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Last month Wayne and I had the pleasure to travel to our nation’s capital to run in the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC, benefiting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. (We seem to like destination marathons) We ran #BostonStrong, all 15,000 of us. The course was absolutely beautiful–running 13.1 miles with historic views of the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, Potomac River and the US Capitol Building. What else is wonderful about this race? The gorgeous limited-edition Tiffany finishers necklace! The necklace this year is a tasteful dog tag design of a woman running alongside cherry blossoms. The back is inscribed with NWM Half  ’13 Washington.

Post-marathon certainly deserves a guilt-free feast. After our race we trudged through the city (what felt like a journey) in search for Georgetown Cupcakes and Shake Shack. Georgetown Cupcakes was heavenly and we conquered practically the entire menu at Shake Shack. My favorite is the ‘Shroom Burger (vegetarian), crisp-fried portobello burger filled with melted meunster and chedder cheese, topped with lettuce, tomatoes and ShackSauce.

On our tourist days we visited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, searched for cherry blossoms, fine Indian food dining at Rasika, helped Sara garden and ate Mexillant fish tacos. Thanks to our lovely friends Jeff & Sara for hosting us!

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We Run DC

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As if running the Nike Women’s Full Marathon in San Francisco last October wasn’t enough, we signed up for another race! This time it’s on the East Coast–Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington DC. We’re pumped and excited to run another race together and explore the sites of our nation’s capital.

Our goal is to finish 13.1 miles within 2 hours (sub 9-min mile). Wayne can definitely do it. I’m… hoping I can survive the pace for a LONG period of time. Ideally we want to average 8.5-9 minute miles. Either way, we’ve been in training mode.  I created a 11-week training schedule (below) with runs every other day, including a long run on the weekend. On our off-days we cross-train (xt) with spinning, circuit training classes, yoga and/or swimming. Our training runs aren’t too bad, but we’ll have to do speed intervals if we want to improve our time.

I had an awesome 7am spin class this morning. Now, I just want to eat. Pretty hungry right now.

# WEEK SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT
1 Feb 10-16 rest 2 xt 3 xt / rest rest 4
2 Feb 17-23 rest 2 xt 3 xt / rest rest 5
3 Feb 24-Mar 2 rest 2 xt 3 xt / rest rest 6
4 Mar 3-9 rest 2 xt 3 xt / rest rest 8
5 Mar 10-16 rest 2 xt 3 xt / rest rest 5
6 Mar 17-23 rest 3 xt 3 xt / rest rest 9
7 Mar 24-30 rest 3 xt 3 xt / rest rest 11
8 Mar 31-Apr 6 rest 3 xt 3 xt / rest rest 9
9 Apr 7-13 rest 3 xt 3 xt / rest rest 11
10 Apr 14-20 rest 3 xt 3 xt / rest rest 9
11 Apr 21-27 rest 3 xt / rest 3 rest rest rest