Friends Don’t Let Friends Finish Races Alone

15 02 2011

HOLY WOWZA! I told Chris last night that I would be happy if we had 10 visits to 321delish on our first day…I think we had 10 visits in the first 1/2 hour and the number has just kept on climbing! Thank you so much for all of your support 🙂

As my Dad kindly stated in his comment yesterday, I totally left you hanging as to why our 1/2 Marathon training run was so special. Isn’t that what you are supposed to do on blogs? Give the reader something to come back to. You came back so I guess I did good right?

So this run we did…One of Steph and my good friends, Signe, has been training SUPER hard for the Mardi Gras Rock ‘n” Roll 1/2 Marathon. Her original plan was to fly to New Orleans with some friends for the weekend to race. Hotels had been booked, plane tickets had been purchased, bibs had been bought, excitement was building…..and then plans changed.  The other girls who were supposed to run with Signe had to bail last minute due to injuries and other logistics.  BIG BIG BIIIG BUMMER. Signe (understandably) decided that it just wasn’t worth it to make the trip to New Orleans and race all on her own, but she and I both knew how hard she had been training. There was no way all of those miles were going to be wasted (training runs are NEVER a waste) shelved. I suggested that if she wasn’t going to go to the race, we would bring the race here to D.C. So we did!

Enter:  “Signe’s  Completely Made Up but TOTALLY Legit 1/2 Marathon.”

I met Signe in Dupont Circle around 9:30 on Sunday morning. She had put together a 13.1 loop that took us ALL OVER the streets of  D.C. (I apologize in advance for the dark/fuzzy pictures…a) I was snapping shots on my iphone while running and b) the weatherman’s predictions of sun were far from correct) We went from Dupont…..

to Georgetown…

…over the Key Bridge into Virginia…

and back over the Memorial Bridge into D.C….

There goes Signe!

Around mile 11, just when our legs were really feelin’ the burn and Signe decided to tell me that I should not talk to her anymore because she would be a cranky for the rest of the run, Steph joined in on the fun!

staged action shot!

The three of us finished strong!  We finished the race in just over 2 hours and held an unbelievably consistent pace the entire time. I think that Signe could really be one of those pacers in a marathon.

Signe’s completely made up but totally legit 1/2 marathon turned out to be an awesome run! I am so glad that I was invited to compete in this ultra exclusive race 🙂 The finish line was right in front of Signe’s apartment, so we immediately pounded some Gatorade and stretched. I found my way into this bag but managed to stop myself from getting into too much trouble….I knew that a humongo delicious brunch was our next stop!
We headed to Busboys and Poets to refuel….

Our friend Christel joined for brunch!



















We started with an appetizer of sweet potato wedges that came with a side of sour cream. They were devoured.  For my “main course,” I went with a 3 egg omelet with turkey sausage, onions, spinach, red peppers and feta, which came with a side of fresh fruit and whole wheat toast. I also splurged and had a big fat latte with extra foam (but forgot to snap a photo…)




After a long morning of training, this meal really hit the spot!






Lesson of the day: Don’t let friends finish races alone.

Question of the day: Have you ever had to change your race plans? What did you do? (leave us your comments below!)



4 responses

15 02 2011

You both were superstars for joining me! I can’t thank you enough. I stopped being cranky as SOON as my watch hit 13.1. And way to sport the Madison sweatshirt!!
Looking forward to tales of sweat, sets, and peanutbutter!

15 02 2011
Paul YoungHyman

So cool!!!!!!!!!! It really is about the essence of running with friends and completing a goal. You def made her event and she made your day. And it was a great transition to the food part. This blogs got legs…

17 02 2011

I am soo soo proud of you ladies! You are awesome! Wish I could have been there to cheer you all on…and maybe do a few miles haha. Love the post!

17 02 2011

Thanks Courtney! We should make up another race…maybe an Eating Club Race! (maybe just a 5k though 🙂 )

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