Cranberry Crawl 10K

This morning Neal and I ran our first race together, the Cranberry Crawl 10K!  We started training for a 15K back in September and ran our longest run to date, 10 miles, last weekend.  This race came at a perfect point in our training and was a great way for Neal and I to get a race in before the Hot Chocolate 15K in December.

Last night, I laid out everything I needed for today’s race.

  • Pants
  • Sports Bra
  • Dri Fit undershirt
  • Nike long sleeve pullover
  • Redskins hoodie
  • Garmin Forerunner and heart rate strap
  • Nike shoes
  • Socks
  • Water belt
  • Mint Chocolate GU
  • Hat and gloves
  • Ziploc for my phone
  • Deo for my B.O (deodorant)

With everything set up, I was able to get up at 5:15AM, get dressed, eat a small bowl of multi grain cheerios with vanilla soy milk, sip a cup of coffee, watch a random infomercial, and be out the door by 6AM to pick up Neal.

6AM never looked so good, if you ask me.  By 6:30AM we were at Haines Point in Washington, DC and ready to pick up our numbers.

It was SUPER cold out, which is sad because it’ll only get colder!  We picked up our numbers and then headed back to the car until it was time to start the race.  I was number 9 and Neal was number 1196 (random range for a super small race).

At 7:45AM the 5K started and at 8AM we started our 10K race!!!

Neal and I continued our interval running technique, running 2 minutes and then walking 1 minute.  It’s tough at the beginning of a race to run intervals because 2 minutes in, you start walking for a minute.  It messes with your brain for a hot second and then you quickly get over it when you realize that you can run your 2 minutes faster than someone who is running the whole race, but at a slower pace.  I finally made Neal a believer as we finished before many runners.

In the end we ran 6.24 miles in 1 hour and 11 minutes.  That’s a 11:36 minute pace, whoop whoop!  We both ended the race feeling great but super hungry.  We decided that Mancini’s was the way to go!

I ordered a Greek omelet with an English muffin and home fries.  Oh, and coffee!

Neal had biscuits and gravy with a key lime soda.

Running a 10K was a fantastic way to start the weekend.  I’m feeling great and am excited to enjoy the weekend after a very long and stressful week. I hope that all of you are enjoying your Saturday!  Enjoy your weekend!


  1. says

    Wow! I am so impressed by this…..especially the time. I would not have believed that running/walking like this could actually end up with a little-over 11 minute pace! This might be something for me to try. Do you keep track on your Garmin, is that why you bring it? Any other ways you keep track of the minute/2-minute?

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