2017 Lawyers Have Heart Race Recap

This weekend I wrapped up my spring (?) racing season with the 2017 Lawyers Have Heart 10K. I was feeling run down after my week of tough workouts last week, and really cut back in the days leading up to the race. I think that paid off since I ran my second-fastest Lawyers Have Heart ever!

2017 Lawyers Have Heart 10K

Although I was able to ease up on my workouts, the rest of my week was not easy. Monday I had an oral argument. Tuesday I got my son and his girlfriend off to Germany for two months of “studying” abroad. Wednesday I spoke on a legal panel hosted by The Atlantic and filmed at The Newseum. Thursday I had an all-day meeting with an expert witness from England. Friday I had to say farewell to a colleague who is moving to North Carolina. And then Friday night I realized that the race started at 7:00 instead of 7:30!

2017 Lawyers Have Heart Race Recap

The Lawyers Have Heart race starts and ends right by my office, and while there are gorgeous views along the river, the race course doesn’t take advantage of any of them. 

Lawyers Have Heart

Enjoying the scenery before the race.

Instead of following a path along the river, the course is run on the freeways that cut through the city. Instead of hills, there are on-ramps and off-ramps. There’s no crowd support anywhere–I always wonder if that’s because nobody wants to cheer on a bunch of lawyers! 

My goal for the race was to run an 8-ish min/mile pace. I thought I was pacing myself well based on my infrequent glances at my Garmin, but I see from my Garmin data that I started out too fast, running the first three miles at 7:52; 7:56:  and 8:06. I know I slowed down after that, but I decided not to push myself again until mile 5, which is reflected in my last three miles splits: 8:23; 8:44: 8:17. I was pleased with how I felt during that last mile, and pushed it to the finish with a 7:37 pace for the last 1/4 mile measured by my Garmin.

2017 Lawyers Have Heart

I know those slower middle miles would keep me from a PR, but I was satisfied with my second-fastest finish. I collected my medal and headed to my office for our post-race brunch. 

Weekly Wrap

As I mentioned, I cut back on my workouts a bit this week. Here’s my report for the Weekly Wrap Link Up (guest hosted this week by Kim at KookyRunner).

2017 Lawyers Have HeartMonday: Strength workout at home
Tuesday: Easy neighborhood run
Wednesday: OTF
Thursday: Strength workout at home
Friday: Two Jasyoga programs (~45 min total)





I broke the “nothing new on race day” rule and
wore my new ProCompression socks,
trusting that this tried-and-true brand
wouldn’t do me wrong.
I couldn’t resist how well the blue pattern
coordinated with my law firm’s LHH team shirt
–another new thing I wore on race day! 

Do you have any races coming up this summer?

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39 Responses to 2017 Lawyers Have Heart Race Recap

  1. Congrats on your great race! Was it small, since it was only lawyers?

    I have to say it– I had a lot of oral arguments this week…lol…sorry…
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  2. Congrats on your race! I ran downtown at around 9ish on Saturday and saw a lot of people walking back with their bibs on.

  3. Kimberly G says:

    Congrats on your strong 10K this weekend – that’s awesome! I know that this race was very important to you so glad that it went well. I actually just got those Pro Compression socks in the mail yesterday and I love them – they are so pretty 🙂

    Thanks for linking up for the Weekly Wrap!
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  4. I love the compression socks! Looks like your strategy to break the cardinal rule worked. I just added the Chicago R’n;R half marathon to my summer roster 😉 There will be a few other smaller “local” events added as well after I finish up with Grandma’s. You should consider Chicago!! Congrats on that speedy finish time!
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  5. Wow awesome job on your 10k race!! Congratulations to you!! Love the medal!
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  6. ooh the medals look really nice this year! One of these years I will make it to this race. It’s just right in the middle of my tri season and all of the end of the year school stuff. Congrats on a great race

  7. Whew! I’m tired just reading that. Great job on your race! That’s really too bad it doesn’t take advantage of the scenery.

    I have a race on the 4th & maybe one in August. I’m not a fan of racing in the summer. November is usually my big racing month! And it’s time to take a little bit of a breather, anyway.
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  8. Carla says:

    From the race to the oral arguments.
    We need to get a facebook live of the LawyerCoco OR OR OR a post on HOW TO FUEL UP FOR YOUR BEST ORAL ARGUMENT EVER.

  9. Shathiso says:

    Sorry about your hectic week 🙁 But glad it finished well with such a great run at the Lawyers Race. And just love the colour of those compression shocks and shoes!
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  10. Coco says:

    My Newseum panel is on YouTube. For the other, you’d have to just read the court reporter’s transcript and visualize me standing at the podium. 🙂
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  11. Wow, you had a busy week yet still had enough energy left to pull off a speedy race! That’s a nice looking medal!

  12. Steena says:

    You’d think it would be easier for them to set up the course on the nicer paths than the freeway, but who knows! I know certain permits are more of a battle than others in event courses. Strong run for you, as always!
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  13. Congrats on your race! I have my 5th half marathon this weekend, can’t wait!
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  14. Nice job on the race. LHH is one of the few local races that I’ve never done. I think I need to put it on the calendar for next year…

  15. Clarinda says:

    That’s interesting that they shut down the freeway instead of taking advantage of the pretty views along the river. At least I assume the freeway was shut down for the race!!

    So, did the new socks hold up during the race? Or were they a mistake?

    Sounds like you had quite the busy week leading up to race day!! Congrats on your speedy time.
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  16. Lesley says:

    Congrats! I don’t usually do races in the summer, and instead use those months for keeping my base. I’ve trained through the summer before, and it was awful! OK, it was Texas…

  17. I have a love /hate relationship with LHH. The course is awful, but I love 10ks! I was out of town this past weekend so I missed the fun. Kudos on making it through a packed week!

  18. Teresa says:

    Your comment that maybe people didn’t want to come out to cheer on a bunch of lawyers cracked me up. I have a few lawyer friends and the lawyer jokes are never ending!

    Great finish time too! You are so speedy!
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  19. Congrats on your race! A second fastest finish time is awesome!

  20. Jenn says:

    That’s interesting (and disappointing) that the race didn’t take advantage of any of the views. That being said, it sounds like you didn’t need a view to have a great race! Congratulations!

    I have a bunch of 5Ks coming up this summer. Things slow down around here because of the hot temperatures, so we will do the best we can.
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  21. Rachel says:

    Woohoo! Congrats on a great race. And I agree — how strange they don’t take advantage of more scenic areas!
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  22. Congrats on running a very strong race. The weather last weekend wasn’t very runner friendly, but you showed those Weather Gods who was in control. Way to go!
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  23. You definitely had one busy week! Congrats on running such a strong 10K! What a shame the course isn’t prettier.
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  24. Congratulations on your race! DC is such a great city to explore. I haven’t visited the Newseum yet and it’s definitely on my bucket list.

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