Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe

I love making pastas and pizzas and I’m always looking to do something different with my go to recipes. I usually just add a little olive oil to my pasta but one Sunday I decided to switch it up. I wanted to make my own pesto and didn’t have any nuts on hand so I thought I’d just go with some flavors I enjoy and google assured me that it wasn’t crazy to make pesto without nuts. This pesto is so easy to make and so tasty. 

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Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe
Serves 8
An easy to make, nut-free pesto.
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197 calories
7 g
8 g
17 g
7 g
4 g
61 g
237 g
1 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197
Calories from Fat 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
26%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 237mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
31%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
37%
Iron
49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of fresh spinach
  2. 1 cup of basil
  3. The juice of 1 lemon
  4. 2/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
  5. 1 garlic clove
  6. salt and pepper
  7. 1/2 cup of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Load up your food processor with the spinach, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic clove and Parmesan cheese. As the ingredients are processing, mix in the olive oil. Once it's smooth and green you have the perfect pesto!
Notes
  1. This is super easy and so delicious!
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 I hope you’ll give this spinach basil pesto recipe a shot and let me know what you think!

What do you like to use pesto with? 

 

Navy Air Force Half Training Recap, Week 10

This week was somewhat of a challenge in some ways, but I’ve actually been looking forward to this training recap. You might have seen that I was a bit under the weather this week and so I skipped a run but did lots of cross training. 

Monday: I felt pretty gross but met Erika at MCM Mama Runs (it was her birthday!) for a Pure Barre class. I actually felt much better after class, but per usual with summer colds, by the time nighttime rolled around, I felt exhausted. I decided to forgo my Tuesday run and try to shake my cold for good. 

Tuesday: I hung out with my mom and made use of my parents’ pool. I’ve swam less than I like this summer and it felt good to get in there. 

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Wednesday: I took it back to Pure Barre and probably walked about three miles. 

Thursday: Since I was feeling better, I headed to the treadmill and ran 10×400 — it sucked. Ugh. That’s all I really have to say about that! Okay, it wasn’t horrific. But I don’t think it’s a secret that I do NOT like the treadmill. 

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Friday: Pure Barre again – I typically only go 2x a week, but I really liked going three times this week! 

Sunday: I moved my long run to Sunday this week because I had some morning commitments Saturday and couldn’t swing it. I had 10 miles on the schedule and left for the run way too late. It was hot and absurdly humid. I hated every single mile of that run, no lie. I cut a mile to finish at nine miles because it was so miserable and I honestly needed to sit down with cold water. The best thing about that run was finishing. We’ve all been there, right? 

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So that was my training recap for this past week – can’t wait to read about your training. And of course, HAPPY LABOR DAY!  

How was your week? 

Friday Five: Fall Preview!

Happy Friday and hello, Labor Day Weekend! This week, we are sharing a little fall preview for our Friday Five theme. As much as I love summer, I’m really really excited for fall and can’t wait to read what each of you has on tap this fall! 

You can read our linkup rules here. Please note that if you don’t play nicely, we will delete your link. Have a great weekend!

Friday Five

 

This fall, I’ve got some fun races lined up and some other fun things. Here’s what’s on my radar:

  1. Navy Air Force Half Marathon. This is my goal race for this fall. My goal is to run a sub 2 half marathon. I’m not 100% sure that the goal will be obtained at this race, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be close. Lucky for me, if I don’t hit sub 2 at Navy Air Force, I’ll have another chance later in the fall! 
  2. Clarendon Day. My next race after Navy Air Force is the Clarendon Day Double — both a 5k and then a 10k, ran back to back. You might remember that I ran this race last year and loved / hated it (I loved it but hated how much it hurt). I’m looking to PR both races individually and the double as a whole (and I learned the valuable lesson of not hanging around too long after the 5k, as you still have to make it up the hill to the start of the 10k – last year we were literally running up as the race was starting!). 
  3. Richmond Half Marathon. Remember how much I loved the Richmond Marathon? Well, I convinced K and my coworker to run it as their first full marathon this November! I’m signed up for the half and plan to meet them on the back end of the course. It was SO SO SO tempting to sign up for the full but I want to be able to support K. So the half it is. I’m looking forward to this – I love this race! 
  4. Honeymoon. Yep, we are in the planning stages for our honeymoon and I’m excited. More info to come but we’ll probably be heading out for a week in late October. Along similar lines — if anyone is interested in guest posting then, shoot me an email. :) 
  5. New job. I’ve alluded to this a bit but I’m making a move to consulting. I will be still working in the legal field (I’m a lawyer by trade), but will be working on issues surrounding talent and lawyer happiness — so hiring, retention, professional development, diversity and the like. I’m super excited and a bit nervous about this new season. Courtney Carter Consulting is here! :) 

What’s on tap for your fall? 

Why Running Buddies are Awesome

This post originally appeared on Women’s Running – as a part of a series of blogs I’m writing for them. You can see that link here. This post was so much fun to write and so well received that I thought I’d share it with y’all here.

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I used to be primarily a solo runner. I’d lace up my shoes and go whenever I felt like it. Sometimes I would wish I was running with a friend, but most of the time I was fine alone. Running alone meant that if my alarm went off and I didn’t feel like running, I didn’t. It meant freedom. It meant no accountability, which is not always a good thing. But eventually I started to crave a buddy on runs. Here’s why I think running with a buddy is awesome:

  • Runs go by much faster when you are running with a friend. When I run by myself, it can feel much much harder. Now I go on most of my runs with my friend Julie. During the long, polar vortex winter, I ran many of my miles with my buddy Mar. There is no way I would’ve made it through winter running without her. Running with friends gives you time to catch up. Between work, family, and life, we’re all busy. Running with a friend is an opportunity to spend time together while doing what you love.
  • Running buddies turn into friends – fast. While Mar and I knew each other through social media, we did not meet in person until we both joined the same local marathon training program. We began going on all our long runs together. As the miles added up, our friendship deepened. We talked about everything while running. While I sometimes dreaded the workout, I always looked forward to the chance to spend a few hours with my friend. The same connection occurred with Julie. When Julie and I met for our first run, we had only exchanged a couple of emails. We met at a park in between our homes, set off for a few miles to test each other out — as run buddies and as friends. Our first run was in January, and we’ve since logged so many miles together. We enjoyed our time together so much that we started going to barre classes as well. The friendships I’ve grown while running all around DC (and Maryland AND Virginia) are something I treasure.
  • It can make you a stronger runner. I’ve always had issues with my breathing when I run. When I contemplated running with others, I didn’t know how I could possibly do it. I had enough trouble breathing easy while running. How could I possibly carry on a conversation? Well, it turns out I CAN carry on a conversation while running and in fact, I love it. I think being forced to control my breathing so that I can run and talk at the same time has helped to make me a stronger runner.
  • It’s safer. This one is an easy no brainer. Early morning runs in the dark are MUCH safer with a buddy. Trail runs are MUCH safer with a buddy. Any run is just safer with a buddy.

Do you like to run with a buddy? Why or why not?

Wedding Wednesday: The Ladies

Hey y’all! This week for Wedding Wednesday I wanted to showcase the beautiful women who stood up with me on June 14th. I felt so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing women and I know just how lucky I am. Per usual, I’m linking up with JordonMeredith and Mary and hope you’ll check out their blogs

Again, this is a picture heavy post, but I’m pretty sure you know what to expect by now when you click on a Wedding Wednesday post. :)  Note: all photos are by my great photographer, Stacey Gillin unless otherwise noted. 

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Look at how gorgeous my friends and family are!

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My MOH – my beautiful sister. Love this woman so much.

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Kim, my college bestie.

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My cousin Summer, who is more like a sister than cousin.

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My beautiful niece. Isn’t she stunning?

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Megan, my sweet Law School friend, who got married 2 months after we did.

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Lo, one of my very best friends since 7th grade. 1/3 of our LoCoMo trifecta.

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Mo, another one of my very best friends since 7th grade and the other part of LoCoMo.

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Alana, my other college bestie. She got married almost a year to the day before we did.

One more group shot… 

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And because I can’t leave out the most important woman in my life. My dear sweet mama. Didn’t she look amazing? And I can honestly say that she may have had the MOST fun out of anyone at the wedding. She partied down! :)

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What is a favorite memory from your wedding day? 

Budweiser #MadeInAmericaFest

If you know me at all, you know I love love love live music. I love seeing new artists, my favorite artists and artists that are new to me. If you share my love of music and happen to live in (or will be visiting) LA or Philly, you are in for a treat! The Budweiser Made in America Fest is back and this Labor Day Weekend, it will be the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts. I remember having lots of friends who went to the Budweiser Made in America Fest in Philly last year and I was so jealous I couldn’t make it. Sigh– I still can’t get it together enough to make it this year but maybe you can! 

Here’s the deal — you West Coast folks will want to hit up the LA show. August 30th and 31st at Grand Park in Downtown LA. You can get tickets for both days (which you’re gonna want to do…check out the lineup below!) or single day tickets (August 30 here and August 31 here). 

This is your lineup: 

Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, John Mayer, Steve Aoki, Juanes, Afrojack, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Weezer, Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Gareth Emery, R3HAB, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, Borgore, DVBBS, 12th Planet, YG, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Dog, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA, Yellow Claw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, Scavenger Hunt, A Tribe Called Red

Yeah, can you say “amazing!” And not only will you hear amazing artists (seriously I’ve seen Kanye live — you don’t want to miss this. AND John Mayer??!!), you will be supporting the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. In another feel good move, each site of the Budweiser Made in America Fest has a Cause Village where you can learn more about local causes you may want to help support. I love this idea! In LA, you can learn about the following causes: 

Shawn Carter Foundation, United Way, Headcount, Budweiser Veterans, Tyler Robinson Foundation (Imagine Dragons charity), Dogs without Border, Hire LA, Food Forward, United States Green Building Council, LIFT Los Angeles, Skid Row Housing, LA Street Car, LA Street Gallery

If you’re not pumped up, I’m not sure you’re alive. Kidding…but only kinda! :)  

So now, my East Coast (yay East Coast!). If you are thinking of heading to two awesome days of music, here’s what you need to know. Same dates, August 30 and August 31. You can buy your tickets here (for 2 days) and here for the 30th and here for the 31st. The Philly version of the Budweiser Made in America Fest is being held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway — this is the third year of the Philly Budweiser Made in America Fest, so you know it’s gonna be good. Here’s your Philly lineup:

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiesto, The National, Steve Aoki, Pharrell Williams, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, City and Colour, Grimes, AWOLNATION, R3HAB, Gareth Emery, De La Soul, Baauer, Tommy Trash, Mayer Hawthorne, Kongos, 3LAU, The Neighborhood, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison, Destructo, Bleachers, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Will Sparks, Young & Sick, Vacationer, Cut Snake, Kaneholler

I would go to this show just for the chance to see Girl Talk live. Sigh. Please go and tell me how amazing it is! Oh yes and in Philly the show supports the United Way of Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County. Your cause village vendors in Philly are:

Shawn Carter Foundation, United Way, Headcount/NAACP, Budweiser Veterans, Donda House (Kanye West’s charity), St. Jude Hospital (Kings of Leon supported charity), Partners in Health (The National), World Childhood Foundation (Tiesto), Philly Paws, Drive Change, Born this Way Foundation, Why Hunger, Mural Arts

Anyone planning to attend the Budweiser Made in America Fest? 

note: this post was sponsored by Markerly however my thoughts and appreciation of the awesome of Kanye West (musically, I make no bones about loving his personal life) and Girl Talk are allll mine. :) 

Blogger Tip Tuesday: How to Host a LinkUp

Blogger Tip Tuesday is back this week and we’re talking about something I think many of you may be interested in! I wanted to share a few tips on how to host a successful link up. This post is an update of a post I wrote earlier this year. As many of you know, I started a Friday Five linkup awhile ago. When I first started, it was just me and few other folks would link up from time to time. After a few weeks, I thought that the linkup would have much more success if I included a couple others to help me host. I sought co-hosts and the DC Trifecta was born! After months of hosting our the Friday Five, I thought I’d share some tips for those of you who are just starting your own linkups (which is so awesome!) and those of you who are already working out how to host a linkup:

Blogger Tip Tuesday-How to Host a LinkUp

  • Choose your title and cohosts with care! I didn’t actually do the first part of this. I came up with Friday Five randomly and just ran with it. It’s worked out well for us, but I probably should’ve spent more time thinking about the topic. Luckily, y’all love the Friday Five and we’ve been able to do a lot with the theme. The second part of this is super important. Having cohosts that have audiences that are a little bit different than yours is a great way to get all cohosts some new readers. Mar and Cynthia have been awesome cohosts and we love doing the Friday Five together. Choose your partners carefully! 
  • Share your topic proactively. This is something we try hard to do each week. Each of us has a static page that list that week’s theme and links to previous Friday Five topics. You can see what I mean about the page here, here (Mar’s page) and here (Cynthia’s page). In addition to our pages, we all tweet and announce the theme on facebook regularly. 
  • Give your linkup folks some love. The three of us (Cynthia, Mar and I) try to visit each blog that links up with us. Now that we regularly have 50 or more blogs linking up, it sometimes takes me a full week — but we’re still committed to doing that. This is part of growing a community – and that’s really what my goal was with starting a linkup. I have made some great friends through our linkup and I know others have as well. 
  • Don’t be afraid to make rules. Inevitably you are going to have folks who aren’t interested in building community. They will drop their link in your linkup and not comment on anyone’s blog, not linkup the proper post (most likely they will just put in a link to their blog, not even a post) and you will be annoyed. Rightfully so. However, if you haven’t taken the time to set out rules, then that was your bad. We now clearly articulate the right way to linkup with us on the Friday Five. And for those who don’t play nicely? We don’t hesitate to delete a link. Actually, first we give folks the benefit of the doubt and send an email asking them to please follow the linkup rules. After repeated violations, though…we will (and have, more than once) delete a link. Don’t be afraid to do that. 
  • Be patient. Seriously. Don’t expect to have 50 blogs overnight. It has taken months for our linkup to grow to what it is now. But as we’ve grown as bloggers, the linkup has grown and so will yours. Keep at it and keep publicizing it and making a commitment to visit each person who visits your linkup and soon you will wonder why you didn’t do this linkup thing sooner. :)

Are you hosting a linkup? Leave a link to it in the comments so we can all check it out! 

Navy Air Force Half Training Recap, Week 9

I am now just a few weeks out from my goal race for the fall, the Navy Air Force Half Marathon. Here is my training recap for week 9. Overall, this was a good week, with a lot of strong workouts. 

Monday: After running the Leesburg 20k the day before, I was a bit tight, so reveled in a Pure Barre class. I visited a new Pure Barre studio and was unpleasantly surprised to learn that their AC was not working. Hot barre was NOT fun, let me tell you! Yuck. I felt like they should’ve given us a free class, especially because they didn’t tell us about the AC situation until AFTER we were in the class. Boo. Y’all know I love Pure Barre but this class was ruined by the heat. It was an excellent workout, however. 

Tuesday: Track day. Julie and I ran a little ladder. 1000m, 2000m, 1000m — plus a mile warm up and cool down. I hit all my paces, which was awesome – but this was a really hard workout. I’m glad it’s over! 

after that tough ladder workout!

after that tough ladder workout!

Wednesday: I tried out a new-to-me pilates studio for some much needed relaxation. I definitely am going to have to work more pilates into my routine. I really enjoyed this class. (I went to Fuse Pilates, in case you are local and want to try it out). 

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Thursday: Tempo run day. A one mile warmup, 5 tempo miles and a half mile cool down walk for a total of six miles. The goal for the tempo miles was to keep them sub-9. Here are those splits: 8:47, 8:58, 8:46, 8:34 and 9:01. I’m calling that a success — ESPECIALLY because the last tempo mile started as I was running UP Cap Hill! This was definitely one of the best tempo runs I’ve had all training season. 

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Saturday: Julie was / is out of town so I was on my own for the long run. Our plan called for 14 but I was tempted to go shorter since last week the plan only called for 10 and I ran 12. I decided I’d just suck it up and go ahead and run 14 anyway. I met up with the Pacers Saturday Long Run group for the company. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was starting to get sick (boo summer colds) and my legs felt tight. Splits: 9:39, 9:41, 9:49, 9:51, 9:58, 10:14, 10:27, 10:10, 10:16, 10:16, 10:35, 10:48, 10:32, 10:01. I have to stop starting my long runs too fast. I intially thought I could hold a 9:30/9:40 pace for the run, but it turned out that I just couldn’t and settled into the low 10s. It was fun to meet a new group of runners and I also ran into Jenny (from Run Jenny Run) at mile 10 and my friend Shelia at mile 12. Yay runners! 

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Sunday I felt absolutely awful and went to bed at 8pm. I’m trying to shake this nasty cold and am about to head out to a Pure Barre class in hopes it will help. 

How was your week of training? 

Friday Five: Five Things to love about Summer

Happy Friday, y’all! Per usual, I’m linking up with Mar and Cynthia and this week we are revisiting an old linkup topic: 5 things to love about ___. You can read our linkup rules here. Please note that if you don’t play nicely, we will delete your link. Have a great weekend!

As we reach the end (how’d this happen? where did summer go??) of summer, I thought I’d wax poetic about five things to love about summer. Next week, when our theme is fall preview, I’ll be missing some of these things!

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  1. You can run basically anytime of the day. Early or late, the sun is still up. Of course, I won’t mention the accompanying heat and humidity, but you kinda get used to it after awhile. 
  2. Outdoor workouts! This summer I’ve taken a number of outdoor barre classes and it has been so fun to switch out environments for my workouts!
  3. The beach. Duh. I love the beach. Sadly, I haven’t actually made it to the beach this summer (I’ve been kinda busy…) but am planning to go in September. Yay!
  4. Fresh.Produce. Yes, yes, and yes! Just this week I shared my amazing peach blueberry cobbler recipe made with fresh peaches and blueberries and all summer long I’ve enjoyed the best farm fresh produce. My love of fresh produce makes me wish that I was a canning expert. Sadly I’m not. 
  5. Amusement parks. I have a long standing (this will be the fourth or fifth year) tradition of going to Kings Dominion on Labor Day. The park is practically empty and it’s the perfect end to summer. We’re going again this year and I can.not.wait. I love roller coasters and depending on the weather we might hit up the water park this year. 

What do you love about summer? 

 

Leesburg 20k Race Recap

As I mentioned in my training recap, last Sunday I ran the Leesburg 20k. I don’t know what it is with me and races in August — last year I ran the Annapolis 10 miler (here‘s my race recap in case you are running the A10 this Saturday) and this year I decided to brave heat, humidity and hills again. I was so excited to run this race, mostly because so many awesome DC area bloggers were also running it. This was a fun race to run and a fun race recap to write. So, without further ado, here’s my Leesburg 20k race recap: 

Julie and I decided to stay in a cheap hotel the night before the race, so we could sleep in later Sunday morning. The hotel was a bit odd, but it served it’s purpose. I brought two different race outfits with me and crowd sourced my final decision on what to wear. I decided on the Lesko Shimmel Tank and Distance Shorts. This was a great choice and I loved what I was wearing:

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Julie and I headed over to the race start, which was in downtown Leesburg. There was free parking in a garage right by the start, but the line to park was pretty long and we were pretty sure all the spaces were gone. Julie let me out so I could grab our packets. We were fortunate to run into Jenny of Run Jenny Run and Kathryn of Dancing 2 Running while awaiting the porta potty line. You may remember that I ran into Jenny after the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler this year, but somehow this was the first time I had met Kathryn. She was just as sweet as I thought she’d be and we took a couple of fun pics, courtesy of of Kathryn’s husband. I love that in this pic, we’re all wearing Oiselle! 

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As I mentioned earlier this week, because of the traffic, Julie and I were a bit late starting the race, but we were chip timed so it was okay. Now on the race. I mentally divided the race into 4 5ks in order to break it up. My rough plan was a fast 5k, 2 slow 5ks and then another fast one to finish. 

First 5k: I started out WAAAAY too fast and lost Julie by mile 2. I was also a sweaty nasty mess by this point and knew that I’d have to reassess my original goals. I was also not excited about running the rest of the race solo. I love running with a buddy so I just tried to concentrate on making it through the first 5k. 

mi 1: 9:08, mi 2: 9:32, mi 3: 9:49

Second 5k: The course was hilly and I tried to settle in but knew I was going to be in for a challenging morning and probably wouldn’t be able to hit my goals. The humidity was intense and while we had shade (thank GOODNESS we were on the W&OD trail for most of the race), it was getting hot as well. 

mi 4: 10:07 mi 5: 10:20 mi 6:10:12

Third 5k: This was where I started to see all my buds on the out and back course. That was really fun and I was able to give a high five to Sue over at This Mama Runs for Cupcakes, see Deb from Deb Runs a few times as well as Julie (who shared some fuel with me — love her!), Jenny and Kathryn. That was really motivating! 

mi 7: 10:13 mi 8: 10:34 mi 9:10:41 (yikes!) Did I mention that this was the elevation chart?

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Final 5k: I was so ready to be done at this point. I’d seen all my girls, I was hot and nasty and ready to just take a break. I knew I could push through though and that was a good feeling. There was a guy playing Eye of the Tiger from his deck about half a mile from the finish and that was awesome! 

mi 10: 9:58 mi 11: 9:43 mi 12: 9:53 

Final time: 2:05:39

Dora, me, Julie, Deb

Dora, me, Julie, Deb

 

20k finish

Love this finisher shot — free courtesy of Potomac River Running

After the race, I waited for Julie so I could see her finish. She came in a few minutes later, looking strong. We hung out for a bit with Deb and her husband and caught up with Dora, who is another super awesome speedy runner. Deb actually won her age group, which isn’t surprising at all because she’s awesome! We saw her get her award and then headed home via a stop at Wegmans for breakfast. :)

It was a great race and so well organized – if you have a chance to run a Potomac River Running Race I highly recommend it! As far as my goals, given the heat and humidity I was pretty proud of how I did and know I put forth a ton of effort. And as you can see above, I finished smiling! 

Have you ever raced a 20k? 

 

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