Back in the Game

Hey friends!

I’m back in the game — the running game, that is! Today was my first real run since the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler last weekend. I did a short run/walk in my hilly neighborhood on Friday morning before work, but otherwise the rest of the week was spent cross/strength training, yoga-ing, and relaxing :)

Speaking of the race, they sent out the race pictures! Sadly there weren’t any of me finishing :( Guess I was just running way too fast ;)

Here my friend Ashley and I are getting ready to start with a bazillion other people:


Hahah it looks like we are holding hands in that picture!

And here’s two from during the race!


Good times… gotta love awkward race pics :)

Anyway! It felt good to get back out there today, minus the weather. Apparently it’s winter again!?



Ashley and I did 6 miles in 52:02, for an average pace of 8:40 min/mile.

Our splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:32
  • Mile 2: 8:27
  • Mile 3: 8:47
  • Mile 4: 8:36
  • Mile 5: 8:53 (Legs were tiiiiired today)
  • Mile 6: 8:42

Yay! Running with someone else is so much better than running alone — my legs started feeling reeeeally tired and heavy near the end of the run, but then we got into a really interesting conversation about religion and I completely forgot how tired my legs were :) Do you train with a friend or by yourself? I seriously don’t think I could have done some of these long runs without Ashley! We stick together the whole time during races, too :)

I was planning on trying out my new CamelBak today (my running water bottle was stolen from the trail a few weeks ago), but I decided to wait until it’s hot and sunny again so I can fully appreciate it ;) Also, I was a little confused about where the water tube is supposed to go when I’m running. Do I secure it on the strap and just leave part of it out by my mouth?! I’m so clueless, lol. Help!


But I DID try out a new sports bra I was sent to review by the lovely people at Handful, Inc.!



How cute is the back?? I LOVE the criss-cross straps. I’ve always wanted a sports bra that had those!

Handful sports bras aim to “flatter, not flatten!” From their website:

The Handful bra has removable pads that contour and conceal, and center stitching to prevent gapping. The polyester lining wicks moisture away, while the nylon/spandex (92%/8%) shell dries quickly and allows for smooth layering. Feminine thin straps won’t stretch out. The Handful is packaged in a reusable mesh bag for less waste and convenient laundering. Machine washable.

Cute AND functional — sounds good to me! The sports bra felt great for the whole run — very supportive and didn’t move around or chafe at all! I love that it has a more contoured shape and the removable pads — avoiding the uniboob look is a good thing! :)

If you’re in the market for a new sports bra, I’d highly recommend checking these out. They come in black, white, cocoa (dark brown — what I got), nude, and pink! Thanks to the folks at Handful for letting me try it :)

I’m off to a BBQ and then to “afternoon tea” at a hotel in D.C. for a friend’s birthday! How fun :) Enjoy your day everyone!

Don’t forget to enter my Oikos Greek Yogurt and reusable grocery bag giveaway if you haven’t already — you have until tomorrow (Monday) at 5 p.m. to enter!

And stay tuned — here’s what coming up on the blog this week:

  • What I’m doing tomorrow morning that’s really exciting
  • Why I think I avoided injury when 10 miler training this spring as opposed to the fall
  • My review of my new cell phone — the Verizon Palm Pre
  • Our 1/2 marathon training plan


  1. 1

    The Camelbak I have has a magnetic piece on the tube and the strap so they stick together.

    Great review and great race pictures!

  2. 2

    Good to see you’re back at it! Well done. Will you consider some speed work as you get ready for the next race?

  3. 4

    I love your race pics, and the sports bra looks awesome. I have been wanting to purchase some new sports bras. Have a great Sunday!

  4. 5

    Good job on the race!

    “Apparently it’s winter again!?”

    Right?! It’s FREEZING outside (I live a couple miles from N. Glebe, which I actually recognized before I looked closer to read the sign…). I normally go on a walk/run every morning but I’m going to the gym later today because it’s just far far far too cold to do anything pleasurable outside. Especially since no one goes with me.

    I found your blog through Madhuram’s site. I love it! :)

  5. 7

    Good job on the race !!!

  6. 8

    Glad to hear that the first run after the race went well. It’s amazing how better my runs are after I take some time off. Guess that just goes to show and proper rest in between long runs or races is KEY!

    What an exciting week. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    Have a wonderful night!

  7. 9

    I just let my tube hang!!


  8. 11

    I am also puzzled with how to use the camelbak – I have one and struggle with how to use it!

    Can’t wait to see what people respond with!

  9. 12

    I agree, it wasn’t happy on my run outdoors today since the weather decided to get colder. I always overdress which leads to overheating!! Btw, I always love to train by myself, I tend to just do better. Not sure why! lol

  10. 13

    Great work on the run girl!!!

  11. 14

    Looking good in your sports bra! What a creepy comment that would be from a guy, huh?

  12. 16

    I just found your blog via Lauren @ A Fit Foodie. That’s a great 6 mile time by the way. I run with my husband actually. I think it makes running so much better!

  13. 17

    i ran for the first time since the 10 miler on sat! 4 miles :) by myself though :( i used to love running by myself but now i enjoy runs much more with friends!

  14. 18

    An idea for the water tube is to get a retractable office security badge holder. You clip it to the CamelBak shoulder strap and attach the mouth piece to the extendable part (where the badge would normally go). You may need to use a bit of athletic tape some something else to attach it. That way it is there when you need it and secured when you don’t.

  15. 19

    I just found your blog via Lauren @ A Fit Foodie. That’s a great 6 mile time by the way. I run with my husband actually. I think it makes running so much better!

  16. 20

    Camelbak’s are just the best things ever! I don’t ever hike/run/mountain bike without mine (in the desert during the summer that’s disastrous). It looks like your mouthpiece doesn’t have a magnet so instead look for a loop along either shoulder strap. Thread your mouth tube through the loop and it will stay relatively secured during your workouts. You can then grab and place the mouthpiece in your mouth as needed. TIP — remember to switch the on/off level otherwise your mouthpiece could piddle down your front/back (which in 115 degree heat can feel good but not when it’s cold). Have fun with it!

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