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Maya Angelou 5K Race

My ankle is stillllll recovering from the sprain. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about, but frankly I’m tired of having a kankle. Needless to say, I thought it would be healed by now.  It’s funny how fast your body  can get out of shape. Every run feels a little easier, but I still haven’t had that one great run. You know the one where your body and breathing are perfectly in synch; every step you feel more empowered. Those runs are what keep me coming back for more…maya angelou 5 k rock creek park washington d.c.

I’m trying my darnedest to get back into running shape though. To stay motivated, I’m trying to run a race whenever I can. A couple Saturdays ago me, Brian and about 200 runners ran the Maya Angelou 5k in Rock Creek Park. This small race benefited a big cause, the Maya Angelou Schools. These schools help students in Washington D.C. who have not succeeded in traditional schools. Small races are a nice change of pace, and they have a sense of community that can be easily missed in a race with 50,000 people.

Signing up for this race, I must admit, I was a little hesitant. The last race I ran in Rock Creek Park, the Caribbean Sounds Race 5k & 10k race, was a disaster.  They really were on island time and somehow forgot a major part of the race, THE 5K TURN AROUND. As much as I appreciated a few extra calories burned, I’m pretty sure that’s the first and last 4.6 mile timed race I’ll pay for Carribbean Sounds.

Alas, the lush scenic Rock Creek Park lured me in, and I decided to give it a second shot. Brian on the other hand was enchanted by the chance of another medal. He’s really building a collection now. Little medal whoreder.maya angelou 5k run washington d.c.

The race festivities began with a 5 minute boot camp warm up. I was just entertained watching Brian, so warming up was an added bonus.

There was much excitement surrounding the start of race with plenty of Maya Angelou students ready to run their hearts out. I mean when the race director said the magic word, those kids took off, running their hardest just like they were playing a game of tag. Their sprint lasted for about a minute, but their spirit was contagious and I tried to use their enthusiasm throughout the race.

The course at Rock Creek has its upsides and downsides-literally. For about a half mile of the race you run completely down hill, which is great and all, but then your last half mile is back up that same hill. I felt pretty good for most of the race, trying to keep a steady pace, saving enough energy for that uphill. My tactic for running hills is to run up them as fast as I can. They’re gonna be painful either way, so you might as well suck it up and get through it.

maya angelou 5k rock creek park washington d.c.

SHOUT OUT: I have to give a quick shout out to my girl TJ. I’m sporting her running hat in my rocking photo above.  I may not ran even close to my PR, but I did run like a mother. Check out her running and work out gear here.

I crossed the finish line with a time of 26:06 and later found out I placed 5th amongst the ladies . Definitely not close to my PR, but hey I’ll take it. Brian on the other hand, hit his PR of 20:04 and finished 2nd amongst the men.  He raked in another medal so he couldn’t have been happier. Oh did I mention he hit that time with a sprained ankle? Yes, somehow my sprained ankle was contagious. Guess that means I can’t use the ol’ sprained ankle excuse any more.  Geez, thanks Brian.

The next day I checked out Washington Running Report to hopefully register for some more local runs and guess who was featured on the front page? Brian!! And guess who didn’t register for another race? Me. Too distracted by my fast boyfriend.

washington running report Maya Angelou 5 K

My only complaint:

The health fair after made me realize just how immature I really am. Pretty much every booth was centered around safe sex and I really thought I could hold it together, but when I saw the personal lubricant and vagina model…I just had to walk away. Sorry Maya Angelou, but I just wasn’t prepared for that at 9:30 a.m.

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Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming

I recently sprained my ankle running trails, so I’ve had to take a month hiatus from most cardio workouts…especially running. For the first week, it was a great excuse to read all three Hunger Game books, but after I burned through those the novelty was gone.

Not being able to run has only made me want to run even more (funny how that happens).  It doesn’t help that with the arrival of spring, the weather has been beautiful. Running has been such an integral part of my life. It’s helped me set goals, burn off steam, and  stay in shape. Without it I feel pretty darn lazy.

After sitting on the sidelines of one recent race (read here) I am now even more determined to get back into my fighting shape.

I’ve already signed up for two races, the Mayou Angelou 5K  (in April)  and Rebel Race 5K (in July). My friends caught me in a weak moment, and I even agreed to run the Tough Mudder (10-I-want-shoot-myself-miles) in September.  I know, really smart to sign up for races when I can’t currently run…

fat ankle

So no running? What to do? Well, when my foot and ankle look like this after just standing on it for a couple hours…my options are pretty limited.

I tried the stationary bike twice, but when I looked down at the meter and realized I burned 40 calories in an hour (exaggerating)… the bike just wasn’t cutting it.

I’ve been meaning pick up swimming again, mainly for the men in speedos,  so this was the perfect reason to hit the pool.

mean in speedos

Washington and Lee Pool is only a 5 minute drive from my place, but for some reason convincing myself to lap swim again makes it seem 200 miles away. Guess spraining my ankle is what it takes…

Waking up at 5:50 a.m., squeezing into my speedo (damn those suits are tighter than I remember) and walking into chlorine filtered air sure did bring back a lot of memories. The first swim was pretty rough for me. No cardio in a month = I’m reallly out of shape.  I’m winded after walking up the stairs to my apartment, unlike my swimming partner, who played water polo for Michigan, and is a lean, mean swimming machine. I was dying.

My ankle did hurt but the next day I noticed I could move it around more, so now I’m hooked. I even bought a 20 swim, swimming pass. It’s funny how easy it is to convince myself after that first initial swim.  The amount of calories you burn doesn’t hurt either…

I found this chart online. This website  gives an estimate for calories burned per hour for many cardio workouts.

Calories Burned per Hour 130 lbs 155 lbs

180 lbs

205 lbs

Backstroke 413 493 572



590 704 817 931
Butterfly 649 774 899 1024
Freestyle, fast 590 704 817 931
Freestyle, slow 413 493 572 651

My swimming partner recommended this website for workouts and we actually tried our first “legit” work out for ol’ timers (aka masters) like me . I still died but I’m glad to be back in the water.

Here’s our first work out:

600 warm up (200 swim/100 kick, repeat)
4×50 w/:15 rest (kick/swim, drill/swim, swim/build by 25)
3×150 swim w/:20 rest (descend 1-3)
4×50 w/:15 rest (non-free/free by 25)
4×50 @ 1:10 (Tarzan drill/swim by 25)
3×150 swim w/:30 rest (NO Walls!)
200 cool down
*2300 Total*

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