that exercise will keep you ageless.
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  6. Kim Westrich says:

    Congratulations on your AG win! It’s wonderful that you didn’t feel your foot. You are back on track, literally and figuratively πŸ™‚
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  7. Marcia says:

    Way to rock your comeback race! How cool to meet Tony Horton. The Caveman actually went to college with the founder of Beachbody. Really? You have $13 parking garages? In Chicago the garages are $30+ and the parking tickets are $50+. Keeps me from running much in the city.
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  8. Jennifer says:

    Congrats on the AG win! I had no idea Tony Horton was 57 – looks great.
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  9. Congrats on your award! Wow, Tony is my age. He does look great. I’ve never done the workouts either, but I hear they’re really good (and challenging).
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  10. congrats on that finish- you are fast! It is cool when you get to meet people like that in person and they are actually nice! Looks like a great event!
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  11. Heather says:

    my highlight was I actually got comments on my blog, it’s the little things. Good job on your race. Have a great Labor Day

  12. I didn’t know you were a patent attorney! So was my Dad. Who worked for IBM for almost 40 yrs.

    I, OTOH, had zero interest in becoming an attorney of any kind (left that to my brother, who is a labor relations attorney).

    Always wanted to try P90X but never have.

    Congrats on your AG award!
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  13. Steena says:

    You very recently tweeted at me about being discouraged at your coming back pace. You got over that quickly! Nice!

  14. Carmy says:

    Congrats! Way to place in your age group!
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  15. Congrats on the AG win! That’s awesome! And so glad to hear that your foot is feeling fine now.
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  16. Congrats on your AG!! So happy to hear that your foot didn’t give you any trouble.
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  17. Natalie says:

    Congrats on a great race and your 1st place AG finish!! Such a fun way to start the week!!
    That is so awesome that you got a copy of the P90x series!
    Tony really doesn’t look 57 at all – guess P90x really works! πŸ™‚
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  18. yay on the AG win! i debated doing this race but decided to just run my 10 on my schedule with my training group instead.
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  19. You want hills? Maybe you should come back to the Ragnar team πŸ˜‰ Bad bad girl for racing!! And very cool that you got to meet Tony Horton and how cool to get his DVD’s, those aren’t cheap! Congrats on the AG award too!
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  20. Priya says:

    Congrats on your AG award! Leaves me speechless. And he can easily pass as 40.

  21. Congratulations to you on your finishing place πŸ™‚ I’m moving up to the 45 age group here in the UK after Christmas and it’s so competitive, it’s scary – and the ladies are soooo fast! Hope the speed spree lasts for you πŸ™‚

  22. Carla says:

    late to the soiree but STILL HERE SHOUTING THE CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
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  23. Chaitali says:

    Wow, congrats on that Age Group finish and on the foot feeling good πŸ™‚
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  24. Congrats on your comeback 5K and so glad to hear that your foot is not giving you much trouble! The tweet meet up with Tony Horton looked like a blast. What a cool opportunity!

  25. Kim Hatting says:

    I’d love to meet Tony Horton! I owe all of my strength training “love” to him for what P90X did for me πŸ™‚ And, congrats on the 1st place AG!!!! That’s a great comeback!
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  26. So glad you are feeling better and back to being able to run the way you want.
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  27. Late to the congratulatory party (did I spell that right?) – but sounds like a great race. Report back on those DVDs, that sounds like a fun workout. recently posted…Conquer the Bridge RecapMy Profile

  28. jill conyers says:

    I love love Tony! Years ago I started my health and fitness journey by waking up with him [and P90X] every single day. He’s been a part of my life to varying degrees ever since.

    Thanks for sharing with the fitfam and Fitness Friday! xoxo
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  29. Congratulations! I’m sure it feels great πŸ™‚ It sounded like a great time.
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  32. Congrats on the AG win. I’m speechless.Sounds like a great race.

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